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High Court rules surveillance legislation ‘unlawful’


The High Court has ruled that emergency data retention and surveillance legislation the coalition government introduced last year is unlawful. The law is the latest government and intelligence legislation to be deemed illegal. The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, ...

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How the Billionaires Bought “Justice” for Scott Walker


Scott Walker is the perfect example of how billionaires can purchase justice a la carte to protect their pet politicians. Now that’s not to say that Scott Walker himself is a billionaire. But he has a well-known relationship with billionaires ...

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Can Simply Living Near a Fracking Site Send You to the Hospital?


Residents living near shale gas wells are more likely to be admitted to hospitals for heart, nervous system, and other medical issues by Nadia Prupis People living near “unconventional gas and oil drilling” operations were more likely to be hospitalized for ...

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British authorities plan to release prisoners who study behind bars


Prisoners who study hard whilst imprisoned could be eligible for early release under new plans by justice secretary, Michael Gove. In what is being described as the first major speech on prison policies, Gove suggests inmates who work towards gaining ...

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Israel losing strategic value to US imperialism: Activist


The successful conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries has threatened Israel’s strategic value to the United States, an American political activist in Chicago says. “Israel opposes this peace deal with Iran, because it does represent an ...

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In it together? Slimey 10% pay rise approved for British MPs while people starve


MPs will receive a pay rise from £67,060 to £74,000 which will be backdated to May 8, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (ISPA) has announced. The rise of 10 percent has been approved despite fierce criticism from MPs and the ...

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Thatcher made secrecy pact with Saudi king over ‘corrupt’ arms deal


Margaret Thatcher promised Saudi Arabia secrecy ahead of a £43 billion arms deal thought to have been blighted by corruption, newly-released documents reveal. The papers uncover correspondence between Saudi and British public figures and officials involved in the Yamamah deal ...

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US ‘to boost’ military aid to Israel after Iran nuclear deal


The US has offered to increase military aid to Israel by another $1.5 billion per year to ease tensions over the nuclear deal with Iran, media has reported. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to make the offer during next ...

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Deutsche Bank probed by UK regulator for ‘laundering Russian cash’


Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has begun an investigation into whether Deutsche Bank breached anti money laundering laws for its Moscow clients, it has emerged. The Financial Times reports the inquiry focuses on the bank’s so-called mirror trades executed in ...

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Snowden documentary filmmaker sues US over years of harassment


Oscar-winning film director Laura Poitras is suing the US government to find out why she has been searched, questioned and subjected to enhanced security screenings over the past six years, being stopped over 90 times during the course of her ...

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Obama calls for criminal justice reform in system ‘skewed by race and wealth’

President Barack Obama is leading a drive for a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system. He wants a federal review of solitary confinement, voting rights restored to former felons, and Congress to pass a sentencing reform bill by year’s ...

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7/7 led to wars abroad and loss of freedoms at home… but do we know what really happened that day?


For the London media 7/7 is ‘done and dusted’, but for Tony Gosling, who helped cover the IRA London bombing campaign for the BBC, nothing could be further from the truth Tony Gosling RINF Alternative News http://www.911forum.org.uk/board/viewtopic.php?p=170296#170296 BRISTOL – At ...

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13 holes in government & media account of 2005 London Bombings


Litany of media, police & judicial failures: 10th anniversary of 7/7 London Bombings Lies & betrayal of victims’ families: 10th anniversary of 7/7 London Bombings Tony Gosling RINF Alternative News 1. Train the alleged bombers are supposed to have caught ...

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ACLU Asks Appeals Court to Halt NSA’s Resumption of Bulk Phone Records Collection


NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today asked the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to halt the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ call records, arguing ...

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​End regressive, ‘stupid’ war on drugs, campaigners tell Cameron


Families of people who have died or been imprisoned due to UK drug legislation handed a letter to Number 10 on Tuesday, as the House of Lords debated Britain’s new Psychoactive Substances Bill. The relatives connected as part of the Anyone’s ...

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Washington’s hypocritical denunciations of Chinese “land reclamation” in the South China Sea


By Oscar Grenfell A central component of the US-led provocations against China this year has been the Obama administration’s claims that Beijing’s “land reclamation” activities in the South China Sea constitute a threat to “freedom of navigation” and “security and stability” ...

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Pope Francis Calls for Global Bankruptcy Process


WASHINGTON – Pope Francis called for an international bankruptcy process in a news conference as he left Latin America on Monday. According to the Associated Press, when asked about the Greek debt crisis, Francis stated, “if a company can declare ...

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Londoner arrested for ‘abstracting electricity’ on train


A man has been arrested in London for charging his phone using a socket on a London Overground train. Robin Lee, a 45 year old artist from North London, was handcuffed and arrested for abstracting electricity. Lee was then also ...

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Cameron considers plan to have workers fund sick pay


David Cameron is considering new plans to make workers save their own money to fund their sick pay, Downing Street has confirmed. The controversial idea, first suggested by the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, is an attempt to ...

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Obama, Saudi King Salman speak on Yemen war, Iran nuclear conclusion


US President Barack Obama and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have held talks over Riyadh’s war on Yemen as well as the conclusion of nuclear talks between Tehran and the six global powers. As the monarchy continued its ...

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​Privacy rights group calls for ‘democratic control’ of UK spies


Civil liberties group Privacy International (PI) has criticized a controversial report on state surveillance, calling for improved regulatory oversight so spy agencies can be held to account. The privacy rights group demanded the reforms after a report on state-sponsored snooping ...

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‘NHS failing elderly patients’


A report conducted by academics has revealed that one in three patients over the age of 65 in hospitals are treated with sub standard care with those who are blind or deaf receiving the worst care. The study was conducted ...

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‘Draconian’ new strike legislation could bankrupt Labour – union chiefs


Union bosses have accused the government of attempting to starve the Labour party of funds, as the Conservative Party unveils the biggest crackdown on trade union rights Britain has seen since 1985. Legal reforms proposed by the majority Conservative government ...

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US judge orders release of Guantanamo force-feeding tapes


The US government must release eight of 32 videos depicting the “disturbing” force-feeding of a detainee held for 12 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, a federal judge has ruled. Gladys Kessler, a senior US District Judge ...

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US accuses Russia of trying to collapse Ukraine economically


US Vice President Joe Biden has accused the Russian government of trying to collapse Ukraine economically, saying Kiev is “now under siege.” “Russia is trying to undermine the stability and sovereignty of Ukraine by any means it can, including attempting ...

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We Can All Get by Quite Well Without Banks – Ireland Managed to Survive Without Them


A 1970 strike in Ireland provoked an admirable outbreak of ingenuity – Greece should take note Television reporters stand in front of the shut doors of banks in Athens and speak as if a few days more of bank closure ...

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A College Education Instead of Mindless Militarization


Adam Vogal (Common Dreams) – As the United States military continues to sell the idea of joining its ranks to high school students throughout the nation as the best way for many poor students to get financing for college, the will ...

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‘Modern slavery survivors abandoned by UK govt.’


A new report in the UK reveals survivors of abuse in modern day slavery are not looked after by the government and are exposed to homelessness, thus becoming an easier target for traffickers. According to the report titled ‘Life beyond ...

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The APA torture scandal and the Nuremberg doctors’ trial

The Nuremberg Trials - Defendants Goering, Hess, Ribbentrop and

By Tom Carter A 542-page independent report made public by the New York Times on Friday implicates the American Psychological Association (APA) in the CIA torture program. The devastating report, prepared by a team of attorneys led by former federal prosecutor ...

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UK PM wants more killer drones, forces against ISIL


British Prime Minister David Cameron has told defense chiefs that the country should be spending more money on the Special Air Services (SAS) and drones to better combat the threat of ISIL. While last week’s emergency budget saw public services ...

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Eleven Things Other Countries Do Way Better Than the US

American Eagle

America! Land of the free, home of the brave, and the greatest country on the face of the planet, right? A country with seemingly limitless natural resources, and according to many politicians, anointed by God herself to lead the world ...

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Will Obama Undo the Harms of the War on Drugs?


Reports are circulating that President Obama is preparing to commute the sentences of dozens of individuals currently imprisoned for nonviolent drug-related crimes. So far in his presidency, he has only commuted the sentences of 43 individuals; that number is expected ...

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The Power of Persistence in New York City’s Fight for Affordable Housing


The crowd of tenants was growing raucous in Cooper Union’s Great Hall in lower Manhattan on June 29. On stage, a long table awaited members of New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board, or RGB, which had been set to vote ...

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Deranged war hawk claims peace activist makes the World ‘incredibly dangerous’


Presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham follows Medea Benjamin’s comments on blowback by saying she’s ‘radical Islam’s best hope’ by Andrea Germanos Presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday told peace activist Medea Benjamin that people like her “make the world ...

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Data breach affected 21.5 million in US


Personal information of 21.5 million Americans has been stolen allegedly by Chinese hackers, says the Office of Personnel Management. Following its long-awaited damage assessment, the office said on Thursday that hackers, who breached US government databases, stole information of those ...

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Judge Slams ‘Frivolous’ Government Appeal; Pledges to ‘Move Fast’ on Guantánamo Tapes Release

A protester in an orange jumpsuit and black hood stands outside of the Capitol. (Photo: takomabibelot)

WASHINGTON – A federal judge has slammed the Obama Administration’s stalling over the release of 32 force-feeding tapes from Guantánamo Bay, calling the Government’s prior appeal ‘the most frivolous I have ever seen.’ In a hearing this morning in Washington ...

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Think Greece’s Economy Is the One in Trouble?


China’s tumbling stock markets plunged even further today, intensifying fears the country was tail-spinning towards the biggest financial disaster since the 1929 Wall Street crash. Almost $3trillion (£2trn) – more than the entire economic output of Brazil – has been ...

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Ron Paul raises $7 million for White House bid


Republican US presidential candidate Rand Paul has raised $7 million in the first quarter of his 2016 White House bid. According to Paul’s campaign, mostly small-dollar donations were made to the Kentucky senator, a Tea Party favorite who inherited a ...

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Where Does Bernie Sanders Stand on Israeli Settlements in the West Bank?


I’ve gotten a fair bit of correspondence complaining that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hasn’t said anything recently in support of the human rights of Palestinians. Of course, Sanders isn’t talking a lot about a lot of things that a ...

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A 12 Step Guide to the EU’s Crisis of Political Responsibility


Why are European institutions incapable of implementing values that honour fraternity, solidarity, and a dignified life? by Donatella della Porta (Open Democracy) – Progressive social movements have long expressed support for ‘another Europe’. Their almost unanimous support for the Greek referendum’s ...

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Many girls in US prisons experienced sexual abuse: Report


One in four girls in the United States will experience some form of sexual violence before the age of 18 and many of these girls become school dropouts and runaways who end up in prison, according to a new report. ...

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Are Human Rights Violations Already Being Trumped By Corporate Trade Deal?


AP, Reuters report that Obama administration about to upgrade Malaysia’s human trafficking status, seen as move merely ‘for political expediency’ by Andrea Germanos  (Common Dreams) – The Obama administration is reportedly poised to upgrade the ranking it gives Malaysia on its efforts ...

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New budget plan to make low-income workers worse-off


A British economic think-tank has warned that the new budget plan introduced by the Tory government will negatively affect the low-income workers. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (ISF) said George Osborne’s new “living wage” will fail to compensate poor households ...

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NSA Surrounded Merkel in ‘Web of Surveillance’: WikiLeaks


Spy target list includes not only confidential numbers for Merkel, but also for her top officials, her aides, her chief of staff, and even her fax machine by Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams) – New documents published Wednesday by WikiLeaks show that the ...

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Protests Target ‘Human Rights Abusers Determining Our Future’ at Summits

Roughly 200 activists blocked off streets around a hotel in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday to protest the Pan Am Climate and Economic Summits. (Photo: No One Is Illegal Toronto/Facebook)

“We’re demanding total transformation of how our societies work in addressing the climate crisis that doesn’t sacrifice our communities.” by Nadia Prupis (Common Dreams) – As international leaders met in Ontario, Canada this week for the Pan American Economic and Climate Summits, ...

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Contracting and Expanding the NSA’s Powers


Can we be generous enough to say that Edward Snowden scored a considerable coup last week with the change in Washington’s attitudes to the National Security Agency? Even by his own admission, the whistleblower is pleased that the bulk collection ...

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Gaza Waits for Justice: One Year Later, Calls for Remembrance and Action

Many from within Gaza took to social media on Wednesday to call on the world to acknowledge the humanity of the people impacted by the war. (Photo: @WeAreNotNumbers/flickr)

Since Israel’s 51-day military assault, rebuilding has barely begun and the ongoing siege pushes the Strip closer to humanitarian crisis by Sarah Lazare (Common Dreams) – One year after Israel launched a military assault on Gaza that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians ...

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Many in US establishment want war with Russia for economic profits: Grossman


International lawyer Barry Grossman says there are people in the United States who are seeking a military conflict with Russia for their own economic profits. “There are many people in the US establishment who would be ecstatic about a shooting ...

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Police criticized for not suspending officer facing charges


Scotland Yard has been criticized for failing to suspend a police officer after he was charged with perjury over evidence he gave at the inquest into the death of a man in custody. Sgt Paul White, who gave evidence at ...

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Big Tech Does Not Speak for the Internet


Too often, media and policymakers take seriously the claim of government officials that secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) promote and protect “Internet freedom,” even though the traditional guardians of Internet freedom—users and innovators who rely on it—have ...

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Such a patriot – George W. Bush charged $100,000 for veterans charity speech


Former US president George W. Bush charged $100,000 to speak at a charity fundraising event in 2012 for US military veterans severely injured during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush was also provided with a private jet to travel ...

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Neocon war criminal Hillary Clinton wants your trust


US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has dismissed the idea that the American people do not see her honest and trustworthy to take the White House, insisting that they “should and do trust” her. “I have every confidence that during ...

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After 6-Year Tenure Not Prosecuting Banks, Eric Holder Returns ‘Home’ to Defend Them


Critics say new position of former attorney general, known for protecting big banks, is a dramatic example of the revolving door Sarah Lazare (Common Dreams) – Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s return this week to a high-level position at Covington ...

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WikiLeaks: NSA spies on 98 percent of Latin American countries


Founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks Julian Assange says the US National Security Agency intercepts almost all communications in the South American continent. “Ninety-eight percent of Latin American communications are intercepted by the NSA while passing through the United States to ...

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#BlockTheFactory: One Year After Gaza War, Protesters Shut Down Drone Plants


Four Israeli arms factories in UK and Australia shut down in Palestine solidarity action by Nadia Prupis (Common Dreams) – Marking the one-year anniversary of the 2014 attack on Gaza, protesters in the United Kingdom and Australia on Monday shut down four ...

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Iraqis do not trust US for military recruitment: Analyst


Former US congressional staffer Rodney Martin says the reason that the United States is having problems with “recruiting” forces to fight the ISIL terrorist group is that Iraqis do not trust Washington. “The United States is having problems, missing its ...

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TTIP in the EU: Rejecting Democracy at Every Turn


Polly Jones (Common Dreams) – After many twists and turns, MEPs decide today what sort of Transatlantic Trade and Investment deal (known as TTIP) they want the European Commission to negotiate on their behalf with the USA. Negotiations were launched with ...

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Barclays sacks chief executive Antony Jenkins in row over strategy


British multinational banking and financial services company, Barclays, has ousted its chief executive Antony Jenkins. Antony Jenkins was fired after a long running disagreement with the board over how the bank should be run. It is thought the board were ...

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Doctors with child porn, drug dealing convictions still allowed to practice


More than 1,000 doctors convicted for a range of criminal offences, including possession of child pornography and drug dealing, are still being allowed to practice medicine in the UK, an investigation has revealed. Some doctors have committed crimes such as ...

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Britain marks 10th anniversary of 7/7 bombings


As Britons mark the 10th anniversary of London bombing, rights activists say the deepening plight of British Muslims has gone unnoticed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. A minute of silence was observed in the UK to mark the ...

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One year on – Marijuana legalization has actually improved Washington State


As several states consider marijuana legalization initiatives, all eyes are on the initial outcomes of Washington’s marijuana law. In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first two states to pass laws taxing and regulating marijuana. Wednesday will mark the one-year ...

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A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for the Zionist war machine


International lawyer Barry Grossman believes that voting for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton means voting for “the Israeli hard right and the US war machine.” Grossman made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday when asked about Clinton’s ...

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Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they are expected to die


The terminally ill claiming state benefits in Britain are being asked their expected time of death, according to the elected chairman of the work and pensions select committee. Frank Field, who has contacted the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan ...

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The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer


The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths. The result will be good for their shareholders and executives, but bad for the rest of ...

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US Republican candidates guarantee WWIII: Former CIA contractor


Republican presidential candidates do guarantee a third world war by losing the White House to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, says a former CIA contractor. “It’s just amazing what’s coming out of the Republicans, the GOP’s mouth that’s almost like they ...

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Protest near Birmingham ‘closes factory for Israel drones’


A pro-Palestinian demonstration in the UK has shut down a factory near Birmingham, which makes drones for Israel, reports say. Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists along with other protesters rallied around the UAV Engines plant at Shenstone, near Lichfield, north of Birmingham ...

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Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State


Our national conversation on race and crime is based on a fiction. It is the fiction that the organs of internal security, especially the judiciary and the police, can be adjusted, modernized or professionalized to make possible a post-racial America. ...

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​High Court: 100s of asylum seekers, torture victims CAN sue UK govt for illegal detention


A landmark High Court ruling has paved the way for hundreds of torture victims who were illegally detained by the British government to sue the state for damages. Asylum seekers who were forced to flee sexual violence and torture in ...

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US mass killings may be contagious: Study


A new study has found that mass killings in the United States may be contagious as there is an increase in the likelihood of a new shooting after each deadly tragedy in the US. The findings published in the journal ...

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Met failing to protect children online


UK police is facing a massive challenge in protecting children online. The Metropolitan Police’s commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said, police are only “skimming the surface” in this area. Hogan-Howe went further adding that there are real logistical problems when it ...

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WikiLeaks: US Bugged More Than Two Dozen Brazilian Leaders


New spy revelations ‘likely to reinvigorate tensions,’ says The Intercept, which co-published list of targets Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams) – Just days after Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s official working visit to the United States, during which she and President Barack Obama ...

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Young students “mental breakdown” over UK exams


Young students, aged 10 and 11, are going in to “complete meltdown” over exams in the UK Children as young as 10  are suffering from stress, anxiety and mental health problems as they go in to “complete meltdown” over exams ...

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Fewer people in US proud to be American: Poll


Fewer people in the United States consider themselves to be “extremely proud” to be an American compared to a decade ago, according to a new survey. While most people – 54 percent – consider themselves “extremely proud” to be American, ...

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Memo to Media: Ask Trump If He’s a ‘Serial Racist’


Jeff Cohen (Common Dreams) – It’s easy to laugh off Donald Trump’s fact-free comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists. And easy to poke fun, as Jon Stewart did, at Trump’s grudging admission that some Mexican immigrants might be “good people.” But ...

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British patients to be fined for missing NHS appointments


The government is planning to take action to ensure people take responsibility for the precious NHS resources by charging patients for missing their appointments. However, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt said that although the government favours this idea and has ...

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Somalia is home to two secret US drone bases – report


Up to 120 US military personnel are operating out of two secret drone bases in Somalia, carrying out attacks on Al-Shabab militants and working with African Union peacekeepers, a new report has revealed. Somali officials have confirmed a secretive US ...

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TISA Leaks Part Deux: More Evidence of Concerted Attack on Democracy

The Trade in Services Agreement "responds to major corporate lobbies’ desire to deregulate services," says global trade expert. (Photo: GGAADD/flickr/cc)

A WikiLeaks analysis shows how 52-nation Trade in Services Agreement threatens both net neutrality and personal data privacy Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams) – One day after it leaked a trove of documents related to the massive, pro-corporate Trade in Services Agreement ...

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Israel Continues to Cripple Gaza with its Sea Blockade


Governments should support brave humanitarian voyagers and back their play in future. Welcome to the latest chapter in a long tale of unspeakable cruelty. Israel’s military are once more raiding mercy ships on the high seas in an effort to ...

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Antidepressants Don’t Work as Advertised


By Dr. Mercola Depression and other mental health problems are at epidemic levels judging by the number of antidepressants prescribed each year. According to CDC data,1 one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 report some form of depression, ...

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Neil Young invites Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir to Open for ‘The Monsanto Years’ Show


Sharing their opposition to Monsanto and Starbucks and Walmart, Reverend Billy and the 40 singing-activists join forces with the radicalized rocker on Tuesday, July 21, at Jones Beach Theater in New York. Accompanying Neil Young is the band “Promise of ...

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Will US Government Be Made to Answer for Fueling Yemen’s Approaching Famine?


UN official warns country of 26 million ‘one step’ from mass starvation (Common Dreams) – With Yemen on the verge of famine, and civilians paying a devastating toll in the relentless Saudi-led bombing campaign, one key question emerges: Will the U.S. ...

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Child sex abuse investigations ‘inadequate’ – police watchdog


Police investigations into allegations of historical child sex abuse have been branded “inadequate” in a new report, which claims more than one-third of such inquiries are substandard. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s latest report found the police response to 38 ...

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​Thatcher govt didn’t oppose Saddam’s chemical weapons program, declassified papers show


As Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was building up its chemical weapons arsenal with the help of a British firm, Margaret Thatcher’s government decided not to oppose it, fearing that otherwise it would be subjected to criticism. In the 1980s Iraq, ...

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Is Coke Illegally Claiming ‘Diet’ Soda is a Treatment for Obesity?

Stock picture of a can of Diet Coke, August 6h 2007.
Credit: Susannah Ireland / The Times

WASHINGTON – U.S. Right to Know, a consumer advocacy group, sent a letter today to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), asking it to stop the Coca-Cola Company from making apparently illegal claims that its artificially sweetened sodas prevent, ...

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A Short History of the Neocon ‘Clean Break’


To understand today’s crises in Iraq, Syria, and Iran one must grasp their shared Lebanese connection. This assertion may seem odd. After all, what’s the big deal about Lebanon? That little country hasn’t had top headlines since Israel deigned to ...

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BP to pay $18.7bn to US over oil spill


Five US states and the federal government will receive $18.7 billion in fines from BP over the damage caused by the great spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. BP agreed on Thursday to pay the fines to settle ...

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Greece: No to Austerity, Yes to Democracy


The people of Greece are at a critical moment as the country teeters on the verge of financial default. This is a clear case of the people against global banks and financial institutions. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy ...

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Police criticized for poor handling of child abuse investigation


Some analysts blame the British police for deliberately mismanaging child sexual abuse cases after a recent report found that about 38% of their investigations were inadequate. “In many cases, children are rarely believed when they report to the police. It is clear from ...

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Clinton campaign calls Benghazi panel a ‘charade’


Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign has denounced the House Select Committee on the 2012 Benghazi attack as a “charade.” In a video released on Wednesday, the Clinton campaign accuses the committee and its Republican chairman of wasting taxpayer ...

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The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything


The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries.  It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet.  So it’s hardly surprising, when ...

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‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?’


Amy Goodman (Common Dreams) – “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to ...

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Cuban embassy a ‘slap in the face’ of Israel: GOP senator


Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says the Obama administration’s decision to reopen the US embassy in the Cuban capital, Havana, is a “slap in the face” of Israel. The senator from Texas made the remarks on Wednesday night, hours after President ...

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British govt. scraps target for child poverty eradication ahead of tax credits cut


The British government has announced plan to scrap measures aimed at eradicating 2020 child poverty target before the cut in tax credits. The official measure has so far defined that a child is being considered in poverty if it is in a household ...

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US income inequality continued to soar in 2014

600 rich poor mSeattle flickr

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Andre Damon Income inequality in the United States continued to grow in 2014, according to updated figures released last week by University of California, Berkeley economist ...

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Legalized Torture: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cruel Lethal Injections


The question of whether we, as a nation, should have the death penalty is often framed around whether or not a particular defendant deserves to die. As prominent scholars in this field have pointed out, the real question may be: ...

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US church votes to boycott Israel over occupation of Palestine


One of the largest Christian Protestant denominations in the United States has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. The United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to boycott products from Israeli ...

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Organic Under Attack: Report Exposes Big Food’s Tobacco-Style PR Blitz


Food and chemical companies are spending hundreds of millions to spread false information about the safety of pesticides, GMOs, and antibiotics in food (Common Dreams) – Remember that recent blog post you read about the popularity of genetically modified foods? Or ...

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Damning New Analysis Reveals Deadly Lack of Police Training on Mental Illness


‘On average, police shot and killed someone who was in mental crisis every 36 hours in the first six months of this year,’ reveals Washington Post (Common Dreams) – One quarter of the men and women shot and killed by police ...

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Thousands rally in austerity demonstration in Athens

A section of the Yes campaign demonstration

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier In Athens’ main Syntagma Square, more than 10,000 people gathered Tuesday evening to call for a “Yes” vote in Sunday’s referendum ...

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Growing momentum in US to Isolate Israel: Researcher


The growing movement in the United States to isolate Israel is an effective strategy to force the “fascist” regime to retreat from occupied Palestinian territories, according to a researcher in South Africa. The European fascism that flourished during World War ...

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