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A bimonthly podcast discussing international human rights and environmental issues around the world from public policy, legal, theoretical and ethical viewpoints with academics, lawyers, activists and community organizers on the ground. Our episodes discuss and dissect impediments to substantive democracy, equality, public health, reproductive, refugee, sexuality and free speech and protest rights and the proper intersection of competing rights. Our environmental episodes look at freshwater and food security, threats to biodiversity, climate change effects and mitigation strategies and the environmental consequence of impending large scale projects around the world.

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A bimonthly podcast discussing international human rights and environmental issues around the world from public policy, legal, theoretical and ethical viewpoints with academics, lawyers, activists and community organizers on the ground. Our episodes discuss and dissect impediments to substantive democracy, equality, public health, reproductive, refugee, sexuality and free speech and protest rights and the proper intersection of competing rights. Our environmental episodes look at freshwater and food security, threats to biodiversity, climate change effects and mitigation strategies and the environmental consequence of impending large scale projects around the world.

    One World, One Health: How Pathogenic Policies Contribute to Pandemics

    One World, One Health: How Pathogenic Policies Contribute to Pandemics

    The Need for a Unified, Holistic Approach to Environmental, Animal and Human Health
    Discussion with Professor Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson on anthropogenic ecosystem drivers of disease emergence in wildlife and spillover into the human population. We discuss how habitat destruction, including from changing land use patterns and industrial and agricultural intensification and effects of climate change have contributed to epidemics of zoonotic infections. We also discuss how biodiversity loss leads to disease emergence and transmission of zoonotic viruses. Additionally, we discuss the importance of providing access to better living conditions and healthcare for people at the frontlines of zoonotic infection for proper disease detection and prevention of pandemics. Finally, we discuss the imperative for a unified approach to environmental, animal and human health policies in order to avoid future pandemics.
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    UC Davis One Health InstituteEpiCenter for Disease DynamicsGlobal Shifts in Mammalian Populations Reveal Key Predictors of Viral Spillover (link to publication)Global Shifts in Mammalian Populations Reveal Key Predictors of Viral Spillover (link to Fact Sheet)One Health Institute TwitterDr. Christine Kreuder Johnson TwitterOne Health Institute Latest Newshttps://www.ecohealthalliance.org/2018/03/nipahhttps://theecologist.org/2014/oct/29/oil-palm-explosion-driving-west-africas-ebola-outbreakhttps://www.who.int/environmental_health_emergencies/disease_outbreaks/communicable_diseases/en/https://news.emory.edu/stories/2020/02/esc_disease_spread_species_gillespie/campus.html

    • 54 min
    When the Boardroom Enters the Bedroom: The Art of Profit and Predation in the ART Industry

    When the Boardroom Enters the Bedroom: The Art of Profit and Predation in the ART Industry

    Regulatory Gaps and Conflicts in the Fertility Industry
    Discussion on regulatory gaps and issues in the fertility industry with Professors Naomi Cahn and June Carbone. We discuss the marketing of egg freezing, brokerage of egg donation and surrogacy and issues surrounding informed consent, vulnerability and inequality in the fertility industry. Additionally, we discuss clinic mislabeling mishaps and mistaken implantation, the legal recognition of parental rights and the ownership of embryos when there is conflict over termination and/or implantation. We also discuss disclosure with respect to donors and how to balance the privacy rights of donors and intended parents with the rights of children to know their genealogy.
    For More Info:
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/naomicahn/2019/11/08/is-egg-freezing-all-its-cracked-up-to-be/#36180001d784.https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/eastern-and-western-perspectives-on-surrogacy/united-states-of-america/7B912769A7D7D19489470C328C72DA42https://www.law.gwu.edu/cahn-naomi-rhttps://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3123361https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2772064https://corethics.org/wp-content/uploads/Human-Eggs-Laws.pdfhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-women-surrogacy-factbox/fatcbox-which-countries-allow-commercial-surrogacy-idUSKBN1530FPhttps://www.reprotechtruths.org/https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-09/ivf-industry-criticised-over-misleading-claims/7152508http://www.bu.edu/articles/2015/regulate-the-fertility-industryhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10253866.2018.1512239?journalCode=gcmc20

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Stifling Dissent: Activism Between the Stick and Slap

    Stifling Dissent: Activism Between the Stick and Slap

    The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, Little Gitmo and Corporate SLAPP Suits
    Discussion on the terrorization of activists and the criminalization of dissent with Rachel Meeropol. We discuss the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, how it may operate to violate the First Amendment and its chilling effect on activism. We also discuss corporate SLAPP suits including Energy Transfer Partner’s suit to bring a RICO claim against environmental activists at Standing Rock and the entire EarthFirst! environmental movement. Additionally, we discuss Communication Management Units, their clandestine opening in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, their draconian communication limitations and their use as political prisons. We also discuss the federal government’s detention and egregious treatment of immigrants with minor infractions suspected and later cleared of terrorism charges based solely on racial and religious profiling. Finally, we discuss the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook and the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision in Ziglar v. Abbasi which denied personal liability for federal officials for constitutional violations and the need for remedial legislation.
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    https://www.protecttheprotest.org/category/resource-categories/help-us-end-slapp/https://anti-slapp.org/your-states-free-speech-protection#scorecardhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/06/2017-06-19_ZiglarvAbbasi_SCOTUSdecision.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/assets/Turkmen_3rdAmendedComplaint_09_04.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2015/10/Aref%20Appeal%20brief%2010.28.2015.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/assets/Blum%201st%20circuit%20decision.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/assets/Appellants'%20Opening%20Brief_0.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/11/US%20v%20Johnson%20Appellate%20Decision.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2016/05/Appeal%20Brief%20and%20Appendix%205.9.16.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/assets/ALDF%20v.%20Otter%20CCR%20amicus%20brief.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/07/ALDF%20v%20Herbert%20%28Utah%20ag%20gag%29%20Order-Granting-Pls-SJ.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2019/02/135%20Order%202019.02.14.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2018/04/80%20Earth%20First%20Journal%27s%20Response%20to%20the%20Court%27s%20Order%20of%20March%2022%2C%202018.pdfhttps://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/12/1%20complaint.pdf

    • 1 hr 24 min
    The Slaughterhouse Straitjacket: How Big Ag Gags and Guts Our Speech

    The Slaughterhouse Straitjacket: How Big Ag Gags and Guts Our Speech

    Ag-Gag Laws and the First Amendment, Carious CAFOS and the Endangerment of the Endangered Species Act
    Discussion with Cristina Stella on the advent and continuance of Ag-gag laws that criminalize undercover reporting at animal enterprises and their violation of First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. We also discuss the First Amendment violation of “food censorship” laws that prohibit meat and milk alternatives from using “milk” and “meat” in the name of their products. We discuss humane washing cases and the conditions of animals in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Additionally, we discuss the impact CAFOs have on our public health, the environment and the quality of life of surrounding populations. We also discuss the exemptions CAFOs have obtained from environmental regulations and the current roll-backs to the Endangered Species Act and the pending litigation challenging these.
    For More Info:
    li>https://aldf.org/issue/ag-gag/https://aldf.org/case/challenging-iowas-ag-gag-2-0-law/https://aldf.org/article/lawsuit-challenges-constitutionality-of-arkansas-ag-gag-law/https://aldf.org/article/federal-rule-allowing-cruel-high-speed-pig-slaughter-violates-federal-law/https://aldf.org/article/animal-legal-defense-fund-sues-tillamook-for-deceptive-advertising/https://aldf.org/article/tofurky-mounts-free-speech-challenge-against-arkansas-meat-label-law/https://aldf.org/case/challenging-fsas-medium-sized-cafo-exemptions/https://aldf.org/article/the-edge-of-extinction-hundreds-of-vulnerable-animal-species-in-danger-under-endangered-species-act-rollbacks/https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone-is-largest-ever-measuredhttps://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/files/animal_drug_es_10_26_77814.pdfhttps://aldf.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/CAFOs-Plaguing-North-Carolina-Communities-of-Color.pdfhttps://aldf.org/case/challenging-factory-farms-exemption-from-pollution-reporting-requirements/https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/public-impacts-factory-farms-on-communities.pdf

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Grit and Gravity in International Law

    Grit and Gravity in International Law

    Democratizing the Colonial Space of International Law
    Discussion with Rachel López on the colonial development of international law and its continuing hierarchical structure. We also discuss the duty to refrain from assisting states in committing grave crimes and its interrelation with the responsibility to protect people from grave crimes under international law. Additionally, we discuss the concept of “gravity” as the counterweight to sovereignty, its development under international law and its ability to be manipulated with its continued malleable counters. We also discuss the problems of humanitarian intervention, both in terms of its selective enforcement, its ability to be used for the opportunistic aims of great powers and its unintended consequences. Finally, we discuss how to democratize the current hierarchical structure of international law and how international law can both support and be supported by grassroots social justice movements.
    For More Info:
    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3246362https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2923745https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/role-archives-transitional-justice/rachel-lopezhttps://www.americasquarterly.org/content/how-tv-star-triggered-slow-motion-constitutional-crisishttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-asil-annual-meeting/article/div-classtitlebeyond-gravity-for-a-politics-of-international-criminal-prosecutionsdiv/2F90D384ED7F377EED5DA38AF151884Chttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/leiden-journal-of-international-law/article/inescapable-dyads-why-the-international-criminal-court-cannot-win/E6A8911B22AB3850E4BDE3B662349549

    • 1 hr 27 min
    A People Fractured: Shells, Strikes and Starvation in Yemen

    A People Fractured: Shells, Strikes and Starvation in Yemen

    U.S. and European Complicity in the Yemeni Conflict
    Discussion with Radhya Al-Mutawakel on the war crimes committed in Yemen by all parties, including the indiscriminate bombing and shelling of civilian sites and civilians and the destruction of religious and cultural heritage. We discuss U.S., U.K. and other Western countries’ participation in the conflict through arm sales to the Saudi and Emirati coalition and logistical support. Additionally, we discuss the plague of landmines, the economic blockades and the public health crisis in Yemen, including from starvation and epidemics of cholera and diphtheria. We discuss arbitrary detention, forced disappearances, the recruitment of children into the war and the war’s impact upon women.  We also discuss U.S. drone strikes, the civilian deaths and injuries they cause and their futility in serving counter-terrorism.
    For More Info:
    The-Degradation-of-History-English.pdfYemen-report-draft_3.5_PDF-w-cover.pdfPress-report-En.pdfIn-houthi-controlled-yemen-silence-exile-or-detent.phpConcealed-Killer-Report-En.pdfStrategies-of-Coalition-in-Yemen-War-Final-20181005-1.pdfhttps://yemendataproject.org/

    • 1 hr 16 min

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