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Common Dreams Saturday 14 June 2014



Despite Disastrous Iraq War, Obama “Considering” Airstrikes
by Jon Queally
As a sectarian civil war takes hold in the nation shattered by US invasion, the president reportedly weighs a bombing campaign.
Iraq Crisis: Created by Bush & Blair and Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia
by Robert Fisk
“Bush and Blair said Iraq was a war on Islamic fascism. They lost.”
Teachers Sound Alarm over ‘Anti-Public Education’ Ruling
by Sarah Lazare
“This suit is not pro-student. It is fundamentally anti-public education,” said Joshua Pechthalt, CFT president.
Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates’ Role in Common Core
by Diane Ravitch
“The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and — working closely with the U.S. Department of Education — impose new and untested academic standards on the nation’s public schools is a national scandal.”
Al Gore: Snowden Revealed Crimes ‘Way More Serious’ Than Any He Committed
by Andrea Germanos
“We need to restore the freedom of the internet,” Gore said.
Soul Murder and the Profound Brokenness of Human Culture
by Robert C. Koehler
“It’s an imitation of militarism, but there’s more to it than that. We’ve barely begun to acknowledge, let alone heal, the profound brokenness of human culture.”
Food Lobby Colossus Sues Vermont over GMO ‘Right to Know’
by Jon Queally
Powerful lobbyist groups claim ‘free speech’ as they file suit against law that gives consumers ability to know what’s in their food.
A New Environmentalism for an Unfractured Future
by Sandra Steingrabber
“”Fracking is the deadly enabler that keeps the whole fossil fuel party going far past the time of its curfew.”
First Nations Vow: There Will Be No Tar Sands Pipeline
by Andrea Germanos
“We have drawn a line in the earth they cannot, and will not, cross,” said Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation.
Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests
by Jesse Hagopian
“While the Gates Foundation may be bending to the will of a popular revolt, it will take nothing short of mass civil rights movement to defeat its grotesque monster of high-stakes testing that is menacing our schools.”