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Sarah Lazare, staff writer
"Given the raging domestic debate over net neutrality, the growing demands for more data privacy and the constantly changing technology, a pact negotiated in secret that is not subject to changes absent consensus of all signatories seems like a very bad place to be setting U.S. Internet governance policies," said Lori Wallach of Public Citizen. (Photo: Joseph Gruber/flickr/cc)
Global governments are secretly negotiating a little-known mega trade deal that poses a threat to internet freedoms and boon to corporate interests, analysts warned Wednesday, citing a just-leaked U.S. proposal . The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), under discussion between a 50-country subset of World Trade Organization members for nearly two...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
American journalist James Foley, pictured here in Syria in 2012, was beheaded by the Islamic State in a video released by the group on August 19. (Photo: Nicole Tung via freejamesfoley.org)
2014 has been a grim year for journalists. Two leading press freedom groups...
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Billions of tiny plastic fragments have accumulated in the deep sea, finds a...

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Despite an epidemic of astonishing proportions - 22 veteran suicides a day - grandstanding, retiring, obstructionist Sen. Tom "Dr. No" Coburn, R-Okla., took his final stand against humanity by single-handedly blocking the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which had broad support and would have cost $22 million, or about the cost of three-and-a-half hours of the Iraq War. "Sickening," said the head of a veterans' group. "This is why people hate Washington."