Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Deirdre Fulton is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 3:45pm
'Uncivil': Professor Sues University For Free Speech Rights
Professor Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American professor of Indigenous studies whose offer of a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign was rescinded last year because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza, has filed a civil rights suit...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 4:30pm
'Turning Back on American People,' US Senate Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
Marking a major—and likely symbolic—victory for Republicans on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in a 62-36 vote that will not be sufficient to override President Barack Obama's expected veto. The nine Democrats who voted to approve...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:00pm
Biofuels Not All They're Cracked Up To Be, Report Finds
"The quest for bioenergy at a meaningful scale is both unrealistic and unsustainable," says a new report from the World Resources Institute that calls into question Western governments' support for energy policies that encourage large-scale conversion of plants into fuel. The study, " Avoiding...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 1:30pm
On Eve of KXL Vote, GOP Senate Rejects Sanders' National Solar Expansion Plan
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Wednesday defeated a proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would have spurred the purchase and installation of 10 million solar panel systems for homes and businesses nationwide over the next decade. Sanders's amendment, which he said would have...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 2:15pm
In Torture Report Face-Off, ACLU Fights GOP Repo Man
The ACLU filed an emergency motion with a federal judge to stop the new GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee from repossessing the full-length version of a revealing inquiry into CIA torture. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has requested the White House and various executive agencies "...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 1:00pm
Five Decades After Civil Rights Arrests, Friendship Nine Convictions Thrown Out
As expected, a South Carolina judge has thrown out the convictions of the Friendship Nine , civil rights activists who were jailed in 1961 after a sit-in protest at an all-white lunch counter in the town of Rock Hill. It took almost five and a half years for the nine African-American men, whose '...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 8:15am
In Response To Attacks, Sweeping Data Collection To Be Proposed for EU Airports
A new European Commission counterterrorism plan to be published on Wednesday would require 42 separate pieces of information on every passenger flying in and out of Europe , including their bank card details and home address, to be stored on a central database for up to five years for access by the...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 1:30pm
Canada Faces Dual Challenges On Solitary Confinement
Canada's government is facing challenges on two fronts from groups claiming its use of solitary confinement in prisons is unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) filed a petition in the Ontario...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 9:30am
The Oligarch Party: Koch Bros Vow Nearly $1 Billion for 2016 Elections
The political network backed by right-wing billionaires Charles and David Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaigns, a stunning amount on par with both the major political parties, the Washington Post reported Monday. According to the Post , "[t]he new $889 million goal...
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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:15pm
UK Battle Lines Sharpen over Gas Drilling as Parliament Rejects Fracking Ban
The fight against fracking in the U.K. heated up on Monday, following the release of a damning report from an influential parliamentary committee that said the practice is incompatible with the government's goal of mitigating climate change. "Ultimately fracking cannot be compatible with our long-...
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