Human Rights

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: There is No Military Solution in Afghanistan

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:49
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announced plan to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s failure to outline a comprehensive strategy to bring an end to our nation’s longest war. After sixteen years at war, one thing is clear: there is no military solution in Afghanistan. Any lasting peace in Afghanistan must be secured through diplomacy. Further military engagement will only put our brave servicemen and women in harm’s way while doing little to enhance our national security.

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Brennan Center and Protect Democracy v. Department of Justice et al.

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:06
Brennan Center and Protect Democracy v. Department of Justice et al. Monday, August 21, 2017 - 5:45pm

The Brennan Center and Protect Democracy filed suit to compel the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of Management and Budget to disclose information pertaining to the president’s “Election Integrity” Commission.

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Moms' Group Sounds Alarm Over Worst GOP Bill "You've Never Heard Of"

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:22
Julia Conley, staff writer

The environmental group Clean Air Moms Action released a new ad campaign Monday urging voters to fight back against two pending  Republican anti-regulation laws.

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Calling Trump an "Embarrassment," Sanders Says Organized Labor Key to Nation's Future

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:18
Common Dreams staff

"We're not going to rebuild the shrinking middle class unless we rebuild the trade union movement," declares Sen. Bernie Sanders at Indiana rall

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Brennan Center and Protect Democracy File Suit to Make “Voter Fraud” Commission Records Public

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:11
Brennan Center and Protect Democracy File Suit to Make “Voter Fraud” Commission Records PublicAugust 21, 2017

The organizations filed suit after their requests to the agencies for information under the Freedom of Information Act went unanswered.

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Giving Middle Finger to Appalachian Communities, Trump Kills Study of Mountaintop Removal Health Impacts

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:07
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Outrage has followed the Trump administration's decision late last week to put the brakes on a study into the health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining in Central Appalachia.

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Russia’s Attacks on Democracy Aren’t Only a Problem for America

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:46
Russia’s Attacks on Democracy Aren’t Only a Problem for AmericaMonday, August 21, 2017 - 4:45pmMedia Source: The NationRussia’s Attacks on Democracy Aren’t Only a Problem for America
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How to Remove Trump

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:45
Robert Reich

With Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, it’s unlikely Trump will be impeached or thrown out of office on grounds of mental impairment. At least any time soon.    

Yet there’s another way Trump can be effectively removed. He can be made irrelevant.

It’s already starting to happen. The howling manchild who occupies the Oval Office is being cut off and contained.

Trump no longer has a working majority in the Senate because several Senate Republicans have decided the hell with him.

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With Trump, Warns Scahill, "Unelected National Security Apparatus" Now Unleashed

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:28
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

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Going in the Wrong Direction: We Need More Advice on the Impacts of Climate Change

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:25
Andrew Rosenberg

As of Sunday, the federal Advisory Panel for the Sustained National Climate Assessment is no more.  The charter for the panel was not renewed. That makes little sense from any perspective I can imagine.

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Why No Eclipse Denialists? The Same Science Predicts Global Heating

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:58
Juan Cole

Eminent physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s tweet pointing out that there are no eclipse denialists the way there are dedicated climate change denialists went viral:

Odd. No one is in denial of America’s Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 10, 2017

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Total Solar Eclipse Awes Onlookers Across United States

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:52
Common Dreams staff

People across the United States are looking toward the sky on Monday afternoon as a rare total solar eclipses occurs from coast to coast.

Those gathered in Oregon were the first to get a view of the full eclipse:

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Trump Axes Research into Health Effects of Mountaintop Coal Removal

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:43
Sierra Club

Donald Trump late last week instructed the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to cease all work on studying of public health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining - threatening the lives of thousands of people living near mine sites in Appalachia and across the country.



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Why the U.S. Resistance Should Support Protests in Okinawa

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:34
Jon Rainwater

Last week tens of thousands of people gathered to demonstrate for human rights and against harmful U.S. government policies. At a huge racetrack, they held thousands of identical signs that carried a simple message “NO.”

Was this in Boston? Atlanta? New York? And what were they saying no to?

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Note to NYPD Bemoaning Blue Racism: Blue Is Not A Race (Duh) and You're Not The Damn Victims Here

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:25
Abby Zimet, staff writer

In a stupefyingly tone-deaf turn of the racial tables, a perennially offensive NYPD union has released a video claiming cops are the hapless victims of a "strange form of racism” engulfing the country. "Because I am blue, I am vilified," says a voiceover as we see a cop just indicted for killing an older, mentally ill, black woman. No. You and your ilk are vilified for killing an older, mentally ill, black woman, and over 624 other, largely black people in 2017, so get a grip.

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In Gaza, We Get Four Hours of Electricity a Day — If We’re Lucky

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:23
Abeer Ismail Almasri

Some friends threw me a surprise birthday party last month. They placed a chocolate cake lit with candles before me and told me to make a wish for the year ahead. I immediately blurted out, “24-hour electricity and air-conditioning.” They laughed and suggested I wish for something more realistic.

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Statement By National Low Income Housing Coalition President And CEO Diane Yentel On HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs Report

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:11
National Low Income Housing Coalition

The “Rent Relief Act of 2017,” legislation announced today by U.S. Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY), would provide much-needed resources directly to struggling families and individuals to help them afford to keep a roof over their heads. The refundable tax credit would put more money in the pockets of the lowest income families, at a time when their wages have flatlined and housing costs have skyrocketed.

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Will Trump Pardon Notorious Sheriff Arpaio? Trump Rally Raises Tensions in Phoenix

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:11
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The people of Phoenix, Arizona are mobilizing ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to the city on Tuesday—a week after he defended white supremacists—amid speculation over whether he will announce at the rally a presidential pardon for Joe Arpaio, the notorious former sheriff of Maricopa County.

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Replicating Obama Failure, Trump Expected to Bolster Endless Afghan War With Troop Surge

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:08
Julia Conley, staff writerAfter months of delay and an apparently "tortured search" to come up with a "winning" strategy for Afghanistan, what President Donald Trump will announce Monday evening looks like it will be nothing more than an extension of the failed strategy that has kept U.S. forces in the country for 16 years with no end in sight.
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Demanding Ban on Killer Robots, Tech Experts Warn of Opening "This Pandora's Box"

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:07
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

More than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) experts published on Monday an open letter urging the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.

"Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare"
—letter from tech experts

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