New UN Report Examines Challenges to Sustainable Development in a Warming World

For The Real News, I speak with Professor Petra Tschakert, a lead author of a new United Nations report that examines the effects of climate change on sustainable development.

According to Professor Tschakert, “climate change threatens our progress towards reducing poverty, towards eradicating poverty.”

My interview of Professor Tschakert can be seen here:


Canadian Logging Giant Intensifies Persecution of Greenpeace and Stand.Earth

Canada’s largest logging company, Resolute Forest Products, is attempting to revive a $300 million racketeering lawsuit against environmental organizations Stand Earth and Greenpeace. Last year, the lawsuit was determined by a United States District Court judge to be frivolous and strategic. The judge dismissed the lawsuit but granted leave to Resolute to amend its complaint with new facts. Resolute’s attorneys now claim that their amended complaint contains a “mountain” of new information. For the Real News, I speak with Todd Paglia, Executive Director of Stand Earth, about Resolute’s amended complaint. According to Todd, Resolute’s “mountain” of new information is a “molehill” that is designed to do nothing more than perpetuate a frivolous and costly piece of litigation against defenders of the environment.

My discussion with Todd Paglia can be seen here:

Confronting Trudeau on Climate Lies and Kinder Morgan Pipeline

On his recent town hall tour across Canada, Justin Trudeau encountered many Canadians who are indignant about his government’s support for tar sands pipelines. One of those Canadians was Clayton Thomas-Muller of

For The Real News Network, I speak to Clayton about his challenge to Trudeau at a town hall in Winnipeg to explain how Trudeau’s devotion to the tar sands industry can be reconciled with his purported commitment to the Paris climate accord.

My interview of Clayton can be seen here:

Under its New Leader Jagmeet Singh, Will Canada’s NDP Finally Call for Sanctions on Israel?

During the NDP leadership campaign, I had the opportunity to ask Jagmeet Singh, who subsequently won the NDP’s leadership contest, whether he supported sanctions on Israel. In this report for The Real News, you can listen to my conversation with Mr. Singh.

In my report, I also speak with NDP activists Genevieve Nevin and Yazan Khader about their remarkable efforts to garner support for a new NDP resolution on Israel/Palestine. That resolution calls for a ban on the importation of products made in Israel’s illegal settlements.

If adopted at next week’s NDP convention in Ottawa, it will mark the first time in Israel’s 50-year occupation of Palestinian lands that one of the three major Canadian political parties has called for sanctions on Israel. Until now, only the Green Party of Canada has called for sanctions on Israel.

My report can be seen here:

BDS Activists and Canada’s Communist Party Sue the City of Montreal for Civil Rights Violations

During Canada’s 2015 federal election, Montreal-based supporters for the BDS Movement and local candidates of the Communist Party of Canada attempted to draw attention to Steven Harper’s indifference to the suffering of the Palestinian people by erecting provocative posters in Montreal. The central and devastating image of their posters (pictured above) was a dead Palestinian boy who had been killed along with three other Palestinian boys in an Israeli missile attack on a Gaza beach in the summer of 2014.

In apparent violation of Canada’s electoral laws, the City of Montreal, whose mayor at the time was pro-Israel Denis Coderre, removed and confiscated the posters. City workers continued to remove the posters even after a lawyer for the City acknowledged in writing that the posters should not have been removed.

As a result, BDS-Quebec and Canada’s Communist Party later sued the City of Montreal for damages. The trial of that lawsuit was conducted last month (January 2018) in Quebec Superior Court in Montreal. The judge’s decision is now pending.

For The Real News, I attended the first day of the trial and, at the courthouse, I spoke with two of the plaintiffs – Bruce Katz of BDS-Quebec and Bill Sloan of the Communist Party.

My report on the trial can be seen here:

The Governments of Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley Ignore the Scandal of Toxic ‘Tailings Ponds’

For the Real News, I speak to independent oil & gas researcher Regan Boychuk about the failure of governments in Canada to force the tar sands industry to clean up the vast toxic wasteland it has created in the once-pristine environment of northern Alberta.

My interview of Regan can be seen here: