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Friday, July 31, 2015
Following Damning Report, American Psychological Association May Prohibit Interrogation Involvement
In the wake of an independent investigation confirming collusion between psychologists and U.S. government officials that aided the CIA and Pentagon's torture program, the American Psychological Association may be on the cusp on banning participation in terror-related interrogations. James Risen...
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In St. Louis, Black Youths Bear Brunt of Dysfunctional Justice System
Black kids in St. Louis, Missouri are being disproportionately impacted by unconstitutional and discriminatory miscarriages of justice within the Family Court system, according to a two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. According to a statement on Friday from the agency's Civil...
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Battered By Drought, Forests Lose Ability to Fend Off Climate Change
Forests play an important role as "carbon sinks" by absorbing and storing CO2 emissions, but a new study finds that that droughts—expected to become more frequent with climate change—deal that climate-buffering power a blow. The findings, published this week in the journal Science , show that...
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Iranian Foreign Minister: Time for US, Other Nuclear Powers to Disarm
In the wake of the historic agreement between Iran and world powers, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday called on known nuclear weapons states, including the United States and Israel, to walk the walk and begin disarming their own atomic arsenals. Writing in the Guardian ,...
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Outrage Spreads After Palestinian Infant Killed in Arson Attack in Occupied West Bank
Killing of 18-month-old boy and injuries to his family called 'consequence of a culture of hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government' and tolerated by international community.
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Protesters Forcibly Removed by Police As Arctic Drilling Ship Escapes Blockade
Ending a nearly two-day standoff, Greenpeace activists who had successfully blocked passage of a Shell Oil drilling vessel were dramatically removed from their positions on the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon on Thurdsay evening as a special team of law enforcement officers cut them away to...
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Federal Judge Slaps Hourly Fine on Climate Activists Forming 'Last Line of Defense for Fragile Arctic'
A federal judge on Thursday said that activists with Greenpeace USA who are staging a blockade of an Arctic drilling support vessel are in contempt of a court injunction, and issued the organization a $2,500 hourly fine. In an effort to prevent Shell from starting its offshore drilling operation in...
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Sanders Makes History With 2016 Cycle's Biggest Campaign Event Yet
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addressed an estimated 100,000 supporters at more than 3,500 house parties in all 50 states on Wednesday night, at what is being called the largest campaign event of the 2016 election cycle thus far. The organizing kick-off, which Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.) said was...
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Afghan War Is Not Over, Says Judge, So Indefinite Detention Can Continue
A federal judge on Thursday rejected the petition of a Guantanamo detainee who had requested to be freed after spending nearly a decade and a half in the U.S. offshore prison without trial. As the Associated Press reports : Muktar Yahya Najee al-Warafi has said his detention was illegal in light of...
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In 'Long Overdue' Ruling, Canada Approves Medical Abortion Pill
In a decision hailed as "great news" and "long overdue," the regulator Health Canada announced Thursday that it has approved use of the medical abortion pill known as RU-486, sold under the brand name Mifegymiso. "The decision to authorize Mifegymiso for the Canadian market was made further to a...
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Women's Health Providers Face Coordinated Assault in Cyberspace and on Capitol Hill
The coordinated assault on women's healthcare providers continued on Thursday, as the websites for two major reproductive health groups—Planned Parenthood and the National Network of Abortion Funds—were shut down following alleged cyberattacks. Planned Parenthood's website was reportedly hacked on...
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Ignoring Calls by Human Rights Experts, Medical Community, Israel OKs 'Legislative Foundation for Torture'
The Israeli parliament on Thursday passed a law allowing for the force-feeding of prisoners. It has been criticized as providing "a legislative foundation for torture." Medical organizations , including the Israeli Medical Association , have denounced force feedings as violating human rights and...
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UN Report Card Gives US 'Failing Grade' on Human Rights
A United Nations committee of independent monitors this week released a damning assessment of human rights in the United States, showing an overall dismal performance on issues from Guantanamo Bay detentions to mass surveillance to accountability for past atrocities—earning what the U.S. Human...
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Climate Experts Decry Big Oil's Lobbying Push to Lift Export Ban
A industry-led push to lift the U.S. crude oil export ban is gaining momentum in Congress, despite warnings that ending the 40-year-old policy would " cook the climate " and endanger public health and safety. The country's ban on crude exports was first established during the Arab oil embargo in...
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#ShellNo Showdown Results in U-Turn as Rappellers Repel Arctic Drilling Ship
"Feeling victorious! The Fennica turned around and headed back to the port. Another successful day of blockading! #ShellNo arctic drilling!"
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Wishing Happy Birthday to Medicare, Communities Demand Healthcare for All
"The best way to protect Medicare is to upgrade it and expand it to cover everyone. It is time for this country to catch up with other nations and implement a universal system of guaranteed healthcare."
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Revealed: The Private Firms Tracking Terror Targets at Heart of US Drone Wars
The overstretched US military has hired hundreds of private sector contractors in the heart of its drone operations to analyse top secret video feeds and help track high value terror targets, an investigation has found. Contracts unearthed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveal a...
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
New Spy Bill Sneaking Through Congress, But Rights Groups Have a Plan
Another day, another attack on privacy rights. In the coming weeks, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on new legislation, styled as a cybersecurity bill, which civil libertarians say is nothing more than the latest incarnation of legalized government surveillance. "CISA is fundamentally flawed...
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Victory for Farmworkers as Major Grocer Meets Demands for Fair Food
The Immokalee, Florida farmworkers who have captured international attention for their decades of successful organizing against starvation wages, debt bondage, and slavery , racked up another human rights victory on Wednesday when Ahold USA agreed to become the first major grocer in the United...
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Civilians Face Worsening Catastrophe as US-Backed Saudi Coalition Expands Offensive in Yemen
As Yemenis suffer "appalling damage" from ongoing conflict, one humanitarian medical organization says that those states supporting the coalition-led offenses may be contributing to civilian deaths. The World Health Organization said Tuesday that nearly 4,000 people had died in the conflict since...
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'Without Question A Murder': Ohio Cop Indicted for Killing Black Man During Traffic Stop
A white University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for fatally shooting Samuel DuBose, who is black, during a traffic stop on July 19. "This is without question a murder," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said at a news conference announcing the charges...
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As Clinton Dodges on KXL, Sanders Voices 'Vigorous' Opposition
Hillary Clinton says she'll take a firm position for or against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but only after it's already been decided by the current administration or after she's elected president in 2016. Asked about her stance on the controversial project at a town hall-style...
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Faced with Defunding Threat from Senate, Planned Parenthood Fights Back
As Planned Parenthood grapples with a series of attacks against it by anti-choice forces, the political stakes are intensifying as the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate readies to vote on a measure that would strip all federal funding from the non-profit women's health organization. Three covertly-...
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New Report Finds 'Strong Evidence' of Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
Amnesty International says its new report provides "some of the most compelling evidence yet" that Israel committed war crimes during its attack on Gaza last summer. 'Black Friday': Carnage in Rafah during 2014 Israel/Gaza conflict states that findings indicate that Israeli forces acted in...
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Group Seeks to Expose Cozy Ties Between US Trade Rep and Wall Street
Citing his cozy ties to Wall Street banks, a group dedicated to exposing corruption and corporate influence in Washington, D.C. has submitted an official Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all correspondence between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and the 10 largest U.S...
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As Elites Aim To Finalize Secret 'Profit Over People' Trade Deal, An Alarm Sounds
As trade ministers gather for negotiations at a luxury resort in Hawai'i on Wednesday to finalize the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, hundreds of people are planning to stage protests, hold performances, and raise a sacred "call to attention" to send the message that attempts by the...
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Beyond Outrage: How an American Trophy Hunter Killed the 'Wild Soul of Africa'
Reports that a Minnesota dentist paid $50,000 to shoot, stalk, kill, and skin a beloved African lion have led to renewed calls for a ban on the import of lions killed in trophy hunting. The Telegraph first identified the hunter as Walter James Palmer on Tuesday. Palmer is reported to have killed...
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White House Rejects Petition to Pardon Snowden
The White House on Tuesday formally rejected a 'We the People' petition to pardon Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower who has been living in exile since exposing the U.S. government's invasive spying operation in 2013. More than 167,000 people signed the petition urging...
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True or False, Rumors of Taliban Leader's Death Hamper Afghan Peace Talks
Just days ahead of a new round of peace talks between the Afghan government in Kabul and the Taliban, regional and international speculation has surfaced—though not for the first time—that the elusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is no longer alive. While the Afghan government on Wednesday...
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Dangling from Bridge, Greenpeace Climbers Blockade Arctic Drilling Ship
Climate justice campaigners rappelling from a towering bridge and paddling in kayaks have so far successfully blocked Shell Oil's fleet from leaving Portland, Oregon's port to embark on a widely opposed drilling expedition in the Alaskan Arctic. #ShellNo Tweets Launched Tuesday and continuing...
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
While Backed by US, Saudi Coalition Accused of War Crime in Yemen
The Saudi Arabia-led military coalition—which is backed by the United States—committed an "apparent war crime" when they bombed residential housing in the Yemeni city of Mokha on Friday, killing at least 65 civilians and wounding dozens more, Human Rights Watch declared on Monday. "The Saudi-led...
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European Mining Dispute Illustrates Risks of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals
Offering a stark warning of how corporate-friendly trade pacts like the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) put both democracy and the environment at risk, a Canadian company is seeking damages from Romania after being blocked from creating an open-pit gold mine over citizen...
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NSA to Destroy Phone Records, But 'Devil May Be in the Details'
The National Security Agency (NSA) will destroy all the metadata it swept up from U.S. citizens while operating a secretive surveillance program first exposed in 2013 by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced on Monday. That amounts to...
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Fighting for 50 States, Sanders House Parties Expect Tens of Thousands
With recent polls showing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders closing the gap with rival Hillary Clinton and out-polling all of the GOP's leading candidates, progressives nationwide will host coordinated house parties on Wednesday to further fuel the fire of enthusiasm for the self-...
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Solar Ambitions Great, But Clinton's Climate Plan Well Short of 'Bold'
Following Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's announcement that, if elected, she would to combat runaway climate change by expanding federal support of renewable energy—including a pledge to install 500 million solar panels on rooftops across the country during her first term—climate justice...
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Wall Street's Solution to Puerto Rico Debt Crisis? Shutter Schools, Fire Workers
Hedge fund managers and bondholders are pressing the government of Puerto Rico to drive through a series of punishing austerity measures, including dramatic cuts to public education and workers' rights protections, to "solve" the crisis of debt and poverty gripping the Caribbean island. A group...
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Monday, July 27, 2015
Scientists Identify 'Triple Threat' Endangering US Coastal Cities
A trio of phenomena attributed at least in part to climate change—sea-level rise, storm surges, and heavy rainfall—poses an increasing risk to residents of major U.S. cities including Boston, New York, Houston, San Diego, and San Francisco, according to new research published Monday in the journal...
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Whistleblower Exposes Torture and Child Abuse at For-Profit Prison
A social worker formerly employed at a for-profit family immigrant detention center in Texas blew the whistle this week on the prison's inhumane conditions—from solitary confinement to medical neglect—that she said amount to child abuse and torture. The Karnes County Residential Center is operated...
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Hawking, Musk, Woz: We Must Ban the 'Kalashnikovs of Tomorrow'
More than 1,000 science and technology experts on Monday published an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons—machines capable of killing without human operators—to prevent a "virtually inevitable" high-stakes global arms race. Among the signatories are physicist and professor Stephen...
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Mexico Investigation Unearths More Mass Graves, but Still No Answers
The search for 43 college students who vanished in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero 10 months ago has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies, the Associated Press revealed Monday. However, none of the remains found in those graves has been linked to the missing youths, "and...
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Surprise! Pro-GMO Lawmakers Get Big Funds from Agribusiness Lobbies
File this under unsurprising, but nefarious nonetheless. Members of U.S. Congress who vote against mandatory labeling for genetically modified (GMO) products receive three times as much funding from the food and agriculture lobbies as their colleagues, according to new reporting from Open Secrets,...
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For-Profit Prison Accused of Subjecting Juveniles to 'Disgraceful' Conditions
G4S already stands accused of human rights violations from Israel to South Africa to the United Kingdom.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015
As Obama Lectures Kenya, What Lessons Must US Learn from Africa?
As President Barack Obama spent the weekend in Kenya—from where he departed on Sunday after making a rousing and personal speech about his personal and ancestral ties to the Africa country—many news outlets were marking the occasion by noting it as his first-ever trip as commander-in-chief to the...
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Planned Parenthood Leader Speaks Out Against Highly-Edited Attack Videos
In her first major televised interview since a pair of "highly-deceptive" videos emerged trying to discredit her organization, the president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards appeared on 'This Week' on Sunday to discuss the orchestrated campaign. "Planned Parenthood has broken no laws," said...
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As Release of Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Appears Close, A Few Deeper Questions Worth Asking
As international speculation surfaced over the weekend over the possibility that Jonathan Pollard, convicted of espionage for giving U.S. military secrets to the Israeli government in exchange for money, could be paroled later this year, a rowdy argument has surfaced over what role, if any, a...
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Vowing to #SayHerName and More, Hundreds Gather to Honor Life and Death of Sandra Bland
Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Sandra Bland on Saturday at the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lisle, Illinois outside of Chicago to commemorate the woman whose untimely death in Texas jail cell on July 13 has further galvanized a national call demanding something be done...
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Saudi Arabian Airstrike Kills 120 Civilians as US-Backed War in Yemen Rages
Intense fighting between Houthi factions and Yemeni forces allied with a Saudi-backed military campaign continued on Sunday, just a day after the killing of approximately 120 civilians by a Saudi airstrike spurred an impromptu call for a five-day ceasefire in the war-torn and poverty-stricken...
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Obama Walks Fine Line in Kenya on LGBTQ Rights
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke in Nairobi at the end of a two-day visit Saturday, focusing on Kenya’s economy and the fight against terrorism, but also briefly touching on gay rights and discrimination. “When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody...
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Five Years Later, Michigan Remembers Enbridge's Assault on Kalamazoo River
Hundreds of climate activists and local residents marched in the town of Battle Creek, Michigan on Saturday to mark five years since the rupture of a tar sands oil pipeline operated by the Canada-based Enbridge corporation dumped more than one million gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River and...
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Sanders' National Favorability Doubles as Clinton Lead Slides
Under the headline, ' Sanders Surges, Clinton Sags ,' Gallup on Friday released new survey data showing that the two-leading Democratic nominees are currently heading in opposite directions when it comes to favorability ratings among likely U.S. voters with the grassroots populism of the Sanders'...
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Friday, July 24, 2015
Exposed: Big Brother Targets Black Lives
Participants in Black Lives Matter protests have marked an all-too-common rite of passage for social justice movements in the U.S.—they've been systematically spied on by the federal government. According to exclusive reporting from The Intercept published Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of...
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ADA at 25: Years After Landmark Civil Rights Law, Some Wonder, 'Where's the Equality?'
As events this week mark 25 years since the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), rights advocates stress that a tremendous amount of work still needs to be done towards reaching equality. President George H.W. Bush signed the act into law in 1990 following decades of work...
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Condemnation After UK Lifts Ban on Bee-Killing Neonics
The UK government this week temporarily lifted a ban on controversial pesticides linked to widespread harm to bees and other insects—a move which one environmental group said "shows a blatant disregard for our wildlife." The ban was lifted under an "emergency" measure in response to an application...
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Guess Who Else Is Fundraising for Clinton: Private Prison Lobbyists
In addition to Wall Street and the fossil fuel industry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is turning to lobbyists for the two biggest private prison companies in the country, Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group, to raise money for her 2016 presidential candidacy. Lee Fang...
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Beppe: Nationalize Banks to Throw Off 'Anti-Democratic Straitjacket' of Eurozone
Longtime critic of the Eurozone's destructive commitment to austerity, Italian comedian-turned-political activist Beppe Grillo has launched what one news outlet called a "full-throated attack" on the single currency, saying his country should throw off that "anti-democratic straitjacket" by...
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With New Spy Bill, France OKs Mass Surveillance
France's highest constitutional authority on Thursday approved a sweeping, controversial new surveillance law that greatly expands the government's spying powers, despite widespread human rights concerns. Making only minor changes to the legislation, which was approved by Parliament in May, the...
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Left-Winger's Surging Candidacy in UK Taps into Anti-Austerity Energy
Veteran UK politician Jeremy Corbyn , a 66-year-old left-winger whose stances against austerity , nuclear weapons, and war have been described as "uncompromising," is gathering steam ahead of upcoming Labour party leadership elections, according to new polling released this week. A YouGov poll for...
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Regional War Escalates as Turkey Openly Bombs Targets Inside Syria
Proving that a larger regional war remains among the most significant threats of the protracted military campaign against the Islamic State (or ISIS), Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey confirmed on Monday that Turkish warplanes bombed several targets inside Syria on Monday. According to the...
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Healthcare 'Oligopoly Wave' Continues As Anthem Gobbles Cigna
Human rights campaigners say mega consolidation will erode healthcare access and hike prices, illustrating deep problems with for-profit model.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015
'Corporate Influence Has Won': House Passes Anti-GMO Labeling Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would block states from requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, or GMOs—a move that consumer rights groups decried as corporate power defeating Americans' right to know what's in their food. The bill, H.R. 1599—...
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42 Years Later, Officers Charged for Murder of Defiant Chilean Folk Singer
Victor Jara was a beloved folk singer, playwright, and social activist.
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Chomsky: 'The Real Question is...What Exactly Is The Threat of Iran?'
As U.S. Congress considers signing the unprecedented nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers announced earlier this month, renowned scholar and activist Noam Chomsky on Wednesday asked a less-considered question: "Why is the deal being pursued?" The deal constrains what is referred to as "...
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Facing $5 Billion Campaign, Hunger for a '21st Century Democracy Agenda'
Facing what is predicted to be the most expensive presidential contest in history, leading advocates for election reform in the U.S. are calling on 2016 White House hopefuls to endorse a "21st Century Democracy Agenda," aimed at curbing the influence of money in politics while amplifying the voices...
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Heal, Reflect, Build: Movement for Black Lives to Hold Nationwide Gathering
The Black organizers making history with their sustained resistance to racism in the United States are now preparing to hold their first-ever national gathering to "reflect on our histories of struggle, build a sense of fellowship that transcends geographical boundaries, and begin to heal from the...
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UN Climate Chief: 'We're at Five Minutes to Midnight'
United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres on Wednesday highlighted the urgency of a global climate agreement, warning that "time is running out." In an interview with the Associated Press , Figueres said that the upcoming negotiations in Paris, known as COP21, were a make-or-break point. "We...
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New Bills Would Bring Sweeping, 'Vital' LGBTQ Protections
Comprehensive non-discrimination bills that would update and increase employment, housing, and education protections for LGBTQ people are being introduced in both houses of U.S. Congress on Thursday. The Equality Act, sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.),...
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'Dark Cloud' of ALEC Converges at Annual Corporate-Political Lovefest
Fighting to protect dark money. Attacking federal efforts to rein in carbon pollution. Undermining local democracy. These are just some of the " hot topics " on the agenda this week as conservative lawmakers, corporate lobbyists, and top GOP candidates from around the country gather in San Diego...
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UN Remains Barred from Visiting US Prisons Amid Abuse Charges
UNITED NATIONS - When U.S. President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Correctional Facility in Oklahoma last week to check on living conditions of prisoners incarcerated there, no one in authority could prevent him from visiting the prison. Obama, the first sitting president to visit a federal...
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'I Stand With Planned Parenthood': Fact Checkers Expose Anti-Choice Smear Campaign
Lawmakers, fact checkers, and reproductive justice advocates sounded the alarm this week over a series of deceptive—and some say fraudulent—anti-choice videos aimed at slandering the not-for-profit organization that provides vital health services to millions of people a year. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (...
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'Fight for $15' Tallies Giant Win in New York As Movement Marches On
Fast Food workers and economic justice advocates across the country, but especially in New York, had much to celebrate on Wednesday as a state panel announced its recommendation that all employees at chain restaurants should be paid at least $15 per hour by the year 2018. The announcement by the...
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Cries of Betrayal, Calls to Organize as Obama Approves Arctic Drilling
President Barack Obama on Wednesday afternoon gave the final go-ahead for Royal Dutch Shell PLC to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska, flouting fierce public opposition to the extraction over the severe danger it poses to the ocean ecosystem, climate, and coastal communities. "The...
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Charleston Shooter Charged With Federal Hate Crimes
Dylann Roof, the suspect in the killings of nine black men and women at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina last month, was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday on 33 federal counts, including hate crime charges and a charge of killing someone while obstructing religious freedom...
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Aiming to Lift 'Starvation Wage,' Progressive Lawmakers Push for $15 Nationwide
"We are here today to send a very loud and a very clear message to the United States Congress, the President of the United States, and corporate America," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders bellowed before a crowd of striking low-wage workers in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. "In the...
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Calif. Community's Techno-Fix to Drought: A Path Towards More Climate Problems?
The Santa Barbara City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to restart a desalination plant to confront exacerbating water problems amid the state's four-year drought . The plant, which has been in standby mode since the 1990s, would suck water from the ocean and use reverse osmosis to turn it into...
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With Pope Francis at the Helm, World's Mayors Pledge to Fight Climate Change
At the Vatican on Tuesday, mayors from around the globe pledged to fight climate change and help the world's poor deal with the effects of a warming planet, an oath that came during a two-day conference with Pope Francis—himself a dedicated climate activist. About 60 mayors pledged, one by one, to...
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Cementing AT&T Strangehold, FCC Poised to Approve DirecTV Buyout
Press freedom groups are sounding the alarm after news reports revealed that the U.S. government is poised to greenlight a massive telecommunications merger between industry giants AT&T and DirecTV. On Tuesday, after the Wall Street Journal first broke the news, Federal Communications...
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Who Actually Thinks Citizens United Is Good for Elections? Turns Out, Hardly Anyone
Only one in ten people in the United States thinks that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to unprecedented outside spending to influence elections, has actually improved the process of nominating presidential candidates, according to a Monmouth...
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EL Doctorow, Witness to 'This Terrifying Century,' Dies at 84
Novelist Edgar Lawrence "E.L." Doctorow, whose historical fiction and social commentary were said to "challenge the prevailing mythology of society," died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan of complications from lung cancer. He was 84. Born in the Bronx, Doctorow was the recipient of many...
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Sanders Calls Violent Arrest of Sandra Bland 'Totally Outrageous Police Behavior'
Just days after being challenged by Black Lives Matter activists to do a better job of addressing police violence against black women in the U.S., presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Wednesday released a statement in response to new footage of Sandra Bland's arrest which he called "totally...
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Study: When Human Consumption Slows, Planet Earth Can Heal
Despite the oft-repeated claim that the recent decline in U.S. carbon emissions was due to the so-called 'fracking boom,' new research published Tuesday shows that it was the dramatic fall in consumption during the Great Recession that deserves credit for this drop. As nations grapple with the best...
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Hedging on Wall Street: Clinton's Finance Reforms Reek of Weak-Kneed Populism
Despite her newly announced proposals, which include calling for higher tax rates on private equity and hedge fund managers, CNBC reported on Tuesday that all of Clinton's "rhetoric has mattered little" to those who support her in the financial industry.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Facing Down Taser, Sandra Bland Was Told By Officer: "I Will Light You Up!"
While many questions still remain about what exactly happened to Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell before she was found dead under mysterious circumstances on July 13, those looking for answers about why she was initially placed under arrest three days earlier were offered a look at devastating...
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Five Years Later, the Unfulfilled Promise of Dodd-Frank
With several key promises of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act still unfulfilled, "Americans cannot be comforted that Wall Street will not wreak havoc again," according to a new report from the watchdog group Public Citizen. "Five years after President Barack Obama...
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Student 'Aid' Industry Parade Crashed by Debtors Demanding Free Higher Ed
When thousands of student "aid" administrators, who were gathered in New Orleans for an industry conference, threw themselves a parade on Monday, they were confronted with something they likely were not expecting: a counter-spectacle of anti-debt campaigners demanding "free higher education for all...
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Varoufakis: Troika Forced Syriza Into Choice Between 'Suicide or Execution'
In his first international television interview since stepping down from his post as Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis told CNN 's Christiane Amanpour on Monday that European lenders had forced his government to make a choice between "suicide or execution." After five months of rigorous...
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As Demolition Threat Looms Over West Bank Village, Israel Faces Global Rebuke
Residents and their international supporters are raising the alarm over plans for the "forced transfer of population and demolition of Palestinian housing" in the West Bank village of Khirbet Susiya —destruction which they warn could start at any moment. Susiya, home to about 340 people, is in the...
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Snowden's Plea to Top Technologists: Build an Internet for the People
The internet is not for businesses, governments, or spies. It's for users—and it's up to the independent web engineers to keep it safe for them. That was the most recent message from National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, who surprised a meeting of the Internet Engineering...
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Terrorism 101: Occupy and Student Groups Labeled 'Extremist Threat' by London Police
Once again demonstrating how Western governments and law enforcement are actively working to conflate environmentalists and activists with al Qaeda and other so-called "terrorists," reports this week revealed that London police are including such domestic, liberal groups in a presentation...
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What Recovery? Report Reveals Rising Poverty for Children in America
There are roughly three million more U.S. children living in poverty today than during the outbreak of the Great Recession in 2008, and the so-called economic recovery has bypassed children of color altogether, a harrowing new report reveals. The 2015 Data Book , released Tuesday by the Baltimore-...
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Rights Groups Fight Back Against Canada's 'Stomach-Churning' Spy Bill
Press freedom and civil liberties groups on Tuesday mounted a legal challenge against Canada's recently passed anti-terror law, arguing that it poses a "grave threat" to the constitutional rights of citizens. "The legislation presents disturbing implications for free speech, privacy, the powers of...
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World's Oceans Could Rise Higher, Sooner, Faster Than Most Thought Possible
If a new scientific paper is proven accurate, the international target of limiting global temperatures to a 2°C rise this century will not be nearly enough to prevent catastrophic melting of ice sheets that would raise sea levels much higher and much faster than previously thought possible. "Parts...
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Japan Accused of Coercing Fukushima Refugees to Return to Unsafe Homes
Greenpeace charges that pro-nuclear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cares more about politics than public health.
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Monday, July 20, 2015
Creative Hoax Asks Why Free College Tuition Not Up for Discussion
A group of anti-debt campaigners pulled off a creative hoax on Monday by falsely announcing it had won a coveted prize offered by the nation's student "aid" industry with this innovative proposal: "end student debt for good by making higher education tuition free for all." Debt Collective , which...
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As Presidential Bid Takes Off, Scott Walker Takes Aim at Women's Rights?
In a move that was blasted by reproductive rights groups and the state's medical community, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday signed a bill that bans abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with only a narrow allowance for medical necessity. The ban makes some exceptions when...
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Smashing All Previous Records, 2015 on Track to Be Hottest Year Yet
...and 2016 may likely be even hotter, scientists warn
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As Cuban Flag Rises in US Capital, 'Antiquated Policies' Still in Place
The Cuban embassy on Monday officially opened in Washington, D.C., exciting the many who support restoring diplomatic relations with the Caribbean nation for the first time in 54 years. But another raised flag in the U.S. capitol should not signify the end of the American effort to reestablish...
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Your Move, US Congress: EU and UN Back Iran Nuclear Accord
Sending a strong signal to the U.S. Congress to follow suit, both the European Union and United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers. As part of the accord, both bodies agreed to end crippling economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for...
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New Probe Exposes Horrific Child Abuse by Israeli Forces
Israeli forces are choking, beating, and abusing Palestinian children as young as 11, arresting and coercing them into confessions without granting them access to lawyers or even informing their parents of their whereabouts, a new investigation from Human Rights Watch reveals. The findings are...
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Red States 'Feel The Bern' as Populist Message Resonates
On his latest round of campaign rallies this weekend, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew three more huge crowds in support of his populist message. And while this has become a common occurrence these days for the senator, who is running for president in the 2016 election as a Democrat, the most...
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Just a 'Mistake': US Airstrikes Kill Allied Soldiers in Afghanistan
In what may be the worst "friendly fire" incident of the U.S. war in Afghanistan since it began in 2001, reports on Monday indicate that at least ten Afghan soldiers were killed and others wounded after their compound was fired on by U.S. military helicopters. According to initial reports citing...
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