Brett Wilkins, staff writer

Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins is staff writer for Common Dreams.

 
 

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Supporters of ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales face off against state security forces in Sacaba, Chapare province, on November 15, 2019. (Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Sanders Leads 30 Democrats in Call for OAS to Avoid Prolonging 'Crisis of Democracy and Human Rights' in Bolivia
A bicameral group of congressional lawmakers led by Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the State Department to pursue a "full, independent review" of the Organization of American States regarding its actions following what Sanders and many...
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Fox News host Sean Hannity has repeatedly cast doubts on the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: Fox News screen grab) News
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
'Fox Lied, 200,000 Died': Video Mash-up Chronicles Cable Network Downplaying Covid-19 Dangers as Pandemic Soared
As the United States passes the grim milestone of 200,000 Covid-19 deaths, Fox News continues to mostly ignore the ever-mounting death toll in favor of complaining about health measures meant to mitigate the pandemic's worst-case scenario. " Fox opinion shows reported the [Covid-19] death toll in...
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Protesters outside the Canadian consulate in New York City rally against the Coastal GasLink Pipeline and in solidarity with the Wet'Suwet'en First Nations people on February 18, 2020. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Anger and Confusion After Facebook Suspends Environmental and Indigenous Groups' Accounts Ahead of Pipeline Protest
Environmental groups reacted with confusion and anger after Facebook temporarily suspended their accounts over the weekend, just days after the social media giant announced an initiative aimed at combating climate misinformation. The Guardian reports some of the largest and most respected...
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Protesters rally peacefully for Black lives in Miami on June 6, 2020 (Photo: LightRocket/Getty Images) News
Monday, September 21, 2020
'Sledgehammer to Permanently Silence Opposing Voices': Outrage Over Florida Gov. DeSantis' Proposed Anti-Protest Bill
The American Civil Liberties Union joined Florida Democrats on Monday in condemning a proposed bill by Gov. Ron DeSantis that would newly classify certain forms of protest as felonies and impose harsh penalties on some protesters. Flanked by Republican lawmakers and law enforcement officials at an...
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Socially-distanced park-goers in Brooklyn, New York on September 13, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images) News
Monday, September 21, 2020
Progressives Hit Back After DOJ Designates New York, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon 'Anarchist Jurisdictions'
The Department of Justice on Monday designated New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon as "jurisdictions permitting anarchy, violence, and destruction," prompting many critics to fire back with accusations of Trump administration authoritarianism and calls to impeach Attorney General William...
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Newly-published research from Oxfam International reveals that the wealthiest 1% of the world's population is responsible for more than twice as much CO2 pollution as the bottom half of humanity. (Photo:isciencetimes.com) News
Monday, September 21, 2020
Highlighting 'Extreme Carbon Inequality,' Oxfam Study Shows World's Richest 1% Emit More Than Twice as Much CO2 as Poorest 50%
The wealthiest 1% of the world's population is responsible for emitting more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorest 50% of humanity, according to new research published Monday by Oxfam International. The study (pdf), which was conducted in partnership with the Stockholm Environmental...
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Former Mike Pence aide Olivia Troye (seated, L) has gone public with allegations that President Donald Trump cares more about reelection than with protecting the public from Covid-19. (Photo: YouTube screen grab) News
Friday, September 18, 2020
Ex-Pence Aide, Covid Task Force Member, Denounces Trump's 'Flat-Out Disregard for Human Life' in Biden Defection Video
In a video denouncing President Donald Trump as being more concerned with his reelection than with protecting Americans from the Covid-19 pandemic, a former senior aide to Vice President Mike Pence and member of the administration's Coronavirus Task Force made political waves Friday after saying...
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President Donald Trump speaking under a mural of America's founding fathers—many of whom owned slaves and pursued genocidal policies against Native Americans—on September 17, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) News
Friday, September 18, 2020
Trump Blasted for 'McCarthy-Like' Call for 'Patriotic Education' and Attack on Howard Zinn, 1619 Project
Progressive educators and historians fired back on Friday a day after President Donald Trump took aim at the late historian Howard Zinn and the 1619 Project, and vowed to "restore patriotic education" in American schools he accused of teaching "hateful lies about this country." Speaking on stolen...
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President Donald Trump's tweets have been slapped with a "misleading" warning—again. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) News
Thursday, September 17, 2020
'Existential Threat to Our Democracy': Trump Openly Telegraphs Intent (Once Again) to Delegitimize 2020 Election Results
Critics including a national association of state attorneys-general sounded the alarm Thursday after President Donald Trump once again posted a baseless attack on the accuracy and integrity of absentee voting. The president took to Twitter to share a post from True the Vote, a syntactically...
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Reps. Barbara Lee (L) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (R) support the MORE Act, which would end federal criminalization of cannabis. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images) News
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Weed Killers: Bowing to Blue Dogs, Democratic Leadership Delays 'Enormously Popular' Marijuana Legalization Bill Until After Election
Update: This story has been updated from its original to include developments about the schedule of the vote. In at least a temporary setback to legalization advocates—and a move criticized as a strategic political mistake by progressive lawmakers—the House of Representatives on Thursday officially...
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