Human Rights

Digital Rights Groups Vow to Fight FCC Chair's Net Neutrality Attack "Tooth and Nail"

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:03
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Open internet advocates slammed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai's plan to dismantle net neutrality, announced as expected on Wednesday, and vowed to fight him "tooth and nail."

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'You Live Under Fear': 50,000 Haitian People at Risk of Deportation Under Trump

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:56
Darlene Dubuisson, Mark Schuller

“With TPS, it’s like you live under fear,” thirty-something aspiring nurse Michaëlle explained. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. I live with stress because of that.”

Michaëlle’s situation just got worse on April 20, when Trump’s immigration agency recommended ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50,000 Haitian people living in the U.S.

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'Old Boys Club' Fox News Slapped With Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:47
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Just days after lead network personality Bill O'Reilly was canned from the network in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, Fox News was slapped with a class-action racial discrimination lawsuit.

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NYT’s ‘Impossible to Verify’ North Korea Nuke Claim Spreads Unchecked by Media

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:45
Adam Johnson

Buoyed by a total of 18 speculative verb forms—five “mays,” eight “woulds” and five “coulds”—New York Times reporters David E. Sanger and William J. Broad (4/24/17) painted a dire picture of a Trump administration forced to react to the growing and impending doom of North Korea nuclear weapons.

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Authoritarians Like Trump Pushing Global Press Freedoms to 'Tipping Point'

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:33
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

"Media freedom is under threat now more than ever," Reporters Without Borders said in its latest World Press Freedom Index, adding that these freedoms may now be at "a tipping point."

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The Trump, Mnuchin and Cohn Tax Plan: Goldman Sachs Populism At Its Worst

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:42
Public Citizen

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn appeared at a White House press briefing today to outline President Donald Trump’s tax plan.

Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said:

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Women Beware: Saudia Arabia Charged with Shaping Global Standards for Women's Equality

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:27
Medea Benjamin

It’s hard to sink to a greater depth of hypocrisy than voting Saudi Arabia onto a UN Commission charged with promoting women’s equality and empowerment. And yet, on April 23rd, that is precisely what the UN Economic and Social Council did. Of the 54 countries on the Council, 47 of them agreed to add Saudi Arabia to a four-year term on the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

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Trump’s Opening Bid for Tax Reform Is More Tax Cuts and Loopholes for the Rich

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:17
Josh Bivens, Hunter Blair

Today, President Trump unveiled a proposal that serves as his opening bid for the upcoming debate over tax “reform.” Unsurprisingly, the president is proposing straightforward tax cuts for the rich, which will need to be temporary because they will increase the federal budget deficit.

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'Unconscionable': Trump Looks to Gut Protections for National Monuments

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:03
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered federal officials to launch a review of national monument designations, potentially setting the stage to gut environmental protections for public lands and oceans.

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President For Sale? The State Department’s Troubling Blog Post

Brennan Center - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:40
President For Sale? The State Department’s Troubling Blog Post

Ethics mavens have continually criticized members of the Trump administration for their habit of promoting the president’s private businesses while on the job. A recent State Department blog post — that has since been taken down — on Mar-a-Lago came dangerously close to an advertisement for buying the president's favor.

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Women From 40 Countries Demand Trump Avert Nuclear War With North Korea

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:39
Nika Knight, staff writer

Leaders in the U.S. and North Korea are not backing down when it comes to escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula, and on Wednesday a unified plea from 40 women leaders around the world demanded that President Donald Trump immediately seek a peace treaty between South Korea and nuclear-armed North Korea.

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'Goldman Sachs Populism': Trump Tax Plan Benefits Ultra-Wealthy—Like Him

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:36
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

President Donald Trump unveiled his latest giveaway to corporations and the ultra-wealthy on Wednesday, with a tax plan that would, according to one analyst, "personally help Trump enormously."

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Trump Takes First Step Toward Dismantling 1 Billion Acres of National Monuments

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:54
Center for Biological Diversity

President Trump today launched a new attack on 27 national monuments around the country — more than 1 billion acres of natural and cultural wonders on public lands and oceans that have been protected by presidents of both political parties.

Trump’s executive order directs the Department of the Interior to review the designation of every monument larger than 100,000 acres protected since 1996. The initiative is widely expected to trigger dramatic changes in protections or boundaries for monuments to accommodate special interests like coal, oil, gas and logging industries.

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Because It's Time for 'New, Radical Ideas,' TED Talk on Universal Basic Income Gets Thunderous Applause

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:47
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

"Just imagine how much talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all," said historian Rutger Bregman.

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Ahead of Peoples Climate March, Groups Condemn Trump’s Executive Order Stripping Protections for Public Lands

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:25
350.org

Ahead of the Peoples Climate March, the Trump administration is issuing an executive order today directing the Department of the Interior, led by Ryan Zinke, to review previous monument designations allowed under the 1906 Antiquities Act. According to White House officials, the review could bring “changes or modifications” that could open more public lands to fossil fuel extraction.

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Science-Based Public Health, Safety Protections Would Be Devastated By RAA

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:20
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The Senate has introduced a new version of the “Regulatory Accountability Act”—a bill that would cripple the ability of federal agencies to enforce laws that protect our health and safety, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Below is a statement by Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“This bill is a weapon aimed right at public health and safety protections. It would make it nearly impossible for agencies to use the best science to make decisions.

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New “State of the Swamp” Report Focuses on Trump’s First 100 Days

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:14
Common Cause

President Trump “has presided over the most corrupt first hundred days in the history of the American presidency,” Common Cause asserts in a report released today.

“State of the Swamp: Ethics In President Trump’s First 100 Days,” details a long, jarring list of the new administration’s ethical shortcomings. Trump’s pugnacious refusal to release his tax returns and divest his business holdings is part of a pattern of ethical evasions and outright violations that pervades his presidency, it suggests.

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The 22 Dems Supporting Sanders' $15 Minimum Wage Bill... and 24 Who Aren't

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:14
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

With four times as many Democratic co-sponsors as he had just two years ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday morning re-introduced a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

"We've gone from laughable to inevitable."
—Terrence Wise, Fight for $15

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From Around the World, An Urgent and Unified Plea to Avert War on Korean Peninsula

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:04
Women Cross DMZ

President Donald Trump
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Secretary of Defense James Mattis
H.R. McMaster, National Security Council

April 26, 2017

Dear President Trump:

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