Human Rights

Getting Old Yet? GOP Votes Again to Protect Trump and Obscure Truth

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:02
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Once again, House Republicans voted to shield President Donald Trump from public accountability, rejecting the latest effort to force the president to release his tax returns and White House visitor logs.

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'We Reject Politics of Fear': Groups Urge Congress to Build Schools, Not Wall

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:47
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

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Trump’s Unconstitutional Assault on the Judiciary

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:36
Robert Reich

One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation’s courts. Donald Trump is doing just this. 

Connect the following dots:

1. In January, Trump blasted a federal judge for staying his travel ban. “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” he tweeted.

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The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:44
Nick Turse

General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy.  “I would just say, they are on the ground.  They are trying to influence the action,” commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a Pentagon press briefing in March, when asked about Russian military personnel operating in North Africa.  “We watch what they do with great concern.”

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McKibben Says, Whether In or Out of Paris, the 'Task is Full-On Resistance' to Trump

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:25
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Regardless of whether President Donald Trump withdraws the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the environmental movement is calling for "full-on resistance" to the host of backwards, polluting policies that have already become a hallmark of the new administration.

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Killing Net Neutrality Is a Critical Goal in Trump's Campaign Against Free Speech

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:23
Joseph Torres

The president’s appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, unveiled his plan to kill Net Neutrality at a closed-door FreedomWorks-sponsored event on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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Trump’s First 100 Days are Marred by an Aggressive Anti-Worker Agenda

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:13
Economic Policy Institute

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In a new report, EPI experts examine President Trump’s actions in his first 100 days analyzes their impact on the nation’s working people and on our economy.

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RESIST DAY #98: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:09
Common Dreams staff

Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe

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Climate Movement to May Day Strikers: "We've Got Your Back"

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:06
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Just as labor leaders are standing firmly behind this Saturday's national climate mobilization, the environmental movement has declared its support for workers who plan to strike as part of Monday's May Day demonstrations.

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This Is What It Will Look Like When New Orleans, New York City, and Mar-A-Lago Disappear Under Rising Seas

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:05
Nika Knight, staff writer

A new report shows that many previous estimates of global sea level rise by 2100 were far too conservative, the Washington Post reported Thursday, and the research comes as new maps and graphics from Climate Central vividly show how disastrous that flooding will be for U.S. cities.

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100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050: Senators Introduce 'Most Ambitious' Climate Plan Ever

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:01
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Edward J.

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Yemen: Effective Humanitarian Aid Depends on a Peace Accord

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:58
René Wadlow

The United Nations (UN) together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland which have often led humanitarian issues in the UN system held a high-level pledging conference in Geneva on April 25, 2017 to again draw attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, currently the largest food security emergency in the world. Some 60% of the population are in a food-insecure situation.

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The Shame of Killing Innocent People

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:52
Kathy Kelly

On April 26th, 2017, in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition which has been waging war in Yemen for the past two years dropped leaflets informing Hodeidah’s residents of an impending attack.  One leaflet read:

“Our forces of legitimacy are heading to liberate Hodeidah and end the suffering of our gracious Yemeni people. Join your legitimate government in favor of the free and happy Yemen.”

And another:

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Why Are Leftists Targeting Troll Columnists Like Ann Coulter Instead of Institutions?

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:33
Conor Friedersdorf

California is at the center of the ongoing, nationwide conflict over free speech on college campuses. The latest installment: After Ann Coulter was invited, and then disinvited, to speak at UC Berkeley, university administrators tried to placate the conservative polemicist by rescheduling the event.

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Puerto Rico Oversight Board Meets as Bankruptcy Deadline Approaches

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:16
Jubilee USA Network

Puerto Rico's oversight board meets on April 28th in New York and could authorize a bankruptcy process for the debt ridden island.

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100% Clean Energy Bill Launched by Senators and Movement Leaders

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:15

Ahead of the Peoples Climate March, Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Ed Markey stood beside movement leaders to introduce legislation that will completely phase out fossil fuel use by 2050. The “100 by ‘50 Act” outlines a bold plan to support workers and to prioritize low-income communities while replacing oil, coal and gas with clean energy sources like wind and solar.

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For First Time Ever, Majority of House Dems Support 'Medicare-for-All' Bill

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:57
Nika Knight, staff writer

As President Donald Trump and the GOP attempt once again to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a much crueler bill, House Democrats are pushing in the total opposite direction: as of Thursday, a record 104 have signed on to co-sponsor a Medicare-for-All bill.

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The 100 Days That Turned America Upside Down

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:56
Neal Gabler

“Don’t you want God to show up and say He’s kidding?” Louis C.K. asked Stephen Colbert on The Late Show a couple of weeks back.

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Resistance Urged to 'Light Up the Phones' as Zombie TrumpCare Bill Gains Traction

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:54
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

The GOP healthcare bill that will not die has now secured support from the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, spurring a frantic call to action for voters to "light up the phones" and pressure moderate Republicans to abandon the effort, which would strip 24 million people of their healthcare and raise the rates for those most in need.

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Terrorizing the Vulnerable

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:50
Chris Hedges

ELIZABETH, N.J.—Edison, 50, an undocumented man from Uruguay, wraps his knuckles against the basement wall of the row house as if it is a front door.

“Who is it?” a 44-year-old Salvadoran immigrant named Antonio asks in Spanish.

La migra,” Edison says, using the Spanish slang for the Border Patrol and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “Is Antonio inside?”

“What do you want?” Antonio asks.

“We want to speak with you,” says Edison, who like everyone else in the basement asked me not to use his or her last name. “Open the door.”

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