Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 1:00pm
Prospect of No Water Looms in Over a Dozen California Towns
Over a dozen California communities now face running out of water within 60 days if urgent steps are not taken, and that list will only grow as the record drought of 2014 continues, according to the State Water Board. Because of the severity of the crisis, the state has begun tracking communities...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:00am
Detroiters Vow Resistance After Judge Rules There is No Human Right to Water
The people of Detroit are vowing resistance after a federal bankruptcy judge on Monday ruled that the city can continue shutting off water to its poorest residents if their bills cannot be paid. Judge Steven W. Rhodes at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan declared that...
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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 2:45pm
Revealed: The Little-Known Executive Order Behind Our 'Collect It All' Spy State
The powers granted to the National Security Agency to spy on millions of Americans and people abroad were vested by a little-known executive order that—until now—has received scant scrutiny or oversight, newly uncovered government documents revealed on Monday. Executive Order 12333 , passed in 1981...
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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:30am
As Endless War Drags On, US Has No Plans to Release Secret Prisoners Kept in Afghanistan
As the U.S. cements a pact to maintain troops in Afghanistan following their reported withdrawal at the end of the year, a top U.S. official has admitted that the military also has no set plan to release the secret prisoners held captive in that country. Brigadier General Patrick J. Reinert told...
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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 8:45am
Pro-Palestinian Protesters Thwart Israeli Cargo Ship Again
Protesting Israel's recent war and ongoing apartheid against Palestinians, activists thwarted an Israeli cargo ship at the Port of Oakland on Saturday by forcing the boat to depart the Bay Area unloaded. According to reports, at least 75 and possibly as many as 200 protesters dispersed across the...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 2:30pm
Fifty Activists and a Polar Bear Halt UK Coal Train
What happens when a polar bear crosses the tracks? The train stops. That's how it went in central England on Tuesday when fifty Greenpeace activists and a polar bear (or a person dressed like one) halted a 1,500 tonne coal train bound for the coal-fired Cottam Power Station in the town of...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:00am
'Remember Fukushima': Thousands Rally Against Nuclear Restart in Japan
"Don't forget Fukushima" was the message Tuesday morning as roughly 16,000 people gathered in downtown Tokyo to protest the restart of Japan's nuclear power plants. The demonstration, held outside the official residence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, came a day after the government outlined plans to...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 8:30am
Ignoring Pleas for Diplomacy, US and 'Friends' Bomb Syria
Despite calls for diplomacy and peace, the United States launched airstrikes against Syria early Tuesday targeting Islamic State (or ISIS) fighters, marking the first bombing of that nation since President Barack Obama declared he had all authority needed to conduct such strikes without...
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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:45am
Calling for End to 'Colonial' Rule, Thousands of Hong Kong Students Boycott Classes
Launching a new wave in the fight for "true democracy," thousands of Hong Kong university students kicked off a week-long boycott of classes on Monday with a mass sit-in and rally protesting what they say is the further colonization of the city by the country's elites. "How can a few people decide...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 2:00pm
Drone Vet Speaks Out: Killer Crafts More Deadly Than Government Admits
An insider in the U.S. military's covert drone war has confirmed what critics of the killing program have long-warned: the program is far more "dangerous" than the government admits. In an op-ed published in Salon on Tuesday, the unnamed former Air Force imagery analyst writes, "I was the only line...
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