Human Rights

The US Military Can’t Get Out (No Matter the Country or the Conflict)

Common Dreams - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:20
Tom Engelhardt

Not that anyone in a position of power seems to notice, but there’s a simple rule for American military involvement in the Greater Middle East: once the U.S. gets in, no matter the country, it never truly gets out again.  Let’s start with Afghanistan. The U.S. first entered the fray there in 1979 via a massive CIA-led proxy war against the Soviets that lasted until the Red Army limped home in 1989.

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Former Commish Michael Copps: 'Maybe the Worst FCC I’ve Ever Seen'

Common Dreams - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:17
Michael Winship

In just a few short months, the Trump wrecking ball has pounded away at rules and regulations in virtually every government agency. The men and women the president has appointed to the Cabinet and to head those agencies are so far in sycophantic lockstep, engaged in dismantling years of protections in order to make real what White House strategist Steve Bannon infamously described as “the deconstruction of the administrative state.”

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On Trump, The Media’s Malpractice Continues

Common Dreams - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:05
Katrina vanden Heuvel

One of the great ironies of the political moment is that President Trump’s sworn enemy has become, if not exactly an ally, an enabler of his agenda. For all of Trump’s griping about “fake news,” the mainstream media’s prevailing focus on palace intrigue and White House scandals has come at the expense of substantive policy coverage, allowing Trump and the Republican Party to advance harmful, hugely unpopular policies without the scrutiny they deserve.

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Exxon Supports Republican Carbon Tax, Greenpeace Response

Common Dreams - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:50

In response to the support ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies are announcing today for a carbon tax championed by the Climate Leadership Council, Greenpeace USA Senior Climate Campaigner Naomi Ages said, 

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If the Media Keeps Ignoring Health Care, We’ll Lose It

Common Dreams - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:41
Jeremy Slevin

There is a giant scandal in Washington this week—and it’s not the one blaring from your television screen. Largely without media scrutiny, the United States Senate is quietly getting ready to pass their version of the House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Going National With Automatic Voter Registration

Brennan Center - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:32
Going National With Automatic Voter RegistrationAdam GitlinJune 20, 2017

It’s tough to find an initiative that doesn’t fall victim to partisan squabbles. But AVR’s continued success in states red, blue, and purple is proof positive of its appeal above party.

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Supreme Court Targets Rigged System of Redistricting

Brennan Center - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:30
Supreme Court Targets Rigged System of RedistrictingMichael WaldmanJune 20, 2017

In agreeing to hear the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, we can only hope the high court—um, that's to say, Justice Kennedy—has decided it’s time to curtail this practice.

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To Expose 'Dark and Hidden' Trumpcare Push by GOP, Senate Dems #HoldtheFloor

Common Dreams - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:36
Jon Queally, staff writer

The key question posed to Republicans in the Senate: "What are you afraid of?"

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'Let's Trade Places': Aiming to Unseat Paul Ryan, Ironworker's Campaign Ad Goes Viral

Common Dreams - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:53
Jake Johnson, staff writer

Wisconsin ironworker and union activist Randy Bryce became a social media sensation on Monday following the release of a stirring ad announcing his bid to challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for his congressional seat in 2018.

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MoveOn Criticizes Senate Democrats, Republicans for Passage of New Iran Sanctions Bill

Common Dreams - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 19:39

 Last week, the United States Senate voted in favor of passing new economic sanctions on Iran with overwhelming support, with the exception of Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY). The Iranian government is already calling the sanctions a breach of the Iran Nuclear deal, and policy analysts in the U.S. say such sanctions increase the risk of war between the United States and Iran.

Anna Galland, executive director of, had the following statement:

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NAACP Condemns Weakening of DOJ Civil Rights Enforcement Powers

Common Dreams - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 19:37

 The NAACP released the following statement after the Justice Department issued guidance to the Civil Rights division to settle cases without using consent decrees: no-fault agreements that have helped de-segregate schools, reform police departments, defend religious freedom and ensure access for the disabled.       

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Concerned Americans Say New GMO Regs Would Make Oversight Worse, Not Better

Common Dreams - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 19:34
Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth

Today marks the close of three U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) public comment periods on proposed changes to the oversight of genetically engineered (GE) crops and animals. Nearly 100,000 individuals, along with 65 leading environmental, food safety, consumer, and farm groups, are calling on USDA and FDA to substantially strengthen their proposed rules to better protect farmers, the general public and the environment from harmful GE plants and risky GE animals.

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'I Don't Know Why Everybody Going Along With This': White House Stonewalls Press

Common Dreams - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 18:03
Common Dreams staff

Journalist Jim Acosta, the senior White House correspondent for CNN, was among those expressing alarm and frustration on Monday after the White House held a press briefing that barred the use of both audio and video recordings.

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The Climate Movement Charges On, Even Without the US

Common Dreams - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:08
Winnie Byanyima

President Donald Trump has proved again how beholden our politics are to the interests of the super-rich elite. The conniving, rich oilmen that were so desperate to prevent and frustrate the Paris Agreement found cheerleaders in Mr Trump and his party. They choose to protect their profits from a flailing fossil fuel industry over human lives and a clean, inclusive future for us all.

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In Live Q&A, Sanders and Warren Discuss 'Disastrous' GOP Healthcare Plan

Common Dreams - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:55
Common Dreams staff

Amid surging resistance against the Senate GOP's plan to ram through its version of Trumpcare—which reportedly could include even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House version—Sens.

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How SCOTUS Can Make Elections Fairer

Brennan Center - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:11
How SCOTUS Can Make Elections FairerMonday, June 19, 2017 - 3:15pmMedia Source: CNNHow SCOTUS Can Make Elections Fairer
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Supreme Court Delivers 'Dangerous Message': Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions

Common Dreams - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:58
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that former George W. Bush officials cannot be held liable for the abuse and detention of a group of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens swept up in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"This decision regrettably provides constitutional immunity for some of the most high-level officials responsible for gross abuses in the aftermath of September 11," stated Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project. 

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Supreme Court To Consider Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

Brennan Center - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:05
Supreme Court To Consider Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Monday, June 19, 2017 - 2:00pmMedia Source: The Hill Supreme Court To Consider Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case
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At Least 61 Dead in Massive Fire That Roared Through Central Portugal

Common Dreams - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 16:08
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Prime Minister Antonio Costa called it "the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known in years."

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