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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Endless War: Obama Secretly Extends US War on Afghanistan
Last May 27, in an announcement in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said: "2014, therefore, is a pivotal year. Together with our allies and the Afghan government, we have agreed that this is the year we will conclude our combat mission in Afghanistan... America’s combat mission will be...
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Down With Sustainable Development! Long Live Convivial Degrowth!
For anyone who recently attended the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany, listening in on conference talk, surrounded by the ecologically savvy, one quickly noticed that no one was singing the praises of sustainable development. Nonetheless, development per se and all...
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Friday, November 21, 2014
Failing to Deliver: Manufacturing Wages Aren't What They Used to Be
Though nine out of ten Americans perceive blue-collar jobs as "good jobs" and policymakers tout the benefits of expanding the country's manufacturing base, the truth is that factory wages now rank in the bottom half of those for all jobs in the U.S., according to a new study from the National...
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Justice At Last for Final 'Angola Three' Prisoner Serving Longest Solitary Sentence in US History
An appeals court on Friday unanimously overturned the conviction against Albert Woodfox that has kept him in solitary confinement for more than four decades, bringing to an end a long, arduous quest for justice that spanned two prisons, alleged abuse by guards, and deteriorating health. Calling the...
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As Walmart 'Wages War on Workers and Earth,' Green Groups Join Labor Fight
With Black Friday now one week away, Walmart workers and their allies are gearing up for what they predict will be the largest strike in the retailer's history. Among the tens of thousands of people and hundreds of organizations that have vowed to support Walmart's low-wage workers are a growing...
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Protectors of Burnaby Mountain vs. Kinder Morgan: Dozens Arrested as Inspiring Pipeline Protest Grows
Ongoing protests in British Columbia to stop a tar sands pipeline project by fossil fuel giant Kinder Morgan escalated on Thursday night after 26 protesters were violently arrested. Those arrested also included protesters who refused to comply with an injunction issued earlier in the week ordering...
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Scientists Confirm: 2014 Set to Be Hottest Year in Recorded Human History
Don't let the winter cold spell fool you. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed Thursday that 2014 is set to be the hottest year in recorded history, with October setting another record for monthly temperatures. This marks the fifth month out of the past six to set a...
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'Bittersweet': Immigrant-Rights Advocates Respond to Obama Plan
President Barack Obama's announcement of relief from deportation for about 5 million people, unveiled in a televised address Thursday night, is eliciting mixed reactions from immigrant-rights activists, families, and elected officials, some of whom say the plan goes too far—and others who say it...
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Upping Ante on Fossil Fuel Divestment, Harvard Students File Suit Against University
Seven students at Harvard University, among the most prestigious and wealthiest educational institutions in the world, have filed a lawsuit against the corporate entity which governs the school charging that refusal to divest its financial holdings from the fossil fuel industry is a "mismanagement...
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'We Want Them Back Alive': Tens of Thousands March Through Mexico City Demanding Justice
Seven weeks after disappearance of Ayotzinapa students, outpouring from poor farmers, workers, students, and teachers in largest show of anger yet
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Senator: White House Simply Doesn't "Want Public to Know" Scope of CIA Torture
"The public has to know about it. They don’t want the public to know about it." That's what Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) told the Huffington Post on Thursday night regarding continued White House stalling over release of a report that catalogs the internal investigation of CIA torture during the...
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
In Speech, Obama Explains Plan for Executive Action on Immigration
President Obama delivered a televised address from the White House on Thursday night in which explained his plans to take a series of executive actions on immigration policy, including new rules to grant work permits and temporary reprieves from deportation to as many as five million undocumented...
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Kucinich: Weary Nation 'Must Not Cede to Forces of Destruction'
If Americans can look beyond the political theater of the current lame-duck Congress and the uneasy prospect of Republicans taking over Capitol Hill come January, they could begin to restore a badly broken democracy, says former congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. "When...
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Small Wages, Huge Pollution: New Report Exposes Walmart's Coal-Saturated Climate Destruction
A coalition of environmental and social justice leaders on Thursday rallied around a new report exposing Walmart's enormous annual consumption of coal and demanded the giant corporation stop calling itself a leader on sustainability if it chooses to depend on one of the world's most polluting...
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Justice for the 43: Tensions High in Mexico City Before Mass March
Thousands of people are expected to take part in a march in Mexico City on Thursday evening, protesting the alleged massacre of 43 missing Mexican students and the government corruption they say breeds such violence. Earlier Thursday, protesters on their way to Mexico City's international airport...
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'Resist Surveillance': Human Rights Groups Launch Tool to Detect Spyware
Amnesty International released a free program on Wednesday that scans computers for surveillance software that is often used by governments to spy on journalists, human rights lawyers, political organizers, and other activists—technology that has been discovered to be in use in countries around the...
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Severe Racial Disparities In Arrests the Norm In America: Study
Ferguson, Missouri has become a flashpoint of anger and resistance to police racism and violence in America. But a new study from USA Today finds that, when it comes to racial disparities in arrests, what the people of Ferguson face is status quo. In fact, at least 1,581 police departments across...
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Ahead of Primetime Annoucement, Voices Urge Obama to 'Go Big' on Immigration
Just hours before President Barack Obama's scheduled announcement on immigration reform, progressive advocacy groups representing millions of Americans delivered more than 260,000 petitions to the White House, urging Obama to take bold action by expanding deferred action to immigrants who would...
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'Shock' As Global Arms Manufacturer Jockeys to Get Piece of UK's Privatized Health System
As one of the largest arms manufacturers in the world, Lockheed Martin has made billions off wars waged by governments from the United States to Colombia. Now the company appears to be maneuvering to profit from the British public's need for health care as the English government moves to privatize...
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Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant Among Those Arrested at Minimum Wage Protest
Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant was arrested Wednesday night after she failed to disperse during a minimum wage protest outside of Alaska Airlines headquarters in city of SeaTac, Washington. Sawant , a socialist activist and part-time economics professor, was one of four people arrested...
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Swedish Court Rejects Julian Assange Appeal to Lift Warrant
An appeals court in Sweden on Thursday rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's appeal to have his arrest warrant lifted, which means he is still subject to extradition if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been living in asylum since 2012. "There is no reason to set aside...
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On Transparency, Politics, and Civilization's Future: An Interview with Daniel Ellsberg
For a man who once faced life in prison, Daniel Ellsberg has a surprisingly good sense of humor. Right now the 83-year-old whistleblower is unwinding after a packed lecture at Georgia State University by chatting with his wife over the phone. Earlier in the lecture, in a rare moment of humanizing...
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New Report Reveals Industry Blitz for Climate-Killing Fossil Fuel Exports
The 2014 U.S. congressional mid-term elections are now complete, and the Republican Party controls both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Some have forecasted that this could have catastrophic impacts for progress on climate change and environmental protection in general. But below the...
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'Enough Is Enough': Sen. Warren Condemns Obama's Latest Wall Street Pick
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not pleased that President Obama, once again, has called on a longtime Wall Street insider—especially one who has played a prominent role in controversial corporate "inversion" deals that allow U.S. companies to shed their nationality in the wake mergers—to take a powerful...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
American Ranking Plummets in Global Index of 'Personal Freedoms'
In an age of expanding national security powers, increasing surveillance state, and rolled-back civil liberties protections, Americans' perception of their own personal freedoms is plummeting, according to the annual ranking by the Legatum Institute in London. In Washington D.C. this week to...
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Calls for IMF and World Bank to Cancel Debts of Ebola Ravaged Nations
An alliance of African mayors is demanding that the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank cancel debts owed by West African nations that are in the grips of an Ebola crisis. The call was issued this week in a Communiqué entitled "The Accra Accord on Ebola," which emerged from a three-day...
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Carbon Fee Bill Introduced in the Senate
While some of his Democratic colleagues joined with Republicans in pushing the Keystone XL pipeline, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz had something different in mind. Today they unveiled the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act . Whitehouse, chairman of the...
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As Health Nonprofit Cashes In, Cystic Fibrosis Drug Remains Unaffordable for Most
Years after investing in the small biotechnology company Vertex to encourage the development of drugs to fight cystic fibrosis—a deadly disease that attacks the lungs and digestive system—the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced Wednesday that it has sold its royalties for the medication that...
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Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration
President Barack Obama will unveil much-anticipated executive actions on immigration in a televised address on Thursday at 8 pm, the White House announced Wednesday. In his Facebook video announcement, Obama said he will reveal "steps that I can take to start fixing our broken immigration system...
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Walmart Workers Worldwide Call out World's Richest Family for 'Shameful' Labor Practices
Calling out one of the world's richest families for perpetuating global inequality while reaping the benefits, Walmart workers in more than ten different countries are uniting on Wednesday in a global day of action for decent wages and respect at work. With coordinated demonstrations planned in...
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UN Calls for 'Fast-Track' Approach to Combatting Worldwide AIDS Epidemic
Faced with an opportunity to end the epidemic within two decades or risk reversing important health gains of the last ten years, the world is at a crossroads in the fight against HIV and AIDS, according to a report released Tuesday by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The...
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'Duty to Refuse': Top Medical Groups Back Nurse Who Said 'No' to Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers
Leading medical groups are speaking out in support of a U.S. Navy nurse who refused on ethical grounds to force-feed hunger strikers held captive at Guantanamo Bay. The American Nurses Association announced Wednesday that they have penned letters to U.S. government and military officials strongly...
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Offering Model for World, Students in the UK March for 'Free Education'
Those are the calls being voiced in the streets of London on Wednesday as thousands of students marched for publicly-funded ("free") education nationwide. The protest was also billed as a direct challenge to austerity cuts to higher education imposed by the conservative government led by David...
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Bill Designed to Curb NSA Domestic Surveillance Goes Down in Senate
A cloture vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night failed to get the necessary 60 votes needed to move forward the USA Freedom Act, sending the bill, which privacy and civil liberties advocates called the strongest attempt yet to rein in National Security Agency surveillance in the wake of...
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Arrests Mount as 'We Are Seneca Lake' Campaign Enters Fourth Week
Close to 50 climate activists have been arrested over several weeks as part of an ongoing civil disobedience campaign in opposition to a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake in central New York. Eight protesters were arrested on Tuesday morning for blockading the gates to Texas-based...
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'Unnecessary and Disproportionate': Spanish Authorities Detain Greenpeace Protest Ship
Greenpeace is reporting their "Arctic Sunrise ship" was detained Tuesday by Spanish authorities following a peaceful protest against oil drilling in the Canary Islands. Neither the captain nor the crew are being held. The announcement follows what appears to be the deliberate ramming on Saturday by...
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'Outrageous': Ferguson Organizers say State of Emergency Violates Laws, Thwarts Civil Liberties
In the wake of Governor Jay Nixon's Monday afternoon declaration of a state of emergency in Missouri, activists and civil rights groups are speaking out against a move they say threatens the civil rights of protesters on the ground in Ferguson. Nixon's announcement, which came ahead of the grand...
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'Nay!': US Senate Fails in Attempt to Force Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline
Climate campaigners celebrate the vote result, even as they acknowledged the deplorable fact that such a vote took place at all.
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Tens of Thousands in Athens Commemorate Revolt Against US-Backed Military Dictatorship
Over 40,000 people marched to the American embassy in Athens, Greece on Monday to mark the 1973 student-led revolt against the country's former military dictatorship and to protest the U.S. role in backing the junta. The largest such anniversary commemoration in recent years, the procession was met...
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Bernie Sanders to Colbert: "Frightening the Billionaire Class" Should be Goal of Grassroots Movement
Appearing on Monday night's Colbert Report on Comedy Central, Sen. Bernie Sanders told the show's host that he's still contemplating how best to use his leadership skills to challenge the elite and corporate forces that are undermining U.S. democracy and destroying shared prosperity in a nation...
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Canaries in the Arctic: New Study Shows Stunning Polar Bear Decline
The polar bear—stranded on a shrinking ice floe and struggling to survive as global warming melts its Arctic habitat and limits its access to prey—has become one of the iconic symbols of climate change. But beyond the poignant symbolism, the truth remains this: the polar bears are in big trouble...
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'Unbelievable, Terrible': Forest Service OKs Fracking in Largest National Forest on East Coast
Threatening the water supply for millions of Americans, the U.S. Forest Service has opened the doors for oil and gas companies to drill by fracking the largest national forest on the East Coast, the George Washington National Forest, according to an updated federal management plan released Tuesday...
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'Fleecing Uncle Sam': Meet the Corporations Who Pay More to Their CEO Than They Do in US Taxes
Twenty-nine of the 100 top-paid CEOs in the United States brought in more compensation last year than the total dollars their corporation paid in federal income taxes, according to a study released Tuesday by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Effective Government. Entitled...
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California Tells Court It Can’t Release Inmates Early Because It Would Lose Cheap Prison Labor
Out of California’s years-long litigation over reducing the population of prisons deemed unconstitutionally overcrowded by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, another obstacle to addressing the U.S. epidemic of mass incarceration has emerged: The utility of cheap prison labor. In recent filings,...
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'Tactics as Dirty as Their Oil': Leaked Docs Reveal TransCanada's Propaganda Plan
Internal strategy documents prepared by a public relations firm on behalf of Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada reveal details of an enormous and well-organized effort by the oil industry to neutralized the transnational grassroots movement which has grown up around the industry's effort to expand...
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Iranians Keep Hope Alive for Final Nuclear Deal
WASHINGTON - In the United States, the negotiations aimed at a final deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme—in a crucial phase this week—are far from the minds of average people. But for many Iranians, the talks hold the promise of a better future. “I really hope for a fair...
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Attack at Jerusalem Synagogue Places Israel and Palestine Further on Edge
Update (12:18 PM EST) : The US State Department has confirmed that three of the people killed in Tuesday's attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem were American citizens, as the Associated Press' Matt Lee reported via his Twitter account: "We can confirm 3 US citizens, Mosheh Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky,...
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Monday, November 17, 2014
More Than 300 A Year: New Analysis Shows Devastating Impact of Pipeline Spills
Released one day before the U.S. Senate votes on the Keystone XL pipeline, a new analysis of federal records shows that in just the past year and four months, there have been 372 oil and gas pipeline leaks, spills, and other incidents, leading to 20 deaths, 117 injuries, and more than $256 million...
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Greenpeace Activists Wounded After Being Rammed by Spanish Navy
Greenpeace activists were wounded Saturday in what appears to be the deliberate ramming of their boats by Spanish Navy vessels during a non-violent direct action against oil drilling in the Canary Islands. The incident was captured on film by Greenpeace Spain (warning: contents may be disturbing):...
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Ahead of Senate Vote, USA Freedom Act Called 'Major Step' Toward Surveillance Reform
As the U.S. Senate readies for a vote on legislation designed to constrain some of the troubling aspects of domestic surveillance and the national security state, both advocacy groups and private industry are weighing in on the measure. A coalition of big-name technology and Internet companies—...
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UN Concerned Over Ebola Backlash
The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa. “It’s a psychological fear,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told IPS. “And there has been a chain reaction.”...
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Missouri Governor Declares Preemptive State of Emergency for Ferguson
As community readies for no-indictment ruling, activists say, 'No indictment is a declaration of war, from the state, from the police, from the system itself.'
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Day Before Vote, Activists Bring #NOKXL Fight to Democratic Senator's Front Door
Despite the rain, about 75 activists gathered outside the Washington, D.C. home of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) on Monday morning, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline she's thrown her full weight behind. "Sen. Landrieu: if you're not a climate denier, don't vote like one," read one banner...
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Candidate Opposed to US Bases Wins Landslide Victory for Okinawa Governor
Okinawa voters on Sunday handed an overwhelming victory to a gubernatorial candidate opposed to U.S. military bases, dealing another blow to plans by the U.S. government and Pentagon to construct a new military facility on the Japanese island. Takeshi Onaga, who is the former mayor of the Okinawan...
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35.8 Million Worldwide Living in Modern-Day Slavery: Report
Modern-day slavery remains ubiquitous across the world, with an estimated 35.8 million people trapped under forced servitude or ownership of some kind, according to a report released Monday by the Australian anti-slavery NGO Walk Free Foundation. The estimate marks a significant increase since the...
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Report: How GOP Operatives Clandestinely Used Twitter to Bypass Election Laws
According to reporting by CNN on Monday, it appears that during this year's mid-term elections shadowy outside Conservative campaign groups and official Republican Party campaigns may have used public, though "hidden in plain sight," Twitter accounts and secret codes to communicate with one another...
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Study: More Homeless Children Now Than Any Point in US History
The annual levels of homelessness among children have never been higher in the United States, according to a new comprehensive report released on Monday. Prepared by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the report— America’s Youngest Outcasts (pdf)—shows that with poverty and inequality...
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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Putin Leaves G20 Early After Harsh Reception
Russian president Vladimir Putin left the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Brisbane, Australia early, flying back to Moscow on Sunday after world leaders accused him of bullying and warned him to drop his support of separatists in Ukraine. In meetings with British Prime Minister David Cameron and German...
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Four Die, One Injured in Chemical Leak at Texas Plant
Four workers were killed and one injured in a chemical leak at a DuPont plant near Houston, Texas on Saturday. A valve began leaking methyl mercaptan, a chemical used to make insecticides and fungicides, around 4am at a plant stationed in La Porte, about 20 miles east of Houston. Officials say the...
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US Aid Worker Peter Kassig, Syrian Soldiers Reportedly Killed by ISIS
The Islamic State (ISIS) has reportedly released a video that shows the beheading deaths of several of its hostages, including U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig and a number of captured Syrian soldiers. Kassig, a 26-year-old from Indiana, had been held hostage by ISIS for over a year and went by the...
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Saturday, November 15, 2014
Undercover Operations Growing in 'Every Corner of the Federal Government': New York Times
Undercover operations, once the domain of the FBI, have expanded to "virtually every corner of the federal government," a New York Times investigation published Saturday found—and the scope of those missions has become so wide that it risks abusing civil liberties and possible entrapment of targets...
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AT&T Stops Using Undeletable Phone Tracking IDs
AT&T says it has stopped its controversial practice of adding a hidden, undeletable tracking number to its mobile customers' Internet activity. "It has been phased off our network," said Emily J. Edmonds, an AT&T spokeswoman. The move comes after AT&T and Verizon received a slew of...
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Top US General Makes Unannounced Trip to Iraq
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, landed in Iraq on Saturday to discuss ongoing US-led strikes in the region, only two days after he told the U.S. House Armed Services Committee that he was considering deploying combat troops in areas under attack by the Islamic State in...
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'No Nation is Immune': Climate Change Tops Obama Agenda at G20
Despite Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's objections, climate change became the focal point—at least initially—of the first Group of 20 (G20) meeting this year, as President Barack Obama urged for world leaders to prioritize the environment over the economy in a speech on Saturday. He pointed...
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Friday, November 14, 2014
As Executive Action on Immigration Looms, Advocates Say: 'No More Excuses'
President Barack Obama could announce expansive executive action on immigration as soon as next week, according to White House officials, a move that would enrage Congressional Republicans while protecting millions from being deported. The details of Obama's plan are still sketchy, but initial...
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As New War Rages, Study Finds, Mainstream Media Silences Debate
While Congress may soon debate the ongoing US wars in Iraq and Syria, a new FAIR study shows that at the critical moments leading up to the escalation of US military action, mainstream media presented almost no debate at all. The study of key TV news discussion programs from September 7 through 21...
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'Poster Boy for Malevolent Big Business' Indicted Over Fatal Coal Mine Disaster
Don Blankenship, the former CEO of coal giant Massey Energy, faces up to 31 years in prison after a federal grand jury indicted him Thursday on four criminal charges related to the worst coal mine disaster in decades. Twenty-nine workers were killed in an explosion at the non-union Upper Big Branch...
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Fighting for 'Fair Shake,' Walmart Workers Plan for Black Friday Strikes
A day after Walmart employees held the first-ever sit-in targeting the world's largest retailer, workers promised to stage the biggest Black Friday protest in history. "The constant struggle Walmart has created for families is not acceptable. It’s also holding back the next generation from the...
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Increased Fracking? No Thanks, Say More Americans
A new Pew Research Center poll has found growing opposition among Americans to increased fracking. According to the results of the survey conducted last week, more people (47 percent) are opposed to increased fracking than in favor (41percent) of its increased use. In contrast, Pew's March 2013...
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'Drop in the Bucket': Experts Say Obama Climate Fund Pledge Far Short of What Is Owed
President Barack Obama's pledge of up to $3 billion to a fund to help developing countries cope with climate change was met on Friday with caution by analysts and campaigners, who said the commitment falls well short of meeting the nation's true obligation to pay reparations to those bearing the...
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After House Votes for Pipeline Approval, Will Senate Democrats Buck Obama on Keystone XL?
As predicted, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting the stage for a U.S. Senate showdown next week and a potential presidential veto after that. The vote played out largely along party lines in the House, with 262 members...
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US Delegation Refuses to Explain to UN Committee Why Durham Review Ended in No Torture Prosecutions
Members of the United Nations Committee Against Torture reviewing the United States’ compliance with the Convention Against Torture (CAT) asked multiples times for further explanation of why a preliminary review into allegations of torture ended in no prosecutions. The US delegation, however, chose...
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US Proposes Major Debt Relief for Ebola-Hit Countries
WASHINGTON - The United States proposed this week that the international community write off $100 million in debt owed by West African countries hit hardest by the current Ebola outbreak. The money would be re-invested in health and other public programming. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will be...
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US/India WTO Agreement: How Corporate Greed Trumps Needs of World's Poor and Hungry
The United States cheered on Thursday an agreement it reached with India as progress for the World Trade Organization (WTO). Critics, however, say deal is likely a win for corporations and economic loss for developing countries. A fact sheet from the U.S. Trade Representative explains that there...
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Monsanto, Dow Chemical File Lawsuit to Destroy Maui County's GMO Ban
Alongside other plaintiffs, two of the world's most powerful agrochemical companies, Monsanto and Dow Chemical, filed suit against Maui County in Hawaii on Thursday, less than two weeks after voters there approved a moratorium on the planting and cultivation of genetically-modified crops within the...
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Revealed: US Agency Using Spy Planes to Fool Cell Phones, Capture Data
According to new reporting by the Wall Street Journal , the U.S. Marshals Service—an arm of the Department of Justice—has been using small aircraft equipped with technology that can mimic the functions of cell towers in order to capture the data contained on phones and mobile devices of people...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
'History In The Making': Workers Hold First Sit-Down Work Action Targeting Walmart
With tape symbolically strapped over their mouths, and holding signs demanding "stop the illegal threats," dozens of workers on Thursday sat down amid the cash registers and merchandise racks of a Los Angeles Walmart store, in the first such work action to target the world's biggest retailer...
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While FBI Finds Police Killings on the Rise, Real Number of Killings Remains Unknown
Fatal police shootings were higher in 2013 than they've been in two decades, according to new FBI data. But experts say the figures fail to give an accurate picture of police killings. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR), which collects data voluntarily submitted by police departments, looked only...
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Chairman of Joint Chiefs: We Are 'Certainly Considering' US Combat Troops for Iraq
General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and President Obama’s top military adviser, told members of Congress on Thursday that the U.S. is actively considering deploying a limited number of U.S. combat troops to fight alongside Iraqi soldiers moving to retake Mosul and...
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More Cracks in Google's 'Don't Be Evil' Mantra as Data Collection, Political Power Soar
Google is amassing huge amounts of personal user data while simultaneously accruing big-time political clout, a new report from Public Citizen confirms. " Mission Creep-y: Google Is Quietly Becoming One of the Nation’s Most Powerful Political Forces While Expanding Its Information-Collection Empire...
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Israeli Government To Refuse Entry to UN Team Investigating War Crimes in Gaza
Israel announced Wednesday it will refuse entry to United Nations human rights investigators who seek to probe potential war crimes committed in the latest 50-day military assault on Gaza. The 47-member UN Human Rights Council in July approved the inquiry into "all violations of international...
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The Unforgiven: How College Debt Is Crushing a Generation
When will students and recent college graduates shake off the burden of increasingly higher student debt and demand a system that serves them instead of making them servants? The amount of personal debt being accrued by college students in the nation's private and public colleges continues to rise...
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Domestic Drones Cometh: Report Exposes Rapid Expansion of Surveillance Flights
The U.S. government has quietly expanded its use of unmanned surveillance drones inside the country to the extent that now half of the nearly 2,000 mile border with Mexico is monitored by military drones that were once reserved for foreign battlefields, according to new reporting by the Associated...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Food Safety Advocates Cheer Launch of Landmark GMO Safety Study
Food safety advocates are welcoming the launch of what is being touted as the biggest ever global study on the safety of genetically modified food and its associated herbicide. The 2- to 3-year, international " Factor GMO " study was formally announced Tuesday and is set to begin in 2015. It aims...
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Palm Oil Development Fueling Demise of Biodiversity 'Crown Jewel': Report
Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem, one of the most "biodiverse ecosystems ever documented by science," is facing imminent threat from industrial development, according to a new report published Wednesday by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The Leuser Ecosystem, located on the island of Sumatra,...
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'Pathetic' 'Absurd' and 'Insanely Dumb': Top Democrat Pushes for Senate Vote to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who is currently embattled in a runoff race to retain her seat from a Republican challenger, announced on Wednesday her desire to hold a vote to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as early as Thursday. As Fuel Fix reported on Wednesday...
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New Signs Suggest Sanders Preparing 'A Serious Campaign' for 2016
Senator Bernie Sanders, the Independent from Vermont who some speculate —and others hope —may be considering a 2016 run at the presidency, has secured veteran Democratic campaign strategist Tad Devine as a strategist for his prospective campaign, furthering the political scuttlebutt. "Tapping...
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Ahead of Grand Jury Announcement, Are Ferguson Police 'Getting Ready for War'?
Ahead of the announcement of the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case, dozens of local organizations say they are preparing for a safe and unified community response. But remarks made yesterday add to fears that local and state authorities are taking a different approach. In this series...
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With Day of Action, Hundred Thousand Nurses Declare: 'Our Safety is Not Negotiable'
With vigils, rallies, and strikes, 100,000 registered nurses across the country on Wednesday are voicing their growing frustration with what they see as a lack of protections for health care workers risking their lives on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic and other health crises. "The lack of...
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Deaths of Over a Dozen Women at 'Sterilization Camp' in India Spark Protests
Protesters took to the streets in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday following the deaths of over a dozen women who took part in a government sterilization drive. Eighty-three women had tubectomy operations on Saturday in what media reports describe as a sterilization camp in Bilaspur...
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Could Student Massacre Be 'Watershed Moment' for Mexico?
Protesters furious at the alleged massacre of 43 Mexican student-teachers, and the government corruption the incident represents, marched in the southern state of Guerrero and set fire to the ruling party's regional headquarters on Tuesday. The demonstration in Guerrero's capital city of...
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Indicating Split, FCC Head Declares 'Independence' from Obama's Net Neutrality Stance
The Obama-appointed chief of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has signaled that he will not likely back the president's recent stand on the issue of net neutrality, telling a group of Internet executives that, despite Obama's call to reclassify the Internet as a public utility, he is an...
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US: 'No Nation Is Perfect.' 'We Crossed the Line.' (But Don't Expect Accountability for Legacy of Torture)
The Obama administration indicated on Wednesday that it will back away from a position held by the previous administration that claimed the United States is not obligated to abide by the UN Treaty Against Torture when operating on foreign soil. That's the good news. In comments made before the UN...
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US and Western Allies Turn Backs On Refugee Crisis in Syria and Iraq
As the number of Iraqi and Syrian people displaced by war and conflict soars, the United Nations refugee agency is blasting the international community for failing to respond with adequate humanitarian assistance and resettlement. Critics of the U.S.-led war say that the U.S., in particular, is...
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As TPP Trade Talks Miss Third Deadline, Opponents Claim Momentum
WASHINGTON - For the third year in a row, government negotiators for 12 Pacific Rim countries have missed an internal deadline to reach agreement on a controversial U.S.-led trade deal. And though negotiators for the accord, known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), say the process is nearing...
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US/China Emission Targets Should 'Be Floor, Not Ceiling' of Climate Action
After months of secret negotiations, a surprise joint announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingping revealed the world's two largest contributors to global warming have made a non-binding agreement to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over the next fifteen years...
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Schools, Parents Sue Pennsylvania Over 'Educational Caste System'
Six school districts, seven parents, and two statewide associations sued the commonwealth of Pennsylvania on Monday, claiming legislative leaders, state education officials, and the governor have failed to uphold the state's constitutional obligation to provide a system of public education that...
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Oxfam to G20: Take Action on Global Extreme Inequality
Ignoring rising inequality around the world risks trapping millions in poverty and stunting economic growth, Oxfam said on Tuesday. In a report released before the upcoming G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, the aid agency called on world leaders to address the crisis by investing in public...
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With Heavy Hearts, Activists Carry Human Rights Message from #FergusonToGeneva
The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer this summer, and grassroots organizers from Ferguson, Missouri are in Geneva, Switzerland this week to testify before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, press for justice in Ferguson and...
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Texas Regulator Says She Won't Honor Town's Fracking Ban
A Texas regulator declared last week she will not honor a fracking ban passed in the midterm elections by the town of Denton, in the north of the state. Christi Craddick, Chairwoman of the Texas Railroad Commission, which is charged with regulating the oil and gas industries in the state, told the...
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