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Common Dreams Highlights | Friday, 27 February, 2015

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Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


Majority of Americans Agree Fighting Climate Change a ‘Moral Obligation’
by Nadia Prupis
Of the 2,827 people surveyed in the poll, 66 percent said world leaders are ethically bound to reduce carbon emissions, while 72 percent believed that responsibility lay with themselves as well.


As Fast Track Looms, Opposition Mounts to Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals
by Deirdre Fulton
Warren and other senators took to the chamber floor on Thursday to further voice their concern that passing Fast Track authority, which would cede the nuts and bolts of crafting trade agreements to the executive branch for at least four years, will undermine the U.S. economy.
Gaza Rebuild Effort Could Take 100 Years: Oxfam
by Andrea Germanos
The organization’s statement comes six months after a ceasefire agreement ended Israel’s 50-day assault on Gaza, which left over 2,100 Palestinians dead, decimated thousands of structures, and weakened already damaged infrastructure systems.
As Antarctica Melts Away, Seas Could Rise Ten Feet Within 100 Years
by Deirdre Fulton
Parts of Antarctica are thawing so quickly, the continent has become “ground zero of global climate change without a doubt,” Harvard geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica told AP.
The Destruction of Afghan Lives, Captured in US Dollars
by Jon Queally
An armored vehicle ran over a six-year-old boy’s legs: $11,000. A jingle truck was “blown up by mistake”: $15,000. A controlled detonation broke eight windows in a mosque: $106. A boy drowned in an anti-tank ditch: $1,916.
Methane-Explosion Craters Could Be Latest Indicators of a Warming Planet
by Sarah Lazare
Perhaps most alarming is what the funnels reveal about the rising temperature the Arctic, which is heating twice as fast as the rest of the planet.
Great Recession Linked to Rising Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans
by Sarah Lazare
Economic crises kill in more ways than one.
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10 Reasons To Pray for AIPAC’s Decline
by Medea Benjamin
From topping a catastrophic war with Iran to finally solving the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential starting point is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy.
Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History
by Sonali Kolhatkar
Solalinde opined, “You don’t have to kill an immigrant with a bullet. You also kill an immigrant with discrimination, with injustice, to not recognize them, to deny them citizenship. They’re human beings.”
For Suffering Palestinians, the Obama-Netanyahu “Rift” Is a Side Show
by Ali Abunimah
The lesson Palestinians have repeatedly learned is that whether they fight or stay quiet, Israel will be allowed to do as it pleases.
When Politics Is Local, Who Decides?
by David Morris
The arguments for stripping people of their right to protect and enhance the health and vitality of their communities are weak. They reflect a fundamental distrust in the intelligence and capacity of the American people.
Congress Is Poised to Introduce a Bill to Fast Track TPP So It’s Time to Act Now
by Maira Sutton
Unless this opaque, undemocratic process is fixed, and state officials uphold the interests of users rather than trampling our rights, we have no choice but to fight trade deals like the TPP.
“A Red Letter Day” at the FCC – Net Neutrality Wins
by Michael Winship
“You did this,” Free Press President Craig Aaron told the gathering, as they held up signs and stamped their feet against the cold. “This is your victory, we did it together. Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we defend this win in Congress, in the courts and in the streets.”
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