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Thursday, July 2, 2015
TISA Leaks Part Deux: More Evidence of Concerted Attack on Democracy
One day after it leaked a trove of documents related to the massive, pro-corporate Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), WikiLeaks on Thursday published another four chapters of the proposed 52-nation trade deal, covering key areas ahead of the next negotiating round on Monday. As with Wednesday's...
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Research Confirms Hydroelectric Dams Not Environmentally Friendly After All
A new study by University of East Anglia researchers confirms what numerous Indigenous communities have long charged: gigantic hydroelectric dam construction projects are not environmentally friendly, as proponents claim, but in fact pose a profound threat to biodiversity and life in the Amazon...
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As Record Settlement Announced Over BP Gulf Oil Disaster, Lesson Is Clear: Clean Energy Now
BP and the Justice Department announced Thursday the agreement of an $18.7 billion settlement over federal, state, and local claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups responded to the settlement by stressing that the damage from the 2010...
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Invited by Vatican, Naomi Klein Makes Moral Case for World Beyond Fossil Fuels
Naomi Klein—activist, author, and self-described "secular Jewish feminist"—spoke at the Vatican on Wednesday where she championed the Pope's message for global action on climate change and made the case for "the beautiful world" beyond fossil fuel addiction. Klein, who was invited to speak by the...
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Fiery Derailment of Train Carrying Toxic Gas Sparks Evacuation of 5,000
The derailment on Thursday of a train carrying a flammable, toxic gas near Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday has forced the evacuation of roughly 5,000 people.
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Bernie Sanders Blasts Troika for 'Abysmal Failure' of Greek Austerity
Describing the austerity policies that European creditors have imposed on Greece as an "abysmal failure," progressive presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Wednesday chastised the so-called Troika—the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the European Commission...
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Will US Government Be Made to Answer for Fueling Yemen's Approaching Famine?
With Yemen on the verge of famine, and civilians paying a devastating toll in the relentless Saudi-led bombing campaign, one key question emerges: Will the U.S. government ever be held to account for its role in the crisis? The United Nations warned Wednesday that the country of 26 million faces...
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Varoufakis: 'I Prefer To Cut My Arm Off' Than Sign Deal without Debt Relief
Declaring that both he and the people he represents are tired of "extending and pretending" over the austerity conditions that have repeatedly been tied to bailout packages, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has expressed confidence that Sunday's scheduled referendum over the latest offer...
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As Sanders Draws 10,000 in Wisconsin, Support for 'Revolution' Doubles in Iowa
A crowd of approximately 10,000 people filled a sports arena to capacity in Wisconsin on Wednesday night in order to hear the person who has called for a "political revolution" in the United States explain why he should be the next president. "Tonight we have made a little bit of history," said Sen...
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Affirming 'Dignity of All People,' Mainstream Church Votes to Divest from Occupation-Profiting Companies
The United Church of Christ, a one million-member, mainstream Protestant church in the U.S., has overwhelmingly passed a resolution to divest from companies it says profit from Israel's occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. The church described the Tuesday vote, which took place at the General...
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New Details of XKeyscore Revealed: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications
One of the National Security Agency’s most powerful tools of mass surveillance makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address, and provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse. Today, The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about...
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Marking 'New Chapter,' Embassies to Reopen in US and Cuba
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and reopen their respective embassies in Washington, D.C. and Havana on July 20—a move he said would begin "a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas." "We don't have to be...
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Oklahoma High Court Says Fracking Companies Can Now Be Sued Over Quakes
Siding against the oil and gas industry, the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a woman injured during an earthquake can sue the energy companies whose fracking activities she says are responsible. As Tulsa World reported days ahead of the ruling, the decision could be precedent setting...
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Pelosi to Wall Street: Ignore Warren. Dems Still Love You
U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday told CNBC that there was no "consensus" among Democrats that the Obama administration should enforce stricter regulations on the financial industry, highlighting a growing intra-party divide just as the 2016 presidential election...
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New Project Connects History of Racial and Economic Oppression with Vision for System Change
From slavery to Jim Crow to the modern era of mass incarceration, racism and economic dehumanization in America have long been intertwined, argues MIT Professor Phil Thompson in a stunning new short video. The release is the latest installment of The Next System Project , which describes itself as...
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In Boon for Monsanto, Federal Judge Quashes Maui County GMO Ban
Overriding the will of the Hawaiian people, who for years have endured immense pesticide exposure from the outsized presence of Big Ag on the islands, a federal court judge on Tuesday ruled that Monsanto may continue operating in Maui County despite a voter-approved ban on genetically modified...
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TISA Exposed: 'Holy Grail' of Leaks Reveals Detailed Plot for Corporate Takeover
Days ahead of another round of secret international negotiations, WikiLeaks on Wednesday released what it described as "a modern journalistic holy grail: the secret Core Text for the largest 'trade deal' in history." That deal is the Trade in Services Agreement, or TISA, currently being negotiated...
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Denouncing 'Corporate Democrats,' Labor Leader Joins Sanders Campaign
Larry Cohen, the labor leader and outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), is officially backing Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign—at least in part thanks to Hillary Clinton. Cohen will reportedly serve as an unpaid volunteer for the U.S. senator from Vermont, who...
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Only Thing Now Certain in Greece: Austerity's Failure, Debt's Destruction
"Let us turn the page, upholding democracy and our conviction for a better agreement," declares Greek Prime Minister. "We owe it to our parents, our children, ourselves. It is our duty. We owe it to history."
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Black Church Near Charleston Sixth to Burn in 10 Days
A historic black church just north of Charleston, South Carolina was on fire Tuesday night, making it the sixth predominantly black church in the United States to burn in the less than two weeks since a white supremacist massacred nine people, all of them African-American, at their parish. This is...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
As Powers Inch Closer to Nuclear Deal, Groups Call for Diplomacy, Not War
With a nuclear deal between Iran and other world powers "tantalizingly close," civil society groups on Tuesday urged U.S. lawmakers to embrace the diplomatic process, back the agreement, and reject the "new push for war." In a letter released Tuesday, 40 U.S.-based organizations called on lawmakers...
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Damning New Analysis Reveals Deadly Lack of Police Training on Mental Illness
One quarter of the men and women shot and killed by police in the first six months of 2015 were "in the throes of mental or emotional crisis," according to a new analysis published by the Washington Post on Tuesday, suggesting that law enforcement officers lack training on how to deal with the...
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Organic Under Attack: Report Exposes Big Food's Tobacco-Style PR Blitz
Remember that recent blog post you read about the popularity of genetically modified foods? Or the economics expert on the news who questioned if paying the price of organic food was 'worth it'? According to a new report, these views were very likely the product of a public relations blitz by Big...
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Following Dutch Footsteps, Activists to Sue Aussie Government on Climate
Signaling the global implications of last week's historic Dutch court ruling —the first in the world to use human rights as a legal basis to protect citizens against greenhouse gas emissions and global warming—environmentalists in Australia are reportedly preparing to launch a similar legal...
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Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part of Violent Assault on Ship
Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an " uneventful " incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in fact, were violently treated and shot with tasers. "At least four...
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On the Edge of Default, Greece Requests New Bailout Deal
With a midnight International Monetary Fund deadline, last-minute negotiations between international creditors and the Greek government are developing rapidly throughout the day. Check back for updates. Update 3 PM EDT Eurogroup finance ministers reportedly rejected Greece's last-ditch request for...
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US Acknowledges Bahrain's Repression, Wants to Send More Weapons Anyway
Even as it admitted that human rights conditions in the country remain poor, the United States announced Monday it would lift holds on security assistance to Bahrain's Defense Force and National Guard, put in place in 2011 following the state's crackdown on Arab Spring demonstrators. "It will...
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Egyptian President Vows to Fast Track Process of Putting People to Death
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed Tuesday to escalate his clampdown on dissent and political opposition by expediting the process of putting people to death. The announcement is the latest sign the U.S.-backed head of state is enforcing full-blown authoritarian rule, which some analysts...
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Though Noting It Should Be Higher, Sanders Backs Obama Pay Bump for Overtime Workers
Though he was quick to note that even more Americans deserve fair compensation for working more than 40 hours per week, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday endorsed President Barack Obama's announcement that he will soon update overtime pay regulations—a move that will...
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Reprieve in Texas, But Assault on Reproductive Rights Continues Nationwide
Advocates for reproductive rights welcomed the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday which put a block on a Texas law that would have shuttered nearly every abortion clinic in the state. In a 5-4 decision (pdf), the ruling came in the form of a stay that will delay enforcement of the law—...
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Monday, June 29, 2015
'No to Austerity': Tens of Thousands Back Syriza at Rally in Athens
Tens of thousands gathered in Athens on Monday night, adding their voices to the ranks of the Syriza government officials and international observers who are urging Greek citizens to act boldly and reject the terms of an aid deal offered by Greece's austerity-loving international creditors. While...
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Defense Attorneys Demand Release of Thousands of CIA Black Site Photos
A recently unearthed cache of photographs of CIA black sites is threatening to further complicate the proceedings of the 9/11 military commission as attorneys for the men detained at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility are demanding the release of the documents as evidence of the U.S. torture...
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Today, Frack Free Lancashire... Tomorrow, Frack Free World?
Despite "massive pressure" from both the UK government and the fossil fuel industry, local elected officials in the northwest county of Lancashire have rejected a drilling application from the energy firm Cuadrilla to start fracking at a site on England's Fylde coast. The UK Telegraph described the...
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US Supreme Court Backs Coal Profits Over Public Health
Placing the interests of Big Coal over public health, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to back the Environmental Protection Agency's new power plant emissions standards. In a 5-4 ruling (pdf), the court argued that the Obama administration "unreasonably" interpreted its authority under the...
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Victory for Democracy as Court Sides with Voters over 'Self-Dealing Legislators'
In a decision hailed as a "major victory for voters," the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld an Arizona ballot initiative, adopted by voters in 2000, which took redistricting power away from elected politicians and gave it to a nonpartisan commission. The 5-4 decision (pdf), which saw Justice...
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High Court's Ruling, Say Critics, Endorses 'Torturing People to Death'
In the most closely-watched death penalty case in years, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 (pdf) that Oklahoma can use the controversial and experimental execution drug midazolam that was behind the last year's horrific killing of 38-year-old man Clayton Lockett—who writhed and groaned for...
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Anger Aimed at Troika's Ruthless Neoliberalism as Greece Exit Looms
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a speech in Brussels on Monday that observers say has dramatically escalated the tensions surrounding a referendum vote in Greece next Sunday—a vote that could ultimately result in the country's exit from the Eurozone. Live Updates...
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After Freedom Flotilla Kidnapped by Israeli Navy, Global Campaign Vows to Sail Again
Global supporters still have not heard from the 18 people aboard the Marianne of Gothenburg, captured early Monday morning en route to Gaza.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Rome March Celebrate Pope's Call for Urgent Climate Action
People of faith, civil society groups, and communities affected by climate change marched together in Rome Sunday Jun. 28 to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his Laudato Si encyclical on the environment, and call for bolder climate action by world leaders. Under the banner of ‘...
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Greek Crisis Moving Fast as Emergency Measures Considered
The European Central Bank (ECB) began discussions on Sunday to extend emergency financial support for Greece as the country moves forward with a referendum on a proposed bailout, at the same time as its current bailout speeds to a June 30 expiration. In a conference call, the ECB considered whether...
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
'We Can't Wait Any Longer': Activist Removes Confederate Flag from SC Statehouse
An activist and youth organizer named Bree Newsome climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina capitol in Columbia early Saturday morning and pulled down the Confederate flag still flying on Statehouse grounds, telling media, "we can't wait any longer." Newsome, 30, of Charlotte, was about...
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High Hopes in Iran as Nuclear Talks Head Into Final Round
A final deal on Iran’s nuclear program wouldn’t only make non-proliferation history. It would also be the beginning of a better life for the Iranian people—or at least that’s what they’re hoping. Iranians, who are keeping a close eye on the talks which will resume Saturday in Vienna amidst the...
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Charleston Mourns as Three More Victims Laid to Rest
Three more victims of the attack on Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel A.M.E. Church will be laid to rest on Saturday, as mourners from around the country gather to pay their respects to the nine black men and women shot dead during a Bible study more than a week ago. The first funeral procession...
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Greece on the Edge: Bailout Extension Rejected, But Referendum Still On
Update: The Eurogroup has refused to extend Greece's current bailout deal, which is set to expire on June 30, days before a referendum is set to take place on the financial aid package currently being negotiated. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reportedly called European leaders, including...
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Friday, June 26, 2015
Fires at Predominantly Black Southern Churches Ruled as Arson
A fire that damaged a predominantly black church in Georgia on Tuesday has been ruled as arson by investigators. It was one of two instances this week which saw historically black churches set ablaze in the South, with the other in North Carolina on Wednesday, also suspected to be arson. The fires...
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Gitmo Prisoner, Hunger-Striking for Nine Years, Cleared for Release
A U.S. government review board said Friday that Abdul Rahman Shalabi, a prisoner who has been on a nine-year hunger strike at the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been cleared to return to his native Saudi Arabia. Shalabi, one of the first prisoners brought to Guantánamo in January 2002, was...
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Harper Blasted for 'Offensive,' 'Grotesque' Mother Canada Statue Plans
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's plans to finance a massive, ten-story "Mother Canada" statue on the grounds of a national park in Nova Scotia have prompted outrage from national media outlets and environmental advocates alike. The statue, a cloaked woman holding her arms out toward the...
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Sanders Sees Clinton Camp Attacks as Sign that 'Something Must Be Working'
In a move viewed as further evidence of Sen. Bernie Sanders' continued momentum in the polls and among potential voters in the 2016 presidential election, some Hillary Clinton supporters have gone on the offense against the self-described democratic socialist. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a...
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After Palestinians Submit Formal Complaint with ICC, US Backers of Israel Lash Out with Threats
For the mere act of submitting documents to the International Criminal Court detailing Israel's ongoing human rights violations and history of war crimes on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority is now facing a barrage of threats and rebukes from U.S. lawmakers and the White House. The warnings...
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'Nothing Less Than a Systemic Transformation of Our World'
"The scale of transformation the world needs to address the climate crisis, as well as the urgency with which this transformation must happen, is huge," declares global climate justice movement.
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French Asylum for Snowden and Assange Would Send 'Clear Message' to US
French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira would "absolutely not be surprised" if whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received asylum in France. "It would be a symbolic gesture," Taubira told French news channel BFMTV on Thursday, adding that it would not be her...
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Supreme Court Delivers 'Transformative Triumph' for Marriage Equality
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued a historic 5-4 ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, sparking instant celebration and declarations of triumph, as well as reminders from many in the LGBTQ community that the road to freedom is long, and this issue is just "the tip of the...
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China Blasts US for 'Brazen' Human Rights Abuses at Home and Abroad
In a report that covers everything from police violence to income inequality to government surveillance, China has blasted the United States for its "grim problems of racial discrimination," use of "cruel tortures indiscriminately," and "terrible human rights record." The lengthy report , carried...
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Separate Attacks Leave One Dead in France and Dozens Killed in Tunisia
Developing... Violence was making global news headlines in two countries on Friday as an earlier attack on a U.S.-owned gas plant in France was later overshadowed by an attack on a hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, where nearly thirty people are reported dead. The Associated Press reports on the attacks in...
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Top Doctors Call on Charities to 'Do No Harm' and Divest from Fossil Fuels
Fifty of the world's leading medical doctors and researchers on Thursday joined in the call for two multibillion dollar charities—Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation—to divest their endowments from "the world’s 200 largest fossil fuel companies over the next five years"—because global health...
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
With Message of Freedom and Resistance, Flotilla to Sail Against Gaza Siege
More than three boats carrying over 50 people from at least 20 countries will take to the sea in coming days with an ambitious aim: to break the siege of Gaza.
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The Kids Are Alright As Washington Judge Delivers Youth Climate Win
Citing what she called the "historical lack of political will to respond adequately to the urgent and dire acceleration of global warming," a judge in Washington state handed a group of eight young petitioners a landmark win this week, ordering the Department of Ecology (ECY) to consider statewide...
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Kansas Judge Issues Last-Minute Block of 'Unprecedented' Abortion Ban
A Kansas district judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a state law from taking effect that would ban a common abortion procedure—a measure opponents have called "an unprecedented attack on women's health." Judge Larry Hendricks of the Shawnee County district court granted the injunction against...
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Racial 'Neighborhood Gap' Fuels Social, Economic Inequality
Persistent and troubling patterns of racial segregation in U.S. communities are constraining upward mobility for black and Hispanic families, according to new research from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. The study, published in the July issue of The Annals of the American Academy of...
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World Must Pick Up Pace in Tackling HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Experts
New HIV infections are not declining quickly enough, and the epidemic could dramatically worsen within the next five years if the world doesn't pick up the pace on prevention and treatment efforts, researchers with the UNAIDS-Lancet Commission warned in a report released Thursday. "We must face...
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In Surprise Decision, SCOTUS Rules Against Discriminatory Housing Practices
In a decision applauded by housing and civil rights groups on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows people to pursue lawsuits when a housing practice has a discriminatory effect, even if that practice wasn't intended to discriminate—an effect known as "...
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Rejecting Right-Wing Attack, US Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies
Handing a victory for President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act—as well as millions of people who gained more affordable healthcare under the law—the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that individuals who get their health insurance through an exchange established by the federal...
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Sanders' Socialist Message Translating to Fresh Gains in Key States
New simultaneous polling conducted in Iowa and New Hampshire shows that the message of Sen. Bernie Sanders is having a positive impact on his presidential run as voters express increased support for the self-described democratic socialist as he challenges frontrunner Hillary Clinton. "You can make...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Domestic Terrorists More Deadly Than 'Jihadis': Report
In the 14 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks, nearly twice as many Americans have been killed by white supremacists, right-wing extremists, and other non-Muslim domestic terrorists than by people motivated by "jihadist ideology," a report by the New America research group published...
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'Enough is Enough!' Sanders Declares Corporate Greed Must Go
As Congressional Democrats on Wednesday took a sharp U-turn from their previous opposition to President Barack Obama's corporate-friendly trade agenda, presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.) reiterated his disdain for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and demanded that the era of "corporate...
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Maryland Workers Win 'Precedent-Setting' Paid Sick Leave Protections
A Maryland county just won one of the strongest paid sick leave protections in the country, in what its backers herald as an important precedent for state- and nation-wide efforts to secure this basic protection for all workers. "This is an issue whose time has come," said Melissa Broome, executive...
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Under Green Party Banner, Jill Stein Officially Sets Sights on 2016
Vowing to combat the "converging crises" of racism, militarism, climate change, and "extreme materialism," Dr. Jill Stein on Tuesday announced this week that she is running for president of the United States as a Green Party candidate. In a campaign kick-off speech at the National Press Club in...
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US Drone Program to Remain in Shadows as Obama Abandons Key Reform Promise
U.S. President Barack Obama has made a sharp U-turn on his two-year-old promise to move the CIA's controversial drone program out of the "legal shadows," according to new reporting by the Huffington Post . In a May 2013 speech at the National Defense University, Obama vowed to move the "out of the...
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New 'Kill List' Documents Point Finger at UK and Australia in US Drone War
The UK and Australian governments may be complicit in the U.S.'s covert drone campaign in countries outside of recognized war zones, a new analysis of British intelligence documents published Wednesday reveals . Previously undisclosed files from the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ...
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Greece 'Shoved Over Red Line' as IMF Pushes Even Harsher Cuts
More austerity, more cuts, or no deal. That's the message the International Monetary Fund threw back at the Greek government after negotiators on Wednesday rejected the latest reform proposals submitted by the Syriza government. According to reporting on the ground, there were a "flurry of...
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Stonewall Inn, Celebrated Birthplace of Modern Gay Rights Movement, Gets Landmark Status
Nearly 46 years after powerful protests there galvanized the modern gay rights movement, New York City's historic Stonewall Inn has been granted official landmark status. The designation, unanimously agreed to on Tuesday by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission, also comes just days before...
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Pro-War Lobby Spending Millions In Last-Ditch Effort to Sabotage Iran Deal
As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers approaches, opponents of diplomacy this week are unleashing a multimillion dollar arsenal of advertisements aimed at persuading a handful of lawmakers from both parties to sabotage the agreement. The stakes are high, with many...
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In Historic Ruling, Dutch Court Says: Climate Action is a Human Right
In a landmark ruling that many hope establishes a new global precedent for a state's obligation to its citizens in the face of the growing climate crisis, a Dutch court on Wednesday said that the government has a legal duty to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The decision came in...
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Death Toll Soars in 'Unbelievable' Pakistan Heat Wave
A deadly heat wave spreading through southern Pakistan has killed nearly 800 people in just a few days—a number that threatens to rise as temperatures remain unusually high this week. At least 740 people have died of dehydration, heat stroke, and other heat-related illnesses in Karachi, the country...
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After 13 Years of Hell, Human Held Without Charges Has One Question for US
Moath al-Alwi, who has been a prisoner of the U.S. government and detained at the offshore prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002 without ever being charged with a crime or afforded a trial, has a simple yet urgent question for the American people and the U.S. government: Why am I still here? "...
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Ce N'est Pas Acceptable: NSA Spying Bonanza on French Leaders Revealed
The U.S. National Security Agency has been conducting high-level digital and phone surveillance against top French government officials, including the nation's three most recent presidents, the media outlet WikiLeaks has revealed by publishing "top secret" intelligence reports that include...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
National Movement to Lower Flag of Racial Hatred, 150 Years Overdue
One hundred and fifteen years after the end of the American Civil War and despite decades of calls for its retirement, the Confederate Flag—the emblem of the Old South and its racist legacy—may finally be coming down. In the days following the horrific massacre of nine black people at a church...
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Following Student-Led Campaign, Columbia to Divest from Prisons
Columbia University on Monday announced that it would divest from the private prison industry and ban reinvestment in companies that operate prisons, making it the first college to cut ties with a system that student activists say is racist, exploitative, and unjust. The announcement follows 16...
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UK Doctors Warn TTIP Means Certain Death for Public Healthcare
Doctors in the United Kingdom are warning that passage of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will mean certain death for the country's public healthcare system, opening the door for privatization and lawsuits from the United States' for-profit medical industry. Speaking at...
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It's Not Just Students — With Higher Ed Loans, Feds Profiting Off Parents, Too
Providing yet another example of why higher education should be free across the U.S., a new Politico investigation reveals how the federal government's Parents PLUS lending program has much higher interest rates and fees, and far fewer opportunities for loan forgiveness or reductions, than even the...
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WHO Says Widely-Used Dow Herbicide 'Possibly Carcinogenic' to Humans
The World Health Organization revealed on Tuesday that 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic, a key ingredient of a widely-used herbicide produced by Dow, is "possibly carcinogenic" to humans—a classification that public health and environmental advocates say is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the...
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Calling for Special Prosecutor, Groups Decry 'Get Out of Jail' Cards for Bush's Torture Team
It's been six months since the Senate Intelligence Committee released its damning investigation into CIA torture, and still, no perpetrator has yet to be charged with a crime. On Tuesday, a coalition of leading human rights groups and more than 110,000 people sent a letter calling on U.S. Attorney...
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'A Great Day for Corporate America': US Senate Passes Fast Track
In a win for multinational corporations and the global one percent, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly advanced Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) —ensuring for all practical purposes the continued rubber-stamping of clandestine trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP...
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Not 'If' But 'How': New Study Shows Why All Extreme Weather Is Climate Related
The debate over climate change has long focused on determining attribution—whether rising greenhouse gases and global warming caused a particular storm, drought, flood, or blizzard. Now, a new study in Nature Climate Change published Monday seeks to shift the underlying question from "if" to "how...
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White House Confirms Plans to Bring Tanks, Heavy Weaponry to Russia's Door
The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday that it is indeed planning to bring tanks and other heavy weaponry to Russia's doorstep, in a move observers say is likely to further stoke Cold War tensions as NATO regional war games commence. Speaking in Tallinn, Estonia, U.S. Secretary of...
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EPA Report Reinforces 'Urgency' of Global Climate Crisis
A new report from the Obama administration comparing two future scenarios—one with significant global action on climate change, and the other without—finds that the U.S. could save "tens of thousands of American lives, and hundreds of billions of dollars" annually by reducing global greenhouse gas...
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Voices from Iran Urge: Don't Let Nuclear Negotiations Fail
A new report on "the view from Iran" finds that representatives of the country's civil society unequivocally support a nuclear agreement with world powers, fervently hope for relief from years of sanctions and isolation, and fear that the disintegration of international diplomacy would bring...
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The Lancet: Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us... Quitting Them Can Save Us
The bad news is very bad, indeed. But first, the good news: "Responding to climate change could be the biggest global health opportunity of this century." That message is the silver lining contained in a comprehensive newly published report by The Lancet , the UK-based medical journal, which...
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Monday, June 22, 2015
South Carolina Governor Calls for Confederate Flag to be Removed from State House
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of last week's racist murders of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston. The flag, a divisive symbol of South Carolina's racist history, "does not...
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Citing Human Health Risks, Report Calls for EU Moratorium on Fracking
A major study (pdf) released Sunday finds that chemicals from fracking sites have the potential to cause significant pollution while posing risks to human health and wildlife. In turn, the CHEM Trust—a British charity that investigates the harm chemicals cause ecosystems—is calling for a moratorium...
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'Not Here, Not Now, Not Ever': Reef Defenders Rise Up in Australia
In what is being called " a powerful escalation" of the global campaign against controversial coal mining projects that endanger the Great Barrier Reef, over 120 people on Monday peacefully protested at the Abbot Point port of Australia. Led by Aunty Carol Prior, a Juru elder and traditional...
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On Brink of 'Sixth Great Extinction,' Humanity Must Conserve or Die
It's official: the planet is entering a "sixth great extinction" that even the most conservative estimates show is killing off species at rates far higher than the previous five mass die-offs—and humanity is both at fault...and at risk. A joint study by scientists from several North American...
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As Pressure Mounts, Europeans Rally in Streets for Greek Dignity
As an emergency summit concluded in Brussels on Monday with no clear resolution for the spiraling Greek debt crisis, a call throughout the streets of Europe for lenders to ease their punishing "reforms" in Greece is reverberating. On Sunday, more than 5,000 protested in Brussels, Belgium—the site...
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Constituents to Senators: Reject Fast Track, or Don't Come Home
With the U.S. Senate expected to take up Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority, on Tuesday, the stakes are high for progressives who oppose pro-corporate trade deals. #SenatorDontComeHome Tweets Last week, the House passed a Fast Track bill that—unlike the Senate version passed in May —was...
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Homes, Markets, Mosques, Schools: Civilian Deaths by Explosive Weapons Soar
For the third year in a row, global civilian deaths and injuries caused by explosive weapons has increased—in some areas making up 92 percent of casualties, a new report published Monday by the international advocacy group Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) revealed. In 2014, a total of 41,847 people...
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UN Suggests Top Officials Sanctioned Israel's War Crimes Against Gaza
A widely-anticipated United Nations inquiry into the 2014 attack on Gaza released Monday suggests that the Israeli government may have deliberately targeted Palestinian civilians during the assault, while the report concludes that both Israel and Hamas may be guilty of war crimes against humanity...
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Spy Agency's Secret Plans to Foster Online "Conformity" and "Obedience" Exposed
With never-before-seen documents accompanied by new reporting on Monday, The Intercept 's Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman are offering a more in-depth look than ever into how a secretive unit of the UK's GCHQ surveillance agency used a host of psychological methods and online subterfuge in order...
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Afghan Army Repels Taliban Assault on Parliament in Kabul
The Afghan Army and security forces were able to repel a morning assault against the nation's parliament complex by Taliban soldiers on Monday which began with a truck bomb followed by an attempt by gunmen to storm the main building where lawmakers were in session. Early reports indicate that no...
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In Charleston, Hands Held Together by Love Span Bridge to Combat Hate
As many as twenty thousand people came together on a bridge in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday evening, marching in the name of love and unity against the racist violence that took the lives of nine people last week in a historic black church. Estimates put the number of people between 15,000...
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Sunday, June 21, 2015
'The People Will Not Be Blackmailed': Thousands March in Athens Against Austerity
Throngs flocked to Athens on Sunday to call on the ruling Syriza party to stand up to international creditors and reject further austerity measures. In the second mass demonstration this week alone, thousands of protesters chanted "No to the euro" and "The people will not be blackmailed." "We’re...
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