15 Jul 2019

To Attack Julian Assange, CNN Twists Embassy Surveillance Records That Were First Covered By Spanish Newspaper

Spanish newspaper EL PAÍS reported on July 9 that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was spied on by a Spanish private defense and security firm called Undercover Global S.L., when he lived in the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom. The report was based on “documents, video, and audio material” that

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Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo via CIA.
11 Jul 2019

Invoking WikiLeaks And Torture Report, CIA Pushes For Expansion Of Secrecy Law To Stifle Public Criticism

When the CIA and other agencies in the United States government pushed for the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) in 1981, it was crafted to exclude “covert agents” who resided in the U.S. There was consideration by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of how the legislation might “chill

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10 Jul 2019

At ‘Kids In Cages’ Congressional Hearing, Mother And Human Rights Advocates Share Stories Of Cruelty At The Border

Yazmin Juarez, who fled Guatemala and was held in detention at a facility in Dilley, Texas, where her baby contracted a severe respiratory illness that led to her death, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The hearing was titled, “Kids In Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border,”

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Photo from Jews for Racial & Economic Justice in New York.
08 Jul 2019

Immigrant Rights Activists Renew Push Against Palantir To Cancel $53 Million Contract With ICE

Immigrant rights activists mobilized in New York and Washington D.C. to demand Palantir Technologies cancel its contract with ICE.

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Joe Biden. Photo by Marc Nozell via Flickr.
28 Jun 2019

Joe Biden Didn’t End Iraq War, Yet He Claimed Credit During Debate

Joe Biden took credit for withdrawing troops from Iraq during the Democratic presidential debate. But the withdrawal was part of an agreement made by President George W. Bush.

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25 Jun 2019

When Former Prisoner Sold Dr. John A Protest Song From Angola Prison

Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., known in the world of music as Dr. John, died on June 6. His hometown of New Orleans bid farewell to the musician last Saturday and paraded through the streets with brass bands playing in his honor as his casket was taken by a horse carriage

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Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
19 Jun 2019

As EPA Continues To Shield Fossil Fuel Industry, Report Warns Of Future Filled With Hazardous Waste

In a follow-up report, Earthworks once again warns the EPA is failing to protect the environment from hazardous waste from oil and gas drilling.

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17 Jun 2019

Interview With Oakley Shelton-Thomas On The ‘Fracking Endgame’ In The United States

Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola interview Oakley Shelton-Thomas, researcher for Food and Water Watch. He was a lead author of the organization’s recent report, “Fracking Endgame: Locked Into Plastics, Pollution, and Climate Chaos.” The report describes how fossil fuel companies are building a “wave of new gas-fired power plants” and

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Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside court in London. Screencap source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrjVOedHS4o
14 Jun 2019

Judge Sets ‘Long Timetable’ For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition

A judge set timetable for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition case. His defense said he’ll have time to prepare against serious charges.

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12 Jun 2019

In ‘War On Terrorism,’ Pentagon Has Emitted Over A Billion Metric Tons Of Greenhouse Gases

The United States military has emitted over a billion metric tons of greenhouse gases since the beginning of the global war on terrorism in 2001, according to a report from Brown University’s “Costs of War” project. It is equivalent to the annual emissions of 257 million passenger cars, “more than

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