Jon Queally, staff writer

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

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
War, Oil, and Intervention as Key Iraq Refinery Sustains Attack
Sunni insurgents attempted to overrun Iraq's largest refinery late Tuesday night outside the city of Baiji but have reportedly been repelled by Iraqi Army units after a lengthy battle that left parts of the facility on fire and dozens of people dead. As the fighting inside Iraq continues, Obama...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mass Spying on Users of Social Media Totally Legal, says UK Government
The British government has responded to a lawsuit by privacy and civil liberty advocates by releasing a 48-page document that justifies what it calls "legal" spying of its citizens who use foreign-based internet sites like Google and YouTube and social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Nearly Two Years Caged in Embassy, Groups Demand Justice for Julian Assange
Nearly sixty international human rights groups, press freedom advocates and civil society organizations have submitted reports to bodies at the United Nations calling on Swedish officials to remedy the "pre-trial detention" status of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who has remained under asylum...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Study: Economic Models Fail Test of Climate Emergency
A new peer-reviewed study in the UK is casting doubt on the current economic models widely used to calculate the full breadth of costs associated with global warming and argues the price tag for continued inaction on carbon pollution is astronomically higher than frequently predicted. The paper (...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
President Obama Orders US Soldiers Back to Iraq
As widespread unrest and civil war takes hold inside Iraq, President Barack Obama has told the U.S Congress he is sending combat-ready troops back into the country. In remarks on Friday, Obama told the American people he would "not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq." Despite those...
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Sunday, June 15, 2014
Bush Silent, But Blair says West Should Attack Iraq Again
Though President George W. Bush says he won't "weigh in" on the current crisis on Iraq, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has no such qualms. As The Guardian reports: The former prime minister said there was a huge range of options available, including air strikes and drones as used in Libya...
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Saturday, June 14, 2014
As Iraq Boils, Obama Orders Aircraft Carrier to Persian Gulf
As all out war takes shape inside Iraq's border, USS George HW Bush and battleships are en route
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Saturday, June 14, 2014
49 Ukrainian Troops Killed as Rebels Shoot Down Plane
In what is the deadliest incident for Ukraine soldiers sent from Kiev to battle separatist forces in the east of the country, 49 military personnel were killed on Saturday as their transport plane was shot down by anti-aircraft fire in the city of Luhansk. Vladislav Seleznyov, a spokesman for the...
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Friday, June 13, 2014
New Offshore Drilling Leases Seen as Betrayal of Obama Climate Pledge
An announcement by two federal agencies on Friday that opens the door to new offshore driling for oil and gas in the nation's coastal waters is receiving criticism as an example of the exactly wrong course of action at a time when serious efforts must be made to transition away from fossil fuels in...
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Friday, June 13, 2014
Despite Disastrous Iraq War, Obama "Considering" Airstrikes
As its citizens brace for all-out civil war in Iraq, President Obama at noon on Friday updated his administration's assessment of the highly volatile situation in Iraq by confirming he was not contemplating putting U.S. troops back on the ground in Iraq, but that his national security team is...
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