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Common Dreams Highlights | Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


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.


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Executive Orders issued to correct ‘outdated’ and overblown sentencing for non-violent drug offenders swept up in War on Drugs.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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Truthout Daily Digest | Thursday, 15 January 2015

How “Hate Crimes Against Police” Expose the Fatal Flaw Within Hate Crime Statutes

Aaron Cantú, Truthout: Hate crime legislation lent legitimacy to a 40-year carceral program that has wrought immense damage on communities of color. In an ironic twist, the police – who’ve been the main enforcers of this program – now want to invoke these laws for their protection.

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Richard Wolff on the Greek Crisis, Austerity and a Post-Capitalist Future

Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: New School professor and economist Richard Wolff analyzes the causes of the economic crises in Greece and the eurozone, debunks claims that the Greek economy is recovering and proposes a post-capitalist future for Greece and the world.

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Pipeline to Nowhere

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Researchers of a new study predict that virtually all Canadian tar sands oil production will stop by 2020. If Keystone XL is built by then, there would be nothing for the pipeline to transport, and it would become a monument to wasting colossal sums of money on dirty-energy infrastructure.

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The Robots Are Coming! Let’s Make Them Work for the Workers

Thomas Matt, Truthout: In a capitalist economy with privately owned means of production, technological advancements often result in unemployment and inequality. In a cooperative political economic system, however, these advancements would mean less work and higher living standards.

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Four Places Conservatives Believe Women Don’t Belong

Robin Marty, Care2: Conservatives assert that there are no roadblocks for being female, that a woman can have access to any opportunity a man can have and that there are no opportunity differences between the sexes. But it appears that men and women aren’t that equal at all.

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Lobbyists Lobby on Behalf of… Lobbyists

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s bad enough that corporations are spending billions to buy off our lawmakers and corrupt our democracy. Now they’re trying to convince us that we should support or ignore their bad behavior, and strip our own government of the power to protect us from these predators.

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In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo, Assaults on Mosques Escalate

s.e. smith, Care2: The Charlie Hebdo attacks provided a convenient smokescreen for those looking to launch retaliatory attacks, despite the fact that the vast majority of Muslims were equally horrified by the attacks and were dismayed by the actions of the killers, who claimed to be acting in the name of Islam.

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The United States Is Open for Business in Iraq

Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: While the collapse of the Iraqi army and the abandonment of piles of its US weaponry helped create a new business opportunity for weapons makers like General Dynamics, the plan to cash in on Iraq can be traced back to the United States’ occupation of the country.

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Hold Your Breath: Fracking and Clean Air Don’t Mix

Staff, Earthworks: Using a FLIR (infrared) camera designed to detect normally invisible, sometimes toxic, volatile organic compounds, mother, activist and FLIR-certified technician Sharon Wilson went on a road trip to document pollution at oil and gas operations – and its human cost.

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The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015

Yessenia Funes, YES! Magazine: A new bill provides two years of tuition at a community college for participating high school grads who might otherwise face a 7.5 percent unemployment rate – and other states are already following suit.

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The Distorted Exaggeration of Black-on-Black Crime Ignores Much of the United States’ Criminality

Adam Hudson, AlterNet: This myth relies on shaky evidence and a selective definition of crime that ignores crimes committed by powerful institutions and the people who run them, many of whom are white men. Here are five examples of the kinds of crimes that slip under the radar.

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Three Ideas for Inclusive Cities: How Raleigh, Seattle and Others Are Bringing Everyone Into the Fold

Shannan Stoll, YES! Magazine: From city-issued ID cards to open-source data anyone can access, simple urban innovations are creating more transparent and equitable cities.

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Women on Waves: Meet the Dutch Physician Who Defied Abortion Bans by Bringing Her Clinic to the Sea

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: As Republicans in the new Congress and in state legislatures across the United States seek new restrictions on abortion, we look at the story of a Dutch doctor who has brought safe abortion to countries around the world where it is illegal.

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Maybe the Two-Party System in the US Should Be in the Creation Museum With the Dinosaurs

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The jury is out on whether a two-party system can seriously address the pressing issues of our time.

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Partners in Terror: This Is Bigger Than Satire

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

The Rate of Sea-Level Rise Is “Far Worse Than Previously Thought,” Study Says

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Paris Is a Warning: There Is No Insulation From Our Wars

Read the Article at The Guardian

Cop Rock: The NYPD Turn on Spokesman Patrick Lynch

Read the Article at Esquire

ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite US Strikes

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

GOP House Passes Bill Setting Up New Shutdown War Over Immigration

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

“Not the Way We Do Democracy!” Why Is a Ferguson Grand Juror Being Silenced?

Read the Article at Salon

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 15 December 2014

Dahr Jamail | Documents Show Navy’s Electromagnetic Warfare Training Would Harm Humans and Wildlife

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: While the US Navy claims “no significant impacts” will occur to wildlife or humans from its electromagnetic war games over the Olympic National Forest, military documents and an expert on the human impact of electromagnetic radiation fields say otherwise.

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Marjorie Cohn | Torture Report Confirms Team Bush War Crimes

Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: “Even after many years of writing books and articles about the Bush torture policy, I was unprepared for the atrocious pattern of crimes our government committed against other human beings in our name.”

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Ferguson Outrage Grows From Local Protests to Global Movement

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: People have let out a collective cry of frustration at the lethal force used disproportionately against people of color in the United States. When a grand jury failed to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold, the protests became a global movement.

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Dean Baker | Economic Policy Myths of 2014: Dead and Enduring

Dean Baker, Truthout: The good news is that two economic myths that caused great confusion over the last several years are now headed to the trash bin of history. Unfortunately, many of our great national myths have survived 2014.

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John Pilger | War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda

John Pilger, Truthout: The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government.” It is the government.

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It’s Not the Law – but Prosecutors – That Give Immunity to Killer Cops

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: It is not “the law” that stands like a brick wall of impunity for police, but the interpretation of the law by attorneys general and their subordinates, who view prosecutions of police as akin to unnatural acts that cannot be performed in public view.

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Citigroup Will Be Broken Up

Simon Johnson, The Baseline Scenario: The supposedly brilliant people who run Citigroup have, in the space of a single working week, made a series of serious political blunders with long-lasting implications. Sen. Elizabeth Warren articulated the core of the problem and what needs to be done.

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Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement’s Biggest Protest Yet

Amy Goodman, Samantha Riddell and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Saturday’s nationwide actions against police killings and racial profiling was the largest single protest of the post-Ferguson movement and the culmination of daily actions in New York City since a grand jury elected not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner.

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US Torture: Past, Present… and Future? Beyond the Torture Report

Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch: “Be shocked, be disgusted, be appalled, but don’t be fooled. The Senate torture report, so many years and obstacles in the making, should only be the starting point for a discussion, not the final word on US torture.”

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Scalia Is Dead Wrong on Torture

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Even if torture was an effective way to get information from terrorism suspects during a ticking time bomb scenario – and there’s no evidence that it is – it would still be unconstitutional, despite what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says.

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Mutated Flu Virus Could Signal More Hospitalizations, Deaths This Season

Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers: This season’s flu vaccine may not be as effective against new and possibly more virulent strains of the virus that could become the nation’s dominant form of influenza in the young flu season.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Washington Passes Disastrous $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Washington passed a disastrous $1.1 trillion spending bill; activists staged a protest outside the Office of the US Trade Representative to demand that secret trade negotiations come to an end; corporations that donate to political campaigns are getting a massive return on their investment; and more.

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The National War on the Homeless Continues: Mass Eviction in San Jose

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It appears that a growing urban trend is to regard destitute humans as “urban blight” and to make them disappear.

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Sen. Warren Warns Against Wall Street Returning to Casino Gambling

Listen to the Interview at NPR

Gun Nuts’ Racial Duplicity

Read the Article at Salon

Anti-Nuke Activists Fight to Close Diablo Canyon

Read the Article at EcoWatch

US Marine Charged With Killing Filipino Transgender Woman

Read the Article at The Guardian

Oil Spill in Bangladesh Threatens World’s Largest Mangrove System

Read the Article at Global Voices

These Seven Men Owned the Company Linked to CIA Torture

Read the Article at Business Insider

The Devalued US Worker

Read the Article at The Washington Post