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Monday, July 13, 2015
Moral Monday Anti-Democracy Forces on Trial as Voting Rights Fight Heats Up
'This is our Selma,' North Carolina NAACP leader declares as thousands prepare to rally outside courthouse
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D'Army Bailey, Civil Rights Leader and Renaissance Man, Dies at 73
Activist and judge who founded National Civil Rights Museum was also known as a writer and actor
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How Does Bernie Sanders' Turnout in Maine Compare to Other Democratic Rallies? It Was Epic.
With Election Day still 16 months away, Sanders draws biggest turnout for a Maine Democratic rally in 25 years
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Facing 'Retirement Crisis,' Sanders Leads Charge for Social Security Expansion
Concerted campaign includes letter signed by 70 lawmakers and petition signatures from more than 2.5 million Americans
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Pope Calls on World Youth to Rise Up Against Global Capitalism
'Make a mess, but then also help to tidy it up,' Argentinian pontiff said in address to Paraguay youth
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Climate Campaigners Lock Down At Airport to Protest Runway Expansion
"No third runway! No ifs, no buts!" shouted protesters at London's Heathrow Airport
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'Austerity Has Won': Greece Submits to Divisive Reforms
'This is not an agreement but an outrageous imposition on the Greek people,' Jubilee Debt Campaign
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
#ThisIsACoup: Global Anger Erupts Over Germany's Harsh Austerity Demands
A list of draconian new austerity demands handed to the Greek government in Brussels Sunday ignited a global backlash against Germany, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel and finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble. #ThisIsACoup became the top trending hashtag on Twitter worldwide - and is #1 in...
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Germany Showing 'Lack of Solidarity' Over Greece: Stiglitz
'It is time for the U.S. to be generous with our friends in Greece'
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Diplomats: Provisional Iran Nuclear Deal Expected Sunday
Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks plan to announce Monday that they've reached a historic deal capping nearly a decade of diplomacy that would curb the country's atomic program in return for sanctions relief, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Sunday. The envoys said a provisional...
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US Slowdown on Iran Talks has Dark Side
President Barack Obama decided last week against achieving a final agreement with Iran before the expiration of the 10 July deadline so as to limit the period of Congressional consideration of the agreement and so neutralize criticism that he and Secretary of State John Kerry were too eager to...
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Saturday, July 11, 2015
NAACP Ends South Carolina Boycott After Confederate Flag Comes Down
Late Saturday afternoon, the NAACP voted to end the organization's longtime boycott of South Carolina, just a day after the Confederate battle flag came down from the South Carolina Statehouse. The civil rights organization said in a tweet that its National Board of Directors passed an 'Emergency...
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Global Tax Body: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
A Global UN tax body would enable developing countries to claim their fair share of global corporate tax revenues
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Friday, July 10, 2015
New Study Exposes 'Fatal Flaws' in California Fracking Rules
Science panel's final assessment on fracking notes that the 'toxicity and biodegradability of more than half the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing remains uninvestigated, unmeasured, and unknown.'
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International Scientists Issue Call for Climate Action Now: 'Commit to Our Common Future'
'Window for economically feasible solutions' is closing, statement says
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Latest TPP Draft Benefits Big Pharma By Slashing Access to Generics
In secret talks, the Obama administration is seeking to foist corporate-friendly policies on other countries that he has opposed in the United States, new reporting reveals
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Super PACs Bring US Into 'Wild West Era' of Campaign Spending
"We can't have a functioning democracy where leading presidential candidates operate in this fashion."
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Voter Rights Win Big as Florida Court Rules Against GOP Gerrymandering
Voting rights advocates say ruling sets a precedent for other states in redistricting battles
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Local Ohio Officials Strike Back Against 'Audacity' of Fossil Fuel Industry
Letter signed by more than 100 officials calls for Gov. Kasich 'to stand up for the right of all communities to determine whether, where, and how this dirty drilling is conducted within their own borders'
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Climate Change 'Crushing Bumblebees in a Vise': Study
Unlike other species, bumblebees aren't expanding their range north; have experienced 'unprecedented' range loss
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As Confederate Flag Comes Down, Calls for 'Righteous Resistance' Against Racism
For many, flag's downing is testament to people power, but institutional racism far from over
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Caught Between 'Grexit' and 'Hell No' — Greece Submits To Austerity's Knife
As Syriza-led government lobbies for support of its latest proposal, few envy position of leftwing government that stood up to Europe's financial elite
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Pope Blasts 'Unbridled Capitalism'; Begs Forgiveness from Native Americans
'There was sin,' admits the head of the Catholic Church, 'and an abundant amount of it.'
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Thursday, July 9, 2015
Judge Slams Obama Administration for Playing 'Stall Ball' Over Force-Feeding Tapes
"Their motive is obvious," say attorneys for cleared detainee, "if Americans were permitted to see the truth in these tapes, the conversation about Guantánamo would change overnight."
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Hawkish Senator to Peace Activist: 'You Make the World Incredibly Dangerous'
Presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham follows Medea Benjamin's comments on blowback by saying she's 'radical Islam's best hope'
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With World at 'Edge of Abyss,' New Manifesto Urges Action on Nukes and Climate
Updated Russell-Einstein Manifesto targets both 'the reckless acceleration of armaments and the criminal destruction of the ecosystem'
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Seeking 'Backdoor Access' to Communications, FBI Faces Encryption Catch-22
Rights groups and security experts warn that secret government access will threaten rights and security of people worldwide
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Hopes for Peace, Not War, As Iran Nuclear Talks Extended
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed negotiations will continue, telling reporters "we will not rush and we will not be rushed."
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London Subways Shut Down in Mass Strike 'for Workplace Justice'
Tens of thousands of workers walk off the job in biggest Tube strike since 2002
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Are Human Rights Violations Already Being Trumped By Corporate Trade Deal?
AP, Reuters report that Obama administration about to upgrade Malaysia's human trafficking status, seen as move merely 'for political expediency'
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Backed by Popular Mandate, Greece Submits New Deal for Dignity and Debt Relief
Meanwhile, dueling rallies are taking place in Athens on Thursday and Friday
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Who Did George W. Bush Charge $100k to Hear Him Speak? Wounded Veterans of His Immoral Wars
Revelation condemned by some veterans as a "slap in the face"
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Gone But Not Forgotten: South Carolina to Lower Confederate Flag
Activists say the removal of the flag, long a symbol of racial hatred, should be done without fanfare
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Locked Up for Surviving: The Untold Story of the Sexual-Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline
New study concludes that a history of abuse is not just a predictor of future incarceration—it is a cause
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Big Oil Knew. Big Oil Lied. And Planet Earth Got Fried.
New report exposes why fossil fuel companies didn't need the warning from the public scientific community to start a decades-long campaign of denial. They already knew their business model was a threat.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Monsanto Off the Hook for Cancers From PCBs It Produced
St. Louis County Circuit Court finds company not negligent
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NSA Surrounded Merkel in 'Web of Surveillance': WikiLeaks
Spy target list includes not only confidential numbers for Merkel, but also for her top officials, her aides, her chief of staff, and even her fax machine
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Protests Target 'Human Rights Abusers Determining Our Future' at Summits
"We're demanding total transformation of how our societies work in addressing the climate crisis that doesn't sacrifice our communities."
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Moving Beyond 'Bigotry of Yore,' Court Revokes Redskins Trademark
Campaigners say that "Dan Snyder and the NFL must face the fact that the R-word is hurtful and wrong, and that it’s time to do the right thing and change the name."
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With New Focus on Racial and Economic Justice, 'Bold' Bill Seeks to Lift Abortion Funding Ban
"None of us, especially elected officials, should be interfering with a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions just because she is poor."
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CVS Quits US Chamber of Commerce Over 'Craven' Ties to Tobacco Industry
Pharmacy giant no longer member of 'the lobby group for Big Business.'
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Gaza Waits for Justice: One Year Later, Calls for Remembrance and Action
Since Israel's 51-day military assault, rebuilding has barely begun and the ongoing siege pushes the Strip closer to humanitarian crisis
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'Favoring Capitalist Interests Above All Else,' Europe's Parliament Backs TTIP
Environmental and social justice groups warn that resolution promotes corporate interests above public health, safety, environment, and democracy
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Dick Cheney Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes: Former International Court of Justice Judge
Renowned human rights expert Thomas Buergenthal said Cheney and a number of CIA agents 'should appear before the ICC.'
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New Warnings After Vessel Breaks in 'Doomed' Shell Arctic Drilling Project
Workers find 39-inch hole in hull of Shell vessel meant to safeguard controversial drilling operation in vulnerable Chukchi and Beaufort Seas
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Could Warren's New Bill Force 2016 Contenders to Tackle Too-Big-To-Fail Banks?
'If banks want to engage in high-risk trading, they can go for it—but they can’t put the taxpayer on the hook for some of that risk,' says Sen. Elizabeth Warren
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers his speech during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Tsipras to EU: Greece's Days as 'Laboratory for Austerity' Are Over
In a speech before European Parliament, Greek Prime Minister says, 'We want an agreement that will give a final end to the crisis and show there is light at the end of the tunnel.'
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Fossil Fuel Funding Boycott Puts Spotlight on Clinton Campaign
The Nation and 350 Action call on congressional and presidential hopefuls to reject contributions from oil and gas companies
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Youth Flocking to Sanders Because 'You're Right, Bernie, You're Right!'
If you're wondering why the campaign continues to build momentum and attract big crowds, one person among the many thousands in Portland shouted his answer.
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Ten Years On, the Undeniable, Growing Power of the BDS Movement
Amid rising global support, Palestinian-led campaign is being met with backlash from Israeli and US officials, including 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
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Climate Commission Issues Blueprint for Low-Carbon Economy
Up to 96 percent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global warming below a critical threshold of two degrees C could be achieved through a series of 10 steps, says a new report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate. “The low carbon economy is already...
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#BlockTheFactory: One Year After Gaza War, Protesters Shut Down Drone Plants
Four Israeli arms factories in UK and Australia shut down in Palestine solidarity action
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On Brink of 'Irreparable Split' Between Rich and Poor Nations, European Leaders Scramble
Emboldened by anti-austerity referendum, Tsipras to address European Parliament on Wednesday
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After 6-Year Tenure Not Prosecuting Banks, Eric Holder Returns 'Home' to Defend Them
Critics say new position of former attorney general, known for protecting big banks, is a dramatic example of the revolving door
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As Propaganda Rains Down in US, Real Bombs Kill Scores of Civilians in Yemen
While the threat of violent attacks that actually never take place in the U.S. receive days of dramatic news coverage– the bombing of real innocent people at the hands of a U.S.-backed military campaign are ignored
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Monday, July 6, 2015
Dominoes of Democracy? Europe's Left Finds Hope in Anti-Austerity Vote
Irish observer says vote is 'potentially the most important political event since the collapse of the Berlin Wall'
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Canadians Take Fight Against Controversial 'Anti-Terror' Law to UN
'We want to ensure the human rights committee is aware of a fairly long list of serious, and we would say worsening, human rights concerns.'
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Eric Holder Returns as Hero to Law Firm That Lobbies for Big Banks
After failing to criminally prosecute any of the financial firms responsible for the market collapse in 2008, former Attorney General Eric Holder is returning to Covington & Burling, a corporate law firm known for serving Wall Street clients. The move completes one of the more troubling trips...
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For This 'Shark Week,' Grassroots Alliance Targets Predators of the Poor
Payday loans 'trap 12 million Americans in a devastating cycle of debt annually,' National People's Action says
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Two Years After Oil Train Disaster, Profound Scars Remain in Lac-Mégantic
Activists prepare for demonstrations across Canada and US this week to 'Stop Oil Trains'
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From 'No' to 'Yes': Rejection of Austerity Just Beginning of European Battle
As he announces his resignation, Yanis Varoufakis says he "shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride" as Greece marches forward
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Sunday, July 5, 2015
Thousands in Toronto for Historic #JobsJusticeClimate Mobilization
New climate movement demands 'a justice-based transition to a new energy economy, in which corporate polluters pay and ordinary people benefit'
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Defying Troika, Greece Chooses 'Democracy Over Fear' With 'No' Vote on Austerity
'For the first time in history, austerity politics have been put to a popular vote and they have been resoundingly rejected,' says Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now
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Saturday, July 4, 2015
With Austerity Vote Just Hours Away, World's Eyes on Greece
'Turn your backs on those who terrorize you daily,' Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says, urging Greeks to vote 'No'
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WikiLeaks: US Bugged More Than Two Dozen Brazilian Leaders
New spy revelations 'likely to reinvigorate tensions,' says The Intercept , which co-published list of targets
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Direct Actions Across Canada Declare: 'Time to Move on' from Tar Sands
The #JobsJusticeClimate actions are serving as an important prelude to the Climate Summit of the Americas, happening in Toronto next week
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Friday, July 3, 2015
New Reporting: US Spied on German Media
New revelations indicate NSA spying in Germany went beyond German officials
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Weekend Actions in Canada Herald 'New Kind of Climate Movement'
Marches and actions for 'a just transition to a clean economy' to take place across Canada this weekend
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Small Donations, Not Super PACs, Bring Big Funds for Bernie Sanders
Flood of small donations another sign of growing support for Independent senator's campaign
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If World Refuses to Act on Carbon, Oceans Doomed to 'Irreversible' Damage
New study warns, 'any new global climate agreement that does not minimize the impacts on the ocean will be inadequate.'
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Latest Tally Shows Raging Assault on Reproductive Rights Nationwide
Since start of year, state legislatures have enacted no fewer than 51 anti-choice measures
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As Referendum Looms, Troika Charged with Plotting 'Regime Change' in Greece
That elite financial forces in Europe are using financial muscle to provoke political outcomes in Athens has never been more apparent, say critics
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Thursday, July 2, 2015
TISA Leaks Part Deux: More Evidence of Concerted Attack on Democracy
A WikiLeaks analysis shows how 52-nation Trade in Services Agreement threatens both net neutrality and personal data privacy
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Research Confirms Hydroelectric Dams Not Environmentally Friendly After All
Study exposes dramatic biodiversity loss as a result of Brazil's Balbina Dam
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As Record Settlement Announced Over BP Gulf Oil Disaster, Lesson Is Clear: Clean Energy Now
'These penalties are inadequate to deter a company of the size of BP from further criminal and negligent conduct,' says attorney
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'Shocking...Outrageous': New Revelations Confirm UK Spied on Amnesty International
Tribunal which oversees British intelligence services admits that it mistakenly ruled that GCHQ had not targeted the human rights group for surveillance
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Invited by Vatican, Naomi Klein Makes Moral Case for World Beyond Fossil Fuels
Activist and author praises 'courageous' invitation by Pope in face of fossil fuel industry's power
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Fiery Derailment of Train Carrying Toxic Gas Sparks Evacuation of 5,000
Fire still burning after midnight derailment near Knoxville, Tenn.
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Bernie Sanders Blasts Troika for 'Abysmal Failure' of Greek Austerity
'If Greece’s economy is going to succeed, these austerity policies must end,' says presidential candidate
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Will US Government Be Made to Answer for Fueling Yemen's Approaching Famine?
UN official warns country of 26 million 'one step' from mass starvation
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Varoufakis: 'I Prefer To Cut My Arm Off' Than Sign Deal without Debt Relief
Greek Finance Minister says he will resign his post if Greeks vote in favor of accepting the latest austerity-laden bailout package from foreign creditors
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As Sanders Draws 10,000 in Wisconsin, Support for 'Revolution' Doubles in Iowa
Speaking to largest crowd any campaign for president has yet seen, the field's most progressive candidate says "a grassroots movement of millions of people" must overcome power of "handful of wealthy campaign contributors."
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Affirming 'Dignity of All People,' Mainstream Church Votes to Divest from Occupation-Profiting Companies
United Church of Christ's resolution indication of growing BDS movement, says analyst
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New Details of XKeyscore Revealed: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications
The reach and potency NSA surveillance instrument is astonishing
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Marking 'New Chapter,' Embassies to Reopen in US and Cuba
'Congress must now step up and pass needed legislation to finally put an end to the antiquated policies towards Cuba that have failed for 54 years,' says CodePink
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Oklahoma High Court Says Fracking Companies Can Now Be Sued Over Quakes
Decision on Tuesday by state's high court could mean extraction companies are open to future court battles over fracking-induced quakes
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Pelosi to Wall Street: Ignore Warren. Dems Still Love You
House Minority Leader highlights growing rift in party over contentious financial and trade issues
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New Project Connects History of Racial and Economic Oppression with Vision for System Change
From Slavery to Jim Crow to mass incarceration, video addresses economic roots of dehumanization
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In Boon for Monsanto, Federal Judge Quashes Maui County GMO Ban
Attorney says that decision 'not only ignores the will of the people, but places at risk all local regulations that seek to address the harmful impacts of GMO operations.'
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TISA Exposed: 'Holy Grail' of Leaks Reveals Detailed Plot for Corporate Takeover
Fifty-two-nation Trade in Services Agreement uses trade regulations 'as a smokescreen to limit citizen rights,' says labor leader
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Denouncing 'Corporate Democrats,' Labor Leader Joins Sanders Campaign
Larry Cohen, outgoing president of Communications Workers of America, cites Hillary Clinton's sidestep on Fast Track in decision
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Only Thing Now Certain in Greece: Austerity's Failure, Debt's Destruction
As latest developments spur anxiety in a nation crushed by debt, critics rail against Troika's attack on democracy and destruction of Greece
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Black Church Near Charleston Sixth to Burn in 10 Days
NAACP alerts black churches to 'take necessary precautions'
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
As Powers Inch Closer to Nuclear Deal, Groups Call for Diplomacy, Not War
Organizations call on U.S. lawmakers to 'vote in favor of an agreement when it comes before Congress'
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Damning New Analysis Reveals Deadly Lack of Police Training on Mental Illness
'On average, police shot and killed someone who was in mental crisis every 36 hours in the first six months of this year,' reveals Washington Post
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Organic Under Attack: Report Exposes Big Food's Tobacco-Style PR Blitz
Food and chemical companies are spending hundreds of millions to spread false information about the safety of pesticides, GMOs, and antibiotics in food
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Following Dutch Footsteps, Activists to Sue Aussie Government on Climate
Landmark ruling raised 'energy and appetite of the community to stand up and use the courts when government fouls them,' says environmental lawyer
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Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part of Violent Assault on Ship
At least nine people from Sweden, Norway, and Canada remain in Israeli custody
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On the Edge of Default, Greece Requests New Bailout Deal
Hours before its deadline, Eurogroup finance ministers on Tuesday rejected a plea to extend the current loan agreement
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US Acknowledges Bahrain's Repression, Wants to Send More Weapons Anyway
Decision to lift aid restrictions 'occurring in the absence of any real or meaningful political reform,' says Human Rights Watch
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