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Press Call Thursday: Digital Rights and Progressive Groups Collect Hundreds of Thousands of Petition Signatures Calling on Democratic Leader Pelosi to Publicly Oppose TPP Lame-Duck Vote

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 6 July 2016 - 11:17am
OpenMedia

WHAT: A coalition of major digital rights and progressive organizations from OpenMedia and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to Daily Kos,  Demand Progress, and Corporate Accountability International

have collected hundreds of thousands of petition signatures calling on Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi to publicly declare her opposition to a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Democracy Now! 2016-07-06 miércoles en español

Democracy Now (En Espanol) - 6 July 2016 - 9:00am
Democracy Now! 6 de Julio de 2016
  • FBI: Clinton fue “sumamente descuidada”, pero no se recomiendan cargos por el uso de correo electrónico privado
  • Donald Trump: Resultados de la investigación del correo electrónico de Clinton demuestran que el sistema está “manipulado”
  • Obama y Clinton enfrentan protestas en Carolina del Norte por redadas del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas
  • Hillary Clinton fue abucheada por maestros tras comentario sobre escuelas chárter
  • Empleada judía del yerno de Trump reclama que se condene el antisemitismo
  • Irak: Informe Chilcot fue dado a conocer; ministro del Interior iraquí renuncia tras atentados del fin de semana
  • Yemen: Diez soldados mueren en atentado suicida
  • Sudáfrica: Juez sentencia a Oscar Pistorius a seis años de prisión por asesinato
  • Louisiana: Estallan protestas por la muerte de Alton Sterling a causa de disparos de la policía
  • Nueva York inicia investigación en torno a disparos mortales efectuados por un agente que no se encontraba de servicio
  • Baltimore: Revés en juicio del tercer agente acusado de la muerte de Freddie Gray
  • Falleció el galardonado cineasta iraní Abbas Kiarostami

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Environmental Groups Head to Court Over Pollinator-Killing Pesticides

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 6 July 2016 - 8:01am
Ecojustice

Environmental groups are headed to court in a bid to protect pollinators from a harmful class of pesticides.

The David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada, Ontario Nature and the Wilderness Committee have been tracking the scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid pesticides and pollinator deaths. Now, they say it’s time for Canada to stop ignoring the risks.

Ecojustice lawyers representing the groups argue that a number of pesticides containing two neonicotinoid active ingredients (Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam) are unlawfully registered in Canada.

Four issues driving the CUPW and Canada Post negotiations

Rabble.ca/ - 6 July 2016 - 7:44am
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 While pay equity and pensions are front of mind during this round of bargaining, the Canada Post labour dispute has roots that stretch back years.

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In a few short days, Canada Post workers may be locked out by their employer.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents 50,000 workers, and Canada Post have been negotiating since November over a new collective agreement, without any sign that they are close to ending negotiations.

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Over 70 Groups Urge Rep. Chaffetz to Cancel Hearing on Anti-LGBT Legislation Scheduled a Month After Orlando Shooting

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 6 July 2016 - 7:24am
ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union and over 70 national, state and local groups sent a letter today to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) urging him to cancel a hearing on a bill that would allow taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, women, and others.

Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has scheduled the hearing on the “First Amendment Defense Act” for July 12, the one month anniversary of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Facilitator's Report hands over Halifax parkland to developers, no objections permitted

Rabble.ca/ - 6 July 2016 - 7:18am

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If you failed to submit written objections to Judge Heather Robertson's "Facilitator's Report" on proposed Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Regional Park boundaries by 3 p.m., Monday, July 4, forget it. If your written objections ran to over three pages and you failed to submit 35 copies, no one will read them.

No matter.

It was too late before it was too late.

Let's rewind.

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Digital media creates tumultuous environment for Canadian politics

Rabble.ca/ - 6 July 2016 - 6:46am
July 7, 2016

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Society is undergoing profound change brought about by advances in communications technology. The transformative effects of digital media are being felt throughout journalism, an important democratic institution that citizens depend on to monitor government and the behaviour of political elites.

The news media landscape is changing. Rapidly. As digital media brings much good to the citizens how are the political elites using it to control the message?

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Death of Northern Gateway a Reminder That Tar Sands Pipelines Are Not Inevitable

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 6 July 2016 - 6:45am
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)Late last week, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal put the final nail in the coffin of the controversial proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. The court overturned the approval of the project on the basis that the Canadian government, under the previous Prime Minister Stephen Harper, did not properly consult with First Nations along the pipeline’s proposed route.

Statement on the Chilcot Report by the Iraqi Transnational Collective - London Chapter

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 6 July 2016 - 6:07am
Iraqi Transnational Collective

While the Iraq War ended the brutal Ba’ath dictatorship, it unleashed a whole host of other forces on the country which have contributed significantly to the dire situation on the ground today. The Chilcot Report published today presents a scathing, although at times inconsistent, indictment of the Blair government in relation to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Its findings are limited however, by its own remit, never intended to discuss criminal or civil liability on the part of Blair, Straw and their principle spin doctor Alastair Campbell among others.

Learning for today from working-class history

Rabble.ca/ - 6 July 2016 - 6:00am
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On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with York University labour historian Craig Heron about his multiple award-winning book Lunch-Bucket Lives: Remaking the Workers' City (Between the Lines, 2015), and about what movements today can gain from paying attention to the past.

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Analysis: Leased Fossil Fuels on Public Lands, Oceans Will Be Producing Decades Beyond Paris Climate Targets

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 6 July 2016 - 5:22am
Center for Biological Diversity

new analysis finds that coal, oil and gas already under lease on public lands and oceans in the United States will last far beyond the point scientists predict the world will exceed the temperature targets set out in the global climate agreement that was reached in Paris.

Democracy Now! 2016-07-06 Wednesday

Democracy Now (English) - 6 July 2016 - 5:00am
Democracy Now! 2016-07-06 Wednesday
  • Headlines for July 06, 2016
  • Iraqi Exile: U.K. Iraq Inquiry Confirms the War Was Based on a Lie
  • Tariq Ali on Chilcot Iraq Report: Tony Blair is a War Criminal for Pushing Us into Illegal War
  • Tariq Ramadan: Iraq War Waged for U.S. Economic Interests Has Destabilized All of Middle East
  • Tariq Ramadan on Medina Bombings: Saudi Regime is Not a Victim But Perpetrator of Regional Violence
  • U.S. Policies Have Not Changed: Banned Under Bush, Tariq Ramadan Speaks Out Against Obama & Clinton
  • After Siege of Dhaka Restaurant Kills 20, Bangladesh Confronts Threat to Secular Traditions

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Cue the crickets: Where are the media warnings Canada Post bosses are 'holding the country to ransom'?

Rabble.ca/ - 5 July 2016 - 10:30pm

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It's funny, you know, but there doesn't seem to have been a single mainstream media news story accusing Canada Post management of "holding the country to ransom" with the 72-hour lockout notice they filed Monday that could bring Canada's postal system to its knees by the end of the week.

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Down goes Northern Gateway

Rabble.ca/ - 5 July 2016 - 5:56pm
Down goes Northern Gateway

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Canada ranks second on the Social Progress Index but we fall down on environmental protections. Our top story is the monumental reversal of the federal government's approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline for it's failure to consult with first nations on the proposal.

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Dark earth could herald a bright future for agriculture and climate

Rabble.ca/ - 5 July 2016 - 3:34pm

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Feeding more than seven billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity while starvation is rampant elsewhere shows part of the problem revolves around distribution and social equity. But agricultural methods pose some of the biggest challenges.

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Blair Braverman talks dog-sledding and navigating male dominance on a glacier

Rabble.ca/ - 5 July 2016 - 3:24pm
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A guide to keeping the digital juice alive on vacation

Rabble.ca/ - 5 July 2016 - 1:25pm
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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Summer is a time when many of us head to mountains, woodlands and seasides hoping to unwind and recharge. But when we head out on vacation with our smartphones, tablets, cameras and radios we find recharging them daily more challenging than keeping deer flies at bay.

So, here's my advice about how to cope.

When we head out on vacation with our smartphones, tablets, cameras and radios we find recharging them daily more challenging than keeping deer flies at bay. Here's advice about how to cope.

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Largest Peace Organization Endorses Feingold for Senate

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 5 July 2016 - 12:35pm
Peace Action

Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, endorsed Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.

“Peace Action has long taken a stand against the kind of rhetoric that drives fear, anger, and violence in our communities. I look forward to working alongside them to reduce threats to peace and ensure economic justice here in Wisconsin and across the world,” said former Senator Russ Feingold of the endorsement.

Agreement: Monarch Butterfly to Get Endangered Species Act Protection Decision by 2019

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 5 July 2016 - 11:36am
Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now legally bound to determine whether to protect imperiled monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act, according to the terms of an agreement reached today with conservation groups. The agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety requires the agency to decide by June 2019 whether the butterflies will receive federal protection.

Handouts to Manufacturers Will Not Curb Opioid Abuse Epidemic

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 5 July 2016 - 11:32am
Public Citizen

A provision tucked into a U.S. House of Representatives bill to address opioid addiction is nothing but an expensive handout to the pharmaceutical industry that will do little to address the epidemic, Public Citizen said in a letter to Congress.

Lawmakers in the conference committee for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 6, for the first time to discuss the bill.

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