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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dr. Jill Stein featured in Colorado Green Party event

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party to visit Norwood, Telluride, Colorado seeking Green Presidential nomination

Virtual viewing and live discussion

By Norwood Post Staff
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:28 PM CST
The San Miguel Greens, a local chapter of the Colorado Green Party, will this week host Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in virtual viewings and public live discussions in Norwood and Telluride.

On Wednesday, Stein, of Massachusetts, will give her “People’s State of the Union message.” In an email from her office on Tuesday, Stein said she’ll talk about “a Green New Deal for America,” and will show what the White House could be doing to end unemployment, create democracy, and move to a new economy. Stein’s talk can be viewed live on her website,, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Art Goodtimes, San Miguel County Green Party County Commissioner, will host two showings and public discussions later in the week — one in Norwood and one in Telluride.

On Thursday, join Goodtimes at the home of Rick and Marty Hollinbeck in Norwood at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck and to view and discuss the speech. 
25 jan 12 @ 8:03 am est          Comments

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mexican Green Party conservatives looking strong in 2012 elections

Mexican Green Party in strong position for 2012 elections

 A Scholarly Review of Mexico and U.S.-Mexico Relations in 2012

 Monday. January 23, 2012

A Scholarly Review of Mexico and U.S.-Mexico Relations in 2012

By Andrew Selee [1]

Five Questions:

1. What Will Happen in Mexico's 2012 Elections?

2. Will Organized Crime-Related Violence Increase in 2012?

3. How Will Mexico's Economy Perform in 2012?

4. Will Migration from Mexico Continue to Decrease in 2012?

5. What Issues will be on the U.S.-Mexico Policy Agenda in 2012?

1. What Will Happen in Mexico's 2012 Elections?

Mexicans go to the polls on July 1 to select a new president, congress, mayor of Mexico City, and five governors.  Elections in democratic societies have a way of confounding even the most seasoned political analysts, so there is no way of knowing how this one will turn out.  The most recent polls suggest that the PRI is far ahead in the presidential and congressional race.  However, the incumbent National Action Party (PAN) won't select its presidential candidate until February and the general election campaign won't really start until then, according to Mexico's electoral rules, so anything can happen.

The PRI has some clear advantages.  Enrique Peña Nieto is ahead by 20 points or more in most current polls,[2] and it remains the largest party in Mexico, with more than half the governorships, effective control of the lower house, and by far the largest public campaign financing (in coalition with the Green Party, PVEM, and New Alliance Party, PANAL).  However, the PAN's likely candidate, Josefina Vázquez Mota, is a highly popular former cabinet secretary and congresswoman known for her charisma and public appeal, and the PAN has the advantage (and disadvantage) of being the party in power.  Meanwhile, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the candidate of the left-of-center Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and two smaller parties (Workers' Party, PT, and Citizens' Movement, PMC), is a talented and popular politician who nearly won the 2006 election and has spent the past five years building a support base in each one of Mexico's municipalities, a base that has yet to be tested but could prove formidable if effective.  It would be unwise to discount any of the three parties, although the early advantage is clearly with the PRI. 

23 jan 12 @ 10:11 pm est          Comments

Pekka Haavisto, Finland Green Party presidential candidate into 2nd round

Finnish Green Party Presidential Candidate moves to 2nd round!

Finnish voters snub anti-euro far-right

HELSINKI — Finland's nationalist anti-immigration Finns Party suffered a heavy setback in this weekend's presidential election, as many of its anti-euro voters fled to the equally eurosceptic Centre Party, observers said Monday.

The Finns Party soared in popularity in last April's legislative elections, becoming the third-biggest political formation with 19 percent of votes as its vehemently anti-EU rhetoric drew voters away from the Centre Party, which struggled to convey its euro opposition.

But in Sunday's first round of presidential voting, the Finns Party candidate and leader, the charismatic and popular Timo Soini, managed to scrape up just 9.4 percent despite a campaign that focused heavily on Finland's role in the eurozone.

The Centre Party's candidate Paavo Vaeyrynen, representing the clean-cut, urban image of euroscepticism, meanwhile won 17.5 percent of the vote.

"Traditional supporters of the Centre Party defected to Soini during the parliamentary elections, but not permanently," Helsinki university political science professor Tuomo Martikainen told AFP.

The two big winners on Sunday, who will meet in a run-off on February 5, were in fact both pro-Europeans: Sauli Niinistoe, the conservative National Coalition favourite going into the poll, took 37 percent of votes.

The Green Party's Pekka Haavisto won 18.8 percent.



23 jan 12 @ 10:04 pm est          Comments

Green Party of Canada Parody Commercial

Green Party of Canada Parody Commercial


The Green Party's "Attack on Attack Ads" commercial, voiced by premiere voice talent, Dave Pettitt, received a lot of attention this year. Including the CBC's Rick Mercer show, who put together this hilarious take on the spot. 

23 jan 12 @ 8:00 pm est          Comments

Green Bond Bankers From Japan to Sweden Beat U.S. to $7 Billion

Green Bond Bankers From Japan to Sweden Beat U.S. to $7 Billion

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB and Daiwa Securities Group Inc. have underwritten the most green bonds since the securities were first issued in 2007, indicating the dominance of Swedish and Japanese banks in the market.

Five of the 10 top underwriters on about $7 billion of the bonds issued by international finance institutions were drawn from the two countries, according to a ranking by Bloomberg New Energy Finance released today. London-based HSBC Bank Plc and JPMorgan Chase & Co. of New York took third and fourth place.

The findings reflect government incentives pushing investment for environmental projects in Scandinavia and Japan and the credit crunch across the U.S. and Europe that restrained bank's appetite there for taking on additional risk.

“Scandinavian countries have always been very tuned into environmental themes,” James Cameron, executive vice chairman of the U.K. investment manager Climate Change Capital Ltd., said in an interview. “There's something about the culture that recognizes the value of conservation in economic terms.” 

23 jan 12 @ 7:58 pm est          Comments

Anthony Prowell Green Party of Arizona candidate for Congress

Arizona Green Party congressional candidate Anthony Prowell  


Anthony Prowell running for Gabby Giffords congressional seat. 

Now that Gabby has announced she is resigning Green Party candidate Anthony Prowell is stepping up his campaign.  The rest of the story from the Los Angeles Times... 


23 jan 12 @ 7:56 pm est          Comments

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Greens are the least ideological party in Australian politics

Green Party the least ideological party in Australian politics

by Chris Dickinson 

In reading online discussions about green issues, I frequently come across claims that the Greens are doing this or that thing due to "Green ideology".

I've always found that a very curious statement. What do they mean by ideology?

It seems to me that ideology is what you have when you can't prove what you say. It is the assertion of belief beyond mere facts. It is the refuge of those who know in their hearts that they cannot win an honest argument.

Non-ideological statements are those that are backed by facts and reasoning, as accepted by the great majority of informed people in the field. In contrast, ideological statements are assertions based on belief. They may "feel right" to the people who make them, and their repetition provides a comforting sense of certainty, but they are essentially illusions. They provide comfort not by removing doubt, but by papering over it.

Here are some examples of non-ideological statements: that the earth revolves around the sun; that it is a sphere with a finite surface area and resources; that its climate is principally governed by the composition of gases in its atmosphere; that all species living on it, including humans, are reliant on healthy ecosystems if they are to survive.

Here are some examples of ideological statements: that markets will always distribute resources more efficiently and appropriately than other mechanisms; that the less regulation those markets have, the better they will work; that government supply of goods and services is always inferior to private enterprise; that the smaller the government is, the better; that growth can continue forever on a finite world.

Given the above, I'd like to make a daring proposition – that the Greens are the least ideological party in Australian politics, by far. 

The Greens do not have much in the way of ideology, because we do not need to. On every issue I can think of, we have strived to have facts on our side. To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, we don't need ideology, because reality has a well known Green bias. 

22 jan 12 @ 6:01 pm est          Comments

Taiwan Chinese Green Party for reforms

Tiawan Green Party for China reforms 

The Green Party and civic groups yesterday called for amendments to the Constitution and reform of the electoral system in a bid to ensure fair political participation and competition.

Representatives from the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), the Green Party Taiwan, the New Party, the People First Party (PFP), the Taiwan Association for Human Rights and Citizen’s Congress Watch attended a joint press conference in Taipei. 

22 jan 12 @ 5:58 pm est          Comments

Green Party presidential hopeful meets Occupy protesters Dr. Jill Stein is trying to get on ballots of about 45 states

Green Party presidential hopeful meets Occupy protesters

Dr. Jill Stein is trying to get on ballots of about 45 states

 WILMINGTON -- Dr. Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party's nomination for president, stopped at Wilmington's Spencer Plaza Thursday and met with a crowd of about 20 people -- mostly Occupy Delaware protesters.

"There is a rising up, a welling up if you will, of democracy and justices all over this country right now, and we see it most of all at the Occupy sites, where people are coming together sort of like old-fashioned democracy," said Stein, a Lexington, Mass., physician. "Like the old-fashioned town meeting where ordinary people just got together and just talked about their needs, their visions, their concerns."

Occupy Delaware, made up of local supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has been protesting against a number of issues, including social and economic inequality, corporate greed and government inaction.

22 jan 12 @ 5:43 pm est          Comments

Texas Green Party victory

Texas Green Party wins Ballot Suit Victory

David Rogers, an attorney for the Texas Green Party, confirmed that the suit ended in settlement, but said it was largely between the two other parties involved. “We didn’t actively engage,” he said. “The Green Party is happy to be released from all the claims in this lawsuit.”

Christina Tobin, the president and founder of Chicago-based Free and Equal, confirmed the settlement; she signed it, and said its confidentiality agreement prohibits her from revealing details. But she said her petitioning firm got “caught in the middle of the war” between other parties in Texas, and called the lawsuit “just a soap opera between the parties.”

“We were hired and given money to put the Green Party on the ballot,” she said. “We didn’t do any favors for the Green Party.”

22 jan 12 @ 5:41 pm est          Comments

U.S. South Green Party success

Green Party approved for 2012 ballot

Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK — The Green Party of Arkansas turned in enough signatures to be able to place candidates on the ballot this year, Secretary of State Mark Martin said today.

State law requires political parties to submit at least 10,000 signatures of registered Arkansas voters to gain full ballot access. The requirement does not apply to parties that received at least 3 percent of the vote in the last gubernatorial or presidential race.

The Green Party submitted its signatures on Dec. 20. Martin said Thursday his office verified that the signatures were sufficient.

The party must hold a nominating convention by May 22, the date of the state’s primary election. 

22 jan 12 @ 5:35 pm est          Comments

Finnish Green Party near 15 per cent in Presidential election

Finnland Green Party strong in Presidential election

The Finns are about to vote for a pro-euro president. The two front runners are in the pro-euro camp and, if they get through a vote on Sunday, will agree on this point in a run-off on 5 February.

Why are a majority of Finns in favour? According to second placed Green party candidate Pekka Haavisto: "This election is a competition between those who are in favour of a closed Finland and want to go back to our old national currency Markka, and those who are in favour of more international cooperation and… a more active role in the EU but also in the wider world."

But it's possible there is a whiff of economic self interest about the vote. The euro pact under discussion and due to be decided on 30 January will protect the rich north from the indebted south with a framework of strict rules. Reuters is reporting that Berlin has ordered the draft rules be toughened up to prevent any thought of deviation. 

22 jan 12 @ 5:33 pm est          Comments

Green Party looks to Conservatives for alliance to govern

Green Party moves center right  with Merkel as old certainties fade in a changed Germany

GERMANY’S OPPOSITION Green Party would be “stupid” not to enter coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel if the opportunity presented itself, according to party leader Cem Özdemir.

His assertion, to foreign correspondents in Berlin, reflects a cold reality of German politics in 2012: no old certainties apply.

The opposition have failed to capitalise on the two-year crisis, while Dr Merkel’s Christian Democrat (CDU)-led government has extracted no political profit from Germany’s boom.

Perplexed political leaders, running the poll numbers ahead of next year’s general election, increasingly acknowledge that the once staid world of German politics is now a swinger party, where nearly everyone is open to new couplings.

The Green Party, for instance, has seen it's support as high as 32 per cent mark in the last year and elected a conservative catholic Green Party Governor.

22 jan 12 @ 5:29 pm est          Comments

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Green Party Strong Occupy Congress leadership

Green Party Occupy Congress

Leading Greens at today's called for a full slate of 435 Green Party U.S. House of Representative candidates in 2012, and 33 Green Party U.S. Senate candidates. 

Dr. Jill Stein impressive, positive, inclusive 

17 jan 12 @ 9:13 pm est          Comments

Green Party Occupies Congress

Green Party leaders Dr. Jill Stein, David Cobb, and Ben Manski at Occupy Congress

Video here 

17 jan 12 @ 9:03 pm est          Comments

Monday, January 16, 2012

Al Jazeera Profiles Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein

Al Jazeera Profiles Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein 

"I joined [the Green Party] in 2000 ... I had not been a member of a party or really politically active until that time."

 "I was one of those people who was just off-put by political parties in general, and I didn't really come to see them as a necessary thing essential for political and economic change. It took me ten years of participating in the policy process to understand why we need political parties.

"Our hope is to qualify in enough states to give [the Green Party] access to 90 per cent or more of the Electoral College. That means at least 40 states ... We currently have access in something like 17 states ... and can relatively easily get enough to bring us up to a total of 30 or 35.

"I'm campaigning through largely the below-the-radar grassroots campaign techniques, using everything that we can possibly get our hands on. A lot of it is social media, alternative media, the blogs. We're definitely out there, [but] the typical electoral discussion is very closed to challengers, to alternatives, and more closed with every passing year.

"The Green New Deal is basically an emergency programme of jobs creation. It is modelled on the New Deal that helped get us out of the Great Depression in the 1930s ... Specifically, it would be creating jobs in small businesses and cooperatives at the local level in key areas of the green economy ... clean manufacturing, local organic agricultures, public transportation, and sustainable, clean renewable energy. That simultaneously goes a long way to solve the issues of national security and would begin to make wars for oil obsolete.

"In the era of Citizens United, we are swimming in money - as if we weren't even before Citizens United. This is a sort of influence-peddling on steroids.

"But we have seen some pushback against that. [Money] is not determinative, but it certainly tilts the playing field. In the recent elections, with the defeat, for example, of some of the worst anti-immigrant and anti-women's reproductive rights referendums - it's not a done deal just because they have the money on their side ... The playing field is tilted, but it always has been, and we've known that.

"In my own political career, which has entailed running for elections, my vote counts have largely gone down as the system has become more rigged. So I really don't look to vote counts to be an indicator of success or failure. At the same time that our vote counts have gone down in Massachusetts, our party has grown much stronger ... Whether two per cent or 52 per cent [of the vote], it's a win ... The goal here is bigger and longer-term." 

16 jan 12 @ 11:31 am est          Comments

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein Embraces Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Call

Stein Embraces Dr. Kings’ Call to make Health Care a Right, Promote Economic Justice and End War  

Dr. Jill Stein, running for president as a Green Party candidate, said if elected she would honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’ s legacy by not only embracing his call for civil rights and racial equality but continuing his struggle for peace, economic justice and universal health care.

Dr. Stein reflect the message of Green Party founder Petra Kelly. 

Dr. Stein, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, said she would make health care a right and enact a single payer, expanded and Improved Medicare for All. In 1968, Dr. King said that “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. ”

“All Americans are entitled to quality health care. We need to also control the excessive costs of health care, starting with eliminating the expensive and wasteful practice of health insurance, where profits are increased by denying access to health care. It is a scandal that President Obama, who has long admitted that single payer is the best solution, instead copied Milt Romney and mandated that all Americans buy health insurance,” stated Stein.

The last major speech Dr. King delivered, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution”, was on poverty. Speaking at the National Cathedral in Washington D. C., King talked about how the poor were invisible in America. When he was killed in Memphis four days later, while supporting the striking garbage workers, King was organizing a massive march in D. C. to launch a new campaign to end poverty.

King called for “a campaign for jobs and income, because… the economic question was the most crucial that black people and poor people, generally, were confronting.”

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will,” added King.

Strikingly, a recent report has included that nearly 50% of Americans live in conditions of actual poverty, meaning that they are not self-sufficient and cannot afford food, transportation, and shelter, or are just one paycheck away from that falling into that condition. Income inequality in America is worse than it has been since 1927. The richest 1% own 40% of the nation’s wealth and get 24% of the income.

“We need economic policies that seek income equality. We need to guarantee access to the fundamentals of life, these being quality housing, food, transportation, education, and health care. We need a progressive tax system that requires the wealthy and Wall Street speculators to pay a higher share of the tax burden. We need to focus on providing a decent life for the 99%, not excessive wealth for the 1%,” noted Stein.

Dr. King had concluded that a guaranteed annual income was needed as the prime step to ending poverty in our country. “I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” Surprisingly, this was actually proposed a number of years later by President Nixon as a replacement for welfare, but Congress rejected it.

Stein said that she agreed with King on the need to end war and reinvest the military budget to fund domestic needs. Stein said she would also use the peace dividend to fund a Green New Deal to provide jobs while curbing climate change.

“I will bring our troops home not only from Afghanistan and Iraq and Africa and South America, but from the more than one hundred countries where we have bases. The best way to protect the security of Americans is to rebuild our economy and stop using our military and economic might to exploit other countries and enrich corporate war profiteers,” noted Stein.

King ended his speech at the Washington Cathederal four days before he was murdered with a day with a call for America to end the Vietnam War, a call for a peace dividend. “Every time we kill [a Vietcong soldier] we spend about five hundred thousand dollars while we spend only fifty-three dollars a year for every person characterized as poverty-stricken in the so-called poverty program, which is not even a good skirmish against poverty.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also stated, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

For more about Jill Stein for President visit  

15 jan 12 @ 11:05 am est          Comments

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Dr. Jill Stein headed to Washington D.C. Tuesday for Occupy Congress

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein to Washington D.C. Tuesday for "Occupy Congress"..

Announced on facebook page. 

On facebook over 1,000 people have committed to participate. 

Workers deserve a raise, not anti-labor legislation


American workers need and deserve real increases in their take-home wages, not anti-union legislation, according to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. She called the shift toward so-called “Right to Work” legislation in Indiana and elsewhere just the latest blows to the earning power of working people:

14 jan 12 @ 3:50 pm est          Comments

Huffington Post suggest Gingrich as Green Party candidate

Really?  Gingrich as Green Party candidate...So says the Huffington Post.

 And Newt Gingrich has been playing up his eco credentials so much that he might be best served by dropping out, running as the Green Party's standard-bearer and naming Meg Whitman as his running mate. Just think about it, Newt: Callista could totally rock a green head scarf. 

14 jan 12 @ 3:47 pm est          Comments

Green Party's Caroline Lucas article in The Independent

Green Party Conservatives:

Traditional Green Party Conservatism

Caroline Lucas, Green Party legislator, with a review of a new book on Green Party Conservatism 

 With the Conservative Unitied Kingdom leadership distancing itself from the environmental agenda it had courted so keenly before the last election, and the Coalition government dangerously divided over green policies, philosopher Roger Scruton's thoughtful study on environmentalism in the conservative tradition arrives at a timely moment. Acknowledging that the environment is the most urgent political problem of our age – an intellectual step that already takes him beyond most Conservatives – the author, who is both a conservative and a conservationist, seeks to reclaim it from the clutches of the left.

Given the severe economic and environmental crises we currently face, the line he quotes from the Green Party's 1989 manifesto, rallying against the "false gods of markets, greed and consumption and growth", actually strikes me as pretty close to the mark. But I suppose that makes me one of those who have yet to learn "how to think seriously about the planet".

Focusing on the local and national levels, Scruton champions the "conservative" values of personal responsibility and local sovereignty, while lamenting the "decline in volunteers" to care of our natural heritage. He is scathing about state solutions to environmental challenges and the "grand schemes" promoted by "unaccountable" NGOs, instead preferring Edmund Burke's "little platoons" as a way of creating a sense of stewardship over our habitat, and encouraging greater shared knowledge and respect.

14 jan 12 @ 3:29 pm est          Comments

Friday, January 13, 2012

Green Party's David Cobb at Occupy Peoria

Occupy Peoria, Move to Amend, Green Party David Cobb tidbits

* I spoke with Dave Cobb, spokesman with Move to Amend— the grass-roots organization similar to the Occupy movement with the aim at pushing a constitutional amendment in favor of repealing the “corporate personhood” ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. FCC’s 2010 decision. He said one of the things local affiliates want to do is focus on generating grass-roots interest in advisory referendums. The referendums would basically ask if the voter supports a push to reverse a ruling that states corporations are legal people with First Amendment rights.

* While not as well-known as Ralph Nader, Cobb was was the 2004 presidential candidate of the Green Party. 

13 jan 12 @ 9:59 pm est          Comments

Latvia Green Party organize protest

“Greens” organize protest against Latvia's involvement in Visaginas NPP project

The Green Party of Latvia will organize a protest against Latvia's involvement in the Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant project at the Cabinet of Ministers building today, the protest will continue from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., as the party informed LETA.

The Green Party of Latvia is strong.  The Greens in Latvia elected in prior years the head of the government. 


13 jan 12 @ 9:51 pm est          Comments

Howard Switzer fights for Tennessee Green Party ballot access

Judge boils, Green Party's Howard Switzer fights, as state defends ballot restrictions

U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes Jr. openly bristled Monday at a deputy attorney general’s attempts to defend restrictions on ballot access in Tennessee — restrictions similar to those Haynes threw out as unconstitutional less than 16 months ago.

While his annoyance was clear, Haynes did not rule on the Green and Constitution parties’ request for summary judgment in their favor after 90 minutes of oral arguments, choosing instead to take the matter under advisement. The alternative political parties sued the state in July and argue that state laws make it unconstitutionally hard for third parties to get their names on the ballot in Tennessee.

They also argue that the state largely ignored Haynes’ September 2010 ruling in a similar lawsuit filed in 2008 by the Libertarian, Green and Constitution parties. That lawsuit challenged laws that required a minor party to collect signatures from 2.5 percent of the state’s voters, who had to say they were members of the party, in order to have the party name listed next to its candidates on the ballot.



13 jan 12 @ 9:25 pm est          Comments

Eva Joly Green Party candidate for President in France calls for Jewish and muslim national holidays

Eva Joly Green Party presidential candidate in France " Make Yom Kippur and Eid al Adha national holiday", French presidential candidate says


PARIS (JTA) -- The Green Party candidate for the French presidency has called for national holidays on Yom Kippur and the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Green Party leader Eva Joly said in a speech Wednesday that she wanted, "Jews and Muslims to be able to celebrate Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha during a day off," so that "every religion is treated equally in the public space."

Though national holidays are customary for Christian celebrations, the call made waves in France, where religion is expected to be kept private in a strictly secular society intended to be blind to race and religion.

"That is one way to look at secularism," quipped the French daily Le Figaro in its regular news coverage of the story.  Reader on-line reactions also expressed shock at the idea, and political opponents on the right and left defended the country's Christian-only holidays out of an "old tradition."

13 jan 12 @ 9:21 pm est          Comments

Turkish and Georgian Green Party warn of Eco disaster

Green Party warns of ecological catastrophe

 TBILISI, DFWatch – The Green Party claims a hydroelectric project in Turkey will divert too much water from Mtkvari, possibly creating serious environmental problems.

A low water level in the river Mtkvari may lead to epidemics, because sewage water from Tbilisi and Rustavi will then make up the main mass of water, the party claims.

Turkey is planning to build the Beshik Haya cascade reservoirs in Turkey’s Ardagani district. The Green Party claims this will redirect much of the water in the Mtkvari into the Black Sea instead of the Caspian Sea, where it runs today. This will lead to an ecological and economic catastrophe, according to leader Giorgi Gachechiladze.

The Green Party appeals to authorities of Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan, which also may become the victim of the project, not to let this project be implementated, because ‘an artificially created water deficit might cause tension between the states.’ 

13 jan 12 @ 9:01 pm est          Comments

Green Party's David W. Steinman to challenge Henry Waxman

Green Party Candidacy by David Steinman taking on Waxman.

Topanga resident David W. Steinman has announced his candidacy for congress as the Green Party candidate for 2012 in the redistricted 33rd District, which stretches from Malibu to Palos Verdes. 

The Green Party's David Steinman, a consumer advocate, author and magazine publisher, has taken on the nation’s most powerful corporate interests. 

Most recently, David Steinman forced Procter & Gamble to remove or sharply reduce levels of a carcinogen called dioxane and has taken on many other corporations as well, requiring them to reformulate their consumer products. 

David Steinman of the Green Party served more than two years at the National Academy of Sciences where he represented the public interest. 

David Steinman's study on the human health consequences of pollution in the Santa Monica Bay and expert testimony at a congressional hearing provided strong impetus to clean up Santa Monica Bay. 

The Green Party candidate for congress, Steinman is the author of “Diet for a Poisoned Planet” and “The Safe Shopper’s Bible.” His media company, The Freedom Press, based in Topanga, publishes the popular health magazine, Healthy Living. The Freedom Press employs more than 20 full-time, part-time and freelance workers 

“I am running for Congress as a Green Party candidate because I believe in the fundamental principles of the party and because both parties have betrayed our interests as Americans and have hurt Main Street businesses,” says Steinman, who will be challenging Rep. Henry Waxman. 

13 jan 12 @ 8:55 pm est          Comments

Israel Green Party sets sights on Knesset

Israel’s Green Party champion sets his sights on Knesset

by sue fishkoff, j. staff

 It’s no hyperbole to describe Alon Tal as the father of Israel’s environmental movement.

At 29, the North Carolina native founded Adam Teva V’din–Israel Union for Environmental Defense, which has won countless legal battles in defense of the country’s land and resources.

At 36, he founded the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies on Kibbutz Ketura, which has become the Mideast’s premier cross-border training ground for environmentalists.

He’s represented Israel in global forums, served as a delegate to the World Zionist Congress and snagged a seat on the international board of the Jewish National Fund just a few years after suing them. He’s a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, a prolific writer, author of several books and an activist who in 2008 won a life achievement award from Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Now, at 51, Tal has embarked on a new career: politics.

As a founder and co-chair of the Israel Green Movement, the newly reorganized green party — its former leader was indicted for fraud and corruption — he aims to give political muscle to the environmental imperative he’s been instrumental in articulating for more than two decades.

That’s after he finishes his newest book, which he’s writing this year on sabbatical at Stanford University.

This is not a guy who dreams small.

Tal will outline his party’s “new deal” — a green agenda for Israel’s future — at a luncheon Thursday, Jan. 19 in San Francisco hosted by Hazon and co-sponsored by UpStart Bay Area and the Israel Center, a program of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation.

He has been on a speaking tour organized by the U.S.-based Green Zionist Alliance, the first organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable future for Israel. And yes, he co-founded that group, too. 

13 jan 12 @ 8:01 am est          Comments

Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein succeeds on ballot in Washington D.C. presidential primary

IRREGULAR TIMES: Dr. Jill Stein Green Party success

Ballot Access News brings us the Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party success story.   Dr. Stein succeeded in getting on the presidential ballot in Washington D.C.  

Rick Santorum has completely failed to get on the ballot in Washington D.C., repeating the failure of Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry in neighboring Virginia. The threshold for getting on the DC ballot is quite low, raising new questions about the wherewithal of the Santorum for President organization. 

13 jan 12 @ 7:28 am est          Comments

Green Party wins prominent new party member in L.A. 12 jan 12 @ 11:20 pm est          Comments

Mass presidential primary puts 3 Green Party candidates on ballot for President

Mass. picks ballot order of Green Party presidential hopefuls


Dr. Kent Mesplay is first on the ballot followed by Dr. Jill Stein and Vietnam Veteran Harley Mikkelson. 

12 jan 12 @ 11:17 pm est          Comments

Nevada Green Party puts Dr. Jill Stein and Dr. Kent Mesplay on presidential primary ballot

Nevada Green Party presidential primary: Dr. Jill Stein, Dr. Kent Mesplay

The Green Party has two candidates who have declared candidacies: Massachusetts physician Jill Stein,, a former candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010, and Ken Mesplay,, who also sought the Green Party presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008. 

12 jan 12 @ 11:14 pm est          Comments

Many Green Party candidates make presidential primary ballot in Arizonia

Arizona Green Party puts 6 Greens on Presidential Primary ballot.

Green Party candidates include Richard Grayson, Gerard Allen Davis, Michael Oatman, Jill Stein and Gary Swing. It is not clear if Dr. Kent Mesplay of California made the Arizona Green Party ballot for President.   More at this link. 


12 jan 12 @ 11:11 pm est          Comments

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Winslow Wheeler rips the military spending waste of tax dollars

Want to cut wasteful spending? Start with U.S. military.


 An American hero, Winslow Wheeler, has a rip roaring slap down story out tonight.   Winslow, you might recall, wrote the "Wastrels of Defense".  Mr. Wheeler is the former chief of staff of the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations committee, John Stennis.  Winslow Wheeler has lived this.  Winslow knows his stuff.  Winslow Wheeler has long been a welcome featured speaker at Green Party events in the U.S. Winslow is a conservative.  A real one.   Well here you go.  Read this. At the Public Intelligence Blog. 


11 jan 12 @ 11:40 pm est          Comments

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ohio Green Party has a U.S. Senate candidate

Joseph DeMare Green Party Candidate for U.S. Senate Achieves Write-In Ballot Status

by Carey Chet Campbell 

Joseph DeMare, a machinist living in Bowling Green, has been certified as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senator on the Green Party line by the Ohio Secretary of State. 

This is some mighty fine news for Buckeye voters.   Joseph DeMare, Green Party, has made a very clever move here under arcane ballot access law.   Joseph DeMare, and we all know the twists and turns of getting on the ballot can be, and are mighty rough and tumble.   It takes a quick, clever mind, and or months of endless days and nights gathering petition signatures on the street.

The Green Party's Joseph DeMare appears to have found a way on the ballot in November.   The Green Party has ballot status in Ohio.  But to get on the ballot in the primary can require a prohibitive number of signatures.

Joseph DeMare has found a way around the obstacle. Qualify as a write-in candidate in the primary.  Then accept the nomination after receiving the most write-in votes on primary day.

Hats off to Joseph DeMare.  Greens across the U.S. would be wise to do the same.  Here's the rest of the tale from the Jackson County Times Journal.  Oh, yes.  Like Joseph DeMare, my father was also a machinist.  A proud profession.  Thanks for your courage and wit Joseph DeMare.

At least 500 voters must write in JOSEPH DeMare in the March 6th primary, then his name will appear on the fall ballot. 


11 jan 12 @ 10:42 pm est          Comments

Former Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb (2004) speaking tour

Green Party 2004 presidential nominee David Cobb to speak in Michigan

by Carey Chet Campbell

David Cobb is a famous name for U.S. Green Party members. Not only was Cobb the Green Party nominee for President in 2004.  He ran as the Green Party's candidate for Lt. Governor in Texas years before that.  Cobb inspired many Greens with his ability to recruit new Green Party candidates. Then David Cobb has the special gift to organize, and get the signatures to be on the ballot.  


Few states are as brutal as Texas, when it comes to getting on the ballot.  Right now we are in that harsh, hard, difficult petition gathering time in the Lone Star state. These are the times that try our petition gathering souls.  The Green Party's David Cobb has passed that brutal test again and again.  


David Cobb is a southerner.  He grew to a man deep in the bible belt. His speeches have the sound, and cadence of a Southern Baptist preacher.  Cobb is known as a dynamite fundraiser. 

To the great disappointment of many Greens, and a loss for the electorate, and body politic at large, David Cobb hasn't run for office again since 2004.  That Green Party presidential baptism by fire seems to have kept Cobb not only off the ballot.  David Cobb has largely stayed out of the limelight. Cobb has avoided any Green Party leadership role.  Not in state Green Parties. Nor even in local Green Party committees.  Cobb's charisma, his lawyer smarts, his organizing talents have been missed by the Green Party.  

Running for President as a Green Party nominee proved to be a very hard row to go for David Cobb.  After the election there was that fight for Ohio that continued in the courts led by David Cobb, and Pat LaMarche.  Proud and true David, Pat, and many other Greens led the charge.  They exposed woeful corruption. Proven in the courts of law.  Ignored by the mainstream press.  Forgotten by to many.

Now for David Cobb once more into the breach.  Cobb is on a talking tour. Speaking tour, if you will. Aaron Mueler has the rest of that story over at the Niles Daily Star.  See the link below. 




11 jan 12 @ 10:32 pm est          Comments

New Hampshire voters get campaign swing from Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein

New Hampshire primary goes Green


The impressive Green Party campaign of Dr. Jill Stein beats the competition once again.  On election day in New Hampshire Dr. Stein was visiting the Occupy movement in the state, and reaching out to voters. Dr. Stein's strong leadership is showing how to build the United States Green Party into America's third major party. 


11 jan 12 @ 10:12 pm est          Comments

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Green Party winner from the start: Dr. Jill Stein runs for president

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party winning start for presidential campaign.

 by Carey Chet Campbell

 Dr. Jill Stein's Green Party presidential campaign is off to a winning start.  Attractive. Optimistic. Smart.  Dr. Jill Stein is hitting just the right U.S. Green Party political notes. 

Attendance at state Green Party meetings has gone up since Dr. Stein launched her campaign.  Her quest for the Green Party presidential nomination started in October 2011.  Since that Stein kick off rally, in her native Boston, Mass Greens across the country have been pleased by her professionalism, and charm.  Dr. Stein's charisma is growing the Green Party.  More new, and former Green Party members have joined, and are stepping forward as candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate.  Some Greens are so encouraged by Dr. Jill Stein's positive, constructive, Green Party building campaign they see the potential for a record number of Greens on the ballot in 2012.  A full state of 435 Green Party candidates on the ballot for every U.S. House seat, and 33 for each U.S. Senate seat is at least discussed as possible. 

Friendly, collaborative, and intelligent is how the Harvard medical school magna cum laude graduate Dr. Jill Stein describes her approach.  Dr. Stein is a wife, and mother.  She is an experienced, elected and re-elected Green Party local politician.  Dr. Stein's experience as a candidate serves her, and the Green Party well.  Dr. Stein has run for the state legislature, and statewide three times. Twice Dr. Jill Stein ran widely praised, high profile campaigns for Governor.  Even critics granted Dr. Jill Stein performed with grace and intelligence in the TV debates. 

The Green New Deal, and the rest of the article at link below


9 jan 12 @ 8:55 pm est          Comments

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hollywood fundraiser for Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein success

Hollywood raising money for Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein

from Green Party Watch

San Fernando Valley Green Michael Mccue says of the event:

Our “Occupy the Future!” event in North Hollywood Monday night was a great gathering of concerned valley voters finding consensus on the issues that really matter to us all. We also raised funds for Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, from Massachusetts. 

8 jan 12 @ 12:14 pm est          Comments

Green Party of Turkey pro green business legislation

Green Party's Mahmut Boynudelik, editor of the book “Ecological Constitution,” describes pro green business legislation for Turkey. 

In comments to Sunday’s newspaper Zaman, the turkish Green Party leader and author stressed that there is another equally critical issue facing the republic that does not garner nearly the same level of attention -- the environment. “Another subject that is at least as important as the Kurdish issue is an ecological constitution. We are all affected by natural disasters, regardless of ethnicity,” the environmental journalist explained. 

Boynudelik's work, a compilation of notes from various conferences organized in recent months by Turkey's Green Party-led Initiative for an Ecological Constitution (IEC), is a proposal for just that -- an ecologically based set of fundamental principles to guide Turkey's environmental laws. The IEC, made up of activists, scientists and politicians from all over Turkey, presented to the Constitutional Reconciliation Commission last Wednesday a series of articles it demands be included in the new constitution.

Green Party member and Green Gazette columnist Boynudelik joined the IEC delegation, which also included Buğday (Wheat) Association for Supporting Ecological Living Member Oya Ayman, environmental rights lawyer Mehmet Horuş and Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Melda Onur, last week in proposing that the following clause be added to the text of the new constitution: “The Republic of Turkey is a democratic, secular, ecological and social constitutional state that is based on human rights, which are a part of Nature.” 

8 jan 12 @ 12:11 pm est          Comments

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Green Party woman possible nominee for President in Germany

Bloomberg reports Green Party's Katrin Goering-Eckardt possible next German President

Merkel Agrees on Plan Should President Wulff Leave, Report Says

See Carey Campbell Green Party interview with Katrin Goering-Eckardt here

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the two leaders of her government coalition parties have agreed on a procedure to nominate a successor in case President Christian Wulff steps down, Rheinische Post reported today, without saying how it got the information.

The government would propose a candidate that would also find the support of the opposition Green Party, according to the newspaper. Possible successors include conservative Green Party leader Katrin Goering-Eckardt, vice president of Germany’s lower house of parliament (Bundestag) and a long time Green party leader, and Klaus Toepfer, executive director of the UN Environment Program and a member of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, Rheinische Post said. 

7 jan 12 @ 8:58 am est          Comments

Monday, January 2, 2012

Green Party Press Conference Jan 3rd on Defense Authorization Act

Green Party, and Council on American-Islamic Relations

Schedule joint news conference objecting to new NDAA law

CAIR, the Green Party, and the Libertarian Party, are scheduled to hold a news conference on Jan 3 in Iowa, to express their opposition to the new National Defence Authorization Act. CAIR is deeply troubled by the new law.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a press release saying it is "deeply troubled" by the new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) attack on civil rights, habeas corpus, and due process.

CAIR's statement says "It is deeply troubling that the NDAA became law with the detention provisions intact. We believe it is unconstitutional for our military to become a police force that would hold American citizens indefinitely without the right to trial or even to hear the charges brought against them."

The Green Party and CAIR news conference is scheduled to take place at Des Moines Marriott Downtown at 11 a.m.

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2 jan 12 @ 10:12 pm est          Comments

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Egypt Green Party

The Arab Spring Was Hibernating in Egypt’s Green Party

Egypt’s green environmental party was founded 25 years ago for green and social change – long before the Arab Spring. The Green Party is working to show Egyptians and the Arab world the connection between their issues and the environment.

The year 2011 will probably be remembered as the year of the Arab Spring. And while the whole world focuses on Islamists no attention goes to the emerging Green parties in this region. That’s why we met with the new president of the oldest Green party in the region, Mr. Hisham Zayed from Egypt.

He was already there twenty-five years ago, barely 17 years old, when the Egyptian Green Party was founded. “In 1986 the German greens warned us that Laban Nido, Egypt’s national baby-milk brand, contained fall-out of the Chernobyl disaster. Instantly we decided to set up an initiative to warn Egyptian society about this,” Zayed tells Green Prophet.

This generated a new way of thinking, which made them decided to set up the Egyptian Green Party. In 1987, a first attempt to have the party established was refused by the government. But after going to court, they were finally allowed. Because, and these are the words of judiciary: “the party would be a step forward for the political life in Egypt, as they would contribute to the country’s future in an unique way.”

1 jan 12 @ 5:40 pm est          Comments

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