Articles by: Michael Shank

Every Purchase You Make Is A Chance To Vote With Your Wallet

Every Purchase You Make Is A Chance To Vote With Your Wallet

April 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm

FAST COMPANY 04/05/17 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bédat  You may not realize it, but you have a lot of political power–not at the voting booth, but in the checkout line. In this new age of consumer activism, buyers are sending strong signals to American companies–with impressive results. No longer […]

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Waste Will Win Under Trump

Waste Will Win Under Trump

March 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 3/27/17 By Michael Shank President Donald Trump is missing a major market opportunity in loosening fuel economy standards, a direction decided in Detroit last week. Trump, apparently, wants America to miss out on the global growth of energy efficient vehicles. The numbers speak for themselves. […]

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Kick the Plastic Habit

Kick the Plastic Habit

March 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

JOURNAL NEWS 03/21/17 By Michael Shank America has a dangerous addiction to plastic. If recent trends in New York State are any indication, it’s not going away anytime soon, thanks to multi-million-dollar lobbying by the plastics industry. The recent showdown over plastic bag fees in Albany shows the unwillingness of […]

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Dumping Military Kit on Cops Makes Main Street a War Zone

Dumping Military Kit on Cops Makes Main Street a War Zone

March 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm

NEWSWEEK 03/17/17 By Michael Shank and U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson As thousands of Native Americans protested across the country this weekend, led in part by the Standing Rock Sioux, taking the protest to the White House and to Trump Tower, it’s important to remember that Standing Rock was recently a […]

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Don’t Let Yemen Turn Into Syria

Don’t Let Yemen Turn Into Syria

March 17, 2017 at 8:25 am

USA TODAY 03/17/17 By Michael Shank Diplomacy and foreign aid are best ways to end terrorist groups. Why is Trump slashing them? President Trump, who promised as a candidate to “bomb the hell out of ISIS,” authorized a military raid in Yemen during his first couple of weeks in office […]

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Nello Yemen gli Stati Uniti intensificano i raid contro Al Qaeda

Nello Yemen gli Stati Uniti intensificano i raid contro Al Qaeda

March 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

INTERNAZIONALE 03/08/17 Gli Stati Uniti hanno rafforzato la loro campagna di bombardamenti contro Al Qaeda nella penisola araba (Aqap) per eliminare i jihadisti dallo Yemen. Da alcuni giorni le forze statunitensi hanno moltiplicato i raid aerei nel sud del paese, al confine tra le province di Shabwa, Abyan e Al […]

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Yémen : l’offensive des Etats-Unis contre les djihadistes

Yémen : l’offensive des Etats-Unis contre les djihadistes

March 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

LE MONDE 03/08/17 Par Aymeric Janier Bien décidé à extirper du Yémen le cancer djihadiste dont il souffre, Washington intensifie sa campagne de bombardements contre Al-Qaida dans la péninsule Arabique (AQPA). Depuis plusieurs jours, les forces américaines multiplient ainsi les frappes aériennes, notamment dans le sud du pays, à la […]

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How Plastic Bottles Benefit ExxonMobil

How Plastic Bottles Benefit ExxonMobil

March 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 03/09/17 By Michael Shank America has a dangerous and deadly addiction to plastic. If recent trends in New York State are any indication, it’s not going away anytime soon, thanks, in part, to multi-million-dollar lobbying by the plastic manufacturing industry. Yet the recent showdown over plastic bag fees […]

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Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details ‘Catastrophic’ Impact of Pesticides

Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details ‘Catastrophic’ Impact of Pesticides

March 8, 2017 at 10:58 am

COMMON DREAMS 03/07/17 By Lauren McCauley Taking the global pesticide industry to task for its “systematic denial of harms” while, at the same time, perpetuating the “myth” of aiding global hunger, a United Nations food expert has put forth a new report on the “catastrophic impacts on the environment, human […]

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Trump Turns Apolitical Mennonites into Protesters

Trump Turns Apolitical Mennonites into Protesters

March 8, 2017 at 9:13 am

MCCLATCHY 03/08/17 By Alex Roarty Mary Beth Martin and Lindsey Martin Corbo each held one side of the large cardboard poster, the mother and her adult daughter eager to deliver a personal if unconventional message to their congressman, Republican Rep. Lloyd Smucker. “Hey Smucker,” said the sign, written in red, […]

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