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The Opposite of Evil Is No Longer Goodness
Frances Moore Lappé – Common Dreams, 10 Dec 2018

3 Dec 2018 – My point is simple. It’s now time to focus on courage. Goodness without courage is no longer good enough.

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‘It Is Time for Progressives of the World to Unite’: Sanders-Varoufakis Issue Open Call for New Global Movement
Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

30 Nov 2018 – With fascist movements on the rise and controlling the levers of power in the USA and across the world, the U.S.-based Sanders Institute and Europe’s DiEM25—the groups founded by Jane Sanders and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, respectively—announced the launch of Progressive International today with the goal of beating back rightwing forces with an organized “grassroots movement for global justice.”

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Here’s the Dire Climate Report the Trump White House Didn’t Want You to See
Jake Johnson – Common Dreams, 26 Nov 2018

“The decision to release this damning report when families are beginning to celebrate the holidays and newsrooms are short-staffed is a brazen attempt to bury the truth.”

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‘Dangerous Path for Democracy’ and Dire Threat to Press Freedom: Trump DOJ’s Secret Charges against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Revealed
Jake Johnson – Common Dreams, 19 Nov 2018

16 Nov 2018 – Free speech advocates and civil libertarians are warning that fundamental press freedoms are under threat after the Trump Justice Department accidentally revealed that secret charges have been filed against journalist Julian Assange. “The notion that the federal criminal charges could be brought based on the publication of truthful information is an incredibly dangerous precedent to set.”

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Eyeing Landmark Verdict in Roundup Cancer Case, Vietnam Demands Monsanto Be Held Liable over Agent Orange
Andrea Germanos – Common Dreams, 3 Sep 2018

“We believe Monsanto should be responsible for compensating Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange for the damages caused by the company’s herbicides.”

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‘Guilty on All Counts!’: In Historic Victory, Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Lawsuit
Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

“This is a company that has always put profits ahead of public safety, and today, Monsanto has finally been held accountable.”

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Elon Musk and the Corporate Controlled Media
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – Common Dreams, 11 Jun 2018

When Advertisers Are Calling the Shots, Don’t Call It Journalism

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As UN Approves War Crimes Probe, Human Rights Chief Rips Israel’s “Horrifying” Massacre of Palestinians
Jake Johnson – Common Dreams, 21 May 2018

18 May 2018 – “Palestinians have exactly the same human rights as Israelis do. They have the same rights to live safely in their homes, in freedom, with adequate and essential services and opportunities. All of the 1.9 million people who live in Gaza have been penned in behind fences and have suffered progressively more restrictions and greater poverty after 11 years of blockade by Israel.”

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Showing They ‘Learned Nothing’ from Iraq, War Journalists Beat Drums for Trump Attack on Syria
Jake Johnson – Common Dreams, 16 Apr 2018

“Pundits and the media are making John Bolton’s wildest dreams come true: in his first week on the job, everyone is calling for a new war.”

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As Feds Launch Probe, Users Discover ‘Horrifying’ Reach of Facebook’s Data Mining
Jake Johnson – Common Dreams, 2 Apr 2018

Facebook “had the phone number of my late grandmother who never had a Facebook account, or even an email address,” one long-time user wrote after downloading an archive of her data from the platform.

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Led by U.S. Weapons Makers, Global Arms Sales Soared in 2016: Analysis
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2017

With U.S. weapons companies claiming more than half of global sales, and despite five previous years of decline, arms producers around the world raked in $375 billion in profits.

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Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ to Humanity. Can We Listen Now?
Andrea Germanos – Common Dreams, 20 Nov 2017

13 Nov 2017 – Reassessing warning issued 25 years ago, the “second notice” to humanity warns of “widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss” unless business-as-usual is upended.

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‘Amazing News’: Rights Groups Celebrate after Italy Bans Use of Circus Animals
Jessica Corbett – Common Dreams, 13 Nov 2017

Advocates for animal welfare praised the Italian parliament while calling on other nations, including the United States, to follow suit.

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Three Richest Americans Now Own More Wealth than Bottom Half of US Combined: Report
Jake Johnson – Common Dreams, 13 Nov 2017

8 Nov 2017 – In the United States, the 400 richest individuals now own more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the population and the three richest own more wealth than the bottom 50 percent, while pervasive poverty means one in five households have zero or negative net worth.

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‘Sad Day for Warmongers’ as UN Finds Iran in Total Compliance with Nuke Deal
Julia Conley – Common Dreams, 4 Sep 2017

1 Sep 2017 – On what one observer called “a sad day for warmongers,” the United Nations declared today that Iran is fully adhering to the nuclear deal reached in 2015, and that inspectors will not go looking for infractions at the request of the Trump administration.

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With Enormous Harvey Damage, Naomi Klein Warns against ‘Disaster Capitalism’ Redux
Julia Conley – Common Dreams, 4 Sep 2017

Now is exactly the time to speak out against free-market exploitation, says author of ‘The Shock Doctrine.’

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Civilians Killed by US Largely Ignored as Endless Global War Continues
Jon Queally – Common Dreams, 5 Jun 2017

Borderless ‘War on Terror’ continues to claim innocent lives around the world… but pattern holds that not all victims receive equal attention. “This new flawed raid by President Trump shows the US is not capable of distinguishing a terrorist from an innocent civilian.” —Kate Higham, Reprieve

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Joan Baez Goes Viral with ‘Nasty Man,’ a Protest Song for the Trump Era
Nika Knight – Common Dreams, 10 Apr 2017

6 Apr 2017 – Joan Baez, protest singer of the peace and civil rights movements of the 1960s, has gone viral with a protest song for today’s Trump era, called “Nasty Man.”

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The Predatory Presidency
Roy Eidelson – Common Dreams, 6 Mar 2017

Recent executive orders reveal the Trump White House as a ruthless predator set to prey upon the most vulnerable among us. In nature, potential prey instinctually use a wide range of strategies to ward off attacks—from camouflage to traveling in groups to alarm signals to communal defense based on strength in numbers—and they rarely succumb without a fight. Surely we must be prepared to do the same.

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Study Shows Massive Global Permafrost Melt Underway While Trump Mentions Climate Not Once
Nika Knight – Common Dreams, 6 Mar 2017

Research shows immense expanses of permafrost rapidly disintegrating and releasing huge carbon stores in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia, and Siberia.

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Capitalism Is Doomed — Without Alternatives, So Are We
Jake Johnson – Common Dreams, 24 Oct 2016

Far from loosening the leash, elites have consolidated power to an unprecedented extent, and they have used their influence to undercut democratic movements and hijack public institutions… One thing is clear: The future of capitalism and the future of the planet are intertwined.

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Plan Colombia, Permanent War, and the NO Vote
Laura Carlsen – Common Dreams, 24 Oct 2016

The NO vote unexpectedly flipped the political situation back in favor of the rightwing hawks. This uprising could not only flip it back in favor of peace, but also create a social movement capable of going beyond the accords in terms of establishing social justice and human rights and addressing the enormous backlog of demands from below.

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Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost Nearly $5 Trillion (and Counting): Report
Nadia Prupis – Common Dreams, 19 Sep 2016

As nation remembers 9/11 victims, report calculates cost of military response to attacks. Dr. Neta Crawford, professor of political science at Brown University, released the figures in an independent analysis of U.S. Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, and Veteran Affairs spending, as well as their base and projected future spending.

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Empire in Decline: When the Oligarchy Inherits the Wind
John Atcheson – Common Dreams, 12 Sep 2016

For going on three decades now, the Oligarchy has been turning elections into a game of “heads-I-win, tails-you-lose” in which candidates from either party represented them, and not us. Three studies reveal how completely the Oligarchy controls the process, what the consequences are in terms of policy, and why a citizen’s revolt was inevitable.

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Global Surveillance Industry Database Helps Track Big Brother Worldwide
Deirdre Fulton – Common Dreams, 8 Aug 2016

“Without instruments capable of restricting transfers and shining a light on the companies and the trade, surveillance technologies developed in and traded from the West will further undermine privacy and facilitate other abuses,” says report.

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Five Conspirators in the Eradication of the Middle Class
Paul Buchheit – Common Dreams, 25 Jul 2016

Congress: The Kingpins.
Military: The Enforcers.
Lobbyists: The Con Men.
Media: The Illusionists.
Finance: The Hitmen.

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Imperial NATO: Before and After Brexit
Joseph Gerson – Common Dreams, 11 Jul 2016

Our interests and survival depend on Common Security diplomacy rather than the repeated and deadly failures of militarism. As we face the future, either/or thinking and NATO need to be left behind.

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Trillions Spent on Violence as World Continues Downwards Spiral Away from Peace
Andrea Germanos – Common Dreams, 13 Jun 2016

The Institute for Economics and Peace shows that chipping away at trillions spent on violence could render huge ‘peace dividend’. The findings are laid out in the think tank’s latest Global Peace Index, now in its 10th edition, released Wednesday [8 Jun]. It ranks 163 states and territories based on 23 indicators covering domestic and international conflict, societal safety and security, and a country’s militarization.

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Money Merry-Go-Round: Emails Show How Wall Street Execs and Alums Crafted Trade Bill
Kathy Kiely – Common Dreams, 6 Jun 2016

FOIA disclosure documents chummy relationship between trade negotiator and big investment banks.

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Six-Year Anniversary of WikiLeaks Collateral Murder: A Celebration of Free Speech – 5 April 2010
Nozomi Hayase – Common Dreams, 11 Apr 2016

Brazilian educator Paulo Freire described two types of words as two opposing forces. “Human existence cannot be silent,” he wrote. “Nor can it be nourished by false words, but only by true words, with which men transform the world” The video opened with a quote from George Orwell; “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind”.

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CIA Photographed Detainees Naked and Bound Before Extraditing Them for Torture
Nika Knight – Common Dreams, 11 Apr 2016

‘Stripping suspects, taking humiliating photographs of them, sending them around the world into the hands of torturers: these sound like the actions of a crazed dictatorship.’

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Beyond Panama: What the World Really Needs Is the #DelawarePapers
Nika Knight – Common Dreams, 11 Apr 2016

“The U.S. is one of the easiest places to set up an anonymous shell company to move ill-gotten gains around the world. It’s also one of the most popular places to do so for the criminal and corrupt,” writes the UK-based anti-corruption group Global Witness.

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2015: When Global Governments Trampled Human Rights in Name of National Security
Andrea Germanos – Common Dreams, 7 Mar 2016

24 Feb 2016 – Governments worldwide in 2015 capitalized on supposed national security threats to trample over human rights. That’s Amnesty International’s assessment of global human rights in its latest report.

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‘Internet of Things’ an Absolute Goldmine for Big Brother, Admits Top US Spy
Jon Queally – Common Dreams, 15 Feb 2016

DNI James Clappers acknowledges “intelligence services might use the [web-connected home devices] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment.”

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It Wasn’t only Exxon That Knew about Global Warming since the 1970s
Lauren McCauley - Common Dreams, 28 Dec 2015

New investigative reporting by Neela Banerjee with Inside Climate News revealed on Tuesday [22 Dec 2015] that scientists and engineers from nearly every major U.S. and multinational oil and gas company may have for decades known about the impacts of carbon emissions on the climate.

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With ‘Off-Planet’ Mining Bill, US Congress Seeks to Privatize Outer Space
Deirdre Fulton – Common Dreams, 16 Nov 2015

13 Nov 2015 – In a bipartisan bid to encourage commercial exploitation of outer space, the U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the Space Act of 2015, which grants U.S. citizens or corporations the right to legally claim non-living natural resources—including water and minerals—mined in the final frontier.

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‘Worse Than We Thought:’ TPP a Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
Deirdre Fulton – Common Dreams, 9 Nov 2015

“Worse than anything we could’ve imagined.”
“An act of climate denial.”
“Giveaway to big agribusiness.”
“A death warrant for the open Internet.”
“Worst nightmare.”
“A disaster.”

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Time to Stop Worshipping Economic Growth
Brent Blackwelder – Common Dreams, 9 Nov 2015

To remain within the nine planetary boundaries, nations must shed the fetish of economic growth and transition to a true-cost, steady state economy.

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Files in Lawsuit against CIA Stolen in ‘Disturbing’ University Break-In
Nadia Prupis – Common Dreams, 26 Oct 2015

22 Oct 2015 – University of Washington police are investigating a break-in after files from a lawsuit against the CIA were stolen. “About 90 percent of the information” was taken in the break-in. There are backups of the stolen files but the concern now is how the data might be used against rights workers in El Salvador who are involved in the lawsuit.

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‘Capitalism is Mother Earth’s Cancer’: World People’s Summit Issues 12 Demands
Deirdre Fulton – Common Dreams, 19 Oct 2015

12 Oct 2015 – Decrying capitalism as a “threat to life,” an estimated 7,000 environmentalists, farmers, and Indigenous activists from 40 countries convened in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya for this weekend’s World People’s Conference on Climate Change.

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Fortune 500 Companies Stash $2.1 Trillion Offshore as US Taxpayers Foot the Bill
Lauren McCauley – Common Dreams, 12 Oct 2015

America’s Fortune 500 companies are “playing by different rules” when it comes to the federal tax system and, according to a new report out Tuesday [6 Oct 2015], are stashing $2.1 trillion in offshore tax havens—with as much as $620 billion owed to the U.S. taxpayers who are left footing the bill.

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How US Colleges Have Become Ground Zero for Suppression of Palestine Solidarity
Sarah Lazare – Common Dreams, 5 Oct 2015

Two new reports highlight the systematic intimidation, harassment, and censorship that are silencing free speech critical of Israel. The study highlights the common tactic of conflating anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel, and equating all Jews with the Israeli state, in an effort to shut down debate.

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Uruguay Shows the Way by Leaving Secret Trade Deal TiSA
Viviana Barreto and Sam Cossar-Gilbert – Common Dreams, 21 Sep 2015

17 Sep 2015 – A strong coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and farmers working together on an effective public campaign were able to take on the interests of the world’s biggest companies and win. Last week the Uruguayan government decided to end its involvement in the secret negotiations of the Trade in Services Agreement TISA, signifying an important victory in the global fight against bad trade deals.

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The US Military and the Myth That Humanity Is Predisposed to Violence
Maria Santelli – Common Dreams, 14 Sep 2015

There is a science of teaching soldiers to kill and it is called killology. It is the science of circumventing the conscience. In order to get an otherwise psychologically healthy individual to kill, US military training has been developed to bypass the conscience and have the act of killing – the act of firing one’s weapon with the intent to kill — become reflexive.

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Humankind Has Halved the Number of Trees on the Planet
Andrea Germanos – Common Dreams, 7 Sep 2015

Trees ‘store huge amounts of carbon, are essential for the cycling of nutrients, for water and air quality, and for countless human services’.

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Hiroshima Cover-up: How the War Department’s Timesman Won a Pulitzer
Amy Goodman and David Goodman – Common Dreams, 3 Aug 2015

What about the “deliberate deception” of William L. Laurence in denying the lethal effects of radioactivity? And what of the fact that the Pulitzer Board knowingly awarded the top journalism prize to the Pentagon’s paid publicist, who denied the suffering of millions of Japanese? It is long overdue that the prize for Hiroshima’s apologist be stripped.

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Varoufakis: Troika Forced Syriza [and Greece] into Choice between ‘Suicide or Execution’
Lauren McCauley – Common Dreams, 27 Jul 2015

21 Jul 2015 – Former finance minister blasts EU, saying: “No one government should ever be treated that way in the context of a club of democratic nations. The very powerful Troika of creditors were not interested in coming to a sensible, honorable mutually beneficial agreement. They were far more interested in humiliating this government and overthrowing it.”

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With Pope Francis at the Helm, World’s Mayors Pledge to Fight Climate Change
Nadia Prupis – Common Dreams, 27 Jul 2015

‘His Holiness did not convene us here to ratify the status quo, but in fact to upend it,’ said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at Vatican conference. At the Vatican on Tuesday [21 Jul 2015], mayors from around the globe pledged to fight climate change and help the world’s poor deal with the effects of a warming planet, an oath that came during a two-day conference with Pope Francis—himself a dedicated climate activist.

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Pope Francis Tells World Youth to Rise Up Against Global Capitalism
Lauren McCauley – Common Dreams, 20 Jul 2015

‘Make a mess, but then also help to tidy it up,’ Argentinian pontiff said in address to Paraguay youth.

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Latest Guilty Pleas Prove Big Bank Criminality ‘Rampant,’ But Jail Time Non-Existent
Deirdre Fulton – Common Dreams, 1 Jun 2015

In announcing settlement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch calls the crimes ‘a brazen display of collusion’ that caused ‘pervasive harm’. First, criminality is rampant on Wall Street. Second, the era of too-big-to-jail is alive and well. Even as they beat their chests announcing how tough they are, government regulators refuse to apply to the giant banks the same rules that apply to everyone else.

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