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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Not Satisfied With Obama Apology, MSF Repeats Demand for Independent Probe
Head of aid organizations says only acceptable response is US endorsement of an independent, global investigation into what happened in Kunduz
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Victory for Meat Lobby After USDA Nixes Climate Considerations
Sustainable food advocates cry foul after sustainability considerations dropped from new dietary guidelines
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Flipping on TPP, Hillary Clinton Proves Chameleon-Like on Corporate Trade
"It's becoming increasingly hard for any presidential candidate who expects to be elected to stay aboard this sinking ship."
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Golden State's Love for Sanders Grows as Support for Clinton Dwindles
Support for Sanders up 26 points since May poll; Clinton's support down 19 points
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Millions Voice Opposition to 'Corporate Power Grab' Trade Deals
'These dangerous Trojan horse treaties... benefit big corporations at the expense of people.'— Magda Stoczkiewicz, Friends of the Earth Europe
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'Even War Has Rules': MSF Takes Unprecedented Action Against US Military
Announcing launch of international fact-finding inquiry, MSF president declares hospital bombing an 'attack on the Geneva Conventions'
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Not Just Consumer Fraud, VW Scandal Called 'Crime Against Climate'
'Volkswagen did this intentionally and knew that the effect would be a staggering release of pollution.'
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'The People Are Livid': 100,000 March Against 'Pick-Pocket' Austerity in Brussels
Police use water cannons as workers lead march through streets in response to new center-right government's cuts to social services
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From Anti-Fracking Movement to OPEC: Shale Drives New Geoeconomics of Oil
As Saudi Arabia aimsto keep the United States from becoming a major exporter, public opposition to fracking and other development is only increasing
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As Military Escalation Grips Syria, Oxfam Decries World Powers for Fueling War
Oxfam report singles out the United States, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey for 'fueling violence and violations of war'
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Diplomatic Campaign Ramps Up to Free 'Mandela of the Maldives'
"Nasheed's unfair trial and conviction is emblematic of a new crisis in the country" says human rights lawyer Amal Clooney
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With Sanders at the Helm, Lawmakers Lobby for Labor
'If we are serious about reducing income and wealth inequality, we have got to substantially increase the number of union jobs in this country.'
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As Pentagon Shifts Story (Again), MSF Says No Excuse for 'War Crime' Against Hospital
'We are working on the presumption of a war crime,' said Dr. Joanne Liu, president of MSF International
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Owning Up to Failed 'War on Drugs,' DOJ To Release Wave of Nonviolent Offenders
New guidelines will bring clemency to thousands of low-level offenders, but many more still 'trapped' in broken criminal justice system
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With Renewables on the Rise, Dirty Fuels Losing Competitive Edge
The financial realities are pushing a clean energy transition—as more wind and solar capacity is installed, coal and natural gas plants are used less
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As Experts Push for 'Killer Robot' Ban, UK and US Stand in the Way
"If there is not a pre-emptive ban on the high-level autonomous weapons then once the genie is out of the bottle it will be extremely difficult to get it back in."
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Fortune 500 Companies Stash $2.1 Trillion Offshore as US Taxpayers Foot the Bill
New study highlights the repeated failure by U.S. lawmakers to crack down on tax avoidance schemes
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Groups Issue Warning: Pro-Corporate TPP Could Kill the Internet
"What we're talking about here is global Internet censorship."
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Rejecting Government Hostility, People of Denmark Issue Welcome Letter to Refugees
'As ordinary Danes we wish to extend our sympathy and compassion to anyone fleeing war and despair'
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Chernobyl Study: 'Amazing Illustration' of How Destructive Human Civilization Has Become
It upends common sense in many ways, but new research highlights how animal populations can thrive... when humans go away
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'Not Protesters — Protectors': Fracktivists Descend on Colorado Governor's Mansion
Under Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado has been reckless in its development of shale gas reserves, say anti-fracking activists
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With Trust Destroyed by Mass Spying, Top EU Court Asserts Need for Privacy Reform
European Court of Justice finds Safe Harbor agreement violates "essential" privacy rights
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Mimicking Media Outlets, DOJ Will Finally Attempt Tally of Killings by Police
Database will not require police to report people they kill
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Monday, October 5, 2015
Will BP's Record Gulf Spill Settlement Amount to a Record Tax Break?
Groups are warning that much of the $20.8 billion in settlement payments could be written off as the 'cost of doing business'
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Drillers Welcome: NC Lawmakers Quietly Pass Ban on Anti-Fracking Ordinances
New law makes new county moratoriums on fracking 'invalidated and unenforceable'
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Snowden: Prepared for Prison, But Won't Serve to Discourage Other Whistleblowers
In new BBC interview, Edward Snowden describes his attempts to reach plea deal and reveals how spy agencies can unlock your smartphone at will
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Outrage Stirred as Police Deploy Snipers to 'Observe' Anti-Austerity March in UK
As more than 60,000 people marched against Tory's attack on the economy, sharp-shooters took up positions on rooftops
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Concluding Lifetime of Dedicated Activism, Grace Lee Boggs Dies at Age 100
"I want my life to challenge people to think philosophically," she once said, "I want people to ask themselves and each other what time it is on the clock of the world."
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As Pentagon Spins US Media, MSF Demands True Account of Hospital Attack
'There can be no justification for this horrible attack,' states aid group after weekend attack on Kunduz hospital
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Sanders Condemns 'Disastrous' TPP as Ministers Seal Deal for Corporate Elite
After marathon negotiations in Atlanta, leaders from 12 nations cement pact which coalition of critics say will raise the price of essential drugs, drive industrial scale agribusiness, and threaten workers rights
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'Once-In-A-Millenium' Flooding Creates 'Otherworldly Scenes' in South Carolina
Officials warned that the historic deluge will likely worsen as climate experts discussed connections between warming planet and extreme weather
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Sunday, October 4, 2015
Pulling Staff from Kunduz, MSF Labels US Airstrike a War Crime
MSF director calls for independent investigation into bombing which U.S. military claims was targeting Taliban after first calling it 'collateral damage'
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Warmer Winters Slow the Growth of Forest Giants
LONDON—Spring is arriving ever earlier as greenhouse gas levels rise and global temperatures warm, and the northern hemisphere growing season is now two weeks longer than it was in 1900. But, paradoxically, new research shows that forest giants that once responded to the early spring are beginning...
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With Call for 'Political Revolution,' Bernie Sanders Goes Big in Boston
By some counts, at least 32,000 had shown up to support senator's call for progressive reforms on Saturday
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Saturday, October 3, 2015
Between 'Schools and Smokestacks,' Detroit Rises Up for Climate Justice
Detroit March for Justice calls for action from state and federal environmental agencies
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10 Million at Risk of Hunger Due to Climate Change and El Niño, Oxfam Warns
At least ten million of the poorest people face food insecurity in 2015 and 2016 due to extreme weather conditions and the onset of El Niño, Oxfam has reported. In Oxfam’s new report called Entering Uncharted Waters , erratic weather patterns were noted including high temperatures and droughts,...
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Numerous Civilians Dead After US Bombs Hospital in Afghanistan
Dozens dead and wounded after witnesses say bombardment of charity medical center continued for 30 minutes
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Friday, October 2, 2015
Refugees Face Fences and Force in 'Prison-Like' European Hotspots
Italy will allow a "proportionate" use of force to obtain fingerprints from asylum-seekers, which it has not done regularly in the past
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Opt-Outs Abound as Majority of EU Says No to GMOs
15 out of 28 European Union member states declare their intention to send territorial exclusionary requests to agrochem companies
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A US Drone Killed This Man's Family. He Asked For Simple Apology. US Said 'No'
Faisal bin Ali Jaber had offered to drop a lawsuit against the president in exchange for a public apology for his loss. He was denied.
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'Club of One': US Now Lone UN Member Outside Children's Rights Treaty
The U.S. helped draft part of the Convention on the Rights of the Child—so why hasn't it ratified it?
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Hundreds of Canadian Artists Slam Anti-Terror Law for Its 'Direct Attack on Creative Arts, Free Expression'
Signatories inlcuding Margaret Atwood write that C-51 'gives the government carte blanche to suppress any voice they don’t like.'
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NY Chief Judge Announces Reforms to State's "Intolerable" Bail System
Invoking suicide of Kalief Browder, judge says it is "fundamentally unfair for a person's liberty to be all about how much money you have."
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In Aristotle's Homeland, Canadian Mining Giant Fights Ban To Get Its Gold
"Eldorado Gold must realize that beautiful Halkidiki is not its property, nor Halkidiki a 'lab rat' of environmental destruction for its profits."
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Britain Says No to Slavery Reparations, But Offers to Buy Jamaica New Prison
British government says deal is aimed at 'returning' Jamaican nationals incarcerated in UK prisons to the Caribbean island
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Landfall or Not, Joaquin Could Deliver 'One-in-a-Thousand-Year' Dangers
Warmer oceans raise worries as hard-to-predict Category 4 hurricane moves north after battering Bahamas
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Thursday, October 1, 2015
'America’s Gun Violence Epidemic' Continues with Mass Shooting in Oregon
Thirteen people are reportedly dead following a shooting at Oregon community college
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Alongside Housing Activists, Warren Blasts HUD's Collusion with Wall Street
"We need to get something straight: These federal agencies don't work for Wall Street. They work for the American people."
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Rashid Khalidi on Syria: The Beginning of This Mess was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq
'I think we’re going to see an increasingly grim phase of the war instead of a move toward some kind of political solution, which is the only way to end this.'
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US Senate Sentencing Reform Bill: Game Changer or Status Quo?
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act was met with praise, as well as caution, from rights campaigners
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Alabama Makes Photo IDs Mandatory for Voting, Then Shutters DMV Offices in Black Counties
The 'decision to cut out ID services to almost all counties with a majority black population is discriminatory and wrong,' says ACLU of Alabama.
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World Heritage Sites Increasingly Threatened by Extraction Mania
'Protecting these iconic places is not only important in terms of their environmental worth; it is crucial for the livelihoods and future of the people who depend on them.'
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Demanding Medicare-for-All, Medical Students Rise Up Nationwide
'By improving and expanding Medicare to cover all Americans, we can use this existing infrastructure to achieve universal coverage, better health outcomes, and better physician working conditions.'
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As Secret Trade Talks Reveal Cracks, Demonstrators Aim Death Blows at TPP
Pacific trade deal opponents hope that if Atlanta round fails, pro-corporate TPP could be knocked off track indefinitely
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Alternative Nobel Winners Bring Hope to 'Challenged Planet'
Human rights activists from Canada, Uganda, Italy, and Marshall Islands receive honors for 'inspiring response to the defining challenges of our time.'
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Saudi Impunity Continues as UN Ditches Probe Into Yemen War Crimes
Proposal would have mandated a probe into human rights violations committed on all sides of Yemen's conflict
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Proving Competitive with Clinton Machine, Sanders Goes Big with Small Donations
Candidate who doesn't 'go around asking millionaires and billionaires asking for money' closes the funding gap significantly
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As 'This Changes Everything' Debuts in US, Leave Your Climate Despair at the Door
'People are ready for a deeper, much more systemic critique and much more grassroots, radical solutions,' says film's director Avi Lewis
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Protesting Big Pharma 'Death Sentence,' Cancer Patient Arrested Outside TPP Talks
'For thousands of women to die unnecessary of breast cancer because of the TPP is a horrible, cruel, premeditated, and avoidable catastrophe.'
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Flaring for Free: New Report Exposes Yet Another Big Oil Subsidy
'For over a century Big Oil has been subsidized to the hilt with everything from tax breaks to royalty free-leasing. To that list we can now add natural gas flaring—and it has to stop.'
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'Exxons of Agriculture' Wielding Power to Block Real Climate Solutions: Report
The industry 'fuels a model of agriculture that is destroying the planet,' report states.
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Youth's Imminent Execution Shines Light on 'Cozy' Ties Between Saudis and the West
US and UK governments remain silent as case of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr receives worldwide attention and rebuke
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Duke Energy 'Settlement' Slashes Fine, Grants Amnesty for Coal Ash Pollution
Environmental organizations condemned deal as a steal for the corporation—and a bad deal for the North Carolina's environment and people
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Women Demand 'Bold' Counter-Offensive to Assault on Abortion Access
Amid Planned Parenthood debate, women's health groups urge lawmakers to repeal "indefensible" restrictions on abortion funding
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Bank of England Head Warns of 'Potentially Huge' Risks From 'Literally Unburnable' Fossil Fuel Assets
Carbon Tracker's Campanale says, 'We share a common acknowledgement that a declining ‘carbon budget’ to two degrees will mean that fossil fuels will need to stay in the ground.'
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Groups Challenge Wyoming's 'Downright Un-American' Censorship Laws
State laws place citizen scientists and advocacy groups 'in jeopardy for acting to protect public health, the environment, and animal welfare'
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Health Experts Applaud New Guidelines for Global HIV Treatment
Treatment must 'move out of clinics and into the communities with mobilized, empowered and engaged people living with HIV'
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Monsanto Under Fire: Maker of Cancer-Causing Herbicide Sued by US Workers
Two separate lawsuits allege agrochemical giant deliberately misled public and regulators over dangers of product exposure
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In Win for KXL Opponents, 'Desperate' TransCanada Shifts Strategy
Bold Nebraska calls development 'a major victory for Nebraska landowners who refused to back down in the face of bullying by a foreign oil company.'
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'Endless War' Continues as US Troops Re-Enter Combat Against Taliban in Kunduz
Special Forces units, backed by airstrikes, are fighting alongside Afghan Army soldiers and security forces as Taliban defends captured northern city
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Environmental Activists Continue to Face Interrogations at US-Canada Border
Members of Deep Green Resistance denied entry to Canada on the way to a Chris Hedges’ lecture
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Despite Brutal Irony, US Accuses Russia of 'Pouring Gasoline on Fire' in Syria
Speaking at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter charges airstrikes by foreign military may be "pouring gasoline on the fire"
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How US Colleges Have Become Ground Zero for Suppression of Palestine Solidarity
Two new reports highlight the systematic intimidation, harassment, and censorship that is silencing free speech critical of Israel
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates, 'Unflinching' Voice on Racism, Declared MacArthur Genius
'Writing without shallow polemic and in a measured style, Coates addresses complex and challenging issues such as racial identity, systemic racial bias, and urban policing,' declared the MacArthur Foundation.
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As Tech Giants Meet With Modi, India's Poor Search for Real Internet Access
Net neutrality advocates criticize Facebook's continuing venture into internet grabs in developing countries
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Jamaica Demands Reparations for Britain's 'Haunting' Legacy of Slavery
Ahead of his first-ever visit to the Caribbean island, British Prime Minister David Cameron called out for family ties to transatlantic slave trade
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'Can You Hear Me Now?' Twitter Rejoices as @Snowden Arrives
Whistleblower garners hundreds of thousands of followers in matter of hours
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Rank-and-File Teachers Object As Nation's Biggest Union Weighs Early Clinton Endorsement
Mirroring similar rifts within other unions, National Education Association members prepare to protest Sanders snub
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Judge Sanctions Border Patrol Over Evidence Destruction in Abuse Case
Agents reportedly destroyed footage of holding areas in wake of lawsuit alleging inhumane treatment
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As Shell Scraps Arctic Drilling Plan, Gov. Declares: 'We Need To Get Some Oil in that Pipeline... Quick'
Governor Bill Walker pivots on Shell announcement to renew calls to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and fill Alaska's trans-state pipeline
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Near-Total Meltdown of Fukushima Reactor 2 Confirmed
Researchers say between 70 and 100 percent of fuel inside reactor 2 melted during 2011 disaster
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To Combat Right-Wing Assault, Millions 'Pinkout' in Support of Planned Parenthood
As Congress battles over abortion, supporters of reproductive justice take stand nationwide
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'Critical First Step': Bill de Blasio Pushes NYC Coal Divestment
Mayor to ask five pension funds to consider pulling at least $33 million from thermal coal industry
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Fourteen Years After US Invasion, Taliban Offensive Claims Major City
Afghan government pledges to retake Kunduz one day after coordinated assault by Taliban
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Wedding Party Death Toll Jumps to 131 as US-Backed Coalition Denies Wrongdoing
Many women and children among the dead in attack initially reported as a 'mistake'
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Monday, September 28, 2015
Flooding Financial District, SF Activists Shut Down 'Climate Profiteers'
'There is no time to waste,' state protest organizers, 'our economic system must be transformed.'
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Will TTIP Get Terminated? Negotiations Falter as Europe Balks
As EU-US trade talks flounder, France doesn't rule out 'an outright termination of negotiations'
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After Decades of Discrimination, Farm Workers Get Pesticide Protections
Environmental Protection Agency creates new rules giving equal protection against pesticides to farm workers
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New Report Exposes the Polluters Making Millions Drilling Public Lands
Report adds to growing demand for President Obama to end federal leasing program
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'Another World Is Possible': Corbyn's Labour Party Lampoons Austerity
After borrowing slogan of social justice movement, Jeremy Corbyn ally John McDonnell argues austerity "is not an economic necessity, it’s a political choice."
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Citing 'Planet, Environment, and People,' Northern Ireland Erects Fracking Roadblock
Environmental minister announces first official 'no to fracking' policy with new guidelines for regional councils
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International Pledges Not Enough to Avoid Worst Impacts of Climate Change
MIT Sloan study highlights need for long term climate plan, which prioritizes switch to renewable energy supply
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Elizabeth Warren: 'Black Lives, Black Citizens, Black Families Matter'
In speech at Edward Kennedy Institute, senator endorses human rights movement and calls for broad reforms to address institutional racism
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Putin: Chaos of Iraq and Libya Warn Against Western Regime Change in Syria
Ahead of UN speech on Monday, Putin makes it clear that Russia will use its military and political power to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
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Climate Catches 'Huge Break' as Shell Calls It Quits in the Arctic
At least for the 'foreseeable future,' the oil giant will put a hold on its offshore drilling in Alaska after finding insufficient deposits
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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Independence Parties Projected to Win Historic Catalonia Vote
Regional election will determine whether pro-secession parties win mandate to push for independence from Spain
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Free, Safe, Legal: Thousands Demand Ireland Bring Abortion 'Out of the Shadows'
Mass march calls for repeal of the country's anti-abortion laws, which are some of the most restrictive in the world
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Saturday, September 26, 2015
One Year On, Thousands Demand Justice for Missing Ayotzinapa Students
A large crowd took to the streets of Mexico City Saturday demanding end to corruption and impunity of the ruling elite
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Volkswagen Blames Emissions-Cheating Scandal on Low-Level Technicians
Dodging responsibility, VW CEO and other leaders point fingers at 'engineers and technicians involved in engine development'
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US-Backed Syrian Rebels Handed Over Equipment to Al Qaeda Affiliate, Military Admits
U.S. Central Command said Friday that the weapons and equipment were 'surrendered' to the al Nusra Front in exchange for 'safe passage'
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