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Common Dreams Highlights | Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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US Climate Plan ‘Treats the Wound But Does Not Stop the Bleeding’
by Lauren McCauley
As the White House unveils blueprint for emission reductions ahead of UN climate talks, groups warn that unless US moves beyond fossil fuels it will not avert climate catastrophe.

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Revulsion and Revolt: Backlash Against Indiana’s Pro-Discrimination Law Grows
by Jon Queally
‘To see folks actively speaking out and taking a stand, people you never thought would say something about it, it says a lot.’
With New Abortion Bill, Arizona Writes Medical Malpractice into Law
by Deirdre Fulton
‘This is unacceptable and not how safe medical care of any kind is provided,’ says women’s health advocate.
Seattle City Council Unanimously Declares Opposition to Fast Track, TPP
by Deirdre Fulton
‘Few things counterpose the interests of multinational corporations to the interests of workers, the environment, and democracy’ like the TPP, says councilmember Kshama Sawant.
From Original 15 to More Than 80, Student Loan Strike Numbers Grow
by Jon Queally
‘It’s been a month since 15 former students of the failing for-profit giant Corinthian Colleges said they would not pay a dime of their student loans because the school broke the law.’
‘Still Struggling’: Study of Gulf Species Contradicts BP’s Slick Corporate Spin
by Deirdre Fulton
‘It may take years or even decades before the full impacts are known, and more research is clearly needed,’ reads National Wildlife Federation report.
President Obama Grants Clemency to 22 Drug Offenders
by Lauren McCauley
Executive Orders issued to correct ‘outdated’ and overblown sentencing for non-violent drug offenders swept up in War on Drugs.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Proves Rules Are Rigged in Favor of the 1 Percent
by Katrina vanden Heuvel
Our global trade and tax policies have been and still are controlled by corporate and financial interests. They, not workers or consumers, write the rules.
The Real Way to Judge the US Climate Pledge
by Jamie Henn
If we don’t see global emissions peak and rapidly decline in the next few years, the world will be on track for disaster.
Honoring Cesar Chavez’s Birthday by Supporting the Farm Workers for Whom He Gave His Life
by Arturo Rodriguez
The United Farm Workers carries on Cesar’s legacy every day by aggressively helping farm workers organize, negotiate union contracts and win new legal protections.
Menendez Downfall Could Be Diplomacy’s Windfall
by Medea Benjamin & Katie Powers
Menendez plays loose with issues of war and peace.
Indiana Just Sentenced a Woman Convicted of Feticide to 20 Years in Prison
by Michelle Goldberg
Indiana’s law allowing discrimination against gay people is not the only reason that the state deserves our opprobrium. It’s also about to become the first state to imprison a woman for what it says is the death of a baby born after an attempted abortion.
When Being Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israeli Is the Same Thing
by Robert Shetterly
On why I painted physician, author, and peace activist Alice Rothchild.
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