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'Partial Fix': NSA Scraps Part of Warrantless Surveillance

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:45
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been forced to scrap one of its controversial surveillance practices, the New York Times reports Friday, a development the ACLU deemed "a partial fix."

Times reporter Charlie Savage writes that it regards "one of the most disputed practices of its warrantless wiretapping program: collecting Americans' emails and texts to and from people overseas that mention foreigners targeted for surveillance."

Categories: Human Rights

RESIST DAY #99: What You Can Do Today

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:45
Common Dreams staff

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

Categories: Human Rights

Communities of Color Must Lead at People’s Climate March

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:30
Magali Sanchez-Hall

On April 29th, thousands will participate in the People’s Climate March--in Washington, D.C. and all over the country--to stand up for our communities and our climate. I’ll be marching with my daughter and mother alongside other families in Wilmington, CA. Why? Because climate change starts in our neighborhoods.

Categories: Human Rights

Women, Be Warned: Trump Just Nominated Radical Anti-Choice Activist for Key HHS Post

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:56
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Staying true to his "pledge to erode the constitutional right to abortion," President Donald Trump on Friday nominated leading anti-choice crusader Charmaine Yoest to a top post at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Categories: Human Rights

President Trump Reprises Racist 'Pocahontas' Insult Against Sen. Warren in Speech to NRA

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:50
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The racist remark to the National Rifle Association's annual meeting reportedly drew 'big laughs'

Categories: Human Rights

With Support Surging, Progressives Push Pelosi on Single-Payer

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:25
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Seizing upon the now record high support for a Medicare-for-all bill, advocates for such a system are pushing House Minority Leader Nancy Peolosi (D-Calif.) to throw her weight behind the legislation.

Categories: Human Rights

Foe of Endangered Species, Public Lands Nominated for Deputy Interior Secretary

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:55
Center for Biological Diversity

Industry lobbyist David Bernhardt has been nominated for deputy secretary at the Department of the Interior, where he would directly oversee management of more than 1,600 endangered species and millions of acres of public lands.

Over the past 20 years, Bernhardt has taken full advantage of the revolving door between industry and government — including a stint as Interior’s top lawyer under the George W. Bush administration — and the law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck, where he represented big agriculture, oil and gas, and mining companies.

Categories: Human Rights

The World's Wealthy Nations Are Failing Yemen

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:24
César Chelala

Antonio Guterres, U.N.’s Secretary General, has informed that international donors have pledged $1.1 billion in aid for Yemen. Rather than a humanitarian action, this pledge only underscores the responsibility that big powers have had in the crisis that has all but devastated that country. Paradoxically, among the countries that have now pledged support are some that have actively contributed to the ravage of Yemen.

Categories: Human Rights

Impacted Communities Draw 'Red Line' for Mother Earth Across US Capitol

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:23
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Representing the communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis, activists are forming a "red line" in front of the U.S. Capitol building on Friday, vowing to stand firm "against the corporations and politicians driving the extractive economy" and their increasing assaults on people and planet.

Categories: Human Rights

Forget Andrew Jackson. The Right Thinks Trump Is Calvin Coolidge!

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:09
Bill Moyers, Michael Winship

Republican Calvin Coolidge, who in 1923 ascended to the presidency following the death of the corrupt and dunderheaded Warren Harding, was a man of few words. But some of the most famous of the few were, “The chief business of the American people is business.”

Categories: Human Rights

Watchdogs: Trump's Disastrous 100 Days Fueling "Golden Era of Activism"

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:03
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Categories: Human Rights

State and Local Governments Can Take the Lead on Climate Policy

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:59
Basav Sen

In March, the World Meteorological Organization released data on the state of the earth’s atmosphere in 2016. Last year, it found, was the hottest year since humanity started recording temperatures, continuing a trend of steadily rising mercury.

Categories: Human Rights

How This Earth Activist Risked All and Won Everything

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:54
Nick Meynen

Two men coming all the way from the Indian jungle admired the most sacred site of London: St. Paul's Cathedral. They checked the rock quality, deemed it perfect and asked for the London mining authorities. That day, an newspaper-ad showed a demolition crane smashing the St Paul's Cathedral.

Categories: Human Rights

CREW Releases 100 Day Trump Ethics Report, Timeline

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:50
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

The first 100 days of the Trump administration brought conflicts of interest and ethical and legal problems on a massive scale not seen since at least President Nixon—and perhaps ever, according to a new report just released by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

Categories: Human Rights

'State of the Swamp' Spotlights Trump Team's Ethical Blindness

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:45
Dale Eisman

President Trump marks his 100th day in office on Saturday, a milestone he insists is meaningless even as he directs the White House staff in a frenzied effort to convince Americans he’s been the most successful president ever.

The approach of Day 100 has sparked news organizations, watchdog groups, lobbyists, political partisans, and heaven-only-knows-who-else to publish their own assessments of Trump’s performance. A thorough review of the reviews probably would take the careful reader another 100 days.

Categories: Human Rights

I'll Be at the Peoples Climate March Because a Threat to the Environment Is a Threat to Public Health

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:38
Rhea Suh

This Saturday, April 29th, tens of thousands of people will gather for the Peoples Climate Movement march in Washington, D.C., to express unwavering support for continued action to combat climate change—and to call for putting the interests of the American people ahead of polluters. In different political circumstances, with a different person occupying the White House, you could see it as a call to arms with our planet's best interests in mind.

Categories: Human Rights

Why Are House Dems Treating 2016 Campaign Autopsy Like a Classified Document?

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:08
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which works to elect Democrats to the U.S. House, has completed an investigative report into its own weaknesses and blind spots during last year's electoral failure.

Categories: Human Rights

Trump Signs Executive Order Expanding Offshore Drilling, Puts Communities at Risk

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:12

Ahead of the Peoples Climate March and nearly 7 years to the day since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Trump administration issued an executive order today directing federal agencies to revise the 5-year-plan for offshore drilling previously approved by the Obama administration. The order could expose the Atlantic, the Pacific, and Arctic coasts, which are excluded from the current plan, to future drilling.

Categories: Human Rights

Sierra Club: Offshore Drilling Off the Atlantic Coast “Will Ensure a Disaster”

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:11
Sierra Club

Donald Trump today directed the Department of the Interior to review the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Oil and Gas leasing program, and will seek to undo President Barack Obama’s permanent protection for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, threatening Virginia coastal economies and communities.

Drilling off Virginia’s coasts will present an immediate threat to coastal communities and wildlife while posing a long term one as it contributes to climate change.

In response Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

Categories: Human Rights

Trump's First 100 Days Marked by Secret Strikes and Civilian Deaths

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:59

Commenting on President Trump's first 100 days in office, Kate Higham, Assassinations Project Lead at human rights organization Reprieve said:  

“President Trump has used his first 100 days in office to ramp up a failed, Obama-era policy of secret strikes around the world. Trump could have reversed this disastrous policy - instead, he has ramped it up, killing innocent children in countries like Yemen.

"The US assassination programme is illegal and unconstitutional - it is the death penalty without trial, on a global scale. 

Categories: Human Rights