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Fossil Fuel Companies Push “Market-Based Solutions” to Climate Change

May 19, 2019           |                                       

Exposing the Dirty Business Behind the Designer Label The “Auntie Network” Already Exists How Do We Teach 9/11 to Those Who Don’t Remember It? How to Shift to a More Plant-Based Diet, Without the Guilt Bernie Sanders Unveils a 10-Point Plan to Overhaul Public Education Fossil Fuel Companies Push “Market-Based Solutions” to Climate Change The […]

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Taliban, German Envoys Meet In Qatar Amid Peace Push

May 19, 2019           |                                       

The Taliban has met in Qatar with Germany’s special representative for Afghanistan amid international efforts to end the nearly 18-year war. In a statement on May 19, the Taliban said Markus Potzel held talks with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s deputy leader who is leading the militant group’s peace efforts. U.S. and Taliban negotiators […]

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Colonel Ann Wright reports on the life in limbo for people along the southern border who are applying for refuge in the U.S. By Ann Wright Roots Action The U.S.-Mexico border at the Pacific Ocean is composed of two very tall fences, with a no man’s land of about 30 feet in between. Sensors and […]

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Fossil fuel companies lobby Congress on their own solutions to curb climate change

May 17, 2019           |                                       

<!– –> (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) The planet’s concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has reached its highest levels in 3 million years, rekindling the heated political debate over man-made climate change and what to do about it. Outspoken Democrats have been vocal about their plans, hyping up their Green New Deal resolution, and 2020 presidential candidates […]

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Conspiracy theories can seem so absurd they’re almost funny: major politicians are actually 12-foot lizard people, the U.S. government was responsible for 9/11, the fluoride in our drinking water is there not to strengthen our teeth, but to control our minds. It’s easy to dismiss such ideas as nonsense. Sometimes, however, theories escape the confines […]

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<!– –> (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Explore President Donald Trump’s net worth, income and more from his newest financial disclosure. President Donald Trump’s sprawling network of properties and investments — both domestic and foreign — makes way for a new form of influence that sets him apart from previous presidents. But an influx of cash to […]

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The bankruptcy of one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have sowed doubt over the human causes of global warming. The disclosures are from Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based coal mining corporation that filed for Chapter 11 […]

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Facebook Bans Israeli Company Over Election-Disruption Campaigns

May 16, 2019           |                                       

JERUSALEM—Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four […]

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Anti-abortion groups step up spending as states challenge Roe v. Wade

May 15, 2019           |                                       

<!– –> On Tuesday night, Alabama passed the strictest abortion laws in the country — essentially banning abortion in all forms (except when a mother’s life is at risk) and stipulating that those who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison. The state joins a number of others to push restrictive abortion […]

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A leaked report reveals a controversial plan to dramatically increase the influence of religious groups on the European Parliament, openDemocracy can reveal today. Written by Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness, the parliament’s vice-president, it would give churches a say on potentially every new piece of legislation, resolution or report going through the European Parliament. The report […]

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The White House has ordered an aircraft carrier strike group off the coast of Iran and a fleet of bombers have flown to U.S. air bases near that country, while preliminary plans are apparently underway to send 120,000 U.S. troops to the region. Just as Iraq’s full compliance with its obligations under United Nations Security […]

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Direct payments to individuals are an important piece of any reparations program. Ultimately, a sound program of reparations for black Americans must include a substantial direct payment to each eligible recipient. This piece is a response to “Universal Policies, Not Reparations, Are Needed To Counter Racism’s Effects” and “The 2020 Candidates Are Dodging the Reparations Question.” […]

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Jerusalem Cable Car Project Passes Over Objections from Many Quarters

May 14, 2019           |                                       

East Jerusalem has received new impetus from the rise of the Israeli far right and Washington’s decision to move its embassy to the city. But if completed, critics say, the long-running proposal would contribute to erasing the visibility of Palestinians in the city they hope to make their capital. Planning for the $55 million tourism […]

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The early responses to 9/11 included the deployment of well over 200,000 troops in the Middle East and South Asia. When that failed, we moved into the era of remote warfare with far greater reliance on strike aircraft, armed drones, special forces and private military companies. That, too, is failing as violent paramilitary groups persist […]

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