News for 2015-01-29

Thursday, January 29, 2015
'Uncivil': Professor Sues University For Free Speech Rights
Professor Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American professor of Indigenous studies whose offer of a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign was rescinded last year because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza, has filed a civil rights suit...
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'Turning Back on American People,' US Senate Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
Marking a major—and likely symbolic—victory for Republicans on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in a 62-36 vote that will not be sufficient to override President Barack Obama's expected veto. The nine Democrats who voted to approve...
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Seattle Teacher Pepper-Sprayed at Peaceful Protest Files Claim Against City
Seattle high school teacher, activist and Common Dreams contributor Jesse Hagopian, who was pepper sprayed by police during a peaceful rally on Martin Luther King Day, filed a claim against the city and the police department Wednesday afternoon with the Seattle NAACP. Hagopian, who teaches at...
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Cuba's Raul Castro: If US Really Wants Normal Relations, It Must Give Back Guantanamo Base
In order to achieve fully normalized relations, the United States must return the base at Guantánamo Bay to Cuba, the island nation's President Raul Castro said Wednesday. The remarks follow a historic restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries that began in December. Speaking at...
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Biofuels Not All They're Cracked Up To Be, Report Finds
"The quest for bioenergy at a meaningful scale is both unrealistic and unsustainable," says a new report from the World Resources Institute that calls into question Western governments' support for energy policies that encourage large-scale conversion of plants into fuel. The study, " Avoiding...
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'Low-life Scum' vs. 'Great American Villain' as Citizens Arrest Targets Kissinger
While defending Henry Kissinger during a dramatic protest during a Senate hearing on Thursday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called those speaking out against the former Secretary of State as "low-life scum" as they were escorted from the hearing room by Capitol Police. Kissinger served under...
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Classified: US Military Imposes 'Startling' Blackout On Key Details Of War In Afghanistan
In an unprecedented blackout, top U.S. military officials have quietly classified key information about how they are spending the over $65 billion dollars appropriated since 2002 to train Afghan forces. New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, who broke the story in the press on Thursday,...
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On Eve of KXL Vote, GOP Senate Rejects Sanders' National Solar Expansion Plan
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Wednesday defeated a proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would have spurred the purchase and installation of 10 million solar panel systems for homes and businesses nationwide over the next decade. Sanders's amendment, which he said would have...
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Further Proving One-Sided Recovery, One in Five US Children on Food Assistance
One in five U.S. children relied on food assistance in 2014—a figure higher than before the recession—highlighting the uneven results of the so-called economic recovery, new information from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals . That total is up from one in eight in 2007, according to data released...
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Gorbachev: US Pulled Russia Into New Cold War That Could Turn 'Hot'
Mikhail Gorbachev stated that the United States has pulled Russia into a new Cold War that faces the risk of further escalation. The 83-year-old former Soviet leader made the comments on Thursday in an interview with Russian news agency Interfax. "The U.S. has already dragged us into a new Cold War...
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Kids Caught in Crossfire of Climate Education Battle
While President Barack Obama wants to protect young people from the catastrophic effects of global warming, school boards and lawmakers in some states are fighting to prevent students from learning the science of climate change. In the most recent skirmish, parents and science educators in West...
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Parks But Not People? In Partial Victory, Pennsylvania Bans Fracking on Public Lands
Residents say partial moratorium is good first step but does not help the communities bearing the brunt of toxic drilling.
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As Court Stays Executions, Rights Group Says 'End the Death Penalty'
Pending the outcome of a challenge to the drug cocktail being used by the state of Oklahoma to carry out death sentences, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued stays of execution for three men, including one slated to be killed Thursday. "Rather than continuing a practice that has been...
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Legacy of Endless Afghan War Includes Nation Plagued by Unexploded Bombs
As seen in other abandoned battlefields in the anals of U.S. wars overseas, new reporting out of Afghanistan shows that among the other deadly legacies left behind by foreign troops are tens of thousands unexploded munitions dropped from the sky or left in the ground that will continue to kill and...
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