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PLO Secretary General and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has died of Covid-19 at age 65. (Photo: U.S.-Islamic World Forum/Flickr cc) News
'A Great Loss for Palestine': Veteran Diplomat and PLO Leader Saeb Erekat Dies of Covid-19
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hailed Erekat—who served a quarter century as the occupied state's chief negotiator—as "our dear brother and friend, the great fighter."
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a discussion during the Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, August 31, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) News
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 'Advocate for Equality and Reason,' Dead at 87
On her deathbed, she told her granddaughter: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
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Pioneering AIDS Activist Larry Kramer—Whose "Rage Helped Inspire a Movement"—Dead at 84
"There is no question in my mind that Larry helped change medicine in this country," said Dr. Anthony Fauci. "And he helped change it for the better."
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Aimee Stephens, seen here in a wheelchair outside the U.S. Supreme Court in October 2019, died Tuesday. News
'A Hero and a Trailblazer': Aimee Stephens, Plaintiff in Historic Trans Rights Supreme Court Case, Dies at 59
"Our country owes her a debt of gratitude for her commitment to justice for all people and her dedication to our transgender community."
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John Prine performs on stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California on 2nd October, 2009. (Photo: Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns) News
'Ah Baby, We Gotta Go Now': Music Legend John Prine Dies at 73 After Battle With Coronavirus
The celebrated songwriter and performer "captured the simplicities and the complexities of the human existence in stark and stunning glory."
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John Atcheson, a former official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was a novelist, climate activist, and longtime contributor to Common Dreams. Atcheson was killed earlier this week in a car accident in California. He was 71. (Photo: Courtesy of the family) News
Common Dreams Mourns Passing of Longtime Contributor and Climate Activist John Atcheson
"We can leave a legacy of a world in which hope flourishes and dreams prosper, or we can leave a legacy in which hopes are diminished and most dreams are nightmares," Atcheson once wrote. "Those are now our choices. Our only choices."
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'A Stark Loss for American Journalism': Reporter and Author William Greider Dies at Age 83
"He was an old school journalist from the pre-internet era when journalists actually sat down and took time to talk to regular people."
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Aretha Franklin, Soul Legend and Icon of Civil Rights and Feminist Movements, Dies at 76
"Aretha Franklin was a force behind the scenes during the civil rights movement—donating concert proceeds, posting bail for activists, hosting fundraisers, and using her platform to promote voting rights."
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Ron Dellums, Radical Antiwar Activist, Unlikely House Armed Services Chairman, Dead at 82
In 1993, the House chose socialist Ron Dellums as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, with oversight for defense appropriations and global military operations.
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In Hopes That Death 'Might Serve Others,' Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate David Buckel Lights Himself on Fire in Fossil Fuel Protest
"My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves," wrote the prominent LGBTQ rights lawyer in suicide note
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