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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Planet on the Brink: Human Activity Killing the Planet's Life-Supporting Systems
Human activity has brought the planet's life-supporting systems to the brink of tipping points, causing an "alarming" loss in biodiversity and critical threats to the services nature has provided humankind. So finds the newest state of the planet report (pdf) from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF),...
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Signed Agreement Locks in Ten More Years of Afghan War
Locking in at least another decade of U.S. military entanglement, the United States and Afghanistan signed a controversial Bilateral Security Agreement at a ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday. The provisions of the pact will allow for U.S. training, funding, and arming of the Afghan military and keep...
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Sick-Outs and Walk-Outs: Students and Teachers Escalate Fight Against Censorship of History
A passionate coalition of teachers and students in Jefferson County, Colorado are continuing their fight against censorship this week, employing some of the very tactics the conservative school board wants to eliminate from history textbooks. Seventy-two of 102 teachers at Golden and Jefferson high...
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Detroiters Vow Resistance After Judge Rules There is No Human Right to Water
The people of Detroit are vowing resistance after a federal bankruptcy judge on Monday ruled that the city can continue shutting off water to its poorest residents if their bills cannot be paid. Judge Steven W. Rhodes at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan declared that...
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Argentina Accuses Judge of 'Harassment' in Ongoing Debt Fight
Argentina charged U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa with "excessive judicial harassment" on Monday after he found the sovereign nation in contempt of court for its refusal to follow his orders in a years-long battle over defaulted debt and overseas hedge funds. Griesa previously ruled that the...
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Pro-Democracy Demonstrators Dig Deep, Hold Ground in Hong Kong
The pro-democracy crowds in central Hong Kong are growing, not shrinking, after more than three days of sustained protest. Even heavy rains and thunder storms that soaked the city on Tuesday could not shake the determination of the crowds. As the South China Morning Post reports on its live...
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US Supreme Court Snubs Early Voting in Ohio
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that early voting in the state of Ohio can be curtailed, ignoring arguments that access to early voting improves turnout and gives wider poll access, particularly to working, low-income, and elderly people. The decision came just hours before early voting was...
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Monday, September 29, 2014
Migrant Rights Group: It's Beyond Time to Act on Needless Deaths
Their stories will never be fully known. Driven by conflict, poverty, famine or just a better life, over 4,000 migrants have died so far this year while making their journeys, a new tally from the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration finds. The grim numbers are outlined the...
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Revealed: The Little-Known Executive Order Behind Our 'Collect It All' Spy State
The powers granted to the National Security Agency to spy on millions of Americans and people abroad were vested by a little-known executive order that—until now—has received scant scrutiny or oversight, newly uncovered government documents revealed on Monday. Executive Order 12333 , passed in 1981...
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A 'Spoon-Fed' Terror Threat: The Truth About Khorasan
In an effort to win support for its bombing campaign against Syria, the Obama Administration concocted a new terror threat—the so-called 'Khorasan Group'—and got the mainstream media to run with the story, according to reporting by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain, published at The Intercept...
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The rubble of a home reportedly hit by a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Kafar Daryan in Syria. (Photo: Sami Ali / AFP/Getty Images) As US Bombs Iraq and Syria, Who Exactly Is Being Killed?
As the United States passes week seven of its expanded war on Iraq , and week two of air strikes across Syria, a critical question remains unanswered: Who exactly is dying in the air bombardments? Many fear this question will remain unanswered. "I'm concerned that the U.S. is not held to the same...
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Sizzle, Sizzle, Fossil Fuels and Trouble: Study Confirms Climate Change Drove Extreme Heat Waves
A new study has added to body of evidence linking human-caused climate change with extreme heat events. Published Monday by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society , the NOAA-led study investigated the causes of 16 extreme weather events in 2013 across four continents. This third such...
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In Effort to Combat Campus Sexual Assault, California 'Yes Means Yes' Signed into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a law requiring all state colleges to adopt a 'yes means yes' policy of unambiguous, affirmative consent by students engaged in sexual activity, marking a paradigm shift in h ow colleges and universities deal with sexual assaults. The law would apply...
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As Endless War Drags On, US Has No Plans to Release Secret Prisoners Kept in Afghanistan
As the U.S. cements a pact to maintain troops in Afghanistan following their reported withdrawal at the end of the year, a top U.S. official has admitted that the military also has no set plan to release the secret prisoners held captive in that country. Brigadier General Patrick J. Reinert told...
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Pro-Palestinian Protesters Thwart Israeli Cargo Ship Again
Protesting Israel's recent war and ongoing apartheid against Palestinians, activists thwarted an Israeli cargo ship at the Port of Oakland on Saturday by forcing the boat to depart the Bay Area unloaded. According to reports, at least 75 and possibly as many as 200 protesters dispersed across the...
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Is Former Head of Homeland Security Peddling Fear for Profit?
Michael Chertoff, the former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Bush administration, has been paid a "modest sum" by a Virginia-based company trying to retain a profitable government contract for routing millions of phone calls and texts in and out of the country, the New...
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'Umbrella Revolutionaries' Sweep Riot Police From Hong Kong Streets
Despite deployment of increasingly harsh tactics over the weekend aimed at forcing pro-democracy protesters off the streets of Hong Kong, by Monday it was police units forced into retreat while the number of those backing democratic reforms and promising to hold 'central' areas of the city appear...
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Sunday, September 28, 2014
Catalan Leader Calls Independence Referendum, Defying Madrid
Catalonia's president on Saturday formally called a referendum to decide whether Spain's richest region should be independent, defying Madrid which vowed to block the move. Shortly after Artur Mas set the vote for November 9, the Spanish government said the referendum would not take place because...
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Police used tear gas to break up massive pro-democracy demonstrations Sunday night in Hong Kong. (Photo: Twitter) Hong Kong Protests Turn Chaotic as Police Fire Tear Gas
Police in Hong Kong unleashed tear gas on a massive, peaceful protest outside of government headquarters on Sunday morning, where tens of thousands of activists had gathered to demand free elections and universal suffrage. The sit-in, which started Friday night, was part of a continuing series of...
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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Top Liberian Doctor Quarantined in Throes of 'Vastly Underestimated' Ebola Crisis
As Liberia's chief medical officer placed herself under quarantine on Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that the Ebola death toll in West Africa had surpassed 3,000—though it warned for the second time in as many months that the statistics "vastly underestimate" the true scale...
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Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash
Barely a year removed from the devastation of the 2008 financial crisis, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York faced a crossroads. Congress had set its sights on reform. The biggest banks in the nation had shown that their failure could threaten the entire financial system...
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U.S.-Led Coalition Launches More Strikes in Syria
The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS) launched a new wave of airstrikes in Syria on Saturday, aiming at least in part at wheat fields in the country's eastern region where they claim a jihadi group is hiding. The strikes continued after Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...
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Clashes Erupt in Hong Kong Protests
Police in Hong Kong made violent arrests on Friday and Saturday as students and pro-democracy activists stormed a public square near the government's headquarters to protest China's rejection of free elections and universal suffrage earlier this month. At least 60 activists were taken into custody...
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Friday, September 26, 2014
Evidence Mounts of Hidden Fracking Hazards
"Without a clearer view of the big picture of frac sand mining's impact, laws that protect our communities' air and water aren't being developed or enforced."
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More Ferguson Protesters Arrested as Police Chief Offers 'Unacceptable' Apology
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson on Thursday issued a video apology to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, while continuing to ignore residents' repeated calls for his resignation. Jackson also walked briefly on Thursday night with...
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Second Discovery of GMO Wheat Reveals 'Failed Policy' That Threatens Farmers: Watchdog
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday revealed that it was opening an investigation into the appearance of unapproved genetically engineered wheat in Montana. It marks the second time the USDA is issuing notice of a discovery of rogue genetically engineered (or GMO) wheat. There is no...
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Joining US War, British Parliament OKs Bombing of Iraq
British parliament on Friday voted to approve air strikes on Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Iraq, making it one of the latest European countries to join the U.S.'s ever-expanding bombing campaign on the war-ravaged country. The House of Commons approved the air strikes in a vote of 524-to-43, with...
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Moyers & Company: On 'America’s New War in the Middle East'
As Congress skipped town and avoided a vote on war, President Obama announced this week that the US was taking the lead in bombing jihadists in Iraq and Syria, opening what is being widely interpreted as another long and costly American military campaign in the Middle East. This week, Bill...
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It Was a Good Week in the Fight to Stop Tar Sands
Opponents of tar sands got some good news this week. Oil and gas company Statoil announced Thursday that it was shelving its Corner tar sands project in Alberta. The Norwegian firm's decision to postpone the project "for a minimum of three years" is due to economic costs of labor and materials,...
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Abbas at UN: World Must Hold Israel to Account for "War of Genocide"
A day after the Palestinian Authority and Hamas announced a " comprehensive " agreement to implement a unity government to rule the Gaza Strip, PA President Mahmoud Abbas delivered an impassioned speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Friday as he accused Israel of waging a "war of...
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Los Angeles Hotel Workers Win Big Minimum Wage Victory
The Los Angeles City Council passed one of the highest minimum wage requirements in the country this week, which will apply to employees at big hotels around the city. In a 12-3 vote on Wednesday, council members backed an ordinance establishing a minimum hourly wage of $15.37 for workers at Los...
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At the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, sometimes incarcerated people are forced to resort to starting fires to get attention from negligent staff. (Photo: ACLU) Mississippi Sued Over 'Hellish' Conditions in For-Profit Prison
Denial of food and medical care. Cells and floors soiled with blood, urine, and feces. Excessive force by prison guards. Weeks, months, and years in solitary confinement. These are the conditions found at a "special needs" for-profit prison, the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, which is...
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Obama Blasts Brutality and Bullying, But Not by Israel
UNITED NATIONS - When U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday, he was outspoken in his criticism of Russia for bullying Ukraine, Syria for its brutality towards its own people, and terrorists of all political stripes for the death and destruction plaguing Iraq,...
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FBI Director Equates Protecting Personal Privacy with Lawlessness
FBI Director James Comey has responded to recent moves by tech giants Apple and Google to offer better encryption services on their handheld devices by suggesting that giving people the ability to protect their private communications from state law enforcement agencies is akin to lawlessness. In...
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Obama Creates World's Largest Marine Reserve
President Barack Obama announced on Thursday the creation of the world's largest marine reserve. The action expands the biodiversity-rich Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which covers seven atolls and islands, from roughly 87,000 square miles to 490,000 square miles. That expansion...
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With No Freedom in Sight, Illegally Jailed Inmates in Mississippi Demand Answers
Octavius Burks has been locked in jail for three years. He has not been charged. He is still waiting for an attorney. He is still waiting to find out why this is happening to him—for the third time in as many years. Several other people in the same jail, caged indefinitely, are wondering the same...
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Rouhani: Western Intervention 'Put Blades in the Hands' of ISIS Extremists
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday criticized Western nations for sowing extremism in the Middle East and paving the way for the rise of the Islamic State (referred to as ISIS or ISIL) through military interventions and "strategic blunders." "Certain intelligence agencies have put blades...
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Muslims and Scholars Condemn ISIS for Betraying Religion of 'Mercy' and 'Compassion'
The American-Muslim community and rights groups are pushing back against Islamophobia, which they worry is on the rise due to heightened concern about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS). On Wednesday, 120 religious scholars and Muslim leaders released an open letter refuting the ideology...
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US to Pay Navajo Nation Over $550 Million in Landmark Settlement
The U.S. government will pay the Navajo Nation $554 million as part of a historic settlement, bringing to a close a suit that accused the federal government of mismanagement of tribal trust funds and resources. A formal announcement and signing will take place Friday . The deal, approved by the...
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Well head after all the hydraulic fracturing equipment has been taken off location. (Photo: Joshua Doubek/CC) Study: Natural Gas Expansion Will Raise Emissions, Worsen Climate
A national shift to natural gas for power generation is no panacea for the climate crisis, new research finds. In fact the study, published on Wednesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters , finds that treating natural gas as a so-called "bridge fuel" could actually make global warming...
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'Ebola Is Winning': Sierra Leone Quarantines 1.2 Million People
As world leaders gather in New York to discuss the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone put more than a million of its citizens under an indefinite quarantine "with immediate effect" on Thursday, in a desperate effort to curb the crisis. President Ernest Bai Koroma announced Wednesday that the northern...
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Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign
Attorney General Eric Holder will announce his resignation on Thursday, the Department of Justice has confirmed. Having served under President Obama for nearly six years, Holder was the nation's first African-American to hold the post as the nation's top prosecutor and currently the fourth-longest...
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Broken Dreams: Amidst Economic Insecurity, Americans Can't Get Ahead
A new study shows that a majority of Americans have "a decidedly gloomy" economic outlook and have lost faith in the so-called American Dream. According to the non-profit Public Religion Research Institute's 2014 American Values Survey, " Economic Insecurity, Rising Inequality, and Doubts About the...
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Civilian Deaths Mount as US Bombing of Syria Expands
With a new wave of U.S.-led airstrikes overnight in Syria, reporting from the ground inside the country show that in addition to the damage being done to Islamic State (or ISIS) targets and other militant factions, the civilian death toll is rapidly increasing. According to the UK-based Syrian...
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Climate-Smart Agriculture is Corporate Green-Washing, Warn NGOs
UNITED NATIONS - On the sidelines of the U.N.’s heavily hyped Climate Summit, the newly-launched Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture announced plans to protect some 500 million farmers worldwide from climate change and “help achieve sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural...
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Despite Video Evidence, Grand Jury Refuses to Indict on Ohio Walmart Killing
Despite store surveillance footage that showed a young black man, John Crawford III, casually talking on his cell phone and clearly not threatening other shoppers in an Ohio Walmart store when he was shot and killed, a grand jury on Wednesday announced it would not indict the police officer, Sean...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Chelsea Manning Sues Defense Department Over Denial of Medical Care
Chelsea Manning filed a federal lawsuit against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other officials in the Department of Defense on Wednesday for "failure to provide the necessary medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, a condition with which she was originally diagnosed by Army officers more...
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Seattle Says Yes to Compost, Yes to Bees
The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously passed an ordinance that could lead to more composting and less food waste in the city. Under the ordinance, which updates the current municipal code, starting next year businesses will be fined $50 and homeowners $1 per collection if they put...
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Obama's Pitiful Pledge Epitomizes Failure of UN Summit: Climate Campaigners
Historic crowds gathered in New York City this week to demand drastic action in the face of the ever worsening climate crisis. But at Tuesday's Climate Summit at the United Nations headquarters, heads of state—most notably President Obama—did not come close to heeding the urgent calls for concrete...
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Edward Snowden Awarded 'Alternative Nobel' for Revealing Vast Surveillance
The NSA whistleblower is being honored for “his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights."
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Told They Cannot Learn About Social Movements, Colorado Students Take To the Streets
Hundreds of students from high schools across Colorado's Jefferson County school district walked out of classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week, protesting attempts by rightwing members of the school board to amp up what they consider the "positive aspects of the United States and its...
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On Day Two of 'Illegal' US-Led Bombing of Syria, Obama Asks for Help Fighting 'Network of Death'
In a 40-minute address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, President Barack Obama described the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS) as "a network of death" and called on world leaders to join the U.S. in taking "concrete steps to address the danger posed by religiously motivated fanatics...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Sorry, Kids, You Might Never See These 10 American Species
They are vanishing before our very eyes. Polar bears, monarch butterflies and the North Pacific right whale are among the list of 10 American species a conservation coalition warns that our children may never see. The reason why, the Endangered Species Coalition says in its new report , is us. From...
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'Another Scotland is Possible!' Activists Shut Down Factory Behind Israeli Drones
Activists in Scotland were arrested Tuesday for blockading and shutting down Thales UK, renowned Govan, Glasgow-based weapons manufacturer, to protest the company's role in producing drones used by Israel against Palestinian people. Early Tuesday morning some protesters climbed onto and occupied...
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Fifty Activists and a Polar Bear Halt UK Coal Train
What happens when a polar bear crosses the tracks? The train stops. That's how it went in central England on Tuesday when fifty Greenpeace activists and a polar bear (or a person dressed like one) halted a 1,500 tonne coal train bound for the coal-fired Cottam Power Station in the town of...
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million by January
The number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could reach as many as 1.4 million by January, according to new estimates by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency describes the current outbreak of the virus sweeping West Africa as the largest Ebola outbreak in...
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'Remember Fukushima': Thousands Rally Against Nuclear Restart in Japan
"Don't forget Fukushima" was the message Tuesday morning as roughly 16,000 people gathered in downtown Tokyo to protest the restart of Japan's nuclear power plants. The demonstration, held outside the official residence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, came a day after the government outlined plans to...
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Front-Lines Communities Rising Up: Dispatches from People's Climate
As heads of state, corporate leaders, and token civil society organizations meet behind the UN Climate Summit's closed doors Tuesday, the streets continue to resound with the messages of the 400,000 people who marched on Sunday, the thousands who flooded Wall Street , the ongoing People's Climate...
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Ignoring Pleas for Diplomacy, US and 'Friends' Bomb Syria
Despite calls for diplomacy and peace, the United States launched airstrikes against Syria early Tuesday targeting Islamic State (or ISIS) fighters, marking the first bombing of that nation since President Barack Obama declared he had all authority needed to conduct such strikes without...
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Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015
STOCKHOLM - A gift of nature, or a valuable commodity? A human right, or a luxury for the privileged few? Will the agricultural sector or industrial sector be the main consumer of this precious resource? Whatever the answers to these and many more questions, one thing is clear: that water will be...
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Monday, September 22, 2014
Banned Books Week: A 'Celebration of the Freedom to Read'
Want to celebrate freedom from censorship and open access to information this week? You might want to pick up a copy of Captain Underpants , The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian , or The Hunger Games . That's because they're on the list of 2013's most challenged books, and this is Banned...
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Syrian Refugee 'Emergency' in Turkey Intensifies
No longer safe from conflict in the very place they'd sought refuge, an estimated 130,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey since Friday, according to the UN Refugee Agency, leading Turkish authorities to lock down some sections of its border. The UN says hundreds of thousands more refugees...
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Calling for End to 'Colonial' Rule, Thousands of Hong Kong Students Boycott Classes
Launching a new wave in the fight for "true democracy," thousands of Hong Kong university students kicked off a week-long boycott of classes on Monday with a mass sit-in and rally protesting what they say is the further colonization of the city by the country's elites. "How can a few people decide...
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Befouled Again: New Toxic Mine Spill Reported in Mexico's Sonora River
After a flyover of the region showed an abnormal orange stain in the water, authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a toxic spill in the Sonora River basin from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico, the state director of civil protection said Sunday. According to news reports ,...
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#FloodWallStreet: Protesters Stage Mass Action to Confront Climate Profiteers
Just hours after roughly 400,000 packed the streets of New York City for the People's Climate March , a flood of people marched to the city's financial district to target what they say is the root of the climate crisis: capitalism itself. Demonstrators sporting blue aimed to stage a mass sit-in...
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Major Foundations and Investors, Including Heirs to Oil Fortune, Pledge Fossil Fuel Divestment
Prominent private philanthropies and charitable foundations, including one built from the oil fortune of John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil, are announcing their intention to divest from fossil fuel holdings on Monday as they make clear statements that the threat of climate change and the...
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Sunday, September 21, 2014
From Rio to London to New Delhi to Melbourne, A Global Call for Climate Action
Global mobilization is exceeding expectations on Sunday, with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets demanding action on climate change on the eve of the UN Climate Summit. In addition to the massive action in New York City, People's Climate demonstrations took place in cities and...
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'Beautiful': 400,000 March in NYC for Climate Action
An estimated 400,000 people flooded the streets of New York City on Sunday for the historic People's Climate March , billed as the largest demonstration of its kind in history, organized by more than 1,500 organizations including indigenous, faith, labor, environmental justice, social justice,...
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
'A Feeling It's Gonna Be Huge': Naomi Klein on People's Climate Eve
On the eve of the People's Climate March in New York City and parallel People's Climate Mobilization actions happening in thousands of locations across the planet on Sunday, author and activist Naomi Klein spoke with Common Dreams about the unique and profound historical moment that the crisis of...
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Questions About Ground Troops Pile Up, With No Satisfying Answers
President Barack Obama on Saturday repeated his promise not to use additional U.S. ground troops in his assault against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, even as war hawks made clear they didn't want to rule out the possibility and Iraqis warned against such action. "I won’t commit our...
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'People, Planet, Peace over Profit': World Converges for System Change
In advance of Sunday's People's Climate March , global climate activists, social justice organizers, and environmental leaders gathered in New York City on Saturday for the NYC Climate Convergence , a "conference, skill share, and festival rolled into one." Featuring labor leader and clean water...
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Environmental Funding Bypasses Indigenous Communities
BALI, Indonesia - When she talks about the forests in her native Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, Maridiana Deren’s facial expression changes. The calm, almost shy person is transformed into an emotionally charged woman, her fists clench and she stares wide-eyed at whoever...
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CIA Hits 'Pause' on Espionage Against Friendly Western Governments
The CIA has stopped spying on allied governments in Western Europe in response to anger over a German caught selling intelligence documents to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of spying by the National Security Agency, according to an Associated Press exclusive . In early July,...
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Friday, September 19, 2014
Clashes Erupt in Glasgow Square Following Pro-UK Vote
As Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom, rival supporters crowded into Glasgow's George Square on Friday in what became a contentious gathering quickly broken up by police officers. According to a police spokeswoman, about 200 people total converged on the city's central...
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Google Acts Like Privatized NSA: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange
Google's practices are "almost identical" to those of the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, Julian Assange has said. The WikiLeaks founder made the charge Thursday in interviews with the BBC and Sky News . He spoke from the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he...
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KXL Fight Is Boots on the Ground vs. Big Oil Money: 'The Boots Are Winning'
"The fossil fuel industry has all the money, but we've got the boots on the ground. And the boots are winning."
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UN Official Fears Act of 'Mass Murder in the Mediterranean'
Up to 500 Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians and Sudanese refugees and migrant workers died last week when their boat sank off the coast of Malta in what appears to be a deliberate ramming by human traffickers amounting to "mass murder," a United Nations official announced Friday. Survivors of the...
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Top News Editors Slam White House for Secrecy, Intimidation
Some of the nation's top journalists are criticizing the White House for undermining journalism through lack of transparency and intimidation of sources, which they say has only gotten worse under President Barack Obama—the self-proclaimed "most transparent" president in history. Criticism of Obama...
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France Joins US War By Bombing Iraq
France launched its first airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Friday, making it the latest country to join in direct military attacks in the ever-expanding U.S.-led war on Iraq. "This morning, at 9:40 am, our Rafale aircraft carried out a first attack against a logistics...
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US Senate Approves $500 Million to Arm Syrian Militants
Despite loud warnings from many quarters—including foreign policy experts, the anti-war left and dissenting CIA analysts—that such a move could prove disastrous, the U.S. Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to approve $500 million in government funds to help arm, train, and support so-called...
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'No Thanks': Scotland Votes Against Independence
There will be no victory party for Scottish independence. At least not today. The majority of voters who participated in Thursday's historic referendum on independence for Scotland decided they would rather stay part of the United Kingdom, with final results showing the 55% who voted 'No'...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
From Frontlines of Climate Change, an Urgent Challenge to World Leaders
"Out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, climate change has arrived," Marshall Islands president Christopher Loeak says in a video address to be released globally on Friday, ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March and next week's UN Climate Summit. Standing in front of the brick seawall he...
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New Questions Raised About NSA-Israel Intelligence Sharing
Recently reported comments made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about the U.S. government's intelligence-sharing practices with Israel, paired with rare public protest last week by members of a secretive Israeli spy unit, are raising new and troubling questions. The series of developments...
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Japan Takes International Stage to 'Harpoon' Efforts to Save Whales
Japan announced Thursday that it plans to continue its "scientific" whaling program despite widespread criticism it faced at an international forum. Ocean conservationists had cheered a March ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) that found Japan's Antarctic whaling program was...
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Brushing Your Teeth With Plastic? Dentists Say Microbeads Bad News
The small pieces of plastic known as "microbeads" found in some facial scrubs and body wash have recently garnered scrutiny, and a ban in the state of Illinois , for the pollution they send into waterways. But dentists warn that similar tiny plastic beads can also be found in major toothpaste...
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Alberta's Tar Sands Lobbyist: We're Just One 'Devastating Lac-Mégantic Experience' Away from Keystone Approval
The Alberta tar sands have a new man in Washington. Alberta MP Rob Merrifield announced on Wednesday he was resigning his seat in parliament to serve as Alberta’s envoy to D.C., where he will focus on gaining approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, among other issues. The appointment is an effort by...
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Sierra Leone Ebola Lockdown Set to Begin, Despite Doubts
Sierra Leone authorities on Thursday are slated to commence a three-day lockdown in a bid to combat the Ebola outbreak, the Guardian reports , despite warnings from medical experts that the drastic and unprecedented move could actually make the outbreak worse. Residents of this country, which is...
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USDA's Greenlighting of 'Agent Orange' Crops Sparks Condemnation
“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of genetically engineered mono-crops, is a failure,” said Organic Consumers Association's Ronnie Cummins.
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Scots Head to the Polls for Historic Independence Vote
The people of Scotland are heading to polling stations and casting their votes for or against independence from the United Kingdom on Thursday in what has become a dramatic "too-close-to call" referendum the outcome of which would have vast implications for the future of both nations. After more...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ferguson Protesters Demand Justice at Council Meeting
Ferguson activists disrupted a stunned city council meeting in St. Louis on Tuesday evening to demand an end to the continued delays of justice in the volatile aftermath of Michael Brown's death. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the council listened for two hours as protesters raged...
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Laura Poitras Documentary Depicting First Contact With Snowden Slated For Release
Laura Poitras' new documentary about Edward Snowden's revelations of National Security Agency surveillance will have its global premiere on October 10 at the New York Film Festival, event organizers announced Tuesday. Poitras, an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, was the first reporter to...
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Further Expanding War, US House Approves Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels
Amid deep skepticism and fears of expanding war, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm "moderate" rebels in Syria in opposition to the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. House leaders...
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Drone Vet Speaks Out: Killer Crafts More Deadly Than Government Admits
An insider in the U.S. military's covert drone war has confirmed what critics of the killing program have long-warned: the program is far more "dangerous" than the government admits. In an op-ed published in Salon on Tuesday, the unnamed former Air Force imagery analyst writes, "I was the only line...
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2014 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants Laud Creatives Who 'Improve Our Lives and Better Our World'
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday announced the newest winners of its "genius" awards," lauding 21 creative individuals it says "improve our lives and better our world." Among the 2014 MacArthur Fellows are cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel, jazz composer...
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'You Are Not a Loan': Rolling Jubilee Abolishes Millions in Student Debt
As Occupy Wall Street marked its third anniversary on Wednesday, one offshoot group, Rolling Jubilee, made a historic achievement as the collective bought and abolished nearly $4 million in debt owed by thousands of students. Rolling Jubilee, a project of Occupy Wall Street's Strike Debt movement,...
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Despite Landmark Ruling, Canada's Police Still Making Warrantless Demands for User Data
A recent ruling by Canada's Supreme Court cheered by privacy rights advocates has not stopped police from making warrantless requests to telecommunications firms for user data, an investigation by the Toronto Star and the Halifax Chronicle Herald has revealed . That Court decision , issued in June...
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Coalition Calls for Complete Ban on Fracking
We can not address climate change without putting an immediate end to fracking. That declaration is the overarching message of a report published Tuesday, just days ahead of the People's Climate March and the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Put forth by the environmental watchdog Food &...
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For-Profit College Chain Sued by Feds for Predatory Lending Scheme
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday sued for-profit college chain Corinthian Colleges for its operation of an elaborate "predatory lending scheme" that ensnares tens of thousands of students in costly private loans and bullying collections tactics. Corinthian, one of the largest for...
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US Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle
WASHINGTON - U.S. combat troops may be deployed against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week fails to make substantial progress against the radical Sunni group, Washington’s top military officer warned here Tuesday. The statement...
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People's Climate Has One Final Question: Are You In?
Just days away from what's been billed as the "the largest climate mobilization in world history," organizers behind the People's Climate March & Mobilization are putting the final details in place while asking people across the planet the simple question: Are you in? On Sunday, September 21,...
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