Brett Wilkins, staff writer

Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins is staff writer for Common Dreams.

 
 

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Protesters demand an end to mass surveillance by government agencies. (Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) News
Thursday, December 03, 2020
Director of National Intelligence Admits Government Used Section 215 to Track Browsing History
The Trump administration recently used one of the most controversial surveillance provisions in U.S. history to record an unidentified person or group's visit to an unspecified website, the New York Times revealed Thursday. "The DNI's amended letter raises all kinds of new questions, including...
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Members of the Communist Party of India protest as part of a nationwide strike on November 26, 2020. (Photo: Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times/Getty Images) News
Thursday, December 03, 2020
Indian Farmers Continue Historic Protests After 250 Million People Rise Up Against Modi's Neoliberal Policies
In what is being called the largest protest in human history, over 250 million Indians have taken to the streets nationwide over the past week to protest agriculture deregulation and other neoliberal policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing Hindu nationalist government. "This...
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Demonstrators march against wealth inequality in New York City on July 17, 2020. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) News
Thursday, December 03, 2020
Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Favor Raising Taxes on Incomes Over $400K
A compelling majority of Americans favor raising taxes on people who make more than $400,000 per year, according to a new poll published Thursday by the New York Times and Survey Monkey. According to the poll, fully two-thirds of Americans support a tax hike for anyone whose annual income exceeds $...
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the allocation of CARES Act funds during a December 2, 2020 House Financial Services Committee hearing. (Photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
WATCH: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Grills Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Unused CARES Act Funding
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday grilled U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the return of around $175 billion in unused funds allocated for coronavirus pandemic relief. The quarterly hearing before the House Financial Services Committee is mandated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief...
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Pall-bearers carry the casket of assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran on November 30, 2020. (Photo: Iranian Defense Ministry/Andalou Agency/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Despite Trump Efforts to Foment War With Iran, Experts Say Biden Has Chance to Restore Needed Diplomacy
Progressive experts on U.S.-Iranian relations on Wednesday urged caution—and expressed hope for renewed diplomatic efforts from the incoming Biden administration—following news that Iran's parliament voted to increase uranium enrichment just days after the nation's top nuclear scientist was gunned...
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A row of impoverished homes sits in the literal shadow of Trump Plaza hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo: Brett Wilkins) News
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
New Data Show Income of Top 0.1% Soared 345% While That of Bottom 90% Stagnated Over Past 40 Years
U.S. wage data released this week reveal the continuation of a trend that began at the end of the 1970s, and which has given the United States the dubious distinction of having the worst income inequality among most-developed countries. The Economic Policy Institute reports that between 1979 and...
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Mays Abu Ghosh, who spent 15 months in Israeli prison, was released on November 30, 2020. (Photo: Ultra Palestine/YouTube screen grab) News
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Israel Releases Mays Abu Ghosh, Palestinian Student Jailed for Membership in Leftist Campus Group
A Palestinian journalism student imprisoned by Israeli security forces for joining a banned leftist campus group was released Monday after 15 months behind bars. "I want to tell everyone what happened with me during the interrogation and torture period. Not as something that has happened to me but...
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A Niwot High School student urges local officials to ban fracking at a site near the campus in Niwot, Colorado. (Photo: YouTube screen grab) News
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
'Protect Us': Colorado High School Students Post Video Pleading With Local Authorities to Ban Fracking
Students at a Colorado high school on Monday published a poignant video pleading with local authorities to ban a proposed hydraulic fracturing operation near their campus. "Especially during a pandemic, if anything were to happen to the outdoors it would be a disaster for my mental health as well...
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Illegal Amazon logging on Pirititi tribal land in Roraima state, Brazil on May 8, 2018. (Photo: Felipe Werneck/fickr/cc) News
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
'Shameful and Outrageous': New Satellite Data Reveals Brazilian Amazon Deforestation at 12-Year High
Immense tracts of Amazon rainforest roughly the size of Hawaii's Big Island were destroyed in Brazil over the past year as deforestation increased to a 12-year high under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, data released Monday by the country's space research agency reveals. The National Institute...
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The communist government of Vietnam has been cracking down on social media companies and users. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) News
Monday, November 30, 2020
Amnesty International Reveals Extent of Facebook, YouTube Complicity in Vietnamese State Repression
Silicon Valley tech giants Facebook and YouTube have allowed themselves to become complicit in Vietnamese government repression, including censorship, harassment, and more, according to a report published Monday evening by Amnesty International. "Businesses have a responsibility to respect human...
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