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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Striking Fear Into Corporate Hearts, Labor Board Hands Big Win to Workers
On Thursday, experts were quick to note how the decision could affect the fast-food industry, which has been under pressure from organized labor to raise wages and expand benefits.
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When It Comes to Global Arms Control, US May Not Get Customary Veto Power
A conference on the global regulation of conventional weapons just reached an agreement to make decisions according to majority vote, not consensus, in what advocates of disarmament and oversight hope will prevent a United Nations Security Council-type scenario, where powerful countries like the...
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WTO Ruling Against India's Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy
The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday ruled against India over its national solar energy program in a case brought by the U.S. government, sparking outrage from labor and environmental advocates. As power demands grow in India, the country's government put forth a plan to create 100,000...
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Alarm Sounded as TransCanada Set to Drill in Bay of Fundy
An open letter was released today by 20 groups in New Brunswick opposed to TransCanada’s plans to begin drilling in the Bay of Fundy. The signatories cite a six-page document obtained outlining TransCanada’s work plans for exploratory borehole drilling related to the Saint John, New Brunswick...
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Experts Warn Climate Change is 'Changing the Contours' of World's Oceans
As climate change continues to put ocean ecosystems and the communities that rely upon them at risk, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this week outlined a new "Climate Science Strategy" meant to increase fisheries' resilience against global warming. "NOAA just...
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'Crusader, Warrior, Fighter for Justice,' Civil Rights Icon Amelia Boynton Robinson Dead at 104
Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, who endured brutal beatings by state troopers during the "Bloody Sunday" march she helped organize, died Wednesday. She was 104. Boynton Robinson, who's been called the matriarch of the civil rights movement, had been hospitalized since July following...
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New Study Reveals Yet More Risks to Bees from Controversial Pesticides
Pesticides that have been banned in Europe over bee safety concerns may pose an even greater risk to pollinators than previously thought, a new report by the European Union's food safety watchdog reveals. Neonicotinoids, or neonics, pose high risks to bees when sprayed on plant leaves, according to...
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Stability, Diplomacy, Peace: Scholars Say Benefits of Iran Deal Go Beyond Nonproliferation
Just one day after people across the United States took to the streets to demonstrate their support for the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, over 70 prominent international relations scholars took to their pens on Thursday, signing an open statement declaring the pact to be a "strong and...
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'Blind Spot': Progressives Demand Stronger Sanders Stance on Endless War, Pentagon Largesse
Though otherwise impressed by his bold positions on economic inequality, climate change, and getting money out of politics, progressive campaigners on Thursday presented presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders with a demand that he take a much stronger position against U.S. militarism, endless...
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As Obama's War in Iraq and Syria Rumbles On, Are Intel Books Getting Cooked?
Calling to mind the subterfuge made infamous by the administration of George W. Bush in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, reports are emerging from within Obama's Pentagon and intelligence community that internal assessments of the ongoing war against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
NASA: World 'Locked Into' at Least 3 Feet of Sea Level Rise
New research underway indicates that at least three feet of global sea level rise is near certain, NASA scientists warned Wednesday. That's the higher range of the 1 to 3 feet level of rise the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave in its 2013 assessment . Sea levels have already...
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Declaring 'Power In Numbers', People Rally Nationwide for Peace with Iran
People across the United States are taking to the streets, rallying at their local representatives' offices, and submitting open letters on Wednesday calling on Congress to choose a path to peace, not war, by saying yes to the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran. The national day of action...
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Water Being Used as Weapon of War in Syrian Conflict, UN Warns
The United Nations on Tuesday said it has reason to believe that groups in the Syrian conflict are using the country's scarce water supply as a weapon of war. "There is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains," the United Nations...
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'Significant Design Vulnerabilities' Plague Massive Nuclear Waste Site, Leaked Internal Review Reveals
A leaked internal review of the nation's largest nuclear clean-up site found hundreds of "significant design vulnerabilities" and begs questions about the Energy Department's transparency, a watchdog group says. The Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington houses radioactive waste from...
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Maryland Launches New Effort to End Racial Profiling by Police
Maryland on Tuesday took a significant step to curb racial profiling and other discriminatory policing tactics, releasing broad new rules that aim to limit law enforcement officers from targeting individuals based on race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, among other characteristics. The state's...
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Beyond Abortion and Equal Pay: Survey Highlights Wide Scope of "Women's Issues"
Presidential candidates who think "women's issues" are limited to abortion rights and equal pay are sorely mistaken, according to the results of a new survey released Wednesday by the Ms. Foundation for Women. "While just 16 percent of respondents identified as 'feminist' without hearing a...
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Breaking from Abbott and Fossil Fuel Titan, Australian Coal Port Votes to Divest
Newcastle, Australia—home to the world's largest coal export port—on Tuesday joined the growing divestment movement after voting to pull its holdings from the country's biggest banks if they continue to fund fossil fuel projects. The 6-5 city council vote marked a decisive break from Prime Minister...
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Aid Groups to World Leaders: Time to Force Israel to Lift Blockade on Gaza
'We urge you to take action to press for an end to these restrictions now, so that families are lifted out of the rubble and homes, schools, and hospitals can be built.'
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Progressives Call on Clinton to End Wall Street-to-Washington Revolving Door
Decrying what they describe as "a barely legal, backdoor form of bribery," a coalition of eight progressive groups representing nine million Americans is asking Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to condemn the controversial practice of Wall Street firms paying large bonuses, or "...
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Fighting with Everything It's Got, Planned Parenthood Launches Legal Battle
Planned Parenthood is fighting back. The embattled women's healthcare provider on Tuesday filed a lawsuit, arguing that Louisiana's Republican Governor Bobby Jindal acted illegally by blocking Medicaid funding to the group. Though the suit marks the first legal action taken by Planned Parenthood...
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Shot During Live Broadcast, Two Local Journalists Killed in Virginia
Updated (11:54 PM EDT) : Alleged shooter of journalists was disgruntled ex-employee; Suspected gunmen posted his own video footage of rampage to social media According to new reports, the alleged shooter in this morning's killing of two journalists for WDBJ-TV in Virginia has been identified as...
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Outrage As Rupert Murdoch Says No Problem With Great Barrier Reef
Australian business magnate and multi-billionaire Ruport Murdoch created even more enemies when he declared on Tuesday that the Great Barrier Reef, which has suffered severe destruction at human hands, looks "to the naked eye...fully as good as it did 50 years ago." Murdoch made the comment in a...
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History's Lesson for Climate Action: No Other Choice 'But Mass Mobilization'
With less than 100 days until high-level UN climate talks take place in Paris, key leaders from the global climate justice movement have come together with a joint statement that affirms their belief that only mass popular mobilizations across the planet demanding a drastic reckoning with the world...
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
"Go 'Head": Trump Gives Nod for Security to Eject Latino Journalist
With eye contact and a short "Go 'head" to a swift-moving member of his security team, Republican presidential candidate and billionaire media personality Donald Trump appeared to authorize the physical ejection of Univision's anchor Jorge Ramos from a press event on Tuesday evening. Captured by...
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In Video Campaign, Renowned Iranians Call for 'More Peaceful Tomorrow'
In an effort to highlight the human rights implications of the proposed nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nations, dozens of Iranian civil society leaders and pro-democracy activists have launched a new social media campaign expressing their support for the deal in a series of short,...
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Vindicating 'Arctic 30', Court Orders Russia to Pay for Greenpeace Arrests
Russia must compensate the Netherlands for its seizure of a Greenpeace ship two years ago, which led to the arrest of 30 international environmental activists, a court in the Hague ruled on Monday. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled that Russia's September 2013 seizure of the Arctic...
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Canadian Officer Found Guilty for Mass Arrests During G20 Crackdown
The Toronto police officer who orchestrated the mass arrest of over 1,000 peaceful demonstrators and bystanders during the 2010 G20 summit was found guilty on Tuesday of discreditable conduct and unnecessary exercise of authority. "This decision to order mass arrests demonstrated a lack of...
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High-End Visa Program Blasted as 'Immigration Reform for the 1%'
Actions are taking place in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle on Tuesday decrying a controversial U.S. immigration program that unions and immigration advocates have dubbed "immigration reform for the 1%." "If Congress renews the '$500,000 green card' EB-5 program without any...
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Answering 'Resistance From All Sides,' Germany Moves to Ban GMO Crops
Germany on Monday became the latest country in the European Union to take a stand against genetically modified (GMO) crops in its food supply. German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt told government officials that he will seek to implement the European Union's "opt-out" rule to stop GMO crop...
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Hailing His 'Authenticity and Integrity,' Dr. Cornel West Backs Bernie Sanders
Extolling his "authenticity and integrity" in the struggle against greed, imperialism, and injustice, civil rights activist and intellectual Dr. Cornel West on Monday announced his endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. "The American Empire is in decline. Our market-driven culture is in...
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Reduced to Just 75 lbs, DOJ says Gitmo Hunger Striker "Not Sick" Enough for Hospitalization
The U.S. Department of Justice has argued to a federal judge that a hunger-striking Guantánamo inmate who weighs just 74 pounds "is not sick enough" to be hospitalized and that his petition for release must be rejected because, if granted, it could encourage other detainees to also starve...
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Anti-Tar Sands Activists Take Pipeline Opposition to John Kerry's Front Door
Roughly 100 young climate activists and their allies are rallying —with about 20 risking arrest through civil disobedience—outside the Washington, D.C. home of Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday morning, in an attempt to halt the "scandal" of tar sands expansion in the U.S. #MidwestUnrest...
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Revealed: Most Guantanamo Detainees Captured By Warlords, Not US Military
Of the 116 men currently detained at Guantánamo Bay military prison, only three were captured by U.S. forces, while the rest were apprehended by foreign spies and warlords—new revelations which cast yet another layer of doubt on the veracity of their alleged crimes and the general purpose of the...
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'A Fresh Start': Ferguson to Withdraw Thousands of Arrest Warrants
A municipal court judge in Ferguson , Missouri, on Monday announced sweeping changes to the city's court system, including an order to withdraw all arrest warrants issued in the city before December 31, 2014. The announcement came ahead of a major new municipal reform law taking effect this week—...
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NRA and Gun Industry File Lawsuit Over Seattle's Anti-Violence Efforts
Three pro-gun lobbying groups, including the National Rifle Association, filed suit against the city of Seattle on Monday for instituting a "gun violence tax" which places a local levy on firearms and ammunition to support violence prevention programs and research. In addition to the NRA, the...
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Monday, August 24, 2015
A Tale of Two Cities: In New Orleans, Perceptions of Recovery 'Starkly Divided' Along Racial Lines
Ten years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged southern Louisiana, black and white residents of New Orleans are "starkly divided" in their perception of the state's recovery, according to new research published on Monday. A survey (pdf) conducted by the Manship School of Mass Communication’s...
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Arms Conference in Mexico Aims to Bring Transparency to Weapons Trade
Officials from more than 100 governments are expected to attend the first weapons trade conference in Mexico this week to address the global arms race fueling human rights abuses and war crimes. The inaugural Conference of State Parties , taking place in Cancun from August 24-27, will follow the...
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400+ Miles Into Journey for Justice, Marchers Call for Police Reform
This story may be updated. Social justice and human rights activists are rallying Monday on the steps of the South Carolina State Capitol Building, calling for full-scale criminal justice reform including national, uniform standards for use of force among all local, state, and federal law...
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Cutting Tropical Deforestation is Key to Curbing Climate Change, And It's Cheap
Without drastic efforts to reduce deforestation, rising greenhouse gases, and unsustainable global agriculture, the planet is on track to lose a massive quantity of its tropical forests—a crucial element in the fight against irreversible climate change—in just 35 years. Absent aggressive...
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Watch Out Clinton! Reports Say Biden Decision Imminent
The political rumor mill is abuzz with news that Vice President Joe Biden may soon join the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, after reports suggested such a decision is imminent. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the vice...
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Far From Extreme, Corbyn's Anti-Austerity Stance Is 'Mainstream Economics'
Even as the mainstream media and members of his own party seek to paint Labour leader hopeful Jeremy Corbyn as lacking credibility on economic policy, a group of more than 40 leading economists put pen to paper this weekend, seeking to counter that narrative by publicly throwing their weight behind...
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Seismic Blasting in Pursuit of Oil Puts Whales at Risk, Report Confirms
A new report urges "extreme caution" in using seismic airguns to explore for fossil fuels underwater, saying it is "indisputable" that the practice has adverse impacts on Arctic marine life, especially whales. Seismic testing involves a vessel towing an array of airguns that continuously blast loud...
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Mass Shootings Dubbed the 'Dark Side of American Exceptionalism'
Mass shootings are a perennial crisis in the U.S., unmatched in numbers anywhere else in the world—and it's a problem that may grow worse over time without addressing underlying issues, according to a new study unveiled on Sunday. In " Mass Shooters, Firearms, and Social Strains: A Global Analysis...
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Sunday, August 23, 2015
'You Stink': Beirut Protesters Now Calling for Revolution
Tens of thousands anti-government protesters clashed with police in central Beirut on Sunday evening just hours after Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam hinted he might step down following violence triggered by the month-long ' You Stink ' trash protests. Gunfire was heard as government riot...
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Bernie Sanders Attracts 10,000 in South Carolina Campaign Swing
Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his progressive populism to deeply Republican South Carolina and found enthusiastic crowds totaling 10,000 during a two-day campaign swing as he made a pitch to connect with the black voters that provide most of the Democratic support in the early primary state. It was...
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Saturday, August 22, 2015
War Refugees Trapped, Under Fire Trying to Enter Macedonia
Several thousand rain-soaked war refugees and asylum-seekers ran across Macedonia's border from Greece Saturday as riot police chased them lobbing stun grenades, tear gas and beating them with batons. The violence came as Macedonia is cracking down on the flow of thousands of Syrian war refugees...
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US Provides Cover for Use of Banned Cluster Bombs in Yemen
UNITED NATIONS - The United States is providing a thinly-veiled cover virtually legitimizing the use of cluster bombs – banned by an international convention – by Saudi Arabia and its allies in their heavy fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Asked if cluster bombs are legitimate weapons of war...
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Friday, August 21, 2015
New Fires Break Out at China Explosion Site
New fires erupted Friday near the site of last week's deadly Tianjin warehouse blasts —a disaster, according to one human rights expert, that further shows need for transparency regarding hazardous substances. Firefighters were working to contain the fires, three of which occurred near the blast...
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State of Emergency Declared as Wildfires Create 'Unprecedented Cataclysm' in Washington
Three firefighters were killed this week and President Barack Obama on Friday issued an emergency order over wildfires raging through central Washington state. Emergency workers from Australia and New Zealand have been flown in to help the crews currently fighting blazes in five states, including...
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Armed With 'Advanced Killing Technology,' Humans Act as Planet's 'Super-Predators'
Humans are exceeding the bounds of natural systems and acting as "super-predators," a new report finds. The analysis by researchers from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation , University of Victoria (UVic), and the Hakai Institute, and published in the journal Science , looked at over 300 studies...
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Campaign Zero: A 'Blueprint for Ending Police Violence'
On Friday, activists with the country's growing racial justice movement unveiled a new campaign to end police violence, bridging protester demands with data and policy to create structural solutions to the crisis that has gripped national attention for more than a year. Launched as an online...
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With Corbyn at Helm, Labour Party Would Apologize for Iraq War
Twelve years after he voted against UK involvement in the Iraq war, Labour Party leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has said that if elected, he will apologize to the British people for the "deception" in the run-up to the 2003 invasion and to the Iraqi people for their subsequent suffering. "It...
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New Divestment Campaign Calls on Natural History Museums to Wake Up on Climate
If museums are meant to preserve natural history, why do they invest in companies whose activities are making nature history? So asks a new campaign launched Friday, which singles out five influential U.S. science and natural history institutions, calling on them to demonstrate their leadership by...
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"Quasi-State of War" on Korean Peninsula as Threats Escalate Tensions
Military tensions and international worries are growing as North Korea and South Korea exchanged new threats on Friday just a day after a shots were fired across the demilitarized zone along the border that separates the two countries. Tweets about North Korea South Korea State media reported on...
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A World on Fire: July Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded
"The world is warming. It is continuing to warm. That is being shown time and time again in our data."
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Thursday, August 20, 2015
Crusading Spanish Judge Sets Sights on Corporate and Environmental Crimes
Famed Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, known for having put Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on trial for genocide in 1998 , has reportedly " set his sights on widening the definition of international law to target corporations that carry out economic or environmental crimes," the Guardian reported...
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To Prevent Police Brutality, Overhaul Police Culture: Report
Many high-profile instances of police brutality over the past year could have been avoided by addressing law enforcement culture, training, and supervision—and an overhaul of police institutions is crucial to prevent more of those cases, a new study released Thursday concluded. The Police Executive...
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Misleading AP Story on Iran Deal Draws Fierce Critique
An Associated Press exclusive report on the Iran nuclear program, published to much hoopla on Wednesday afternoon, appears to have been at best unintentionally misleading and at worst knowingly inaccurate, according to analyses of the reporting on Thursday. "Iran will be allowed to use its own...
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Executive in WV Spill Pleads Guilty, Gets His Bentley and Millions Back
Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern on Wednesday pleaded guilty to pollution crimes for his company's role in a massive chemical spill in West Virginia in January 2014. Southern is the last of six Freedom officials to plead guilty in the spill, which saw more than 7,000 gallons of...
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Global Warming Deepening Drought — And Without Climate Action, It'll Get Worse
Human-caused global warming has exacerbated California's extreme four-year drought by as much as 25 percent, according to a new study that is just the latest to link the abnormally dry conditions with man-made climate change. The study by Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory,...
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Reports: Greek Prime Minister To Resign, Announce Snap Elections
In a move that came as a surprise to many, sources have told Reuters that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will announce Thursday that he will 'step down' from his post as soon as this evening and that new elections for control of the government will be held next month. "The aim is to hold...
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As Fight Goes Global, McDonald's Under Fire for 'Low Road' Business Model
As McDonald's comes under increased scrutiny for both its treatment of workers and its questionable corporate citizenship around the world, workers from five continents, elected officials, and international labor leaders are gathered in Brasília this week to testify before the Brazilian Federal...
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Placing Their Bets Early, DC Lobbyists Put Biggest Money on Clinton
Though the presidential election is more than 14 months away and competitive primary races for both major parties are in full swing, lobbying firms in Washington, DC and the people who work for them are so far placing their political bets on the establishment campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton...
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
As Controversy of New Force-Feeding Law Lingers, Israel Suspends Detention of Palestinian Hunger Striker
Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the administrative detention of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan. Allan slipped into a coma last week after 60 days on hunger strike, and doctors say he has suffered brain damage. He awoke from the coma on Tuesday, and pledged to resume the...
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Access Denied: Military Stymied Mexican Human Rights Investigation
Just two weeks before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is expected to release its final report on the case of 43 missing students in Mexico, a group of independent experts appointed by that commission are lamenting the government's lack of cooperation and claiming that key evidence has...
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Meet the Nation's First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals
When schools in California's Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy...
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Notorious Insecticides Found in Half of Sampled Streams in US
A class of insecticides linked to the decline of bees has more found in more than half of the streams in the United States where samples were taken, new research has found. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say it is the first national-scale study of the presence of neonicotinoids...
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'Beyond Bleak': Why Nobody in the World Wants to Know the Horror That Is Yemen
In a situation that can only be described as 'beyond bleak,' the combined threats of war, food shortages, and an acute water crisis in Yemen have come together to put the Middle East's poorest nation on the brink of one of the world's most ignored humanitarian disasters. Amnesty International said...
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Conflict Mineral Ruling 'Sets Dangerous Precedent' on Corporate Personhood
In a ruling that rests on what one rights group described as "a warped interpretation of the First Amendment," a three-judge panel has said that corporations have a constitutional right to conceal information about whether minerals in their supply chains may have funded conflict. The U.S. Court of...
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With Sights Set on Voting Rights, Moral Mondays Coming to US Congress
The Moral Monday protests that galvanized disenfranchised voters across North Carolina—and elsewhere—may soon become a regular fixture in the halls of Congress. On August 1, the NAACP launched a " Journey for Justice " from Selma, Alabama, expected to conclude on September 16 with a rally in the...
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New Fracking Licenses in UK Sound 'Starting Gun' of Fight for Climate Future
The UK government on Tuesday handed out dozens of new drilling licenses to energy companies looking to launch fracking operations in the country's rural areas, just days after officials imbued ministers with new powers to fast-track fossil fuel exploration against residents' wishes. The Oil and Gas...
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In Rare Turn, New Mexico Police to Stand Trial for Murder of Unarmed Homeless Man
Marking an "unusual" development in the nationwide debate over police accountability, two New Mexico police officers have been ordered to stand trial for the shooting death of an unarmed homeless man, James Boyd. Pro Tem Judge Neil Candelaria ruled on Tuesday that there was probable cause for...
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With Voters 'Feeling the Bern,' Support for Sanders Gains Momentum
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders seems to be inspiring more and more voters to "feel the Bern." Though Hillary Clinton is still the leading Democratic candidate, support for Sanders is on the rise, a new CNN/ORC poll (pdf) shows. Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, Clinton leads...
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Setting 'Concerning Precedent,' US Army Finds Manning Guilty of Bogus Charges
A U.S. Army disciplinary board on Tuesday found Pfc. Chelsea Manning "guilty" of four charges, including one for possessing LGBTQ reading material like the Caitlyn Jenner issue of Vanity Fair and another for having a tube of expired toothpaste in her cell.
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Greece for Sale: First Wave of Privatization Begins with Airport Buyout
Germany's approval of Greece's third bailout of €86 billion on Wednesday marked what critics of austerity warn is a new phase in the ongoing economic crisis: the privatization of the country's most valuable assets. Under the terms of this latest agreement, Greece's Syriza government—backtracking on...
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To Contain Carbon Bomb, US Must End Fossil Fuel Leasing on Public Lands
If the U.S. government wants any chance of meeting its stated global climate pledges, it should start by curbing emissions from publicly owned property and end new fossil fuel leasing on federal lands and offshore areas, according to a groundbreaking report released Wednesday. Under the Obama...
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Majority of Americans Back Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood: Poll
A majority of Americans support federal funding for Planned Parenthood, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday—a sign that the tables may soon turn for the embattled health care provider and its outspoken conservative opponents. Overall, 54 percent of respondents said they supported...
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Iran Deal a ‘Net-Plus’ for Nuclear Non-Proliferation Worldwide
As the U.S. Congress prepares to vote next month on the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was agreed on July 14 between the world’s leading powers and Iran, and has been approved by the U.N. Security Council, eminent nuclear non-proliferation experts are mobilising...
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Humanitarian Response in Afghanistan Falters in the Face of Intensifying Conflict
As the number of civilians impacted by the intensifying conflict in Afghanistan rises along with the fighting, humanitarian agencies are struggling to meet the needs of the wounded, hungry and displaced. The first half of 2015 has seen “record high levels” of civilian casualties, the United Nations...
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New Docs Reveal Undercover Officers Routinely Spied on Black Lives Matter in NYC
Law enforcement agencies in New York City routinely used undercover officers to monitor, track, and provide real-time surveillance of Black Lives Matter activists and supporters, according to new reporting by The Intercept . On the heels of previous revelations that the Department of Homeland...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tony Abbott and Co. Declare War on 'Vigilante' Green Groups
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, described this week by author and activist Naomi Klein as a "climate villain," is cracking down further on environmental groups—and democracy itself—by seeking to repeal a section of the country's conservation law that allows green groups to mount legal...
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'Out of Step': Investigation Uncovers Striking Paid Leave Divide in US
With the idea of paid maternity leave gaining traction as a means of recruiting workplace "talent" or used as a talking point on the campaign trail, an In These Times investigation published on Tuesday reveals the sad reality for millions of U.S. families. In the United States, only about 13...
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New Planned Parenthood Campaign Hits Back at 'Extremists' in Congress
Planned Parenthood is firing back at conservative lawmakers who want to defund the health care provider, starting with an ad campaign targeting four vulnerable Republican senators running for reelection next year. Announced Tuesday, the ads will air in the home states of Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H...
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Newly Exposed Methane Threat Trumps Latest 'False Solution' on Emissions
Environmental groups are raising flags over what they say is another "false solution" as the Obama administration on Tuesday put forth its new proposed methane emissions rules. Meanwhile, a new study revealed that those very emissions are in fact "substantially higher" than official estimates,...
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Palestinian Protester Vows to Continue Hunger Strike After Waking from Coma
Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan, whose case pits doctors and activists against the Israeli government, awoke from a four-day coma on Tuesday and immediately pledged to resume fasting—and to refuse water—if Israel did not resolve his case within 24 hours. Allan, who is being held at...
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Despite Attacks on Labor, Public Support of Unions Growing: Poll
Nearly six in 10 Americans have a positive view of labor unions, signifying growing support for workers that has increased by five points since its lowest numbers in 2009, according to new polling. A Gallup poll conducted in early August found that 58 percent of Americans overall approve of labor...
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Gazans March for Dignity as UN Funds Dwindle and Schools Shutter
Alongside Palestinian children and their family members on Monday, several hundred employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip rallied against announced cuts to the agency's budget and services, especially regarding education, which have resulted in the delay of the school...
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Even Hillary Clinton Thinks Arctic Drilling 'Not Worth the Risk'
Jumping aboard an increasingly popular bandwagon, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday made her clearest statement yet against drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska. The Arctic is a unique treasure. Given what we know, it's not worth the risk of drilling. -H —...
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In Passionate Letter to Congress, Hundreds of Rabbis Endorse Iran Deal
More than 300 rabbis "from all streams of Judaism" on Monday sent a letter to all lawmakers in U.S. Congress urging them to approve the historic nuclear deal with Iran, calling it "the best arrangement possible given current international realities." "As rabbis, we support the agreement between the...
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Islamic Declaration Blasts Short-Sighted Capitalism, Demands Action on Climate
Just as scientists announced July was the hottest month in recorded history, and ahead of a major climate summit in Paris later this year, an international group of Islamic leaders on Tuesday released a public declaration calling on the religion's 1.6 billion followers to engage on the issue of...
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World’s Nuclear Facilities Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks
As hackers continue to rampage through closely-guarded information systems and databases with monotonous regularity, there is a tempting new target for cyber-attacks: the world’s nuclear facilities. A warning has already been sounded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has urged...
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Monday, August 17, 2015
With Final Stamp of Approval, White House Places Fate of Arctic in Shell's Hands
Placing the "fate of the Arctic" in the care of Big Oil, the Obama administration on Monday granted Shell the final permit to drill deep into the waters off the Alaskan coast. The permit, issued by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), comes days after President Barack Obama...
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Ahead of Australia Visit, Naomi Klein Brands PM Abbott a 'Climate Villain'
In a pair of interviews given ahead of her upcoming visit to Australia, author and activist Naomi Klein branded Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a "climate villain" and said that Canadians and Australians can relate because they are both run by governments bent on destroying the planet. "In Canada I...
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Demanding Water Rights, Indigenous Protesters Tell McCain 'Get Off Our Land'
When Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) visited the Navajo Nation's capital in Window Rock on Friday, he was met with angry protests over the violation of Indigenous communities' water rights and, according to some accounts, chased off the land. McCain made the visit, along with Republican Arizona...
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Throughout the Country, Potential Black Jurors Face High Rejection Rates
In hundreds of trials over a 10-year period, prosecutors in a Louisiana county rejected potential black jurors three times as often as they rejected potential jurors of other races—a trend which is reflected in court systems around the country, new reporting published Monday has found. Blackstrikes...
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'No Further': Activists Storm Coal Fields, Shut Down Europe's Biggest Polluter
In a stirring act of mass civil disobedience, roughly 1000 protesters stormed the gates of RWE's coalfields in Rhineland, Germany on Saturday, successfully shutting down operations for Europe's biggest carbon polluter. Under the banner Ende Gelände , which means "here and no further," activists...
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ACLU Threatens Action over McCarthy-Era Loyalty Oath for Teachers
The Nebraska chapter of the ACLU is threatening to sue one of the state's public school districts over its invocation, for the first time in decades, of a McCarthy-era state law that requires employees to sign an oath of "love and devotion" to the United States. Dating back to 1951, the law...
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US Military Prepares Drastic Escalation of Global Drone Program
The U.S. Pentagon is poised to dramatically increase the deployment of surveillance drones over "global hot spots" such as Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, the South China Sea, and North Africa, as well as expand its capacity for lethal drone strikes, the Wall Street Journal revealed on Monday. Citing...
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Ecuador Accuses UK of Defying Laws of Political Aslyum in Assange Case
Ecuador on Monday responded to the UK government over its statements on the languishing legal case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than three years. Last week, the UK's Foreign Office lodged a formal protest against...
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Barnstorming Iowa and 'Berning Up' the Internet as Sanders Surge Continues
In addition to continued gains in key polls and a strong showing in Iowa over the weekend, a key aspect of the insurgent Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination appears to be his explosive popularity across the national Internet landscape, especially on social media...
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