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Saturday, September 26, 2015
Cameron Called Out for 'Cynically' Exploiting Refugee Plight to Escalate War
Celebrities and politicians release open letter blasting UK prime minister for pressing to extend military action—not aid
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Friday, September 25, 2015
'Operation Endless War': US Could Leave 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan After 2016
Wall Street Journal reports on option put forth by top U.S. commander in Afghanistan
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Austerity is Smokescreen for Class War Against Poor, Says Yanis Varoufakis
Appearing on BBC panel, former Greek finance minister expressed hope that Jeremy Corbyn will be Margaret Thatcher of the left
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Million-Liter Cyanide Spill in Argentina Highlights Canadian Mining Crimes
'They cannot continue to handle affairs that are so delicate, that affect the environment and people this way.'
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To Achieve Highly-Touted Development Goals, End Business-as-Usual, Groups Say
"There is no development on a dead planet," says 350.org executive director May Boeve
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Record Cold 'Blob' in North Atlantic: Sign of Future Climate Woes?
Some scientists are saying new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could point to weakening of a North Atlantic ocean current
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Absent Justice, Parents of Missing Students Condemn Mexico's "Narco-Politics"
"Those people are cold-blooded and their eyes say it all," said one mother, referring to President Enrique Peña Nieto's government
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After 13 Years Without Charge, Shaker Aamer to be Freed From Guantanamo
'He has been tortured and abused for more than a decade, and what he wants most is to be left alone with his family to start rebuilding his life.'
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Sanders Takes Biden-Proof Lead over Clinton in New Hampshire
New poll shows Bernie Sanders with a double-digit lead over rival Hillary Clinton
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Will Saudi Arabia Stop UN From Investigating Its War Atrocities in Yemen?
As Saudi government launches diplomatic blitz against human rights probe, Obama administration remains silent
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With Putin and Obama Set To Meet, Can Dent Be Made in Syrian Suffering?
The geopolitics remain fraught, but face-to-face talks between U.S. and Russian leader could spell beginning of progress
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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Pope Francis on Climate Rallying with Pope, Climate Justice Campaigners Hail 'Shovel-Ready Solution'
"What is this magic solution?" activist asks demonstrators on National Mall. "You're standing on it. It's the soil."
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Fearing Blow to Corporate Trade Deal, Auto Industry Buried Car Safety Report
Observers have pointed out that 'cars form a big part of the EU's case for TTIP'
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Pope Champions Work and Message of Radical Catholic Dorothy Day
In statements to Congress, Pope Francis praised Day's 'passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed'
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You'll Love Naomi Klein's Take on the Pope's Popularity
Speaking on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show , the author says people are 'psyched about' Pope Francis' messages
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VW Must Still Pay for Corporate Crime, Advocates Say
'VW must still pay full penalties under law and grant full rebates to the customers it deceived into buying pollution-spewing cars that led to massive, undeserved profits'
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#FreeKaren: The Hysterical Campaign to Free Australia's Hypothetical Eco-Terrorist
So-called 'radicalization awareness kits' for Australian educators linking climate Activism with terrorism prompt outrage—and a great hashtag
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'Failed' EU Refugee Summit Results in Aid Pledge — and Little Else
'What was needed was a bold, ambitious new approach. But what we got was the continuation of a failed strategy.'
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'No Consent': First Nations Women Shut Down Tar Sands Pipeline Hearing
'This is Kanien’ke, this is Mohawk Land, and we are tired of occupation'
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With Letter and Hug, Five-Year-Old Takes Immigration Plea to Pope Francis
'I want to tell you that my heart is sad... every day I am scared that one day they will take [my parents] away from me.'
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Hundreds Killed, Hundreds More Injured as Mecca Pilgrimage Turns Tragic
Early estimates put deathtoll at over 700, with nearly twice that hurt, at annual Muslim pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tech CEOs Branded Privacy Traitors For Their Quiet Push to Pass CISA
'Internet users are fed up, companies that abandon their commitment to user privacy and security should expect the Internet to abandon them.'
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Advisor to Top EU Court Slams NSA's 'Mass, Indiscriminate Surveillance'
Advocate General of the European Court of Justice says EU-US data sharing agreement violates fundamental rights of EU citizens.
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Denouncing Serra Canonization, Mother and Son 'Walk for the Ancestors'
650-mile journey of remembrance will stop at each of California's 21 missions
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Confidential Charter School Memo Blasted as 'Outline for a Hostile Takeover'
Critic says billionaire's plan to "charterize" Los Angeles public schools is "a ham-handed effort to circumvent democracy in a major American city."
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'The Snowden Treaty': Pact to End Mass Spying Would Honor NSA Whistleblower
Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and David Miranda propose new pact for global privacy rights
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Jimmy Carter on US 'Oligarchy' and Corrupting Power of Money on Politics
Former president said he'd not be "inclined" or "capable" of raising the massive funds needed to get elected today
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Al Jazeera Journalists Among 100 Political Prisoners Pardoned in Egypt
Those freed among the dissidents and journalists targeted by draconian Egyptian government
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War Hawk Petraeus Comes Out Of Retirement to Recommend Pouring Fuel on Syria's Fire
Observers say former general's prescription would require tens of thousands of troops and lead to full-scale war
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Global Divestment Movement 'Catches Fire' with Funds Worth $2.6 Trillion Shifting Assets
Demand for fossil-free investment products is increasing as scores of individual and institutional investors move their money away from the dirty energy system driving the climate crisis
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Joining Bernie and Trumping Obama, Clinton Comes Out Against Keystone XL
In another win for growing climate justice movement, Clinton moves from previous supporter of tar sands project to vocal opponent
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In Frontier Battle Over Sage Grouse, Fossil Fuel Industry is Clear Winner
'The sage grouse is the canary in the coalmine for the whole sage brush ecosystem.'
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As VW Scandal Unfolds, Ripple Effect Extends Through Entire Auto Industry
Calls for criminal prosecution in US increase while international regulators begin ' to ponder whether such deception is widespread'
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Drug Price Gouging Enters Spotlight as Candidates Take on Big Pharma
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton among those calling for reforms to pharmaceutical marketplace
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Is Canada Importing Voter Suppression Tactics from the United States?
Agency that oversees country's elections warns of U.S.-style 'scare tactics, misinformation'
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Son of Victim Arrested for Protesting Military Exploitation of 9/11
'Using Sept. 11 as a justification for an unnecessary war, torture, drone strikes and civilian casualties compounds my grief and is wrong-minded and counterproductive.'
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Singing Her Own Song for Decades, Buffy Sainte-Marie Picks Up Prestigious Prize
Sainte-Marie's album Power in the Blood—her 21st—beat nine other finalists for the award
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New Survey on Campus Sexual Assault Finds 'Deeply Disturbing' Results
More than 27 percent of women and five percent of men said they were victims of sexual assault or misconduct in four years of college
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Colorado Supreme Court to Decide if Citizens Can Ban Fracking
Supreme Court to hear cases from the communities of Longmont and Fort Collins, where courts have overturned local anti-fracking ordinances
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With New Ban on Cultivation, Northern Ireland Joins EU's Anti-GMO Ranks
Environment minister expresses "concern" that growing GMOs would tarnish nation's "clean and green image"
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Warning: TTIP Aims To Defang Local Rules Against Hazardous Chemicals
New report finds that the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership poses a threat to state regulations against hazardous pesticides, products, and fracking chemicals
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As Pope Francis Arrives in DC, Federal Workers Strike Against Poverty Wages
Bernie Sanders joined those who "cook and clean" for nation's lawmakers as they demanded dignity—and a living wage—from those they serve
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As 'Hypocrite' Walker Exits, Workers and Women Offer Gruff Farewells
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced Monday he would drop out of the 2016 presidential race
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Monday, September 21, 2015
Imprisoned by Injustice, Judge Refuses to Release Last of 'Angola Three'
Albert Woodfox, who served 43 years in solitary confinement, will once again stand trial for charges that were three times overturned
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New Report 'Draws the Line' Between Religious Rights and Equality
Religious freedom must be protected—but rights groups say it can't be used as a tool to discriminate
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Melting Permafrost Could Cost World Economy $43 Trillion by 2100: Study
Doing nothing to slow the fast-warming Arctic carries an enormous economic price tag, warns new research
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Amid Runaway Warming, Richest Nations Spend $200 Billion Backing Fossil Fuels
'The time is ripe for countries to demonstrate they are serious about combating climate change'
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Conservatives Buoyed by Historic Flood of Money Into Politics
New report from Center for Responsive Politics finds single-candidate groups have spent $16.2 million total so far—over 55 times levels seen in 2012—and conservatives disproportionately benefit
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Bullying Fueled Overly-Optimistic ISIS Intel, Analysts Charge
Altered reports 'overstated' the amount of physical and financial damage was caused to targets in Iraq and Syria, new reporting reveals
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Perceptions of Opportunities and Equality Differ Widely Along Racial Lines
Majority of Americans think race relations have gotten worse, but differing views persist
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Rights Campaigners Form Human Blockade to Stop Deportations
Direct action at Northwest Detention Center demands end to the 'criminalization and scapegoating of immigrants'
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'It Can Be Done': New Report Details Path to 100% Renewables by 2050
Greenpeace says world leaders must not let the fossil fuel industry stand in the way of the necessary—and attainable—transition to a clean and safe energy future
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Syriza Retains Rule But Troika's "Financial Terrorism" Holds Power in Greece
With a new bailout package tied to more austerity on the way, said one Athenian, 'We know that there is nothing good for the Greek people to wait for.'
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Sunday, September 20, 2015
As Crisis Intensifies, Kerry Says US Will Take 100,000 Refugees in 2017
Many, though not all, of the additional refugees would be Syrian, US officials have said
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Will the Obama Administration Hold VW Accountable for Corporate Crime?
"This is a huge test of how serious the administration’s commitment is to prosecuting white collar crime."
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Saturday, September 19, 2015
Pope, World Leaders Turn U.N. into Veritable War Zone
UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The visit to the United Nations by Pope Francis during a General Assembly session, described as a historic first in the ageing 70-year-old organisation, has created a security nightmare both for the world body and New York city police. The U.N. neighbourhood is expected to be...
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Bernie Bashes Billionaires in Big Apple, Challenges Dem Establishment in NH
Sanders tells NH crowd he doesn't want billionaires' money—"We're going to do it on our own."
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Friday, September 18, 2015
Japan Takes Leap Toward Militarism With Passage of Controversial 'Security' Bills
'We cannot allow a situation to arise anew in which our young people are sent off to war to kill and be killed.'
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Military Refuses Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Gender-Affirming Treatment
"I'm gonna fight in court," Manning declared on her Twitter account.
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Up 72 Percent From Just Six Years Ago, Organic Farm Sales Soar
"We need a higher rate of growth in order to get close to meeting the demand," said Laura Batcha, chief of the Organic Trade Association
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Refugees Left Stranded As Europe Faces 'Crisis of Political Will'
'You aren’t going to solve these problems by closing borders.'—Adrian Edwards, UN refugee office
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'Foolish and Mean-Spirited': US House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood
'The ultimate goal of anti-abortion extremists in Congress is to promote their political agenda of banning safe, legal abortion in this country.'
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New Orleans Running 'Modern Debtors Prison,' Lawsuit Charges
Judges, city officials, and others charged with building "illegal, unconstitutional and unjust" criminal court system
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According to New IEA Chief, Arctic Drilling Is Stupid Business
From perspective of profitability alone, chief says such extraction not currently viable
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Citing Abuses, US Commission Demands Release of Refugee Families
Panel of White House and Congressional appointees urges Obama administration to release family detainees
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Facing South, Bernie Sanders Ramps Up Outreach in SC and Beyond
David is rising against Goliath, with a grassroots campaign meant to increase Sanders' exposure among minority voters in the Bible Belt and across the South.
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Outrage Over Austerity Hits Finland as Thousands Go on Nationwide Strike
'The government intends, through coercive legislation, to weaken working conditions,' said union leader Lauri Lyly.
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Trump Refuses To Correct Man Who Declares: 'Problem... Is Called Muslims'
The racial politics of the current GOP frontrunner, warns one critic, are 'just vague enough to be popular with enough people to earn him a serious following, but specific enough for us to know the atrocities this type of talk can lead to.'
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
Japan's 'War Laws' Provoke Skirmish in Parliament, Protests in Streets
With U.S. backing, the ruling party is aggressively pushing the legislation despite mass public opposition
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Health Advocates: To Combat Opioid Epidemic, Target Big Pharma
Initiatives to help addicts highlight links between legally prescribed pain medication and opioid addiction
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'They Throw Away Our Lives': Honolulu Sued Over Homeless Crackdown
"Using arrests to solve homelessness...is contrary to a fair and just community."
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'Justice Is Not For Sale': Sanders Leads Charge Against For-Profit Prisons
'It is morally repugnant and a national tragedy that we have privatized prisons all over America.'
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Justice Department Lets Giant Corporation Evade Prosecution for Deaths of Over 100 People
'This deal will not deter future corporate wrongdoers, it will not hold GM accountable, and it sets back the demand for justice by the family members of victims of GM’s horrible actions.'—Robert Weissman, Public Citizen
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For Refugees Seeking Freedom, Croatia Now Front-Line of 'Fortress Europe'
Violently turned away from the Hungarian boarder, thousands forged new path seeking refuge in Europe
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Avoiding 'Regressive Mistake,' Fed Holds Off on Rate Hike — For Now
'A higher interest rate means that fewer jobs will be created, and that the wages of workers at the bottom will remain too low to live on.'
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Earthquake Triggers Tsunami, Claims Lives in Chile
Fears of a larger tsunami for the Pacific reason have dissipated as nation braces for aftershocks and assesses the damage done
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#DebateWithBernie: The 'Hands Down' Winner of Second GOP Presidential Debate
'Just what we need,' Sanders interjected. 'More neocon policies to continue the Bush legacy.'
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Arrest of Muslim Teen for Bringing Clock to School 'Inevitable Byproduct of Culture of Fear'
ACLU says arrest of student 'raises serious concerns about racial profiling and the disciplinary system in Texas schools'
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Arrest of Undocumented Woman at Gynecologist Visit Sparks Outrage, Protest
'People should have a basic human right to seek medical attention without fear of arrest and deportation,' says daughter
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That's "Right-Wing Prime Minister" to You, Says Growing Chorus of Corbyn Fans
In just ten hours, more than 30,000 people signed a petition demanding that the BBC practice some 'unbiased reporting'
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Irish Anti-Austerity Groups Form New Party for 'Genuinely Left Government'
People Before Profit and Anti-Austerity Alliance announce new political campaign against high taxes and water privatization
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Clinton Ally Refuses to Apologize for Super PAC Attack on Bernie Sanders
Email from the Correct the Record super PAC attempted to couple Sanders with more "extreme" positions taken by newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
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For Many Democrats, Six Primary Season Debates 'Is Just Not Enough'
Hillary Clinton's Democratic rivals, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, have both called for a more robust debate schedule
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Human Activity Pushing Marine Life to the Brink of Collapse
International conservation group is calling on world leaders to make 'profound' changes to way ocean is managed and protected
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ACLU Sues California Police Over 'Exorbitant' Body Cam Footage Charge
Hayward, California police department charged National Lawyers Guild nearly $3,000 to view crowd control footage from Black Lives Matter protest
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European Commission Accused of 'Putting Lipstick on a Pig' With Rebranded Corporate-Friendly Trade Mechanism
'This new proposal doesn’t change the fundamental problem of giving corporations frightening new powers at the expense of our national democracies.'—Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
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Refugees Trapped at Hungarian Border Attacked With Tear Gas, Water Cannons
Crowds chant "open, open, open" while decrying inhumane treatment
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Top Military Brass Accused of Flipping ISIS Intel 'On Its Head'
Analysts say that Centcom superiors mislead White House and Congress about the success of the bombing campaign to justify ongoing war
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'Hard-Fought Victory' in Sight As End to Historic Seattle Teachers Strike on Horizon
Union representatives say schools will open Thursday, but strike not officially over until members vote Sunday on tentative deal
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UN to Host Meeting of World Leaders on Refugee Crisis
The 28-member European Union (EU), which was sharply divided over the Greek bailout financial crisis last year, is facing its biggest test of unity over the growing refugee crisis unfolding in European borders. At an emergency meeting in Brussels Monday, the EU hesitantly agreed to share some 40,...
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
In First, TEPCO Dumps Fukushima Groundwater Into Pacific Ocean
Local fishermen worry the discharge even of the groundwater will heighten contamination concerns and hurt their already battered reputation
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New Data on Arctic Ice Meltdown the Latest 'Climate Siren'
The National Snow and Ice Data Center found Arctic sea ice this year reached its fourth lowest level in recorded history
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'Now is the Time for Boldness': Naomi Klein, Notable Canadians Call for System Overhaul
Manifesto signatories, including David Suzuki and Neil Young, share the belief 'that it is possible for Canada to fight against climate change in a way that changes our country for the better'
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One Thousand Miles for Justice Brings Message of Reform to US Capitol
Participants with "America's Journey for Justice" reach final destination after six-week march from Selma, Alabama
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As Global Consumption Skyrockets, 'Full Footprint' Felt by Millions
'Our consumption choices affect more than ourselves—they affect the environment and the lives and livelihoods of millions.'
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'Perilously' Outdated Voting Machines Threaten 2016 Election, Report Finds
Brennan Center for Justice finds 'significant percentages' of problematic machines are in swing states
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Recession Continues for Record Number of Homeless Students
New data finds homelessness among children in public schools in U.S. is twice what it was before 2008 recession
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Seattle Strike Enters Fifth Day as Teachers Protest Testing Policies, Racial Inequity and Low Wages
The strike, says local high school teacher Jesse Hagopian, has 'really galvanized the community to the side of the teachers, because they know we’re standing up for the issues that matter most to our families.'
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Clinton Super PAC Attacks Bernie as Dems Double Down on Dark Money
Rhetoric aside, mainstream Democrats seem to be growing increasingly comfortable with super PACs
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'Unburnable': Climate Groups Call on Obama to Halt Fossil Fuel Leasing
'The cost of continuing federal fossil fuel leasing to our land, climate, and communities is too high,' reads a letter delivered Tuesday to President Obama
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