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Friday, September 19, 2014
US Senate Approves $500 Million to Arm Syrian Militants
Despite loud warnings from many quarters—including foreign policy experts, the anti-war left and dissenting CIA analysts—that such a move could prove disastrous, the U.S. Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to approve $500 million in government funds to help arm, train, and support so-called...
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'No Thanks': Scotland Votes Against Independence
There will be no victory party for Scottish independence. At least not today. The majority of voters who participated in Thursday's historic referendum on independence for Scotland decided they would rather stay part of the United Kingdom, with final results showing the 55% who voted 'No'...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
From Frontlines of Climate Change, an Urgent Challenge to World Leaders
"Out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, climate change has arrived," Marshall Islands president Christopher Loeak says in a video address to be released globally on Friday, ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March and next week's UN Climate Summit. Standing in front of the brick seawall he...
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New Questions Raised About NSA-Israel Intelligence Sharing
Recently reported comments made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about the U.S. government's intelligence-sharing practices with Israel, paired with rare public protest last week by members of a secretive Israeli spy unit, are raising new and troubling questions. The series of developments...
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Japan Takes International Stage to 'Harpoon' Efforts to Save Whales
Japan announced Thursday that it plans to continue its "scientific" whaling program despite widespread criticism it faced at an international forum. Ocean conservationists had cheered a March ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) that found Japan's Antarctic whaling program was...
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Brushing Your Teeth With Plastic? Dentists Say Microbeads Bad News
The small pieces of plastic known as "microbeads" found in some facial scrubs and body wash have recently garnered scrutiny, and a ban in the state of Illinois , for the pollution they send into waterways. But dentists warn that similar tiny plastic beads can also be found in major toothpaste...
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Alberta's Tar Sands Lobbyist: We're Just One 'Devastating Lac-Mégantic Experience' Away from Keystone Approval
The Alberta tar sands have a new man in Washington. Alberta MP Rob Merrifield announced on Wednesday he was resigning his seat in parliament to serve as Alberta’s envoy to D.C., where he will focus on gaining approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, among other issues. The appointment is an effort by...
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Sierra Leone Ebola Lockdown Set to Begin, Despite Doubts
Sierra Leone authorities on Thursday are slated to commence a three-day lockdown in a bid to combat the Ebola outbreak, the Guardian reports , despite warnings from medical experts that the drastic and unprecedented move could actually make the outbreak worse. Residents of this country, which is...
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USDA's Greenlighting of 'Agent Orange' Crops Sparks Condemnation
“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of genetically engineered mono-crops, is a failure,” said Organic Consumers Association's Ronnie Cummins.
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Scots Head to the Polls for Historic Independence Vote
The people of Scotland are heading to polling stations and casting their votes for or against independence from the United Kingdom on Thursday in what has become a dramatic "too-close-to call" referendum the outcome of which would have vast implications for the future of both nations. After more...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ferguson Protesters Demand Justice at Council Meeting
Ferguson activists disrupted a stunned city council meeting in St. Louis on Tuesday evening to demand an end to the continued delays of justice in the volatile aftermath of Michael Brown's death. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the council listened for two hours as protesters raged...
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Laura Poitras Documentary Depicting First Contact With Snowden Slated For Release
Laura Poitras' new documentary about Edward Snowden's revelations of National Security Agency surveillance will have its global premiere on October 10 at the New York Film Festival, event organizers announced Tuesday. Poitras, an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, was the first reporter to...
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Further Expanding War, US House Approves Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels
Amid deep skepticism and fears of expanding war, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm "moderate" rebels in Syria in opposition to the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. House leaders...
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Drone Vet Speaks Out: Killer Crafts More Deadly Than Government Admits
An insider in the U.S. military's covert drone war has confirmed what critics of the killing program have long-warned: the program is far more "dangerous" than the government admits. In an op-ed published in Salon on Tuesday, the unnamed former Air Force imagery analyst writes, "I was the only line...
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2014 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants Laud Creatives Who 'Improve Our Lives and Better Our World'
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday announced the newest winners of its "genius" awards," lauding 21 creative individuals it says "improve our lives and better our world." Among the 2014 MacArthur Fellows are cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel, jazz composer...
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'You Are Not a Loan': Rolling Jubilee Abolishes Millions in Student Debt
As Occupy Wall Street marked its third anniversary on Wednesday, one offshoot group, Rolling Jubilee, made a historic achievement as the collective bought and abolished nearly $4 million in debt owed by thousands of students. Rolling Jubilee, a project of Occupy Wall Street's Strike Debt movement,...
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Despite Landmark Ruling, Canada's Police Still Making Warrantless Demands for User Data
A recent ruling by Canada's Supreme Court cheered by privacy rights advocates has not stopped police from making warrantless requests to telecommunications firms for user data, an investigation by the Toronto Star and the Halifax Chronicle Herald has revealed . That Court decision , issued in June...
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Coalition Calls for Complete Ban on Fracking
We can not address climate change without putting an immediate end to fracking. That declaration is the overarching message of a report published Tuesday, just days ahead of the People's Climate March and the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Put forth by the environmental watchdog Food &...
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For-Profit College Chain Sued by Feds for Predatory Lending Scheme
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday sued for-profit college chain Corinthian Colleges for its operation of an elaborate "predatory lending scheme" that ensnares tens of thousands of students in costly private loans and bullying collections tactics. Corinthian, one of the largest for...
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US Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle
WASHINGTON - U.S. combat troops may be deployed against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week fails to make substantial progress against the radical Sunni group, Washington’s top military officer warned here Tuesday. The statement...
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People's Climate Has One Final Question: Are You In?
Just days away from what's been billed as the "the largest climate mobilization in world history," organizers behind the People's Climate March & Mobilization are putting the final details in place while asking people across the planet the simple question: Are you in? On Sunday, September 21,...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Vermont's Largest City Marks Major Climate Goal
While few local governments have taken any serious steps to address for the pending climate crisis, the city of Burlington, Vermont—home to roughly 42,000 people—now boasts a 100 percent renewable energy supply. Earlier this month, Burlington Electric Department announced the purchase of the 7.4-...
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Scottish Campaign Boosts Catalan Quest for Independence
No doubt emboldened by the Scottish campaign to break away from the UK, Catalan politicians are expected to approve a law on Friday that would allow for a vote on independence from Spain this November. The referendum would be non-binding and will pose two questions: 1) Do you want Catalonia to be a...
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Ukraine Grants Limited Self-Rule to Eastern Regions
Ukrainian legislators on Tuesday passed a law granting broader autonomy to the Donetsk and Luhansk eastern regions, with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declaring the move protects the "sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence" of Ukraine while advancing decentralization. The new...
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Big Brother 3.0: FBI Launches Facial Recognition Program
The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Monday that its facial recognition software, Next Generation Identification (NGI), is "fully operational," cementing the launch of a program that civil rights groups warn could risk turning innocent civilians into criminal suspects. "The IPS facial...
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'Project Panic': British Leaders Make Last-Ditch Offers to Spoil Scottish Independence
With less than two days before the vote on Scottish independence, and polls showing a dead heat between those who seek to break the 307-year bond with England and those who wish to stay united, the three main UK party leaders gave a joint promise Tuesday that Scotland will get extra powers if it...
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Officials Warn Ebola Crisis 'Unprecedented in Modern Times'
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he will be sending 3,000 U.S. military personnel to Liberia in an attempt to help stem the growing Ebola crisis that has already claimed thousands of lives and decimated entire communities in west Africa. However, public health...
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Aiming at Roots of Climate Chaos, 'Flood Wall Street' Targets Capitalism Itself
What does climate change have to do with capitalism? According to "Flood Wall Street" organizers, who are part of a mass people's response to the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, the answer is simple: Everything.
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Senate Republicans: No Pay Equity for Women
For the second time this year, Senate Republican have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from moving forward. In a procedural vote on Monday, the Act, which would help women achieve protections from gender-based wage discrimination, failed to earn the 60 votes needed. Joining all the Republicans in...
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Naomi Klein: 'Ferocious Love' and the Climate Fight To Come
Timing matters. The calendar is counting. The clock is ticking. The planet is warming. But... people are rising. If there's a way to adequately condense the central tenet of Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate , it's the observation that just as the rise of...
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Taliban Attack Kills NATO Troops in Afghan Capital
A suicide bomber hit a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing three troops and wounding 13 Afghan civilians in one of the biggest blasts in the area for months. The attack occurred in heavy morning traffic outside of the Supreme Court, on a road that led from the airport to the U.S...
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As US Congress Dithers, Obama Expands Bombing
U.S. warplanes bombed targets south-west of Iraq's capital city of Baghdad on Monday, the Pentagon confirmed, marking the beginning of an expanded war against the militant faction known as the Islamic State (aka ISIS/ISIL) promised by President Obama in a national address last week. "The airstrike...
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Monday, September 15, 2014
NASA: Warmest August Ever
August 2014 was the warmest since records began in 1880, new data from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies reveals . The month's combined global land and ocean temperature was 0.70 degrees C (1.26 degrees F) warmer than the average temperature from the baseline period 1951-1980...
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WikiLeaks: Australian Police Spent Millions Spying on Citizens
On the same day Edward Snowden warned New Zealand residents that they were "being watched" by their government, WikiLeaks published documents showing that police in Australia used powerful spyware to conduct operations. A new cache released on Monday showed that police departments in New South...
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'More Harm Than Good': Congressional NSA Reforms a Sham, say Critics
The current "gutted" version of the U.S.A. Freedom Act (S. 2685) will only serve to legalize government's currently illegal surveillance of innocent civilians, charged a coalition of whistleblowers and civil liberties organizations in a letter published Monday calling on members of Congress to...
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Israeli Reservists of Spy Unit Refuse to Be Tools of Occupation, Sparking Ire From Officials
Israeli officials are lashing out following a letter of conscientious objection penned by a group of reservists in an elite spy unit stating that they refuse to be tools of Israel's military occupation. The 43 veteran reservists of intelligence Unit 8200 sent the letter last week to Prime Minister...
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Divest/Invest: Global Charities Challenged to Help 'Save Civilization'
A group of 160 leading environmentalists is calling on the world's philanthropists and foundations to use their money to "create a tipping point on climate change." The collection of activists, celebrities, and scientists—all winners of environmental prizes and representing 46 countries among them—...
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As Pro-Democracy Movement Grows, Thousands March in Hong Kong
Thousands of activists on Sunday staged a silent march through Hong Kong, holding signs and banners declaring their outrage at the Chinese government's recent anti-democracy rulings and calling for continued boycotts and civil disobedience. The march, organized in part by the pro-democracy...
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Wealth Gap Siphoning Money from Public Services
Rising income inequality is undermining state tax revenues, according to a Standard & Poor’s report released Monday, hindering states' abilities to fund education, infrastructure, and social programs while weakening the rate of economic recovery overall. The report, " Income Inequality Weighs...
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In Swing to Left, Swedes 'Turn Their Backs' on Austerity
Turning their backs on the prevailing austerity government, Swedish voters on Sunday elected the Social Democrat Party and its head Stefan Löfven to lead the country, allowing the center-left parties to reclaim power in the historically socialist state. The Social Democrat Party, along with the...
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Unseen Toll: Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts
A new study provides the first-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts like unpaid credit card or medical bills and student loans.
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Sanders Talks 'Political Revolution' in Iowa as Clinton Declares: 'I'm Baaack'
Appearing at a fundraising event for outgoing U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Sunday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the gathered crowd of Democratic Party supporters, "Hello, Iowa. I'm baaaack!" Regarding the widely held assumption that Clinton will run for president in 2016,...
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Snowden: 'If You Live in New Zealand, You Are Being Watched'
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has penned a firm rebuke to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, accusing the head of state of "not telling the truth about mass surveillance" and issuing this plainly worded warning to residents of the country: "If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched."...
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
'We Will Lose This Battle:' Liberian President Implores Obama for Help Fighting Ebola
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf penned a letter to President Obama this week urging the U.S. government to take more aggressive action to help the West African country fight the deadly Ebola virus outbreak, which first broke in March and continues to spread rapidly. “I am being honest with...
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High Cost of Housing Forcing Elderly Americans to Cut Back on Food and Healthcare: Study
The high cost of housing is making it difficult for older Americans to pay for vital needs, including healthcare and food, and forcing them to live in financial insecurity into their old age, finds a recent report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Entitled "Housing America’s...
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UK Rhetoric Against ISIS Escalates Following Briton's Beheading
As British Prime Minister David Cameron escalates his rhetoric following the release on Saturday of a video that appears to show an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) fighter beheading British aid worker David Haines, critics warn that military reprisal would only bring more violence and...
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Federal Judges Roll Back Wisconsin Voters' Rights
In what critics say is a blow to voters' rights, a federal appeals court on Friday gave the state of Wisconsin the green-light to require voters to provide identification as a condition of casting a ballot. Opponents of the rule say it imposes an unnecessary and often prohibitive requirement that...
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Is US Waging War? Top Obama Admin Officials Give Conflicting Answers
Obama administration officials late this week made conflicting statements about the critical question of whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL). The White House and Pentagon on Friday used the word "war" to describe U.S. military actions in Iraq and...
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US Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria
The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine. A sharply divided UNSC has watched the...
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Friday, September 12, 2014
Groups Lauded for Work Towards Communities' Rights to a Just Food System
Despite confronting occupation in Palestine or the effects of failed immigration policies in rural Washington, two grassroots groups have continued the struggle for their communities' rights to a just food system. For their efforts, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in Palestine and...
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Green Groups Fight to Uphold Colorado Town's Ban on Fracking
A coalition of environmental organizations this week filed a motion to preserve the groundbreaking ban on fracking enacted by Longmont, Colorado voters in 2012. Our Health Our Future Our Longmont , Food & Water Watch , Sierra Club , and Earthworks , represented by the University of Denver Law...
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Scahill: ISIS Disaster Has Failed 'War on Terrorism' Blowback Written All Over it
Investigation journalist Jeremy Scahill sat down with MSNBC's Ari Melber on Thursday to discuss President Obama's announced plan to escalate the U.S. military campaign against the group known as the Islamic State and offered a damning assessment of the administration's "strategy." He said that not...
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New Video of Michael Brown Shooting Shows Immediate Witness Reaction
A new video that appears to show the immediate aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9 corroborates earlier witness statements that the unarmed black teenager was surrendering to Officer Darren Wilson when he was killed. The footage, released by CNN on Thursday...
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Senate Kills 'Citizens United' Reform
Hope for a measure of campaign finance reform fell apart on Thursday after an amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling failed to move forward in the Senate. Senators voted 54-42 to end debate on the Democracy for All measure, as supporters called it, falling short of the necessary 60 votes...
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Public School Police Receive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle
The police department for San Diego's public schools recently revealed that they have acquired a large armored combat vehicle from the U.S. military. The $700,000 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP), which is designed to withstand blasts from improvised explosive devices and mines, was...
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Obama Charged with 'Imperial Hubris' Unmatched Even by Bush
A day after President Obama told the American public he was preparing to bomb targets inside the sovereign state of Syria and that he did not need congressional approval to do so, critics are lashing out against what Bruce Ackerman, a professor of law and political science at Yale University,...
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How US Govt Bullied Yahoo! over NSA Access to User Data
As the internet giant Yahoo! attempted to refuse compliance with requests by the NSA to access the online data for millions of the company's users, the U.S. Justice Department threatened to fine the company a staggering $250,000 a day, according to new reporting based on previously secret court...
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Responders Totally Unprepared for Tar Sands Spill in Great Lakes
For those living in the Great Lakes region of the U.S., a warning re-issued in Michigan this week may provide a shuddering thought: authorities there say they are unprepared to deal with a heavy crude spill in the lakes. Speaking Tuesday at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority at an...
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Death of 'Irrepressible' Forest Defender Prompts Investigation
Authorities in Peru are investigating the murder of environmental activist Edwin Chota, a leader of the Ashaninka Indian village of Saweto, who was killed along with three other men in a remote area of the Amazon jungle that they were attempting to protect from illegal logging. Chota was murdered...
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'There Is No Alternative': Fossil Fuel Deposits Must Stay in the Ground
"There is no alternative." Those famous words were once used by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to describe the preeminence of deregulated, so-called "free market" capitalism as compared to all other economic systems. "The fossil fuel industry will inevitably have to experience...
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Israel's Deadly Attacks on Gaza Schools Constitute War Crimes: Human Rights Watch
Israel's military attacks on United Nations schools in Gaza that were sheltering thousands of displaced people slaughtered dozens of civilians "in violation of the laws of war," Human Rights Watch declared in a report released Thursday . The humanitarian organization investigated three separate...
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'Wake Up Call Sounded' on Climate, University Faculty Launch Largest Divestment Effort to Date
In the largest of such efforts by a single university's faculty to date, 245 Boston University professors and instructors on Tuesday called on the President and Board of Trustees to divest its endowment from oil, gas, and coal companies. “Because it is unlikely that fossil fuel interests (the major...
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In Face of Super-Rich, Corporate Influence on Elections, 'Nuns on the Bus' Rides Again
Like Robin Hood, the "Nuns on the Bus" show up when you need them. First it was the social safety net-slashing House budget proposal in 2012 that brought out the sisters calling for justice in cities across the U.S. Then, in 2013, it was the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Now, the bus-...
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Education Watchdog Calls Out 'Attempted Indoctrination' in Texas Text Books
Texas will soon consider introducing social studies textbooks into schools that contain "serious distortions of history and contemporary issues," according to the Texas Freedom Network, a nonprofit watchdog group in Austin. The TFN found dozens of biased and inaccurate lessons in a number of...
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Missourians Now Face One of Harshest Abortion Restrictions in Country
Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday forced through one of the most severe abortion waiting periods in the country, tripling the amount of time a woman in the state must wait to terminate a pregnancy to 72 hours, leaving no exceptions for incest or rape. Governor Jay Nixon had previously vetoed the new...
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Obama "Strategy" to Bomb Syria, Escalate in Iraq Pilloried by Progressives
President Obama delivered a national televised address on Wednesday night and told the American public that he now plans, with or without Congressional approval, to dramatically expand U.S. military operations against the militant faction known as the 'Islamic State' (aka ISIS and ISIL) by sending...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
'Trojan Horse' Warns of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deal's Impending Dangers
There's a giant, Trojan horse threatening people in Europe, a grassroots environmental network has warned. That "horse" is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an EU-U.S. trade deal currently being negotiated. While the European Commission has touted the economic benefits of...
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In New York, Zephyr Teachout's Loss to Cuomo Still Feels Like a Win
The primary challenge of Zephyr Teachout against Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended in a rather sound defeat on Tuesday, her supporters and progressive observers are treating her run for New York governor as a victory for the growing populist surge that is taking place both inside and outside the Democratic...
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Passion, Broken Trust Flare at Ferguson City Council Meeting
At the Ferguson city council’s first public meeting on Tuesday since the shooting death of Michael Brown, hundreds of protesters and activists spoke passionately about their experiences with the town’s now-infamous police force and continued to call for the immediate arrest of Officer Darren Wilson...
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Groups Slam 'Corporate Takeover' of UN Climate Summit, Call for System Change
Ahead of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, which trumpets itself as an event to " catalyze ambitious action ," grassroots organizations from around the world are warning that the global gathering, in fact, has been hijacked by corporations that are pursuing "false promises" and "exploiting...
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Putting Job At Risk, Kindergarten Teacher Refuses to Administer Standardized Test
Risking her job and life passion, a kindergarten teacher in Florida is taking a stand against the high-stakes takeover of the public school system by refusing to administer the state-mandated standardized test to her young students. In a letter posted to her personal Facebook page this weekend and...
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US Airstrike Kills 11 Civilians: Afghan Officials
A U.S. airstrike killed 11 civilians, including women and children, in the Kunar province of Afghanistan, local officials said Wednesday. The deaths are reportedly the result of a strike, which also left at least a dozen wounded, on Tuesday in Narang district. The deaths also included “two...
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Research Shows Frightening Correlation Between Fracking and Rates of Illness
People who live in close proximity to natural gas drilling sites are significantly more likely to report skin and respiratory problems than those who live further away, according to the largest survey to-date of the reported health effects of people exposed to fracking. The study, " Proximity to...
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'Internet Slowdown Day': World Wide Web Rises Up to Defend Net Neutrality
Sites across the web are participating in what they've called "I nternet Slowdown" on Wednesday, a day of action to defend the open internet and protest the efforts of big telecoms to create discriminatory internet slow-lanes. Social media sites, internet freedom organizations, blogs, and media...
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Obama Claims All 'Authority Needed' to Further Expand 'Endless War'
With President Obama expected to deliver a national address on his plans for expanding the U.S. war against militant forces in Iraq (and possibly Syria) on Wednesday, the U.S. public is once again facing the sad fact that after thirteen years since the attacks of September 11, 2001, permanent war...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
'We're Running Out of Time': UN Body Says Greenhouse Gas Levels at Record High
As activists are mobilizing for what they hope will be "the largest climate march in history," the World Meteorological Organization has issued another warning that runaway greenhouse gas emissions show "we are running out of time" to act on the climate crisis. In its latest annual Greenhouse Gas...
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Professor Calls His Ouster over Gaza Comments a 'Teaching Moment' for Academic Freedom
A professor of Indigenous studies who has been at the center of controversy over academic freedom at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since a job offer at the school was rescinded following remarks he made on Twitter regarding Israel's attack...
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Climate Change Threatens 'Rampant Bird Extinctions,' Study Finds
Hundreds of North American bird species are at serious risk from global warming, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the National Audubon Society released Monday. “It’s a punch in the gut. The greatest threat our birds face today is global warming." —Gary Langham, National Audubon Society...
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As Ferguson Considers Reforms, Calls for Justice Remain
One month after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the town has settled into an uneasy calm as some institutional change seems poised to take place. On Monday, the Ferguson City Council announced it would be taking concrete...
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Citing Failed War on Drugs, World Leaders Call for Widespread Decriminalization
In the face of a failed War on Drugs, a global commission composed mostly of former world leaders recommended on Tuesday that governments decriminalize and regulate the use of currently illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and psychedelics. "The international drug regime is broken," reads the...
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Islamic State Fighting With Weapons From US and 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels: Report
The Islamic State (IS) is now in possession of lethal weapons formerly owned by so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels, as well as large quantities of arms produced in the United States, a new report (PDF) reveals The study — conducted by Conflict Armament Research , a research organization that tracks...
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Senate Advances Effort to Overturn Citizens United
In what advocates are calling a boon for "true democracy," the U.S. Senate on Monday voted to advance a constitutional amendment to overturn two recent Supreme Court decisions that have "opened the floodgates" to unlimited election spending from corporations and wealthy individuals. Voting 79-18 to...
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Profits Soar As Pentagon Leans on Private Corporations for Special Ops
Private military contractors are reaping billions of dollars in profitable rewards from the U.S. government's global network of clandestine counter-terrorism and other overseas operations, according to a new report that examines the high-levels of integration between for-profit corporations and the...
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We Must Degrow the 'Corporate Food Regime': Food Sovereignty Advocate
It's necessary to "degrow" the "corporate food regime" that over last five decades has impoverished the climate, water resources, local communities and crop diversity, and has not solved the problem of hunger. This was the argument made by Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of Food First , an...
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'They're Right': Citing Climate, Prosecutor Drops Charges Against Coal Blockaders
A local district attorney in Massachusetts surprised parties on all sides on Monday after he sided with two climate justice activists who employed a "necessity defense" to justify their use of a small lobster boat to block the path of an enormous coal freighter trying to dock at the Brayton Point...
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Monday, September 8, 2014
Defying 'Old Order,' Scottish Independence Campaign Gains Steam
With a vote less than two weeks away and polls showing a narrowing gap between those who support independence and those who do not, the debate over Scottish nationalism is heating up. On September 18, Scottish voters will cast their ballots in a referendum that asks: "Should Scotland be an...
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US Fight Against ISIS May Last Years, Officials Say
The U.S. government is preparing a campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) that may last three years, officials say, surpassing the amount of time that President Barack Obama will be in office, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Despite stating that the U...
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'They Got Medieval on His Ass': New Reporting on Brutality of Waterboarding
The torture technique of waterboarding carried out by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency against high-level suspects of the September 11 attacks may be far more brutal than previous details have described. According to reporting by the UK's Telegraph on Sunday, which cites an anonymous security...
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Endless War in the Fertile Crescent: How Modern Crises Threaten Ancient Food Supply
The ongoing conflicts raging across the Middle East are putting the Earth's essential food stocks at dire risk, a group of researchers from England's University of Birmingham announced Monday. The scientists, presenting their findings at the British Science Festival in Birmingham, say they have...
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Settlement 'Some Measure of Justice' for Wrongfully Convicted Central Park Five
A federal judge on Friday approved New York City's $41 million settlement with the five black and Latino men who in 1989 were wrongfully convicted of the brutal rape and beating of a jogger in Central Park. "It's unbelievable the injustice that we suffered throughout all these years and that we...
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Federally-Funded, Universal Pre-K Has Overwhelming Public Support
Seventy percent of Americans favor using federal money to fund universal preschool, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The survey results support President Barack Obama's call for universal access to preschool education for 4-year-olds prior to entering kindergarten. In his 2014 State of...
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Even Harvard Business Grads Recognize Unsustainable Nature of Rampant US Inequality
Compared to the average American, most graduates of Harvard Business School are shielded from the economic inequalities that have escalated since the 2008 financial collapse. But a survey (PDF) of 1,947 alums of this elite institution, released Monday, finds that they are nervous about the growing...
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War Over but Not Gaza’s Housing Crisis
GAZA CITY - “When the [Israeli] shelling started, I gathered up my family and headed for what I though was a safe place, like a school, but then that became overcrowded and lacked sanitation, so we ended up in the grounds of the hospital.” Islam Abu Sheira from Beit Hanoun, a city on the north-...
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By Failing to Reduce Carbon Emissions, US Leads Way in Destroying Climate
The world's most developed nations, according to a new report released Monday, are not doing nearly enough to meet their promised reductions of carbon emissions aimed at keeping global temperatures from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius this century, And these nations—including the United States, France...
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Are You Ready to 'Disrupt'? Climate Movement Readies Global Mobilization
On Sunday night, a new documentary film highlighting the intertwined story of the climate crisis and the growing social movement which has grown in response to it was released online for national screenings that took place in people's home and public meeting spaces. At just under an hour long, the...
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Sunday, September 7, 2014
'Internet Slowdown' is Coming, Warn Groups
Calling attention to the widespread disruption that will occur if Internet 'fast lanes' become the norm for wealthy websites, grassroots groups have organized a widespread Internet Slowdown Day on Wednesday to voice their support for net neutrality. A number of the Internet's largest companies...
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Weapons Deal Rumors Fly as Ukraine Ceasefire Called into Question
The recently announced ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and separatists is now being called into question as news broke Sunday of new skirmishes erupting outside the city of Donetsk. Meanwhile, according to reports, the Ukrainian government is expecting support in the form of "military...
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Flaunting Wider "Latitude," US Military Confirms More Strikes in Iraq
Broadening the scope of the United States latest military assault on Iraq, officials confirmed on Sunday that a new round of attacks have been launched throughout the country targeting fighters affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Speaking at a press conference with Georgia...
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Latin America’s Anti-drug Policies Feed on the Poor
Poor young men, slumdwellers and single mothers are hurt the most by anti-drug policies in Latin America, according to representatives of governments, social organisations and multilateral bodies meeting at the Fifth Latin American Conference on Drug Policies. During the Sept. 3-4 conference held...
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Saturday, September 6, 2014
With Upcoming Midterms, It's Time to 'Rebuild,' Says Elizabeth Warren
American families are suffering, and according to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), it is the will of big business and the one-percent to keep it that way. "The government runs for those who can make their voices heard," the former Harvard Law School professor said Friday in an interview with...
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