Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Sarah Lazare

Sarah Lazare was a staff writer for Common Dreams from 2013-2016.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015
New Report Chronicles Shell's Legacy of Lies, Deceit, and Contamination
Royal Dutch Shell falsely claimed years ago that it had cleaned up four major spills in the Niger Delta, when in fact each of those sites remains severely contaminated with oil pollution that is visible to the naked eye, human rights groups revealed Tuesday. Amnesty International and the Nigeria-...
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Monday, November 02, 2015
Collective Victory Declared as Obama Takes Small Step to 'Ban the Box'
Following years of organizing by formerly-incarcerated people and their families, President Barack Obama announced Monday that, henceforth, he will instruct some federal employers to "ban the box"—or delay inquiries into a job applicant's incarceration history to curb discrimination and stigma. The...
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Monday, November 02, 2015
New FBI Program Trains Teachers, Students to Snoop On Muslims
Rights groups are charging that a new FBI program to counter "extremism," expected to be unveiled shortly, employs games and online tools that encourage teachers and students to snoop on—and discriminate against—Muslims, in violation of their most fundamental civil liberties. Entitled 'Don't Be a...
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Friday, October 30, 2015
APA Letter Sends 'Clear Message' That Psychologists Reject US Torture
The American Psychological Association (APA) this week formally requested that the U.S. government "safeguard psychologists from involvement in any national security interrogations or detention settings" that would violate human rights, including torture. The APA on Thursday notified President...
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Friday, October 30, 2015
Being 'Let Out' May Not Equal Freedom As Release of 6,000 Held on Drug Charges Begins
As the Department of Justice began transferring more than 6,000 people incarcerated on drug charges out of federal prisons on Friday, rights campaigners celebrated the development while also expressing concern for those whose imminent release may not mean freedom at all. Of those people slated for...
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Flood of Western Weapons Fueling Unrest, Extremism Across Middle East
Western nations—led by the United States—are selling large quantities of weapons to governments in the Middle East and North Africa, providing little oversight for how these arms are used, and thereby fueling corruption and conflict in countries from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, a new report (pdf) from...
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Vowing to Stop US Military Base, Okinawa Elders Dragged Away by Riot Police
Elders were dragged away by riot police on Thursday after linking arms, lying on the ground, and blocking vehicles in a bid to physically prevent the construction of a widely-opposed U.S. military base in the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. Hundreds joined in the demonstration in front of Camp Schwab...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Low-Income, Latino Communities Across US Living in Air Pollution 'Sacrifice Zones'
In metropolitan areas across the continental United States, one in every three economically disadvantaged Latino immigrant neighborhoods is exposed to harmful, cancer-causing air pollution—emanating from refineries, factories, car exhaust, and more—a disturbing new academic study reveals. Race,...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Breakthrough? Iran Accepts Invite for Syria Peace Talks with US, Russia
Though no Syrian delegation will attend, discussions in Vienna could advance possibility for diplomatic solution to armed conflict.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Universities Face Another Push to Criminalize Speech Criticizing Israel
A revived effort at the University of California system to criminalize speech critical of the state of Israel by deeming it "anti-Semitic" is being met with considerable push-back from students and social justice campaigners, who say there is nothing intolerant about human rights advocacy. A Monday...
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