Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 3:15pm
Water Being Used as Weapon of War in Syrian Conflict, UN Warns
The United Nations on Tuesday said it has reason to believe that groups in the Syrian conflict are using the country's scarce water supply as a weapon of war. "There is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains," the United Nations...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 11:45am
Breaking from Abbott and Fossil Fuel Titan, Australian Coal Port Votes to Divest
Newcastle, Australia—home to the world's largest coal export port—on Tuesday joined the growing divestment movement after voting to pull its holdings from the country's biggest banks if they continue to fund fossil fuel projects. The 6-5 city council vote marked a decisive break from Prime Minister...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 8:45am
Fighting with Everything It's Got, Planned Parenthood Launches Legal Battle
Planned Parenthood is fighting back. The embattled women's healthcare provider on Tuesday filed a lawsuit, arguing that Louisiana's Republican Governor Bobby Jindal acted illegally by blocking Medicaid funding to the group. Though the suit marks the first legal action taken by Planned Parenthood...
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 1:15pm
Canadian Officer Found Guilty for Mass Arrests During G20 Crackdown
The Toronto police officer who orchestrated the mass arrest of over 1,000 peaceful demonstrators and bystanders during the 2010 G20 summit was found guilty on Tuesday of discreditable conduct and unnecessary exercise of authority. "This decision to order mass arrests demonstrated a lack of...
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 12:15pm
Hailing His 'Authenticity and Integrity,' Dr. Cornel West Backs Bernie Sanders
Extolling his "authenticity and integrity" in the struggle against greed, imperialism, and injustice, civil rights activist and intellectual Dr. Cornel West on Monday announced his endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. "The American Empire is in decline. Our market-driven culture is in...
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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 3:45pm
A Tale of Two Cities: In New Orleans, Perceptions of Recovery 'Starkly Divided' Along Racial Lines
Ten years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged southern Louisiana, black and white residents of New Orleans are "starkly divided" in their perception of the state's recovery, according to new research published on Monday. A survey (pdf) conducted by the Manship School of Mass Communication’s...
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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 11:45am
Watch Out Clinton! Reports Say Biden Decision Imminent
The political rumor mill is abuzz with news that Vice President Joe Biden may soon join the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, after reports suggested such a decision is imminent. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the vice...
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 1:15pm
With Sights Set on Voting Rights, Moral Mondays Coming to US Congress
The Moral Monday protests that galvanized disenfranchised voters across North Carolina—and elsewhere—may soon become a regular fixture in the halls of Congress. On August 1, the NAACP launched a " Journey for Justice " from Selma, Alabama, expected to conclude on September 16 with a rally in the...
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 12:30pm
In Rare Turn, New Mexico Police to Stand Trial for Murder of Unarmed Homeless Man
Marking an "unusual" development in the nationwide debate over police accountability, two New Mexico police officers have been ordered to stand trial for the shooting death of an unarmed homeless man, James Boyd. Pro Tem Judge Neil Candelaria ruled on Tuesday that there was probable cause for...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 10:00am
Setting 'Concerning Precedent,' US Army Finds Manning Guilty of Bogus Charges
A U.S. Army disciplinary board on Tuesday found Pfc. Chelsea Manning "guilty" of four charges, including one for possessing LGBTQ reading material like the Caitlyn Jenner issue of Vanity Fair and another for having a tube of expired toothpaste in her cell.
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