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‘Today Is THE Day’ as FCC Readies Historic Vote on Net Neutrality

‘Today Is THE Day’ as FCC Readies Historic Vote on Net Neutrality

Published on Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Updated (11:55 AM EST): The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, in a 3-2 vote, approved the reclassification of the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act. “Fast lanes will not divide the internet into haves and have-nots,” announced FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler during remarks […]

Snowden Document Reveals Huge Scope of Canada’s Domestic Surveillance

Snowden Document Reveals Huge Scope of Canada’s Domestic Surveillance

Published on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Canada’s electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), collects millions of emails and other information from its citizens and stores them for “days to months,” according to a document leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and revealed by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept […]

Get Used to It: DOT Predicts Oil Train Derailments Will Be Commonplace Over Next Two Decades

Get Used to It: DOT Predicts Oil Train Derailments Will Be Commonplace Over Next Two Decades

Published on Monday, February 23, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer According to federal authorities’ own predictions, potentially deadly oil train accidents are likely to be commonplace in the United States over the next two decades, with derailments expected to occur an average of 10 times a year, costing billions of dollars in damage, and putting […]

In ‘Tragic’ Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking

In ‘Tragic’ Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking

Published on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer In a blow to anti-fracking campaigners across the state, the Ohio Supreme Court said this week that the authority to regulate oil and gas drilling activities—and therefore, to ban fracking within municipal borders—lies with the state as opposed to cities, towns, or counties. As the […]

In Deadly Industry, US Oil Workers’ Historic Strike for Safety Spreads to More Plants

In Deadly Industry, US Oil Workers’ Historic Strike for Safety Spreads to More Plants

Published on Sunday, February 08, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer The biggest U.S. oil workers’ strike in more than three decades just grew even larger, with two mid-western BP plants joining in the work stoppage to demand basic health and safety protections from some of the world’s most powerful fossil fuel corporations. The United Steelworkers […]

Faulting EPA, Green Leaders Warn Obama: Bees Running Out of Time

Faulting EPA, Green Leaders Warn Obama: Bees Running Out of Time

Published on Thursday, February 05, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer They speak for the bees. In a letter destined for President Obama on Thursday, eleven of the nation’s top environmental and public health advocacy groups, representing millions of Americans, are demanding the administration take much stronger and swifter action to end the perilous situation of […]

As Jordan and ISIS Exchange Executions, Folly of US “War on Terror” Looms

As Jordan and ISIS Exchange Executions, Folly of US “War on Terror” Looms

Published on Wednesday, February 04, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer The Jordanian government has confirmed the execution of two jailed Iraqis, both accused of being jihadist militants who planned or participated in attacks within Jordan, in retaliation for the execution by the Islamic State of a captured Jordanian pilot whose death was shown in a […]

Google Draws Wikileaks’ Ire for Secretly Providing Private Email Data to DOJ

Google Draws Wikileaks’ Ire for Secretly Providing Private Email Data to DOJ

Published on Monday, January 26, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer In what non-profit media organization Wikileaks is calling a “horrifying precedent for press freedoms,” internet giant Google has confirmed it complied with a request by the U.S. government to hand over the complete content and data attached to email accounts belonging to three Wikileaks staffers […]

Oregon Tax System Does Better Job Than Most in Not Worsening Income Inequality

Oregon Tax System Does Better Job Than Most in Not Worsening Income Inequality

Published by Oregon Center for Public Policy Every state tax system in the country makes income inequality worse, but Oregon’s tax system does so less than most, according to a report released today by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). Oregon’s tax system is one of the nation’s least regressive, due […]

‘Seedy Business’: New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry’s High-Cost PR Machine

‘Seedy Business’: New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry’s High-Cost PR Machine

Published on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer What exactly is the agrichemical industry hiding with its high-cost public relations and lobbying efforts to convince the U.S. public that genetically modified organisms and pesticides are safe? According to a just-released study by the newly-formed nonprofit organization U.S. Right to Know, the answer is: […]

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