Archive - Aug 2012
28:55 minutes (26.47 MB)
- In election, Republicans drop support for renewable energy incentives
- Developing nations push for emission cuts, financing for adaptation at Bangkok climate talks
- New York residents urge governor to consider fracking concerns in state policy
- Legacy of racism and voter suppression play role in South Carolina’s voter ID trial
- Anarchists lead community clean up in Tampa as RNC wraps up with little violence reported
5:09 minutes (4.71 MB)
- Obama signs executive order to combat veteran suicide
- Justice Department won’t bring criminal charges in CIA interrogation inquiry
- Seattle residents to begin accruing paid sick leave
- Honduran indigenous group assaulted while trying to survey ancestral land
- Maldives commission says February presidential ouster not a coup
5:48 minutes (5.31 MB)
Today in Florida, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was interrupted during a speech as he and his running mate, Paul Ryan, prepared to depart from Tampa and the Republican National Convention. Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez with the group Get Equal was there and told FSRN that about seven activists from his group and DRM Capitol went to the airport, where Romney was speaking to draw attention to immigrant and LGBT rights.
5:15 minutes (4.8 MB)
At the latest UN climate change talks taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, small island states are calling for immediate action to keep warming below 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels, saying their survival depends on it. Several UN working groups met in Bangkok today to address cuts to emissions, funds to help the hardest hit countries adapt and what’s next for the Kyoto protocol, which partially expires this year. The meeting is in preparation for negotiations in Doha, Qatar later this year.
4:07 minutes (3.77 MB)
Opposition to hydraulic fracking has been growing across the country, as more communities grow concerned over contaminated water, pollution, earthquakes and potential health effects. In New York state, the Governor is still considering whether to move forward with fracking and activists hope to sway his decision. Earlier this week, about 1500 rallied in Albany, the state capital. FSRN’s James Krivo spoke to participants for this edition of Street Beat.
4:01 minutes (3.67 MB)
Today, a federal judge in Ohio ruled to restore early voting across the state. The Obama Administration had sued Ohio for curtailing early voting rights in certain counties with urban, heavily Democratic populations. The news comes on the final day of testimony in the trial on South Carolina’s voter ID law, which focused on how the law was passed and the history of racism and voter suppression in the state. Alice Ollstein has more, in FSRN’s second day of coverage on the trial.
2:32 minutes (2.32 MB)
In Tampa this week, police made few arrests at the Republican Convention. Demonstrations were largely peaceful, despite warnings of “anarchist” threats from the FBI and Homeland Security. Anarchists in Tampa say they’re being unfairly labeled, and this week conducted a community clean-up to try to change public opinion. FSRN’s Janelle Irwin has more.