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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Progressive Caucus to Obama: End Veil of Secrecy over Guantanamo Abuses
The heads of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) have told President Obama that the continued secrecy over videotapes showing force-feedings of Guantánamo inmates is "untenable" and that he should allow members of Congress to see them. Earlier this month, federal judge Gladys Kessler ordered...
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Police Using Controversial Patriot Act Authority for 'Everyday' Cases: Civil Liberties Group
A contentious surveillance provision of the Patriot Act, which allows law enforcement to conduct searches while delaying informing the suspect, is broadly used, but almost never in terrorism cases—despite Justice Department officials arguments to the contrary, according to an analysis by the...
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FBI Quietly Seeks Broader Hacking Powers
The FBI is seeking to expand its hacking and surveillance powers through "an apparently backdoor route," the Guardian reported Wednesday, a move that civil liberties groups say could infringe upon constitutional rights. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has proposed (pdf) an amendment to Rule 41 of...
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War on Drugs Doesn't Decrease Use, UK Gov't Report Finds
There is no "clear correlation" between tough-on-drugs laws and lower drug use, finds a landmark UK government study based on a comparative analysis of narcotics laws around the world. Published Thursday by the Home Office, the report was signed by the Conservative home secretary Theresa May and...
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Nobel Laureate Malala Donates $50,000 to Gaza
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai announced Wednesday that she is donating $50,000 to rebuild schools in Gaza. The amount represents the full proceeds of the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, sometimes called the "Children's Nobel," which the 17-year-old education...
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France Investigating Mysterious Drones Over Its Nuclear Plants
Authorities in France on Thursday announced the launch of an investigation into a series of mysterious drones that have been sighted flying over a number of the nation's nuclear power facilities. Unmanned aircraft have been documented flying over seven separate facilities operated by the state-...
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On Proposed Mega-Pipeline, Tar Sands Opponents Vow: 'It's Not Going to Happen'
The energy corporation TransCanada on Thursday filed a 30,000-page regulatory application for its proposed Energy East Pipeline Project, which is expected to cost approximately $12 billion and would transport 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil daily from Alberta and Saskatchewan in Western Canada...
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Amid Fiery Protests, Burkina Faso Halts Bill to Extend Presidency
After anti-government protesters set fire to Burkina Faso's Parliament on Thursday in escalating demonstrations against the ruler they say is making a "constitutional coup d'etat" to stay in power, President Blaise Compaore has reportedly scrapped —or at least delayed—a plan to extend his 27-year...
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Sweden Officially Recognizes Palestinian State
In the midst of a stalled peace process and mounting political isolation for Israel, Sweden on Thursday joined over 130 other nations in officially recognizing the Palestinian state. In response to the development, Israel immediately recalled its ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman. The formal...
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Targeted by Global Boycott, SodaStream to Close Factory in Occupied West Bank
Campaigners for Palestinian rights are declaring success following Wednesday's announcement by SodaStream International, a controversial Israeli-owned company targeted by a global boycott campaign, that it will be shuttering and relocating its factory that is housed in the occupied West Bank. "We...
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Defying State-Ordered Quarantine, Nurse Takes 'Beautiful' Bike Ride
Update (11:59 AM EST) : Defying a state-ordered quarantine on Thursday morning, nurse Kaci Hickox left her home in the rural town of Fort Kent, Maine to go for a bike ride with her partner, Ted Wilbur. The two were not stopped, but were followed on their ride by a state trooper patrol car. “It’s a...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Canadian National Security Bill May Curtail Civil Liberties, Watchdogs Warn
In the wake of last week's attacks that killed two soldiers in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu , Quebec, privacy watchdogs fear that expanding the powers of Canadian police and intelligence agencies in the name of national security will curb personal freedoms. The Conservative government on...
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Chemical Leak at Illinois Uranium Plant Prompts Nuclear Regulatory Agency Investigation
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is investigating a chemical leak at a uranium conversion facility in southern Illinois. According to the NRC event report (pdf), a leak of radioactive uranium hexafluoride, UF6, occurred at the Honeywell uranium enrichment plant in Metropolis at roughly...
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Maine Nurse Vows to Fight 'Unjust' Ebola Quarantine
Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who was forced into Ebola quarantine in New Jersey last week after treating patients in West Africa, despite testing negative for the disease, said she would not comply with Maine officials’ instructions to isolate herself for another 21 days in her hometown of Fort...
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In Record 'Dark Money' Election, Chamber of Commerce Top Shadowy Spender: Report
This election season, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is coming out ahead—as the number one dark money spender of 2014, watchdog Public Citizen revealed in a report released Wednesday. "In a record year for dark money expenditures, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is leading the way," reads the report,...
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Tar Sands Resistance Blowing Huge Hole in Oil Industry's Bottom Line: Report
The growing tide of tar sands resistance—seen in blockades, tree sits, petitions, education efforts and calls to divest—is having a measurable negative impact on the bottom line of the tar sands industry, according to a new report, prompting researchers to declare that "business as usual for tar...
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Ferguson Protesters Turn to UN for Human Rights Protections
Michael Brown's family members and grassroots organizations from Ferguson are pressing the United Nations to intervene in response to what they say are U.S. police violations of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, they revealed Wednesday. Organizers...
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Indigenous Groups Occupy Airport Near Amazon Oil Reserves
A large group of indigenous Peruvian community members took control of an airport in the Andoas region of the Amazon on Monday to protest Argentine energy company Pluspetrol, which they say is polluting the land and exploiting resources in the region to build their oil drilling operations...
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UN States to US: End Cuba Embargo
The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday roundly condemned the United States embargo on Cuba for the 23rd consecutive year, calling for it to be lifted. The nonbinding vote passed 188-2, with only the U.S. and Israel voting against it. As in the 2013 vote , Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall...
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A Dozen Wisconsin Communities Challenge Corporate Personhood With Vote to Overturn Citizens United
Wisconsin residents in 12 communities will vote next week on whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United , end corporate personhood, and get big money out of politics. In Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission , the U.S. Supreme Court found that corporations have...
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British Spy Agency: We Don't Need Warrant for Americans' Data. We Have 'Arrangements'
British intelligence agencies can access Americans' communications data without a warrant and keep it for two years, newly released documents show. The British spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), revealed the practices, called "arrangements" by the government, to the...
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Local GMO Fights Smash Records as Monsanto's Millions Bankroll Opposition
As voters in Oregon, California, Hawaii and Colorado prepare to weigh in on whether genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, should be banned or regulated in their states or communities, grassroots campaigns are being overwhelmed by millions that agrochemical and food industry titans are pouring in...
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Media Outlets 'Outraged' After FBI Caught Falsifying AP Story to Target Suspect
Major media outlets expressed outrage following revelations this week that in 2007, the FBI crafted a news story under a false Associated Press byline, and possibly mimicked the Seattle Times website, as part of a covert effort to locate a suspect in a bomb threat. Chris Soghoian of the American...
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Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorism: The Word That Fuels Endless War
Journalist and columnist Glenn Greenwald appeared on MSNBC's Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday night to address recent violence that took place in Canada, in which soldiers of that nation's armed forces were targeted, and reiterated his position that understanding and challenging the way...
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"Chickenshit": Public Feud Erupts Between Named (and Unnamed) US-Israeli Officials
Reporting by The Atlantic 's Jeffery Goldberg published late Tuesday, in which he offers anonymity to a "senior Obama administration official" who called Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a chickenshit," has set off a public relations firestorm in both Tel Aviv and Washington, DC. Goldberg...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Civil Rights Groups Call on Obama to Drop Test-Based 'Accountability' System in Schools
The national turn towards a high-stakes testing-based system of education "is leaving millions of low-income students and students of color behind," charged a coalition of national civil rights groups in a Tuesday letter to President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Congressional and State...
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Facing Imminent Extinction, African Lions Demand Federal Protection, say Officials
African lions are at risk of extinction in the foreseeable future and should be listed as threatened on the endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Monday. "The African lion—a symbol of majesty, courage and strength since earliest times—faces serious and continuing...
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Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal
U.S. and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make concessions on. The compromise now being seriously discussed would meet the Obama...
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BP Spill Left Oil Ring Size of Rhode Island on Ocean Floor, Scientists Find
Over four years after BP's Deepwater Horizon explosion spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists say they have discovered a ring of oil pollution on the sea floor the size of Rhode Island. Researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara, University of...
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Shell Wants Five More Years to Carry Out Arctic Plunder
Shell has urged the Obama administration to give it five more years to fulfill its quest for Arctic oil, citing the $6 billion the oil giant has already invested in the effort and circumstances it said were beyond its control. Shell made the request in a letter (pdf) dated July 2014 and made public...
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At Current Rates, Global Gender Pay Gap Won't Close for More Than 80 Years
No single country has closed the income gap between men and women, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum, and if current trajectories hold it will be nearly another century before pay equity for women is finally achieved. Among the key findings in WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2014...
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Dozens of Vermonters Arrested for Protesting 'Road to Ruin' Energy Policy
Protesting continued government support of fossil fuels, more than 60 demonstrators were arrested in Montpelier, Vermont after staging a sit-in at the State House Monday evening. The civil disobedience action followed a mass rally, dubbed Time's Up, Rise Up! Rally for Climate Justice , during which...
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With Groundbreaking Transparency, MIT Releases Report on Campus Sexual Assault
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Monday released an unusually transparent report on sexual assault and harassment on its Cambridge campus, a move that may galvanize other institutions of higher education to take a deeper look at a national problem, and to be more forthcoming with...
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'A Generation Cast Aside': Child Poverty On Rise in World's Richest Countries
Children remain "the most enduring victims" of the recession in the world's wealthiest nations, where 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line since 2008, a new report from UNICEF reveals. The annual study, Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-...
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Despite Worrisome Volcano Warning, Nuclear Restart Approved for Japanese Plant
Despite recent warnings from seismology experts about activity at a nearby volcano, local officials in Japan have approved the first restart of a nuclear power plant since the Fukushima disaster and meltdown in 2011. According to Reuters : A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the...
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Investigation Reveals Uptick in 'Snail Mail' Surveillance
Though over a century old, one often overlooked aspect of government surveillance continues to expand and evolve: the tracking of Americans' mail by the U.S. Postal Service. Highlighting a "little-noticed" 2014 audit of the mail system in conjunction with a number of interviews and documents...
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'It Is Not Hopeless,' says World's Chief Climate Scientist
"It is not hopeless." That was the key message delivered in Copenhagen on Monday by Rajendra Pachauri, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , as the agency met to finalize the findings and language of its pending Synthesis Report, the last installment of its Fifth...
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Monday, October 27, 2014
Snowden 2.0: Report says FBI Has Identified "Second Leaker" of Govt Secrets
The U.S. government has identified the person it believes is the so-called "second leaker" who has given over classified national security documents to some of the same journalists who have reported on many of the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this year, a news report claimed...
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Greenwald: Harper Government Exploiting Recent Attacks to Expand Powers
The Canadian government is exploiting last week’s attacks against soldiers in the country to push sweeping national security bills into law and give the state ever-more invasive surveillance powers, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald said in Ottawa over the weekend. Terrorism is "the most...
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'Shame on Komen': Protesters Charge 'Pinkwashing' over Fracking-Charity Partnership
"Think before you pink!" chanted dozens of women's health advocates who rallied outside a Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday to protest growing partnerships between national breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen and the polluters who are putting women's health at even greater risk. Komen's founder,...
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Continuing Latin America's 'Left Turn,' Brazil's Rousseff Wins Re-Election
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected in a narrow victory on Sunday. Beating opponent Aecio Neves of the Social Democrat party by a slim 51.6 percent to 48.3 percent, Rousseff's win continues a dozen years of rule by the Workers Party. Speaking to supporters in Brasilia following the...
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Holding Computers Aloft, Thousands March in Budapest Against Anti-Democratic Internet Tax
Thousands of protesters—more than 10,000, according to some reports —took to the streets of Budapest on Sunday, denouncing a proposed tax on Internet use they say is anti-democratic and discriminates against Hungary's poor. Demonstrators gave the Hungarian government 48 hours to scrap the planned...
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'Preposterous': Nurse Readies Legal Battle Against Forced Quarantine
Update (11:28 AM EST) : After testing negative for Ebola for a third time on Monday morning, nurse Kaci Hickox has been told by New Jersey officials that she will be released from her forced isolation at a Newark hospital and be allowed to return to her home in Maine as early as this afternoon. “...
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Fellow Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Stain of US Torture Your Job to Repair
Twelve fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates have written an open letter to President Barack Obama, urging the 2009 recipient of the award to finally close one of the "dark chapters" of recent U.S. history by first acknowledging, and then rejecting, the "flagrant use of torture and other violations of...
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Climate Change Doubles Probability of Freezing Winters in Eurasia: Study
As the planet warms, people across Europe and Asia face double the probability of harsh, cold winters. This finding, published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience , is based on a computer simulation study and is just the latest research tying declining Arctic ice with extreme weather. The...
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'Three Years for Peaceful Protest': Egypt Expands Crackdown on Dissent
An Egyptian court on Sunday defied global calls for the freedom of 23 democracy and human rights activists, sentencing them to three years in jail each for allegedly demonstrating against an anti-protest law. The defendants were hit with the maximum jail sentence allowed under the law, fines of...
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How Long Before Another Soma Mine Disaster?
Six days a week, Tahir Cetin spends seven and a half hours hundreds of feet underground on a narrow ledge, mining coal near Soma, Turkey. He breathes in dust that is destroying his lungs, and digs into walls that could collapse on top of him. With one false step, he could fall to his death. After...
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Saturday, October 25, 2014
Indigenous Communities Take Chevron to Global Court for 'Crimes Against Humanity'
Chevron's repeated refusal to clean up its toxic contamination of Ecuador's Amazon rainforest constitutes an "attack" on civilian populations and should be investigated by the International Criminal Court in the Hague, impacted indigenous and farming communities charged this week in a formal...
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Number of Ebola Infections Has Now Passed 10,000: World Health Organization
The west African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone account for nearly all infections and deaths.
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Lawsuit Aims to Break Arizona's Secrecy Over Experimental Lethal Injections
Major media organizations have levied a federal lawsuit to force Arizona to break its secrecy around lethal injections by revealing the drugs and processes used to kill people, because the public has the "right" to know. "By withholding information about the source, composition, and quality of the...
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Two Reportedly Dead in Washington State School Shooting
Developing... A student on Friday afternoon reportedly opened fire in Washington state's Marysville Pilchuck High School, approximately 30 miles north of Seattle. Two students were killed, one of them the shooter—who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the the Seattle Times reports , citing law...
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US to Pay Philippines $1.9 Million for Navy Ship Ramming Into Pristine Reef
The Philippines said Friday that the United States has agreed to pay $1.9 million in compensation for damage a U.S. Navy minesweeper caused to a pristine coral reef last year. "I received correspondence just yesterday that the U.S. has agreed to pay the compensation," Foreign Affairs Secretary...
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Climate Change Linked to Rising Violence: Report
Along with rising sea levels and global insecurity, climate change is producing yet another unforeseen consequence—rising violence, from road rage to civil war, a new report finds. A working paper released Thursday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which conducted a meta-analysis of 55...
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Bill Moyers: Grassroots Pro-Democracy Movement Must Rise to Challenge Corporate Control
In late September, veteran journalist and public television host Bill Moyers, now eighty-years old, announced he was finally retiring (and yes, this time he means it) after more than forty years as one of the nation's most trusted voices in news, politics, and culture. Though he briefly left...
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Activists Form Human Blockade to Stop Community from Becoming 'Gas Station for Fracking'
Anti-fracking activists gathered in an act of non-violent civil disobedience on Friday morning near where energy company Crestwood Midstream was scheduled to begin construction on a massive underground gas storage depot on the banks of one of the Finger Lakes in central New York. Wearing the color...
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TIME Magazine Criticized for 'Malicious' Anti-Teacher Cover
Educators and parents are slamming TIME magazine editors for their November 3rd issue cover , which they say levies "malicious" and "false" attacks against the nation's public school teachers. “ROTTEN APPLES," reads the cover, which includes an image of an apple about to be pounded by a gavel. "It’...
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Amnesty: US Human Rights Abuses on Display in Ferguson
In a report released on Friday, Amnesty International roundly condemns the excessive force used by local law enforcement agencies in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year and called for 'accountability and systemic change' in order to curb the kinds of human rights abuses increasingly seen in U.S...
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Climate Needs 'Radical Shock Treatment'; EU Pledges Only 'Smelling Salts'
If the non-binding pledges announced by European governments in Brussels on Friday morning are an indication of the global response to climate change, say green campaigners, the world and its inhabitants are in big, big trouble. Members of the European Commission and European Council championed the...
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Open Access Week: Celebrating Knowledge in the Commons
This week marks the eighth annual Open Access Week, which champions scholarly work being made part of the " knowledge commons " for the benefit of all. Many scholarly articles, though they may be publicly funded, remain restricted as a result of paywalls or copyright restrictions. These barriers,...
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Is Obama Stalling Until Republicans Can Bury the CIA Torture Report?
Continued White House foot-dragging on the declassification of a much-anticipated Senate torture report is raising concerns that the administration is holding out until Republicans take over the chamber and kill the report themselves. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s intelligence committee sent a 480-...
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'Stop the Toxic Treadmill': EPA Sued for Approving Controversial Herbicide
Green groups on Wednesday sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its recent approval of Dow AgroSciences' herbicide Enlist Duo, which farmers and scientists warn threatens human and environmental health. "The toxic treadmill has to stop," said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond...
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Police Use of Drones May Threaten Human Rights: UN Expert
The increasing use of drones by police forces and private security may pose a threat to human rights, a United Nations independent expert has said. "An armed drone, controlled by a human from a distance, can hardly do what police officers are supposed to do—use the minimum force required by the...
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'Not Political… Survival': Faced With Rising Climate Risks, South Florida City Votes for Secession
Fed up with the lack of action by Florida lawmakers to protect the state's communities from rising seas and other climate change-related risks, officials in the city of South Miami have passed an ambitious resolution calling for the state to be split in two—allowing for the southern half of the...
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US Official: Bombing Oil Pipelines in Syria a 'Viable Option'
A top State Department official on Thursday said that bombing oil pipelines controlled by Islamic State (or ISIS) in Syria is now a "viable option" under consideration by the U.S. military. Julieta Valls Noyes, the US deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, was in London and...
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Protesters Torch City Hall, Demand Justice for Missing Mexican Students
Tens of thousands marched in Mexico City and Iguala, Mexico on Wednesday to protest the disappearance of 43 student-teachers who went missing on September 26. Reflecting growing outrage over the failure of Mexican authorities to resolve the case, a group of masked protesters separated from the...
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Whistleblowers Expose USAID's Pervasive Hidden Failures
Internal documents and whistleblowers reveal that the U.S. Office of the Inspector General, which is tasked with overseeing the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)'s billions in civilian foreign aid, is abrogating its watchdog duties by censoring audits and reports to hide findings...
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Dozens of Civilians Killed by US-Led Bombing of Syria: Report
A new assessment released Thursday by a human rights monitor on the ground in Syria reveals that in addition to the confirmed death of hundreds of soldiers aligned with either the Islamic State (ISIS) or the al Nusra Front that have been killed by U.S.-led airstrikes over the last month, dozens of...
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Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa
UNITED NATIONS - The widespread outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has resulted in over 4,500 deaths so far, is also threatening to trigger a food crisis in the three countries already plagued by poverty and hunger. Dr. Shenggen Fen, director-general of the Washington-based International Food...
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US Destroys Its Own Weapons in Enemy Hands
UNITED NATIONS - When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured a treasure trove of U.S. weapons from fleeing Iraqi soldiers last month, one of the rebel leaders with a morbid sense of humour was quoted as saying rather sarcastically: “We hope the Americans would honour their...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up to International Law
After world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky gave a major address on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly last week, Amy Goodman interviewed the world-renowned linguist and dissident before an audience of 800 people. Chomsky spoke at an event sponsored by...
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#O22: Nationwide Day of Action Builds Momentum Against Institutional Racism
Organizers and rights groups throughout the U.S. are staging demonstrations on Wednesday against police brutality, racial profiling, and mass incarceration, practices they say disproportionately affect communities of color. The protests mark the 19th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police...
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Big Oil Spending Millions to Kill Local Anti-Fracking Measure
Fossil fuel energy companies have spent over $7.6 million to defeat a measure that would ban fracking in California's Santa Barbara County. Measure P , which was brought forth by the Santa Barbara County Water Guardians, would ban "high-intensity petroleum operations," including fracking, acidizing...
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Suit Demands EPA Show Documents Related to Big Oil Influence over Fuel Standards
A leading Washington, D.C. ethics organization filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday for failing to provide documents regarding oil industry efforts to influence the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Each year, the EPA sets the RFS for how much renewable fuel...
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Seven Years Later, Blackwater Guards Found Guilty of Massacre in Iraq
More than seven years after guards with the private mercenary company Blackwater opened fire on Iraqi civilians in downtown Baghdad, killing 17 people and wounding 20, a federal jury on Wednesday found four of the men involved with the massacre guilty in the case. Former guard Nicholas Slatten was...
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US Reportedly Airdropped Weapons Into ISIS Hands
Fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (or ISIS) are claiming to have obtained a cache of weapons from the U.S. military after it airdropped bundles of small-arms ammunition and weaponry destined for Kurdish fighters in Kobani. A video reportedly released by ISIS and posted to YouTube on...
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Two Confirmed Dead In Shooting Near Canadian Parliament
Update 2:40 EST: Two people are confirmed dead from Wednesday's shooting. The Canadian soldier shot while guarding Canada's War Memorial has reportedly died from his injuries. Furthermore, a "male suspect" is confirmed dead. Police are reportedly searching cars leaving attempting to travel from...
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Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, US Public Resists Total Panic
WASHINGTON - Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least “fairly” confident in the authorities’ ability to deal with...
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US Given New Deadline for Torture Photos 'More Disturbing' Than Abu Ghraib
A federal judge has given the Obama administration less than two additional months to make its case why photos of abuse and torture by U.S. military forces against detainees captured following the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan should not be released to the public. As The Guardian 's Spencer...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Voices Renew Call for Inquiry into Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women
While close to 200 delegates gathered this week at the f ourth National Aboriginal Women’s Summit in Nova Scotia, the Canadian Public Health Association on Monday joined a growing chorus of calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. In addition, the Association, which...
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Dark Money Spending in Key Senate Races 'Shattering' Records: Report
Unknown donors and big-monied, outside groups are pouring record amounts of cash into key Senate races set to determine which political party will take control over the upper house come November's election, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Brennan Center for Justice. The report,...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive: Democracy Would Empower the Poor
As talks between Hong Kong protesters and the Chinese government began on Tuesday, the region’s current chief executive C.Y. Leung spoke out against free elections on the grounds that it would empower the poor. In his first interview with foreign media since the pro-democracy movement began, Leung...
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Chris Christie Says He's 'Tired of Hearing About the Minimum Wage'
Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey and potential Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election, is facing criticism after he declared on Tuesday that he is "tired of hearing about the minimum wage." "You know what regular folks are tired of?" asked Maria Myotte, communications...
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US Cities Criminalizing Sharing Food with Homeless: Report
As the number of U.S. cities criminalizing sharing food with the homeless continues to rise as a result of burdensome requirements on food pantries and individuals, rights groups are condemning the cities for their focus on punishment over solutions. A report released Monday by the National...
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$7 Billion US Eradication Effort Delivers Record High Poppy Crop in Afghanistan
Opium poppy cultivation levels in Afghanistan are at a record high, though the U.S. government has spent over $7 billion to stop it, a federal watchdog states in a new report . In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Attorney General Eric Holder and US AID...
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2014 Set to be Hottest Year in Recorded Human History: NOAA
2014 is set to be the warmest calendar year in recorded human history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center revealed in its latest monthly report . This is already an era of climate firsts. The "combined average temperature" of land and ocean surfaces...
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Prisoner Gag Law an Attack on Fundamental Free Speech Rights, say Critics
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on Tuesday signed into law a prisoner gag order that rights groups say is an affront to the First Amendment and a denial of all citizens' right to understand "an area of U.S. life physically removed from public scrutiny." Passed by the Pennsylvania House of...
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'The Arctic is the Lynchpin': Vying for Control of the Icy North
The U.S. will assume leadership of the international Arctic Council this week, as Russia and Canada flex their military muscles in the fossil fuel-rich polar region. For environmentalists, by opening U.S. Arctic waters to oil drilling leases, the Obama Administration hasn't instilled confidence in...
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Water Shutoffs Robbing Detroit Residents of 'Dignified' Life: UN Investigators
Detroit's "unprecedented" shutoff of water utilities to city homes condemns residents to "lives without dignity," violates human rights on a large scale, and disproportionately impacts African-Americans, United Nations investigators declared Monday following a two-day inquiry. "Denial of access to...
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'The Blood That's to Come': Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal
SYDNEY - The recent blockade of ships entering the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, has brought much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns. But it will take more than a single action to bring the change required to prevent...
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Violence Against Children Is Global Epidemic: UNICEF
Violence against children is a global epidemic in which a young person is killed by violent conflict every five minutes, according to a new study released Tuesday by U.K. branch of UNICEF. The global assessment—titled “ Children in Danger: Act to End Violence Against Children” —reveals that an...
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US-Backed Ukraine Army Used Cluster Bombs Against Its Own People: Reports
The Ukraine Army, backed by both the U.S. and NATO throughout its military campaign against rebel factions in eastern regions of the country over recent months, appears to have fired cluster munitions on the city of Donetsk earlier this month, according to a Human Rights Watch investigation and...
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Monday, October 20, 2014
WTO Meat-Labeling Ruling Jeopardizes Consumer Safeguards
The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered are in violation of trade rules that require imports to be treated no less favorably than domestic products. In...
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Clearing Russia from Blame, German Intelligence Says Rebels Downed Flight MH17
Clearing Russia from presumed involvement in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, German intelligence officials say they have "unambiguous" evidence that the crash was caused by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, Der Spiegel reported Sunday. The information was presented earlier this...
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'Eroding Legitimacy' of Fossil Fuels Industry, Divestment Movement Gains Ground
"What is happening?" asked author and activist Naomi Klein in a recent piece penned for the Guardian . "Are fossil fuel companies – long toxic to our natural environment – becoming toxic in the public relations environment as well? It seems so." As fossil fuel divestment victories pile up this fall...
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'White on Pumpkin Crime': Mainstream Riot Coverage from Ferguson, Missouri to Keene, New Hampshire
"These are no angels," Twitter user Isaiah A. Taylor said of the photograph that showed six young white men on top of an overturned car, beer cans aloft, as the crowd on the ground seemed to cheer them on. Over the weekend, crowds who attended the annual pumpkin festival in Keene, New Hampshire...
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Global Health Groups Call for 'Common Mission' to Fight Ebola
While news of Ebola quarantines being lifted in Dallas on Monday brought a measure of relief in the United States' effort to combat the spread of Ebola, healthcare workers and officials across the globe are saying that the only way to contain what could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster...
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Reality of National Security State Trumps 'Delusions' of U.S. Democracy
"I think the American people are deluded." So says Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon, whose new book, National Security and Double Government (Oxford University Press), describes a powerful bureaucratic network that's really pulling the strings on key aspects of U.S. foreign...
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Philippine President Says Alleged Murder by US Marine Won't End Military Agreement
Philippine President Benigno Aquino sparked outrage on Monday when he declared he will not meet growing calls across the country to scrap the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) following the alleged murder of a transgender Filipina woman, Jennifer Laude, by a U.S. service member in...
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Bombs Fall in Syria as Weapons-Makers Profits Soar in the West
According to The Independent 's Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, there is only one clear winner in the new war that has now engulfed Syria and Iraq: the world's top weapons manufacturers. As latest U.S. airstrikes hit targets inside Syria on Sunday, Fisk wrote, "Share prices are soaring in...
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong Undeterred Amid Police Crackdown
Twenty Hong Kong protesters were reportedly injured early Sunday as a result of what they say is continued police brutality. The violence comes ahead of meetings between protest leaders and Hong Kong government officials on Tuesday. Demands for free elections in 2017 have sparked thousands of...
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