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News & Views | 1.5.15

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‘Incomprehensible’ Secrecy: Sanders Demands Release of Trade Agreement Text
by Deirdre Fulton
“It is incomprehensible to me that the leaders of major corporate interests are actively involved in the writing of the TPP, while the elected officials of this country have little or no knowledge as to what is in it,” says senator.

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Enforcing the ‘Will of the People,’ Dozens of Pipeline Protesters Halt Operations in Pennsylvania
by Andrea Germanos
“The people of Conestoga Township are stopping this drilling today and any day in the future that Williams attempts it,” says protester.
With Call to ‘End the Drone Wars,’ Activists Cut Their Way into UK Air Force Base
by Jon Queally
Four people arrested for aggravated trespass after entering RAF Waddington armed with banners and reports of civilian deaths.
Fear of Government Spying ‘Chilling’ Writers’ Speech Worldwide
by Lauren McCauley
“If writers avoid exploring topics for fear of possible retribution, the material available to readers—particularly those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today—may be greatly impoverished.”
Defending Press Freedom, NYT Reporter Refuses to Reveal Key Details in Whistleblower Case
by Deirdre Fulton
“In my stories or my book, where I say I had unidentified sources, I had unidentified sources,” James Risen told prosecutors in court Monday.
Retaliatory Response to Palestinian Authority’s ICC Bid Underscores Injustice of U.S. and Israeli Policies: Critics
by Sarah Lazare
Following PA’s application to join global court, Israel responded with swift punitive measures, including withholding of tax revenue.
Fighting Court Secrecy, Ferguson Juror Sues to Break Gag-Order
by Lauren McCauley
Suit alleges that evidence presented to grand jury “with the insinuation that Brown, not Wilson, was the wrongdoer.”
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2015: Tough Times Ahead for Big Oil
by Hannah McKinnon
Let’s make 2015 the year that puts an end once and for all to the myth that fossil fuels are an inevitable centerpiece of our future.
Why Jeffrey Sterling Deserves Support as a CIA Whistleblower
by Norman Solomon
Risen’s unwavering stand for the confidentiality of sources is admirable. At the same time, Sterling—who faces 10 felony counts that include seven under the Espionage Act—is no less deserving of support.
Cheating the Schoolkids: Corporations Don’t Pay Their State Taxes, Either
by Paul Buchheit
With the help of failed government, corporations are doing whatever they can to avoid the responsibility of sustaining our public school system. They are starving the children instead.
When Will Palestinians Learn? Turning to International Law Isn’t the Answer — Just Ask America and Israel
by Robert Fisk
If Palestine’s request is “entirely counterproductive,” what does that make Israel’s slaughtering of civilians last summer?
Austerity Killing You? How About a Trade Deal?
by Robert Kuttner
The corporations and bankers on both sides of the Atlantic make more money when they are subject to fewer social constraints, even when the economy is flat and tens of millions of people are jobless.
The Battle of Our Time: Breaking the Spell of the Corporate State
by Nozomi Hayase
Illegitimate corporate personhood has duped us with false promises and pushed us to the edges, but this pathology has not defeated us and cannot destroy the human spirit.
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