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News & Views | 1.9.15


As Court Ruling Clears Way for Keystone XL, Groups Say: It’s Now Up to You, Obama
by Andrea Germanos
‘It’s time for President Obama to build on his veto threat and reject Keystone XL outright.’—May Boeve, 350


Suspected Gunmen Killed Amid Chaotic Scenes At French Hostage Sites
by Common Dreams staff
French police stormed a printworks warehouse in Dammartin-en-Goele, where two suspects for the Charlie Hebdo shootings, identified as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, were holding at least one hostage.
Amid Time of Soaring Inequality, Rich Say: The Poor Have It Easy
by Andrea Germanos
Oxfam International’s Winnie Byanyima says political leaders will ignore inequality at their own peril.
Yep, That’s Right…’Free’: Obama Plan Would Cover Community College Tuition
by Jon Queally
Proposal put forth by White House would see federal and state governments pay for two years of college for all those able to maintain 2.5 GPA.
Icy Cold and Cut Services Create Dangerous Perfect Storm for Nation’s Homeless
by Jon Queally
With number of people without permament housing rising nationwide and services for them falling, near-zero temperatures put thousands at severe risk.
Adding More Proof ‘War Is Over’ Is a Myth, NATO Commander Warns of Inevitable Deaths to Come
by Sarah Lazare
‘The war in Afghanistan has not ended.’
In ‘Epic’ Chase, Sea Shepherd Vows to Pursue Poachers to ‘Ends of the Earth’
by Deirdre Fulton
The dramatic chase, which has gone on for 22 days, is thought to be the world’s longest pursuit of an illegal fishing vessel.
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In Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack, Let’s Not Sacrifice Even More Rights
by Sophia Cope, Jillian C. York
Even as we mourn the losses at Charlie Hebdo, we must be wary of any attempt to rush through new surveillance and law enforcement powers.
CIA’s Hidden Hand in ‘Democracy’ Groups
by Robert Parry
Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy stress their commitment to freedom of thought and democracy, but both cooperated with a CIA-organized propaganda operation in the 1980s.
In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons
by Glenn Greenwald
Usually, defending free speech rights is much more of a lonely task.
The Right Tries (and Fails) to Justify Its Assault on Social Security
by Richard Eskow
How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent?
Reproductive Sovereignty or Bust!
by Carol Downer
A woman is sovereign when she can decide her own destiny without State interference.
Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Trial Is About Our Humanity, Not His Guilt
by Sonali Kolhatkar
Ultimately, how we treat Tsarnaev will say much more about our humanity than his guilt.
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