News for 2016-10-12

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The 'Good Anthropocene': Grassroots Initiatives Worldwide Show Path Forward
Looking for a ray of sunshine amidst seemingly endless news of the warming planet , global biodiversity loss , or ongoing war ? You might want to head over to Seeds of a Good Anthropocene , a website developed by a team of international researchers to spotlight global initiatives or "seeds" from...
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Watch This US Official Struggle to Justify Double Standard for Saudi Bombings
A State Department official on Tuesday struggled to answer why the U.S. has condemned Russian bombings in Syria for causing civilian deaths while simultaneously aiding the Saudi Arabia-led campaign in Yemen, which has done the same. State Department spokesperson John Kirby faltered during a press...
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ACLU: Better Than Trump, But Clinton's Rights Record Still Cause for Concern
The ACLU's constitutional analysis of Hillary Clinton's political record and policy proposals came out Wednesday, and it looks a lot different from the one the civil liberties group issued in July for Clinton's rival, GOP nominee Donald Trump. Indeed, the summer's report found that Trump, if...
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Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota Impacted Communities Take Fight Against Dakota Access to Corporate Heads
Activists from oil-impacted communities around the country are descending on Energy Transfer Partners' corporate offices in Houston, Texas, to protest the company's Dakota Access Pipeline and other controversial pipeline projects. "Together we press forward, rise, and demand a clean world for...
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Snyder's "Unconscionable" Use of Millions in Taxpayer Money for Criminal Defense Fees Questioned
One resident of Flint, Michigan—a city still grappling with a lead-contamination crisis —is asking a grand jury to look into whether Gov. Rick Snyder illegally used $2 million in taxpayer money for his legal fees related to the disaster. "After what has happened in this city, it's just a slap in...
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Surprise: Trump's Latest Tax Plan Would Benefit the 1%, Burden the Poor
Donald Trump's latest tax proposals would give the biggest windfalls to the richest households in the U.S. and raise the debt by $20.9 trillion by 2036, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC). The Republican presidential nominee would cut taxes by $6...
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Ten Activists Arrested for Helping Shut Down US-Canada Tar Sands Pipelines
Ten activists have been arrested for shutting down five tar sands pipelines in four states on Tuesday, an act of non-violent direct action taken to avert climate catastrophe and in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock. According to Climate Direct Action...
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Following Public Pressure, José Bové, Noted Anti-Globalization Activist, Allowed to Stay in Canada
Update : Canadian authorities have reversed their position, and will allow anti-globalization activist and member of European Parliament José Bové to stay in the country for seven days. According to a statement from the Council of Canadians, the decision from the Canada Border Services Agency came...
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Denouncing 'Colossal Waste' of Drug War, Report Makes Case for Decriminalization
Two prominent human and civil rights organizations are calling on the U.S. government to decriminalize all drug use and possession in a new report which finds that the so-called war on drugs has caused "devastating harm." The joint report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the American Civil Liberties...
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UN Rights Chief Blasts Trump as 'Dangerous' for Global Community
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein condemns GOP nominee's "deeply unsettling and disturbing" views on torture and minorities
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The pickup truck stopped in front of the demonstration, which included children, elderly people, and disabled people, and protesters attempted to reason with the driver before he plowed through the crowd. 'Hate Crime': Video Shows Truck Plowing Into Indigenous Rights Rally
People taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Reno, Nevada, for Indigenous Peoples Day and against the Dakota Access Pipeline were plowed down by an 18-year-old male driver in a pickup truck Monday. "We send prayers and strength to the courageous warriors who stood their ground!" —Sacred Stone...
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Ken Bone, Online Sensation from Presidential Debate, Works for Coal Company Opposed to Climate Regulations
After Kenneth Bone asked a question about energy to presidential nominees Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton at the presidential town hall debate on October 9, he quickly became a viral internet sensation . That evening at Washington University in St. Louis, Bone asked, “What step will your...
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