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Monday, November 16, 2015
Climate Justice Advocates Say COP21 Mobilization in Paris More Important Than Ever
'We can think of few better responses to violence and terror than this movement's push for peace and hope.'
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Amid Terror Fever, Sanders Refuses to Back Down on Climate Threat Stance
"If we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you're going to see all sorts of international conflict," said candidate, repeating previous assertion that climate change is our greatest national security threat
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Viewers Tune Out, Voters Lose Out as DNC Buries Democratic Debate
Democratic party heads face renewed criticism as Republican candidates, with millions more tuning in, are dominating the conversation
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In UK, Corbyn Warns Against Cycle of War That Brings "More Mayhem... More Loss'
Labour leader says ISIS can only be defeated through 'political settlement' in Syria
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Vowing 'Merciless' Response, France Accused of Channeling Bush's Great Mistake
Hollande declares nation "at war" after fighter jets bomb city of Raqqa
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Sunday, November 15, 2015
After Paris Attacks, Critics Warn Against 'Wars of Vengeance'
Meanwhile, human rights advocates predict backlash against refugees
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Saturday, November 14, 2015
On Eve of G20 Summit, Global Climate Actions Say: 'Stop Funding the Problem'
"It's time to stop funding the fossils of the past and reinvest in solutions."
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In Wake of Paris, Will Hillary Strike a Hawkish Tone in Democratic Debate?
'We intend to ask the candidates how they would confront the evolving threat of terrorism,' says CBS News
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Paris in Shock: More Than 120 Dead in Series of Attacks
France has banned public demonstrations in Paris and the surrounding area until Thursday
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Friday, November 13, 2015
At Least 120 Killed as Shootings and Explosions Stir Chaotic Scenes in Paris
Gunmen and bombers attacked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at six locations around Paris on Friday evening
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As Government Refuses Treatment, Chelsea Manning Demands Her Right 'To Exist'
"What the government is basically telling me is 'you cannot exist,' that 'you are wrong,' and that 'you do not exist.'"
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Supreme Court to Hear 'Most Important Abortion Rights Case in 25 Years'
Draconian law already 'causing real harm to women across the state of Texas,' says women's health advocate
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US Hits Disturbing Milestone With Record High Number of Transgender Murders
'This is a state of emergency'
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Is ICC Actually Investigating Western Powers? Probe Targets NATO Torture and Abuse in Afghanistan
International Criminal Court prosecutors say people in Afghanistan may have been 'deliberately subjected to physical and psychological violence'
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'The Tides Are Turning': Portland Passes Landmark Resolution Against Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
'It’s a powerful sign that the the fossil fuel era is beginning to come to an end'
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Declining Snowpack Threatens Water Supply for Billions Worldwide
'Water managers in a lot of places may need to prepare for a world where the snow reservoir no longer exists.'
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With 'Off-Planet' Mining Bill, US Congress Seeks to Privatize Outer Space
Extraterrestrial 'Finders Keepers' law allows US citizens and companies to legally claim 'abiotic' natural resources including water and minerals
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Big Oil Lines Up Against Kids Waging Legal Battle for Climate Future
The world's most powerful fossil fuel lobbyist groups have submitted legal filings to join the federal government against a lawsuit by youth plaintiffs seeking immediate action on climate
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Leading Powers to Double Renewable Energy Supply by 2030
Eight of the 10 largest greenhouse emitters will double their cumulative clean energy supply by 2030, according to a new report
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Thursday, November 12, 2015
100+ Groups to Justin Trudeau: Pull the Plug on 'Broken' Pipeline Process
'A failure to assess greenhouse gas emissions for tar sands pipelines would bring great doubts on Trudeau’s commitment to fight climate change.'
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WHO Head Joins Chorus Denouncing TPP's Blow to Public Health, Boon to Big Pharma
There are 'some very serious concerns' regarding the 12-nation trade pact, Margaret Chan said.
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If Wall Street Reform Becomes 2016 'Litmus Test,' Clinton Will Have Lots of Explaining To Do
Hillary Clinton's opposition to reinstating banking firewall makes it clear where she stands in the fight against the industry's powerful influence
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University Settles in Flashpoint Academic Freedom Case
"This is an important victory, even if the bigger fight isn't over," said Dr. Steven Salaita
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Worried TPP Will Hurt Workers? This Case Will Provide Some Clues.
"If the administration fails to take strong action, critics will see it as a signal that the U.S. is falling short on linking trade, investment, and labor rights."
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France Wonders If Kerry 'Confused' on Upcoming Climate Talks
Kerry's comments that there will be no legally binding agreement from COP21 puts him at odds with voices around the world
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To Evade NSA, Microsoft Begins Building Data Centers in Germany
Data stored in new centers will only be accessible with permission of user or 'data trustee'
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Not For What He 'Says' But For What He Has 'Done,' Postal Workers Endorse Sanders
"Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country."
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Fighting Back, Students Rise Nationwide to Demand Debt-Free Higher Ed
"The United States is the richest country in the world, yet students have to take on crippling debt in order to get a college education."
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'Climate Not For Sale' Declares Public as Fossil Fuel Giants Drool over Federal Auction
'The health of our communities and our public lands should not be auctioned off to the highest bidder'
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
'Not Safe to Consume': Insiders Blow Whistle on Pork Inspection Regime
"Personally, I will not eat any products that bear the name of the company for which this meat is produced," says USDA whistleblower
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How Govt Crackdown on Whistleblowers Betrays Public Interest: Report
Armed with the vague language of the Espionage Act, which is 'extremely difficult' to defend against, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than any other president
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This Armistice Day, Listen to Veterans Organizing to End Militarism
'The best way to support our troops and veterans is to speak out against militarism and give existing veterans the care they need'
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Falling Short of Boycott, EU Moves to Label Products Made in Illegal Israeli Settlements
Growing Palestinian rights movement credited with pushing world powers to acknowledge ongoing Israeli violations
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Germany's Spy Targets Included FBI, UNICEF, US Weapons Makers
New reporting adds to controversy over intelligence agency's activities
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Beyond Mizzou: Fight for Racial Justice Spreads to Campuses Nationwide
Spurred by successful demonstrations at University of Missouri, students and faculty escalate actions at Ithaca, Yale, and beyond
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No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer, Obama Can Still Close Guantánamo
President undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the "defense" bill
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Monsanto Accused of Knowingly Polluting SF Bay with Toxic PCBs
Oakland city attorney says the chemical giant 'chose profits over people, and American cities and citizens are still suffering the consequences.'
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ICRC Decries 'Deliberate' Attacks on Hospitals in Yemen
Nearly 100 healthcare facilities in war-torn country have been hit since March, aid group says
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Pfizer's Tax Rate 'Fiction' Exposed: Pays Less Than Everyone You Know
Numbers used to justify potential corporate inversion 'are largely an accounting fiction,' says Americans for Tax Fairness
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Portugal Rejoices as Anti-Austerity Left Coalition Forms to Oust Right Wing
Socialists, Communists, and Left Bloc unite in 'unprecedented' coalition to end years of punishing cuts
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'Fifteen Bucks and a Union': Bernie Sanders Marches With Striking Workers
'Thank you all for coming out and standing up for justice, standing up for dignity, and for saying loudly and clearly that people in this country that work 40 hours a week deserve a living wage.'
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Belgium Tells Facebook: Quit Tracking Us...Or Pay Up
Court gives tech giant 48 hours to stop using data-sweeping cookies to store data of visitors who are not members of social network
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Tired of Waiting, Immigrants Demand Urgent Action as Obama Takes Fight to Supreme Court
'The President doesn’t need the courts to give relief from deportations to the 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S.'
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'A Better Option': Colorado Readies Ballot Battle for Single-Payer Solution
"It's time we get the insurance industry out of the driver's seat and put families in charge of their healthcare."
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'Tying His Own Hands' on Gitmo, Obama Agrees to Sign Bloated Pentagon Budget
Overwhelmingly passed by the Senate on Tuesday, the legislation presents obstacles to the president's stated plan to close the notorious prison
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Sanders Campaign Argues Green Group Betrayed Own Metrics To Back Clinton
While Sanders has received 95 percent lifetime rating from League of Conservation Voters, group went with Clinton who only agrees with it 82 percent of the time
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'Impossible Becoming Possible' as Clean Energy Surges
World's "appetite" for renewables is growing, but faster transition is needed, says International Energy Agency
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'Come Get My Vote': Low-Wage Workers Rise Up in Advance of 2016 Election
Fight for $15 organizers say workers will walk off the job in 270 cities across the U.S.
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Outrage from Within and Without over Netanyahu Speech at Think Tank with Clinton Ties
Over 100 progressive organizations and individuals, as well as current and former staffers, have criticized Center for American Progress for inviting Israeli prime minister to speak
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Monday, November 9, 2015
Snowden Celebrates 'Broadly Influential' Ruling Against NSA Dragnet
Reiterating 2013 ruling, Judge Richard Leon says government collection of phone records is 'unconstitutional'
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SeaWorld to End Orca Shows—But Not Captivity of 'Incredible Creatures'
Animal rights activists say move is motivated by mounting protests as well as tanking profits
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Detention Camp Uprising Highlights Australia's Appalling Treatment of Refugees
"We have grave concerns about what’s happening on Christmas Island. This is a stain on our national character."
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As Mining Giant Flails, Human Toll from Brazil Dam Disaster Ticks Up
Mud and wastewater from the burst dams is complicating search and rescue efforts while raising health and environmental concerns
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After School Community Unites Against Campus Racism, President Forced to Resign
University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe steps down in face of criticism over failure to address school's racist culture
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Only Three States Score Higher Than D+ in State Integrity Investigation; 11 Flunk
Trouble in America's statehouses: secrecy, questionable ethics and conflicts of interest
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With Defiant 'Unilateral Action,' Catalonia Approves Measure for Independence
'A referendum would be the ideal tool but the Spanish government blocked it. We have no other option but unilateral action.'
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Climate Crisis Poised to Push 100 Million into Extreme Poverty
In response to new study, Oxfam urges World Bank 'to heed its own warnings and support equitable, low carbon development'
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Overheated Planet Entering 'Uncharted Territory at Frightening Speed'
Head of the World Meteorological Organization warned that dangerous milestone of 400 ppm will soon be a "permanent reality"
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With Mass Civil Disobedience, Young Activists March Against 'Broken System'
At least 1,000 youth shut down intersections in march to the White House
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Sunday, November 8, 2015
'Our Generation, Our Choice,' Say Youth, Readying for Mass Civil Disobedience
Young people from across the country to sweep Washington, D.C. with direct action 'to demand justice on race, climate change, and immigration'
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As Burma Votes, Watchdogs Warn Elections Anything But Fair and Free
Rights groups raise alarm about crackdown on free speech and widespread voter disenfranchisement
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Saturday, November 7, 2015
"Racism Isn't Funny": Trump's SNL Gig Draws Outrage, Calls to Disrupt Show
'There’s mounting evidence that Donald Trump’s racist demagoguery is resulting in real-world violence'
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As Mission Creeps in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?
A group of 35 bipartisan House Reps. issued an open letter calling for a Congressional vote on war authorization "as quickly as possible."
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'Equity and Justice': Africa Demands More Input to Save the Climate
African civil society organizations championing for climate justice have criticized the Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDC’s) presented to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, calling them “weak, inadequate and not ambitious enough.” “If you study carefully what...
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Friday, November 6, 2015
Obama's Rejection of Keystone XL Is Victory, But That's Not the Whole Story
'The black snake, Keystone XL, has been defeated and best believe we will dance to our victory!'
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'Bright Spots' Worldwide Show 100% Renewable Can and Must be Done
It 'is the only way to ensure the world does not descend into catastrophic climate change.'
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'Yeeeeehaw!' Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
Long-awaited decision comes after years of people-powered organizing
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Chile Admits Pablo Neruda May Have Been Killed by Pinochet Regime
"Highly probable" prize-winning poet and leftist politician was targeted, interior document states
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'Assault on Free Speech in India' as Government Moves to Destroy Greenpeace
NGO says it 'has endured repeated attempts at suppression through different government authorities' over last 18 months
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Ruptured Dams Engulf Brazilian Village in Toxic Mine Waste
More than a dozen are feared dead, with scores missing, after a tailings owned by some of the biggest mining companies in the world burst
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Thursday, November 5, 2015
#ExxonKnew Escalates as NY Attorney General Subpoenas Oil Giant Over Climate Crimes
"'Exxon Knew' just joined the category of truly serious scandals," said 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben
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To Help Hard-Hit Seniors, Warren/Sanders Bill Would Boost Social Security
Legislation would help counter zero cost-of-living adjustment in Social Security benefits millions of Americans face
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US Program To Save Child Refugees Has Welcomed This Many: Zero
More than 5,400 minors from Central America applied to get in to US as refugees. All of them are still waiting.
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Droughts, Snowstorms, Heatwaves: NOAA Ties Much Extreme Weather in 2014 to Climate Change
Federal agency says human-caused climate change "greatly increased the likelihood and intensity for extreme heat waves in 2014 over various regions."
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'Worse Than We Thought': TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
'President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,' says Friends of the Earth
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It's 2015 and We Still Have a Gender Pay Gap
The pay disparity 'can't be explained away by choice of occupation or the experience lost due to time out to care for children'
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Patriotism for Sale: The Pentagon's Pro-War Propaganda Scheme with Pro Sports
Department of Defense said secretive contracts were intended to boost military recruitment
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Canadians Greet Trudeau with Demand: 'Walk Your Talk on Climate Change'
'The burden of changing Canada’s direction on climate ahead of these crucial negotiations lands squarely on the shoulders of the Prime Minister,' say #ClimateWelcome organizers
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New MSF Report Details Horrific Carnage as US Bombed Hospital
'The view from inside the hospital is that this attack was conducted with a purpose to kill and destroy'
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Full Text of TPP Released to Public... And It's Horrible
'We now have concrete evidence that the TransPacific Partnership threatens our families, our communities, and our environment.'
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
No Longer Willing to be Bullied and Fracked, How One Pennsylvania Town Fought Back
"They are mobilizing against a system of law that empowers corporations over communities, and empowers government to preempt communities from protecting their air and water.'
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Trudeau's Cabinet "Looks Like Canada"—Will it Deliver on Promises?
'The Trudeau government must now uphold the Liberal Party’s electoral promises to reverse the damage of the Harper era policies,' says Greenpeace Canada
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UN Expert: To Address Climate Crisis, Ditch Industrial Agriculture
Climate change "could subject an additional 600 million people to malnutrition by 2080."
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Landmark Ruling by Mexico's Supreme Court Paves the Way for Legalizing Pot
"There is an enormous institutional and social cost to enforcing the laws against marijuana. How many resources are being used up to reduce these low-impact crimes?"
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Introducing 'Keep It in the Ground' Bill, Sanders Goes Big on Climate
Proposed legislation by presidential candidate and Senate colleagues—which would keep majority of fossil fuels on public lands and offshore areas from being exploited—described as 'historic'
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New Bill Edges UK Towards 'Surveillance State'
'No other Government has legislated to retain all our internet records.'
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Waging Climate Court Battle, Brave Youth Refuse 'To Watch Government Do Nothing'
Lawsuit demanding action on climate change could set precedent for preserving 'fundamental rights' to clean air
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In Attempt to Muzzle Opposition, 'Petro Dictatorship' Declares State of Emergency in Maldives
Questions rise as to whether imprisonment of former president and climate hero Mohamed Nasheed was an 'oil grab' as much as a power one
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In Victory for Public Ed, Colorado Boots Koch-Backed School Board
"What an incredible thing: We the people pushed back against big money, pushed back against an agenda that was not good for our schools."
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EPA Used Monsanto’s Research to Give Roundup a Pass
The Environmental Protection Agency concluded in June that there was “no convincing evidence” that glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. and the world, is an endocrine disruptor. On the face of it, this was great news, given that some 300 million pounds of the chemical were used on...
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War-Torn Yemen Devastated as Cyclone Flooding Displaces Tens of Thousands
At least 1.1 million people were impacted by the storm, which dumped a year's worth of rain on the besieged Gulf country
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Ohio Voters Reject Legal Pot with a 'Corporate Face'
Ballot initiative would have legalized recreational and medical use of pot, but would have granted exclusive growing rights to wealthy investors
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Leading Fight Against Money in Politics, Maine Voters Back Clean Elections
'Voters in Maine, like almost all Americans in both parties, are mad as hell about money in politics, so they stopped talking about the problem and did something about it.'
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Seattle Voters Approve First-in-the-Nation 'Democracy Vouchers'
'We look forward to seeing more cities and states implementing their own local solutions to the problem of big money in politics,' says campaign spokesperson
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In Blow for Transgender Rights, Houston Voters Reject Non-Discrimination Law
Ordinance would have protected against discrimination on basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, and more
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Calling for 'Radical Shift' in Drug Policy, Ireland Moves to Decriminalize
Drug minister announces medically supervised injection facilities will begin opening next year
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As US Dodges Hospital Bombing Probe, Aid Group Calls Global Silence 'Embarrassing'
It's been more than 30 days, and still 'no state has been willing to stand up for the Geneva Conventions and the laws of war'
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Hundreds of Women in Immigrant Prison on Hunger Strike for Immediate Release
"I'm dying of desperation from this injustice, from this cruelty," wrote Insis Maribel Zelaya Bernardez.
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Ahead of Paris, Unparalleled Coalition Demands Global Fracking Ban
'Put simply, we cannot afford to continue down an energy path that relies on fossil fuels if we are to maintain the stability of our climate and the health of the planet.'
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Demanding Abolition of Secret Spy Court, Chelsea Manning Pens Reform Bill from Prison
129-page document proposes 'concrete' solutions to the rampant and unchecked violations of privacy and civil liberties by U.S. government
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