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Thursday, August 20, 2015
Executive in WV Spill Pleads Guilty, Gets His Bentley and Millions Back
Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern also faces up to three years in prison for role in massive 2014 chemical leak
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Global Warming Deepening Drought — And Without Climate Action, It'll Get Worse
Within a few decades, continually increasing temperatures and resulting moisture losses will push California into even more persistent dryness
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Reports: Greek Prime Minister To Resign, Announce Snap Elections
Resignation seen as attempt to forestall political revolt following approval of new bailout package and austerity measures in economically-battered nation
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As Fight Goes Global, McDonald's Under Fire for 'Low Road' Business Model
Brazil hearing marks 'major escalation of the global effort to hold McDonald’s accountable for its mistreatment of workers and bad corporate citizenship'
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Placing Their Bets Early, DC Lobbyists Put Biggest Money on Clinton
True to form, K Street firms offer backing to the two most established candidates
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
As Controversy of New Force-Feeding Law Lingers, Israel Suspends Detention of Palestinian Hunger Striker
Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the administrative detention of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan. Allan slipped into a coma last week after 60 days on hunger strike, and doctors say he has suffered brain damage. He awoke from the coma on Tuesday, and pledged to resume the...
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Access Denied: Military Stymied Mexican Human Rights Investigation
Both security footage and clothes belonging to the victims, allegedly found at the scene, appear to have been mishandled by Mexican authorities
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Meet the Nation's First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals
"This program successfully disrupts the cycle of unhealthy, pre-packaged, heat and serve meals that dominate school kitchens."
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Notorious Insecticides Found in Half of Sampled Streams in US
'Neonics' have been linked to decline in bee populations
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'Beyond Bleak': Why Nobody in the World Wants to Know the Horror That Is Yemen
'In Yemen, over 21 million people need aid; 13 million people don’t have enough food to eat... We need to find a permanent end to the fighting and a negotiated peace.'
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Conflict Mineral Ruling 'Sets Dangerous Precedent' on Corporate Personhood
'A corporation is hiding behind the First Amendment to avoid accountability for their actions, and the Court has ruled their right to secrecy is more important than the public's right to know.'
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With Sights Set on Voting Rights, Moral Mondays Coming to US Congress
The NAACP 'Journey for Justice' from Selma, Alabama will conclude in Washington D.C. with a rally, but the people's movement may decide to stay...
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New Fracking Licenses in UK Sound 'Starting Gun' of Fight for Climate Future
Government hands out dozens of new drilling licenses after giving ministers more power to undermine local authorities
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In Rare Turn, New Mexico Police to Stand Trial for Murder of Unarmed Homeless Man
The case marks the first instance any member of the Albuquerque police force has faced public murder trial for actions made on the job, despite a record of excessive and lethal force.
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With Voters 'Feeling the Bern,' Support for Sanders Gains Momentum
'It's the first time in my entire life I've ever been excited about a political campaign.'
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Setting 'Concerning Precedent,' US Army Finds Manning Guilty of Bogus Charges
Ahead of the hearing, supporters delivered 100,000 signatures to the Army liaison office, calling on the military to drop the charges.
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Greece for Sale: First Wave of Privatization Begins with Airport Buyout
'The purpose of the bailout has little to do with repaying debt and everything to do with creating a corporate paradise in the Mediterranean.'
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To Contain Carbon Bomb, US Must End Fossil Fuel Leasing on Public Lands
'Each new lease puts us farther down the path toward climate catastrophe,' says Friends of the Earth
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Majority of Americans Back Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood: Poll
New Reuters/Ipsos survey finds broad support for health care provider from both sides of political aisle
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Iran Deal a ‘Net-Plus’ for Nuclear Non-Proliferation Worldwide
As the U.S. Congress prepares to vote next month on the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was agreed on July 14 between the world’s leading powers and Iran, and has been approved by the U.N. Security Council, eminent nuclear non-proliferation experts are mobilising...
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Humanitarian Response in Afghanistan Falters in the Face of Intensifying Conflict
As clashes between the Taliban and other armed opposition groups become more frequent, experts warn the complexity and geographic extent of the conflict will continue to worsen
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New Docs Reveal Undercover Officers Routinely Spied on Black Lives Matter in NYC
Following previous reporting on surveillance of social justice activists, new evidence shows tracking of individuals and creation of dossiers
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tony Abbott and Co. Declare War on 'Vigilante' Green Groups
Australian Conservation Society says the political maneuver is 'nothing short of an attempt to strip communities of their right to a healthy environment'
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'Out of Step': Investigation Uncovers Striking Paid Leave Divide in US
In post-recession US, nearly a quarter of women surveyed went back to work within two weeks after giving birth
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New Planned Parenthood Campaign Hits Back at 'Extremists' in Congress
Health care provider launches campaign against anti-choice state legislators facing reelection in 2016
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Newly Exposed Methane Threat Trumps Latest 'False Solution' on Emissions
Previously overlooked natural gas gathering facilities spewing as much methane as 37 coal-fired power plants
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Palestinian Protester Vows to Continue Hunger Strike After Waking from Coma
Israel's High Court will on Wednesday continue hearing a petition by Allan's lawyers calling for his release on medical grounds
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Despite Attacks on Labor, Public Support of Unions Growing: Poll
New Gallup numbers indicate a jump of five points from lowest public support of unions in 2009
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Gazans March for Dignity as UN Funds Dwindle and Schools Shutter
UN aid agency's decision to reduce services amid humanitarian crisis called "unacceptable" and "catastrophic"
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Even Hillary Clinton Thinks Arctic Drilling 'Not Worth the Risk'
But candidate's positions on other key climate issues remain nebulous
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In Passionate Letter to Congress, Hundreds of Rabbis Endorse Iran Deal
Urging lawmakers to pass nuclear agreement, rabbis also fight perception of American Jewish opposition to the deal
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Islamic Declaration Blasts Short-Sighted Capitalism, Demands Action on Climate
Ahead of UN summit in Paris, new document presents the moral case for Muslims and people of all faiths worldwide to mobilize against fossil fuel addiction and global warming
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World’s Nuclear Facilities Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks
Stuxnet, the computer virus introduced into the Iranian nuclear program by Israel and the US has now escaped into other countries
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Monday, August 17, 2015
With Final Stamp of Approval, White House Places Fate of Arctic in Shell's Hands
The permit comes days after President Barack Obama announced an upcoming Alaska visit to highlight what he said was 'one of the greatest challenges we face this century: climate change.'
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Ahead of Australia Visit, Naomi Klein Brands PM Abbott a 'Climate Villain'
Countering the idea that she peddles 'dangerous ideas,' the author and activist replied: 'Are they? I think they are safe...I think Tony Abbott has the real dangerous ideas.'
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Demanding Water Rights, Indigenous Protesters Tell McCain 'Get Off Our Land'
'His intentions are for corporations, not the people,' said Theresa Nosie, an Apache-Stronghold member
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Throughout the Country, Potential Black Jurors Face High Rejection Rates
In Louisiana's Caddo Parish, attorneys rejected 46 percent of potential black jurors on arbitrary grounds, a trend which is reflected in nationwide statistics
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'No Further': Activists Storm Coal Fields, Shut Down Europe's Biggest Polluter
'People want a future free of climate change and that if you're not going to solve it for us, we're going to solve it for you,' said 350.org global managing director Payal Parekh.
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ACLU Threatens Action over McCarthy-Era Loyalty Oath for Teachers
Teachers required to inculcate students with 'a love and devotion to the policies and institutions that have made America the finest country in the world in which to live'
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US Military Prepares Drastic Escalation of Global Drone Program
New reporting reveals plans to expand drone program by 50 percent, including broader use of mercenaries
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Ecuador Accuses UK of Defying Laws of Political Aslyum in Assange Case
Foreign Minister says it is 'not acceptable' for UK to blame Ecuador over WikiLeaks founder's deadlocked legal case
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Barnstorming Iowa and 'Berning Up' the Internet as Sanders Surge Continues
Said one potential voter, 'He seems to be saying the stuff that I'm thinking.'
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Journalists, Dissenters Targets of Egypt's Draconian 'Anti-Terror' Law
President Abdel Fattah al Sisi, who already rules by decree, further tightens grip on power with sweeping new legislation
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Sunday, August 16, 2015
Crackdown on Manning Intensifies Days Before Confinement Hearing
Chelsea Manning being denied access to prison library, she tells supporters
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'Giant, Champion, Trail-Blazer': Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond Dies at 75
'With Julian's passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice.'
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Exposed: Big Brother's 'Unique and Productive' Relationship with AT&T
"The NSA's top-secret budget in 2013 for the AT&T partnership was more than twice that of the next-largest such program," a New York Times and ProPublica investigation has revealed.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
Cultivating Seeds of Peace, Global Day of Action to Support Iran Deal
Organized by Iranian expats, pro-peace rallies taking place in 100 cities across the world
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China Port Explosions Release Deadly Chemical, Prompting Fear and Outrage
Police reportedly confirmed the highly toxic chemical sodium cyanide was found near the site of this week's blasts
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In Secret Filing, DOJ Opposes Release of Hunger-Striking Gitmo Prisoner
Bid to stop Tariq Ba Odah's release shows that 'Obama administration’s interagency process for closing Guantánamo is an incoherent mess,' says CCR
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Friday, August 14, 2015
US Raises Flag in Cuba After 54 Years, but 'Signs of Mistrust Linger'
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has called for the U.S. to repay millions of dollars owed to his country for damage done by its decades-long embargo
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US Consulate to Citizens: Stay Away From New Zealand TPP Protest
"This week’s national day of action, including in Auckland, will send a simple message to the government: now it the time to walk away from the negotiations."
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Nuclear Waste Site Whistleblower 'Vindicated' With $4.1 Million Settlement
Walter Tamosaitis a 'hero' who helped stave off disaster, says Tom Carpenter of Hanford Challenge
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Beyond Ironic, Obama's Pending Arctic Visit Invites Charges of Hypocrisy
Green-lighting drilling in the Arctic while promoting the need to protect it is 'like shooting rhinos to save them,' says climate campaigner
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Nearly 1,000 Doctors Join Campaign Urging Dominant Health Charity to Ditch Fossil Fuels
Nearly 1,000 doctors, nurses, researchers, and dentists call on the Wellcome Trust to 'do no harm'
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After Contentious All-Nighter, Greece Bailout Approval Spurs Rebellion
'Ask anyone who knows anything about Greece's finances and they will tell you this deal is not going to work,' former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said
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Rights Campaigners and Doctors Face Off With Israel Over Force-Feeding
As Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan falls unconscious, physicians and advocates say only way to save his life is to release him
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Brothers in Arms: Jeb Bush Won't Say 'No' To Future Torture
'This is what happens when you don't prosecute officials for illegally torturing people.'
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Fighting for Next Generation, Kids File Climate Suit Against US Government
Climate scientist James Hansen backs 21 young plaintiffs seeking to 'retain a fighting chance to preserve a habitable climate system'
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CIA Whistleblower to Civil Rights Groups: Where are You?
In open letter, Jeffrey Sterling questions groups' absence in his case
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As of Today, Humanity Has Exhausted its 2015 Supply of Natural Resources
According to the calculations of the Global Footprint Network, the planet will be running on 'ecological deficit' for the rest of the year
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Revealed: Pentagon Blocking Release of Cleared Guantánamo Detainees
Exclusive reporting by the Guardian reveals that the U.S. government is intentionally "dragging its feet" on allowing Shaker Aamer, others to go home
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Can't Touch This: To Stave Off Climate Disaster, Arctic Oil Must Stay in Ground
'There is no reasonable scenario in which Arctic oil drilling and a safe climate future co-exist,' says Oil Change International in new report
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As Social Security Reaches 80, Americans' Love for Program Remains Strong
'Social Security is a solution to our looming retirement income crisis, the increasing economic squeeze on middle class families, and the perilous and growing income and wealth inequality'
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Connecticut Abolishes Death Penalty, Bans Further Executions
State's Supreme Court ruled that death penalty 'no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency'
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Tony Blair Should Be 'Dragged in Shackles to Court' Over Iraq War, Says Father of Killed Soldier
Families of servicemen and women killed in Iraq pledge legal action if investigation into war is not published soon
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As EPA Mine Waste Spill Keeps Flowing, Warnings Grow Over Long-Term Risks
Utah joins Colorado and New Mexico in declaring state of emergency over toxic waste in rivers, as environmental experts warn of long-term risks
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Fears of Airborne Toxins Mount After Massive Port Explosions in China
Blasts occurred in an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored
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Chelsea Manning Could Face Indefinite Solitary Confinement
Military prison authorities threaten severe punishment for trivial offenses, in what supporters and lawyers say is an attempt to silence the whistleblower
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Navajo Nation 'Lifeline' Under Threat from Toxic Mine Spill
As EPA Chief Gina McCarthy plans to tour affected communities, tribal leaders say they've been ignored by the Obama administration
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'A National Embarrassment': Police Use-of-Force Stats Reveal Roadblocks to Reform
With no national mechanism to collect use of force data, federal efforts at reform may be hampered
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Pope Francis Joins Battle Against Transgenic Crops
MEXICO CITY - A few centuries ago, the biotechnology industry would have been able to buy a papal bull to expiate its sins and grant it redemption. But in his encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si”, Pope Francis condemns genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without leaving room for a pardon...
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Bernie Surging: New Poll Shows Sanders Ahead of Clinton in NH
New poll shows Sanders leading Clinton 44-37 percent
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To Become 21st Century City, Los Angeles Plan Aims To Curb Car Culture
"The car capital of America is officially changing its tune."
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Despite Pope's Call to Climate Action, Churches Hold Millions in Fossil Fuels
'This home of ours is being ruined and that damages everyone,' said Pope Francis in June
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Harper Government Spent Millions to Push Tar Sands on First Nations
'They seem to think that if they spend enough money, they can fool all of the people all of the time,' said Greenpeace analyst
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NATO and Russia 'War Games' Not Games At All
The nature and scale of ongoing exercises suggest 'Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia.'
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Clinton Campaign Shuts Down Black Lives Matter Protest
After being given advanced warning of possible protest, a "respectful" closed-door meeting results instead
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Mining Giant Credits Activists for Possibly Saving Great Barrier Reef
Indian mining giant Adani lashes out at environmentalists who sought to block giant coal mine—and succeeded
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Despite All Warnings and Delays, Shell Announces Arctic Drilling To Begin
"Shell's catastrophic record since 2012, as well as their mishap-plagued progress to Alaska this year, show just how unprepared they are for the harsh conditions of the Arctic."
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As Anti-Austerity Candidate Surges, 'Corbynomics' Catches Fire in UK
A recent poll has socialist Jeremy Corbyn 32 points ahead of his closest rival for the Labour leadership post, up from a 17-point lead three weeks ago.
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Human Rights Victory as Amnesty Votes for Decriminalization of Sex Work
Humanitarian organization's adoption of policy hailed as important step for sex workers' health, safety protections, and rights to organize
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Nutritionists Slam Coca-Cola Funded Scientists Over Deceptive Soda Message
"Just how dumb are you, average American?" writes Mark Morford. "If you’re the Coca-Cola company...the answer is: Very."
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With Wind Prices at a Record Low, Is the Clean Energy Revolution Upon Us?
According to the Department of Energy, wind saw the most growth of any power source in the US last year
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To Un-Rig Electoral System, A Plot to Treat 'Presidency as Referendum'
"We've lived through 'change you can believe in'," says Lawrence Lessig. "What we need now is a reason to believe in change."
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Australia's Weak COP21 Climate Goal Sends 'Shudder Through the Pacific'
Prime Minister Tony Abbott's target falls well short of what his government's experts say is needed to stave off a climate crisis
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Charges Against Journalists Raise Troubling Questions About Press Freedom in Ferguson
'If Wes Lowery and Ryan Reilly can be charged like this with the whole country watching, just imagine what happens when nobody is.'
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Bounty on Its Head: Wikileaks Raising €100K Reward for Secret Text of TTIP
Pending trade pact with the United States, says Julian Assange, is casting 'a shadow on the future of European democracy'
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Monday, August 10, 2015
Championing a 'President for All People,' Nurses Back Bernie
Announcing Bernie Sanders endorsement, NNU executive director RoseAnn DeMoro says: 'There is no legislator who better represents the same humanity, courage, vision as nurses.'
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Police Arrest 50 Demonstrators as State of Emergency Declared in Ferguson
Under Moral Monday banner, protesters marking one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death take part in civil disobedience outside Ferguson courthouse
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'Bulldozing' Democracy, UK Government Poised to Greenlight Fracking Bonanza
Despite increasing concern by citizens, Cameron government plans to strip municipalities of power to approve new drilling projects
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Sensing Keystone XL Rejection, TransCanada Scopes NAFTA Lawsuit
Provisions in trade pact may provide legal basis for suing U.S. over tar sands pipeline
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Hundreds of Peace Corps Vets Demand US Stop Funding Ethnic Cleansing
Over 500 former volunteers call on the U.S. to halt military aid to the Dominican government over mass expulsion of people of Haitian descent
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Canadian Candidate States 'Basic Scientific Fact' About Tar Sands, All Hell Breaks Loose
Author, activist, and Toronto New Democratic Party candidate Linda McQuaig pilloried by conservatives and others after suggesting tar sands should be left 'in the ground'
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Toxic Fallout Continues as Colorado Mine Spill Declared Three Times Larger Than Stated
Communities declare states of emergency over toxic wastewater flowing through Colorado and New Mexico, heading for Utah
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Despite Majority Opposition, Japan About to Hit 'Go' on Nuclear Restart
Fukushima 'exposed the myth of safe and cheap nuclear power, which turned out to be dangerous and expensive. Why are we trying to resume nuclear power?'
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Taking Firm Stance, Scotland Pushes GMO Ban
But government will permit genetic modification for scientific research
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Teen Shot in Ferguson on Anniversary of Brown Death in Critical Condition
Weekend actions honoring teen killed by officer marred by latest police shooting
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Violence in Turkey Linked to Nation's Support for US Militarism
Attack on U.S. consulate in Istanbul follows separate attacks elsewhere in the country
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Racialized Poverty in America has Nearly Doubled in 21st Century
New report finds mid-sized cities like Detroit and Milwaukee are ground zero for dramatic rise in segregation
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'Bringing People Together' Big Time as Sanders Attracts Tens of Thousands
Overflow crowd is estimated at nearly 30,000 people in Portland, Oregon as populist message continues to draw larger turnouts than any other presidential candidate
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