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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Greek Elections Poised to Deliver Crushing Blow to Brutal Austerity
Greeks headed to the polls on Sunday in a decisive election poised to see a win by the leftist Syriza party and deliver an anti-austerity message that could reverberate across the eurozone. Final polls issued Friday showed the leftwing Syria party, led by 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, favored to win...
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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Yemen Unrest Won't Stop Drone War: Pentagon, White House
As thousands of Yemenis protested against Houthi rebels on Saturday, the White House and Pentagon have indicated the continuing unrest in the country is no impediment to continuing the drone campaign. The Washington Post reported earlier: Armed drones operated by the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special...
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After Spending More Than Half His Life Behind Bars, Innocent North Carolina Man Now Free
Joseph Sledge became a free man on Friday after a three-judge panel declared him innocent of a 1976 murder for which he had been convicted. Seventy-year-old Sledge , who always maintained his innocence, had already spent 37 years behind bars. As WRAL reported : "Last month, the North Carolina...
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'Love Wins' in Alabama as Federal Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban
A federal judge on Friday struck down Alabama's gay marriage ban. U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade wrote in her ruling: "Those children currently being raised by same-sex parents in Alabama are just as worthy of protection and recognition by the State as are the children being raised by...
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Federal Court Order: Explosive DOT-111 "Bomb Train" Oil Tank Cars Can Continue to Roll
A U.S. federal court has ordered a halt in proceedings until May in a case centering around oil-by-rail tankers pitting the Sierra Club and ForestEthics against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). As a result, potentially explosive DOT-111 oil tank cars, dubbed “bomb trains” by activists,...
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Friday, January 23, 2015
As Death Toll in Ukraine Edges Higher, Pro-Russian Fighters Signal Potential Offensive
Pro-Russian fighters in Ukraine on Friday announced that they will reject further peace talks, signaling further instability at the end of deadliest week of the conflict. "Attempts to talk about a cease-fire will no longer be undertaken by our side," the Associated Press reports the main separatist...
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In Boon to 'Fight for $15,' Study Confirms Living Fast Food Wage Totally Doable
A growing movement of fast food workers has launched strikes, protests, and public pressure campaigns across the United States and world demanding an end to starvation wages and a minimum of $15 an hour, under the slogan "We are worth more!" Now, a just-released paper from economic researchers is...
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Pennsylvania Court Hands Down Big Win for Teachers' Union
In what the Philadelphia teachers' union is describing as "a victory for collective bargaining," the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled Thursday that the School Reform Commission (SRC) does not have the power to cancel union contracts, as it abruptly did last fall. On October 6, 2014, the SRC...
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NRC: We're Keeping Fukushima-Style Nuclear Reactors Going
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected an appeal to halt operations at the nearly two dozen reactors in the nation that have the same containment system as those at the ill-fated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors. The decision was posted (pdf) in the Federal Register on Friday...
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Fossil Fuel Industry Gives California Communities a Breath of Toxic Air: Report
Oil and gas wells in California are releasing dozens of pollutants into the air in at least two counties, exposing residents to numerous toxins and unknown effects, a report by an environmental watchdog published Thursday has found. As one of the country's largest oil producers, California is home...
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'Nauseating' Praise for Dead Saudi King Exposes Hypocrisy of West, Say Critics
In the wake of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz's death early Friday, human rights observers are calling attention to the hypocrisy of laudatory remembrances that appear to ignore the dictator's disregard for the fundamental rights of Saudi citizens as well as his role in international conflicts...
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US May Soon Stand Alone Opposing Children’s Treaty
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 2015 (IPS) - When the East African nation of Somalia, once described as a “lawless state”, ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) early this week, it left two countries in splendid isolation from the rest of the world: South Sudan and the United States...
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And the Lifetime Award for Shameful Corporate Behavior Goes to... Chevron
As global elites gather in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, the oil giant Chevron was singled out on Friday for a highly competitive—if unflattering—international distinction: the Public Eye Lifetime Award for its extraordinary corporate irresponsibility, which includes monumental...
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On Verge of Victory, Europe's Ascendant Left Declares 'Subservience is Over'
"History is knocking at our door," declared Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftwing coalition party of Syriza in Greece, during a speech addressed to thousands of supporters in Athens on Thursday night as he stood next to his foreign compatriot Pablo Iglesias of the Spanish Podemos Party. "The...
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How Al Qaeda’s Biggest Enemy Took Over Yemen (and Why the U.S. Government Is Unlikely to Support Them)
Sanaa – Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, his prime minister and entire government cabinet resigned en masse today, just 24 hours after Houthi rebels occupied the presidential compound in Sanaa. The resignations give unprecedented power to the Houthis, a Shiite minority from the country’s...
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Thursday, January 22, 2015
'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward: Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons Push Humanity Closer Towards Global Catastrophe
Runaway climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons have pushed the world closer towards irreversible catastrophe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday, as the group pushed the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes before midnight. The two factors "pose...
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Journalist Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison
Activist and journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced in a Dallas, Texas federal court Thursday to 63 months in federal prison and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution and fines. Brown, 33, pleaded guilty to charges of transmitting threats, accessory to a cyber attack, and obstruction of...
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On Roe vs. Wade Anniversary, GOP House Passes Vicious Assault on Women's Right to Choose
On the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade , which affirms a woman's Constitutional right to an abortion, House Republicans passed a far-reaching anti-choice bill that women's health advocates say would cause the entire insurance market to drop abortion coverage...
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Former McDonald's Workers Sue Over Racial Discrimination, Sexual Harassment
Ten former McDonald's employees filed a civil rights lawsuit against the fast food giant on Thursday over claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment at three separate locations in Virginia. Nine black workers and one Hispanic worker say they were subjected to "rampant racial and sexual...
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Nearly 3 Million Gallons of Drilling Wastewater Spewed From ND Pipeline
A pipeline rupture earlier this month in North Dakota is now revealed to have spilled a possible record-setting amount of "brine" created as a byproduct of oil drilling, with the full impacts of the incident still unknown. The North Dakota Department of Health was notified of the Jan. 6 leak in...
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After SCOTUS Gutted Voting Rights Act, Is Fair Housing Act Next?
Civil rights groups and anti-poverty advocates are raising serious concerns after the U.S. Supreme Court hear orals arguments in case challenging the federal Fair Housing Act on Wednesday. The ultimate ruling in the case could have profound implications for those who benefit from the landmark...
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Netanyahu Side-Steps White House in Bid to Sabatoge Iran Talks
At the invitation of Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington in March to directly address Congress on Iran, side-stepping the White House in a maneuver that analysts say is aimed at sabotaging diplomatic talks. If negotiations...
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No Indictment for Fukushima Execs Who Presided Over Disaster
Japanese prosecutors will not indict three former Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) executives over their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster , a spokesman for Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office said Thursday. However, according to Reuters , "a rarely used citizens' panel could still...
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GOP Senators Admit Climate Change 'Not A Hoax' But Refuse to Blame Humans
The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate admitted on Wednesday night that climate change is not—as some Republicans have claimed in the past—"a hoax," but stopped short of attributing its causes to human activity, as scientists have done for close to 30 years. In fact, the Senate's most ardent climate denier...
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Yemeni President, Cabinet Resign Amid Deal With Rebels
Update (2:31pm EST): Yemeni President Abed Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, and members of the Yemeni cabinet reportedly resigned from power on Thursday after the president acquiesced to the demands of Shia Houthi rebels who stormed his palace and private home in Sana'a earlier this week...
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No Civil Rights Charges Expected in Ferguson Shooting: Reports
According to news reports, no federal civil rights charges will be filed in the case of white police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri last summer. First reported by the New York Times on Wednesday afternoon, other news outlets...
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Attempt to Pass Extreme Abortion Law Backfires on GOP
Proving that its long-planned assault on a women's right to control their own bodies was too contentious even for some of its own members, the Republican majority in the House on Wednesday night withdrew plans to debate a bill that would have banned nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy...
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Protesters Welcome New Pennsylvania Governor to Office With Simple Message: Ban Fracking Now
Hundreds of protesters rallied outside Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration on Tuesday in a grassroots show of force against fracking. The action, organized by the newly formed Pennsylvanians Against Fracking coalition, kicked off at a Harrisburg church, followed by a march to and rally at...
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GOP Senator Seeks to Put CIA 'Smoking Gun' Back in Bottle
With his party back in control of Congress, the new GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee wants to return to the CIA a damning internal review, described by some as a "smoking gun," that exposes the brutality and inefficiency of the spy agency's torture program. "The Panetta Review was...
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Yemen President Expected to Yield to Rebels Amid Escalating Unrest
Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Wednesday was expected to yield to Yemeni rebels' demands as Shia Houthi fighters took control of the presidential palace and his private home in Sana'a after two days of fighting in the capital city. Reuters reports : A source close to the president...
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Blair Shrugs Off Blame for Chaos Fomented by Invasion of Iraq
Speaking at a World Economic Forum panel on religious conflict on Wednesday, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair ducked blame after facing accusations of provoking the current instability in the Middle East. During a panel entitled "Religion: A Pretext for Conflict?" held at the yearly gathering...
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On 5th Anniversary of Citizens United, Groups Nationwide Decry Corporate Influence in Politics
There is growing support for reform measures that are "already working in many parts of the country to ensure a democracy where everyone participates and everyone's voice is heard; where everyone knows who is buying influence in our elections and government; and where politicians play by common...
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'Seedy Business': New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry's High-Cost PR Machine
What exactly is the agrichemical industry hiding with its high-cost public relations and lobbying efforts to convince the U.S. public that genetically modified organisms and pesticides are safe? According to a just-released study by the newly-formed nonprofit organization U.S. Right to Know , the...
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Progressive Voices Cut Through Fog of Obama's State of the Union
President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday night to a packed audience inside the Capitol Building. Video and the text of his prepared speech follow. Alongside the text of the speech are reactions from dozens of progressive journalists, policy experts, and justice...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Rigoberta Menchu: Guatemalan Court Ruling on Crimes Against Humanity a 'Historic Event'
In a decision human rights activists are welcoming as a victory for justice, a former police chief was sentenced Monday to 90 years in prison for murder and crimes against humanity during Guatemala's decades-long civil war. In 1980 a group of students and indigenous people occupied the Spanish...
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Faced With Land Seizures, Defiant Nebraskans Vow to Halt Keystone XL
As Canadian energy company TransCanada filed eminent domain claims against Nebraska landowners on Tuesday for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, families whose properties are on the verge of forced seizure say they will do whatever is necessary to shut down the...
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CIA Torture Whistleblower Wants to Know: 'Where's the Prosecution?'
John Kiriakou, the former CIA agent and whistleblower who was jailed for revealing secrets about the CIA torture program, wants to know why there's been no accountability for the brutal crimes now-documented in the Senate Intelligence Committee report. In a phone interview from Loretto Prison in...
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After Bridge Disaster, Sanders Calls for $1 Trillion to Address Infrastructure Collapse
In an op-ed published Tuesday, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pointed to Monday's Cincinnati bridge collapse, which killed one person, as further evidence that the U.S. desperately needs to upgrade its infrastructure—from bridges and roads to railways and levees. "Our infrastructure is...
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Groups Demand Accountability as BP Faces Final Judgement
Gulf Coast residents and environmentalists demanded accountability on the part of BP as a New Orleans court on Tuesday commenced the penalty phase of the years-long trial for the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history. The oil giant faces up to $14 billion in fines for the "gross...
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Public Research Lab Ignores Animal Welfare in Favor of Profits: New York Times
The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center routinely tortures, abuses, and neglects the animals housed at its remote Nebraska laboratory, using them for bio-engineering experiments to benefit the meat industry with no regard for their welfare, an investigation published Tuesday by the New York Times has...
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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Drinking Water Following Pipeline Spill into Yellowstone River
Impacted residents, many of whom live near proposed Keystone XL pipeline route, say environmental disaster highlights dangers posed by shale oil extraction and transport
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Single-Payer: It's What the People Want
A majority of Americans support a single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare system, a new poll shows. The results showed that just over 50 percent of the 1,500 likely voters surveyed indicated support for a single-payer system. Almost 80 percent of Democrats supported such a plan, while 25 of...
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Yet Another State Admits Connection Between Fracking and Earthquakes
Kansas officials have for the first time publicly linked fracking activity—specifically, the injection of saltwater into wastewater wells—with a dramatic uptick in earthquakes across the state. The number of earthquakes in Kansas went from none in 2012 to more than 120 in 2014, the Kansas...
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Amid Rampant Inequality, State of the Union to Tout Economic Gains
Despite continued financial hardship for many Americans in the face of the so-called economic recovery, President Barack Obama is widely expected to tout recent financial progress as a mark of his legacy in Tuesday's State of the Union address. Observers say his anticipated remarks, set to begin at...
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Amid Rising Islamophobia In Germany, Thousands March Against Racism
Thousands of people marched through cities and towns across Germany on Monday calling for tolerance and racial equality in the face of the country's rising Islamophobic demonstrations that fall under the banner of the far-right, extremist organization Pegida. At least 17,000 people took part in the...
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With MLK Day Blockade, Seneca Lake Protesters Declare: 'We Are Planting Our Flag'
"Clean Air and Clean Water are Civil Rights," was the message as dozens of protesters, taking up the call for civil disobedience in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, continued their months-long blockade of a natural gas facility near the shores of Seneca Lake in upstate New York...
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Obama to Double Down on Fast Track Push Following SOTU
Following Tuesday's State of the Union address, in which he is expected to call on Congress to grant him greater leeway to negotiate a pair of corporate-friendly trade deals with Europe and Asia, President Barack Obama will enlist his Cabinet members to push for Fast Track trade authority on...
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Monday, January 19, 2015
Noam Chomsky: Obama's Drone Program 'The Most Extreme Terrorist Campaign of Modern Times'
World-renowned linguist and scholar Noam Chomsky has criticized what he sees as Western hypocrisy following the recent terror attacks in Paris and the idea that there are two kinds of terrorism: "theirs versus ours." In an op-ed published Monday at CNN.com , Chomsky notes how the deadly attacks on...
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Taking Back the Streets and Their Stories, Thousands Reclaim MLK Day
Thousands of people took to the streets on Monday rebuking what they say is the "sanitized" version of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and calling to restore the legacy of a man whose protests, like their own, were never "convenient." The nationwide actions marked the birthday of the civil rights...
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'Brutality Beyond Words': Kenyan Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesting Children
Kenyan police fired tear gas at a crowd of children protesting the seizure of their school playground by a property developer on Monday. About 100 children between eight and 13 years old from Langata Road primary school in Nairobi, along with a smaller group of parents and activists, converged in...
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'It Hurts Us All': Civil Rights Group Calls for Redskins Name Change
A national civil rights group is calling for the Washington Redskins, the professional football team long embroiled in conflict over its racist moniker, to change its controversial name. The Washington, D.C.-based Fritz Pollard Alliance, named for Frederick Douglass 'Fritz' Pollard—the first...
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Mass Die-Offs of Birds and Fish Increasing In Frequency and Magnitude: Study
Mass die-offs of birds, fish, and marine invertebrates have grown increasingly frequent and severe, hiking at a rate of approximately one major mortality event per year over the past seven decades, according to a new study published by Yale, UC Berkeley, and University of San Diego researchers. "...
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Upheaval in Yemen Continues as Deadly Clashes Break Out in Capital
A fragile ceasefire was reached but instability continues in Yemen's capital following deadly clashes between Shiite rebels and government forces. BBC News reported : On Monday morning, columns of black smoke rose from streets around the presidential palace and a military area south of it, as...
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Five Decades After Momentous Civil Rights Action, Friendship Nine to be Exonerated
More than fifty years after their 'jail, no bail' strategy helped galvanize the fight against racial inequality, serving as a model for other protesters nationwide and spurring larger actions like the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 and the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965,...
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GCHQ Spied on American, British Journalists, NSA Files Show
British intelligence swept up private communications of journalists of some of the largest media outlets in the UK and U.S., a new Guardian analysis of whistleblower Edward Snowden's NSA files reveals . Emails exchanged between journalists and editors at the Guardian, the BBC, Reuters, the New York...
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GOP Lawmakers Plan Their Attack Against NY Fracking Ban
Just one month after New York's landmark fracking ban was announced, amid ongoing celebrations and calls for other states to follow suit, Republican lawmakers are already scheming on how best to override the decision. The Poughkeepsie Journal reported Sunday that at least one Republican congressman...
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Ruptured Pipeline Pumps Tens of Thousands of Gallons of Shale Oil Along Yellowstone River
A pipeline rupture in Eastern Montana on Saturday, which spilled up to 50,000 gallons of Bakken shale crude oil into the Yellowstone River, has local residents worried that their water supplies may now be contaminated. "I am not saying the water is unsafe. I am not saying it is safe." —Mary Jo...
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Surveillance Is Just First Phase as NSA Plans 'Guerilla' Tactics for Global Cyberwar
New revelations eminating from the documents leaked to journalists by Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA has a far more developed and sinister approach to cyberwarfare than previously known. "From a military perspective, surveillance of the Internet is merely 'Phase 0' in the US digital war...
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Richest 1% Percent To Have More Than Rest of Humanity Combined
In less than two years, if current trends continued unchecked, the richest 1% percent of people on the planet will own at least half of the world's wealth. That's the conclusion of a new report from Oxfam International, released Monday, which states that the rate of global inequality is not only...
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Sunday, January 18, 2015
Scahill: White House Attempt to Control Who Journalists Source Is Assault on Press Freedoms
Though he readily acknowledged that the level of press freedom in the U.S. is not comparable to the repressive polices in countries like Russia and Turkey, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday and argued that the U.S. government does have an openly "...
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Invoking Radical Spirit, Racial Justice Movement Aims to #ReclaimMLK
On Monday, during the federal holiday set aside to celebrate the life and work Martin Luther King Jr., a new generation of Americans tired of persistent racial inequality, discrimination, and police violence directed at specific segments of society will participate in actions designed to reclaim...
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Just in Time For GOP-Controlled Congress, Obama Announces Tax on One-Percenters
Just days ahead of President Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday, the White House has announced plans for a major tax overhaul which would raise rates on the nation's wealthiest individuals and increase fees for financial firms while offering an assortment of tax breaks designed to help the...
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Saturday, January 17, 2015
As Greek Elections Approach, Leftwing Syriza Increasing Its Lead: Poll
Ahead of national elections in Greece scheduled for January 25, new polls released on Friday and Saturday show the leftwing Syriza party continues to enjoy growing popularity, improving its lead over opposition parties, including those that make up the current ruling coalition. According to Reuters...
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Volatility of Charlie Hebdo Cover on Display as Protests Erupt in Numerous Countries
Proving that the tensions surrounding recent events in Paris remain complex and will continue to have political and cultural reverberations, protests have taken place in numerous countries in recent days which demonstrate the "Je Suis Charlie" meme clearly has it limits when it comes to unanimous...
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'A Nation in Decline': Majority of US Public School Students Live in Poverty
As it turns out, there's no high-stakes test that can account for this. A new study released on Friday shows that more than half of students enrolled in U.S. public schools live in poverty, a measurement that the report's authors say places the U.S. on the road to overall social decline. Released...
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Supreme Court Could Settle Marriage Equality Fight Once and For All
An announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court late afternoon Friday that it will hear arguments regarding several gay marriages cases brought in four different states is being treated as a momentous development in the fight for complete marriage equality nationwide. The Court's announcement on Friday...
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Friday, January 16, 2015
Deep Democracy: Can it Help Solve the 'Wicked Problems We Face Today'?
Citizens and communities engaged in "deep democracy" have the potential to counteract the ills plaguing society, such as historically low voter turn-out, ideological extremism, rampant inequality, and expanding corporate influence, according to a report issued this week by the Institute for...
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It's Official: 2014 Ranks as World's Hottest Year on Record
2014 was the Earth's warmest year since records began in 1880, according to reports from federal scientists published Friday. The finding reached by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA offers more confirmation of the planet's warming trend as a result of greenhouse gas...
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Humans Have Brought World's Oceans to Brink of 'Major Extinction Event'
Marine wildlife at all levels of the food chain has been badly damaged by human activity, says a new report that urges immediate and "meaningful rehabilitation" if we are to avert mass extinction in the world's oceans. "We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event," Douglas J...
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As Residents Enter Second Day Without Water, Future Uncertain for Canadian City After Diesel Spill
Residents of Longueuil, Canada entered their second day of a no-drinking order on Friday, leaving 230,000 people without tap water as the slow cleanup of a diesel fuel spill earlier this week continued. At a press conference Friday morning, officials said they were waiting for the results of a...
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Q&A: Reading The New York Times With Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein is a best-selling author whose most recent book is “ This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate .” Q. What story best exemplifies the clash between capitalism and climate change that you describe in your new book? Naomi Klein: The article by Hiroko Tabuchi, “Americans Pocketing...
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Explosive Rates of Mass Incarceration Called Major 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Time'
The disproportionate mass incarceration of people of color in the United States, particularly of black men, is no accident, finds a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. It stems from deep racism in U.S. society—enacted through public policy, policing, a dual court system, media...
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Without Evidence, Boehner Claims NSA Spying Helped Foil DC Terrorist Plot
Less than five months before the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act comes up for reauthorization, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) claimed without evidence on Thursday that secret government surveillance, authorized by FISA, helped stop an alleged plot to bomb and shoot up the U...
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Man Cries 'My Body Is On Fire' as Oklahoma Carries Out Execution
Oklahoma executed Charles Warner on Thursday night, marking the first execution carried out in the state since the botched lethal injection of Clayton Lockett last year. Warner was declared dead at 7:28pm CST after a procedure that reportedly lasted 18 minutes. While he showed no signs of apparent...
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Bowing to Monsanto, USDA Approves New GMO Soy and Cotton Crops
The United States Department of Agriculture on Thursday approved Monsanto's controversial herbicide-resistant genetically modified strains of soybean and cotton, in a move that critics say is a bow to the powerful biotechnology industry, at the expense of human and environmental health. The green-...
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That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth
Humanity's rapacious growth and accelerated energy needs over the last generation—particularly fed by an economic system that demands increasing levels of consumption and inputs of natural resources—are fast driving planetary systems towards their breaking point, according to a new pair of related...
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
In Canada, Terror Attacks Prompt Surveillance-Expanding Legislation
Canada's federal government is reportedly capitalizing on recent terror attacks with proposed counter-terrorism legislation that could threaten privacy rights. According to reporting by the Globe and Mail and CBC News , the legislation will be introduced when Parliament resumes at the end of the...
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As US Releases More Prisoners From Guantanamo, Questions Languish Over Those Left Behind
The United States transferred five Yemeni prisoners out of the Guantánamo Bay military prison on Wednesday, releasing them to Estonia and Oman in the first detainee handover of the year. Four of them—Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammad al-Yafi, Fadel Hussein Saleh Hentif, Abd al-Rahman Abdullah Au Shabati...
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Don't Buy the Hype: 20 Years of Data Reveals 'Free Trade' Fallacies
Fast-tracked international trade deals have led to exploding U.S. trade deficits, soaring food imports into the U.S., increased off-shoring of American jobs, and an "unprecedented rise in income inequality," according to new data released Thursday by the watchdog group Public Citizen. The report...
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Zombie Cookie: The Tracking Cookie That You Can’t Kill
An online advertising clearinghouse relied on by Google, Yahoo and Facebook is using controversial cookies that come back from the dead to track the web surfing of Verizon customers. The company, called Turn, is taking advantage of a hidden undeletable number that Verizon uses to monitor customers...
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In Report Card for Reproductive Justice, United States Gets a 'D'
New report by NARAL Pro-Choice America concludes that half of all states get failing grades as right to choose faces attack nationwide.
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Obama to Urge Expanded Prison Terms, Definitions for Hackers
President Barack Obama is widely expected to announce proposed changes to cybersecurity legislation in next week's State of the Union address, urging Congress to expand the definition of what makes a hacker a hacker—and to increase prison terms for them. At issue is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act...
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Why It's Bad News That Previous Estimates of Rates of Sea Level Rise May Have Been Too High
The rate of global sea level rise is greater than previously estimated, a new study has found. Previous calculations indicated that sea level rise from 1900-1990 was between 1.5 and 1.8 millimeters annually, but Harvard researchers Carling Hay and Eric Morrow found that the rate was closer to 1.2...
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New Rules Make it Easier to Trade With, Travel to Cuba
As of Friday, Americans will be able to take home up to $100 in alcohol and tobacco—including long-embargoed Cuban cigars—from Cuba, as part of the Obama administration's loosening of restrictions on American trade with and travel to the communist-ruled island. The U.S. Departments of the Treasury...
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Forget Lobbyists: Big Business Wants To Control American Minds, Not Just Their Lawmakers
Forget lobbying. When Washington, D.C.’s biggest trade associations want to wield influence, they often put far more of their money into advertising and public relations, according to a new Center for Public Integrity investigation. Take, for example, the American Petroleum Institute . The oil and...
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Revealed: Only 29 of 119 Detainees Tortured by CIA Remain in Guantánamo
Less than a quarter of the 119 detainees named in the US Senate’s summary report into the CIA’s secret torture programme remain in the military prison for the most “hardline” terror suspects – Guantánamo Bay – the Bureau has established. Milestone research by the Bureau and The Rendition Project...
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Shocker: CIA Clears Itself of Wrongdoing for Spying on Senate Torture Panel
An internal CIA panel has cleared agency personnel of any wrongdoing when they secretly searched computers being used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate claims of torture by the CIA. The CIA announced Wednesday that an 'Agency Accountability Board,' chaired by former Sen. Evan Bayh...
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Satellite Images Reveal 'Devastation of Catastrophic Proportions' From Massacre in Nigeria
Newly released satellite images have revealed the scope of Boko Haram's January 3 attack on two Nigerian towns, which left hundreds—or possibly thousands—of people dead and thousands more homes burnt to the ground. Amnesty International released the photographs on Thursday, comparing before-and-...
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Declaring Black Lives Matter, Protesters Stage Direct Action Blocking Boston Highway
Declaring solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, protesters shut down a major Boston interstate Thursday during the morning commute by locking themselves to barrels filled with cement in the direct path of traffic. The demonstrators, who described themselves in a press statement as an ad-...
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Laura Poitras' Documentary 'CitizenFour' Nominated for Oscar
The documentary film directed by Laura Poitras, Citizenfour, which chronicles the impacts of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's decision to entrust journalists with some of the U.S. spy agency's most deeply-held secrets has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature . Not her...
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Whose Plot in Ohio? A "Home Grown Terrorist" or Just Another FBI-Created "Illusionary" Threat?
The parents of Christopher Lee Cornell, who was arrested in Ohio on Wednesday for alleged threats to attack the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., say it is clear from their vantage point that the FBI used an informant and money to encourage their son to do things he would never, and could never,...
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Arguing for Faster Internet, Obama Goes to Bat for Municipal Broadband
In what advocates of locally-owned and operated broadband networks are calling "a great moment for the principle of local self-reliance," President Obama has announced his intention to fight back against efforts by the telecommunications industry to block the building or improvement of municipal...
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Social Cost of Climate Change Vastly Underestimated
The economic cost of climate change is vastly greatly than previously estimated, providing justification for even expensive mitigation measures, new research finds . The economic damages, or "social cost," from carbon dioxide emissions could include property damages from flooding or loss in...
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Not One, But Eight Reports Show Big Money Dominates Post-Citizens United Landscape
Five years after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision helped unleash unprecedented amounts of outside spending in U.S. elections , a coalition of major pro-democracy groups came together for the first time on Wednesday to release eight separate reports examining outsized corporate influence...
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Offshore Wind Blows Drilling Out of the Water: Report
While the oil and gas industry continues to push for expanded drilling operations off the Atlantic coast—and receives government subsidies for it—a new report by an ocean conservation group finds that the benefits produced by wind energy eclipse those of fossil fuels, with far fewer risks. Many of...
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World Must Not Turn Away As Syrian Refugees Sink Deeper Into Crisis: UN Report
As Syrian refugees displaced to Jordan plunge into a "deepening humanitarian crisis," rife with unlivable conditions and abject poverty, the international community must not turn away from their plight, urges a report released Wednesday by the United Nations. The study, based on UN Refugee Agency (...
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How Regressive Local Taxes Are Rewarding the Rich
Here's something nearly every state in the nation has in common: a regressive state tax system that is exacerbating the wealth divide. So finds the newest edition of Who Pays: A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All Fifty States from the non-partisan Institute on Taxation and Economic...
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Days After Free Speech Rally, France Arrests 54 People for Offensive Speech
Observers warn that government reaction in wake of Charlie Hebdo killings reminiscent of post-9/11 fear campaign.
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Climate Activists Rally Country-Wide to Fight Keystone XL
Environmental activists rallied in all 50 states on Tuesday to protest the Keystone XL pipeline after the bill moved forward in Congress earlier this week. Over 150 events were organized in less than 72 hours, according to 350.org. Activists at a Washington D.C. rally delivered a 500,000-name...
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China Goes 'Rogue' With 'Artificial Weather' Scheme
Within five years, China intends to use a dubious geoengineering technology known as 'cloud seeding' to induce more than 60 billion cubic meters of additional rain each year, its government said this week. Backers of the program—which involves rocket-launching chemicals such as silver iodide into...
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