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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
At Non-Proliferation Summit, Iran Highlights Threat of Israel's Non-Declared Nuclear Arsenal
Speaking before the Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty on Monday, Iran demanded that countries possessing nuclear weapons halt all plans to modernize their arsenals, while warning that the atomic stockpile of Israel, which is not a signatory, poses a "serious and continuous threat"...
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Denied! Powerful Industry Groups Get Setback in Effort to Keep Consumers in the Dark on GMOs
A federal court on Monday denied a request by powerful food industry groups to block Vermont's landmark law requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs). The plaintiffs, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, had sought a preliminary injunction to stop implementation of Act...
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Eight of 'Bali 9' Reportedly Executed in Indonesia
Update: According to Indonesian media, eight of the Bali 9 have been executed. One member of the group, Mary Jane Veloso, has reportedly received a reprieve. The Guardian is providing live updates . Earlier: The Indonesian government is on the verge of executing nine death row drug convicts,...
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National Security Whistleblowers Call for Repeal of Patriot Act
Prominent national security whistleblowers are calling for the full repeal of the USA Patriot Act, charging that under that legislation the federal government has decimated the U.S. Constitution and warning that unless action is taken, there is no end in sight to government secrecy and manipulation...
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Nation Ready to Make History: US Supreme Court Takes Up Gay Marriage
Marking what advocates call "a significant legal and cultural moment for the country," the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in Obergefell v. Hodges , the landmark gay marriage case that many legal experts believe will pave the way for full marriage equality in all 50 states. The Court...
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Want to Help Nepal Recover from the Quake? Cancel its Debt, Says Rights Group
Questions abound as to how this impoverished nation will recover from the disaster, considered the worst in Nepal in over 80 years.
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National Guard Deployed to Baltimore, But No Martial Law '... At This Point'
An official State of Emergency is now in effect in Maryland and the state's National Guard has been dispatched to the city of Baltimore following a wave of violence that kicked off between police officers and individuals in the streets on Monday and continued overnight. As several large fires...
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Monday, April 27, 2015
Hotter and Wetter: Report Finds Global Warming Driving Extreme Weather
It's not just your imagination. The punishing heat waves, record snowfall, and 500-year floods, which seem to be occurring with increasing frequency, are doing just that, thanks to global warming. According to a study (pdf) published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change , these extreme...
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Shell Lobbied to Thwart EU Renewable Energy Targets: Guardian
A climate change pact reached by EU leaders last year followed several years of successful lobbying by oil giant Shell "to undermine European renewable energy targets," the Guardian has reported . The agreement for 2030 goals, which include a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases and 27 percent...
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'No Accountability, No Justice': Clashes Erupt as Mourners Gather for Freddie Gray Funeral
Thousands came together in Baltimore on Monday for the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man whose brutal death in police custody sparked civil rights protests throughout the city last week. Gray's funeral brought in members of his family and community to the 2,500-capacity New Shiloh...
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Grand Canyon in the Crosshairs? Risky Mega-Development Moves Forward
The U.S. Forest Service is considering approval for a mega-development on the outskirts of the majestic Grand Canyon—a project the superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has called one of the greatest threats in the 96-year history of the park. The Stilo Development Group, based in Italy, has...
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Saudi-Led Airstrikes Destroyed Diplomacy in Yemen, Former UN Envoy Claims
Before the Saudi-led coalition began its deadly bombing campaign last month, Yemen 's factions were close to reaching a power-sharing deal, the Wall Street Journal has reported. But the commencement of airstrikes—which have killed scores of civilians and deepened the country's existing humanitarian...
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Citing Ridicule of Islam, Writers Protest Charlie Hebdo 'Courage' Award
A number of prominent literary figures are publicly protesting the decision by the PEN American Center to honor the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo with its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award, arguing that it is not courageous to ridicule an oppressed minority. Writers Michael...
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Shell No! Seattle Activists Rally Against Plan Fueling 'Pathological Addiction to Fossil Fuels'
Hundreds of climate activists rallied in Seattle on Sunday to say "Shell No!" to the oil giant's Arctic plans and to protest the city being home to Shell's Arctic drilling rig. Among the groups hosting the action were Greenpeace USA, the Washington State chapter of the Sierra Club, Gabriela Seattle...
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Nepal Earthquake: Full Scale of Damage Emerging as Recovery Gets Underway
At least 4,000 people have died in the catastrophic 7.8-magnitude earthquake and severe aftershocks that hit Nepal over the weekend, a number which is expected to rise in the coming days as international aid groups continue to assess the full scale of the destruction. Relief organizations began...
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Obama Secretly Loosened Standards for Drone Killings in Pakistan
While publicly vaunting drone strike reforms allegedly aimed at minimizing civilian deaths, President Barack Obama secretly loosened the standards for covert attacks in Pakistan, likely paving the way for the killing and wounding of an unknown number of non-combatants, the Wall Street Journal...
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On Eve of Non-Proliferation Conference, 'Clarion Call' for Nuke-Free World
Weekend actions demonstrate 'commitment of international civil society to peace and disarmament.'
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Amid Student Debt Fight, Corinthian Colleges to Shut Down All Campuses
Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit education system that has come under fire for its predatory student loan schemes, said Sunday it would shut down all of its 28 remaining campuses, roughly two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education announced it would fine the institution $30 million for...
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Move Over Shale, Solar Is Shining Brighter With Each Passing Day
Move over dirty fossil fuels, the solar revolution is coming. That, at least, is the buried headline contained in new reporting from Reuters on Sunday which looks at the ability of the solar industry to upend the world's energy system in ways similar to recent innovations which allowed oil and gas...
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Man Turns Himself in Over Anti-Nuke Drone Stunt in Japan
In Japan this weekend, 40-year-old Yasuo Yamamoto was arrested by police after turning himself in and admitting he was the individual who flew a small drone, plastered with warning labels and carrying low-grade radioactive material, onto the roof of the office of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...
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Death Toll Still Rising as Relief Efforts Contend with Aftershocks in Nepal
As relief and rescue efforts continue in Nepal following an earthquake which killed more than 2,200 people on Saturday, people in the region were forced to seek safety on Sunday after a substantial 6.7 magnitude aftershock hit the Himalayan nation. According to the Associated Press : Sleeping in...
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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Elizabeth Warren Tells Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade
WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they're getting a public feud between the senator from Massachusetts and President Barack Obama. Obama accused Warren and congressional Democrats on Friday of...
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Baltimore Rally Aims to Ensure Latest Death of Black Man at Hands of Police Won't 'Be in Vain'
The largest protest yet over the recent death of Freddie Gray is expected to take place in Baltimore on Saturday , with community members and a coalition of racial justice and civil rights groups planning to take to the streets in force as they demand justice for the 25-year-old black man who was...
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Huge Earthquake Kills Many Hundreds in Nepal; Sparks Massive Mt. Everest Avalanche
A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck central Nepal overnight has devastated populated areas across the Himayalan region, causing buildings to crumble and killing hundreds, if not thousands, of people on Saturday. #NepalEarthquake Tweets A spokesperson for Nepal’s Home Ministry, Laxmi...
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Friday, April 24, 2015
The Solution to Climate Change Right Under Our Feet
What if there were a risk-free way of helping to mitigate climate change while simultaneously addressing food and water security? A new report from the Center for Food Safety's Cool Foods Campaign says that such an opportunity is possible, and it's right below our feet. Soil & Carbon: Soil...
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Big Bank 'Crime of the Century' Results in Guess What? No Jail Time for Anyone
While corporate watchdogs hailed the record $2.5 billion settlement paid by Deutsche Bank to U.S. and U.K. authorities for its rate-rigging role in the massive LIBOR scandal , some noted that the fine—while large—suggests that some institutions are still considered "too big to jail." Authorities...
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Children of Yemen Paying Devastating Price for Relentless Saudi-Led Assault: UNICEF
As the Saudi Arabia-led military assault on Yemen continues into its fifth week with no sign of letting up, UNICEF reports that hundreds of children have been left maimed and killed by the violence. Despite Saudi Arabia's dubious claim on Tuesday that "Operation Decisive Storm" is over, the...
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DOJ Report Slams For-Profit Texas Immigrant Prison
Reeves County Detention Center in West Texas, which houses mostly immigrants and was the scene of prisoner unrest in 2008 and 2009, is understaffed and has repeatedly failed to address administrative and security problems, according to a new report (pdf) published Thursday by the U.S. Department of...
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Canadian Judge Grants Freedom to Omar Khadr, Once Held as Child at Gitmo
Sent as a teenager from the detention center at Bagram U.S. air base in Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay naval base in 2002, Khadr has said he was severely mistreated at both facilities.
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Approval of GMO Imports Moves EU 'Closer to Monsanto'
"This is TTIP in action."—Franziska Achterberg, Greenpeace EU
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After Nameless Thousands, Can Two Hostage Deaths Dent 'Kill List' Tactics?
In the wake of Thursday's revelation that the U.S. government, specifically the CIA, killed one American and one Italian hostage held by al-Qaeda in a drone attack in Pakistan earlier this year, will a renewed and possibly elevated debate on the Obama administration's so-called " kill list " or...
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Women Around the World Rise Up to Remember Rana Plaza
On two-year anniversary of tragic factory collapse, feminist actions sweep globe as protesters gather in Bangladesh capital.
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Health of World's Ocean 'Collapsing Before Our Eyes'
UNITED NATIONS - The untapped riches in the world’s oceans are estimated at nearly 24 trillion dollars – the size of the world’s leading economies, according to a new report released Thursday by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Describing the oceans as economic powerhouses, the study warns that the...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
'Spectacularly Good News for Consumers' as Comcast/Time-Warner Mega-Merger Fails
Despite a ferocious lobbying effort to get federal approval for a deal since last year, cable giant Comcast is planning to drop its highly-contested bid to merge with its largest competitor Time-Warner, reports Bloomberg news on Thursday. According to Bloomberg : Comcast Corp. is planning to walk...
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Tensions Boil Over After Baltimore Police Call Protesters 'Lynch Mob'
Demonstrators still seeking answers over the mysterious and troubling death of Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department, circled City Hall on Thursday after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that he had called in state troopers to help...
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Critics Charge That Migration Crisis Is 'A Creation of the West'
While the European Union grapples with how to address the worsening Mediterranean migrant crisis, some critics are laying blame for the unfolding tragedy on the U.S. and NATO, whose 2011 military intervention severely destabilized Libya, the North African country that has been described as "Ground...
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Slap-on-the-Wrist Sentence for Petraeus Reveals 'Leak Prosecution Double Standard'
'If leaks were the real concern, Petraeus would receive punishment as harsh as the government demanded for other accused leakers'
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Intersecting Oppression: Study Shines Spotlight on Penalties for LGBT People of Color
A new study documents how systemic discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, queer, and transgender people of color—from legal discrimination to educational inequality to lack of family recognition—compounds into a "financial penalty" that forces people from this demographic, and their...
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New Studies Add to Growing Evidence That Notorious Pesticides Harm Bees
Two new studies published in Nature on Wednesday show that neonicotinoid pesticides—or neonics for short—may be even more harmful to bees than previously thought. Those studies, Bees Prefer Foods Containing Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Ecology: Tasteless Pesticides Affect Bees in the Field , add to...
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Fracking-Induced Earthquakes Highlighted in New USGS Map
The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday released a landmark new study and map highlighting the location and frequency of earthquakes thought to be caused by human activities such as drilling or hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In a statement, the USGS said that the sharp increase in earthquake...
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Record-High 6 in 10 Americans Support Marriage Equality, Poll Finds
As proponents of marriage equality prepare to argue their case before the U.S. Supreme Court next week, a record-high 6 in 10 Americans say they support same-sex marriage, according to a new poll by the Washington Post and ABC News . Sixty-one percent of poll respondents said they support allowing...
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Make the Polluters Pay! Ellison and Sanders Call on Congress to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Despite the clear need to move away from a fossil fuel-based energy system, U.S. taxpayers continue to line the pockets of oil, gas, and coal companies with subsidies and tax giveaways projected to cost more than $135 billion over the next decade. In a bid to stem what they call "polluter welfare...
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Month After Cyclone, Half of Vanuatu Still Has No Clean Water
More than 100,000 people in Vanuatu—half the country's population—still lack access to clean water, a month after Cyclone Pam devastated the Pacific island nation, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday. Two-thirds of Vanuatu's water and sanitation infrastructure has been...
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American and Italian Hostages Killed in US Drone Strike, White House Reveals
Human rights attorney notes that victims 'are far from the first innocents to die by U.S. drones'
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Michael Brown's Family Launches Promised Civil Suit Against Ferguson
The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last August, is following through on its promise to file a civil suit against the city for wrongful death, according to a statement Wednesday evening by the family's lawyers, Benjamin Crump...
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While Fire over TPP is Red Hot, Demand Grows for Clinton to Speak Up
With the fight over Fast Track authority in full swing and the battle lines drawn between progressive voices opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and corporate-backed forces rallying in its favor, a growing chorus of voices want Hillary Clinton—who recently made her presidential bid for...
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Earth Day Activist Dons Protective Gear to Swim Most Polluted US Waterway
An environmental activist who swims through sewage spills, shark habitats, and shipping lanes in order to "put our waterways squarely in the public eye" took a particularly disgusting dip on Earth Day this year: in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, known as one of the most polluted bodies of water in...
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US Lawmakers Quietly Advance Legislation to Penalize Boycott of Israel
U.S. lawmakers are quietly advancing legislation that would penalize international participation in the growing movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) Israel for human rights abuses against Palestinians. With little notice, anti-BDS directives were injected into the "Fast Track"...
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Sen. Warren to Those Promising TPP Would Be So Great: 'Prove It.'
Prove it. Let the American voters, the press, and the global public see and read the fine print of this so-called "free trade" deal . That's the basic message contained in a new statement released by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) after President Obama said earlier this week that she and other...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
North Carolina Residents Warned Not to Drink Water Near Coal Ash Dumps
North Carolina residents who live near Duke Energy coal ash dumps have been warned by state officials not to drink or cook with water from their wells, after testing showed evidence of heavy metal contamination exceeding state groundwater standards. The nation's largest electricity company, Duke...
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RIP Earth Day: Voices Decry National Day of Corporate Greenwash
What was conceived as a national environmental teach-in and day of radical action against corporate polluters, 45 years later, Earth Day has seemingly grown into little more than a gimmick. On April 22, 1970, the inaugural Earth Day was celebrated by more than 20 million Americans who marked the...
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With 'Brave Tactic,' Sanders Tries to Slam Brakes on Fast Track
Sanders said he took this step over concerns that the deal, despite its vast impact, is being rushed through Congress without public debate, or even knowledge of its contents.
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As GOP Pushes Patriot Act Renewal, Critics Demand End to Mass Surveillance Provision
As Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) introduced a bill Tuesday night that would reauthorize through 2020 a controversial Patriot Act provision allowing unwarranted government surveillance, Democratic opponents and civil liberties advocates are demanding an end to the NSA's expansive...
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Remember Mayflower? Exxon Slapped with Paltry Fine for Tar Sands Pipeline Spill
Two years after a ruptured pipeline poured 134,000 gallons of tar sands oil into the suburban streets of Mayflower, Arkansas, creating a toxic mess that devastated both the community and the environment, ExxonMobil has been ordered to pay a $5 million fine for its role in the disaster, the state...
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'Right to Work' Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages
Contradicting arguments typically used to advance so-called Right to Work legislation, new research from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that wages and benefits are actually lower in states with such anti-worker laws on the books. The paper, released as part of EPI's Raising America's Pay...
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Ignoring Public Opposition, Japanese Court Rejects Residents' Bid to Block Nuclear Restart
Striking a blow to local residents opposed to nuclear power, a Japanese court on Wednesday green-lighted the reopening of the Sendai power station, in a ruling that could clear the way for the return of this widely-opposed energy source four years after the Fukushima crisis began. In the ruling,...
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Judge Removes 'Legal Persons' Status in Chimpanzee Case
The New York judge who on Tuesday granted a writ of habeas corpus to two chimpanzees being held at Stony Brook University has issued a revised order (pdf) clarifying that she did not mean to give legal personhood to the primates. Leo and Hercules, who are currently housed at Stony Brook University...
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Democratic Trade War: Obama Says Warren 'Wrong' on TPP as Reid Says 'Hell No' to Fast Track
President Obama on Tuesday evening said that progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who have called out the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement for being a corporate-power grab and have vowed to defeat legislation designed to ram it through Congress are simply "wrong" when it comes...
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Imperative to Abandon Fossil Fuels Called Opportunity 'Too Good to Be Missed'
Calling 2015 a "critical year for humanity" and setting out what must be achieved at UN climate talks scheduled for Paris in December, a group of scientists and economists from some of the world's top research institutions is marking Earth Day by saying a commitment to "leaving at least three...
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Saudi Arabia Claims 'Operation Over,' But Bombs Keep Falling on Yemen
Just hours after declaring the conclusion of "Operation Decisive Storm," Saudi Arabia resumed air strikes against Yemen on Wednesday, signaling that the four-month bombing campaign and violence, which has already killed at least 944 people, is not yet over . Media outlets report that a Saudi air...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
'Environmental Heroes' From Around World Honored With Prestigious Prize
Six "grassroots environmental heroes" from around the world were honored this week with the annual Goldman Prize for their role in defending the earth, "often at great personal risk." Selected by an international jury, this year's recipients hail from Kenya, Myanmar, Scotland, Haiti, Canada, and...
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At Swarthmore College, Longest Ever Divestment Sit-In Ends on Hopeful Note
The longest and largest ever sit-in for fossil fuel divestment ended on Monday, after Swarthmore College students secured two major victories—a commitment from the institution's Board of Managers to engage in dialogue over pulling its holdings from oil, gas, and coal companies, and a faculty...
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In Historic Ruling, Pair of Chimpanzees Recognized as 'Legal Persons'
For the first time in U.S. history, a judge has effectively recognized two chimpanzees as legal persons, in an order Monday which will allow a pair of research primates—Hercules and Leo—to seek relief from unlawful imprisonment. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe on Monday granted the...
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Ousted Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, along with 14 other defendants, was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in maximum security prison and five years of parole over the killing of demonstrators outside his palace in 2012. Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, was convicted...
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Greece’s Yanis Varoufakis: The Medicine of Austerity Is Not Working, We Need a New Treatment
With the debt clock ticking, Greece is fast running out of money. The country has ordered all state bodies to place their cash reserves in the nation’s central bank, the Bank of Greece, as it struggles to stay afloat. Greece is supposed to receive the last installment of its bailout funds from...
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Georgia Transgender Inmate's Request for Transfer Denied
Ashley Diamond, the Georgia inmate whose plight has become a rallying point for transgender rights, was denied her request for transfer to lower-security housing following a hearing on Monday during which she gave harrowing testimony on her experience in the state prison. Judge Marc T. Treadwell of...
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Louisiana Judge Deals Another Blow to Local Control Over Fracking
In keeping with recent moves across the country to chip away at local control over fracking operations, a Louisiana state judge ruled Monday that St. Tammany Parish, located on the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, cannot use its zoning regulations to block a proposed oil drilling and fracking...
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Escalation or Cease Fire? Saudi Arabia Claims Pause in Attack on Yemen
Saudi Arabia, which has led a four-week-long military assault on Yemen, announced Tuesday that "Operation Decisive Storm" will conclude at midnight, but it was not immediately clear whether this development will bring a sustained halt to the fighting or relief to Yemenis facing humanitarian crisis...
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Despite Skepticism, Europe Will Employ Military Response to Migration Crisis
Spurred by this weekend's migrant tragedy , in which as many as 900 refugees may have died off the Libyan coast, European leaders agreed Monday not only to expand maritime patrols and search-and-rescue operations in the region—as humanitarian organizations have called for —but also to launch...
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With EPA Lawsuit, Environmental Groups Step Up Fight Against 'Super-Toxic Chemical Cocktail'
A coalition of health and environmental organizations on Monday challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to expand the use of a new herbicide in nine states, which the groups say could endanger wildlife and public health. The lawsuit (pdf) is the most recent step in a...
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World on Fire: UN Helpless as Crises Rage in 10 Critical Hot Spots
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is fighting a losing battle against a rash of political and humanitarian crises in 10 of the world’s critical “hot spots.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says even the U.N.’s 193 member states cannot, by themselves, help resolve these widespread conflicts. “We...
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Reporters Focused on Local Needs and Woes Nab Most Notable Pulitzers
A pair of relatively small newspapers, covering stories of compelling disharmony within their local communities, have emerged as this year's most notable recipients of the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes, announced on Monday. A team of journalists at The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, South...
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Monday, April 20, 2015
US Supreme Court Rejects Terror Claims Against Chiquita
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from relatives of thousands of victims of conflict in Colombia aiming to sue Chiquita Brand International. In its decision, the court referred to a 2013 Supreme Court ruling which limited attempts by foreigners to use U.S. courts to seek...
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As Humanitarian Crisis Mounts, Explosion Tears Through Residential Area of Yemen's Capital
An explosion tore through a residential neighborhood in Yemen's capital on Monday, as Saudi coalition air strikes continue to pound the city amid a mounting nation-wide humanitarian crisis worsened by dangerously low supplies of food, medicine, and water. The coalition bombing on Monday unleashed...
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Progressive Coalition Tells Lawmakers: 'Don't Trade Away Our Future' with Fast Track
With members of Congress set to debate Fast Track authority this week, hundreds of environmentalists, consumer advocates, nurses, labor leaders, and elected officials stood shoulder-to-shoulder at a Washington, D.C. rally on Monday, pleading with lawmakers: ' Don't Trade Away Our Future! ' "The TPP...
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Five Years After Deepwater Horizon, Big Oil Still Exploiting Gulf Coast
Five years after the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 workers, devastated coastal communities, and spewed hundreds of million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, recovery in the region is very much ongoing—even as the fossil fuel industry continues its push to expand its...
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Murders of Earth's Defenders: The Deadly Trend Continues
"How many more people will die before the world takes notice?" That's a question posed by the organization Global Witness , whose new report, How Many More? , exposes what it calls a "hidden crisis" of murders of those who defend the earth from environmental destruction. The "overarching theme" of...
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Baltimore Man Dies After Arrest, Prompting Calls for Answers and Accountability
Protests and calls for an independent inquiry came in the wake of the news on Sunday morning that Freddie Gray, the 27-year-old Baltimore man injured during an arrest by police last week, had died . "We believe the police are keeping the circumstances of Freddie’s death secret until they develop a...
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Newly Leaked TTIP Draft Reveals Far-Reaching Assault on US/EU Democracy
A freshly-leaked chapter from the highly secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement, currently under negotiation between the United States and European Union, reveals that the so-called "free trade" deal poses an even greater threat to environmental and human rights...
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Worrying Rise of US Weapon Sales Greeted by a Middle East Engulfed in War
With ongoing wars and armed conflicts currently underway across the Middle East, South Asia, and large portions of Africa, the role that U.S. weapons makers play across the region was highlighted in weekend reporting by the New York Times , which showed how the drive for corporate profits has...
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Shock and Outrage Aimed at EU Leaders After Mediterranean Disaster
As the first bodies were brought ashore on Monday, following a boat-capsizing that killed as many as 700 people over the weekend, government officials in Europe and across the world were urged to dramatically elevate their crisis response in the aftermath of what is being called the worst tragedy...
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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Bernie Sanders: Hillary, GOP Won't Take on Corporate Power
Vermont US Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday he’ll make a decision on running for president “pretty soon.” “Making sure you have the money to run a credible campaign is very important,” he said to interviewer Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday . “We’re working on it. And we will make the best decision...
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Saturday, April 18, 2015
'Stop TTIP': Global Day of Action Draws Tens of Thousands
Demonstrators marched around the globe Saturday to protest the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a 'free trade' agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the United States. Opponents fear that TTIP will erode food, labor and environmental...
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Instead of Scaling Up Funding for Education, Major Donors Are Cutting Back
UNITED NATIONS - Despite commitments by the international community to achieve universal primary education by 2015, funds for education have been decreasing over the past ten years, according to a report released Friday by the global advocacy campaign ‘A World at School’ . Figures from a Donor...
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Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans
The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday that would gut the power of municipalities to pass anti-fracking rules, angering environmentalists and cities across the state. Conservative state lawmakers have been working hard to halt a growing anti-fracking movement since lastNovember,...
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Friday, April 17, 2015
Germany is the Tell-Tale Heart of America’s Drone War
The U.S. government maintains that its drone strikes against al Qaeda and its “associated forces” are legal, even outside of declared war zones. But German legal officials have suggested that such operations are only justifiable in actual war zones.
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Can New Populist Agenda Harness Passions, Create Movement From Below?
Hoping they can drive a revamped public conversation and fuel a populist counter-movement from the left against an otherwise rightward lurch in the country, a coalition of progressive organizations this week is championing a new agenda designed to galvanize those demanding an economic, political,...
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As Yemen Spirals Further into Chaos, UN Urges Humanitarian Relief
The United Nations on Friday launched an appeal for nearly $274 million in humanitarian aid from the international community to help Yemen over the next three months as airstrikes continued to bombard the war-torn country. Citing local sources, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian...
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Divest Harvard Ends Heat Week with Warning of 'Planetary Selma'
A week of civil disobedience, rallies, and student activism , all aimed at pressuring Harvard University to divest its $36 billion endowment from fossil fuels, came to an end on Friday with activist and academic Cornel West saying the elite school risked being on the wrong side of the "planetary...
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Mental Health Experts Warn of 'Emotional Toxicity' of Neoliberalism
Four hundred mental health experts signed an open letter released by The Guardian on Friday warning that Britain's austerity cuts, and neoliberalism more broadly, are profoundly damaging to quality of life and psychological well-being. "The past five years have seen a radical shift in the kinds of...
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The Gulf Oil Spill You Never Heard About May Be the Largest Ever
While Gulf Coast residents and environmental groups focus on the upcoming five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a damning Associated Press investigation has exposed the lingering impacts of a separate 2004 leak in the Gulf of Mexico—one that few people know about, and one that is...
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US 'Trainers' Arrive in Ukraine for Operation Fearless Guardian
Nearly 300 U.S. soldiers have arrived in Ukraine to act as 'trainers' for the county's newly-formed National Guard as part of what is being called Operation Fearless Guardian. The operation involving paratroopers will last for six months, according to a statement by the U.S. Army on Friday. U.S...
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With Massive Boycott of Standardized Tests, New York Students Take Stand Against Corporate Education
Tens of thousands of students in New York boycotted the annual state-mandated English Language Arts exams this week in a grassroots challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo's controversial education agenda. Organizers, including educational advocacy group United to Counter the Core, said at least 155,000...
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Professor's Outrage at Son's "Terror-Based" Sex Education Goes Viral
When Alice Dreger, accomplished author and professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University, attended her 9th-grade son's "abstinence-based" sex education class, she was so shocked by the presenters' baseless claims that she took to social media to live-tweet her outrage...
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As Corporate Forces Push Fast Track Bill, Progressives Draw Battle Lines
Warning that passing Fast Track legislation would amount to rubber-stamping corporate trade pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, progressives are vowing to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on the compromise bill announced Thursday—and reminding them of how dangerous such...
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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Fast Track to Hell: Trade Bill Officially Introduced in Congress
The fight over Fast Track just got real. U.S. House and Senate leaders announced Thursday afternoon that they have reached a deal on legislation aimed at jamming the Trans Pacific Partnership through Congress. "Congress shouldn’t throw Americans under the bus by giving up its authority over this...
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With New Law, Life Just Got 'A Lot Harder' for Poor in Kansas
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Thursday signed a controversial welfare bill into law that places strict limits on welfare benefits, how long recipients may get them, and how they are—and are not—allowed to spend them. Brownback, a Republican, said during the signing that placing limits on the...
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Reclaiming, Relocalizing, Reconnecting: The Power of Taking Back Local Food Systems
"The 'business-as-usual' model can no longer be considered an option for a well-functioning food system in the future," report finds.
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'Profiting From Misery': Private Prison Corporations Driving Harsh Immigration Policies
Private prison companies are spending millions of dollars to lobby the U.S. government for harsher immigration laws that, in turn, spike corporate profits by driving up incarceration levels, a new report from the national social justice organization Grassroots Leadership reveals. Entitled Payoff:...
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Betraying 'Beyond Petroleum' Slogan, BP's Main Focus Still Fossil Fuels
Oil and gas giant BP, which once promised to go "beyond petroleum," will spend $20 billion on projects worldwide in 2015—but only a miniscule fraction of those investments will go into activities other than fossil fuel extraction, a Guardian investigation has established. Whereas BP was once...
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