Pentagon exempts Navy from whale protection law

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Friday exempted the Navy for six months from a law protecting whales and other marine mammals, a move that may allow planned naval exercises using military sonar to proceed despite a lawsuit. The exemption allows the Navy to conduct the 13 exercises it plans over the next six months without […]

Baby gray whale births rebounding on Pacific Coast

SAN FRANCISCO – The number of baby gray whales born along the Pacific Coast has rebounded from record low levels, suggesting that pregnant females are thriving despite a warming Arctic feeding environment, biologists said. The number of calves that passed Point Piedras Blancas near San Luis Obispo jumped from 945 last year to 1,018 calves […]

The Truth about “Traditional” Japanese Whaling

Japan argues that whaling is a cultural tradition practiced by the Japanese for centuries. As such they believe they have an inherent right to continue this tradition. But how traditional is it? There were a few isolated Japanese villages that had killed whales in the past, but Japan as a whole demonstrated very little interest […]

The Shadow of Slaughter Hangs Over Whales

In the next 10 days, Japan’s long campaign to end the hunting moratorium could pay off. As offers of aid sway poorer nations to side with pro-whalers, conservationists fear the tide is turning. It is early morning in Tokyo, and the narrow streets of Tsukiji fish market are already packed with shoppers inspecting the overnight […]

Stand Up for Democracy With Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has written a brilliant new article about the biggest political story in the history of the United States: An American politician illegitimately took the office of president by outright theft and fraud. Although such high crimes and misdemeanors have been rumored in previous elections, none in the history of the republic […]

Get Real

Behind the hue and cry over the Kyoto climate change treaty—the outrage at the United States for not signing on and the blaming of India and China for fueling their rapid growth with fossil fuels—is one nagging but rarely reported reality: even if every nation in the world complied to the hilt, it would hardly […]

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted – enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. The complete article, with Web-only citations, follows. For more, see exclusive documents, sources, charts and commentary. Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004 election watching […]