Nika Knight, staff writer

Nika Knight is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Goodbye Winter: February Heat Shatters Records as Alaska Forced to Ship in Snow for Iditarod
As record-shattering temperatures in February essentially nullified winter for much of the world, Alaska is being forced to haul in tons of snow this week to accommodate the state's famous Iditarod dogsled race. The 1,000-mile Iditarod has its ceremonial start on March 5 in Anchorage, where...
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
New Low for Europe as Police Bulldoze Camps, Tear Gas Asylum Seekers, and Shutter Borders
"The jungle burns," reported Germany's Die Zeit on Tuesday. French authorities in the northern prefecture of Calais began their planned demolition of part of the sprawling refugee camp known as "the Jungle" on Monday, and continued into the next day despite protests and clashes with refugees and...
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
After Latest Display of Bigotry, Trump Again Faces Charges of Racism
Donald Trump, current favorite to win the Republican nomination for president, is once again being accused of racism and bigotry after 30 black students were ejected from his campaign rally in Valdosta, Georgia on Monday. At The Root , Steven A. Crockett reported , "Secret Service agents, per Trump...
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Monday, February 29, 2016
'Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig': Changes to CETA Make it More Corporate-Friendly Deal
The Canadian government and the European Commission on Monday announced modifications to their controversial pending trade agreement, apparently intended to appease widespread criticism of the deal—but critics condemn the changes as nothing but "smoke and mirrors." The trade deal known as the...
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Monday, February 29, 2016
'Incredibly Creepy' Billboards to Track Behavior of Passers-By
Billboards across the country will soon begin to spy on the behavior of passers-by and sell that data to advertisers. Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which owns tens of thousands of billboards nationwide, is on Monday announcing plans to use people's cell phones to allow its billboards to track the...
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Friday, February 26, 2016
Snyder's Advisers Knew Flint Water Was Toxic
Reigniting calls for Rick Snyder's resignation, emails released Friday reveal that advisers to the Michigan governor knew that Flint's water was toxic as far back as October 2014. "My Mom is a City resident. Nice to know she's drinking water with elevated chlorine levels and fecal coliform," the...
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Friday, February 26, 2016
Warren Blasts "Back-Slapping" Wall Street Insiders
Wall Street insiders are trying to write their own rules and Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants them stopped, according to a letter (pdf) by the senator published Thursday. In the Massachusetts Democrat's letter, a response to a report (pdf) criticizing trading restrictions known as "position limits," she...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Thousands Threatened as Bulldozers Poised to Raze Calais Refugee Camp
In a decision that promises to displace thousands of refugees, including hundreds of unaccompanied children, a French judge on Thursday upheld a regional official's approval for a plan to bulldoze the southern portion of the sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. The judge's decision rejected an...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016
EU Moves to Reapprove Monsanto's Toxic Glyphosate
In defiance of popular sentiment and scientific warnings , the European Commission plans to re-approve the use of controversial weedkiller glyphosate, a "probable carcinogen" according to the WHO, for another 15 years, according to a draft regulation (pdf) obtained by Bloomberg BNA . The herbicide...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
'A Triumph for the Movement': Heathrow 13 Protesters Avoid Jail Time
Climate justice activists widely known as the "Heathrow 13," after their July 2015 occupation of a Heathrow runway to protest the airport's planned expansion, learned to their surprise on Wednesday that they would avoid jail time. "I’m so relieved," protester Danielle Paffard told the Guardian . "...
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