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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Egyptian President Vows to Fast Track Process of Putting People to Death
Announcement is latest sign that U.S.-backed ruler is implementing harsh authoritarian law
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Though Noting It Should Be Higher, Sanders Backs Obama Pay Bump for Overtime Workers
Update of labor protections, said presidential candidate, will prevent corporations and large employees from shirking their responsibility to pay fair wages
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Reprieve in Texas, But Assault on Reproductive Rights Continues Nationwide
US Supreme Court orders stay against Texas law, but host of anti-abortion laws around the country leave defenders of reproductive freedom fighting battles in multiple states with no end in sight
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Monday, June 29, 2015
'No to Austerity': Tens of Thousands Back Syriza at Rally in Athens
'We believe that this ultimatum to the Greek people and democracy should be rejected,' write international academics
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Defense Attorneys Demand Release of Thousands of CIA Black Site Photos
"Who knows what is still out there?" defense attorneys ask. "What else is there? That’s what is appalling."
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Today, Frack Free Lancashire... Tomorrow, Frack Free World?
County council rejects drilling application, proving 'in spite of all the government's efforts, local communities can prevent it from going ahead.'
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US Supreme Court Backs Coal Profits Over Public Health
Campaigners warn that power plant ruling threatens to delay critical safeguards, fails to account for savings to human health and environment
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Victory for Democracy as Court Sides with Voters over 'Self-Dealing Legislators'
SCOTUS upholds 'the right of We the People to take redistricting out of secret backrooms run by politicians and into the public light of citizen-driven commissions.'
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High Court's Ruling, Say Critics, Endorses 'Torturing People to Death'
"Under the Court's new rule, it would not matter whether the State intended to use midazolam, or instead to have petitioners drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake," write dissenting justices.
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Anger Aimed at Troika's Ruthless Neoliberalism as Greece Exit Looms
With banks shuttered, capital controls in place, and democracy under threat, the world's eyes turn toward what the Greek people will decide
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After Freedom Flotilla Kidnapped by Israeli Navy, Global Campaign Vows to Sail Again
Global supporters still have not heard from the 18 people aboard the Marianne of Gothenburg, captured early Monday morning en route to Gaza
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Rome March Celebrate Pope's Call for Urgent Climate Action
People of faith, civil society groups, and communities affected by climate change marched together in Rome Sunday Jun. 28 to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his Laudato Si encyclical on the environment, and call for bolder climate action by world leaders. Under the banner of ‘...
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Greek Crisis Moving Fast as Emergency Measures Considered
European Central Bank discusses extending emergency support as Greek parliament approves referendum
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Activist Bree Newsome climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina capitol on Saturday to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds. 'We Can't Wait Any Longer': Activist Removes Confederate Flag from SC Statehouse
Bree Newsome climbed flagpole in front of South Carolina statehouse early Saturday morning, stating, "It's time for a new chapter"
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High Hopes in Iran as Nuclear Talks Head Into Final Round
A final deal on Iran’s nuclear program wouldn’t only make non-proliferation history. It would also be the beginning of a better life for the Iranian people—or at least that’s what they’re hoping. Iranians, who are keeping a close eye on the talks which will resume Saturday in Vienna amidst the...
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Charleston Mourns as Three More Victims Laid to Rest
Funeral processions stretch into third day for victims killed in attack on Emanuel A.M.E. Church last week
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Greece on the Edge: Bailout Extension Rejected, But Referendum Still On
Future of financial assistance deal now put to a popular vote as Tsipras says creditors' deal 'clearly violate the European rules'
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Friday, June 26, 2015
Fires at Predominantly Black Southern Churches Ruled as Arson
Blaze in Georgia marks second time this week a black church was burned, but authorities say it is not being investigated as a hate crime
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Gitmo Prisoner, Hunger-Striking for Nine Years, Cleared for Release
Saudi Arabia native 'has exercised a peaceful means of protest by refusing to consume food' since 2005, says lawyer
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Harper Blasted for 'Offensive,' 'Grotesque' Mother Canada Statue Plans
Public monument meant to emulate World War II memorial in France received as 'hubristic, ugly and just plain wrong'
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Sanders Sees Clinton Camp Attacks as Sign that 'Something Must Be Working'
'Bernie is too liberal to gather enough votes in this country to become president,' says Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri
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After Palestinians Submit Formal Complaint with ICC, US Backers of Israel Lash Out with Threats
Palestinian officials filed evidence of Israel's war crimes and human rights violations to International Criminal Court
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'Nothing Less Than a Systemic Transformation of Our World'
Ahead of UN climate talks in Paris later this year, the global climate justice movement is making its demands perfectly clear. The people are leading, say signatories to a bold statement, and governments must now follow.
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French Asylum for Snowden and Assange Would Send 'Clear Message' to US
In response to new revelations that U.S. had spied on French leaders, officials say offering asylum would not be surprising
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Supreme Court Delivers 'Transformative Triumph' for Marriage Equality
Many in LGBTQ community urge, 'The work of the movement is far from over'
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China Blasts US for 'Brazen' Human Rights Abuses at Home and Abroad
In U.S., 'm inority groups and Indigenous people are subject to unfairness in environment, election, health care, housing, and education,' China says
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Separate Attacks Leave One Dead in France and Dozens Killed in Tunisia
There is no indication that the attacks are related
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Top Doctors Call on Charities to 'Do No Harm' and Divest from Fossil Fuels
'A decision not to divest will continue to bolster the social license of an industry that has indicated no intention of taking meaningful action'
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
With Message of Freedom and Resistance, Flotilla to Sail Against Gaza Siege
Boats carrying people from over 20 countries are preparing to embark on international solidarity voyage
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The Kids Are Alright As Washington Judge Delivers Youth Climate Win
'We may have won a battle, but we're still fighting a bigger war,' says 14-year-old petitioner
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Kansas Judge Issues Last-Minute Block of 'Unprecedented' Abortion Ban
Judge will block state law from implementing first-in-the-nation ban on common abortion procedure while hearing lawsuit
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Racial 'Neighborhood Gap' Fuels Social, Economic Inequality
Stanford research found that 'black and Hispanic families effectively need much higher incomes than white families to live in comparably affluent neighborhoods'
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World Must Pick Up Pace in Tackling HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Experts
'The next five years provide a fragile window of opportunity to fast-track the response and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030,' says UN official
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In Surprise Decision, SCOTUS Rules Against Discriminatory Housing Practices
Court rules that Fair Housing Act allows people to pursue lawsuits when a housing practice has a discriminatory effect, even if that practice wasn't intended to discriminate
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Rejecting Right-Wing Attack, US Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies
Experts had warned that a finding in favor of the plaintiffs would eviscerate the healthcare law
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Sanders' Socialist Message Translating to Fresh Gains in Key States
New early-state polling in New Hampshire and Iowa shows populist message is gaining on Clinton's name recognition
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Domestic Terrorists More Deadly Than 'Jihadis': Report
"With non-Muslims, the media bends over backward to identify some psychological traits that may have pushed them over the edge. Whereas if it’s a Muslim, the assumption is that they must have done it because of their religion."
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'Enough is Enough!' Sanders Declares Corporate Greed Must Go
Democratic candidate says that 'we have got to demand' these changes
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Maryland Workers Win 'Precedent-Setting' Paid Sick Leave Protections
'This is an issue whose time has come,' said organizer with Working Matters
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Under Green Party Banner, Jill Stein Officially Sets Sights on 2016
Power to the People Plan 'would end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society'
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US Drone Program to Remain in Shadows as Obama Abandons Key Reform Promise
Blueprint for a new transition plan involves a dual command structure—giving the Defense Department and the CIA joint control of drone strikes
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New 'Kill List' Documents Point Finger at UK and Australia in US Drone War
Files released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and analyzed by the Guardian reveal that British and Australian intelligence agencies may have supported covert strikes outside of war zones in operation codenamed 'Overhead'
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Greece 'Shoved Over Red Line' as IMF Pushes Even Harsher Cuts
Syriza leader accuses European lenders of capitulating to "special interests" with unreasonable demands
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Stonewall Inn, Celebrated Birthplace of Modern Gay Rights Movement, Gets Landmark Status
'The events at Stonewall were a turning point in the LGBT rights movement and in the history of our nation.'
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Pro-War Lobby Spending Millions In Last-Ditch Effort to Sabotage Iran Deal
As deadline for final accord approaches, groups say now is a critical time for the majority that favors diplomacy to make voices heard
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In Historic Ruling, Dutch Court Says: Climate Action is a Human Right
Hague District Court says Dutch government has a legal duty to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020
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Death Toll Soars in 'Unbelievable' Pakistan Heat Wave
State of emergency declared for hospitals as heat stroke and dehydration claim hundreds of lives
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After 13 Years of Hell, Human Held Without Charges Has One Question for US
'If the war in Afghanistan is over,' asks prisoner languishing at offshore prison, 'why am I still here?'
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Ce N'est Pas Acceptable: NSA Spying Bonanza on French Leaders Revealed
Documents revealed by WikiLeaks show the details extracted from phone conversations that allowed for "political, economic and diplomatic" advantage over supposed ally
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The Confederate flag flies at the Capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina. National Movement to Lower Flag of Racial Hatred, 150 Years Overdue
"The Confederate flag should come down because it is embarrassing to all Americans," writes columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Following Student-Led Campaign, Columbia to Divest from Prisons
"[W]e hope that private prison divestment campaigns, with the abolitionist vision of a larger anti-prison movement, can help us start working towards divesting from the idea that prisons equal justice, which we believe to be fundamentally racist."
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UK Doctors Warn TTIP Means Certain Death for Public Healthcare
Physicians say national health service faces lawsuits, bullying, and privatization under contentious trade pact
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It's Not Just Students — With Higher Ed Loans, Feds Profiting Off Parents, Too
'Consumer advocates compare them to subprime mortgages before the bust, encouraging families to bite off more debt than they can chew,' according to report
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WHO Says Widely-Used Dow Herbicide 'Possibly Carcinogenic' to Humans
Advocacy groups warn new classification is latest proof that 'we cannot continue down the path of dousing our fields with ever more toxic chemicals'
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Calling for Special Prosecutor, Groups Decry 'Get Out of Jail' Cards for Bush's Torture Team
Letter signed by over 110,000 people calls for new, independent investigation into 'horrific' abuses by US government
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'A Great Day for Corporate America': US Senate Passes Fast Track
'Shameful' vote all but ensures approval of mammoth trade deals like the TransPacific Partnership
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Not 'If' But 'How': New Study Shows Why All Extreme Weather Is Climate Related
New research explains why people debating whether or not specific events are caused by climate change have it all wrong
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White House Confirms Plans to Bring Tanks, Heavy Weaponry to Russia's Door
First reported earlier this month, Pentagon confirms plan to pre-position military arsenal in NATO border states
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EPA Report Reinforces 'Urgency' of Global Climate Crisis
While highlighting U.S.-specific benefits, report says 'slowing and preventing human-induced climate change requires global-scale action'
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Voices from Iran Urge: Don't Let Nuclear Negotiations Fail
With international deal looming, Iranian civil society representatives warn that failure of diplomacy would bring catastrophic consequences
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The Lancet: Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us... Quitting Them Can Save Us
Comparing coal, oil, and gas addiction to the last generation's effort to kick the tobacco habit, doctors say that quitting would be the best thing humanity can do for its long-term health
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Monday, June 22, 2015
South Carolina Governor Calls for Confederate Flag to be Removed from State House
Confederate flag 'does not represent the future of our great state,' Nikki Haley says
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Citing Human Health Risks, Report Calls for EU Moratorium on Fracking
'We know from experience in the USA that fracking wells can leak and accidents can happen.'
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'Not Here, Not Now, Not Ever': Reef Defenders Rise Up in Australia
Direct action organizers say protest 'foreshadows a sustained campaign of civil disobedience' against Abbot Point coal project
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On Brink of 'Sixth Great Extinction,' Humanity Must Conserve or Die
'We are sawing off the limb we are sitting on.'
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As Pressure Mounts, Europeans Rally in Streets for Greek Dignity
'Europe must belong to everyone, not just to the Germans and the banks,' said a demonstrator in Rome
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Constituents to Senators: Reject Fast Track, or Don't Come Home
Senate expected to take up trade legislation on Tuesday, but labor federation warns: 'Fast Track has gotten even worse since the House got its hands on it.'
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Homes, Markets, Mosques, Schools: Civilian Deaths by Explosive Weapons Soar
Civilians made up nearly 80 percent of more than 41,000 reported deaths last year, caused by bombs, missiles, shelling, and other explosive violence
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UN Suggests Top Officials Sanctioned Israel's War Crimes Against Gaza
Independent commission cites evidence of attacks deliberately targeting civilians during 2014 assault
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Spy Agency's Secret Plans to Foster Online "Conformity" and "Obedience" Exposed
Internal memo from secretive British spy unit exposes how GCHQ and NSA used human psychological research to create sophisticated online propaganda tools
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Afghan Army Repels Taliban Assault on Parliament in Kabul
Civil war rages on in Afghanistan nearly fourteen years after US invasion
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In Charleston, Hands Held Together by Love Span Bridge to Combat Hate
Tens of thousands turn out for Sunday evening march to issue message of love in wake of racist murder of nine people last week in South Carolina
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Sunday, June 21, 2015
'The People Will Not Be Blackmailed': Thousands March in Athens Against Austerity
Protesters urge ruling Syriza Party to stand up to international creditors and reject further cuts to public services and goods
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'Stand With Charleston': Communities Across Country Rise Up for Black Lives
In streets, faith spaces, and community centers nationwide, people are honoring the nine lives taken in this week's white supremacist massacre
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Bernie Sanders Rally in Denver Draws One of Biggest Crowds in Election Cycle
Massive turnout is latest sign the Vermont senator is gaining on Hillary Clinton
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Saturday, June 20, 2015
Insurance Giant's Proposed Merger Could Devastate Access to Health Care
Industry giant Anthem proposed Saturday to buy rival Cigna for $47 billion
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Yes, Those Earthquakes Are Caused by Fracking Boom, Studies Confirm
Two new papers shed light on role of fossil fuel industry in driving surge in earthquakes, from Oklahoma to Texas
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'Austerity Kills': Tens of Thousands March in London Against Brutal Cuts
Nation-wide rally demands an 'alternative to austerity and to policies that only benefit those at the top'
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Friday, June 19, 2015
In Face of White Supremacist Violence, Families Express Grief and Forgiveness
'I will never, ever hold her again. But I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul,' says Nadine Collier, the daughter of Ethel Lance
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As Momentum Continues, Bernie Sanders Shedding Dark Horse Status
'Sanders has captured the imagination and support of people looking for a real progressive challenger in the 2016 Democratic primary.'
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UK Readies for Massive Protest Against 'Austerity on Steroids'
Tens of thousands are expected to march against 'nasty, destructive cuts to the things ordinary people care about'
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'You Have a Choice': Veterans Call On Drone Operators to Refuse Orders
Joint statement signed by 45 US military veterans urges drone operators to follow their consciences and say 'no' to surveillance and assassination missions
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Progressives Unimpressed as Clinton Hedges on Fast Track
After partnering with pro-TPP/TPA firm for campaign season, Clinton takes both sides on corporate-friendly agreements
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Renewable Revolution Rising, But Ultimate Potential Remains Untapped
The impact of wind and solar could be even greater if the billions in annual subsidies for fossil fuel and nuclear energy were removed, study shows
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'Secretive Dictatorship' Exposed as Wikileaks Publishes Massive Trove of Saudi Cables
Famed publisher of government and corporate secrets says half-a-million documents will be leaked in coming weeks, with first batch out Friday
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As Nation Mourns Racist Murders, Flag of Hate Still Flies over South Carolina
While the US Supreme Court on Thursday made clear that state governments have the right to control their own speech, outrage abounds over what South Carolina chooses to say
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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Failing to Meet Global Police Standards, US Forsakes 'the Right to Life'
'The fact that absolutely no state laws conform to this standard is deeply disturbing and raises serious human rights concerns.'
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As Ocean Warms, 'Extensive and Unprecedented' Toxic Algae Blooms
'What we can say is that this is the type of condition we would expect to see more often with climate change,' said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher
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Latest Poll Confirms Nation's Desires Marching Leftward
'The shift in the electorate may help explain the attention being garnered by long-shot candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont,' says Gallup
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'Turncoat Dems' in House Blasted as Fast Track Fight Heads Back to Senate
'We expect more regard for environmental protection and respect for working families from President Obama and the Democrats who supported this bill.'
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One in Every 122 Humans Forcibly Displaced by War and Persecution: UN
New report exposes 'unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before.'
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As Debt Crisis Spirals, Greeks Declare: 'Our Lives Don't Belong to the Lenders'
Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Greek parliament building to pledge their ongoing support for Syriza and against austerity
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In Historic Ruling, Bush Officials Can Be Sued for Post-9/11 Roundups
'[W]e simply cannot conclude at this stage that concern for the safety of our nation justified the violation of the constitutional rights on which this nation was built,' federal appeals court rules
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'Climate Is a Common Good': Pope Francis Calls for Justice on Warming Planet
Leader of Catholic Church says the richest owe the poorest a 'great social debt' for creating the climate crisis, ignoring warnings of its dangers, and refusing to act
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Congress Accused of 'Moral Cowardice' for Enabling Endless War in Iraq and Syria
The House of Representatives rejected a measure that would have forced them to debate and vote on military intervention
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'Unspeakable' Hate Crime: Murderer Who Aimed to 'Shoot Black People' Arrested
Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white male, wanted in connection with the mass shooting of nine black people at a church prayer meeting has been taken into custody by law enforcement
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
'For the Love of the Planet,' Thousands Lobby UK Lawmakers for Climate Action
Hoping to drown out the powerful the voice of industry stakeholders, Brits overrun Westminster Abbey
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92-Year-Old Texas Woman Jailed for Protesting Pro-Fracking State Law
Despite overwhelming citizen support, Denton City Council repeals local anti-fracking ordinance
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Exposed: How Walmart Spun an 'Extensive and Secretive Web' of Overseas Tax Havens
Report is first-ever comprehensive documentation of the company's tax avoidance schemes
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Showdown at Sea: Greenpeace Puts Boats and Bodies Between Shell and the Arctic
"If they are going to push past us, if they're going to continue on to the Arctic, they are not going to do it without opposition."
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