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Organic Farmers Score New Victory in ‘David and Goliath’ GMO Fight

Organic Farmers Score New Victory in ‘David and Goliath’ GMO Fight

Published on Tuesday, January 05, 2016 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Organic farmers are racking up new victories in the fight against ‘franken-food’, as a growing number of counties line up to bar genetically engineered (GE) crop cultivation throughout the country. A federal judge in Jackson County, Oregon recently upheld a consent decree that designates the […]

‘Unlawful Pollution’: Volkswagen Charged With Crimes Against Climate

‘Unlawful Pollution’: Volkswagen Charged With Crimes Against Climate

Published on Monday, January 04, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday filed suit against Volkswagen, charging that the German auto-maker deliberately rigged cars to cheat emissions tests resulting in potentially millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions and untold damage to the atmosphere. The civil suit, filed on behalf […]

Media Coverage of Oregon Militia Standoff Raises Eyebrows — and Ire

Media Coverage of Oregon Militia Standoff Raises Eyebrows — and Ire

Published on Sunday, January 03, 2016 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer After members of a rightwing militia—many armed with assault rifles—seized the headquarters of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Saturday afternoon, observers questioned the corporate media’s treatment of the event, pointing to a double standard in coverage compared to other recent protests. The Oregonian […]

Reasons to Celebrate: Key Progressive Gains in 2015

Reasons to Celebrate: Key Progressive Gains in 2015

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer As the year draws to a close, it’s worth noting a handful of progressive gains that people-power made possible: Feelin’ the Bern Despite the lack of coverage in corporate media about the Vermont Independent and his presidential bit, Sen. Bernie Sanders and his call for […]

By Sharing Prosperity Most Evenly, Norway Wins Again

By Sharing Prosperity Most Evenly, Norway Wins Again

Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer For the 12th year in a row, Norway has earned the honor of being listed as the best country in the world to live. The ranking appears in the United Nations Development Programme’s 2015 Human Development Report. The agency uses the Human Development Index (HDI) […]

Climate Change Driving ‘Profound’ Shift in Arctic Ecosystem

Climate Change Driving ‘Profound’ Shift in Arctic Ecosystem

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer The 2015 report card compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and released Tuesday comes to a disturbing conclusion: record highs in air temperatures, and lows in peak ice, reveal that—for the marine ecosystem—climate change is already “profound.” “Changes in sea ice alone […]

Sanders’ Climate Revolution Would Cut 80% of Emissions by 2050

Sanders’ Climate Revolution Would Cut 80% of Emissions by 2050

Published on Monday, December 07, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer  A national energy policy that prioritizes the health and well-being of people and planet above the profits of the fossil fuel industry is what voters can expect should Sen. Bernie Sanders be elected President of the United States next year, according to the candidate, who […]

To Lift Quality of Life and Economy, Finland Champions Universal Basic Income

To Lift Quality of Life and Economy, Finland Champions Universal Basic Income

Published on Sunday, December 06, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer As a way to improve living standards and boosts its economy, the nation of Finland ismoving closer towards offering all of its adult citizens a basic permanent income of approximately 800 euros per month. “Basic income would increase everybody’s capacity to cope with financial shocks […]

Economist Has Convincing Theory on How Extreme Inequality Creates Extremist Violence

Economist Has Convincing Theory on How Extreme Inequality Creates Extremist Violence

Published on Monday, November 30, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Influential French economist Thomas Piketty is raising important questions this week after positing a theory that the rise of the Islamic State (or ISIS) can be attributed, at least in part, to extreme regional inequality in the Middle East fueled largely by oil wealth. Piketty […]

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Pope Francis warned on Wednesday that the world is facing a “grave environmental crisis” and spoke of the intersection between social justice and the protection of nature. The pontiff’s comments, made in the Kenyan capital at the start of his first visit to the continent, […]