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France Cancels Major Climate March, But Groups Say They Won’t Be Silenced

France Cancels Major Climate March, But Groups Say They Won’t Be Silenced

Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Update: The Prefecture of Police of Paris has reportedly cancelled a march planned for November 29 that organizers expected to draw at least 200,000 people, citing security concerns. Activists noted that other actions planned worldwide will still move forward. Nicolas Haeringer, French campaigner for climate […]

Seething With Anger, Probe Demanded into Exxon’s Unparalleled Climate Crime

Seething With Anger, Probe Demanded into Exxon’s Unparalleled Climate Crime

Published on Friday, October 30, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer A broad coalition of community groups along with prominent leaders from the nation’s top civil rights, environmental, and indigeneous people’s movements on Friday sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Justice demanding a federal investigation into allegations that oil giant ExxonMobil knew about […]

Calling Edward Snowden an ‘International Human Rights Defender,’ EU Resolution Calls for His Protection

Calling Edward Snowden an ‘International Human Rights Defender,’ EU Resolution Calls for His Protection

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday urging its nations to afford NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden protection. Passed by a 285 to 281 vote, the resolution calls on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent […]

Tip of Iceberg? EU Rules Against Sweetheart Tax Deals for Corporations

Tip of Iceberg? EU Rules Against Sweetheart Tax Deals for Corporations

Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Striking a blow against sweetheart tax deals that unfairly benefit large multinational corporations, the European Union ruled Wednesday that Starbucks and Fiat must repay up to 30 million euros ($34 million) each in tax breaks they received from EU nations. The decision is seen as […]

Justice Department Lets Giant Corporation Evade Prosecution for Deaths of Over 100 People

Justice Department Lets Giant Corporation Evade Prosecution for Deaths of Over 100 People

Published on Thursday, September 17, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The $900 million settlement General Motors reached with the Justice Department over its defective ignition switches is being criticized as “unconscionable” for holding no executives criminally accountable for actions that lead to the deaths of over 100 people. Reuters sums up the settlement: GM admitted […]

Battle Lines Form in California Over Ambitious Climate Change Bills

Battle Lines Form in California Over Ambitious Climate Change Bills

Published on Friday, August 28, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer California lawmakers are preparing to face off with the state’s powerful fossil fuel industry in a battle over two potentially groundbreaking climate change bills. The more contentious legislation in question, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (SB350), would increase California’s share of […]

Journalists Agree to Keep Mum on Conservative Donors at Koch Brothers Event

Journalists Agree to Keep Mum on Conservative Donors at Koch Brothers Event

Published on Sunday, August 02, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer In a rare move, journalists from a handful of major media outlets were granted access this weekend to a private and well-heeled gathering of Republican benefactors, sponsored by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, on one condition: that they do not name any of […]

European Mining Dispute Illustrates Risks of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals

European Mining Dispute Illustrates Risks of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals

Published on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Offering a stark warning of how corporate-friendly trade pacts like the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) put both democracy and the environment at risk, a Canadian company is seeking damages from Romania after being blocked from creating an open-pit gold mine over citizen concerns. […]

For-Profit Prison Accused of Subjecting Juveniles to ‘Disgraceful’ Conditions

For-Profit Prison Accused of Subjecting Juveniles to ‘Disgraceful’ Conditions

Published on Monday, July 27, 2015 by Common Dreams, by Sarah Lazare, staff writer A for-profit British private security firm whose human rights abuses have been documented around the world, from Israel to South Africa to the United Kingdom, stands accused by a grand jury of operating a horrific juvenile detention center in Florida where conditions are so poor, and […]

Smashing All Previous Records, 2015 on Track to Be Hottest Year Yet

Smashing All Previous Records, 2015 on Track to Be Hottest Year Yet

Published on Monday, July 20, 2015 by Common Dreams, by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The planet Earth, with mankind’s help, is leap-frogging into sweltering new territory. With the monthly update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) out Monday, three of the world’s official climate reporting agencies agree that June 2015 was the hottest on record, and that this […]

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