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Common Dreams Highlights Saturday February 7, 2015

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The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away
by Bill Moyers
Yes, it was hard to get back to sleep the night we heard the news of the Jordanian pilot’s horrendous end. ISIS be damned! I thought. But with the next breath I could only think that our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Home grown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us.

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In Latest Vindication of Snowden, Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Illegal
by Nadia Prupis
IPT’s decision marks the first time that the highly-secretive court has ever ruled against any of the U.K.’s intelligence services in its entire 15-year existence.
Greek Minister: Poison of Troika Austerity Fueling Rise of Nazi Party
by Jon Queally
In his remarks, Varoufakis said that if the does not Troika bend and accept new terms, there is serious risk that the spiraling impacts of the economic Depression in his country will continue to fuel the rise of fascist, rightwing forces within his country.
Blockade Delivers Climate Message to Calif. Gov. Brown: Stop Fracking
by Sarah Lazare
“Fracking poisons the food that we eat, that we feed to our families, and that we serve to our customers,” Veronica Garcia, organizer with labor union UNITE HERE 2850, declared in a press statement released ahead of the action. “The oil industry is affecting our communities. It’s happening in our backyards, not the bosses’ backyard.”
Yemen: Shiite Rebels Announce Takeover of Country
by Andrea Germanos
The Houthis’ announcement follows a Wednesday deadline set by the rebels for political parties to “to reach a solution and fill the vacuum.”
In Landmark Ruling, Canada to Allow Assisted Suicide
by Nadia Prupis
‘I do not want to die slowly, piece by piece. I do not want to waste away unconscious in a hospital bed. I do not want to die wracked with pain.’
‘Zero Tolerance’: A Worldwide Call to Eliminate the Brutal Practice of FGM
by Deirdre Fulton
The focus of this year’s commemoration is on the troubling ‘medicalization’ of FGM, a trend in which healthcare providers engage in the practice, in turn lending their tacit approval. Around one in five girls have been cut by a trained health-care provider, they say, with that number going as high as three in four girls in some countries.
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‘Fighting for the Places We Love’: A Vision for the Climate Battles to Come
by Naomi Klein & May Boeve
There are various reasons why, if we get the right set of incentives in place—both political and economic—it can be a really, really good time to get off fossil fuels and push very aggressively toward a decentralized, renewables-based economy.
US, Ukraine and Russia: What Went Wrong?
by Kim Scipes
Mearsheimer says, “The Russians have made clear that Ukraine is a core strategic area.” In other words, they will defend it at all costs: their response to crisis in Ukraine is similar to what the US would do if a nuclear-armed “opponent” were to try to take over Canada or Mexico.
The Re-Colonization of Africa
by Jim Goodman
While most countries in Africa have no commercial plantings of Genetically Modified (GM or GMO) crops, many are conducting trials, aided by and politically pushed by Western governments. While AGRA claims their partners are not currently selling GM seeds in Africa, the push is clearly there.
Is ISIL’s ‘Shock and Awe’ More Awe-ful Because One Victim?
by Juan Cole
The US shock and awe campaign failed to shock or awe. The Iraqi military turned guerrilla and harried US troops for 8 1/2 years, then many of the ex-Baath officers and trained soldiers deserted secular nationalism, turned to al-Qaeda-type ideologies, formed Daesh and took over western and northern Iraq and eastern Syria.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Tripped Up by Truth
by Mary Bottari & Jonas Persson
The ideological sneak attack on a great public institution is classic Walker.
Safety Is Life-or-Death, Say Refinery Strikers
by Samantha Winslow
When oil refinery workers walk onto the job, they enter a world of hazards. Any mistakes or malfunctions can harm workers inside—and also the surrounding community.
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