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Common Dreams Highlights | Wednesday January 28, 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


Five Years After: Long Live Howard Zinn
by Bill Bigelow
Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder what Howard would say about something—the growth of the climate justice movement, #BlackLivesMatter, the new Selma film, the killings at the Charlie Hebdo offices.


US Drone Kills Sixth Grade Boy in Yemen, says Human Rights Group
by Lauren McCauley
Mohammed Saleh Qayed Taeiman, described as ‘a normal kid,’ killed four years after father and brother were both killed in 2011 drone strike.
US Engaged in Massive Car Spying Program
by Andrea Germanos
Documents obtained by ACLU reveal vast expansion of DEA’s license plate reader database.
The Oligarch Party: Koch Bros Vow Nearly $1 Billion for 2016 Elections
by Deirdre Fulton
The Koch Brothers announced the historic budget to donors and elected officials at an annual winter meeting.
Scientists Are Clear: Big Winter Storms Influenced by Warming Planet
by Lauren McCauley
Warmer oceans and atmosphere likely contributing to the two to three feet of snowfall expected to blanket much of the Northeast.
Guilty Verdict for CIA Agent Called ‘New Low’ in War on Whistleblowers
by Jon Queally
As case grounded ‘largely on circumstantial evidence’ results in guilty verdict, advocates for Jeffrey Sterling say government has gone too far.
NSA Began Warrantless Surveillance Without Congressional Approval
by Nadia Prupis
Newly declassified documents show intelligence agency spied on emails, phone calls before passage of surveillance act.
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The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower
by Norman Solomon
The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling — after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower.
A Student Jubilee! Liberate 41 Million Americans From Crushing Loan Debt
by Richard Eskow, Mary Green Swig, and Steven Swig
A student debt “jubilee” would reflect both the values upon which this nation was founded, and the economic principles which have sustained it through its greatest periods of growth and prosperity.
The Heat is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism
by Salena Tramel
A growing movements of those on the frontlines of climate disruption argue that the high-level political remedies touted at venues such as the COP amount to false promises and leave out marginalized voices.
Media Take On Greek Elections: Mad Leftists Win in Protest
by Laura Flanders
Alexis Tsipras’s victory was generally described as a protest vote, or a vote against austerity. Which it certainly was, but there’s a bit more to it, and it’s interesting stuff.
Not So Fast, Net Neutrality…
by Michael Winship
Together, the ISP companies and Congress have come up with a plan to legislatively derail Net neutrality that would bring a smile to the lips of Machiavelli.
The Collapse of Europe?
by John Feffer
The European Union may be on the verge of regime collapse.
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