Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Andrea Germanos is a staff writer at Common Dreams.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 5:00pm
Open Access Week: Celebrating Knowledge in the Commons
This week marks the eighth annual Open Access Week, which champions scholarly work being made part of the " knowledge commons " for the benefit of all. Many scholarly articles, though they may be publicly funded, remain restricted as a result of paywalls or copyright restrictions. These barriers,...
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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
Police Use of Drones May Threaten Human Rights: UN Expert
The increasing use of drones by police forces and private security may pose a threat to human rights, a United Nations independent expert has said. "An armed drone, controlled by a human from a distance, can hardly do what police officers are supposed to do—use the minimum force required by the...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 1:45pm
Big Oil Spending Millions to Kill Local Anti-Fracking Measure
Fossil fuel energy companies have spent over $7.6 million to defeat a measure that would ban fracking in California's Santa Barbara County. Measure P , which was brought forth by the Santa Barbara County Water Guardians, would ban "high-intensity petroleum operations," including fracking, acidizing...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:15pm
$7 Billion US Eradication Effort Delivers Record High Poppy Crop in Afghanistan
Opium poppy cultivation levels in Afghanistan are at a record high, though the U.S. government has spent over $7 billion to stop it, a federal watchdog states in a new report . In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Attorney General Eric Holder and US AID...
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 2:30pm
Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong Undeterred Amid Police Crackdown
Twenty Hong Kong protesters were reportedly injured early Sunday as a result of what they say is continued police brutality. The violence comes ahead of meetings between protest leaders and Hong Kong government officials on Tuesday. Demands for free elections in 2017 have sparked thousands of...
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 1:30pm
Journalist Risen: 'Mercenary Class' Now Permanent Fixture in National Security State
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist James Risen said Sunday that the secretive and multi-billion dollar war on terror has sparked an entire "mercenary class that feeds off unending war." Risen, who could face prison time for refusing to reveal a source, made the remarks on MSNBC's Up...
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 12:00pm
'Major' Oil Spill Strikes Louisiana, Threatens Waterways
Officials on Sunday are continuing work to contain what an EPA representative called a major oil spill in northwestern Louisiana that could take months to clean up. The rupture of Sunoco Logistics' Mid-Valley pipeline near Mooringsport in Caddo Parish on Monday released an estimated 4,000 barrels...
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Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 4:15pm
UN Experts: Upholding Human Rights Means Taking Urgent Climate Action
Climate change poses a global threat to human rights, underscoring the need for worldwide action to rein in runaway greenhouse gas emissions, a group of United Nations independent experts has stressed. The Special Rapporteurs, independent experts and working group members issued their warning in an...
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Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 1:30pm
Across UK, Marchers Demand an Economy That Works for All
"An economy that finds money for tax cuts for the rich and boardroom greed, while the rest face a pay squeeze and big cuts to the welfare system –that any of us might need – is no longer working for the many," said TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 11:00am
'Loss for Democracy': Supreme Court Allows Texas's Voter ID Law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday said that Texas's controversial voter ID law can remain in place for this year's election, potentially threatening voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Texans. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos had struck down the law on Oct. 9, finding that it "has an...
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