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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Clinton, Trump Neck-and-Neck on Eve of First Presidential Debate
On the eve of the first presidential debate of 2016, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump neck-and-neck. Though Clinton's numbers top Trump's, her leads are all within the poll's 4.5 percentage point margin of error. In a four-way matchup, 46 percent of likely...
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Questions Remain as Police Release Footage of Fatal Charlotte Shooting
Following days of demonstrations , the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Saturday released footage of the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. The release of dashboard camera and body camera footage came just one day after NBC released footage from Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott...
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UN Experts to United States: Stop DAPL Now
Backing up the Standing Rock Sioux and its allies , a United Nations expert has called on the United States to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline . Echoing pipeline opponents' concerns , the statement from the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, cited the...
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
CIA Torture Whistleblower: 'Quest for Peace Must Be Part of Election'
The CIA agent who was jailed for blowing the whistle on the United States' illegal torture program has made a statement about what the nation's electorate must demand from White House hopefuls this election season. The whistleblower, John Kiriakou , was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2013...
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Obama Vetoes 9/11-Saudi Legislation Setting Up Potential Override
As expected, President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue nations, including Saudi Arabia, for any role their government may have played in the terrorist attacks. The move on Friday means Obama will potentially face the first veto override in his...
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Jeremy Corbyn Easily Re-Elected Labour Party Leader
Jeremy Corbyn scored a " monumental victory " on Saturday, easily being reelected leader of Britain's Labour Party. Corbyn got 61.8 percent of the vote to opponent Owen Smith's 38.2. The Guardian reports that the 67-year-old "won a majority over Smith in every category—members, registered...
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Friday, September 23, 2016
The Boss on The Apprentice: Springsteen Calls Trump "Basically a Moron"
Bruce Springsteen, the rock n' roll embodiment of the Everyman, minced no words when asked his thoughts on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. "The republic is under siege by a moron, basically," the singer told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview preview published Friday. "Without...
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Larry Sanders, Bernie's Brother, to Fight for David Cameron's MP Seat
Larry Sanders, the older brother of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) , who lives in the U.K., is taking a page from his brother's book and running for the parliamentary seat left empty by former Prime Minister David Cameron . And in keeping with family tradition, he will campaign on a platform to end...
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In the cellphone footage filmed by Keith Scott's wife, Scott's body is shown lying prone on the ground after he was fatally shot by police. (Screenshot: Rakeyia Scott/NBC) "Don't Shoot Him": Wife's Cellphone Video of Fatal Police Shooting Released
Disturbing cellphone footage of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, the 43-year-old black man whose death earlier this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparked days of protest , was just released by NBC. The video was taken by Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott, who can be heard pleading...
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Earth Could Reach Critical Climate Threshold in Decade, Scientists Warn
The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday. Speaking at a University of Oxford conference this week, led by leading U.K. climate researcher Richard Betts,...
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Safe with 'Oligarchs and Imperialists' in US, Brazil's New President Admits Coup Plot
Proponents of her ouster argued that former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was targeted and ultimately booted from office for budgetary wrongdoing or, ironically , corruption. But fresh comments by new, unelected president Michel Temer himself back up claims that her impeachment was politically...
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Court Says Ohio's Voter Purge is Illegal, But Will Rolls Be Restored in Time for Election?
In a decision said to be a " big deal " for voters in a crucial swing state, a federal court on Friday declared that Ohio's practice of purging millions of registered citizens from its rolls is in violation of national voting laws. The order reverses a lower court ruling, which favored Secretary of...
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The Facebook login page Evidence of Feared Israel-Led Censorship as Facebook Bans Palestinian Editors
Facebook on Friday disabled the accounts of multiple editors of two of the most widely read online Palestinian publications, The Electronic Intifada reports , fulfilling what civil liberties advocates had feared when news emerged earlier this month that the popular social media site would...
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Trump to Fossil Fuel Execs: 'You Will Like Me So Much'
The same day as a new report highlighted the carbon emissions calamity that would accompany new fossil fuel extraction, Donald Trump promised an audience of fossil fuel executives that is the very agenda he would pursue if elected to the White House. "Oh, you will like me so much," the Republican...
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'Release the Tapes!': Demand for Transparency Grows in Charlotte and Beyond
"The public owns this video."
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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Channeling Sanders, Clinton Proposes Whopping Billionaire Estate Tax
In a nod to her former opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday proposed steeply elevating the estate tax for the wealthiest Americans. The former Secretary of State now advocates an estate tax of 65 percent, and said she would lower the cutoff for the estate tax to...
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'Travesty': Nestlé Outbids Another Town for Control of Local Water Supply
Corporate giant Nestlé continued its privatization creep on Thursday as it won approval to take over another Canadian community's water supply, claiming it needed the well to ensure "future business growth." Nestlé purchased the well near Elora, Ontario from Middlebrook Water Company last month...
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Welcoming Charges, Family of Terence Crutcher Vows to 'Break Chains' of Impunity
The family of Terence Crutcher claimed a "small victory" late Thursday after the Tulsa County district attorney charged police officer Betty Shelby with manslaughter in the first degree for killing the unarmed father of four. "While we are pleased to learn that the officer who senselessly killed by...
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Punished for Suicide Attempt, Chelsea Manning Sentenced to Solitary Confinement
Following a disciplinary review hearing which took place Thursday, U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning confirmed early Friday morning she has been sentenced to solitary confinement for attempting to take her own life while serving a 30-year prison sentence at Ft. Leavenworth prison in Kansas...
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
From Syria to Russia, Right Livelihood Honors 'Immense' Risk-Takers
The recipients of the 2016 Right Livelihood Awards —more commonly known as "alternative Nobel Prizes"—include a Turkish newspaper, an Egyptian feminist, a Russian activist, and the renowned Syria Civil Defense team, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation announced on Thursday. This year marks the...
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Tribes Across North America Unite in 'Wall of Opposition' to Alberta Tar Sands
In a historic show of unity, more than 50 First Nations across North America on Thursday signed a new treaty alliance against the expansion of tar sands mining and infrastructure in their territory. Citing the threats to water and land through a spill or pipeline leak, as well the industry's...
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Immigrants Don't Take Americans' Jobs—But They Do Help US Economy: Study
Migrants in the U.S. do not "take" American jobs or lower working wages, and in fact have had a long-term positive impact on the country's economy, according to a comprehensive study released Thursday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The study analyzes 20 years of...
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A tar sands plant emits fumes in Alberta Study Confirms Tar Sands Poisoning Air in First Nations Community
Confirming what a First Nations community surrounded by tar sands development has claimed for decades, new research says the reserve in northern Alberta is suffering from air pollution that is sometimes " at levels above what is recommended for human health." That's according to Alberta's chief...
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As Tribes Fight Pipeline, Internal AFL-CIO Letter Exposes 'Very Real Split'
The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, generated waves of criticism by standing against the Standing Rock Sioux and supportive allies last week when it endorsed the Dakota Access Pipeline – a project opponents say threatens tribal sovereignty, regional water resources, and sacred...
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The New, New Climate Math: 17 Years to Get Off Fossil Fuels, Or Else
Though it may not have seemed possible, climate catastrophe is even closer than previously thought, with new figures released Thursday finding that—when the wells already drilled, pits dug, and pipelines built, are taken under consideration—we are well on our way to going beyond 2°C of warming. "If...
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In Charlotte, National Guard Descends on Community Seeking Justice and Answers
The National Guard and State Highway Patrol were deployed Thursday morning in uptown Charlotte after another night of demonstrations captured the community's grief and outrage over the recent police killing of Keith Lamont Scott. Scott's family said they are seeking answers as well as justice and...
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Donald Trump After Two Fatal Police Shootings, Trump Calls for 'Nationwide Stop-and-Frisk'
As the nation reels from two recent fatal police shootings of black men, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday called for cities nationwide to adopt "stop-and-frisk"—a widely condemned police practice that New York City was forced to abandon after a federal judge struck it...
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Pesticide Companies' Own Secret Tests Showed Their Products Harm Bees: Report
Agrochemical giants Syngenta and Bayer discovered in their own tests that their pesticides caused severe harm to bees, according to unpublished documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the environmental group Greenpeace. The companies conducted the trials on...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
To Protect "Our Nation’s Future," Tribal Chairman Takes Fight Against Pipeline to UN
Amid ongoing signs of solidarity with his tribe's fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline , Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to help stop the fossil fuel project in order "to protect the environment, our nation's future, our culture, and...
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The Solidarity Grows: Over 1,200 Historians, Archaeologists, Museum Directors Denounce DAPL
Standing with the Standing Rock Sioux, over 1,200 museum directors, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians—people "familiar with the long history of desecration of Indigenous People's artifacts and remains worldwide"—have written to the Obama administration to denounce "further irreparable...
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The ruins of a house destroyed in a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen. "Indifferent to Yemen's Misery," Senate Approves Massive Saudi Arms Deal
Update 4pm EST: The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to dismiss a bipartisan bill that would have blocked a massive $1.15 billion weapons shipment to Saudi Arabia, to the dismay of peace groups and rights advocates who have called on the U.S. to end its support for the brutal Saudi...
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Because 'We're Running Out of Time,' World Leaders Finally Commit to Tackling Superbug Scourge
More than a decade after the World Health Organization (WHO) began warning about its global threats, world leaders on Wednesday are gathering for a historic high-level meeting at the United Nations General Assembly, where they committed to a coordinated approach to discuss how to fight the scourge...
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'Inconsistent With Reality': Top Scientists Take Aim at Trump's Climate Denialism
Spurred by the continued failure of too many political leaders and "great concern" over Donald Trump's specific threat to cancel U.S. participation in the Paris climate agreement if elected president, 375 top American scientists published an open letter on Tuesday castigating climate denialism and...
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Protesters clashed with police after the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters, Police Clash After Fatal Police Shooting in Charlotte, NC
Protests erupted late Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina after police officer fatally shot a black man while attempting to serve a warrant on a separate individual. The demonstrators clashed with police in riot gear, several people were injured, and five protesters were ultimately arrested, the...
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
SEC Probe Called Possible 'Moment of Reckoning' for Exxon's Climate Crimes
In what is being hailed as "a remarkably important development," the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly launched an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil deliberately deceived investors over the long-term value of its fossil fuel assets in light of the climate crisis. #...
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Warren Skewers Wells Fargo CEO for Greed and 'Gutless Leadership'
As many hoped she would, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday gave a thorough tongue-lashing to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf for what she described as "gutless leadership" for his failure to take responsibility for the recently exposed, years-long banking fraud scandal . "Since this massive,...
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Tiffany Crutcher reacts to her twin brother's death in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rights Groups Demand Justice for Unarmed Black Man Shot and Killed by Tulsa Police
Civil rights groups and family members of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday, are demanding justice for the slain father of four. Dashboard and helicopter footage released late Monday shows Crutcher with his hands in the air as four...
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Thai Court Conviction of Activist Sends Shockwaves Through Global Human Rights Community
Setting a chilling precedent for human rights defenders worldwide, a British activist on Tuesday was convicted of criminal defamation and cyber crimes by a Thai court for his work exposing the abuse of migrant workers at a pineapple processing plant. Andy Hall, with the Migrant Worker Rights...
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Monsanto sign Over 700,000 People Urge DOJ to Reject Biotech Mega-Mergers
Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and elected officials to block three proposed mega-mergers of chemical and biotech behemoths: Bayer-Monsanto , Dow-Dupont , and ChemChina-Syngenta . "Additional consolidation will increase prices and further limit...
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TTIP 2.0? New Leak Exposes Threats of Lesser-Known TISA Trade Deal
Greenpeace Netherlands exposed the threats to democracy and climate action contained within the little-known Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) on Tuesday with new leaks divulging several chapters of the clandestine global trade agreement. "It's a sad day for democracy when ordinary people are...
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Millennials Arrested at Paul Ryan's Office Denouncing GOP's Politics of Hate
Decrying the GOP's "dog-whistle racism," which they say has contributed to the rise of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, a group of young people risked arrest during a surprise sit-in at the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday morning. "Paul Ryan has a choice," the millennial-...
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Campaign Was Not Radical, Says Sanders, Just 'What Most Americans' Want
Bernie Sanders ' presidential campaign proved to the corporate media and political elite that the progressive ideas he championed—healthcare for all, free college tuition, progressive taxation, a living wage—are not fringe ideas. In fact, as the senator explained in an exclusive interview with The...
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Monday, September 19, 2016
With CEO in Hot Seat, Wells Fargo Fallout Just Beginning
Fallout from the recent Wells Fargo fraud scandal has really just begun. One day before its chief executive officer is expected to testify before the Senate Banking Committee, the banking giant "raised eyebrows," as CNN Money put it , when it admitted Monday that its top risk officer, who was...
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Big Bank 'Greenwashing' Exposed as Major Climate Week Sponsors Fund Fossil Fuels
Big bank sponsorship of Climate Week 2016 , which kicked off Monday in New York City, "amounts to little more than greenwashing," according one environmental organization, given financial institutions' business-as-usual investment in fossil fuels. Indeed, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) charges...
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'Widely Violated' Syrian Ceasefire Collapses
On the heels of U.S.-led airstrikes that killed scores of Syrian soldiers, the Syrian military has said that a week-old ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia is over. In a statement issued Monday, the Syrian military put the blame for the collapse on "armed terrorist groups," a phrase...
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A boy went fishing in Palangkaraya, Indonesia, while the deadly haze blanketed the region last year. (Photo: Haris Sadikin/AFP/Getty Images) Indonesia's Illegal Deforestation Fires Killed Over 100,000: Study
As illegal forest-clearing fires once again burn acres of tropical peatland in Indonesia, new research on last year's deadly blazes estimates that 100,000 people died prematurely from the toxic haze that resulted from the fires. The fires are set each year to cheaply and quickly clear tropical...
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As CETA Advances, Reports Warn Deal Will Ruin Economies, Cement Corporate Power
As the pro-corporate Canada-Europe trade deal notched another victory on Monday, a pair of new studies underscored how the health, rights, and livelihoods of people on both sides of the Atlantic will suffer under the pending deal. Germany's minority Social Democratic Party (SPD) voted in favor of...
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Supplying White Phosphorus to Saudis? New Claims Reinforce US War Crimes Complicity in Yemen
Further damning the United States government's planned sale of $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, evidence has emerged that the kingdom may be using white phosphorus supplied by the U.S. in its campaign in Yemen, according to reporting Monday by the Washington Post . The Post reports...
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Pivoting Off NY Bombing, Trump Doubles Down on Hate, Fear, and Muslim Ban
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday pivoted off the weekend bombing in Manhattan to double down on his call for racial and religious profiling, utilizing the moment to call for the U.S. to close its borders to the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing war at home. Trump...
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Seizing Electoral Power, Women Demand 'Solutions as Complex as Our Existence'
More than 1,000 activists and organizers are gathering this week in Maryland to help advance a comprehensive economic agenda for women—one that calls for universal healthcare, affordable child and elder care, wholesale immigration and criminal justice reform, reproductive justice, and sensible gun...
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Environment Minister Catherina McKenna speaks to Parliament in February 2016. Canada Scrambles to Create National Climate Plan, But May Sign COP21 Without One
Canada's approach to tackling climate change grows ever more confused as the federal government scrambles to sign the Paris climate accord in early November— without actually putting forth a national plan to limit the country's soaring carbon emissions. "Canada has a consistent history under...
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Mining Leaves a Wisconsin Tribe's Hallowed Sites at Risk
Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago. “I was in a van and when we drove by the White Rapids I looked over and saw an elder sitting on a dam, in full Indian regalia,” Reiter says. “He flagged me down, I climbed the dam, and he...
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Calling for Prosecution of Its Own Source, Washington Post Slammed for 'Towering Cowardice'
Shocked by the "towering cowardice" of the Washington Post's Sunday editorial calling for Edward Snowden to be prosecuted, journalist Glenn Greenwald led the charge against the prominent newspaper for achieving what he described as an "ignoble feat" in American history: being "the first-ever paper...
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Instead of ISIS, US-Led Bombing Kills Nearly 100 Syrian Soldiers Fighting Them
An emergency U.N. Security Council meeting was called and an already tenuous cease-fire agreement is under further strain after U.S.-led coalition bombers on Saturday killed nearly one hundred Syrian army soldiers who were battling Islamic State (ISIS) fighters near the Deir al-Zor airport in...
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Saturday, September 17, 2016
Refugees Welcome: Thousands March for 'Humanity and Human Rights' in UK
Pushing back against a tide of xenophobia which has gripped portions of Europe in recent years, thousands marched in central London on Saturday as they demanded the British government do more to help those forced from their homelands amid endless war in the Middle East and economic crises across...
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Hundreds of Thousands March in Germany Against TTIP, CETA
Hundreds of thousands took to city streets across Germany on Saturday as they marched against a pair of corporate-backed trade deals they say will undermine democracy, attack workers and local economies, and accelerate the threats posed by corporate hegemony and global warming. "These agreements...
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How Big Pharma’s Industrial Waste Is Fueling the Rise in Superbugs Worldwide
Pharmaceutical companies are fuelling the rise of superbugs by manufacturing drugs in factories that leak industrial waste, says a new report which calls on them to radically improve their supply chains. Factories in China and India – where the majority of the world’s antibiotics are produced – are...
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Friday, September 16, 2016
Bolstering Calls to Stop Arming Saudis, Data Confirms Targeting of Civilian Sites
Amid "unrelenting attacks on civilians and on civilian infrastructure" and as a new campaign aims to block the Obama administration from selling $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, new reporting sheds further light on the devastation the kingdom's military coalition, backed by the U.S...
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Confirming Big Pharma Fears, Study Suggests Medical Marijuana Laws Decrease Opioid Use
It is of little wonder that Big Pharma has been exposed actively undermining efforts to legalize marijuana, after new research on Thursday found a drop in the use of opioid painkillers in that states that allow people to treat pain with good, ol' Mary Jane. The study , published in the American...
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US to 'Compensate' Family of Italian Drone Victim—Will Non-Western Victims See Same?
The Obama administration is reportedly offering a "condolence payment" of $1.32 million to the family of Giovanni Lo Porto, the Italian aid worker killed in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan last year, renewing questions about the lack of accountability for the U.S. drone program. According to the...
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Outraged Miami Residents Shut Down Town Meeting Over Zika Pesticide Spraying
Outraged Miami Beach residents shut down a city commission meeting on Wednesday evening over the city's widespread spraying of the controversial pesticide naled to combat mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. "If you're going to spray, we want a say!" the protesters shouted. The activists and...
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It's Sen. Warren Vs. the Wells Fargo 'Weasels' Over Rescinding Executive Bonuses
A group of five Democratic U.S. senators has demanded to know whether Wells Fargo—recently slapped by regulators with a $185 million fine for creating millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts, racking up fees for consumers and bonuses for employees—intends on rescinding compensation...
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Discouraging Protest Vote, Sanders Says: Elect Clinton—Then Mobilize
Reiterating why he thinks it is crucial for the future of the country, as well as the planet, that Republican nominee Donald Trump not be elected U.S. president, former Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders called on his supporters Friday to "think hard" before casting a protest vote. "Let us...
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With TPP on Ropes, It's Corporate Power vs. People Power on Capitol Hill
As President Barack Obama gathered high-profile supporters of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) for a meeting at the White House on Friday, the corporate-friendly trade agreement was dealt a blow as Vietnam's parliament deferred its long-expected ratification. Reuters reported from Hanoi Friday...
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Edward Snowden House Intel Report on Snowden Dismissed as 'Laughable' Smear Attempt
The U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released an unclassified summary of its report on National Security Administration (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden , who exposed the agency's mass surveillance operations in 2013, in which the committee roundly condemns Snowden as "not a...
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Trump Jr. Says Dad Can't Release Tax Returns Because Media Is Biased
Donald Trump Jr. has offered a new reason for why his father is refusing to release his tax returns saying that allowing the American people to see the details of his financial dealings would lead to a wave of media interest and "detract" from his core messaging. Though Trump has consistently said...
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Trump's "Dumpster Fire" of an Energy Policy a Roadmap to Climate Calamity
Republican nominee Donald Trump unveiled his economic and energy plan on Thursday and environmentalists are incensed, equating the infamous climate-change denier's policies to nothing less than a "dumpster fire." During a speech at the Economic Club of New York, Trump detailed his "new policy of...
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Water protectors attached themselves to construction equipment and brought the pipeline's construction to a stop on Tuesday. Peaceful Dakota Access Protesters Face Felony Charges, Escalating Police Action
Water protectors battling the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota are now facing felony charges for peaceful direct actions that halted construction at two sites on Tuesday and Wednesday—a sign that law enforcement appears to be escalating its response to the water protectors. "They...
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New Dossier Provides Glimpse at Clinton and Trump's Closest Advisers
When it comes to Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's election campaigns—and potential presidencies—who's actually in " the room where it happens? " Watchdog group Public Citizen sheds light behind closed doors with its new report, out Thursday, entitled The Company They Keep: A Guide to the...
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Arrests After #KeepItInTheGround Activists Occupy Interior Department
Update: More than 40 Indigenous activists, Gulf Coast residents, and other climate leaders have reportedly occupied the U.S. Department of the Interior, demanding no new fossil fuel leases on public lands and waters. Several arrests have also been reported. The protesters entered the lobby of the...
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Did an Industry Front Group Create Fake Twitter Accounts to Promote the Dakota Access Pipeline?
A DeSmog investigation has revealed the possibility that a front group supporting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline ( DAPL ) — the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now ( MAIN ) — may have created fake Twitter profiles, known by some as “sock puppets,” to convey a pro-pipeline message over...
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'President Donald Trump': Latest Polls Indicate Clinton Could Actually Lose This Thing
Two new polls released on Thursday highlight a disturbing reality: In a race between two unpopular candidates, an excited base could mean everything. And in the case of the current presidential contest—a race that observers say is "hers to lose"—the failure of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to...
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It's Time: Broad Progressive Coalition Launches New Push for Public Option
In what's being described as a "2016 debate changer," a broad coalition of progressive lawmakers and organizations is launching on Thursday a new push for a national public health insurance option. With a congressional resolution backed by a grassroots campaign, "this is the most significant...
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Readers' Survey: 42% for Hillary Clinton, 36% for Jill Stein, 11% Write-In Bernie
Hillary Clinton has maintained a lead over Jill Stein in the most recent survey of Common Dreams' US readers who are likely to vote in the November election. This survey of a sampling of Common Dreams' US readers was conducted September 7-9, 2016. The last survey was done Aug.3-5. While the...
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Warren Demands Investigation Into Obama's Failure to Jail the Banksters
Though President Barack Obama is set to leave office in matter of months, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is not willing to let him go without a full explanation as to why his administration refused to jail the Wall Street banksters behind the 2007-2008 financial crisis. In a letter sent to...
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Golden-winged warbler Silent Skies: North America Lost 1.5 Billion Birds Since 1970s, Says Report
North America has lost more than a billion birds over the past 40 years, says the most comprehensive survey of landbird populations in Canada and the U.S. to date, and 86 species are threatened with total extinction—all thanks to human-caused habitat destruction and climate change . "I don't want...
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Humans Are Overfishing the Oceans Into 'Unprecedented' Mass Extinction
People are driving marine ecosystems to "unprecedented" mass extinction, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Science . Large-bodied animals will be the first to go, the study says—blue whales, great white sharks, and bluefin tuna, for example. Their size is part of their...
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Stung With 'Profound Betrayal,' ITT Tech Students Launch Debt Strike
Former students of the recently shuttered, for-profit ITT Technical Institutes announced Wednesday they have no choice other than to not make payments on their federal student loans, as they denounced the "immoral system that profits from our aspirations." As of the writing of this article, 176...
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Leaked 'John Doe' Docs Offer Stark Look at Post-Citizens United Landscape
"Corporations. Go heavy after them to give." Such was the advice given to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—conservative darling and failed Republican presidential candidate—by a top fundraiser in September 2011, as he faced a recall effort after pushing controversial anti-union legislation. The counsel...
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'Pardon Snowden' Campaign Takes Off as Sanders, Ellsberg, and Others Join
Prominent activists, lawmakers, artists, academics, and other leading voices in civil society, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), are joining the campaign to get a pardon for National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden . "The information disclosed by Edward Snowden has allowed...
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Oil-Backed Lawmakers Accused of Orchestrating 'Charade' on Behalf of ExxonMobil
The Republican-led House Science Committee on Wednesday held an " unusual " hearing, alleged to have been "orchestrated on behalf of ExxonMobil" and criticized as an abuse of congressional power. Environmentalists and elected officials alike decried the sideshow event, called by committee chair Rep...
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Protesters hold up anti-TPP signs at the Democratic National Convention in July. 'Now or Never': Congress Flooded With Calls to Stop TPP on National Day of Action
A coalition of labor, environmental, civil rights groups and other progressive organizations with millions of members around the country united on Wednesday for a national call-in day to Congress to stop a potential lame-duck vote on the unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. #...
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Decrying State's "Systemic and Deliberate Failure," Detroit Students Demand Constitutional Right to Literacy
A group of students at some of Detroit's lowest performing schools have taken sharp aim at the state of Michigan, filing a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday that accuses Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials of "disinvestment in and deliberate indifference" to the schools, thus robbing the...
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Emergency Action Sought in Flint, Where Some Still Can't Get Clean Water
Emergency action needs to be taken for Flint, Michigan residents, two years into its lead poisoning crisis, as many residents still don't have access to clean water, a coalition of environmental and human rights groups said on Wednesday . The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, the...
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Helping to 'Sustain Occupation,' US and Israel to Sign Biggest Military Aid Pact Ever
The United States and Israel are set to ink on Wednesday a landmark 10-year, $38 billion military aid deal that will be a boon for U.S. arms manufacturers. It "constitutes the single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history," the State Department said in a statement. The new...
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A Monsanto sign on a manufacturing site in Belgium. 'Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply': Monsanto-Bayer Merger Advances
Monsanto accepted Bayer's $66 billion takeover offer—the largest all-cash deal ever—on Wednesday morning. While anti-trust agencies around the world review the proposed mega-merger, environmental and consumer advocates roundly condemned the creation of what will be the largest pesticide and GMO...
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Key Player in Iraq War Credits Brexit for Distracting From Chilcot Inquiry
Former British foreign secretary Jack Straw , a key player in the invasion of Iraq, expressed relief in July that the political brouhaha over Brexit would distract from the damning contents of the Chilcot Inquiry into the United Kingdom's role in the war. "The only silver lining of the Brexit vote...
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Chelsea Manning Ends Hunger Strike as Army OKs 'Vital' Gender Surgery
Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning ended her hunger strike on Tuesday after the U.S. military said she would be able to receive gender transition surgery as well as other medically prescribed treatments. "I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing. I applaud...
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
GOP Bill Described as 'Avalanche of Deregulatory Rubbish' Advances
A House committee on Tuesday took a dangerous step towards incapacitating Dodd-Frank, the reform law passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, by approving a new bill that, as one watchdog put it , contains "an avalanche of deregulatory rubbish that would imperil consumers and the entire...
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Despite Millions in Dark Money, Pro-Charter Effort Falters in Massachusetts
The corporate-backed effort to expand charter schools in Massachusetts is opposed by likely voters in that state, according to a new poll released Tuesday. The WBUR poll, conducted Sept. 7-10 by The MassINC Polling Group, found 48 percent of respondents opposed to Question 2—which would allow up to...
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Census Data 'Starkly Illustrates' the Time for Single Payer Is Now
The latest U.S. Census Bureau data clearly illustrates that the need for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health program has never been more urgent, the advocacy group Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) said Tuesday . The census found that 29 million people went uninsured last year,...
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Supreme Court Refuses to Reinstate 'Golden Week' Voting Rights in Ohio
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Ohio's restrictive voting laws, meaning people will not be able to register and cast a ballot on the same day at the start of the state's early voting period. The court let stand a previous ruling by a federal appeals court, which in August rejected a...
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'Dreamers and Warriors' Unite For Global Day of Protest Against Dakota Access
People across the nation—and world—on Tuesday are taking to the streets in an outpouring of solidarity for the tribal fight against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) . #nodapl Tweets With more than 100 events planned for the #NoDAPL Day of Action —from Kyoto to London, from the seat of power in...
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"It's Time We Were Heard": Another Day in Court for Climate Kids
This post may be updated . In a federal courthouse in Oregon on Tuesday, 21 youths and their supporters argued that by failing to act on climate change, the U.S. government has violated the youngest generation's constitutional rights . "I feel like I have to go to court, because my little brother...
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Water protectors halted pipeline construction on Tuesday Dakota Access Construction Will Continue, Pipeline Corp CEO Vows
The heated, ongoing battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline continued Tuesday as the billionaire CEO of the pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners issued a memo to employees and outside media promising to "reiterate our commitment" to the pipeline's construction.
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LIU students walked out of class in solidarity with their professors. 'Gutting the University': No End in Sight for Unprecedented LIU Faculty Lockout
The Friday before Labor Day, mere days before classes were due to start, the Long Island University (LIU) campus in Brooklyn took the unprecedented step of locking out its faculty—"in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations and in the absence of a strike, apparently in order to coerce faculty...
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NCAA's Bathroom Bill Boycott Prompts "Unhinged" Response from NC GOP
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Monday that it is pulling all championship games from North Carolina for the 2016-2017 academic year because of the state's discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ " bathroom bill ," HB2. "Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in...
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Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost Nearly $5 Trillion (and Counting): Report
The U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost taxpayers nearly $5 trillion and counting, according to a new report released to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the attacks. Dr. Neta Crawford, professor of political science at Brown University, released the figures in an...
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Making Case for Pardon, Snowden Says Leaks Were 'Necessary, Vital Things'
In a new interview with the Guardian , whistleblower Edward Snowden explains why U.S. President Barack Obama should pardon him for leaking documents that revealed the government's mass surveillance operations. Snowden, currently in exile in Russia, faces at least 30 years in jail for allegedly...
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Monday, September 12, 2016
Facebook and Israeli Government Team Up to Censor Posts
Israel and Facebook will team up to delete content the country views as inciting violence, the Associated Press reports Monday. "The joint Facebook-Israel censorship efforts, needless to say, will be directed at Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians who oppose Israeli occupation," Glenn Greenwald writes...
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