Brett Wilkins, staff writer

Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins is staff writer for Common Dreams.

 
 

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A member of the public health advocacy campaign "The People's Vaccine" protests outside an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, United Kingdom on May 11, 2021. The demonstrators called on the pharmaceutical giant to make the technology behind its Covid-19 vaccine free to the world. (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) News
Friday, May 14, 2021
Revealed: Big Pharma's Plot to Derail US Covid-19 Vaccine Waiver
While global health advocates applauded the Biden administration's recent decision to support waiving intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines as "critical," "transformative," and "unquestionably the right thing to do," Big Pharma took a decidedly less optimistic view of the move and...
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Gaza residents gather at the site of homes destroyed by Israeli air and artillery attacks on May 14, 2015. (Photo: Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) News
Friday, May 14, 2021
100+ Groups Condemn Israeli Violence in East Jerusalem and Gaza
As the death toll from Israel's ongoing air and artillery strikes in Gaza topped 120 on Friday and as Israeli security forces killed at least 10 Arab protesters in the occupied West Bank, over 100 U.S.-based advocacy groups issued a statement urging the Biden administration to condemn the Israeli...
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Workers handle a shipment of Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines at Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo, Madagascar on May 8, 2021. The doses were sent from the United Kingdom as part of the COVAX vaccine equity program. (Photo: Mamyrael/AFP via Getty Images) News
Friday, May 14, 2021
Ebola Response Veterans Urge WHO to 'Dramatically Expand' Global Covid-19 Vaccine Access
Asserting that "no one is safe until everyone is safe," 30 international veterans of the public health response to the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak and over 80 other experts this week urged the World Health Organization to "dramatically expand" Covid-19 vaccine access in developing nations. "...
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Palestinian first responders search through the rubble of a family's home in Beit Lahia, Gaza following Israeli bombing on May 13, 2021. The body of a child—one of at least 27 killed by Israeli bombing—was recovered from the home's ruins. (Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Andalou Agency via Getty Images) News
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Israeli Ground Troops Attack Gaza as Palestinian Death Toll Tops 100
Israel further escalated its latest assault on Gaza early on Friday as ground troops joined warplanes in attacking targets in the besieged strip where health authorities said the death toll from over four days of bombing has now surpassed 100. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced shortly after...
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Workers install solar panels on the roof of a home in Corona, California on May 3, 2018. (Photo: Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via Getty Images) News
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Across Political Spectrum, US Public Support for Biden Clean Energy Plan Is 'Through the Roof'
As U.S. lawmakers and the White House work out the details of the American Jobs Plan—a historic $2.26 trillion infrastructure and employment package—a poll published Thursday revealed overwhelming bipartisan support for the type of investments the plan would make in clean energy and other measures...
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The New Safe Confinement arch over what was once Reactor Four at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine is the world's largest mobile steel structure. (Photo: Clay Gilliland/Flickr/cc) News
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Chernobyl Radiation Surge 'Cause for Concern,' Say Scientists
Scientists monitoring the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine are detecting increased fission reactions inside an inaccessible chamber built around the radioactive ruins of a reactor that suffered a catastrophic meltdown in 1986—and they aren't sure why. "There are many uncertainties...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on the latter's visit to Israel on March 9, 2010 in Jerusalem. (Photo: Avi Oyahon/GOP via Getty Images) News
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
As Biden Blasted for 'Green Light' to Israel's Gaza Slaughter, House Dems Praised for Urging US Peace Push
As President Joe Biden faced withering criticism on Wednesday from human rights defenders for a sympathetic phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that some called a "green light" to continue Israel's latest deadly assault on Gaza, a group of 25 Democratic U.S. lawmakers was...
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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 12, 2021 following her ouster as chair of the House Republican Conference. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) News
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
GOP Ouster of 'Xenophobic Extremist' Liz Cheney Called 'Flashing Red Danger Sign' for Democracy
As Republican lawmakers expelled Rep. Liz Cheney from her House leadership post on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers and progressive observers—who stand staunchly opposed to her policy positions—sounded the alarm over what they say is the grave threat to U.S. democracy posed by a party in thrall to...
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A photo shows the rubble of a 13-story apartment building in the Al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City after it was bombed by Israeli forces on May 11, 2021. Israeli troops reportedly warned residents before the attack. (Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Andalou Agency via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Israel Condemned for 'Unambiguous War Crime' After Destroying Gaza Apartment Tower
Israel's military faced war crime accusations Tuesday after carrying out an airstrike that completely destroyed a high-rise apartment building in densely populated Gaza City, prompting a massive barrage of retaliatory rocket fire as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to further...
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Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) published a statement on May 11, 2021 calling on the Biden administration to assist in de-escalating conflicts around the world. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Decrying Global Violence, Jamaal Bowman Says 'White House Must Act'
In a statement published Tuesday decrying global violence, Rep. Jamaal Bowman urged the Biden administration "to do all it can to assist in de-escalating" conflicts around the world, while also asserting that U.S. foreign aid "should never be used to harm." "M y heart is breaking for people around...
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