Jon Queally, staff writer

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

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Saturday, April 19, 2014
US Drone Obliterates Civilians in Yemen
A Yemen military official on Saturday says that at least fifteen people were either killed or wounded when a missile from a U.S. drone struck vehicles traveling on a road in the central province of al-Bayda. Among the dead, according reports, are what the official claimed were targeted al-Qaeda...
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Friday, April 18, 2014
Krugman: Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
In an interview with journalist Bill Moyers set to air Friday, Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman celebrates both the insights and warnings of French economist Thomas Piketty whose new ground-breaking book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century , argues that modern capitalism...
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Friday, April 18, 2014
58 Killed, More Than 100 Injured After UN Base Attacked in South Sudan
The United Nations is condemning a violent attack on a peacekeeper's base in South Sudan on Thursday that left 58 people dead and more than 100 unjured. The base, according to the UN, was safeguarding civilians when it came under attack by militants wielding automatic guns and rocket-fired grenades...
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Friday, April 18, 2014
Geneva Agreement over Eastern Ukraine May Have Overlooked One Thing: Eastern Ukrainians
A day after top diplomats met in Geneva and announced a deal designed to " de-escalate tensions " in Ukraine, it appears that the actual Ukrainian separatists who have defiantly occupied government buildings in numerous cities in the east do not feel bound by the agreement made without their...
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Lavabit, Company That Defied NSA Surveillance, Loses Appeal
The encrypted email service Lavabit, which founder Ladar Levison chose to close down rather than give government agencies access to its customers private data, lost a federal appeal on Wednesday when the Fourth District Court upheld a lower ruling that that the company should be held in contempt...
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ukraine Talks Result in Agreement to "De-escalate Tensions"
UPDATE (1:14 PM EST): Tentative agreement reached in Geneva Claims of "progress" and "de-escalation of tensions" were the key announcements made in Geneva on Thursday following top-level discussions between the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov...
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
'Environmental Injustice': Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution
A new study published this week shows that both race and class are significant indicators of how much toxic air pollution individuals face in the United States with minorities receiving nearly 40% more exposure to deadly airborne pollutants than whites. The University of Minnesota study, according...
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
CEO Pay Soars, Workers Toil in Capitalism's New Gilded Age
Here's the first number to know: 331. That, according to a new report , is the number of times more the average CEO in the United States made in 2013 compared to the average worker. Here's the second number: 774. That's the number of times more those same CEOs—some of the wealthiest individuals on...
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
NYPD Shutters 'Muslim Spy Unit' But More Needed, says ACLU
The New York City Police Department on Tuesday announced the disbanding of a controversial unit that spied on Muslim community members and caused outrage nationwide when the existence of the religious-basd surveillance program was first revealed in 2011. As the New York Times reports : The decision...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Fresh Warnings of 'Civil War' as Ukraine Launches Military Operation
Overview As Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told parliament on Tuesday that the military was engaged in an “anti-terrorist operation” in the east of the country, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev warned against the use of force and said that Ukraine is again " on the brink of...
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