Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Andrea Germanos is a staff writer at Common Dreams.

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Monday, December 22, 2014 - 5:15pm
'Torture in the Name of National Security Is Still a Criminal Offense'
The shocking crimes and "depravity of the tactics" revealed by the Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture program make clear that a full criminal investigation by the Justice Department is warranted, two human rights organizations have stated. In a letter dated Monday and sent...
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Monday, December 22, 2014 - 1:30pm
Take That, Car Culture: Public Transportation Ridership Up
Despite plummeting gas prices, public transportation ridership in the U.S. hit a record high. According to a new report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), 2.7 billion trips were taken on public transit systems in the third quarter of 2014. That marks a 1.8 percent increase...
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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
US Agribusiness Licking Its Chops Over Thawed Cuba Relations
One group that appears to be licking its chops over the newly-thawed relations between the United States and Cuba is U.S. agribusiness. Though the change does not end the embargo, the White House states that it does "[a]uthorize expanded sales and exports of certain goods and services from the U.S...
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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 3:30pm
Senator Warren Takes On TPP
Provisions that could appear in secretly negotiated trade deal would boost corporate power while making it harder to prevent another financial crisis, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has stated. The deal in question is the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), still under negotiations, which President...
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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:45pm
Chevron Halts Arctic Drilling Plans 'Indefinitely'
In a move cheered by environmental groups, Chevron has put its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic "on hold indefinitely," the energy company said Wednesday. It had planned on drilling by 2020 in the Beaufort Sea, but in a letter to Canada's National Energy Board (NEB), Chevron cited "the level of...
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 1:45pm
Out of Control Fracking Well Forces Evacuations
An out-of-control natural gas fracking well in Monroe County, Ohio forced more than two dozen families from their homes and may pose the threat of an explosion. The blowout at the Triad Hunter-operated well on the Utica Shale happened at approximately 2:00 p.m. EST on December 13, 2014, according...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
Venezuela's Maduro: 'US Knows Where It Can Stick Its Sanctions'
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro denounced U.S. sanctions on Monday and told a crowd of supporters in Caracas that the recent police killings in New York and Ferguson were a sign of an "imperialist police state." Sparking Maduro's comments at the rally to mark the 15th anniversary of Venezuela'...
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 3:30pm
'Catastrophe': Oil Spill at Bangladesh World Heritage Site
Fears of long-lasting ecological damage at a UNESCO World Heritage site are mounting following a massive oil spill into a river in Bangladesh. The disaster began early Tuesday last week when an empty vessel struck a tanker carrying an estimated 92,500 gallons of oil, causing the fuel-filled vessel...
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 1:00pm
Offering 'Example of Resistance,' Nationwide Strike Against Austerity Hits Belgium
A series of austerity measures sparked a nationwide strike in Belgium on Monday, bringing transportation services to a halt and forcing the closures of some businesses. Hundreds of flights, trains, trams and buses were canceled, ports were blockaded and hundreds of factories were closed in the...
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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 5:45pm
Groups: Keep Fossil Fuel Industry Out of Climate Talks
As the UN climate talks wind down in Lima, Peru this week, climate activists are calling on officials to keep future negotiations free from the influence of the very industry causing the climate crisis. The activists say that as at last year's climate talks in Poland, the industry has been allowed...
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