Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Deirdre Fulton is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 1:30pm
Big Bank 'Crime of the Century' Results in Guess What? No Jail Time for Anyone
While corporate watchdogs hailed the record $2.5 billion settlement paid by Deutsche Bank to U.S. and U.K. authorities for its rate-rigging role in the massive LIBOR scandal , some noted that the fine—while large—suggests that some institutions are still considered "too big to jail." Authorities...
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 12:15pm
Canadian Judge Grants Freedom to Omar Khadr, Once Held as Child at Gitmo
Sent as a teenager from the detention center at Bagram U.S. air base in Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay naval base in 2002, Khadr has said he was severely mistreated at both facilities.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 2:15pm
Critics Charge That Migration Crisis Is 'A Creation of the West'
While the European Union grapples with how to address the worsening Mediterranean migrant crisis, some critics are laying blame for the unfolding tragedy on the U.S. and NATO, whose 2011 military intervention severely destabilized Libya, the North African country that has been described as "Ground...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:15pm
Record-High 6 in 10 Americans Support Marriage Equality, Poll Finds
As proponents of marriage equality prepare to argue their case before the U.S. Supreme Court next week, a record-high 6 in 10 Americans say they support same-sex marriage, according to a new poll by the Washington Post and ABC News . Sixty-one percent of poll respondents said they support allowing...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 9:00am
Earth Day Activist Dons Protective Gear to Swim Most Polluted US Waterway
An environmental activist who swims through sewage spills, shark habitats, and shipping lanes in order to "put our waterways squarely in the public eye" took a particularly disgusting dip on Earth Day this year: in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, known as one of the most polluted bodies of water in...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 1:15pm
North Carolina Residents Warned Not to Drink Water Near Coal Ash Dumps
North Carolina residents who live near Duke Energy coal ash dumps have been warned by state officials not to drink or cook with water from their wells, after testing showed evidence of heavy metal contamination exceeding state groundwater standards. The nation's largest electricity company, Duke...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 11:45am
'Right to Work' Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages
Contradicting arguments typically used to advance so-called Right to Work legislation, new research from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that wages and benefits are actually lower in states with such anti-worker laws on the books. The paper, released as part of EPI's Raising America's Pay...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 2:15pm
At Swarthmore College, Longest Ever Divestment Sit-In Ends on Hopeful Note
The longest and largest ever sit-in for fossil fuel divestment ended on Monday, after Swarthmore College students secured two major victories—a commitment from the institution's Board of Managers to engage in dialogue over pulling its holdings from oil, gas, and coal companies, and a faculty...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 12:15pm
Ousted Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, along with 14 other defendants, was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in maximum security prison and five years of parole over the killing of demonstrators outside his palace in 2012. Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, was convicted...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 11:15am
Louisiana Judge Deals Another Blow to Local Control Over Fracking
In keeping with recent moves across the country to chip away at local control over fracking operations, a Louisiana state judge ruled Monday that St. Tammany Parish, located on the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, cannot use its zoning regulations to block a proposed oil drilling and fracking...
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