Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Andrea Germanos is a staff writer at Common Dreams.

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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 2:30pm
'Poster Boy for Malevolent Big Business' Indicted Over Fatal Coal Mine Disaster
Don Blankenship, the former CEO of coal giant Massey Energy, faces up to 31 years in prison after a federal grand jury indicted him Thursday on four criminal charges related to the worst coal mine disaster in decades. Twenty-nine workers were killed in an explosion at the non-union Upper Big Branch...
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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 12:15pm
Increased Fracking? No Thanks, Say More Americans
A new Pew Research Center poll has found growing opposition among Americans to increased fracking. According to the results of the survey conducted last week, more people (47 percent) are opposed to increased fracking than in favor (41percent) of its increased use. In contrast, Pew's March 2013...
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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 8:15am
US/India WTO Agreement: How Corporate Greed Trumps Needs of World's Poor and Hungry
The United States cheered on Thursday an agreement it reached with India as progress for the World Trade Organization (WTO). Critics, however, say deal is likely a win for corporations and economic loss for developing countries. A fact sheet from the U.S. Trade Representative explains that there...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 4:45pm
Food Safety Advocates Cheer Launch of Landmark GMO Safety Study
Food safety advocates are welcoming the launch of what is being touted as the biggest ever global study on the safety of genetically modified food and its associated herbicide. The 2- to 3-year, international " Factor GMO " study was formally announced Tuesday and is set to begin in 2015. It aims...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 2:15pm
Deaths of Over a Dozen Women at 'Sterilization Camp' in India Spark Protests
Protesters took to the streets in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday following the deaths of over a dozen women who took part in a government sterilization drive. Eighty-three women had tubectomy operations on Saturday in what media reports describe as a sterilization camp in Bilaspur...
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 1:15pm
Global Warming to Worsen Global 'Dead Zones': Study
Global warming will expand the world's "dead zones," a new study has found. The study, published Monday in the journal Global Change Biology , looked at over 400 of these aquatic dead zones, which refer to areas where the levels of oxygen have dropped and cannot support life. They often form as a...
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:15am
Iraq War Veteran, Outspoken War Critic Tomas Young Dead at 34
Iraq war veteran and outspoken Iraq war critic Tomas Young has died at the age of 34. Democracy Now! reported his death Monday, the eve of Veterans Day. Young enlisted in the Army following the September 11 attacks, volunteering to go to Afghanistan. He was sent to Iraq, and was left paralyzed by a...
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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:15pm
'A Crime': Groups Say Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Benefits Rich, Attacks Working People
A group of Detroit residents is condemning the city's newly-approved restructuring plan to exit bankruptcy as a deal that will further benefit the wealthy and corporate class while hurting working people. As Democracy Now! reported Monday: A Detroit judge has approved the city’s effort to...
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Friday, November 7, 2014 - 4:45pm
How Much Pesticide Residue on Your Produce? FDA Doesn't Know
The Food and Drug Administration is carrying out little testing for pesticide residues on fruit and vegetables, a new report by a federal watchdog reveals. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (pdf) found that in 2012, the FDA tested less than one-tenth of 1 percent of imported...
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Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:00pm
New Bhopal Film Spotlights Corporate Justice Dodger
A new film puts the spotlight on the disaster dubbed the Hiroshima of the chemical industry. In December 1984, a cloud of toxic gas leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, killing nearly 20,000 people and injuring tens of thousands more. It has been called a " calamity without...
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