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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Planned Parenthood Leader Speaks Out Against Highly-Edited Attack Videos
'The folks behind this,' notes Cecile Richards, 'are part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement that has been behind the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors in their homes, and in their churches.'
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As Release of Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Appears Close, A Few Deeper Questions Worth Asking
With speculation swirling that seller of U.S. secrets may be released from prison after nearly 30 years, case raises interesting concerns about sentencing, international relations, and more
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Vowing to #SayHerName and More, Hundreds Gather to Honor Life and Death of Sandra Bland
After being arrested in Texas following routine traffic stop earlier this month, many questions remain about untimely death of woman who has further galvanized national movement
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Saudi Arabian Airstrike Kills 120 Civilians as US-Backed War in Yemen Rages
Humanitarian crisis continues with no end in sight as forces armed and supported by the United States continue to terrorize the people of Yemen
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Obama Walks Fine Line in Kenya on LGBTQ Rights
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke in Nairobi at the end of a two-day visit Saturday, focusing on Kenya’s economy and the fight against terrorism, but also briefly touching on gay rights and discrimination. “When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody...
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Five Years Later, Michigan Remembers Enbridge's Assault on Kalamazoo River
Campaigners and residents march says 2010 disaster should remain stark reminder of the dangers posed by tar sands
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Sanders' National Favorability Doubles as Clinton Lead Slides
Latest Gallup shows that while Clinton enjoys name recognition and commanding lead overall, populist candidate continues to surge
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Friday, July 24, 2015
Exposed: Big Brother Targets Black Lives
Government spying can be an 'effective way to chill protest movements,' warns Center for Constitutional Rights
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ADA at 25: Years After Landmark Civil Rights Law, Some Wonder, 'Where's the Equality?'
Twenty-five years after passage of Americans with Disabilities Act, poverty and disabilities still go hand in hand
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Condemnation After UK Lifts Ban on Bee-Killing Neonics
Temporary reversal on pesticide will allow farmers to access harmful chemicals for 120 days
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Guess Who Else Is Fundraising for Clinton: Private Prison Lobbyists
'It is bad for all of us when these multibillion dollar companies use their considerable financial influence to try to pressure lawmakers'
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Beppe: Nationalize Banks to Throw Off 'Anti-Democratic Straitjacket' of Eurozone
Populist comedian-turned-politician calls for Italy to exit the Euro
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With New Spy Bill, France OKs Mass Surveillance
'[T]he French Constitutional Council legalizes mass surveillance and endorses a historical decline in fundamental rights,' says digital rights group
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Left-Winger's Surging Candidacy in UK Taps into Anti-Austerity Energy
Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy 'takes on a much wider significance, because it can be part of rebuilding a left committed to social movements,' says Stop the War Coalition
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Regional War Escalates as Turkey Openly Bombs Targets Inside Syria
Airstrikes on Friday comes as Turkish government also gives US military and other allies permission to stage further operations from its facilities along the Syrian border
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Healthcare 'Oligopoly Wave' Continues As Anthem Gobbles Cigna
Human rights campaigners say mega consolidation will erode healthcare access and hike prices, illustrating deep problems with for-profit model
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Thursday, July 23, 2015
'Corporate Influence Has Won': House Passes Anti-GMO Labeling Bill
Legislation dubbed the DARK Act had backing of powerful groups who poured money into defeating state-level GMO-labeling efforts
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42 Years Later, Officers Charged for Murder of Defiant Chilean Folk Singer
Ten former military officers indicted for torturing and killing musician, playwright, and social activist Victor Jara
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Chomsky: 'The Real Question is...What Exactly Is The Threat of Iran?'
Scholar and activist questions the need for a nuclear agreement when Iran has not violated the nonproliferation treaty
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Facing $5 Billion Campaign, Hunger for a '21st Century Democracy Agenda'
'This set of principles offers popular commonsense policies that would go a long way toward restoring trust in our democratic institutions.'
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Heal, Reflect, Build: Movement for Black Lives to Hold Nationwide Gathering
The Black organizers making history will now come together to build movement that 'transcends geographical boundaries'
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UN Climate Chief: 'We're at Five Minutes to Midnight'
'Science is telling us that time is running out,' Christiana Figueres tells AP
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New Bills Would Bring Sweeping, 'Vital' LGBTQ Protections
The Equality Act would expand Civil Rights Act and provide 'full, federal equality' for all LGBTQ people, supporters say
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'Dark Cloud' of ALEC Converges at Annual Corporate-Political Lovefest
This week, San Diego hosts 'a festival of closed-door deal-making by politicians, corporate executives and lobbyists'
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UN Remains Barred from Visiting US Prisons Amid Abuse Charges
A recent visit to a federal penitentiary by President Obama has prompted the United Nations to give another shot at seeking permission to visit the U.S. prison system.
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'I Stand With Planned Parenthood': Fact Checkers Expose Anti-Choice Smear Campaign
Lawmakers, reproductive justice advocates, and the New York Times editorial board raise concerns about deceptive video
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'Fight for $15' Tallies Giant Win in New York As Movement Marches On
Latest victory for low-wage workers, declared one McDonald's worker, 'has showed me what’s possible when people stick and work together.'
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Cries of Betrayal, Calls to Organize as Obama Approves Arctic Drilling
'With this decision, President Obama has given Shell an open invitation to turn the Chukchi Sea into an energy sacrifice zone,' said Marissa Knodel of Friends of the Earth
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Charleston Shooter Charged With Federal Hate Crimes
Dylann Roof, 21, indicted on 33 counts, including some that carry death penalty
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Aiming to Lift 'Starvation Wage,' Progressive Lawmakers Push for $15 Nationwide
Sanders and Congressional Progressive Caucus introduce new legislation before crowd of striking federal workers
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Calif. Community's Techno-Fix to Drought: A Path Towards More Climate Problems?
'I think that one of the myths, besides the myth of abundance, is the myth that technology will fix whatever we're doing, so it's OK to foul those waters because some technology is going to come along and clean it up.'—Maude Barlow
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With Pope Francis at the Helm, World's Mayors Pledge to Fight Climate Change
'His Holiness did not convene us here to ratify the status quo, but in fact to upend it,' said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at Vatican conference
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Cementing AT&T Strangehold, FCC Poised to Approve DirecTV Buyout
Mega merger "will send yet another signal to Wall Street that harmful mergers are a better business model than actual infrastructure investment," warns press freedom group
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Who Actually Thinks Citizens United Is Good for Elections? Turns Out, Hardly Anyone
New study finds the US public is starting to worry about 'the Wild West nature of campaign finance'
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EL Doctorow, Witness to 'This Terrifying Century,' Dies at 84
'I think of myself really as a national novelist, as an American novelist writing about my country,' the author once said
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Sanders Calls Violent Arrest of Sandra Bland 'Totally Outrageous Police Behavior'
Recently challenged to address issues of racial injustice and police brutality more forcefully, Sanders does just that
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Study: When Human Consumption Slows, Planet Earth Can Heal
New research debunks myth of climate-friendly fracking revolution
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Hedging on Wall Street: Clinton's Finance Reforms Reek of Weak-Kneed Populism
While offering new reforms for financial industry, few seem to think that presidential candidate would present any significant challenge to ruthlessness of the big banks
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Facing Down Taser, Sandra Bland Was Told By Officer: "I Will Light You Up!"
Betraying arrest report, newly released footage shows how arresting officer violently escalated traffic stop by threatening unarmed black woman with Taser
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Five Years Later, the Unfulfilled Promise of Dodd-Frank
Five years after the law's enactment, fewer than two-thirds of its 390 rules have been completed
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Student 'Aid' Industry Parade Crashed by Debtors Demanding Free Higher Ed
"A loan is not aid," declared student debt striker Michael Adorno-Miranda
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Varoufakis: Troika Forced Syriza Into Choice Between 'Suicide or Execution'
Former finance minister blasts EU, saying: "No one government should ever be treated that way in the context of a club of democratic nations."
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As Demolition Threat Looms Over West Bank Village, Israel Faces Global Rebuke
Sources say about half of Susiya's structures—including residential homes, a medical clinic, animal shelters, and more—are slated for imminent demolition
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Snowden's Plea to Top Technologists: Build an Internet for the People
'Everybody should be safe all the time, else we let others choose who will be safe or not,' whistleblower tells meeting of independent internet engineers
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Terrorism 101: Occupy and Student Groups Labeled 'Extremist Threat' by London Police
Conflating of liberal groups with terrorism shows that they threaten 'the capitalist establishment of which the police are employed to protect' says activist
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What Recovery? Report Reveals Rising Poverty for Children in America
Annie E. Casey Foundation study finds recovery from Great Recession has left out children of color altogether
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Rights Groups Fight Back Against Canada's 'Stomach-Churning' Spy Bill
Bill C-51 poses grave threat to personal freedoms and violates constitutional rights, warn civil liberty and press freedom groups
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World's Oceans Could Rise Higher, Sooner, Faster Than Most Thought Possible
New research shows that consensus estimates of sea level increases may be underestimating threat; new predictions would see major coastal cities left uninhabitable by next century
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Japan Accused of Coercing Fukushima Refugees to Return to Unsafe Homes
Greenpeace charges that pro-nuclear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cares more about politics than public health
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Monday, July 20, 2015
Creative Hoax Asks Why Free College Tuition Not Up for Discussion
Anti-debt campaigners falsely announce receipt of award from student "aid" industry for proposal to make higher education free
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As Presidential Bid Takes Off, Scott Walker Takes Aim at Women's Rights?
Governor signs abortion ban that was opposed by several medical and reproductive rights groups, who say that 'fetal pain' claim is unfounded
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Smashing All Previous Records, 2015 on Track to Be Hottest Year Yet
...and 2016 may likely be even hotter, scientists warn
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As Cuban Flag Rises in US Capital, 'Antiquated Policies' Still in Place
The 'removal of the economic, commercial and financial blockade... the return of occupied territory in Guantánamo, and respect for the sovereignty of Cuba,' must come next, said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez
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Your Move, US Congress: EU and UN Back Iran Nuclear Accord
International bodies back diplomatic agreement, agree to lift punishing economic sanctions
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New Probe Exposes Horrific Child Abuse by Israeli Forces
Palestinian children face chokeholds, stun grenades, and forced confessions at the hands of Israeli forces, Human Rights Watch report reveals
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Red States 'Feel The Bern' as Populist Message Resonates
Senator's populist message is catching on in Republican-heavy areas, with Arizona bringing his biggest crowd yet
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Just a 'Mistake': US Airstrikes Kill Allied Soldiers in Afghanistan
Helicopters attack outpost in broad daylight in what could be worst such incident in nearly 14 years of war
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Sunday, July 19, 2015
'If We Can Do It, So Can You': Marshall Islands Makes Inspiring Climate Pledge
Pacific island nation on the frontlines of climate crisis announces goal to be emission-free by 2050
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Disrupting Speeches, Protesters Challenge Sanders and O'Malley: Say 'Black Lives Matter!'
Raising the profile of Black women killed by police violence, demonstration forces candidates to address racial injustice
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Saturday, July 18, 2015
Tsipras Boots Syriza's Left from Government
Former financial minister Yanis Varoufakis warns that new reforms will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever."
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Kayaktivists Across the Country Paddle in Protest of Arctic Drilling
Shell oil exploration could begin any day now, activists warn
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Clinton Challenged to Break Up—and Break Up With—Wall Street Banks
Comments from progressive Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Clinton's chief rival, highlight former Secretary of State's ties to financial elite
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Friday, July 17, 2015
Retired General: Obama's Drone Program 'A Failed Strategy'
In upcoming interview with Al Jazeera English’s Head to Head , former head of Defense Intelligence Agency says US invasion of Iraq 'definitely put fuel on a fire'
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Montana Oil Train Derailment Renews Call for Ban on Crude-By-Rail
"The wreck is the latest in a string of derailments this year exposing the still-unchecked dangers that crude-oil trains pose to people and the environment, and how unprepared communities are to deal with the threat," says Center for Biological Diversity
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'Still Can't Breathe': One Year After Eric Garner's Death, Justice Remains Elusive
Actions planned for Friday and Saturday to mark anniversary and call for accountability
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FBI Joins Investigation Into 'Unfathomable' Death of Sandra Bland
Calls for justice by family and friends of black woman who died in Texas jail echoed by activists on social media
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In 'Subservience' to Washington, British Pilots Secretly Bombing Syria
Airstrikes are being conducted without parliamentary approval, Reprieve learned through a freedom of information request
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Large Pipeline Spill in Alberta 'Stark Reminder' of Dangers of Tar Sands
Rupture near Fort McMurray may be one of province's largest
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Hecklers Demand Hillary Clinton Buck Fossil Fuel Cash and 'Act on Climate'
Town hall attendee asks: 'Is your refusal to take leadership on climate change due to the fact that you have contributions from the fossil fuel industry in your campaign?'
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Clearing EU Hurdles, Greek Austerity Package Moves Forward
Germany approves bailout talks, EU approves bridging loan, and wildfires rage in Athens
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US and Philippines Face People's Tribunal for Torture, Disappearances, Murder
Witnesses and survivors deliver emotional testimony about the impact of both governments' collaboration in the so-called War on Terror
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
New Report Shatters Myth of 'Nuclear Renaissance'
The report 'demonstrates beyond the shadow of a doubt that renewable energy and energy efficiency are a far sounder investment and a much safer choice,' said Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear.
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Another Canary Squawks: Annual Report Shows Unstoppable Ocean Warming
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society warn climate change is setting new records
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Japan's Continued Lurch Toward Militarism Prompts Public Outcry
'If Japan becomes another regular nation which goes to war like the United States, Japan will lose its singular brand,' says protester
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Human Exploitation of Nature Has Driven Planetary Health to the Edge
New report says 'we have been mortgaging the health of future generations'
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Can Simply Living Near a Fracking Site Send You to the Hospital?
Residents living near shale gas wells are more likely to be admitted to hospitals for heart, nervous system, and other medical issues
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Al Gore on Obama's Plan for Arctic Drilling: It's 'Insane'
In video interview with the Guardian , former vice president offers rare criticism of Obama and shares hopes for climate accord
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Watchdogs Reveal Chamber of Commerce 'Blowing Smoke' for Big Tobacco
New report sheds light on joint efforts to undermine public health protections against tobacco
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Advancing Bailout, Greece Approves 'Terms of Surrender' to Austerity
Banks set to re-open Monday as ECB head announces emergency credit and promotes debt relief
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Rights Campaigners 'Disturbed' as Obama Offers Further Spike to Israeli Military Aid
'The fact that Netanyahu's temper tantrum about the Iran deal could go towards an increase in aid is disturbing,' said Naomi Dann of Jewish Voice for Peace
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
In NAACP Speech, Obama Calls for Sweeping—and Unprecedented—Prison Reform
Among the necessary solutions are an end to mass incarceration and reinstating voting rights for those who serve their time
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After EPA Ignored Environmental Racism for Decades, Communities Fight Back
On behalf of communities across the United States, Earthjustice files suit for government violation of civil rights laws
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With Zero Accountability, Big Oil Wringing Profit from Developing Countries
The $1.55 trillion in 'lost' oil revenues represents five times the existing funding gap for 42 of the world's poorest countries in both education and health, says Oxfam America
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Report Exposes 'Revolving Door' Within Corporate-Dominated TTIP Talks
"We believe the revolving door exacerbates the corporate capture of TTIP negotiations," says lobby watchdog
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Federal Protections for LGBT Students in Schools? Senate Says Nope
'The inability to put in place meaningful protections for some of our most vulnerable children is an enormous disservice to LGBT students,' stated Franken.
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The United States: Where Climate Change Is Not Seen as a Top Threat
Pew survey finds that U.S. respondents see ISIS, Iran's nuclear program as far greater threats
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As Clinton Visits DC, Sanders Steals the Spotlight
Senator from Vermont hijacks a set of microphones in front of a news crew to give unscripted thoughts on Clinton's campaign platform
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Citing Big Ag Research, EU Set to Approve Toxic Weedkiller
Despite WHO declaration that glysophate is a 'probable carcinogen,' Guardian reporting on government analysis exposes industry influence on decision
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Busted: SeaWorld's Corporate Espionage Against Animal Rights Movement
PETA investigation 'leaves no doubt that SeaWorld is a dirty tricks corporation, devoid of ethics.'
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How Hawks Are Using Iraq War Talking Points to Stoke Fear Over Iran Deal
There is no public evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, but that is not stopping the pro-war hysteria
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A Nation Torn: Greece Grapples With 'Humiliating' Austerity Deal
Even the International Monetary Fund—one-third of the so-called Troika—says Greece needs debt relief 'far beyond' what European creditors have been willing to consider
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Amid Torture Scandal, APA Officials Step Down
American Psychological Association leaders, including CEO, follow ethics director out the door
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'Money Isn't Justice': Eric Garner Family Calls for Real Accountability
'They deserve to be prosecuted. They treated my husband like an animal,' says Garner's widow of police officers involved in her husband's death
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Black Children Almost 4 Times More Likely to Grow Up Poor Than Whites
While rate has dropped for other populations, at 38 percent the number of black children raised in poor households remains steady
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With Iran Deal Reached, Now US Anti-War Base Must Mobilize to Defend It
Campaigners urge US civil society to 'show solidarity' with counterparts in Iran by preventing Congress from sinking the accord
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Pledges for Humanitarian Aid Fall Far Short of Deliveries
When international donors pledge millions of dollars either for post-conflict reconstruction or for humanitarian aid, deliveries are rarely on schedule: they are either late, fall far below expectations or not delivered at all. The under-payment or non-payment of promised aid has affected mostly...
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Under Pressure from Europe, Tsipras Tries to Sell 'Unviable' Austerity Deal to Syriza
Varoufakis calls deal 'purely and simply a manifestation of the politics of humiliation in action'
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Filmmaker Laura Poitras Sues US Over 'Kafkaesque' Harassment
Lawsuit requests records from intelligence agencies that have unlawfully detained, searched, and interrogated Citizenfour director for six years
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Opening Historic 'Possibility of Peace,' World Powers Clinch Iran Deal
Grassroots groups and heads of state are calling for US Congress to approve agreement and reject war
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Monday, July 13, 2015
Obama Grants Clemency to 46 Drug Offenders, But Thousands Turned Away
Rights campaigners say commutations are important but fall short of the deep change needed
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