Human Rights

The Vital Importance of Sexual Education

Common Dreams - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 10:46
Ann Starrs

Evidence of the value of comprehensive sexuality education in young people’s lives is clear and convincing. Over the past decade, a growing number of governments have expressed commitment to delivering sexuality education and health services to adolescents and young people. This progress is immensely encouraging.

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What Would It Really Take to Reverse Inequality?

Common Dreams - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 09:48
Chuck Collins

While there is now widespread understanding that extreme income and wealth inequality is growing and has negative impacts on society, most proposed solutions fail to address deeper systemic drivers. If we misdiagnose an illness, we are likely to prescribe an insufficient or even dangerous remedy. If we misdiagnose the causes of inequality, we will likely put forward misguided solutions.

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White Supremacists, Armed With Tiki Torches and Hate, Denounced at UVA

Common Dreams - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 09:00
Jon Queally, staff writer

After a couple hundred white supremacists marched across the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville with store-bought Tiki torches Friday night, their rally descended into violence after fights broke out with UVA students and others who have also organized this weekend to oppose and denounce the hate-fueled gathering which its right-wing organizers have dubbed "Unite the Right."

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Despite White House Chaos, Trump Delivers Favors for Corporate America

Common Dreams - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:26
Robert Weissman

The Trump administration may be dazed and confused about many things, but not about its corporate agenda.

From Scaramucci to Spicer, from Kelly to Kushner, one thing doesn’t change at Donald Trump’s chaotic White House: Its devotion to delivering for giant corporations at the public’s expense.

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Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:01
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

As some tech giants throw their weight behind the idea of a universal basic income, one anthropologist says it's a key component of a strategy to break the "addiction to economic growth [that] is killing us" and the planet.

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Trump's Profits at D.C. Hotel Show Clear Violation of Constitution, Lawmakers Say

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:48
Julia Conley, staff writer

Critics of President Donald Trump raised alarm on Friday regarding the profits he's made off the presidency, particularly at his hotel in Washington, D.C.—with lawmakers saying such profits bolster their case that Trump has violated the Constitution's Emoluments Clause.

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The Grand Old Party’s Over. Make Way for the Trump Party.

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:00
Michael Winship

You’ve probably heard the story. It’s said that in ancient Rome, the emperor had a member of the Praetorian Guard who, amid all the pomp and all the accolades, would stand behind him and murmur: “Remember, Caesar, thou art mortal.”

Sadly, the Little Caesar who currently rules the United States from the nearest Trump golf course is instead surrounded by guards who murmur enthusiastically, “Anything you say, boss. You’re a genius!”

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Critics Wary of Wisconsin Gov. Walker's Plan to Push Through Foxconn Deal

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 13:59
Julia Conley, staff writer

Critics are raising doubts about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's plan to bring the Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to the state, by way of a $3 billion dollar investment to fund a huge new factory in the southeastern part of the state.

While the project has been heralded as an example of Walker's commitment to bringing jobs to the state—and that of President Donald Trump, who has championed the planned deal and has called it "incredible"—economists and Wisconsin residents alike are questioning how much the state stands to gain from Foxconn's arrival.

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Note To Wall Street: Never Mind Your Nuclear Stock Tips For “Highly Dovish Forward Guidance." On Account of Everyone Being, You Know, Dead.

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:42
Abby Zimet, staff writer

We can't even. As tensions with North Korea escalate, the bloodless souls at the Wall Street Journal wrote a piece analyzing how the stock market would fare in an all-out nuclear war. Buy yen and bunds, they say, and don't mind "the yield curve would likely flatten," along with the world. People have been duly horrified, conceding a likely bullish market on canned goods, iodine tablets and cockroaches but noting, in the end, "The dead don't care about markets."

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Keystone XL Foes Vow to Put Their Bodies on the Line to Protect the Planet

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:23
Jake Johnson, staff writer

As Nebraska's Keystone XL pipeline hearings came to a close on Thursday, Indigenous tribes and environmentalists vowed to put their "bodies on the line" to stop a project they have

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As US Bombs Kill More Afghan Women and Kids, McCain's Plan? More War

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:18
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

On the same day a bombing by U.S. military forces in Afghanistan reportedly killed 11 Afghan civilians, including women and children, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) offered up his proposal for "winning" the 16-year-long war in Afghanistan on Thursday by essentially calling for it to continue endlessly.

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Firing Mueller Would Be a Catastrophic Mistake

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:09
Norman Eisen, Fred Wertheimer

On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor's office was shut down.

Anational firestorm ensued. Less than two weeks later, the President was forced to appoint a new special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, and the office was back in business.

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'Wrong Way to Go': Experts Warn Trump Opioid Declaration Could Revitalize Failed War on Drugs

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:39
Julia Conley, staff writer

Drug policy experts are critical of the praise that some have given President Donald Trump following his announcement Thursday that he would classify the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

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Clean Car Standards Should Be Strengthened, Not Reopened

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:38
Environment America

The Trump administration reopened the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s midterm evaluation on clean car standards. The process withdraws the previously released final determination on EPA’s vehicle emission standards for 2022-2025 and expands the time period under consideration to 2021-2025. In response Environment America’s global warming solutions advocate, Aminah Zaghab issued the following statement:

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No Fire, No Fury: Common Security Diplomacy to Resolve US-North Korean Crisis

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:30
Joseph Gerson

President Trump’s off the cuff and extremely dangerous and outrageous threat to devastate North Korea with “fire and fury… unlike the world has ever seen” is bringing us to the brink of the unthinkable. There is no military solution to the dangers posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.  We need to do all that we can to bring reason to bear with Common Security diplomacy that can bring these two nuclear powers back from the brink and to establish the basis for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

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US Embassy Declines Letter Calling For De-escalation Of Conflict With North Korea

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:30
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

The US Embassy declined to accept a letter earlier today from a delegation of journalists, writers, and peace activists. The letter calls on the United States government to stop its nuclear brinkmanship in the crisis with North Korea.

Millions of people around the world are concerned about the growing threat of nuclear war. Civil society organisations are calling on the British government to call for restraint and a different approach by Britain's main ally. British Prime Minister Theresa May has been silent about the crisis, despite tensions continuing to grow.

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Inflation Slows Further In July CPI

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:19
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

It appears that inflation is continuing to decelerate in spite of an unemployment rate that is at a 16-year low. The overall and core CPI both rose 0.1 percent in July. This brings the rate of increase over the last 12 months in both measures respectively to 1.7 percent, well below the Fed’s 2.0 percent, as measured by the PCE, which translates into roughly a 2.2 percent CPI inflation rate.

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Does It Really Matter If Netanyahu Ends Up Behind Bars?

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:13
Neve Gordon

"Background noise" was the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterised the decision of his former chief of staff, Ari Harow, to become a state witness.

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Betsy DeVos’s ‘School Choice’ Looks More Like Crony Capitalism

Common Dreams - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:25
Jeff Bryant

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she supports “great public schools,” but her actions continue to show her hypocrisy on that subject.

Her recent trip to Michigan, her home state, offers yet more proof of the real focus of her leadership – and it isn’t about supporting public schools.

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