Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

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

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, locusts move through the Arabian Peninsula in Dhamar, Yemen on June 7, 2020. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
UN Warns New Wave of Locust Swarms Threatens Food Security of Millions in East Africa
Despite an "intense" international effort to combat a major, climate crisis-fueled invasion of desert locusts in Eastern African communities since January, a new generation of locust swarms is threatening the food security of millions of people in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, a United Nations...
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A police officer stands by as a campaigner against a third runway at Heathrow Airport holds a placard in front of paint thrown by another protester at the Supreme Court in London on December 16, 2020 after the verdict on a legal challenge to the proposed runway. (Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Campaigners Outraged After Top UK Court Overturns Ban on 'Climate-Wrecking' Third Runway at Heathrow
Climate campaigners on Wednesday condemned the United Kingdom's Supreme Court for overturning an "amazing and historic" ruling from earlier this year blocking a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport because the government's approval of the project hadn't adequately accounted for the country's...
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his then-wife MacKenzie Bezos—now Scott—participated in the opening ceremony of the Washington Post's new location January 28, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Jeff Bezos owns the newspaper. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
With $4.2 Billion in Direct Giving, MacKenzie Scott, Formerly Bezos, 'Puts Shame to the Billionaire Class'
While progressives often argue that billionaires shouldn't exist, as long as about 650 still do in the United States, they could all learn from MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who on Tuesday prompted widespread praise for announc ing nearly $4.2 billion in gifts...
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The group Public Citizen has launched a new web tool to track the Trump administration's (Image: Public Citizen) News
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
New 'Trump Lame Duck Temper Tantrum' Tracker Will Document Final Gasps of Nation's Infantile Outgoing President
After four years of "cruelty, recklessness, and cronyism" from the outgoing administration and about a month until President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Public Citizen on Tuesday launched a web tool to track some of President Donald Trump's "most corrupt, norm-breaking, dangerous, and unjust...
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A deep injection well used for disposal of wastewater is seen in California's Kern County, located over the Monterey Shale, which has endured a dramatic increase in oil drilling and hydraulic fracking in recent years. (Photo: Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
'The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Terrified': Gas Company Sues to Destroy Small Town's Rights of Nature Law
In a clear signal of how the fossil fuel industry feels about efforts to enact Rights of Nature protections that safeguard communities and the environment from the impacts of coal, gas, and oil development, an energy company has—yet again—filed a federal lawsuit challenging a local law in Grant Township, Pennsylvania.
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At least seven designated hate groups received federal coronavirus relief money. (Photo: <a href="https://flickr.com/photos/taedc/36022635602/in/photostream/">Ted Eytan</a>/Flickr/cc) News
Sunday, December 13, 2020
'Ridiculous': Anti-LGBTQ Groups and Businesses Got Millions in Federal Coronavirus Relief, Analysis Reveals
After nearly four years of sustained attacks by the Trump administration on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals, an NBC News analysis of federal government data revealed Saturday that anti-LGBTQ businesses, nonprofits, and schools got millions of dollars in...
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<em>Permanent Record</em> by Edward Snowden is displayed on a shelf at Books Inc. on September 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against Snowden, alleging the book violates nondisclosure agreements. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) News
Sunday, December 13, 2020
GOP Lawmaker Claims 'Trump Is Listening to the Many of Us Who Are Urging Him to #PardonSnowden'
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida claimed Sunday the President Donald Trump, who has just over a month left in office, "is listening to the many of us who are urging him" to pardon National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been exiled in Russia since he exposed U.S...
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Members of the Proud Boys and Antifa stand off near Black Lives Matter Plaza on December 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Thousands of protesters who refuse to accept that President-elect Joe Biden won the election rallied ahead of the electoral college vote to make Trump's 306-to-232 loss official. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) News
Sunday, December 13, 2020
"In Case There Was Any Doubt Regarding 'Stand By'": Four People Stabbed After Pro-Trump DC Rally
At least four people were stabbed Saturday as supporters of President Donald Trump, including maskless Proud Boys in helmets and bulletproof vests, descended on the nation's capital and clashed with counterprotesters—violence that some critics tied to the president's pre-election directive to the...
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Coastal vegetation is seen burning close to the beach on December 7, 2020 in Fraser Island, Australia, also known as K'gari. (Photo: Greg Nature Slade/Getty Images) News
Saturday, December 12, 2020
'Can Anybody Still Deny That We Are Facing a Dramatic Emergency?' Asks UN Chief at Climate Summit
World leaders aren't doing enough to address the human-caused climate crisis. That seemed to be the main message of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres' speech on Saturday at the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, hosted by the U.N., the United Kingdom, and France in partnership with Chile...
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Margaret Keenan, 90, who was the first patient in the United Kingdom to receive the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine, talks with healthcare assistant Lorraine Hill while preparing to leave University Hospital Coventry on December 9, 2020, a day after receiving the vaccine. (Photo by Jonny Weeks/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) News
Saturday, December 12, 2020
As FDA Gives Pfizer and BioNTech the Green Light, Global Calls Continue to Mount for a #PeoplesVaccine
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted its first emergency use authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine, justice campaigners continued pressuring governments of rich countries like the United States to work harder to ensure that people across the globe—particularly those in poorer...
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