News for 2013-07-24

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] US Congress Embraces Both NSA Spying and Endless Wars
In two separate votes in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, lawmakers from both parties affirmed their ongoing acceptance of the ever-growing national security state and support for the military authorization that has kept the nation in constant war since 2001.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Major Coal Companies Completely Ignore the Clean Water Act: Report
The Clean Water Act has been "almost universally ignored by power companies and permitting agencies," says a coalition of environmental groups who released a report Tuesday revealing a long list of toxic poisons that are routinely discharg
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[field_image_caption-raw] Whistleblower: 'Unspeakable Horrors' for Refugees at Australian Detention Camps
Refugees seeking asylum in Australia face harrowing conditions at a Papua New Guinea detention camp—including rape and torture—a whistleblower and former official at one of the facilities revealed Tuesday on Australian television.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Turkey Jails 64 Journalists For Coverage of People's Protest
Journalists in Turkey who covered this spring's Gezi Park protests are living in a "half-open penitentiary," say critics, as media bosses—under pressure from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government—have sacked dozens of reporters while others face criminal prosecution.
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[title] Big Banks Making a Buck off Commodity Price Manipulation
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[field_image_caption-raw] Low Wage Workers Rally in National Call to #RaisetheWage
"Let's get better wages in this country!" was the rallying cry Wednesday as workers nationwide took to the streets in demonstrations marking the four year anniversary since the last time the federal minimum wage was raised.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Evidence Mounts Agent Provocateurs Used by Brazilian Police
Police sent infiltrators and agent provocateurs into crowds of protesters in Rio de Janeiro Monday—the first day of the Pope's visit to Brazil— as extensive video footage and witness testimony strongly suggests. https://www.commondreams.org/sites/commondreams.org/files/imce-images/st..." style="...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Stop the Attack' say Detroit Workers as City's Bankruptcy Reviewed
The fight over the largest city bankruptcy case in U.S. history in Detroit reached a federal court on Wednesday , despite an earlier ruling that found the filing unconstitutional.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails
The NSA is a " supercomputing powerhouse " with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NSA Opponents Call Out White House for Hypocrisy of "Informed" Debate on Spying
The Obama Administration is fiercely campaigning against a proposed legislative measure in the House—up for debate Wednesday—to curb NSA secret spying, on the grounds that the measure is not 'open or deliberative' enough.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Progress, But Snowden Not Leaving Airport Just Yet
UPDATED: Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower and US citizen who has been stranded inside the international transit zone of the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow for over a month, received some preliminary documents on Wednesday from his legal advisor, but does not yet have the proper paperwork from...
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[field_image_caption-raw] California Prisons Violating Hunger-Strikers’ Rights, Groups Warn
WASHINGTON - As a mass hunger strike in the California prison system enters its third week, advocacy groups are warning that prison officials attempting to break the strike are breaching international human rights standards.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Arctic Methane "Burp": A Climate Catastrophe with $60 Trillion Pricetag
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[title] 'The Time Has Come for a Global Power Shift'
Last month, something incredible happened. 350 .org 's global network brought together 500 climate activists from 134 countries in Istanbul for "Phase 1" of Global Power Shift, kicking off a coordinated wave of climate activism in every corner of the globe. You can get a glimpse of this...
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