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Friday, June 24, 2016
'Captivity is Degrading': Historic and Controversial Buenos Aires Zoo to Close
The historic and scandal-prone Buenos Aires zoo is set to close and all animals transitioned to nature preserves because, as the city's Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta put simply on Friday, "Captivity is degrading." The 140-year-old zoo in Buenos Aires' Palermo neighborhood will be turned into an "...
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Food Advocates Race to Stop Destructive GMO Labeling "Compromise"
The "compromise" food-labeling bill announced Thursday by leaders of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is nothing less than a "rollback of democracy at the behest of the world's largest agribusiness and biotech corporations," said Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter. The...
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Standing on Backs of Global Poor, Filthy Rich Getting Even Filthier
The wealth gap keeps growing as the world's richest get richer at the expense of the poor, according to a new study released this week by an alliance of major organizations. The World Wealth Report from Oxfam, Greenpeace, and other groups found that while the total number of millionaires in the...
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RNC Protest Rules to be Revised After Judge Says They're Unconstitutional
The ACLU of Ohio and the city of Cleveland have reached a settlement after a judge on Thursday struck down the rules set by city officials for protesters at next month's Republican National Convention, saying the restrictions on speeches and parades were unconstitutional. The decision from U.S...
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To Transform Nation, Sanders Urges Movement to Organize its 'Outrage'
In a 75-minute speech on Thursday night, Bernie Sanders described his "vision of transforming this country"—a vision that depends on the wholesale mobilization of the populist army galvanized by his presidential campaign. "Never, ever lose your sense of outrage," Sanders told the New York City...
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Pandemonium and Upheaval as World Responds to UK's Brexit
A roundup of European and world reaction, as politicians and political observers weigh in, human rights and environmental defenders fear for their causes, xenophobic ideologues express vindication, and various nations consider their next moves.
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After Brexit, European Left Calls for 'Massive Political Opposition'
In the tumultuous aftermath of the UK's vote to leave the EU , the European left is responding with a mix of reason, measured reassurances, and righteous defiance. Left Unity, a populist UK political party, released a statement early Friday morning that criticized the right-wing organizers of the...
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
With Failed War on Drugs as Backdrop, Global Day of Action Calls for Reform
As the failures of the so-called War on Drugs become increasingly apparent , people around the world will rally on Thursday and through the weekend, calling for global drug policy reform that prioritizes public health and human rights over criminalization and punitive measures. Starting with a...
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Sanders as Veep? New Poll Suggests He Might Be Clinton's Best Pick
Bernie Sanders would be a boon to the Democratic ticket if he appears as Hillary Clinton 's vice presidential pick, a new Monmouth University poll finds. The survey (pdf), conducted June 15-19, presented 803 registered voters with six possible running mates for Clinton: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.),...
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'World of Uncertainty' Unleashed as UK Votes to Leave European Union
With nearly 72% of the votes tallied, the 'Leave' campaign claimed victory with 52% of the vote compared to 48% who voted to 'Remain.' Update: UK Votes to Quit EU Tweets about #Brexit OR #Remain With enough of the votes counted for media outlets to make a call, it was confirmed just by several in...
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California Oil Spill Leaves 'Gooey Mess'—And a Reminder of Big Oil's Dangers
An oil spill has reportedly leaked thousands of gallons of crude from a pipeline into a canyon in Ventura County, California, fire officials said Thursday—in what environmentalists say is a reminder of the dangers of coastal fossil fuel operations. The leak spilled at least 29,000 gallons, or 700...
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Baltimore Cop Found Not Guilty on All Charges in Freddie Gray Case
A third trial for a Baltimore police officer for their role in the death of Freddie Gray still hasn't returned a conviction, with Officer Caesar Goodson being acquitted of all charges on Thursday. Prosecutors had charged that Goodson, who drove the van in which Gray suffered his fatal spinal cord...
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'Victory for Children of Every Color': SCOTUS Upholds Affirmative Action
In a narrow but significant 4-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the University of Texas at Austin's affirmative action program. The court's decision (pdf) in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin "is a victory for children of every color in America," the NAACP Legal Defense Fund...
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Police Kill Lone Gunman in Germany After Short-Lived Cinema Takeover
A lone shooter in the town of Vernheim, in the state of Hessen, Germany, was killed after a short-lived standoff with police. The masked and heavily armed man entered a movie theater around 3pm on Thursday afternoon and fired four shots, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) . The...
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Historic Ceasefire Reached Between Colombia, Leftist FARC Rebels
This post will be updated. The Colombian government and the leftist rebel group FARC announced Wednesday that they had reached a bilateral ceasefire, a development being heralded as the signal of the end of over five decades of bloody conflict. "We have successfully reached an agreement for a...
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Supreme Court Deadlocks on Immigration, Leaving Millions in Limbo
This story may be updated. The U.S. Supreme Court has deadlocked on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration. The 4-4 tie on United States v. Texas (pdf) sets no precedent, but leaves in place a previous ruling by a lower court that blocks the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans...
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Brexit or Bremain? No Matter the Outcome, Hedge Funds Stand to Profit
As UK voters head to the polls on Thursday to say whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union, markets are tumultuous as investors balk with fears that the EU's second-largest economy will depart the union. "Far-right nationalists and neoliberal capitalists will survive the demise...
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Democrats Vow More Action as House Adjourns With No Vote on Guns
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives ended their overnight sit-in demanding gun reform Thursday morning after Republicans formally adjourned the legislative session until July 5. More than a dozen Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) remained on the chamber floor, although it is...
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Ask Not What Sanders Wants, But What His Grassroots Army Demands
Ahead of a speech in New York City on Thursday, Bernie Sanders has published an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for "real change in this country" on behalf of the millions of people who support his grassroots campaign for political revolution. "I often hear the question, 'What does Bernie want...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Dramatic House Sit-In on Guns Is Undercut By Focus on Secret, Racist Watchlist
Congressional Democrats took the unprecedented step of conducting an actual sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, demanding that Republican leaders allow votes on gun control legislation. But this unusually bold and moving tactic was undercut by the fact that its chief...
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IMF Warns that US Needs to 'Urgently' Tackle Poverty
Invest in the nation's infrastructure, raise the minimum wage, expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, improve paid family leave, and raise the ceiling for social security contributions. These suggestions, long-advocated for by progressive organizations, are now being encouraged by none other than the...
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Senate Rejects "Hatchet to Americans' Privacy"—But Threat Remains
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to pass a bill that would have dramatically expanded the FBI's warrantless surveillance powers, but the fight is not over as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may call for a second vote on the proposed legislation. According to the digital rights group...
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With New Vision for Europe, Rising Podemos Threatens to Upend Establishment
Spain's Podemos party, which in recent years rose to prominence on a defiant anti-austerity platform, has overtaken one of the nation's two leading political powerhouses and is threatening to unseat the conservative establishment in Sunday's general election. Polls on Monday suggest that the...
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Demanding Ban on Deadly Pesticides, Advocates Drop Millions of Dead Bees on EPA Doorstep
Advocating for a ban on toxic pesticides that have led to massive bee die-offs nationwide, a truck filled with millions of the dead pollinators has trundled across the country to reach its final destination on Wednesday afternoon: the front steps of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...
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Pools of Waste: Landmark Analysis Exposes Factory Farming Filth
A new and unsavory analysis by Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Waterkeeper Alliance sheds light on the true impact that industrial factory farms are having on communities and waterways in North Carolina and beyond. On Wednesday, the groups released a set of first-of-their-kind interactive...
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Brexit Campaigns Running Neck-and-Neck Hours Ahead of Historic Referendum
As the Remain and Leave campaigns make their final pushes in the hours before the so-called "Brexit" referendum , recent polling shows the British public near evenly divided on whether or not to leave to European Union. The latest YouGov poll for The Times on Sunday showed Remain at 42 percent and...
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#NoBillNoBreak: Democrats Occupy the House to Demand Gun Reform
"Now is the time for us to find a way to dramatize it, to make it real," declared Rep. John Lewis. "We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action."
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Hacker Leaks Secret DNC Master Files on Hillary Clinton & Foundation
The anonymous hacker calling themselves Guccifer 2.0 released a second trove of internal documents from Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers on Tuesday, including a hefty 113-page file titled "Hillary Clinton Master Doc" that includes research the party performed on behalf of Clinton's...
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Say What? Judge Says Feds Lack Authority to Regulate Fracking on Public Lands
In a blow to environmentalists calling on the Obama administration to keep fossil fuels in the ground , a judge on Tuesday struck down as unlawful the new rule meant to regulate fracking on federal lands. The decision from Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming "is a major loss for...
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Teacher Killings Ignite Calls for Revolution in Mexico
The Mexican government's deadly crackdown on a teacher's union protest has rattled the nation in recent days, as 200,000 doctors on Wednesday joined the ongoing national strike against President Enrique Peña Nieto's neoliberal reforms. Anti-government sentiment is mounting after police forces...
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As Southwest Burns, Climate Scientists Warn: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
Wildfires in the Southwestern U.S. continued to rage on Wednesday, as the combination of extreme heat and erratic winds fueled the devastation and firefighters warned that blazes near Los Angeles were only about 10 percent contained . As residents flee and emergency crews attempt to contain the...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Post-Orlando Senate Rejects Gun Control, Calls for More Spying Instead
The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would expand the FBI's secret surveillance powers, including warrantless collection of browsing history, Reuters reports . Lawmakers will vote on the amendment, sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), no later than...
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Dissed by Clinton as Financial Con Man, Trump Unleashes Epic Twitter Tirade
Following a Hillary Clinton speech highly critical of his economic acumen and business record, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday responded with an epic Twitter tirade which offered a possible preview of a speech aimed at his Democratic rival scheduled for Wednesday. Clinton's...
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"Less Meat, Less Heat": China's Plan to Drop Meat Consumption Gets Praise
Climate advocates are praising the Chinese government's new dietary guidelines designed to cut meat consumption in half—which would reduce the country's livestock-related carbon emissions by 1 billion tons by 2030. Li Junfeng, director general of China’s National Center on Climate Change Strategy...
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Unprecedented Bleaching Event Portends Mass Death of World's Coral Ecosystems
The world's oceans are enduring the longest-lasting and most widespread coral bleaching event ever recorded, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). And the massive bleaching event is predicted to get even worse—extending into a third, unprecedented year. The...
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Closure of Diablo Nuclear Plant Signals Dawn of Renewable Energy Era
A plan to shutter the last remaining nuclear power plant in California and replace it with renewable energy is being heralded widely as "a clear blueprint for fighting climate change," which environmentalists hope will serve as "a model" for the nation. "The end of an atomic era," is how the San...
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Berta Cáceres Was at Top of Honduras Military's Kill List: Whistleblower
It appears the United States government is not the only one in the world with a ' kill list .' According to new reporting by the Guardian published Tuesday, U.S.-trained special forces units within the Honduras military are operating an assassination program—complete with a hitlist comprised of...
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In Four-Party Race, Clinton's Lead Takes a Hit
In a head-to-head contest, Hillary Clinton has maintained a comfortable lead over her likely presidential opponent Donald Trump . However, new polling out Tuesday shows that when pitted in a four-way match-up, such as is expected come November, Clinton's advantage shrinks to just four points. The...
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Activists Blockade NRA Entrance to Protest 'Relentless' Gun Lobby
At least 16 people were arrested during a peace vigil outside the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Tuesday, as activists staged a "die-in" to demand gun reform in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando earlier this month. The demonstration, organized by the peace group CODEPINK, began Monday...
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History Repeats as Senate Rejects All Post-Orlando Gun Control Measures
In a failure reminiscent of previous attempts to tighten gun laws following a mass shooting, the U.S. Senate on Monday night roundly rejected four measures to enact stricter gun control laws in the wake of last week's massacre in Orlando, Florida. "Democrats and Republicans had put forth competing...
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Monday, June 20, 2016
Transparency Fail as FBI Retracts Redactions in Orlando Transcripts
After coming under fierce criticism for its decision to published redacted transcripts of the Orlando shooter's 911 calls, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) late Monday released the full transcript which actually names the terrorist organizations Omar Mateen claimed allegiance to. "Unfortunately...
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'Corroding Civil Liberties,' Supreme Court Codifies Unlawful Police Stops
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that evidence recovered during illegal stops may still be used in court, if police officers conducted their searches after learning that a defendant had an outstanding arrest warrant. In a 5-3 ruling (pdf), the Supreme Court said such searches do not violate...
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People's Summit Offers Hope for a Movement Bigger Than Bernie
A conference organized around the progressive issues that formed the cornerstone of Bernie Sanders' presidential run has re-energized the American left, attendees said, as the gathering provoked conversations and connections that will invigorate political and social movements to come. Coming in the...
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Hot Mess: States Struggle to Deal with Radioactive Fracking Waste
This story was produced in collaboration with the Ohio Valley ReSource , a public media partnership covering Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production...
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In Wake of Jo Cox Killing, Voters Back Away from Brexit
New polls show the British public may be rethinking its stance on exiting the European Union after last week's killing of Labour Party MP Jo Cox, who was known as a "champion of refugees" and was in favor of keeping Britain's membership in the group. An exclusive survey for the Independent...
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Mexican Police Unleash Deadly Violence Against Protesting Teachers
A Mexican teacher protest against neoliberal education policies turned deadly on Sunday, with nine people killed, after police unleashed gunfire on the demonstrators' road blockade. According to TeleSUR , teachers from the dissident union, Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE...
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Clinton's Wall Street Donors Revolt After Warren Emerges as VP Contender
Top Democratic donors in the financial industry are threatening revolt after news broke that top Wall Street critic and progressive darling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is one of the leading candidates for vice president under Hillary Clinton. An in-depth report published by Politico on Monday...
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Rising Tide of 'Politically Acceptable' Killings Spells Danger for Environmentalists Worldwide
Environmental activists are being murdered for their work in record numbers, a new report finds, as 2015 saw a stunning 185 people killed—more than three people each week—for resisting destructive industries and the exploitation of land and water. "It is necessary to defend the land, for us the...
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Refugee Planet: There Have Never Been This Many Displaced People on Earth
An unprecedented 65.3 million people have been displaced around the world due to war and persecution, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on Monday. The new figure is not only a 21st century record, it is also the first time that the numbers have surpassed 60 million—...
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
'Our Anger Is Past Its Limit': Tens of Thousands Rally Against US Bases in Okinawa
Okinawa on Sunday was site of a massive protest against U.S. bases, the latest in years of demonstrations, with fresh anger fueled by the recent suspected rape and killing of a woman on the Japanese island by a former Marine. Organizers say that 65,000 people took part in the rally in Naha, Okinawa...
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'Climate of Xenophobia' Gripping Europe, UN Official Warns
As more details indicate the killing of British lawmaker Jo Cox was politically motivated, the United Nations Refugee Agency head is warning of a "climate of xenophobia" gripping Europe. Speaking to Agence France-Presse in Tehran on Saturday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said...
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US Drones Hit Taliban More Than Terrorist Networks Despite End of Afghan War
The majority of US airstrikes in Afghanistan in 2016 have been in support of ground troops including Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, rather than targeting suspected terrorists. An investigation by the Bureau reveals that more than 200 strikes, the majority by drones, have been conducted to...
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Saturday, June 18, 2016
People's Summit: Progressive Gathering Fertilizing Momentum of Bernie's Revolution
Harnessing the broad desire for "transformative change," thousands are expected to gather this weekend in Chicago for a three-day event centered around many of the progressive issues that Bernie Sanders put at the forefront of his presidential campaign. Backed by organizations including 350.org,...
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Friday, June 17, 2016
Senator: Red Cross Misled Congress, Refused To ‘Level With the People’ on Haiti Money
A blistering Senate report on the American Red Cross raises fundamental questions about the integrity of the country's most storied charity and its stewardship of donors' dollars. The report, which was released today by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and contains nearly 300 pages of supporting...
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Oregon Officials Call for Ban on 'Bomb Trains' in Wake of Fiery Derailment
On the heels of a fiery derailment near the Columbia River Gorge city of Mosier, Oregon, officials in that state are calling for a suspension to oil-carrying trains. The June 3 Union Pacific train derailment leaked over 40,00 gallons of Bakken crude, sending oil into the sewage system and forcing...
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Exxon Has No Free Speech Rights to Commit Fraud, say Climate Groups
ExxonMobil is attempting to evade a growing investigation into its campaign to suppress science about climate change, asking a federal court this week to throw out a subpoena that would force the oil giant to hand over decades of documents to a coalition of state attorneys general. In its filing...
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Amid Phoenix Heat Wave, DNC Committee Hears Anti-Fracking Arguments
As " rare, dangerous, and deadly " heat moves into Arizona this weekend, environmentalists are calling for the Democratic Party to take a firm stance against fossil fuel extraction in its 2016 platform—starting with a national ban on fracking. The 2016 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee is...
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Is Leaked Cable Greasing Skids for Clinton's Next Regime Change Disaster?
An internal cable signed by more than 50 State Department officials objecting to the Obama administration's policy on Syria is particularly worrisome, according to experts, given Hillary Clinton's hawkish foreign policy positions and her stated plan to escalate President Barack Obama's war in Syria...
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Far-Right Terror Attack Suggested as Details of Jo Cox's Killer Emerge
As tributes pour in for British lawmaker Jo Cox, new information is emerging about potential extremist group ties held for years by the suspected killer of the " champion of refugees " and humanitarian who " fought for a better world ." Cox, a Labour Party MP and 41-year-old mother of two, died...
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Caving to Post-Orlando Fear, House Betrays Civil Liberties
Late Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives blocked an amendment that would have prohibited warrantless surveillance of Americans' electronic communications and banned the government from forcing technology companies to install backdoors to encrypted devices. The amendment to the House's...
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Protesting 'Shameful' Refugee Policies, Doctors Without Borders Rejects EU Funds
The international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced Friday that it will no longer accept funds from the European Union and its member states, in protest against the region's "shameful" response to the refugee crisis. According to the...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
CIA Chief Just Confirmed "War on Terror" Has Created A Lot More Terrorists
Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said Thursday that, years into the United States' fight against the Islamic State, the terrorist group's reach and power have not been diminished and that it has even more fighters than al-Qaeda had at its height. Speaking to the Senate Intelligence...
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Torture Victims Describe 'Cruelty of CIA' in Newly Released Transcripts
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday released unredacted transcripts of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay military prison describing the torture they were subjected to while held at various secret CIA prisons around the world. The documents, released in response to a Freedom of...
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Sanders to Supporters: This Is Beginning of Our Revolution, Not End
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders neither announced the end of his campaign nor endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton during a live-stream address on Thursday night, but told supporters his call for political revolution will live beyond his campaign and this election. "When we talk...
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New Report Reveals Scope of FBI's Covert Facial Recognition Program
The FBI is using a dubious facial recognition system and a database of hundreds of millions more photographs than previously thought to hunt for criminal suspects, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The massive database houses roughly 411 million photos amassed...
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As Brexit Battle Enters Final Week, New Poll Shows Shift Towards Leaving EU
A week ahead of the so-called Brexit referendum , new polling shows the British public now leaning in favor of leaving the European Union. The results of the Ipsos MORI poll published Thursday in the Evening Standard show 53 percent now in favor of leaving the EU and 47 percent in favor of...
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Stop "Massive Strip Mining" in Utah's Public Lands: Green Groups to BLM
In the latest chapter of a decades-long battle over oil-rich shale in Utah, this week over a dozen conservation groups submitted public comments urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reject an Estonian oil giant's attempts to sidestep environmental review and start the first commercial...
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Congresswoman Calls for Drug-Testing the One Percent, Not the Poor
A Wisconsin congresswoman, "sick and tired, and sick and tired of being sick and tired, of the criminalization of poverty," plans to introduce a bill requiring drug tests for the rich before high-dollar tax deductions are approved. U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Milwaukee, told the Guardian...
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Fifteen-Hour Gun Control Filibuster Bears Little Meaningful Fruit
Democrats came away from a nearly 15-hour filibuster on Wednesday with an "understanding" that the U.S. Senate will vote on two gun control measures—one expanding background checks and another banning people on the government's so-called "watch list" from obtaining gun licenses. But while Sen...
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US Banks Top Cluster Bomb Investment 'Hall of Shame': Report
Despite the international ban on cluster bombs, more than 150 financial institutions have invested $28 billion in companies that produce them, according to a new report released Thursday. Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo are among the 158 banks, pension funds, and other firms...
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Guccifer 2.0? Lone Hacker Takes Credit for DNC Cyber Attack, Publishes Docs
This week's hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer network "just became a big deal," according to whistleblower Edward Snowden: on Thursday, a lone actor took responsibility for the cyber attack previously blamed on Russia and published a series of documents allegedly extracted...
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'Horrendous': UK Mourns After Labour Party MP Jo Cox Killed by Gunman
"She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous."
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Majority Want Assault Weapons Ban, So Why Don't Dems Filibuster for That?
Outrage over government inaction on gun control has reached a fever pitch days after the Orlando shooting massacre that left 49 people dead. While Democrats staged a dramatic talking filibuster on the floor of the Senate Wednesday afternoon demanding so-called commonsense gun reform, hundreds of...
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Who Does the Biggest Lobbying Force in the US Represent? Not Its Members
'Member companies become de facto promoters of tobacco and adversaries of climate action.'
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'Time to Get Loud': Rock Stars and Celebs Aim to Amplify Anti-TPP Fight
It's " the least boring piece of news related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in ages," according to one campaigner. Celebrities including Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, punk band Anti-Flag, and Lost actress Evangeline Lilly are mobilizing against the 12-nation, corporate-...
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Exposed: Pesticide Industry Deployed Aggressive Lobby Effort to Quash Bee Protections
Despite the abundance of scientific studies documenting the rapid and dangerous decline of pollinator populations, state and federal lawmakers have yet to pass any meaningful protections for bees. The reason, according to the findings of a new investigation, is that pesticide giants such as Bayer,...
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'Berta Lives': Demonstrators Demand Justice for Slain Activist, End to US Military Aid to Honduras
"Berta didn't die, she multiplied!" was the cry heard around the world on Wednesday afternoon. Rights defenders worldwide stood in solidarity and called for justice for slain Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres on Wednesday, rallying for a global day of action at Honduran embassies in Ottawa, New...
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North Dakota Rejects Corporate Farm Ownership by 3-to-1 Margin
In a victory for family farmers and local communities, North Dakota voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly upheld their state's rules prohibiting corporate farming. According to the North Dakota Secretary of State, fully 75 percent of voters cast ballots against Measure 1 , which would have loosened...
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ACLU Sues Cleveland Over 'Draconian Reach' of RNC Protest Rules
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in a federal court against the city of Cleveland charging that the rules for the 2016 Republican National Convention violate free speech and "criminalize everyone." The rules for the convention, which takes place July 18-21,...
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Hundreds of Scientists Urge Obama to End Arctic Drilling for 'Foreseeable Future'
Hundreds of climate scientists are imploring President Barack Obama to block offshore drilling in Arctic waters, writing in an open letter published Wednesday that "No new oil and gas leasing or exploration should be allowed in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the foreseeable future." As average...
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How One Educator Transformed an Act of Police Brutality into a Force for Good
Turning an act of violence into a force for good, a Seattle public school teacher who was pepper-sprayed by police announced Monday that his $100,000 settlement will be used to support students "who have demonstrated the power of activism in pursuit of racial and social justice." Garfield High...
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New CIA Documents Reveal More Horrors of President Bush's Torture Program
The CIA on Tuesday released dozens of documents detailing its torture and rendition program under the Bush administration, from the horrific treatment of detainees to the agency's 2002 plan to ask the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) not to prosecute interrogators. The heavily redacted trove of...
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Days After Orlando Hate Crime, House GOP Blocks Vote on LGBTQ Protections
Just days after a gunman opened fire at an iconic LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando—an act of violence described by many as a hate crime —House Republicans blocked a vote on a bill that would bar anti-LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors. This is the third time anti-gay GOP lawmakers have squashed...
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"We Are Not Anyone's Colony": Bolivia's Morales Tells US to Stay Out of Latin American Affairs
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday expressed support for a right-wing referendum to pull Venezuela's leftist president Nicolas Maduro from power, provoking a powerful response from Maduro's fellow socialist Evo Morales, president of Bolivia. "We are sovereign states of the Great...
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Turns Out, Most Americans Do Not Support Trump's Bigoted Policies
Donald Trump's response to the attack in Orlando— described as "horrifying," "ignorant," and "demagogic"—is not resonating with the majority of Americans. A new CBS News survey released Wednesday found that only 25 percent of Americans approve of the presumptive Republican nominee's post-shooting...
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Clinton and Sanders Agree on Trump Threat, But Neither Ready to Endorse Other's Vision
Though Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton emerged from a ninety-minute meeting on Tuesday night reaffirming their shared commitment to defeat Donald Trump in the fall, the senator continued to withhold his endorsement of Clinton while the former secretary of state remained mum on Sanders' repeated...
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
World's Banks Driving Climate Chaos with Hundreds of Billions in Extreme Energy Financing
Turning their backs on climate science and the consensus of governments and civil society across the globe, the world's biggest banks are dangerously advancing the climate crisis by pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into the world's most polluting fossil fuel industries, according to a new...
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Report Finds Big Ag's Global Land Grab Expanding to New Frontiers
Big Ag's global land grab is huge, growing, and "extending its reach to new frontiers," according to a new report from the international non-profit GRAIN. A follow-up to its October 2008 analysis—which "exposed how a new wave of land grabbing was sweeping the planet"— GRAIN's latest publication...
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Sanders: End of Voting Does Not Mean End of Political Revolution
Bernie Sanders held a press conference on Tuesday calling for reform of the Democratic party—starting with the ouster of Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz—and said he would remain in the presidential race until the end. Speaking ahead of a planned meeting with...
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'Decisive and Tremendous Win' for Net Neutrality as DC Court Upholds Rules
In a huge win for internet freedom, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was within its jurisdiction to enact sweeping net neutrality regulations last year. That means the internet will remain a public service classified under Title II...
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Landmark Study Shows Our Bodies are Rife with Cancer-Causing Chemicals
The first inventory of its kind has found that hundreds of cancer-causing chemicals are building up in the bodies of Americans. The analysis from Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on more than 1,000 biomonitoring studies—which measure the burden of certain chemicals present in the human body...
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'Cozy Bear' & 'Fancy Bear' Attack: Russian Hackers Infiltrate DNC Computers
Two separate groups associated with Russian intelligence agencies hacked into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer network, spying on communications and stealing research on Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The Post described the extent of the intrusion: The...
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Chaos Erupts in Paris as Riot Police Unleash on 50,000-Strong Labor Protest
French police unleashed tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators Tuesday as tens of thousands packed the streets of Paris in an outpouring of opposition to the government's anti-labor agenda. The CGT labor union, which helped organized the march, hoped Tuesday's mobilization would be the largest...
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Trump Unhinged, But Clinton's Post-Orlando Speech Also Sparks Concern
Though with markedly different tones and levels of aggression, similarities punctuated the manner in which the two leading presidential contenders have responded to the mass shooting at an Orlando gay club—namely, calling for more war and more surveillance. In Cleveland on Monday, Democratic...
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The Mass Murder in Orlando Was a Hate Crime.
In the wake of Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, LGBTQ advocates and allies are demanding the violence—a targeted attack on a club that was a safe space for LGBTQ people—be called out as a hate crime. "This isn't about LGBT people taking ownership of the pain and anguish," Guardian columnist Owen...
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Democrats' Anger at Lack of Gun Control Belies History of Inaction
On the floor of the U.S. House on Monday, a handful of Democrats shouted, " Where's the bill? " as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) introduced a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando shooting . South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the number 3 Democrat in the House, attempted to ask...
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'Love Conquers': Orlando Massacre Victims Mourned Worldwide
From Singapore to Seattle, from Glasgow to San Francisco, mourners around the world held vigils on Monday for victims of the mass shooting that took place at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this weekend. Many of those grieving expressed a resolve to support and love each other, rather than be...
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Monday, June 13, 2016
Post-Orlando Demagoguery Described as Trump's Most Horrifying to Date
"A man on TV is trying to make political capital out of the mass murder of innocent people." "This is the scariest political speech I have ever seen in America." "As a woman, and daughter of immigrants with an Arabic last name, this is probably the most frightening Trump speech I've heard." Those...
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Report: Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Set to Pass 400ppm—Permanently
Record carbon dioxide levels are set to surpass the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (PPM) this year and will likely never fall below that line again in our lifetimes, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Scientists at the UK Met Office used...
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Supreme Court Renders Puerto Rico 'Powerless' in the Face of Austerity
Confirming for one Puerto Rican politician "that the island's current territorial status has evolved into the worst of both worlds ," the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that U.S. bankruptcy code bars Puerto Rico from restructuring more than $20 billion of its $72 billion debt. The 5-2 decision...
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