Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Andrea Germanos is senior editor and a staff writer at Common Dreams.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar News
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
'Groundbreaking': Rep. Ilhan Omar Praised for New Resolution Affirming Right to Engage in Boycotts
Rep. Ilhan Omar drew praise for introducing a resolution on Wednesday affirming the use of boycotts as constitutionally-protected free speech and a tactic for effecting social change. "This is HISTORIC!" tweeted antiwar group CodePink. Co-sponsored by Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and John...
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Close-up of sign with logo on facade of the regional headquarters of ecommerce company Amazon in the Silicon Valley town of Sunnyvale, California, October 28, 2018. News
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
As Amazon Faces Grilling in Congress, EU Launches Antitrust Probe of Online Behemoth
A day after Amazon faced grilling at a U.S. House hearing, the European Commission announced Wednesday it's launching an antitrust probe into the online behemoth. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement that she will "take a very close look at Amazon's business practices and its dual...
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 An Election Countdown Calendar hangs at ActBlue in Somerville, Mass. on Nov. 13, 2018. News
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Showing Fired-Up Small-Dollar Donors, Democratic Fundraising Platform ActBlue Processed Record $420 Million So Far This Year
Online fundraising platform ActBlue said Wednesday that 3.3 million supporters gave over $420 million so far this year to roughly 8,700 Democratic campaigns and left-leaning organizations, a haul it said was a testament to the surging "small dollar army" of donors. The average donation for the...
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Women hold signs and chant during a rally for reproductive rights on June 09, 2019 in Sydney News
Monday, July 15, 2019
Describing 'Future We Want to Live In' Scores of Groups Unveil New Blueprint for Reproductive Rights
Nearly 80 organizations on Monday unveiled a sweeping policy agenda intended to improve sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights. "We can do more than fight back—it's time to move forward," women's rights group UltraViolet said in a tweet about the plan. Entitled Blueprint for Sexual and...
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A vast expanse of toxic waste fills the tailings dam on April 21, 2011, frequently whipped up by strong winds dumping mllions of tonnes of radioactive materials toward surounding villages where farmers blame the state-owned giant Baogang Group, China's largest producer of rare earths and a major iron ore miner and steel producer, for poisoning their fields and ruining their livelihoods near Baotou city in Inner Mongolia News
Monday, July 15, 2019
Amid China Trade Tensions, Pentagon Eyes Toxic Rare Earths Development in US
New reporting reveals that the Pentagon is eyeing the development of so-called "rare earths" in the U.S., a move that could make the country less reliant on industry-dominating China amid trade tensions between the two nations, and would bring steep environmental costs. Reuters reported on the...
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Demonstrators seen holding placards during the "Stop The Bans Day of Action for Abortion Rights" rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. News
Friday, July 12, 2019
'We Cannot Overstate the Harm This Decision Will Have': Oklahoma Judge Upholds Ban on Common Abortion Procedure
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday announced its intention to keep fighting after an Oklahoma court upheld a ban on a common abortion procedure. "We cannot overstate the harm this decision will have on women in Oklahoma," said Julie Rikelman, litigation director at the Center for...
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President Donald Trump stands with Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who announced his resignation, while talking to the media at the White House on July 12, 2019 News
Friday, July 12, 2019
UltraViolet Says Acosta Departure Shows 'Need to Hold All the Powerful People,' Like Trump, Accountable
Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta's resignation announcement on Friday sparked demands from progressive groups for Congress to "hold abusers and their enablers"—including President Donald Trump—"accountable." Acosta faced calls for his ouster over his role in securing a sweat deal for...
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 Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella's official portrait. News
Friday, July 12, 2019
Trump's POS Labor Secretary, Acosta, Out. POS Number 2, Linked to Abramoff, to Fill Role
After Labor Secretary Alex Acosta announcing his resignation on Friday in the wake of outrage over the deal he brokered for alleged child rapist Jeffrey Epstein, President Donald Trump said the department's number two, Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella, would now serve as the acting secretary...
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child in front of tv News
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Weakening TV Programming Rules, GOP-Controlled FCC Throws Kids Under the Bus
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was accused on Wednesday of sacrificing children's "education and well-being all for corporate profit" after it weakened television programing rules. The new order, framed by the agency as "modernizing" the decades-old broadcast rules, passed along party...
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Factory Farm Manure Energy Is a Very Shitty Idea, New Paper Says
A manure-to-energy scheme to produce "biogas" is, contrary to its proponents' claims, an avenue to incentivize destruction of the environment, communities, and the climate while propping up Big Ag. That's the thrust of a new issue brief from advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Released Wednesday...
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