News for 2015-07-28

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
While Backed by US, Saudi Coalition Accused of War Crime in Yemen
The Saudi Arabia-led military coalition—which is backed by the United States—committed an "apparent war crime" when they bombed residential housing in the Yemeni city of Mokha on Friday, killing at least 65 civilians and wounding dozens more, Human Rights Watch declared on Monday. "The Saudi-led...
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European Mining Dispute Illustrates Risks of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals
Offering a stark warning of how corporate-friendly trade pacts like the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) put both democracy and the environment at risk, a Canadian company is seeking damages from Romania after being blocked from creating an open-pit gold mine over citizen...
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NSA to Destroy Phone Records, But 'Devil May Be in the Details'
The National Security Agency (NSA) will destroy all the metadata it swept up from U.S. citizens while operating a secretive surveillance program first exposed in 2013 by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced on Monday. That amounts to...
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Fighting for 50 States, Sanders House Parties Expect Tens of Thousands
With recent polls showing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders closing the gap with rival Hillary Clinton and out-polling all of the GOP's leading candidates, progressives nationwide will host coordinated house parties on Wednesday to further fuel the fire of enthusiasm for the self-...
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Solar Ambitions Great, But Clinton's Climate Plan Well Short of 'Bold'
Following Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's announcement that, if elected, she would to combat runaway climate change by expanding federal support of renewable energy—including a pledge to install 500 million solar panels on rooftops across the country during her first term—climate justice...
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Wall Street's Solution to Puerto Rico Debt Crisis? Shutter Schools, Fire Workers
Hedge fund managers and bondholders are pressing the government of Puerto Rico to drive through a series of punishing austerity measures, including dramatic cuts to public education and workers' rights protections, to "solve" the crisis of debt and poverty gripping the Caribbean island. A group...
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