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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Indiana Governor Signs Law Legalizing Discrimination Against LGBTQ People
Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence just signed into law controversial legislation that gives legal cover, under the guise of "religious liberties," to any businessor individual who wish to violate anti-discrimination laws. The legislation is part of a nation-wide push to legalize discrimination...
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House Passes Medicare Reform Bill, But Critics Warn Beneficiaries Will Pay the Price
As leaders of the Republican and Democratic Parties in the House of Representatives were congratulating themselves on passing an actual piece of legislation on Thursday, critics of the bill aimed at restructuring Medicare payments to providers are warning—despite the feel-good mood provided by the...
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Body Count Report Reveals At Least 1.3 Million Lives Lost to US-Led War on Terror
How do you calculate the human costs of the U.S.-led War on Terror? On the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, groups of physicians attempted to arrive at a partial answer to this question by counting the dead. In their joint report— Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the 'War on...
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TPP vs. Democracy: Leaked Draft of Secretive Trade Deal Spells Out Plan for Corporate Power Grab
WikiLeaks reveals negotiators are planning to dramatically expand the power of corporations to use closed-door tribunals to challenge—and supersede—domestic laws, including environmental, labor, and public health protections.
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As Saudi Arabia and Allies Continue Airstrikes, Sorrow and Rage in Yemen
Tweets from https://twitter.com/commondreams/lists/trusted-voices-on-yemen Airstrikes led by Saudi Arabia, and supported by other members of Gulf Cooperating Council and the U.S. government, continued to hit Yemen on Thursday as the situation in one of the world's most impoverished, yet...
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French Prosecutor Alleges Co-Pilot Intentionally Crashed Germanwings Plane Into French Alps
The French public prosecutor heading the investigation into the Germanwings airliner crash in the French Alps that killed 150 people earlier this week alleged at a news conference on Thursday that the crash was caused deliberately by the plane's co-pilot, identified as Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old...
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US Airstrikes, Coupled with Iran-backed Militias and Iraqi Forces, Target ISIS in Tikrit
Following earlier indications that such attacks were likely, the U.S. military bombarded targets in the Iraqi city of Tikrit overnight as it took a commanding role in an ongoing offensive against Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) militants that has so far been spearheaded by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
'Monsanto's Dream': Pro-GMO DARK Act Comes to Congress
The battle over genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, reached the U.S. capital on Wednesday when news broke that Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo will reintroduce a bill that blocks states from requiring GMO labeling. The legislation , dubbed by critics the Deny Americans the Right-to-Know or...
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Bowe Bergdahl, US Soldier Held by Taliban, Charged With Desertion
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was released from Taliban captivity in a prisoner swap last year has been charged with desertion, the U.S. military announced during a short press conference at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Wednesday. Bergdahl, who went disappeared from his Army outpost in...
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Naomi Klein: Shock of Oil Price Plunge Is Opportunity World Must Seize
'Sometimes capitalism gives us a gift... And the sudden drop in oil prices is one of them,' says Canadian author and activist.
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Big Food 'Expands Its Tentacles' with Heinz-Kraft Deal
In a consolidation that will birth the fifth largest food company in the world, H.J. Heinz Company announced on Wednesday its plan to purchase Kraft Foods. The mega-merger, which was engineered by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathway and the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, brings under one roof...
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Israel's Seizure of Palestinian Taxes Sparks Economic Devastation, Mounting Resistance
As Israel continues to withhold $130 million a month in revenue from the Palestinian Authority, officials warn that the West Bank's already choked economy is teetering over the edge, with most public employees facing salary cuts of 40 percent or more and the government close to default. "We have...
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Klein and Sirota Honored with Independent Journalism Award
Receiving praise for "taking on the most powerful forces in society," independent journalists Naomi Klein and David Sirota are being honored with the seventh annual Izzy Award. Announced on Tuesday, the award is presented by Ithaca College's Park Center for Independent Media and recognizes...
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In Fight Against UPS Discrimination, Pregnant Workers Get Boost From Top Court
A former United Parcel Service delivery driver demanding restitution for discrimination she allegedly faced while pregnant just won a favorable ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 6-3 decision on Wednesday, the justices tossed out a lower court ruling that had dismissed the case of the...
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'This Must End Now': Web Companies, Rights Groups Call for Immediate Halt to Bulk Data Collection
More than 50 technology companies, privacy and human rights advocates on Wednesday sent a letter (pdf) to U.S. President Barack Obama, members of Congress, and other executive and intelligence officials demanding immediate curbs to government surveillance and an end to the bulk collection of...
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Stepping Up Collaboration With Iran, US Now Directly Backing Tikrit Offensive
Stepping up its de-facto collaboration with Iran, the United States military is now giving direct air support to the Iran-backed offensive by Iraqi forces and Shiite militias on the city of Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad. Launched over three weeks ago, the operation on the hometown of Saddam Hussein...
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Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes as Yemen Civil War Ignites Regional Firestorm
Updated (8:11 PM EST): Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies launch airstrikes inside Yemen, says Saudi ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States, confirmed in a press briefing on Wednesday night that the Saudi military, along with regional allies, has...
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Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance 'Essential' for Paris Agreement
As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Obama Announces No Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2015
Under the guise of a transfer of power, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's and U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday new "flexibility" in the U.S. military's drawdown plan in Afghanistan, scrapping previous pledges made to reduce troop levels by the end of the year. During the joint address...
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Less Meat, More Plants for Healthier People and Planet: Coalition
As a federal government panel prepares to hear testimony and then finalize an updated version of influential nutritional guidelines on Tuesday, a coalition of more than 100 organizations and prominent food and health experts have joined together by calling for more sustainable recommendations than...
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Opposition Grows as Shell Drilling Fleet Heads to Arctic Waters
Marking 26 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground spilling as much as 38 million gallons of oil into the Port William Sound in Alaska, activists on Tuesday protested the Obama administration's continued support for Arctic oil exploration. Despite the known threat to the fragile Arctic ecosystem...
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Solidarity Not Fear: World Social Forum Opens in Tunisia
Tens of thousands of people marched in the pouring rain through Tunisia's capital on Tuesday to kick off the 14th World Social Forum—a global gathering of civil society movements—and bring the message of peace and solidarity to the site of last week's deadly attack on the National Bardo Museum. "...
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Death of US Coal Exemplifies Need for Paradigm Shift for Global Energy System
A new report released Tuesday by the London-based Carbon Tracker Initiative warns that the crash of U.S. coal markets is but a harbinger of things to come for all fossil fuel investments. The report, The U.S. Coal Crash – Evidence for Structural Change (pdf), found that the slump in coal prices has...
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150 Feared Dead After Plane Crashes in French Alps
Developing story... A commercial airliner carrying approximately 150 people has crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday morning, the civil aviation authority in France has confirmed. According to officials, no survivors are expected. The plane, operated by Lufthansa's low-cost division Germanwing,...
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Black Residents Bear Brunt of Philly's Trigger-Happy Police Department
Philadelphia police shoot people at a rate far higher than much larger cities, opening fire roughly once a week, with black residents disproportionately impacted by such violence, a damning new investigation (pdf) by the Department of Justice finds. Released Monday, the report was requested by...
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Israel Spied on Iran Talks, Gave Intel to US Lawmakers to Kill Deal: Report
The Israeli government secretly spied on high-level talks between the U.S., Iran, and other countries and attempted to sabotage the ongoing nuclear negotiations by serving captured information back to U.S. lawmakers opposed to a deal, the Wall Street Journal is reporting on Tuesday. According to...
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White House Says Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Lands 'Must End'
President Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough on Monday made a striking announcement on behalf of the administration by telling a crowd of Jewish-American political activists that Israel's military "occupation" of the West Bank must end as he pushed back against comments made by Prime Minister...
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Monday, March 23, 2015
With MegaChurch-Like Event, Sen. Ted Cruz Declares GOP Presidential Run
Declaring his belief in the power of like-minded rightwingers—who he termed "courageous conservatives"—to rise up in the name of "truth" and "liberty," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) became the first Republican to formally announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential campaign in a speech before a...
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'Recipe for Disaster' as US Supreme Court Refuses Challenge to Voter ID Law
In a move that will impact hundreds of thousands of voters and may carry national implications, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's restrictive voter identification law. Immediately after the high court rejected, without comment, to hear the...
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Glyphosate, Favored Chemical of Monsanto & Dow, Declared 'Probable' Source of Cancer for Humans
In a determination that could have far-reaching implications for the agro-chemical giants like Dow Chemical and Monsanto, the research arm of the World Health Organization has declared that glyphosate—the key ingredient of widely-used herbicides such as Roundup—should now be categorized as a "...
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Gates Foundation's Seed Agenda in Africa 'Another Form of Colonialism,' Warns Protesters
Food sovereignty activists are shining a light on a closed-door meeting between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which are meeting in London on Monday with representatives of the biotechnology industry to discuss how to...
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Snowden Docs Reveal Canada a Major Player in Global Spy Operations
Canada's spy agency, the Communication Security Establishment (CSE), is a major player in global hacking operations and boasts a vast array of cyberwarfare tools, revealed in news reports on Monday, that rivals that of the United States' National Security Agency. Documents initially leaked to the...
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Yemen Being Driven to 'Edge of Civil War'
During an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Sunday, the UN special envoy for Yemen, Jamal Benomar, warned that the country is fast approaching "the edge of civil war" and urged all parties to redouble diplomatic efforts before it is too late. Speaking to the council via...
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
From One Hawk to Another: McCain Defends Netanyahu's Racist Rant
In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Arizona Senator John McCain (R) defended Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's racist election-day tirade against Palestinians, dismissing criticisms of the head of state as "Orwellian." Netanyahu's controversial statements were made in a 28-second video...
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'Food, Dignity, and a Roof': Thousands March Against Austerity in Spanish Capital
A "March for Dignity" drew thousands to the Spanish capital on Saturday in the latest show of mass opposition to the government's harsh austerity policies that have slashed public goods—from education to public health to unemployment assistance. As they marched through Madrid, protesters carried...
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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Tens of Thousands Flood Dublin Demanding Abolition of Austerity Tax On Water
"We say today water is a human right," Memet Uludag declared to demonstrators. "Black and white, we will unite and we will fight. From Bolivia to Detroit to Greece, people have been fighting against cuts, against austerity."
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UN Commission: Israeli Occupation Imposes 'Grave Situation' on Palestinian Women
Motion condemns Israel's 50-day military assault on Gaza late last summer, which killed at least 2,194 Palestinians, including hundreds of women and girls.
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Judge Orders US Government to Stop Suppressing Evidence of Torture and Abuse
A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. government to release more than 2,000 photographs showing abuse and torture of people detained by the American military in Iraq and Afghanistan. The decision is the latest development in a more than 10-year-long legal battle , in which the American Civil...
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Friday, March 20, 2015
Wild Bee Decline A Sign of Europe's 'Ecological Disaster': Study
Nearly one in 10 European wild bee species is facing the threat of extinction, according to the first assessment of the continent's bee populations, published Thursday. As environmentalists have long noted , bees and other pollinators are essential to the world's food supply, farming system, and...
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In Battle Over Net Neutrality, It's Industry-Backed GOP vs. Civil Rights Groups
Less than a month after the Federal Communications Commission passed a set of groundbreaking net neutrality protections, both sides of the fight for the internet's future have thrown down their gauntlets. Republicans are reintroducing previously abandoned legislation that could kill net neutrality...
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Yemen: Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 135 at Shiite Mosques
Suicide bomb attacks on two Shiite mosques in Yemen's capital on Friday killed at least 135 people and wounded 345, according to the TV station Al Masirah , which is run by Shiite Houthi rebels, who overtook the city in September. A medical source told Reuters the death toll was at least 126...
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Groups Pan 'Toothless' Fracking Rules As Industry Giveaway
The Obama administration on Friday unveiled the nation's first major federal regulations on fracking, sparking negative responses from green groups, who say the "toothless" new rules don't go far enough to protect public health and the environment and represent a "giveaway" to the fossil fuel...
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Nuclear Talks Adjourn With Hopes High But Issues Still Unresolved
A round of peace talks between Iran and six world powers adjourned one day early in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday with P5+1 nations (the U.S., Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, Germany) at loggerheads over issues including sanctions relief and yet with hopes still high that diplomacy can...
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'Black America in Crisis': Report Shows Troubling Racial Disparities Across US
"The state of Black America is in crisis—and we see justice challenged at every turn." So says this year's National Urban League assessment of racial equality in the U.S., which considers employment, income, housing, education, health, social justice, and civic engagement. The 39th edition of the...
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UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret
British police claim a criminal investigation they are conducting into journalists who have reported on leaked documents from Edward Snowden has to be kept a secret due to a “possibility of increased threat of terrorist activity.” Following Snowden’s disclosures from the National Security Agency in...
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'Distrust Reinforced' as NY Judge Rules Against Releasing Details of Eric Garner Grand Jury
Grand jury testimony in the chokehold death of Eric Garner will not be released because there was no "compelling reason" to publish the documents, a Staten Island judge ruled on Thursday in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The NYCLU in December petitioned the court...
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Docs Reveal Internal Foot Dragging Hampered WHO's Ebola Response
The World Health Organization, which is tasked by the United Nations with directing international responses to epidemics, has been widely criticized for its slow response to the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa that has already killed over 10,000 people. Now, internal documents obtained by the...
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Divergent Visions: GOP Budget Plans Don't Line Up With US Priorities
The differences between the four budget proposals recently put forth by President Barack Obama , both Republican-majority houses of the U.S. Congress, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus are "stark," according to a new analysis—while some provisions in the GOP blueprints "completely miss the...
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In Vanuatu, Death Toll Climbs as Scale of Devastation Sinks In
Thousands of people left homeless in Vanuatu last weekend after a deadly cyclone ripped through the cluster of islands in the South Pacific were still waiting for relief on Friday. As the confirmed death toll from the hurricane rose to 13, many survivors were still taking refuge in homeless...
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Thanks to Climate Change, Arctic Sea Ice at Lowest Levels Ever Recorded
At the height of the most recent winter season, Arctic sea ice was at its lowest level ever recorded, with climate change playing a key role in this historic decline, the National Snow and Ice Data Center revealed Thursday. Arctic sea ice reached its maximum levels on February 25th at 5.61 million...
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Progressive Community Celebrates Life, Work of Danny Schechter (1942-2015)
The progressive community in the U.S. and beyond is mourning the loss and celebrating the life of friend and colleague Danny Schechter on Friday after news broke that the veteran journalist, filmmaker, and warrior for social justice died on Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. A note...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
UN to Consider US Government's Role in Ignoring Civil Rights Era Murders
A United Nations panel will consider on Thursday whether the U.S. Department of Justice failed to account for hundreds of murders and disappearances of black men and women by groups like the Ku Klux Klan during the Civil Rights era. The Cold Case Justice Initiative , a team of lawyers and rights...
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Despite Climate Change Rhetoric, Gates Foundation Invests $1.4 Billion in Fossil Fuels: Report
Largest charitable foundation in world target of growing call for divestment.
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'Targeting the Beacon of Democracy': In Wake of Attacks, Tunisians Mourn
Protests against the deadly attack at Tunisia's National Bardo Museum continued on Thursday, with outraged demonstrators condemning extremism while vowing to continue the country's fight for democracy. At least 20 people were killed and more than 50 wounded when two gunmen attacked the museum in...
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Endless Afghan War to Persist as US Base Closures Postponed
As the Obama administration continues to slow down its promised troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, new reporting by Reuters reveals U.S. military bases in Kandahar and Jalalabad are likely to remain open beyond the end of the year. Speaking with an unnamed senior official, Reuters reports the...
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TransCanada Whistleblower Spurs New Probe of Pipeline Giant's Safety Record
Based on evidence provided by a whistleblower, Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) is investigating pipeline giant TransCanada—the company behind both the Keystone XL and Energy East proposals—for safety-code violations, according to exclusive reporting by the Reuters news agency. The energy...
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In Chicago, Calls Grow for Investigation Into Homan Square 'Gestapo Tactics'
Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis on Wednesday stepped up their demand for the federal Department of Justice to investigate the secret detention and torture of American citizens that took place for years in Chicago's Homan Square compound. The duo traveled...
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World’s Richest One Percent Undermine Fight Against Economic Inequalities
'We cannot rely on technological fixes. We cannot rely on the market. And we cannot rely on the global elites. We need to help strengthen the power of the people to challenge the people with power.'
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Demands for Accountability In Philippines Following Deadly US-Backed Raid
Fresh findings about the hidden hand of the United States, and culpability of President Benigno Aquino III, in a botched commando raid that left dozens dead earlier this year are fueling public outrage across the Philippines and global diaspora. The revelations are stoking anger beyond the failed...
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Could Netanyahu Win Actually Spell Progress for Palestinians?
Is the reelection of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week a possibly good thing for Palestinians and other who seek a just and peaceful end to Israeli apartheid, the occupation of the West Bank, the blockade of the Gaza Strip, and the overall conflict between Israel and a stateless...
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Sanders Blasts GOP Budgets
At a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blasted as large a hole in the newly-released Republican budget as he could muster, declaring it an attack on low- and middle-income Americans, a fiesta of deregulation and subsidies for Wall Street and Big Business, and...
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
100 Percent Renewable: Canadian Scholars Champion Low-Carbon Power Potential
By leveraging its vast renewable energy resources, Canada could turn its back on fossil fuels and reach 100 percent reliance on low-carbon electricity by 2035, according to a report released Wednesday by Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a group of researchers representing every province in the country...
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Amid Speech Crackdown, French Comedian Found Guilty for Facebook Post
The controversial french comedian Dieudonné on Tuesday was found guilty of "condoning terrorism" in a satirical post made to his Facebook page, which authorities said expressed sympathy for terrorists associated with the January 7 attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. The Paris court sentenced...
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Exposed: US Played Secret Role in Botched Philippine Raid That Left Dozens Dead
Contradicting prior U.S. claims, a Philippine government investigation released Tuesday in Manila suggests that the U.S. secretly had a hand in a failed commando raid in that country that resulted in a bloodbath and set in motion an ongoing political scandal. In the botched January Mamasapano...
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New Research Endorses 'Rooftop Revolution' as Simple, Local Solar Solution
The future of solar energy, often envisioned as an island of reflective panels amid an ecologically sensitive desert outpost, may have a more simple, and more local solution. A Stanford University study published earlier this week found that utility-scale solar development built alongside existing...
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A Chemical Safety Law with Industry's Red Pen (Literally) All Over It
The leading trade organization and lobbyist for the chemical industry left its computerized fingerprints all over a chemical safety reform bill being debated this week in Congress, according to "rudimentary digital forensics" performed by Hearst News Service. The findings, revealed the day before...
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Obama's White House Sets New Record in Rejecting FOIA Requests
For the second year in a row, the Obama administration has set a record in rejecting Freedom of Information Act requests, according to new analysis published Tuesday by the Associated Press . The White House censored or denied access to government data 39 percent of the time, more often than ever...
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Amid Increasing Conflict, Pentagon 'Lost Track' of Weapons Trove Sent to Yemen
As the United States continues to flood the Middle East with weapons—with a booming arms trade and "aid packages" delivered to unstable regimes as well as so-called moderate rebel groups—Pentagon officials have confirmed that a cache of U.S. weapons sent to the Yemeni government have vanished. As...
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California Stiffens Water Regulations Amid Devastating Drought
As California approaches the end of a disappointing rainy season, officials are further narrowing restrictions on water usage to help stave off the effects of the state's ravaging four-year drought crisis. Following record-low rainfall from December to April, with no extra precipitation expected...
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The People's Budget: Progressive Proposal Aims to Un-Rig Failed Economic System
Offering a sustainable alternative to regressive federal budget proposals put forth this week by the Republican majorities on Capitol Hill, the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Wednesday released The People's Budget: A Raise for America , which aims to "level the playing field" for low- and...
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Report: US-Backed Forces Committing Atrocities, Fueling Sectarianism in Iraq
An investigation released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch adds to mounting evidence that U.S.-backed forces in Iraq are fueling sectarianism and committing atrocities against Sunnis in the ongoing war on ISIS. The 31-page report (pdf) focuses on the aftermath of an early September offensive by...
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Fed Up With Austerity Policies, #Blockupy Storms Streets of Frankfurt
Anti-austerity protests boiled over near the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt on Wednesday, with hundreds of people arrested after an off-shoot from an otherwise peaceful march clashed with police. Around 10,000 anti-austerity protesters reportedly gathered under the...
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At Least 19 Dead After Attack In Tunisia's Capital
Update 1:45 PM EST: At least 19 people have been reported killed following an attack and three-hour hostage crisis at the popular National Bardo national museum in Tunisia's capital. Prime Minister Habib Essid said 17 of the people killed were foreigners. Two shooters have also been reportedly...
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Appeal to Israel's Right Pays Off as Netanyahu Survives to Win Re-Election
Despite strong challenge from more moderate Zionist Union, Israeli Prime Minister declares 'a great victory'... But at what cost?
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
House Dems Filibuster Trafficking Bill Over 'Despicable' Anti-Abortion Subterfuge
Blocking an attempt by GOP lawmakers to scuttle through a provision that would deny survivors of human trafficking access to safe and legal abortions, Senate Democrats on Tuesday staged a filibuster against the measure. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S 178) , introduced by Senator John...
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Syria Shot Down US Drone: State Media
Syrian forces have allegedly shot down a U.S. drone in the country, according to reports from the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency on Tuesday. "Syrian air defense systems shot down U.S. UAV north of Lattakia Province," SANA said . The incident is being widely reported as the first such downing of...
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FBI Plan to Expand Hacking Powers Moves Forward
A judiciary panel on Monday quietly approved a rule change that would increase the Federal Bureau of Investigation's surveillance powers, despite concerns over privacy and constitutional rights. The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules voted 11-1 to modify a rule that gives...
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From 'Downton Abbey' to Downfall: Spend-Happy GOP Lawmaker Resigns
Following a wave of questions over lavish spending and financial impropriety, including new allegations this week about major inconsistencies with his congressional and campaign expense reports, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) issued a statement on Tuesday saying he will resign from the U.S...
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Expressing Optimism, Top Iran Official Says 'Solutions in Reach' on Nuclear Deal
In what were described by one media outlet as " the most promising " comments to date regarding the chances of world powers reaching an agreement with Iran over its civilian nuclear program, top Iranian officials expressed optimism over progress made in Switzerland on Tuesday even as some "...
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Bucking Nationwide Trend on Voting Rights, Oregon Becomes First to Make Registration Automatic
New bill signed Monday means that any eligible voter who does business with the Department of Motor Vehicles will be automatically registered.
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White House Rule Change 'Makes Mockery' of Transparency Promises
The White House is set to announce Tuesday that it will exempt its Office of Administration from federal rules requiring it to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests, allowing the record-keeping agency to reject transparency asks. Formalizing a de facto policy that was upheld under...
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Future Tenuous for Bibi as Israelis Flock to Polls
Israelis are heading to the polls on Tuesday in what is considered a hotly contested vote that threatens to unseat current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the lead up to the general election, polls indicated that Netanyahu's conservative Likud party trailed the center-left Zionist Union by...
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GOP Budget Slashes Tax Rates for the 1 Percent, Safety Net for Everyone Else
Revealing their commitment to ravaging critical safety net programs while accommodating corporations and the ultra-wealthy, the Republican-controlled House unveiled on Tuesday a budget proposal (pdf) that would undermine both Social Security and Medicare, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and...
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Oxford Alumni to Hand Back Diplomas After School Defers Divestment
Alumni and students of Britain's Oxford University are up in arms over the school's deferral of a plea to pull shares of its $3.9 billion endowment from fossil fuel companies. Following the University Council decision on Monday to postpone the matter of divestment to a "future meeting," a number of...
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San Diego Sues Monsanto for Polluting Bay With Banned Carcinogenic Chemicals
San Diego authorities filed a lawsuit on Monday against the agrochemical giant Monsanto, accusing the corporation of polluting the city's bay with carcinogenic chemicals that are so dangerous to human health they were banned in the U.S. more than 30 years ago. The lawsuit was filed in federal court...
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Palestinian Grassroots Resistance to Occupation Growing
"The strength of the grassroots organisations' action against Israel is not going to go away anytime soon and will only continue to grow in strength internationally."
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Lawmakers Say TPP Meetings Classified To Keep Americans in the Dark
Lawmakers in Congress who remain wary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement are raising further objections this week to the degree of secrecy surrounding briefings on the deal, with some arguing that the main reason at least one meeting has been registered "classified" is to help...
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Monday, March 16, 2015
On 12th Anniversary of Rachel Corrie's Death, Renewed Calls for Justice
Twelve years since their daughter Rachel was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while nonviolently protesting the destruction of Palestinian homes, Cindy and Craig Corrie on Monday said they are still seeking justice and answers regarding her death. The anniversary comes just a month...
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On Eve of Election, Netanyahu Promises No Palestinian State If Re-Elected
On the eve of national elections in Israel, politically-embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that if he and his Likud Party were returned to power for another term he would make sure that an independent Palestinian state would not come into being. The comments come as a reversal of...
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Putin Was Ready To Go Nuclear Over Crimea, Documentary Reveals
Russian President Vladimir Putin was willing to ready Russia's nuclear arsenal during last year's conflict over Crimea, he reportedly said in a pre-recorded documentary broadcast on Russian state television on Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of Moscow's takeover of the Black Sea peninsula...
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Still Leading Pack, US Arms Exporters Extract Increasing Profits From Foreign Conflict Zones
As the number-one exporter of major arms world-wide, the United States is extracting ever-increasing profits from the global rise in war and military escalation, a new study by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) finds. Between 2010 and 2014, global conventional weapons...
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Petraeus Plea Deal a 'Profound Double Standard,' Says Whistleblower's Lawyer
The plea deal given to former CIA director David Petraeus, which will allow him to skip prison time despite leaking military secrets to his mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell, highlights a "profound double standard" in the Obama administration's treatment of whistleblowers, a lawyer for an...
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With Greek Revolt As Model, Austerity Opponents Mobilize in Europe
Taking a cue from the Syriza-led Greek government and their challenge the austerity policies that dominate European economics, activists across the continent are focusing their ire on a summit of the European Central Bank (ECB) later this week. Ahead of the meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, Prime...
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US Oil Pipeline Industry Quietly Building Network That 'Dwarfs Keystone'
Despite public opposition that has so far blocked the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, the fossil fuels industry has successfully—and quietly—expanded the nation's domestic oil network by installing thousands of miles of pipeline across the country, according to new reporting by the Associated...
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Guardian Publicly Challenges World's Largest Foundations to Divest
Having reached the mainstream with new backing from the United Nations, the global fossil fuel divestment campaign continues to gain momentum. On Monday, the Guardian news agency launched a campaign calling on the world's two largest charitable foundations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and...
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Officials Blame Climate Change for 'Worse Than Worst Case Scenario' in Vanuatu
As residents in Vanuatu returned home to start the immense task of cleaning up and rebuilding in the wake of "monster" Cyclone Pam , the island nation's president on Monday blamed climate change for the damage wreaked by the powerful storm. "This is a very devastating cyclone," President Baldwin...
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From DOE to CEO: Revolving Door Spins in Washington as Top Official Hired by Nuclear Company
Government watchdogs are raising ethics concerns that Dan Poneman, who served for years as a high-ranking Department of Energy official, has just taken a job as president and CEO of a nuclear enrichment company that has long received special treatment from the federal government, including on his...
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The Sting: How the FBI Created a Terrorist
'If Sami Osmakac was a terrorist, he was only one in his troubled mind and in the minds of ambitious federal agents.'
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ACLU Targets Obama with New Lawsuit Over Drone Wars, 'Kill List'
Updated... The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a new lawsuit against the Obama administration over continued secrecy surrounding its controversial use of armed drones to carry out lethal strikes and assassinations across the globe. The Guardian was the first to report news of the fresh...
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Sunday, March 15, 2015
'Age of Burn What You Like' is Over: UN Makes Landmark Call for Divestment
The United Nations body charged with guiding and implementing international climate policy has thrown its weight behind the growing fossil fuel divestment movement , lending "moral authority" to a campaign aimed at stemming global warming, the Guardian reported on Sunday. "We support divestment as...
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