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Filmmaker Laura Poitras Sues US Over ‘Kafkaesque’ Harassment

Filmmaker Laura Poitras Sues US Over ‘Kafkaesque’ Harassment

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras on Monday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. intelligence agencies for subjecting her to what she called “Kafkaesque” harassment at airports throughout the U.S. and the world on dozens of occasions. Poitras, who won […]

Fast Track Derailed? House Deals Blow to Corporate-Friendly Trade Agenda

Fast Track Derailed? House Deals Blow to Corporate-Friendly Trade Agenda

Published on Friday, June 12, 2015 by Common Dreams, by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Though it wasn’t the resounding rejection progressives had hoped for, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday dealt a serious blow to President Barack Obama’s corporate-backed trade agenda, while erecting a major stumbling block for proponents of Fast Track, or trade promotion authority. After a […]

FBI Operating Mysterious Surveillance Flights in US: Investigation

FBI Operating Mysterious Surveillance Flights in US: Investigation

Published on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is flying small planes equipped with video and cellphone surveillance technology around the country and hiding their activities behind fictitious business fronts, the Associated Press revealed on Tuesday. In its investigation, the AP found that the agency operated flights […]

By Banning Fracking Bans, Texas Picks Gas Drillers over Local Democracy

By Banning Fracking Bans, Texas Picks Gas Drillers over Local Democracy

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer In what environmental campaigners and the people of the small town of Denton, Texas are calling a clear example of fossil fuel interests trumping the will of local residents, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed HB 40 into law thereby undermining a local ordinance, […]

Governments Giving Fossil Fuel Companies $10 Million a Minute: IMF

Governments Giving Fossil Fuel Companies $10 Million a Minute: IMF

Published on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer The fossil fuel industry receives $5.3 trillion a year in government subsidies, despite its disastrous toll on the environment, human health, and other global inequality issues, a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published Monday has found. That means that governments worldwide are […]

FBI Spied ‘Beyond Its Authority’ on Keystone XL Opponents

FBI Spied ‘Beyond Its Authority’ on Keystone XL Opponents

Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) broke its own internal rules when it spied on Keystone XL opponents in Texas, violating guidelines designed to prevent the agency from becoming overly involved in complex political issues, a new report by the Guardian andEarth Island Journal published Tuesday […]

After NSA Ruling, Congress at Odds Over Mass Surveillance

After NSA Ruling, Congress at Odds Over Mass Surveillance

Published on Friday, May 08, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer In the wake of Thursday’s federal court ruling that the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass data collection program is illegal, officials in Congress have been left at odds over surveillance reform. In the remaining six days of the legislative session, some Senate Republicans are rushing to […]

Big and Small, Near and Far… The Drones Are Coming

Big and Small, Near and Far… The Drones Are Coming

Published on Tuesday, May 05, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Near and far… the proliferation of drones is coming. With the Federal Aviation Administration facing pressure from corporate interests and drone manufacturers to make room in the skies over the United States, the push for industry-friendly regulations is now in full gear. Meanwhile, foreign governments are […]

Sen. Warren Backs Plan for Working Families To Overthrow Corporate Rule

Sen. Warren Backs Plan for Working Families To Overthrow Corporate Rule

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday told a packed crowd of progressive labor activists and community organizers that she agrees with their new demand of “putting families first and good jobs for all“—because while “big bank, powerful corporations, and billionaires” are “doing just fine,” it remains […]

Bernie Sanders Is Running and Says, ‘People Should Not Underestimate Me’

Bernie Sanders Is Running and Says, ‘People Should Not Underestimate Me’

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Making official what was initially reported on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders has told theAssociated Press: “I am running for president.” In an interview with the news agency, Sanders jumped right into a discussion about his populist mindset and progressive agenda while issuing an additional message for […]

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