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Monday, March 2, 2015
Looks Like A Cop. Sounds Like A Cop. Says "I'm A Cop." It's Not A Cop.
An investigation by the Washington Post has revealed that the ranks of "private police" officers—ordinary citizens who have petitioned courts for the power to carry a gun and badge and make arrests within certain areas—are growing throughout the country, thanks to a little-known provision in state...
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Obama Task Force Calls for Significant Changes to Policing in America
Rights groups and others are welcoming the release of a report by the president's policing task force on Monday, saying that the policy recommendations are the best chance the White House has for improving the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they are meant to...
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Corporate-Friendly Democrats Mobilize to Drag Party Rightward
Afraid "a sharp turn to the left could prove disastrous in the 2016 elections," factions within the Democratic Party more closely aligned with Wall Street and other corporate interests than with the progressive left are "gathering their forces to fight back against the 'Elizabeth Warren wing' of...
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Highlighting Failed Policy in Syria, US-Armed Militia Falls to Al-Qaeda Affiliate
A U.S.-backed militia in Syria, touted by the Obama administration as a trusted "moderate" group and armed with American anti-tank missiles, is reportedly dissolving following a series of defeats by al-Qaeda aligned Jabhat al-Nusra—leaving the U.S.-led war on ISIS in further disarray. The combatant...
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City of Cleveland Lawyers Argue 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice to Blame for Being Shot Dead by Police
Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old killed by police in Cleveland, Ohio last November, was "directly and proximately" responsible for his own shooting death, argue the city's laywers in response to a civil lawsuit filed by the boy's family. Rice was killed while playing in a park with a toy gun, which...
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Racist Policing in Ferguson Verified by DOJ Report
The U.S. Justice Department has reportedly concluded that the Ferguson Police Department has for years practiced discriminatory policing tactics, creating a culture of "racial animosity" in the lead up to the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown last summer. The findings, which are...
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Iraqi Forces Mobilize for Largest Offensive Yet Against ISIS
The Iraqi military, backed by Shia militias, launched a large-scale offensive on Monday to reclaim Tikrit from Islamic State militants, who overtook the central city last June. A force of up to 30,000 soldiers and fighters is reportedly attacking Tikrit from different directions, backed by...
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What Rift? When It Comes to Palestinians and Human Rights, US and Israel As Close As Ever
Amid a public spat between the White House officials and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, top Obama administration aides signaled Monday that the U.S./Israeli "special relationship" is as ironclad as ever—especially when it comes to accountability over war crimes against Palestinians. In the...
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Iran: Let's Make a Deal
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touched down in the United States for a contentious two-day visit specifically designed to derail a pending nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and other world powers, the Iranian foreign minister on Monday made his nation's position clear...
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Answers Demanded Following Fatal Shooting of Homeless Man by LAPD
The fatal shooting Sunday of a homeless man by Los Angeles Police Department officers that was caught on video is spurring outrage in California and around the country. Critics are questioning why deadly force was used, given the number of officers on the scene and reports indicating the man, who...
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Sunday, March 1, 2015
As Netanyahu Heads to DC, CodePink Tries to Shut Down AIPAC
As Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu , is crossing the Atlantic heading to Washington to deliver Tuesday's controversial speech to Congress on Iran, activists are spending Sunday trying to shut down the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). AIPAC has...
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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Wisconsinites Rally to Stop ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill
On Saturday, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO is rallying thousands of workers from around the state at the state capitol against the impending adoption of the law that would ban private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues.
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Despite U.N. Treaties, War Against Drugs a Losing Battle
As the call for the decriminalization of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by a British charity concludes there has been no significant reduction in the global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key U.N. anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over...
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Friday, February 27, 2015
As Fast Track Looms, Opposition Mounts to Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals
Congress is expected to introduce a so-called 'Fast Track' bill—which would accelerate passage of the corporate-friendly Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade proposals—as soon as next week. But despite the Obama administration's aggressive push to speed approval of problematic trade...
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Great Recession Linked to Rising Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans
Economic crises kill in more ways than one. The Great Recession can be tied to a jump in suicides among middle-aged people in the U.S., a new article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals. Suicide rates among Americans aged 40 to 64 have been climbing since 1999, far out-pacing...
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The Destruction of Afghan Lives, Captured in US Dollars
New reporting by The Intercept published Friday offers a rare window into the death and destruction caused by the U.S. military in Afghanistan since 2001 by reviewing the records of so-called "condolence payments" disbursed to Afghan victims and family members killed or harmed by the ongoing war...
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Gaza Rebuild Effort Could Take 100 Years: Oxfam
Despair and destruction continue to envelop the blockaded Gaza strip, where the rebuilding of vital structures could take up to a century, Oxfam International has warned. The organization's statement comes six months after a ceasefire agreement ended Israel's 50-day assault on Gaza, which left over...
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Majority of Americans Agree Fighting Climate Change a 'Moral Obligation'
A majority of Americans believe they are "morally obligated" to fight climate change, a new poll by Reuters/IPSOS has found . Of the 2,827 people surveyed in the poll, 66 percent said world leaders are ethically bound to reduce carbon emissions, while 72 percent believed that responsibility lay...
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As Antarctica Melts Away, Seas Could Rise Ten Feet Within 100 Years
Rapid melting of Antarctic ice could push sea levels up 10 feet worldwide within two centuries, "recurving" heavily populated coastlines and essentially reshaping the world, the Associated Press reported Friday. Parts of Antarctica are thawing so quickly, the continent has become "ground zero of...
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Methane-Explosion Craters Could Be Latest Indicators of a Warming Planet
Numerous newly discovered massive craters across Siberia—believed to have been formed by methane gas exploding through a thawing permafrost—may be the latest visible signs that climate change is here, and it's changing the very contours of the earth's surface. A 100-foot crater was first spotted...
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Amid National Public Education Battle, Massive Turnout for LA Teachers Rally
An estimated 15,000 teachers and their supporters rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, threatening to strike should union and school district representatives fail to reach an agreement to reduce class sizes, raise teacher pay, and eliminate the existing system for evaluating educators. "We...
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Germany Approves Agreement for Greek Loan Extension
Germany's parliament on Friday voted overwhelmingly to approve the terms of an agreement between Greece and the eurozone which will extend financial assistance to the Syriza-led government for four months as it embarks on a series of structural reforms designed to unhitch its economy from the...
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All-Out War in Libya Predicted without Further Peace Talks
UNITED NATIONS - Libya is teetering on the edge of all-out war, with a brutal stalemate and misery for civilians predicted unless a recent minor diplomatic breakthrough can be built upon. The International Crisis Group (ICG), a non-governmental organisation working to prevent and resolve conflict,...
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Compares Organized Workers to ISIS
Speaking to the audience at the annual rightwing convergence known as CPAC on Thursday, Republican Governor Scott Walker indicated that his ongoing attack on the rights of workers in his home state of Wisconsin is preparing him for a possible future fight with foreign militants such as those...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
Economists Throw Weight Behind Universal Health Care in Vermont
It is not only possible, but financially and economically advantageous to implement a publicly financed healthcare system in Vermont, according to an open letter signed by more than 100 economists and delivered Thursday to lawmakers at the Vermont State House. "As economists, we understand that...
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How NAFTA Could Spoil a Keystone XL Rejection
Environmental campaigners cheered this week when President Barack Obama vetoed a Congressional bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, and urged him to stand up for the climate and fully reject TransCanada's tar sands pipeline project. Yet if that rejection happens, observers point out that it...
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Damning Report Reveals Canada's Indifference Toward Indigenous Women
Over the course of two decades, dozens of human rights groups, First Nations advocates, and women's organizations have issued more than 700 recommendations on how to stem the Canadian crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls. But an "alarming" study (pdf) released Thursday shows that...
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Top European Court Deals Blow to Iraq War Resister Seeking Asylum
U.S. war resister and former soldier André Shepherd, hailed internationally as a hero for refusing to take part in the occupation of Iraq, was just dealt a blow from Europe's highest court in his bid to win asylum in Germany. The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said Thursday that 37-year...
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Oil Workers Dig In for Historic Fight Against Industry Giants Over Crucial Safety Rules
Four weeks into the largest nationwide strike by oil plant workers in 36 years, the fight over critical safety standards in a deadly industry has grown even larger, with the movement now including 15 plants and 6,500 workers. As Common Dreams has previously reported , the workers are demanding...
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Nation's Capital Legalizes Marijuana
Marijuana became legal in the nation's capital on Thursday as a voter initiative into came into effect, despite Republican challenges that the move is illegal. With Initiative 71, which passed with overwhelming support, people over 21 can possess up to two ounces of marijuana smoke on private...
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UN Reveals 'Credible and Reliable' Evidence of US Military Torture in Afghanistan
The United Nations revealed Wednesday it has "credible and reliable" evidence that people recently detained at U.S. military prisons in Afghanistan have faced torture and abuse. The UN's Assistance Mission and High Commissioner for Human Rights exposed the findings in a report based on interviews...
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'Worse Than Wrong': Wisconsin Advances Bill To Gut Workers Rights
The Wisconsin State Senate passed so-called 'right-to-work' legislation late Wednesday night, against a backdrop of protests from those saying the bill represents pay cuts for working people and a direct attack on organized labor. After nearly eight hours of debate, the bill passed the Senate 17 to...
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Victory for Municipal Broadband: FCC Sides with Communities in Internet Access Fight
On Thursday, ahead of its historic vote to protect net neutrality , another "watershed moment" came when the Federal Communications Commission moved in favor of consumers by giving cities the power to create their own internet networks. In a major victory for public alternatives to service provider...
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And the Internet Goes Wild... FCC Vote Enshrines Net Neutrality Protections
Updated (11:55 AM EST): The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, in a 3-2 vote, approved the reclassification of the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act. "A victory for the millions and millions of people who expect the Internet to be an open engine for free speech and...
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
'Backwards Not Forward': Greens Slam 'Energy Union' Plan for Europe
Environmentalists and climate action groups are slamming the European Commission's publication of a plan on Wednesday that calls for unifying the 28 energy markets of all EU member nations into a single entity. Upon its passage, the Energy Commission's Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, of Slovakia,...
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Greenpeace International Head Target of Surveillance Request Ahead of G20 Summit
The head of Greenpeace International was the target of a surveillance request ahead of the 2010 G20 Summit in Seoul, according to leaked documents revealed by Al Jazeera and the Guardian . Months ahead of the meet, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) requested from South Africa's...
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US Addiction to Corn and Cars Is Fueling Global Hunger and Displacement
Driven by the United States, global demand for food-based biofuels such as corn ethanol is unsustainable, threatening the food security of some of the world's poorest people and endangering already strained land and water resources, according to a new research published this week. " Mandating...
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As Ranks Swell But Paychecks Dwindle, Adjuncts Hold National Day of Action
Adjunct faculty from colleges and universities around the country are holding teach-ins and rallies—and some will walk off the job—on Wednesday, demanding fair pay and better working conditions as part of the first-ever National Adjunct Walkout Day. "We're striking today and walking out...to raise...
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Telecoms, GOP Launch 'Last Ditch Effort' to Undermine Net Neutrality
A U.S. House subcommittee is meeting Wednesday to make a final attempt to derail net neutrality ahead of the Federal Communications Commission's vote scheduled for later this week. The Communications and Technology Subcommittee will discuss what they say are "legal, economic and policy...
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People Power Just Dealt a Major Blow to Mayor 1%
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, dubbed Mayor 1 Percent , was forced into a runoff Tuesday after failing to achieve more than 50 percent of the vote in his bid for re-election. Despite what the Chicago Tribune described as "his multimillion-dollar campaign war chest," Emanuel got 45 percent of the vote...
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Kerry Makes It Clear: Obama Wants Authority to Deploy Ground Troops in Iraq and Syria
Secretary of State confirms proposed AUMF would allow for boots-on-the-ground in fight against the Islamic State.
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2014 Marked Ultimate Low in Human Rights, Says Amnesty Report
The legacy of 2014 will likely be that the world suffered a "historic failure" in human rights, according to Amnesty International's annual assessment. Released Wednesday, the human rights report says that the year had been "devastating" for civilians caught in the cross-hairs of war and that...
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Snowden Document Reveals Huge Scope of Canada's Domestic Surveillance
Canada's electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), collects millions of emails and other information from its citizens and stores them for "days to months," according to a document leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and revealed by CBC News in collaboration...
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Julian Assange Asks Swedish Supreme Court to Lift Arrest Warrant
WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange on Wednesday asked the Swedish Supreme Court to lift the arrest warrant against him which has trapped him in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for nearly three years. His lawyers will argue that the warrant has imposed "severe limitations" on Assange,...
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Netanyahu Admits Sabotage of Iran Talks His Primary Mission
'It is my obligation,' says Israeli prime minister, 'to do everything that I can to prevent this agreement.'
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'There Will Be A Reckoning'
On the verge of retirement, noted environmentalist and celebrated systems analyst Lester Brown has a dire warning for the world he has spent more than half a century advising on issues of food and energy policy: there is no end in sight for the interrelated scourge of climate change, global poverty...
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Obama Administration Continues Pitch to Steamroll Corporate-Friendly Trade Deal
The Obama administration is continuing its push for controversial legislation that would fast track trade deals including the massive Trans Pacific Partnership ( TPP ), now nearing the end stages. The legislation is Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Fast Track, which Rich Bindell of watchdog...
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Fracking-Friendly Ohio Justices Backed by Oil and Gas Industry, Analysis Shows
Two of the justices behind last week's pro-industry fracking decision in Ohio were the beneficiaries of that same industry's largesse, in the form of sizable campaign contributions, a Columbus Dispatch computer analysis has shown. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French authored the majority...
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DOJ: No Federal Charges for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case
The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday closed its investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin without filing hate crime charges against his killer, George Zimmerman. "Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met...
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Chicago Police Secretly Detain, Abuse Americans at Domestic 'Black Site
Chicago police have operated a secret prison-like compound where they detain, interrogate, and torture U.S. citizens in what lawyers call a domestic equivalent to a CIA "black site," an exclusive investigation by the Guardian revealed on Tuesday. A "nondescript warehouse" on Chicago's west side,...
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Majority of Germans: We Don't Have a Real Democracy
A new German survey has a finding that may strike a particular chord with those in the United States. Over 60 percent of Germans said their country did not have a true democracy because business has a bigger say than the electorate, the survey by the Emnid polling institute for the Free University...
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'Going up Against a Beast': Wisconsin Workers Rise to Fend Off GOP Attack
Thousands of workers and community members from across Wisconsin are protesting in the state Capitol building on Tuesday and Wednesday, charging that right-to-work laws weaken unions, keep wages low, and do little to help the economy.
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Egyptian Minister Urged Use of Automatic Weapons Against Protesters
An Egyptian minister has been exposed encouraging the country's police force to use "automatic weapons" against protesters in a recording broadcasted by the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera news network on Tuesday. According to reports, a voice attributed to Egyptian interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim is...
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Proving That 'Activism Works,' Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill
Following years of fierce environmental campaigning by a grassroots movement against the monied fossil fuel industry, President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a Congressional bill approving the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Only the third veto by this president, many hope that the action marks...
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'Historic Day on the Last Frontier': Recreational Pot Now Legal in Alaska
Following a sweeping win at the ballot box in November, recreational marijuana officially became legal in Alaska on Tuesday, making it the third state in the country—behind Washington and Colorado—to allow adults over 21 to smoke, possess, grow, and transport pot. Alaska voters passed their...
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Net Neutrality Activists Take Civil Rights Fight to Doorsteps of Telecom Giants
Rallies sweep country as fight for net neutrality heats up ahead of FCC vote.
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Putin: Success of Minsk Deal Key to Avoid "Apocalyptic" War in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking with state television, has warned that if the deal reached in Minsk less than two weeks ago does not soon take hold in Ukraine, a war of "apocalyptic" proportions remains a possibility on the horizon. Asked about the likelihood of all-out war in Ukraine,...
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Austerity's Hold Proves Stubborn as Eurogroup Accepts Greek Plan
Updated (12:04 PM EST) : Eurogroup accepts Greek plan and approves loan extension The group of 19 European finance ministers, known as the Eurogroup, have accepted a set of proposals set forth by the Syriza-led government of Greece on Tuesday, paving the way for a four-month extension of loan...
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Monday, February 23, 2015
Majority of Americans: Wealthy Not Taxed Enough
The wealthy aren't paying enough in federal taxes. So said 68 percent of respondents to a new Associated Press-GfK poll (pdf). Sixty percent of respondents also said that the middle class is paying too much in federal taxes, and 41 percent held that belief about low-income households. President...
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United Against 'Debt Trap' of For-Profit Colleges, Students Fight Back with Loan Strike
Taking a stand against the for-profit schools which they say have saddled them with mountains of debt, a number of recent graduates, dubbed the Corinithian 15, on Monday launched a student debt strike. The former students, with help from the anti-debt collective Rolling Jubilee, are refusing to pay...
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US Offering Its 'Assistance' to Push GMOs on Africa: Report
The U.S. government and multinational corporations have capitalized on African nations' voids in regulatory frameworks to push genetically modified (GM) crops, standing to gain lucrative corporate profits while decimating food sovereignty, a new report states. Released Monday from the African...
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Israeli Claims About Iran Nuclear Program Denied By Own Spy Agency
Leaked internal assessment, obtained by Al Jazeera and the Guardian, contradicts Netanyahu's claim in 2012 that Iran was within a year of possessing an atom bomb.
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Climate Crusading Former Maldives Leader Arrested, Dragged Into Court
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, the renowned climate and human rights crusader who was ousted in a military coup in 2012, was arrested Sunday on charges of terrorism and then forcibly dragged by police into criminal court on Monday. Nasheed, the first democratically elected leader of the...
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Following New Rules, Groups Say Only 'Safe' Arctic Drilling Is 'No Drilling'
Environmentalists are sounding the alarm after the Obama administration unveiled the first-ever guidelines for drilling in the Arctic. Released by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Friday, the proposed guidelines are being...
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New Leak Spurs Radiation Spike at Fukushima
A fresh leak of radioactive water was detected at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant on Sunday, raising new concerns about ongoing efforts to clean up the site. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), which operates the Fukushima Daiichi plant, said sensors attached to a drainage channel that diverts...
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Get Used to It: DOT Predicts Oil Train Derailments Will Be Commonplace Over Next Two Decades
Dangerous wrecks expected to average 10 a year, putting large numbers of people at risk, according to Department of Transportation projection reported exclusively by the Associated Press.
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'The Spy Cables': Al-Jazeera Teases Massive Global Intelligence Leak
Al-Jazeera is reporting that it has come into the possession of "hundreds of secret intelligence documents from the world's spy agencies" which, in partnership with The Guardian newspaper, will be detailed in a series of in-depth exposés beginning on Monday. According to an initial (and vague)...
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'Citizenfour' Triumphs: Snowden Documentary Nabs Oscar
Citizenfour , the film chronicling the decision made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to expose wrongdoing to the world by leaking details of the agency's top-secret global surveillance operation to journalists, was awarded the Best Documentary Film award at Sunday night's Academy Award. "My...
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Following Turmoil at For-Profit Texas Prison, Inmates to be Transferred
A federal prison in Texas will transfer up to 2,800 inmates to other institutions in the area in response to a two-day uprising which began Friday over the prison's living conditions and inadequate medical services. Inmates at the for-profit Willacy County Correctional Center were reportedly...
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In Gesture of Solidarity, Norwegian Muslims Form 'Ring of Peace' Around Oslo Synagogue
More than 1,000 Muslims in Norway joined together in sub-zero temperatures on Saturday to form a protective circle around Oslo's sole functioning synagogue as a gesture of solidarity with the city's Jewish community following last week's attacks on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark. Chanting "No...
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Prominent Climate Change Denier Funded by Koch Brothers, Energy Companies: Reports
A prominent climate change denier and researcher quietly took more than $1.2 million in payouts from the energy industry, including the Koch brothers and other oil lobbyists, for the past 14 years, newly released documents have shown . Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian...
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Saturday, February 21, 2015
'Liberty is the Rule': Federal Court Blocks Immigrant Detainment Policy
A U.S. federal court on Friday put a temporary halt on the so-called "no release" policy to detain immigrants seeking asylum from violence in Central America. The New York Times reports : During the influx of migrants last summer, the Department of Homeland Security started holding most women who...
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US to Slow Down Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan as White House 'Rethinks' Mission
The U.S. is slowing down its withdrawal from Afghanistan, despite long-held promises that the military would be out of the country by 2016, new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Saturday. Carter told reporters in Kabul that the Obama administration is "rethinking" its counter-terrorism...
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Friday, February 20, 2015
In 'Slap in Face to Democracy' Wisconsin's Walker Says Ready to Sign Right-to-Work Bill
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Friday said he's ready to sign so-called right-to-work legislation that Republican lawmakers aim to fast-track next week. Walker's announcement marks a shift from previous statements on such legislation; the Associated Press says that it's a move "the likely 2016...
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Drug-Resistant Malaria 'Huge Threat' to Global Health
Cases of drug-resistant malaria have been multiplying in Southeast Asia, particularly along the border of India and Myanmar, in what health experts are warning is a "huge threat" to global health that will require " vigorous international effort" to contain. The strain has been found in Laos,...
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'Gun to Greece's Head Pulled Away' As Tentative Deal Struck in Brussels
The specifics of the deal, and the conditions imposed on Greece, have not yet been revealed to the public.
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To Save the Planet, Eat Less Meat, Report Urges
To prevent ruinous climate change and stave off an influx of preventable chronic diseases, Americans must reduce their meat intake and switch to a sustainable, plant-based diet, the top U.S. nutritional panel has announced for the first time. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which...
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Austerity in Illinois? Critics Slam 'Morally Reprehensible' Budget Proposal
With its deep cuts to higher education, Medicaid, pension benefits, and social services, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is being called " reckless ," " heartless ," and " morally reprehensible ." Rauner, who won a decisive victory over incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in November,...
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CIA Torture Whistleblower: US Government Lacks "the Guts" to Face Its Crimes
Out of prison and living at home under house arrest for the remainder of a suspended prison sentence, former CIA operative John Kiriakou, convicted and sent to jail for blowing the whistle on agency torture under the Bush administration, has been speaking to major medi outlets this week about the...
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US Effort to Crack Down on Terrorism Funding is Choking Humanitarian Lifeline: NGOs
In the name of cracking down on terrorism funding, the U.S. imposed new regulations affecting banks that handle money transfers to Somalia. But that effort has dealt a devastating blow to ordinary people in the Horn of Africa country, a trio of nonprofit organizations has charged, as U.S. banks...
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Pentagon's Disclosure of Looming Offensive On Mosul Raises Concerns Over Civilian Impact
Analysts warn the U.S. is 'doubling down' on failed military solutions.
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Lawmakers Nationwide Launch Concerted Assault on Women's Rights
An array of anti-choice legislation is being rolled out in state houses around the country, putting women's health at risk and illustrating how Republican gains in the 2014 elections have exacerbated the fight over reproductive rights. Already, 57 percent of American women of reproductive age live...
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Harvard Embattled as Students, Faculty, & Alumni Join Forces for Divestment
The administration of one of the world's most elite higher education institutions has called the intensified tactics of its students a form of "coercive" protest and lawyers representing Harvard University will be in a court room on Friday as they try to persuade a judge to throw out a lawsuit...
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Thursday, February 19, 2015
UK Admits to Unlawful Surveillance of Torture Victims
In a landmark admission, the U.K. government conceded on Wednesday that British intelligence agencies have been illegally spying on private communications between lawyers and clients for the past five years. According to the Guardian , the government's admission that it violated human rights law is...
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Explosive New Snowden Doc: NSA/GCHQ Stole Vital Cell Phone Encryption Keys
Explosive new reporting by The Intercept published Thursday, based on documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals how the U.S. spy agency and their British counterpart, the GCHQ, worked together in order to hack into the computer systems of the world's largest manufacturer of...
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Clinton Foundation Receiving Millions From Proponents of Keystone XL
Fossil fuel corporations and a Canadian trade agency that has promoted the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline have donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, which is jointly run by Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea. Climate campaigners say that the payments raise concerns...
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Laura Poitras on the Post-9/11 Moral Vacuum and How Snowden Will Go Down in History
"...it's easy to forget it all began with Poitras... the first person Snowden made contact with." That's CBC News referring to Laura Poitras, the journalist and filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated documentary Citizenfour , which offers a look at NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden 's first meetings...
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Accused of 'Terrorism,' Animal Rights Activists Head to Federal Court
Two activists are scheduled to appear in a federal district court in Chicago on Thursday, marking the first time that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)—which criminalizes protected speech and protest activities that cause an 'animal enterprise' to lose profits—will be legally challenged as...
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First Nation Community Says No One Warned Them of Fiery Derailment on Their Territory
First Nation leaders on Thursday slammed the Canadian National Railway (CN) for neither warning the community of environmental damages caused by the fiery oil train derailment that occurred last Saturday on traditional land, nor even warning of the derailment itself. Mattagami council member...
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#FightFastTrack: Coalition Takes Aim at Lawmakers over Corporate-Friendly 'Trade' Agreement
Environmental, labor, and community groups are organizing rallies, public forums, and creative direct actions this week urging their congressional representatives to say "no" to a renewed bid to rush through the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership "trade" deal by passing "fast track"...
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Turning Point? Grassroots Groups Mobilize Against Netanyahu's 'Catastrophic' Speech
Analysts say that the current fallout has the potential to move beyond partisan politics towards a real critique of Israel's actions.
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All Bets Off? Germany Rejects Greek Proposal for Modified Loan Extension
This post may be updated.... Amid a rapid and still-unfolding set of developments on Thursday in Europe, the German government of Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the contents of an application submitted by the newly-elected Syriza government of Greece earlier in the day, saying the proposal for a...
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Google Joins Civil Liberties Groups To Oppose Expansion of FBI Spy Powers
Internet giant Google and the American Civil Liberties Union are among the various groups who have objected to a rule change by the U.S. Department of Justice that would give the FBI and other agencies sweeping new powers to perform search and seize private data from online users across the nation...
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
At 'Extremism Summit,' Rep. Ellison Says Bigotry Against Muslims Breeds Hate
Speaking at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) on Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) denounced the United States' targeting of Muslim populations and argued that by failing to prosecute hate crimes against Muslim communities the U.S. government is only furthering...
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The Upland Pipeline: New Tar Sands Menace, or Industry Pipe Dream?
Apparently undeterred by recent political hurdles and public opposition, the corporation behind the Keystone XL pipeline plans to ask the U.S. government to permit a new and different pipeline project, one that would bring North Dakotan Bakken crude oil across the border into Canada, where it would...
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'Nuclear Plants Are Like Time Bombs': Former Japanese Prime Minister
"Nuclear plants are like time bombs," a former prime minister of Japan has declared. Speaking Tuesday, Junichiro Koizumi, who held the office from 2001-2006, said the plants "are never safe" when they are located in a country with earthquakes or active volcanoes, Koydo News reports. Once pro-...
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Guantanamo Interrogator Also Tortured Suspects as Chicago Detective: The Guardian
Former Guantánamo Bay official Richard Zuley, who led "one of the most shocking acts of torture ever conducted" at the military prison, spent 25 years as a notoriously brutal Chicago detective, a new investigation by the Guardian published Wednesday has revealed. From 1977 to 2007, Zuley used...
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UK Greenlights World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm
In a major advance for the country's green energy future, the United Kingdom on Tuesday approved the construction of the world's largest offshore wind farm. The Dogger Bank Creyke Beck wind project will include up to 400 wind turbines and will be situated 131 km (roughly 81 miles) off the coast of...
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In 'Tragic' Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking
In a blow to anti-fracking campaigners across the state, the Ohio Supreme Court said this week that the authority to regulate oil and gas drilling activities—and therefore, to ban fracking within municipal borders—lies with the state as opposed to cities, towns, or counties. As the Akron Beacon...
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Local Group Demands Federal Probe into Police Shooting in Washington
A Hispanic advocacy group in Seattle is calling on the Justice Department to investigate the police shooting of an unarmed man in Pasco, Washington on February 10. A letter signed by Felix Vargas, chairman of the local community group Consejo Latino (Latino Council), sent to Attorney General Eric...
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