https://www.commondreams.org/feed/newswire_rss en Deliberate murders land Syria on 2014 Impunity Index https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/16-0 <div class='node-body'><p>Targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-torn country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists&rsquo; annual <a href="http://cl.s4.exct.net/?qs=42fd482d51ca022a2eaf448af0a1b50996b593688e80620128ca1a4322fdc02b" target="_blank">Impunity Index</a> released today. Syria joins Iraq, Somalia, the Philippines, and others on the list of countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/16-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:59:34 +0000 Sarah Lazare 104474 at https://www.commondreams.org Maine Farmer to Speak at United Nations on International Mother Earth Day https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/16 <div class='node-body'><p>Jim Gerritsen, a Maine organic seed potato farmer, has accepted an invitation to participate on a guest panel at the United Nations in New York City on <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1950798217" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">April 22, 2014</span></span>.&nbsp; The event will be the fourth <a href="http://b.cv3.co/lc.php?c=AIOEeIAOIEeIOA-I" style="font-weight:bold" target="_blank">Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature</a> which commemorates International Mother Earth Day.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:52:07 +0000 Sarah Lazare 104473 at https://www.commondreams.org IPCC Report Underscores Need for Global Sustainable Agriculture https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/15-2 <div class='node-body'><p>The prestigious United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report this week, detailing how governments can avert the most severe consequences of climate change, if they act quickly and decisively.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/15-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:40:36 +0000 jacob 104461 at https://www.commondreams.org Citing Tax Avoidance of the Country’s Richest Family and Largest Employer, Taxpayers Deliver $7.8 Billion Tax Bill to Walmart Chairman https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/15-1 <div class='node-body'><p>Walmart workers and taxpayers in Phoenix delivered a $7.8 billion tax bill to Rob Walton, Walmart Chairman, in reaction to the news that the country&rsquo;s largest retailer and richest family received an estimated <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/walmart-government-subsidies-study" target="_blank">$7.8 billion in tax breaks and subsidies in 2013</a>.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/15-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:47:46 +0000 lauren 104448 at https://www.commondreams.org Sharp Rise in Environmental and Land Killings as Pressure on Planet’s Resources Increases – Report https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/15-0 <div class='node-body'><p>Killings of people protecting the environment and rights to land increased sharply between 2002 and 2013 as competition for natural resources intensifies, a new report from Global Witness reveals. In the most comprehensive global analysis of the problem on record, the campaign group has found that at least 908 people are known to have died in this time. Disputes over industrial logging, mining and land rights the key drivers, and Latin America and Asia-Pacific particularly hard hit.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/15-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:20:49 +0000 jacob 104441 at https://www.commondreams.org Federal Court Allows Non-Profit Groups to Defend Kaua’i County on Behalf of Taxpayers https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/15 <div class='node-body'><p>The U.S. District Court of Hawaii today granted a Motion to Intervene jointly presented by Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice on behalf of several community non-profit groups. The order allows the groups to participate in a lawsuit filed by Syngenta and other pesticide companies challenging Kaua&rsquo;i&rsquo;s County Ordinance 960. Today&rsquo;s order allows the groups, represented by council from CFS and Earthjustice, to defend the County of Kaua&lsquo;i&rsquo;s 2013 pesticide disclosure law from the pesticide companies&rsquo; legal challenge.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/15" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:18:39 +0000 jacob 104440 at https://www.commondreams.org ACLU Sues Michigan to Recognize Marriages of Same-Sex Couples https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/14-4 <div class='node-body'><p>The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit today to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed last month are recognized by the state. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state&rsquo;s ban and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision on hold.&ldquo;</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/14-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:53:51 +0000 Sarah Lazare 104422 at https://www.commondreams.org Friends of the Earth Statement on the IPCC Mitigation Report https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/14-3 <div class='node-body'><p>Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published the third installment of its Fifth Assessment Report relating to mitigation strategies for addressing climate change.</p> <p>Friends of the Earth&rsquo;s Climate and energy program director Ben Schreiber has issued the following statement in response to the report:</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/14-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:51:03 +0000 Sarah Lazare 104421 at https://www.commondreams.org US Government Won't Fight Force-Feeding Ruling, Justice Department Says https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/14-2 <div class='node-body'><p>Lawyers for the US Justice Department today declined to contest a landmark judgment that gives Guant&aacute;namo Bay prisoners the right to contest unlawful conditions of confinement - including the military&#39;s abusive force-feeding practices - in federal court.</p> <p>In Aamer v. Obama, handed down Feb 11, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit declined to stop force-feeding, saying more evidence was required. But the court also said for the first time that Guant&aacute;namo prisoners had the right to challenge illegal treatment at Guant&aacute;namo Bay.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/14-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:40:23 +0000 Sarah Lazare 104417 at https://www.commondreams.org Federal Judge Rules Ohio Must Respect Married Same-Sex Couples https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/14-1 <div class='node-body'><p>Today U.S. District Judge Timothy Black struck down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies gay couples the freedom to marry and withholds legal respect for gay couples who have gotten married. He ordered the state to treat couples married elsewhere like any other couples who marry out of state -- as married.</p> <p>Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/14-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:44:12 +0000 Sarah Lazare 104409 at https://www.commondreams.org