Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Sarah Lazare

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

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Making Presidential Campaign History, Sanders Breaks Individual Contribution Record
The Bernie Sanders campaign announced Thursday that the Vermont senator has officially received two million contributions, putting him ahead—at this point in the election season—of every other candidate in U.S. history who was not a sitting president. Top aides say Sanders could even beat President...
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Investigation Links Potential Cover-Up to Chicago Mayor's Top Aides
Chicago mayor and powerful political operative Rahm Emanuel appears increasingly entangled in his own cover-up of a white police officer's deadly shooting of 17-year-old African-American Laquan McDonald last year. A new investigation by NBC5 reveals that Emanuel's top aides knew about the video...
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Observers Slam CNN for Aiding and Abetting Hate Speech in GOP Debate
From calls to ban non-American Muslims to pledges to carpet bomb densely-populated cities, the rise of hateful rhetoric among 2016 presidential candidates—and the real, violent consequences for those communities targeted—has raised widespread concern. But also on display during the fifth GOP debate...
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Undercutting Climate Progress, Congress Agrees to Lift Oil Export Ban
Lawmakers on Tuesday night agreed to end a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports as a condition of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending and taxation bill , paving the way—environmental organizations warn—for a dramatic increase in drilling, fracking, and carbon emissions. The development comes just...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Climate Change Driving 'Profound' Shift in Arctic Ecosystem
The 2015 report card compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and released Tuesday comes to a disturbing conclusion: record highs in air temperatures, and lows in peak ice, reveal that—for the marine ecosystem—climate change is already "profound." "Changes in sea ice...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
As Jury Deadlocks, Baltimore Residents Demand Right to Speak Out for Justice
As Baltimore residents brace for the outcome of the first of six trials against police officers for the slaying of unarmed black man Freddie Gray , grassroots groups are accusing city authorities of "manufacturing" a threat—from schools to streets—to justify a preemptive crackdown on legitimate...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
As Lead Poisons City's Children, Mayor Declares State of Emergency
The mayor of Flint, Michigan on Monday night declared a State of Emergency over lead poisoning from the drinking water—after more than a year of public outcry that residents, particularly children, are being irreparably harmed by the dangerous toxin. The newly-minted Mayor Karen Weaver issued the...
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Monday, December 14, 2015
Accused of War Crimes, Oil Giant Shielded by US Supreme Court
Striking a blow to a decades-long fight for justice, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday shielded the oil giant Occidental and the security contractor AirScan from charges of human rights violations stemming from their role in the 1998 cluster bombing of a Colombian village that killed 19 civilians...
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Monday, December 14, 2015
Past and Present, US Implicated in Abuses Inflicted by Iraq-Backed Militias
A new Reuters investigation published Monday provides more evidence that the U.S. government is directly implicated in human rights abuses committed by Iraq-backed militias. According to journalist Ned Parker, roughly a decade ago the U.S. "ordered" the Iraqi government to investigate a secret...
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Monday, December 14, 2015
Still Leading Merchants of Death, US Arms Sales Remain Sky High
Amid raging conflicts and historic human displacement , U.S.-based companies are still leading the world in arms sales—dominating the list of the top 100 weapons-producers and accounting for 54.4 percent of total revenues, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) revealed Monday...
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