Human Rights

Paul Ryan Doesn’t Like It When We’re Angry

Common Dreams - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 10:14
Mara Pellittieri

Last week, Speaker of the House and all-around nice guy Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released a video and a statement asking Americans to be more civil to one another. It was part of a push for legislation that Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) introduced a month ago to make July 12 a National Day of Civility.

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Whose "Truth" Matters Most When We Recount the War in Vietnam?

Common Dreams - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 10:05
Camillo Mac Bica

Much has been written and many documentaries made about the American War in Vietnam including the highly acclaimed 1983 effort by PBS, Vietnam: A Television History.

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Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire

Common Dreams - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 09:33
Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept

Even as President Donald Trump faces ever-intensifying investigations into the alleged connections between his top aides and family members and powerful Russian figures, he serves as commander in chief over a U.S. military that is killing an astonishing and growing number of civilians. Under Trump, the U.S. is re-escalating its war in Afghanistan, expanding its operations in Iraq and Syria, conducting covert raids in Somalia and Yemen, and openly facilitating the Saudi’s genocidal military destruction of Yemen.

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Progress Report, Donald Trump: Failing

Common Dreams - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 09:18
Wim Laven

Assessments are a key tool in most fields. In some industries they are provided through do-well/do-better meetings, in others through critical feedback loops, and, in mine, through teacher evaluations and student report cards. In order to be effective assessments use rubrics to assess key data points, frequently against objective standards, on behavior, knowledge, and performance. Six months into his presidency Donald Trump has come up short on all counts.

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For Republicans, Fear and Loathing is a Winning Message

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:58
Leonard Pitts Jr.

A little context is critical here.

It would be too easy to dismiss Donald Trump’s Commission on Electoral Integrity as superfluous evidence of the intellectual erosion of the Republican Party. As a Twitter observer who styles himself LOLGOP quipped last week when the commission held its first meeting: “All the evidence in the world won’t get the GOP to accept climate change but no evidence is necessary to stop black people from voting.”

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Firing Mueller? Pardoning Cronies?

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:21
Paul W. Kahn

President Trump is besieged. He is reportedly looking for ways to close down the Russia investigation by the Justice Department. He already tried at least once, when he fired FBI Director James Comey. He still has the power to fire Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller.

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The Lying Will Now Be Smoother and More Telegenic

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:14
Charles P. Pierce

There are two things I decline to do about the departure of Sean Spicer from behind his White House podium: 1) Care, and 2) Sympathize.

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As Trump Decompensates, GOP Disintegrates

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:43
Bob Burnett

We're sailing in uncharted presidential waters.  Donald Trump has moved beyond incompetency to the designation: "a danger to himself and others."  One small solace, before Trump blows up the planet he'll probably first destroy the Republican Party.

Former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough recently wrote that Trump is "killing" the GOP and argued "the wreckage [caused by Trump] will break the Republican Party into pieces."

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At Every Door

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:26
Kathy Kelly

I come and stand at every door

But none shall hear my silent tread

I knock and yet remain unseen

Nazim Hikmet

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Why I Help Escort Women to the Doors of Kentucky’s Last Abortion Clinic

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:21
Juliette Verlaque

Beginning this weekend, the anti-abortion group Operation Save America will descend on Louisville, Kentucky, in an attempt to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state, EMW Women’s Surgical Center. The group has targeted EMW, whom the ACLU represents, before. In May, 10 of its members were arrested when they linked hands to block the entrance of the clinic and refused to move when asked to do so by law enforcement.

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With Sessions Under Renewed Fire, Trump Claims 'Complete Power to Pardon'

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:54
Jon Queally, staff writer

Any attempt by Trump to pardon his way out of stewing controversy, says one critic, would create a "constitutional crisis that would make Watergate look like a minor event."

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Environmentalists Urge Democrats to Join Sanders in Opposing Dirty Energy Bill

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:50
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

As a nation, our job is to move away from fossil fuels toward sustainable energy and energy efficiency,' says Sanders. 'This bill does the opposite.'

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The US Turns Its Back on Human Rights

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:47
John Shattuck, Kathryn Sikkink

Twenty years ago, the U.S. State Department opened an office charged with seeking justice for victims of human rights atrocities like the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia. This week the State Department says they might shut it down.

Shuttering the State Department Office of Global Criminal Justice would send a signal to repressive governments everywhere that the U.S. government is no longer concerned about deterring mass atrocity.

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How Our Intel Agencies Screwed Us by Letting Sessions, Trumpies Get Away with Russia Scheme

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:46
Juan Cole

Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller at WaPo report from a US intelligence source that former Russian ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, told Moscow that he had discussed campaign-related matters with Jeff Sessions twice in the summer of 2016. This revelation directly contradicts Sessions’ testimony before Congress.

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Advocates Praise Sen. Sanders and Call on Senate Dems to Follow His Lead in Opposing Dirty Energy Bill

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 09:41
Food & Water Watch

Environmental advocates today issued statements in support of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who last night publically declared his opposition to an 850+ page energy bill—S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act—which would expedite dangerous fracking and fossil fuel extraction throughout the country. Sanders stated in part: "As a nation, our job is to move away from fossil fuels toward sustainable energy and energy efficiency. This bill does the opposite.

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A Letter to Trump

Common Dreams - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 09:26
Christopher Brauchli

When one knows thee, then alien there is none, then no door is shut. —Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (1913)

Dear Mr. Trump,

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