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Lampedusa One Year On: EU Still Failing to Deal with Migration Crisis as Death Toll Rises

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:41
Oxfam International

Despite 800 people drowning off Lampedusa in the Mediterranean on this day last year, Europe is still failing to deal effectively with the migration crisis. Vulnerable people seeking safety and dignity remain at risk of death, torture and exploitation as they try to reach and cross the Mediterranean to then face a legal limbo once in Europe, said Oxfam in a new report today, 'EU hotspots spread fear and doubt'.

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Columbia U Threatens to Suspend Students Over Divestment Sit in

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:34
Columbia Divest for Climate Justice

Email on 4/17 from Rules Administrator and Executive Vice President of Student Life, Suzanne Goldberg, to the 7 protestors remaining in Low:

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CETA: Canada's Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland Visits the European Union Trade Committee, Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow Will Respond

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:20
Council of Canadians

As CETA, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, heads into the final stretch, perhaps getting to the European Parliament this year, it is obvious that it will be a close vote. It is then no wonder that Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s trade minister is in Brussels, Wednesday, before the trade committee.

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SEIU’s Henry: Immigration Case Shows Why We Need Supreme Court at Full Strength

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:00
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on President Obama’s immigration executive actions: 

“Millions of American families know that President Obama’s DAPA and expanded DACA stand on the right side of justice. We have faith that justice will prevail over the politics of hate and the Supreme Court will rule in favor of these programs.

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Greece: Europe Must Shoulder the Burden for 46,000 Refugees and Migrants Trapped in Squalor

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 10:55
Amnesty International

With all eyes focused on the implementation of the recently agreed EU-Turkey deal, the plight of more than 46,000 refugees and migrants stuck in squalid conditions across mainland Greece, is in danger of being forgotten, said Amnesty International in a report released today.

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350.org Reacts to Blocked Oregon LNG Export Terminal as Senate Considers Energy Bill

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 10:50
350.org

In response to Oregon LNG withdrawing their proposal for the proposed Warrenton LNG export terminal, and the Senate moving forward an energy bill that would expedite LNG exports, 350.org’s U.S. Policy Director Jason Kowalski issued the following statement:

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350.org: “Sweden has to stop Vattenfall’s dirty deal”

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 09:14
350.org

Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall is expected to decide today to sell its lignite operations in Germany to Czech investor EPH and investment group PPF.

350.org Europe Team Leader Nicolò Wojewoda commented:

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Coup in Brazil?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 07:19
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

The New York Times reports: "Dilma Rousseff Is Impeached by Brazil’s Lower House of Congress," which states: "After three days of impassioned debate, the lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, voted to send the case against [President Dilma] Rousseff to the Senate.

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India: High Cost for Reporting in Chhattisgarh

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 06:43
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The Indian government should investigate allegations that journalists are being prosecuted for their reporting of the conflict in central Chhattisgarh state, Human Rights Watch said today. In late March 2016, the Editors Guild of India reported that the media in Chhattisgarh state was “working under tremendous pressure” brought by the authorities, Maoist rebels, and vigilante groups.

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Patriotic Millionaires’ Chair Slams The New Yorker On “Patriotic Philanthropy”

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 06:40
Patriotic Millionaires

Today, the Morris Pearl, Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires released a hard-hitting opinion in response to the New Yorker’s article, in which Pearl is quoted, entitled “The Billionaires’ Loophole.”

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AFL-CIO Stands with Brazilian Workers and their Defense of Democracy

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 13:34
AFL-CIO

The AFL-CIO vehemently rejects the effort to invalidate the progressive policies and achievements designed to build inclusive democracy in Brazil. We firmly support the democratic, pro-worker programs for social justice that have been pursued and administered with professionalism and success, lifting over 40 million people out of poverty.

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Hundreds Protest the Dirty Fossil Fuel Money Cycle that Corrupts our Democracy

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:58
Friends of the Earth

Hundreds will amass outside of the Capitol this Saturday, April 16th, to demand that our democracy be freed from the corruption of Big Oil, Big Gas, and Big Coal money in our political system. As the country's election year reaches full swing, Americans across all parties are demanding that Congress put an end to this dirty energy money cycle.

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Deportations of Refugees and Migrants from Greece Must be Halted as Fears of Human Rights Violations Grow

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:58
Oxfam International

Deportations of refugees and migrants from Greece to Turkey must be halted immediately and people wanting to seek asylum should not be kept in detention, said Oxfam, Norwegian Refugee Council and Solidarity Now today in Greece.

Refugees could be returned to Turkey without having had a proper asylum hearing or without receiving the necessary information about their legal rights, the aid agencies warn. Forced returns to Turkey were restarted after a pause last week.

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South Sudan: Government Must End Arbitrary Detentions by the Intelligence Agency

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:54
Amnesty International

The South Sudanese government must end arbitrary detentions by the intelligence agency under which dozens of men are being held in squalid conditions without charge or trial sometimes for months on end, said Amnesty International days before opposition leader Riek Machar is due to return to the capital Juba as part of a peace deal requiring the parties to the conflict to form a national unity government.

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Over 1,000 Leaders Worldwide Call for End to "Disastrous" Drug War, Ahead of UN Special Session

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:50
Drug Policy Alliance

On the eve of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem, world leaders and activists have signed a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to set the stage “for real reform of global drug control policy.”

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House Republican Bill Undermines Open Internet and Exposes Americans to Abuse from Cable and Phone Giants

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:42
Free Press

The House on Friday passed legislation introduced by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) that would limit the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to protect Internet users from abuses by broadband access companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

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Democratic Establishment Feeling the Heat on Fracking

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:35
Food & Water Watch

“Last night’s Democratic debate, like the previous debate, is a testament to the growing political power of the movement to ban fracking, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and move swiftly to clean energy.

“As the first national advocacy organization to join the grassroots groups and communities around the country calling for a ban on fracking, we at Food & Water Watch are pleased at all of the gains that have been made over the past five years, which is only possible thanks to activists taking strong, uncompromising positions.

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The Eldorado dos Carajás Massacre: 20 years of Impunity and Violence in Brazil

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:32
Amnesty International

Twenty years on from a brutal massacre of landless farm workers by Brazil’s military police, impunity persists for crimes committed against rural communities in the county -with 50 murders in 2015 making it the deadliest year in more than a decade, Amnesty International said today.

Since 19 landless farm workers were killed in the south-east of Pará state on 17 April 1996 – an incident which became known as the Eldorado dos Carajás massacre – more than 271 rural workers and leaders have been killed in Pará alone.

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Malawi: Murder of Baby with Albinism Highlights Failure to Protect Vulnerable Group

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:29
Amnesty International - USA

The horrific murder of a two-year-old girl with albinism highlights the failure by the Malawi’s authorities to adequately protect this vulnerable group, said Amnesty International following the discovery of her skull, teeth and the clothes she was wearing in Balantha Hill in Kasungu district.

The child, Whitney Chilumpha,had been missing since being abducted from her home whilst sleeping beside her mother in Chiziya village, Kasungu district, on 3 April. She is the twelfth person with albinism known to have been killed in Malawi since December 2014.

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Greenpeace Response to Downplaying of Clinton Fossil Fuel Money at Brooklyn Debate

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 05:53
Greenpeace

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred over the role of fossil fuel money in the election during tonight’s Brooklyn debate. Clinton downplayed the significance of the money from oil, gas and coal lobbyists. Greenpeace research has identified nearly $4.5 million donated to Clinton’s campaign and the Super PAC supporting her from the fossil fuel industry. Nearly $1.5 million comes from 59 fossil fuel lobbyists and bundlers.

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