Articles by Jake Johnson

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US Denounced as ‘Biggest Peddler of Financial Secrecy’ after Pandora Papers Leak
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

“U.S. President Biden must match his own rhetoric on shutting down global illicit finance, and start with the biggest offender—his own country. The biggest blockers to transparency are the U.S. … and the U.K., the leader of the world’s biggest tax haven network.”

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Up to Half of the $14 Trillion Spent by Pentagon since 9/11 Has Gone to War Profiteers
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2021

13 Sep 2021 – A new analysis shows that a “large portion” of Pentagon contracts in recent years have gone to just five companies: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman.

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‘Code Red for Humanity’: IPCC Report Warns Window for Climate Action Is Closing Fast
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

9 Aug 2021 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change–a team of more than 200 leading scientists convened by the UN– issued a comprehensive report today. “The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk.”

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‘Criminal Complicity’: Outrage as Biden Pushes $735 Million Weapons Sale to Israel amid Gaza Slaughter
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

17 May 2021 – “Approving more weapons to Israel would add fuel to the fire and would only embolden Israel to continue its bombardments on Gaza.”

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As Covid Ravages Poor Nations, Pharma Vaccine Profiteering Has Created 9 New Billionaires
Jake Johnson | Common Deams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

20 May 2021 – A new analysis out today shows that pharmaceutical companies’ control over coronavirus vaccines has produced nine new billionaires since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which continues to ravage developing nations. “These billionaires are the human face of the huge profits pharmaceutical corporations are making from the monopoly they hold on these vaccines.”

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Threat to Journalism Remains, Warn Critics, After Assange Extradition Rejected Solely Due to Brutal US Prison System
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

4 Jan 2021 – “That a British court has ruled that the U.S. prison system is too barbaric to guarantee the safety of Assange tells its own story. But this is about something much bigger than Assange: it’s about journalism, the free press, and…  the ability to expose atrocities committed by the world’s last remaining superpower.”

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As Wages Stagnate and Executive Pay ‘Continues to Balloon,’ Report Shows Top CEOs Now Make 320 Times More Than Typical Worker
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2020

18 Aug 2020 – New research from the Economic Policy Institute finds that CEO compensation grew by 1,167% from 1978 to 2019, “far outstripping” the growth of the stock market.

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‘If You Are Wondering Who Benefits’: Weapons Makers See Stocks Surge as Trump Moves Closer to War with Iran
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

Almost immediately after the United States assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike on 2 Jan, major American weapons manufacturers and defense contractors—from Northrop Grumman to Lockheed Martin to Raytheon—saw their stocks surge as investors sensed the growing likelihood of another war in the Middle East.

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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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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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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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‘What a Rigged Economy Looks Like’: Top 10% Now Own 77% of American Wealth
Jake Johnson | Moyers & Company – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

Inequality: As Trump and the GOP push massive tax cuts for the rich, new data shows that the wealthy are doing better than ever.

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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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