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Monday, September 15, 2014
NASA: Warmest August Ever
August 2014 was the warmest since records began in 1880, new data from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies reveals . The month's combined global land and ocean temperature was also 0.70 degrees C (1.26 degrees F) warmer than the average temperature from the baseline period 1951-1980...
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WikiLeaks: Australian Police Spent Millions Spying on Citizens
On the same day Edward Snowden warned New Zealand residents that they were "being watched" by their government, WikiLeaks published documents showing that police in Australia used powerful spyware to conduct operations. A new cache released on Monday showed that police departments in New South...
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'More Harm Than Good': Congressional NSA Reforms a Sham, say Critics
The current "gutted" version of the U.S.A. Freedom Act (S. 2685) will only serve to legalize government's currently illegal surveillance of innocent civilians, charged a coalition of whistleblowers and civil liberties organizations in a letter published Monday calling on members of Congress to...
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Israeli Reservists of Spy Unit Refuse to Be Tools of Occupation, Sparking Ire From Officials
Israeli officials are lashing out following a letter of conscientious objection penned by a group of reservists in an elite spy unit stating that they refuse to be tools of Israel's military occupation. The 43 veteran reservists of intelligence Unit 8200 sent the letter last week to Prime Minister...
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Divest/Invest: Global Charities Challenged to Help 'Save Civilization'
A group of 160 leading environmentalists is calling on the world's philanthropists and foundations to use their money to "create a tipping point on climate change." The collection of activists, celebrities, and scientists—all winners of environmental prizes and representing 46 countries among them—...
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As Pro-Democracy Movement Grows, Thousands March in Hong Kong
Thousands of activists on Sunday staged a silent march through Hong Kong, holding signs and banners declaring their outrage at the Chinese government's recent anti-democracy rulings and calling for continued boycotts and civil disobedience. The march, organized in part by the pro-democracy...
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Wealth Gap Siphoning Money from Public Services
Rising income inequality is undermining state tax revenues, according to a Standard & Poor’s report released Monday, hindering states' abilities to fund education, infrastructure, and social programs while weakening the rate of economic recovery overall. The report, " Income Inequality Weighs...
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In Swing to Left, Swedes 'Turn Their Backs' on Austerity
Turning their backs on the prevailing austerity government, Swedish voters on Sunday elected the Social Democrat Party and its head Stefan Löfven to lead the country, allowing the center-left parties to reclaim power in the historically socialist state. The Social Democrat Party, along with the...
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Unseen Toll: Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts
A new study provides the first-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts like unpaid credit card or medical bills and student loans.
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Sanders Talks 'Political Revolution' in Iowa as Clinton Declares: 'I'm Baaack'
Appearing at a fundraising event for outgoing U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Sunday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the gathered crowd of Democratic Party supporters, "Hello, Iowa. I'm baaaack!" Regarding the widely held assumption that Clinton will run for president in 2016,...
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Snowden: 'If You Live in New Zealand, You Are Being Watched'
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has penned a firm rebuke to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, accusing the head of state of "not telling the truth about mass surveillance" and issuing this plainly worded warning to residents of the country: "If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched."...
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
'We Will Lose This Battle:' Liberian President Implores Obama for Help Fighting Ebola
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf penned a letter to President Obama this week urging the U.S. government to take more aggressive action to help the West African country fight the deadly Ebola virus outbreak, which first broke in March and continues to spread rapidly. “I am being honest with...
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High Cost of Housing Forcing Elderly Americans to Cut Back on Food and Healthcare: Study
The high cost of housing is making it difficult for older Americans to pay for vital needs, including healthcare and food, and forcing them to live in financial insecurity into their old age, finds a recent report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Entitled "Housing America’s...
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UK Rhetoric Against ISIS Escalates Following Briton's Beheading
As British Prime Minister David Cameron escalates his rhetoric following the release on Saturday of a video that appears to show an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) fighter beheading British aid worker David Haines, critics warn that military reprisal would only bring more violence and...
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Federal Judges Roll Back Wisconsin Voters' Rights
In what critics say is a blow to voters' rights, a federal appeals court on Friday gave the state of Wisconsin the green-light to require voters to provide identification as a condition of casting a ballot. Opponents of the rule say it imposes an unnecessary and often prohibitive requirement that...
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Is US Waging War? Top Obama Admin Officials Give Conflicting Answers
Obama administration officials late this week made conflicting statements about the critical question of whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL). The White House and Pentagon on Friday used the word "war" to describe U.S. military actions in Iraq and...
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US Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria
The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine. A sharply divided UNSC has watched the...
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Friday, September 12, 2014
Groups Lauded for Work Towards Communities' Rights to a Just Food System
Despite confronting occupation in Palestine or the effects of failed immigration policies in rural Washington, two grassroots groups have continued the struggle for their communities' rights to a just food system. For their efforts, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in Palestine and...
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Green Groups Fight to Uphold Colorado Town's Ban on Fracking
A coalition of environmental organizations this week filed a motion to preserve the groundbreaking ban on fracking enacted by Longmont, Colorado voters in 2012. Our Health Our Future Our Longmont , Food & Water Watch , Sierra Club , and Earthworks , represented by the University of Denver Law...
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Scahill: ISIS Disaster Has Failed 'War on Terrorism' Blowback Written All Over it
Investigation journalist Jeremy Scahill sat down with MSNBC's Ari Melber on Thursday to discuss President Obama's announced plan to escalate the U.S. military campaign against the group known as the Islamic State and offered a damning assessment of the administration's "strategy." He said that not...
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New Video of Michael Brown Shooting Shows Immediate Witness Reaction
A new video that appears to show the immediate aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9 corroborates earlier witness statements that the unarmed black teenager was surrendering to Officer Darren Wilson when he was killed. The footage, released by CNN on Thursday...
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Senate Kills 'Citizens United' Reform
Hope for a measure of campaign finance reform fell apart on Thursday after an amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling failed to move forward in the Senate. Senators voted 54-42 to end debate on the Democracy for All measure, as supporters called it, falling short of the necessary 60 votes...
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Public School Police Receive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle
The police department for San Diego's public schools recently revealed that they have acquired a large armored combat vehicle from the U.S. military. The $700,000 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP), which is designed to withstand blasts from improvised explosive devices and mines, was...
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Obama Charged with 'Imperial Hubris' Unmatched Even by Bush
A day after President Obama told the American public he was preparing to bomb targets inside the sovereign state of Syria and that he did not need congressional approval to do so, critics are lashing out against what Bruce Ackerman, a professor of law and political science at Yale University,...
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How US Govt Bullied Yahoo! over NSA Access to User Data
As the internet giant Yahoo! attempted to refuse compliance with requests by the NSA to access the online data for millions of the company's users, the U.S. Justice Department threatened to fine the company a staggering $250,000 a day, according to new reporting based on previously secret court...
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Responders Totally Unprepared for Tar Sands Spill in Great Lakes
For those living in the Great Lakes region of the U.S., a warning re-issued in Michigan this week may provide a shuddering thought: authorities there say they are unprepared to deal with a heavy crude spill in the lakes. Speaking Tuesday at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority at an...
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Death of 'Irrepressible' Forest Defender Prompts Investigation
Authorities in Peru are investigating the murder of environmental activist Edwin Chota, a leader of the Ashaninka Indian village of Saweto, who was killed along with three other men in a remote area of the Amazon jungle that they were attempting to protect from illegal logging. Chota was murdered...
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'There Is No Alternative': Fossil Fuel Deposits Must Stay in the Ground
"There is no alternative." Those famous words were once used by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to describe the preeminence of deregulated, so-called "free market" capitalism as compared to all other economic systems. "The fossil fuel industry will inevitably have to experience...
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Israel's Deadly Attacks on Gaza Schools Constitute War Crimes: Human Rights Watch
Israel's military attacks on United Nations schools in Gaza that were sheltering thousands of displaced people slaughtered dozens of civilians "in violation of the laws of war," Human Rights Watch declared in a report released Thursday . The humanitarian organization investigated three separate...
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'Wake Up Call Sounded' on Climate, University Faculty Launch Largest Divestment Effort to Date
In the largest of such efforts by a single university's faculty to date, 245 Boston University professors and instructors on Tuesday called on the President and Board of Trustees to divest its endowment from oil, gas, and coal companies. “Because it is unlikely that fossil fuel interests (the major...
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In Face of Super-Rich, Corporate Influence on Elections, 'Nuns on the Bus' Rides Again
Like Robin Hood, the "Nuns on the Bus" show up when you need them. First it was the social safety net-slashing House budget proposal in 2012 that brought out the sisters calling for justice in cities across the U.S. Then, in 2013, it was the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Now, the bus-...
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Education Watchdog Calls Out 'Attempted Indoctrination' in Texas Text Books
Texas will soon consider introducing social studies textbooks into schools that contain "serious distortions of history and contemporary issues," according to the Texas Freedom Network, a nonprofit watchdog group in Austin. The TFN found dozens of biased and inaccurate lessons in a number of...
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Missourians Now Face One of Harshest Abortion Restrictions in Country
Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday forced through one of the most severe abortion waiting periods in the country, tripling the amount of time a woman in the state must wait to terminate a pregnancy to 72 hours, leaving no exceptions for incest or rape. Governor Jay Nixon had previously vetoed the new...
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Obama "Strategy" to Bomb Syria, Escalate in Iraq Pilloried by Progressives
President Obama delivered a national televised address on Wednesday night and told the American public that he now plans, with or without Congressional approval, to dramatically expand U.S. military operations against the militant faction known as the 'Islamic State' (aka ISIS and ISIL) by sending...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
'Trojan Horse' Warns of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deal's Impending Dangers
There's a giant, Trojan horse threatening people in Europe, a grassroots environmental network has warned. That "horse" is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an EU-U.S. trade deal currently being negotiated. While the European Commission has touted the economic benefits of...
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In New York, Zephyr Teachout's Loss to Cuomo Still Feels Like a Win
The primary challenge of Zephyr Teachout against Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended in a rather sound defeat on Tuesday, her supporters and progressive observers are treating her run for New York governor as a victory for the growing populist surge that is taking place both inside and outside the Democratic...
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Passion, Broken Trust Flare at Ferguson City Council Meeting
At the Ferguson city council’s first public meeting on Tuesday since the shooting death of Michael Brown, hundreds of protesters and activists spoke passionately about their experiences with the town’s now-infamous police force and continued to call for the immediate arrest of Officer Darren Wilson...
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Groups Slam 'Corporate Takeover' of UN Climate Summit, Call for System Change
Ahead of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, which trumpets itself as an event to " catalyze ambitious action ," grassroots organizations from around the world are warning that the global gathering, in fact, has been hijacked by corporations that are pursuing "false promises" and "exploiting...
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Putting Job At Risk, Kindergarten Teacher Refuses to Administer Standardized Test
Risking her job and life passion, a kindergarten teacher in Florida is taking a stand against the high-stakes takeover of the public school system by refusing to administer the state-mandated standardized test to her young students. In a letter posted to her personal Facebook page this weekend and...
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US Airstrike Kills 11 Civilians: Afghan Officials
A U.S. airstrike killed 11 civilians, including women and children, in the Kunar province of Afghanistan, local officials said Wednesday. The deaths are reportedly the result of a strike, which also left at least a dozen wounded, on Tuesday in Narang district. The deaths also included “two...
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Research Shows Frightening Correlation Between Fracking and Rates of Illness
People who live in close proximity to natural gas drilling sites are significantly more likely to report skin and respiratory problems than those who live further away, according to the largest survey to-date of the reported health effects of people exposed to fracking. The study, " Proximity to...
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'Internet Slowdown Day': World Wide Web Rises Up to Defend Net Neutrality
Sites across the web are participating in what they've called "I nternet Slowdown" on Wednesday, a day of action to defend the open internet and protest the efforts of big telecoms to create discriminatory internet slow-lanes. Social media sites, internet freedom organizations, blogs, and media...
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Obama Claims All 'Authority Needed' to Further Expand 'Endless War'
With President Obama expected to deliver a national address on his plans for expanding the U.S. war against militant forces in Iraq (and possibly Syria) on Wednesday, the U.S. public is once again facing the sad fact that after thirteen years since the attacks of September 11, 2001, permanent war...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
'We're Running Out of Time': UN Body Says Greenhouse Gas Levels at Record High
As activists are mobilizing for what they hope will be "the largest climate march in history," the World Meteorological Organization has issued another warning that runaway greenhouse gas emissions show "we are running out of time" to act on the climate crisis. In its latest annual Greenhouse Gas...
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Professor Calls His Ouster over Gaza Comments a 'Teaching Moment' for Academic Freedom
A professor of Indigenous studies who has been at the center of controversy over academic freedom at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since a job offer at the school was rescinded following remarks he made on Twitter regarding Israel's attack...
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Climate Change Threatens 'Rampant Bird Extinctions,' Study Finds
Hundreds of North American bird species are at serious risk from global warming, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the National Audubon Society released Monday. “It’s a punch in the gut. The greatest threat our birds face today is global warming." —Gary Langham, National Audubon Society...
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As Ferguson Considers Reforms, Calls for Justice Remain
One month after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the town has settled into an uneasy calm as some institutional change seems poised to take place. On Monday, the Ferguson City Council announced it would be taking concrete...
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Citing Failed War on Drugs, World Leaders Call for Widespread Decriminalization
In the face of a failed War on Drugs, a global commission composed mostly of former world leaders recommended on Tuesday that governments decriminalize and regulate the use of currently illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and psychedelics. "The international drug regime is broken," reads the...
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Islamic State Fighting With Weapons From US and 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels: Report
The Islamic State (IS) is now in possession of lethal weapons formerly owned by so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels, as well as large quantities of arms produced in the United States, a new report (PDF) reveals The study — conducted by Conflict Armament Research , a research organization that tracks...
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Senate Advances Effort to Overturn Citizens United
In what advocates are calling a boon for "true democracy," the U.S. Senate on Monday voted to advance a constitutional amendment to overturn two recent Supreme Court decisions that have "opened the floodgates" to unlimited election spending from corporations and wealthy individuals. Voting 79-18 to...
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Profits Soar As Pentagon Leans on Private Corporations for Special Ops
Private military contractors are reaping billions of dollars in profitable rewards from the U.S. government's global network of clandestine counter-terrorism and other overseas operations, according to a new report that examines the high-levels of integration between for-profit corporations and the...
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We Must Degrow the 'Corporate Food Regime': Food Sovereignty Advocate
It's necessary to "degrow" the "corporate food regime" that over last five decades has impoverished the climate, water resources, local communities and crop diversity, and has not solved the problem of hunger. This was the argument made by Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of Food First , an...
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'They're Right': Citing Climate, Prosecutor Drops Charges Against Coal Blockaders
A local district attorney in Massachusetts surprised parties on all sides on Monday after he sided with two climate justice activists who employed a "necessity defense" to justify their use of a small lobster boat to block the path of an enormous coal freighter trying to dock at the Brayton Point...
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Monday, September 8, 2014
Defying 'Old Order,' Scottish Independence Campaign Gains Steam
With a vote less than two weeks away and polls showing a narrowing gap between those who support independence and those who do not, the debate over Scottish nationalism is heating up. On September 18, Scottish voters will cast their ballots in a referendum that asks: "Should Scotland be an...
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US Fight Against ISIS May Last Years, Officials Say
The U.S. government is preparing a campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) that may last three years, officials say, surpassing the amount of time that President Barack Obama will be in office, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Despite stating that the U...
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'They Got Medieval on His Ass': New Reporting on Brutality of Waterboarding
The torture technique of waterboarding carried out by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency against high-level suspects of the September 11 attacks may be far more brutal than previous details have described. According to reporting by the UK's Telegraph on Sunday, which cites an anonymous security...
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Endless War in the Fertile Crescent: How Modern Crises Threaten Ancient Food Supply
The ongoing conflicts raging across the Middle East are putting the Earth's essential food stocks at dire risk, a group of researchers from England's University of Birmingham announced Monday. The scientists, presenting their findings at the British Science Festival in Birmingham, say they have...
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Settlement 'Some Measure of Justice' for Wrongfully Convicted Central Park Five
A federal judge on Friday approved New York City's $41 million settlement with the five black and Latino men who in 1989 were wrongfully convicted of the brutal rape and beating of a jogger in Central Park. "It's unbelievable the injustice that we suffered throughout all these years and that we...
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Federally-Funded, Universal Pre-K Has Overwhelming Public Support
Seventy percent of Americans favor using federal money to fund universal preschool, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The survey results support President Barack Obama's call for universal access to preschool education for 4-year-olds prior to entering kindergarten. In his 2014 State of...
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Even Harvard Business Grads Recognize Unsustainable Nature of Rampant US Inequality
Compared to the average American, most graduates of Harvard Business School are shielded from the economic inequalities that have escalated since the 2008 financial collapse. But a survey (PDF) of 1,947 alums of this elite institution, released Monday, finds that they are nervous about the growing...
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War Over but Not Gaza’s Housing Crisis
GAZA CITY - “When the [Israeli] shelling started, I gathered up my family and headed for what I though was a safe place, like a school, but then that became overcrowded and lacked sanitation, so we ended up in the grounds of the hospital.” Islam Abu Sheira from Beit Hanoun, a city on the north-...
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By Failing to Reduce Carbon Emissions, US Leads Way in Destroying Climate
The world's most developed nations, according to a new report released Monday, are not doing nearly enough to meet their promised reductions of carbon emissions aimed at keeping global temperatures from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius this century, And these nations—including the United States, France...
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Are You Ready to 'Disrupt'? Climate Movement Readies Global Mobilization
On Sunday night, a new documentary film highlighting the intertwined story of the climate crisis and the growing social movement which has grown in response to it was released online for national screenings that took place in people's home and public meeting spaces. At just under an hour long, the...
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Sunday, September 7, 2014
'Internet Slowdown' is Coming, Warn Groups
Calling attention to the widespread disruption that will occur if Internet 'fast lanes' become the norm for wealthy websites, grassroots groups have organized a widespread Internet Slowdown Day on Wednesday to voice their support for net neutrality. A number of the Internet's largest companies...
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Weapons Deal Rumors Fly as Ukraine Ceasefire Called into Question
The recently announced ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and separatists is now being called into question as news broke Sunday of new skirmishes erupting outside the city of Donetsk. Meanwhile, according to reports, the Ukrainian government is expecting support in the form of "military...
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Flaunting Wider "Latitude," US Military Confirms More Strikes in Iraq
Broadening the scope of the United States latest military assault on Iraq, officials confirmed on Sunday that a new round of attacks have been launched throughout the country targeting fighters affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Speaking at a press conference with Georgia...
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Latin America’s Anti-drug Policies Feed on the Poor
Poor young men, slumdwellers and single mothers are hurt the most by anti-drug policies in Latin America, according to representatives of governments, social organisations and multilateral bodies meeting at the Fifth Latin American Conference on Drug Policies. During the Sept. 3-4 conference held...
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Saturday, September 6, 2014
With Upcoming Midterms, It's Time to 'Rebuild,' Says Elizabeth Warren
American families are suffering, and according to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), it is the will of big business and the one-percent to keep it that way. "The government runs for those who can make their voices heard," the former Harvard Law School professor said Friday in an interview with...
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Punting Reform, Obama Pulls 'Bait and Switch' on Immigrant Community
In what observers are calling a classic example of "bait and switch," after months of promising to take executive action on immigration reform this summer, officials confirmed on Saturday that President Barack Obama is now further delaying legislation until after midterm elections. In an email...
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Bush-Era Dragnet Memos Show 'Virtually Unlimited' Presidential Power
The Justice Department on Friday released two legal memos written during the Bush administration justifying the National Security Agency surveillance program that spied on American citizens' phone calls and emails shortly after the terrorist attacks in 2001, the Washington Post reports . The...
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Sierra Leone Imposes Nationwide Four-Day Lockdown Over Ebola
Sierra Leone will impose a nation-wide lockdown on its residents for four days to "deal with Ebola once and for all," said Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, a presidential adviser on the country's Ebola task force. The "aggressive approach," which will take place from September 18-21, is intended to allow health...
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Friday, September 5, 2014
'Victory': Federal Judge Stops Ohio's Cuts to Early Voting
In what is being cheered by civil liberties advocates as a victory, a federal judge on Thursday ruled that (pdf) Ohio's cuts to early voting are unconstitutional and in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The ACLU and ACLU of Ohio field the suit on behalf of the Ohio chapter of the NAACP, the...
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Intercept: LA Times Journalist Cleared Articles With CIA Before Publishing
A former Los Angeles Times national security journalist routinely sent drafts of his articles to CIA press handlers for input and revision, the Intercept revealed on Friday. Email exchanges between Ken Dilanian and public relations officers at the agency were discovered after the Intercept sent a...
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'Disruption': Film Offers Grassroots Global Revolt as Key Answer to Climate Crisis
Ahead of a mass demonstration scheduled for New York City on September 21 that will take place alongside a global mobilization aimed at world leaders meeting at the United Nations that week, climate campaigners have been ratcheting up their messaging to make their position as clear as the...
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Groups: Time Is Now To End 'Shocking Degradation' of World's Forests
The world's last remaining forest wildernesses are being damaged and destroyed by human activity at the shocking rate of 20,000 hectares—nearly 50,000 acres—per day, according to research findings announced Thursday . Greenpeace, the University of Maryland, Transparent World, World Resources...
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UNICEF Report Reveals 'Staggering Extent' of Violence Against Children
Children worldwide endure 'staggering' physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in their communities, homes, and schools, often at the hands of parents or intimate partners, according to a report released Thursday by UNICEF. “These are uncomfortable facts — no government or parent will want to see...
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Ukraine, Rebels Declare Start of Cease-Fire
Ukraine and rebel factions announced Friday that a cease-fire deal had been reached, bringing hopes for an end to nearly five months of violence that the UN says has claimed the lives of over 2,500 people and displaced more than 260,000. Negotiators from Ukraine, Russia, the rebel groups and the...
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States Urge Final Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality
Thirty-two states have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to make an over-arching decision on whether same-sex marriage is legally recognized. According to a report released Thursday by the Associated Press : Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices...
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In 'Historic Moment,' US Senate Set to Vote on Campaign Finance Amendment
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Monday on a constitutional amendment that would effectively overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United . The bill, sponsored by Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), "grants Congress and the states the power to regulate the raising and spending of money...
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US Forms Coalition Against ISIS
The Obama administration on Friday announced that it had formed a "core coalition" to fight the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as the threat of increased U.S. military involvement in the area looms. "We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory...
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Poking Russia with a Stick? NATO Approves Military "Spearhead" for Eastern Europe
Citing what it termed "Russian aggression" on Friday, NATO leaders gathered at a summit in Newport, Wales gave official approval of what's been called a "rapid response force" for eastern Europe, a so-called "spearhead" aimed at countering Moscow that would include an influx of as many as 5,000...
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Nearly 500 Hundred Arrested as Fast-Food Workers Rise Up
Hundreds of fast-food workers and their supporters were arrested in cities across the country on Thursday as they stood up (and in some cases sat down) as they demanded a $15/hour minimum wage, the right to unionize, and better working conditions across the industry. In what was the largest...
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Thursday, September 4, 2014
Facing Cuts to Take-Home Pay, Uber Drivers Protest in Los Angeles
Drivers for the ride-sharing app Uber protested in Los Angeles earlier this week, claiming the company, valued at $18 billion, has slashed their rates to an untenable level. "I’ve experienced four cuts since I started," driver Aya Valilar, who has been working with the company a year-and-a-half,...
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Grassroots Resistance as 'Police Militarization' Expo Descends on Oakland
While world watches US law enforcement, 'Urban Shield' brings defense contractors, law enforcement agencies, and SWAT teams for war games and arms trade
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NATO Summit Casts Shadow over Ukrainian Peace Efforts
While NATO leaders met in Wales for the first session of a two-day summit on Thursday—where issues related to eastern Ukraine were among the chief topics—officials made hopeful progress towards a negotiated settlement of the conflict in the region. Both Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key...
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After 41 Years in Solitary, 'Angola Three' Prisoner Renews Fight for Justice
After serving more than 41 years in solitary confinement, the longest sentence in isolation ever served by a U.S. inmate, Angola Three prisoner Albert Woodfox had a new day in court on Thursday to seek damages against Louisiana prison authorities for constitutional rights violations. Woodfox, 67,...
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Canadian Beekeepers Launch Class Action Suit Against Pesticide Makers
Beekeepers in the Canadian province of Ontario have launched a class action lawsuit against makers of a class of pesticides linked to the decline of bees. The claim (pdf) filed Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeks $450 million in damages going back to 2006 for the "chronic effects...
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'No New Wars, No to NATO': Demonstrators Challenge Role of Western Military Alliance
Calling for peace and an end to ever-expanding military intervention, up to one thousand protesters joined a march in Newport, Wales on Thursday, protesting the NATO summit taking place there September 4-5. As world leaders met inside the Celtic Manor Resort — discussing the crisis in Ukraine, the...
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DOJ Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Ferguson Police Dept
The U.S. Department of Justice is launching a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Missouri police department after officer Darren Wilson shot to death unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown last month. The investigation was first reported by the Washington Post — which cited...
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Federal Judge: BP 'Grossly Negligent' in Gulf Oil Disaster
The 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was the result of BP's “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct,” a federal judge has ruled.
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Low-Wage Workers 'Movement' Flexes Its Muscles Nationwide
Fast-food workers are out in force nationwide on Thursday as they participate in a day of action designed to highlight the scourge of low-wages and push a series of demands to combat the persistent poverty endured by those who form the backbone of the profitable multi-billion dollar industry. Led...
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Despite Ban, Japan Aims to Resume Whale Slaughter
Despite an order from the top court of the United Nations to stop all whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, Japan plans to relaunch its slaughtering of minke whales in the area next year, an official told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday. The UN's International Court of Justice in 2013 ordered a...
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Mining Industry Sets Sights on Northern Europe's Fragile Wilderness
Europe's fragile northern wilderness, along with the Indigenous people and animals that live there, are under imminent threat from the international mining industry, the Guardian reported Wednesday. Species such as the lynx, bear, wolverine, wolf, and reindeer risk being harmed, as do the Lapland...
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No Daylight for US Govt Photos, Video That May Show Gitmo Torture
The government can withhold photographs and videotapes—some of which may contain footage of torture and mistreatment—of Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed al-Qahtani, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Though never tried nor convicted of any specific crime, the government has accused al-Qahtani...
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Halliburton Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Will Shield Company from Billions in Liability
Halliburton's $1.1 billion settlement, announced Tuesday, for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill will likely shield the company from being held liable for billions of dollars in damages in the future. The company, which was contracted by BP to cement the Macondo oil well, stands...
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Climate Activists Stage Resistance at Rail Yard to Protest 'Fossil Fuel Takeover'
Climate activists in Everett, Washington on Tuesday offered a "sampling of the resistance" that could be on its way if the fossil fuel industry continues to threaten the future of communities in the Northwest. Working with the environmental and social justice group Rising Tide Seattle, five Everett...
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As Ebola Outbreak Surges, Health Officials Slam International 'Coalition of Inaction'
As the Ebola outbreak surges to record levels, the international response has been "lethally inadequate" and has only worsened the epidemic by "marginalizing" the population affected, a chorus of top international medical officials said during a high-level United Nations briefing in New York on...
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Naomi Klein to Degrowth Conference: Climate Change Can Deliver 'People's Shock'
"You're having the core conversation of our time." That was the message delivered on Tuesday by author Naomi Klein to participants of a conference whose focus is on "concrete steps towards a society beyond the imperative of growth." Klein's opening address to the Fourth International Conference on...
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Will NATO Saber Rattling Derail Hopes for Ukraine-Russia Détente?
On the eve of a NATO summit in Wales at which member-states will consider admitting Ukraine into their alliance and formally announce expansion of military operations in Eastern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are close to...
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Nation's Poor Remain Hungry as Wall Street Feasts
Critics and anti-poverty advocates are questioning the so-called economic recovery as a USDA study (PDF) published Wednesday revealed that while the nation's wealthiest enjoyed record gains, nearly 50 million Americans continue to struggled with food insecurity in 2013. According to the government...
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