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Sunday, August 9, 2015
As Colorado Spill Hits New Mexico, Alarm Sounds Over Abandoned Mines
Toxic waste spill last Wednesday continues to spread, turning attention to issue of abandoned mines in U.S.
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Israel Makes Arrests Following Arson Attack in West Bank
Israeli police on Sunday arrested several people in connection with the deadly arson attack on July 31 which killed an 18-month-old baby and his father and severely wounded his mother and brother in the West Bank neighborhood of Duma. Among those taken into custody were two well-known "...
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Ferguson, One Year Later: 'Justice Is No More Death'
After police shooting of unarmed black teen brought forth new human rights movement, activists gather in flashpoint town to commemorate and organize
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Saturday, August 8, 2015
First Step for Reform: APA Votes to Bar Psychologists From Colluding in Torture
Largest association of psychologists passes measure prohibiting members from participating in interrogations done in name of national security
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Death Toll Rises in Deadly 24 Hours in Afghanistan
Attacks on military base and other areas in Kabul kill at least 40, including NATO soldier
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Friday, August 7, 2015
Shell Cuts Off ALEC, But Greenpeace Says PR Stunt Won't Save Arctic
Oil giant cuts ties with right-wing lobbying group, still plans to drill for oil in the Arctic
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Repulsed by Animal Cruelty, Attendance (and Profits) at SeaWorld Plummet
"People don't want to watch abused animals being forced to perform pointless circus tricks," says animal rights group
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The Family Behind the Iran Is Great Van: 'What Happened to Us Was Serendipity'
Counter-terrorism police were called this week to investigate a family van parked in central London, with ‘Iran is Great’ emblazoned on its sides
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Obama Administration Accused of Giving Human Trafficking Status Upgrade to 'Further Corporate Trade Agenda'
Progressive organization, members of Congress demand explanation for Malaysia's new ranking
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New Zealand About to Say Adios to Coal
It's 'another good piece of news for anyone wanting their kids to have a future without runaway climate change'
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Progressives Disgusted After Sen. Schumer's 'Outrageous' Break on Iran Deal
Schumer's opposition to nuclear agreement puts nation 'on a path to war.'
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Canada Election Debate: May Stands Out for Greens as Trudeau Stumbles for Liberals
Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays predictable role and NDP leader Tom Mulcair takes swings
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EPA Causes Massive Mine Waste Spill in Colorado That Turns River Orange
Agency calls leak 'unexpected' as environmental groups slam the government's response
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And the Winner of the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate?... Bernie Sanders
Democratic challenger sits down to enjoy the Republican debate and brings his Twitter account with him
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Thursday, August 6, 2015
New TPP Leaks Reveal US 'Pandering to Big Drug Companies,' Threatening Innovators
'Without users at the negotiating table, it's no wonder that the TPP is trampling on their rights'
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50 Years After Voting Rights Act, A New Fight for Democracy Demanded
'On this 50th anniversary, rather than pay tribute to the act's original passage, we must fight for its restoration.'
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In 'Great Day for People Power,' Welsh Town Council Rejects Open-Pit Coal Mine
Following a sustained community campaign, town representatives voted no to a new open-pit coal mine, defying company's threats to sue
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Amid Planned Parenthood Hubbub, a Rallying Cry to the Pro-Choice Majority
'We need to say that women have sex, have abortions, are at peace with the decision and move on with their lives,' argues author Katha Pollit. 'We need to say that is their right.'
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USA: The Global Superpower That Once Again Fails Infant Mortality Test
CDC report finds disparities between black and white women have 'more than doubled over the past decade'
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Sanders on Republican Debate: Candidates Will Coddle the Rich
Vermont senator says Republican presidential hopefuls 'want to give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires at a time when the rich are getting much richer.'
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'The Dream of Internet Freedom is Dying,' Warns Top Civil Liberties Attorney
In keynote address to Black Hat security conference, Jennifer Granick tells experts: 'We need to get ready to smash the Internet apart to make something better.'
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Documents Show California Pipeline Spill Much Worse Than Initially Disclosed
Earnings reports for the Texas-based company reveal that 40 percent more oil may have leaked from ruptured coastal pipeline
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70 Years After Bombing of Hiroshima, Calls to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
From Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park to nuclear weapons complexes across the U.S., campaigners and survivors are demanding disarmament
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Stop Watching Them: Federal Court Squashes Unwarranted Cell Phone Tracking
Latest ruling sets up scenario in which Supreme Court will likely decide what limitations should be placed on law enforcement's use of cell phone records
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
As Anniversary Nears, Atomic Bomb Survivors Speak Out Against Nuclear Power
Those who experienced the horrors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki say they 'must pass on what we know of the risks of nuclear energy to future generations.'
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Anti-Austerity Candidate Corbyn: Tony Blair Could Face War Crimes
MP Jeremy Corbyn says Iraq war illegal, Blair must divulge details of 2002 meetings with George W. Bush
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In Return Towards Justice, Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law 'Discriminatory'
Decision, however, falls short of broad injunction against the voter suppression rule
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The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here
The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen — and much faster than climate scientists expected
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Puerto Rico's First-Ever Bond Default Exposes Island's 'Debt Colony' Status
Wall Street hedge funds are largely responsible for island's crises of poverty, unemployment, and debt
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Russia Restakes Claim as Race for Arctic Resources Continues
'The protection of the Arctic is a defining issue for our time'
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Finally! SEC Votes to Disclose Exorbitant CEO-Worker Pay Ratio
"We finally have an official yardstick for measuring CEO greed," said Institute for Policy Studies analyst Sarah Anderson.
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In Midst of Shutoffs, Protesters 'Liberate' Water from Detroit Mayor's Mansion
'Denying tens of thousands of people the right to water ought to be criminal. Doing it while living in a publicly-funded, city-owned mansion is just despicable.'
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Feeding People on Our Stressed Planet Will Require a 'Revolution'
Two renowned scientists—Stanford's Paul Ehrlich and UC-Berkeley's John Harte — argue that feeding the planet goes way beyond food. Revolutionary political, economic and social shifts are necessary to avoid unprecedented chaos.
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Black and White: Survey Reveals Huge Disparities in Assessing Police Violence
Nearly three-quarters of black respondents consider violence against civilians by law enforcement officers to be an extremely or very serious problem, while less than 20 percent of white people feel the same
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Shadow Puppets: Outside Groups Pulling the Strings in 2016 Election
Ostensibly independent groups reported to have close ties to a candidate account for 96 percent of total outside fundraising
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'Care for This World': Echoing Pope's Climate Message, 13 Arrested at Gas Facility
Activists draw on Papal Encyclical to fuel case against plan to store pressurized gases in Seneca Lake salt caverns
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Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader, When Will He Act Like One?
"Frankly," says author and activist, Obama's newly announced proposal, "does not buy a climate legacy. It’s not enough, because it isn’t in line with science, and it also isn’t in line with technology."
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State Dept Accused of Watering Down Human Rights Ratings to Advance Obama Trade Agenda
Reuters investigation shows American diplomats played politics with annual human trafficking report
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Despite Epic Crash of World Economy, White Collar Prosecutions at 20-Year Low
But that doesn't mean Wall Street malfeasance itself is on the wane, researchers point out
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Fight Against 'Big Brother' Heats Up as CISA Bill Advances in Senate
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is advancing in the Senate thanks to the aggressive push of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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Bombshell Study Reveals Methane Emissions Hugely Underestimated
Findings throw EPA emissions database and countless other fracking studies into question
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Gotcha! Scott Walker Punked by Climate Activist on Campaign Trail
Environmentalist calls Wisconsin governor and White House hopeful 'the most dangerous candidate on climate change'
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Global Glaciers Melting up to Three Times Rate of 20th Century
New study finds glaciers disappearing at 'historically unprecedented' pace worldwide
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In Victory for Animals and Their Defenders, Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law
Banning the filming of factory farm operations is an unconstitutional violation of both free speech and equal protection clauses, says federal judge
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Monday, August 3, 2015
Geoengineering Schemes Sound Too Good to be True? That's Because They Are.
Study finds that 'technofixes' won't be enough to save the planet's oceans in a world where CO2 emissions continued to climb.
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Obama Climate Plan: Testament to People Power, But Much More to Do
"We have our work cut out for us. Communities will have to be organized and engaged." —Michael Leon Guerrero, Climate Justice Alliance
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Finally, One Banker Gets Sizable Jail Term. But Will Others Follow?
Sentence in LIBOR manipulation case is 'one of the harshest penalties meted out against a banker since the financial crisis'
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To Topple US 'Oligarchy,' Sanders Calls for Publicly Financed Elections
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton responds to question about big money in politics with 'a flavorless mush of platitudes'
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Call for Christie's Resignation After Saying Teachers Union Deserves 'Punch In the Face'
New Jersey governor called teachers' union "the single most destructive force in public education in America"
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'Requiem for Arctic Ice': Fight Against Shell Crescendos with Musical Protest
'Music is universal and timeless; the opportunity to prevent catastrophe is limited to the here and now.'
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Hypocrisy on Display as US Lavishes Military Aid on Egypt
In a visit to Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged that the Egyptian government's atrocities will not prevent increased U.S. backing
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Hundreds of Civilians Credibly Reported Killed in First Year of Coalition Airstrikes, Airwars Study Finds
A six-month investigation into alleged civilian and ‘friendly fire’ deaths from Coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria has identified more than 120 incidents of concern to June 30th according to an Airwars report published today – three times more problem events than the Coalition itself was aware...
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War President Obama Authorizes Ongoing Airstrikes Against Syria
Escalation increases chances of direct military clashes between U.S. military and President Bashar al-Assad
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Sunday, August 2, 2015
Obama Touts 'Historic' Climate Plan, But Will It Go Far Enough?
The president's Clean Power Plan includes deeper emissions cuts but also numerous concessions to the industry
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Journalists Agree to Keep Mum on Conservative Donors at Koch Brothers Event
Major media outlets granted access to Koch Brothers' affair in exchange for their silence
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Saturday, August 1, 2015
As Heat Wave Sweeps Iraq, Thousands Demand Water, Electricity, Sustenance
Mass marches against government failure and corruption sweep Iraq's capital and southern cities
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As 'Do-Or-Die' Talks End In Failure, Could TPP Be Derailed for Good?
Global justice campaigners say disintegration of Maui negotiations 'good news for people and the planet'
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Friday, July 31, 2015
Following Damning Report, American Psychological Association May Prohibit Interrogation Involvement
'The legal facade behind which these heinous acts were conducted relied heavily on the cooperation of professional psychologists'—Amy Goodman
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In St. Louis, Black Youths Bear Brunt of Dysfunctional Justice System
'In short, Black children are subjected to harsher treatment because of their race,' the US Justice Department found
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Battered By Drought, Forests Lose Ability to Fend Off Climate Change
'Some forests could be in a race to recover before the next drought strikes'
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Iranian Foreign Minister: Time for US, Other Nuclear Powers to Disarm
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif calls on US, Israel, and other atomic weapons nations to begin 'new era' of non-proliferation
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Outrage Spreads After Palestinian Infant Killed in Arson Attack in Occupied West Bank
Killing of 18-month-old boy and injuries to his family called 'consequence of a culture of hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government' and tolerated by international community
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Protesters Forcibly Removed by Police As Arctic Drilling Ship Escapes Blockade
After blocking vessel for nearly two days, activists said to be 'tired and hot, but filled with gratitude'
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Federal Judge Slaps Hourly Fine on Climate Activists Forming 'Last Line of Defense for Fragile Arctic'
After successfully blocking Shell vessel from reaching open waters, activists hit with $2,500 per hour fine
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Sanders Makes History With 2016 Cycle's Biggest Campaign Event Yet
'I have never seen a campaign as exciting as this,' says Sanders supporter in Alabama
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Afghan War Is Not Over, Says Judge, So Indefinite Detention Can Continue
Though President Obama has publicaly championed end of combat operations in Afghanistan, that doesn't mean prisoners of war can be released
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In 'Long Overdue' Ruling, Canada Approves Medical Abortion Pill
Health Canada's announcement of the approval on Thursday followed years of delays
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Women's Health Providers Face Coordinated Assault in Cyberspace and on Capitol Hill
The websites for two major reproductive health groups were down on Thursday after alleged cyberattacks
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Ignoring Calls by Human Rights Experts, Medical Community, Israel OKs 'Legislative Foundation for Torture'
Israeli parliament approves bill allowing the force-feeding of prisoners
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UN Report Card Gives US 'Failing Grade' on Human Rights
Citing torture, detentions without trial, and police violence, the UN Human Rights Committee's catalogs dismal performance by world power
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Climate Experts Decry Big Oil's Lobbying Push to Lift Export Ban
'Encouraging more oil production is precisely the wrong policy signal to be sending if you are not a climate denier,' says Oil Change International
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#ShellNo Showdown Results in U-Turn as Rappellers Repel Arctic Drilling Ship
24 hours after blockade began in Portland, Greenpeace continues effort to block drilling ship from leaving harbor
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Wishing Happy Birthday to Medicare, Communities Demand Healthcare for All
In nationwide rallies and creative actions, proponents of universal healthcare mobilize to defend—and expand—public program
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Revealed: The Private Firms Tracking Terror Targets at Heart of US Drone Wars
Corporate staff are reviewing top-secret data and helping uniformed colleagues decide whether people under surveillance are enemies or civilians
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
New Spy Bill Sneaking Through Congress, But Rights Groups Have a Plan
Coalition of civil liberties organizations have launched a groundswell of action against Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), 'a privacy bill by another name'
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Victory for Farmworkers as Major Grocer Meets Demands for Fair Food
Ahold USA joined more than a dozen food industry giants by joining the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' human rights program
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Civilians Face Worsening Catastrophe as US-Backed Saudi Coalition Expands Offensive in Yemen
Offensives may 'inflict yet more violence on civilians caught between the warring parties and expose them to armed reprisals'
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'Without Question A Murder': Ohio Cop Indicted for Killing Black Man During Traffic Stop
University of Cincinnati officer will face murder charges in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose
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As Clinton Dodges on KXL, Sanders Voices 'Vigorous' Opposition
While leading candidate finds "wiggle room" to avoid answering tough question, her more progressive rival takes advantage
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Faced with Defunding Threat from Senate, Planned Parenthood Fights Back
As more covertly filmed videos are released and Congress considers defunding group, Planned Parenthood rallies supporters
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New Report Finds 'Strong Evidence' of Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
'The obligation to take precautions to avoid the loss of civilian lives was completely neglected.'
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Group Seeks to Expose Cozy Ties Between US Trade Rep and Wall Street
'Americans deserve to know what Froman has been privately saying to these big banks.'
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As Elites Aim To Finalize Secret 'Profit Over People' Trade Deal, An Alarm Sounds
Trade ministers will be met in Maui with a colorful demonstration against secret corporate agreement
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Beyond Outrage: How an American Trophy Hunter Killed the 'Wild Soul of Africa'
Cecil the lion's death stirs more than just anger, raising questions about the economics and ethics of big-game hunting and wildlife conservation
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White House Rejects Petition to Pardon Snowden
More than 167,000 people signed letter urging Obama administration to drop its prosecution of NSA whistleblower
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True or False, Rumors of Taliban Leader's Death Hamper Afghan Peace Talks
The impact of speculation over whether Mullah Mohammed Omar is alive or dead exposes how fragile opportunity for peace in Afghanistan remains
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Dangling from Bridge, Greenpeace Climbers Blockade Arctic Drilling Ship
'Every second we stop Shell counts'
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
While Backed by US, Saudi Coalition Accused of War Crime in Yemen
New report from Human Rights Watch investigates bombings that killed at least 65 civilians in the city of Mokha on Friday
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European Mining Dispute Illustrates Risks of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals
A Canadian corporation is seeking damages after being blocked from creating an open-pit mine over environmental concerns
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NSA to Destroy Phone Records, But 'Devil May Be in the Details'
Spy agency promises to delete metadata collected under USA Patriot Act 'as soon as possible,' although lawsuits filed over surveillance program add ironic dynamic
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Fighting for 50 States, Sanders House Parties Expect Tens of Thousands
'The most important thing is building a political movement in which millions of people who have given up on the political process get involved.'
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Solar Ambitions Great, But Clinton's Climate Plan Well Short of 'Bold'
'At the end of the day,' says 350's Bill McKibben, 'growth in renewables doesn’t mean enough if we’re simultaneously kicking the decarbonization can down the road.'
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Wall Street's Solution to Puerto Rico Debt Crisis? Shutter Schools, Fire Workers
New report commissioned by bondholders and hedge fund managers calls for sweeping austerity measures
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Monday, July 27, 2015
Scientists Identify 'Triple Threat' Endangering US Coastal Cities
The 'meteorological double whammy' of heavy rainfall and storm surges is only further exacerbated by rising sea levels, scientists say
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Whistleblower Exposes Torture and Child Abuse at For-Profit Prison
Social worker Oliva López, formerly employed at a family immigrant detention center in Texas, testifies that prison is plagued by mistreatment
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Hawking, Musk, Woz: We Must Ban the 'Kalashnikovs of Tomorrow'
Weapons that can kill without human operators are 'the third revolution in warfare,' AI experts warn. And it wouldn't take much to start a global arms race.
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Mexico Investigation Unearths More Mass Graves, but Still No Answers
On Sunday, parents of the Ayotzinapa students, missing for 10 months, led hundreds through the streets of Mexico City to call for justice
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Surprise! Pro-GMO Lawmakers Get Big Funds from Agribusiness Lobbies
Reps who voted against mandatory GMO labeling received three times as much money from food and agriculture lobbies
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For-Profit Prison Accused of Subjecting Juveniles to 'Disgraceful' Conditions
G4S already stands accused of human rights violations from Israel to South Africa to the United Kingdom
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Sunday, July 26, 2015
As Obama Lectures Kenya, What Lessons Must US Learn from Africa?
Obama receives applause in Kenya, but region continues to suffocate under U.S. policies whose results often run counter to stated goals
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