Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow her on Twitter: @corbett_jessica.

Articles by this author

President-elect Joe Biden has named Janet Yellen and Antony Blinken as his picks to lead the Treasury and State departments. (Photos:  International Monetary Fund/CC; Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) News
Friday, January 01, 2021
Biden Cabinet Picks Blinken and Yellen Each Made Over $1 Million From Corporate Clients and Speeches
Antony Blinken and Janet Yellen—Obama administration alumni selected by President elect-Joe Biden to lead the State and Treasury departments, respectively—each made over $1 million dollars from corporate consulting and speaking fees over the past two years, according to financial disclosure forms...
Read more
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft on Thursday explained the Trump administration's decision to oppose the the United Nations budget for 2021. (Photo: Ambassador Kelly Craft/Twitter) News
Thursday, December 31, 2020
In Potential Final Protest Targeting UN, Trump Administration—Joined by Just Israel—Votes Against 2021 Budget
In what could be the Trump administration's final act of protest targeting the United Nations, the United States—joined by Israel—voted on Thursday against the intergovernmental organization's $3.231 billion budget for 2021 based on alleged "anti-Israel bias" and global refusal to reimpose...
Read more
Digital rights advocates are warning against repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. (Photo: Enes Evren/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Critics Warn Repeal of Section 230 'Would Be Devastating for Human Rights, Social Movements, and Marginalized People'
Digital rights advocates and sex workers are among those speaking out against GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attempt to tie House-approved $2,000 coronavirus relief direct payments to repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which critics are condemning as an "...
Read more
Howard University Hospital staff members received Covid-19 vaccination doses on December 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
WHO Chief Says 'We Must Ensure That All People at Risk Everywhere—Not Just in Countries Who Can Afford Vaccines—Are Immunized'
One year after the international community first recognized the Covid-19 crisis—which has grown into a deadly, devastating pandemic—the head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday reiterated demands for ensuring equitable access to coronavirus vaccination amid ongoing vaccine development,...
Read more
Two children eat a food supplement at a government clinic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Photo: Prinsloo/UNICEF) News
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Faced With Concurrent Crises, UNICEF Warns Millions of Children Threatened by 'Looming Famine'
Echoing previous alerts from United Nations experts and agencies, the U.N. Children's Fund warned Wednesday that an estimated 10.4 million children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, and the Central Sahel are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition in...
Read more
Along with the nationwide #RuthSentUs action, the Boston Red Cloaks staged a protest on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in Boston on October 25, 2020 to oppose plans to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and ask lawmakers to pass the ROE Act. (Photo: Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
In 'Monumental Win for Reproductive Freedom,' Mass. Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto to Affirm and Expand Abortion Rights
Reproductive rights advocates in Massachusetts and across the country celebrated on Tuesday after lawmakers in the commonwealth's Senate joined with those in the House to override Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of legislation to address what critics called "medically unnecessary and politically...
Read more
A study published last year by Amnesty International found that the U.S.-led bombing campaign on Raqqa, Syria in 2017 killed an estimated 1,600 innocent civilians while leveling the city. (Photo: Amnesty International)</p> News
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
UN Human Rights Expert Urges US to Lift Sanctions That 'May Exacerbate the Already Dire Humanitarian Situation in Syria'
A United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday called for the removal of unilateral U.S. sanctions targeting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warning that despite claims by the Trump administration and congressional leaders that the measures aren't intended to harm the people of...
Read more
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks to reporters in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) News
Monday, December 28, 2020
'Now It's the Senate's Turn': All Eyes on McConnell After House Approves $2,000 Coronavirus Relief Checks
Demands from progressive lawmakers and the public surged for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to urgently support and hold a vote on a bill that would boost coronavirus pandemic direct relief checks from $600 to $2,000 after at least two-thirds of Democrat-controlled House approved the...
Read more
Formerly an open pit copper mine, the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana is now part of the largest Superfund site in the United States. (Photo: Janie Osborne/Getty Images) News
Monday, December 28, 2020
Biden Already Facing Pressure to Tackle Backlog of 'Unfunded' Toxic Waste Sites Threatened by Climate Crisis
A joint report on Monday highlighted the pressure that President-elect Joe Biden is already facing to deliver on his environmental justice campaign promises—particularly when it comes to the 34 Superfund sites nationwide for which there is no reliable cleanup funding—the largest backlog of "...
Read more
Saudi human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was sentenced on Monday to nearly six years in prison under the kingdom's counterterrorism laws. (Photo: Lina al-Hathloul/Twitter) News
Monday, December 28, 2020
Conviction of Loujain al-Hathloul in Saudi Arabia Condemned as 'Blatant Attack on the Most Basic Human Rights'
Fellow human rights defenders and family on Monday slammed the conviction of Loujain al-Hathloul by a terrorism court in Saudi Arabia and reiterated demands for the immediate, unconditional release of the 31-year-old leader in the country's movement to allow women to drive. Al-Hathloul, who has...
Read more

Pages