Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Andrea Germanos is a staff writer at Common Dreams.

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Friday, September 19, 2014 - 2:30pm
Google Acts Like Privatized NSA: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange
Google's practices are "almost identical" to those of the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, Julian Assange has said. The WikiLeaks founder made the charge Thursday in interviews with the BBC and Sky News . He spoke from the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 2:30pm
Japan Takes International Stage to 'Harpoon' Efforts to Save Whales
Japan announced Thursday that it plans to continue its "scientific" whaling program despite widespread criticism it faced at an international forum. Ocean conservationists had cheered a March ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) that found Japan's Antarctic whaling program was...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:30am
USDA's Greenlighting of 'Agent Orange' Crops Sparks Condemnation
“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of genetically engineered mono-crops, is a failure,” said Organic Consumers Association's Ronnie Cummins.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:15pm
2014 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants Laud Creatives Who 'Improve Our Lives and Better Our World'
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday announced the newest winners of its "genius" awards," lauding 21 creative individuals it says "improve our lives and better our world." Among the 2014 MacArthur Fellows are cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel, jazz composer...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Despite Landmark Ruling, Canada's Police Still Making Warrantless Demands for User Data
A recent ruling by Canada's Supreme Court cheered by privacy rights advocates has not stopped police from making warrantless requests to telecommunications firms for user data, an investigation by the Toronto Star and the Halifax Chronicle Herald has revealed . That Court decision , issued in June...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
Senate Republicans: No Pay Equity for Women
For the second time this year, Senate Republican have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from moving forward. In a procedural vote on Monday, the Act, which would help women achieve protections from gender-based wage discrimination, failed to earn the 60 votes needed. Joining all the Republicans in...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 5:00pm
NASA: Warmest August Ever
August 2014 was the warmest since records began in 1880, new data from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies reveals . The month's combined global land and ocean temperature was 0.70 degrees C (1.26 degrees F) warmer than the average temperature from the baseline period 1951-1980...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:00pm
Israeli Reservists of Spy Unit Refuse to Be Tools of Occupation, Sparking Ire From Officials
Israeli officials are lashing out following a letter of conscientious objection penned by a group of reservists in an elite spy unit stating that they refuse to be tools of Israel's military occupation. The 43 veteran reservists of intelligence Unit 8200 sent the letter last week to Prime Minister...
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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 2:45pm
Groups Lauded for Work Towards Communities' Rights to a Just Food System
Despite confronting occupation in Palestine or the effects of failed immigration policies in rural Washington, two grassroots groups have continued the struggle for their communities' rights to a just food system. For their efforts, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in Palestine and...
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:00pm
Responders Totally Unprepared for Tar Sands Spill in Great Lakes
For those living in the Great Lakes region of the U.S., a warning re-issued in Michigan this week may provide a shuddering thought: authorities there say they are unprepared to deal with a heavy crude spill in the lakes. Speaking Tuesday at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority at an...
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