Jon Queally, staff writer

Jon Queally is managing editor for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @jonqueally

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Thursday, September 04, 2014
Low-Wage Workers 'Movement' Flexes Its Muscles Nationwide
Fast-food workers are out in force nationwide on Thursday as they participate in a day of action designed to highlight the scourge of low-wages and push a series of demands to combat the persistent poverty endured by those who form the backbone of the profitable multi-billion dollar industry. Led...
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
'Worse Than Anything Seen in 2,000 Years' as Megadrought Threatens Western States
A new study warns that the chances of western states in the U.S. experiencing a multi-decade 'megadrought'—not seen in historical climate records in over 2,000 years—has a much higher chance of occurring in the decades ahead than previously realized. In fact, scientists are warning, the drought now...
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Pivoting on ISIS Brutality, Obama Orders 350 More Troops to Iraq
The Pentagon has announced that an additional 350 U.S. soldiers will be deployed to Iraq, bringing the total to more than 1,000 troops as President Obama escalates his war against the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (alternately known as both ISIS and ISIL). Word of the expanded ground force came...
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
US Bombs Somalia in Drone Attack
The Pentagon confirmed that U.S. forces bombed a location in Somalia on Monday, though spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby said the "results of the operation" were still being assessed and that additional information would only be provided to the public "as and when appropriate." Reuters reports : An...
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
NATO's "Military Hysteria" Undermines Hope for Peace in Ukraine, says Russia
In response to threats from NATO that it will be expanding its military capabilities eastward, Russia on Tuesday countered by saying such moves will only result in military recalibrations of its own. Ahead of a NATO summit scheduled for later this week and citing repeated announcements by NATO...
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Monday, September 01, 2014
Charges of 'Open Aggression' Spoil Hopes for Cease Fire in Ukraine
As high-level talks took place in the city of Minsk, Belarus on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on the convening parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire between the Ukraine Army and rebel forces still holding ground in Luhansk, Donetsk, and elsewhere. Lavrov called on the...
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Friday, August 29, 2014
Will Ukraine Bid To Join NATO Unleash 21st Century Cold War?
In a move that could dramatically spike international tensions and escalate the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the Prime Minister of the Ukraine government in Kiev on Friday submitted legislation to Parliament declaring intention to join the western military alliance of NATO and longer-term ambitions...
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Friday, August 29, 2014
Feds Set to Open Fracking Floodgates in California Based on One Flawed Study
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has put the ecosystems, water resources, and residents of California at urgent risk, expert critics are warning, by accepting a failed scientific review of the dangers of fracking in the state as a basis to begin issuing permits for the controversial gas drilling...
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Friday, August 29, 2014
Shell Renews Quest to Plunder Arctic in Search of Oil
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday indicated its continued desire to drill in the Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska by submitting new plans for exploratory operations to federal agencies. "Shell’s preparations are a red flag for the millions of people around the world who want to save the...
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Modeling CIA Torture, ISIS Waterboarded Those It Captured: Report
The Washington Post reports on Thursday that at least four individuals taken captive by the Islamic State were tortured and that the group—also known as ISIS—appeared to be modeling the CIA's use of torture as it employed waterboarding as one of the painful techniques they used. Worldwide...
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