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Pakistani High Court Orders Police to Investigate CIA Drone Strikes

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 06:01

A judge at the High Court in Islamabad, Pakistan, has ordered the Pakistani police to open a criminal investigation into the CIA’s involvement in a drone strike that killed three people, including a teenager, on December 31 2009.

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34 International Experts Weigh in On Mass Surveillance on Snowden Anniversary

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 03:37

Today, a group of over 400 organizations and experts, along with 350,000 individuals, continue to rally in support of the 13 International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (the Necessary and Proportionate Principles) a year to the day after Edward Snowden first revealed how governments are monitoring individuals on a massive scale.  The international experts who supported the Necessary and Proportionate Principles has issued a press release containing quotes from professionals weighing in on the need to end the mass surveillance.

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34 International Experts Weigh in On Mass Surveillance on Snowden Anniversary

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 03:37

Today, a group of over 400 organizations and experts, along with 350,000 individuals, continue to rally in support of the 13 International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (the Necessary and Proportionate Principles) a year to the day after Edward Snowden first revealed how governments are monitoring individuals on a massive scale.  The international experts who supported the Necessary and Proportionate Principles has issued a press release containing quotes from professionals weighing in on the need to end the mass surveillance.

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New Demos Report: Walmart's $6.6 Billion Outlay for Share Buybacks in 2013 Better Spent on Workers

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:01

In anticipation of the annual Walmart shareholders’ meeting this week, national public policy organization D?mos has released a 2014 update of previous research detailing how Walmart can afford to give its workers a raise by redirecting the funds spent annually on buying back shares of Walmart’s own company stock.

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New Demos Report: Walmart's $6.6 Billion Outlay for Share Buybacks in 2013 Better Spent on Workers

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:01

In anticipation of the annual Walmart shareholders’ meeting this week, national public policy organization D?mos has released a 2014 update of previous research detailing how Walmart can afford to give its workers a raise by redirecting the funds spent annually on buying back shares of Walmart’s own company stock.

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Statement on Obama's Proposal for Stricter Power Plant Regulations: Cutting Emissions Isn't Enough, We Must Also Sequester Carbon to Avert Climate Disaster

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:37

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal this week that some are heralding as the “boldest single step the U.S. has taken to fight global warming.”

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Statement on Obama's Proposal for Stricter Power Plant Regulations: Cutting Emissions Isn't Enough, We Must Also Sequester Carbon to Avert Climate Disaster

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:37

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal this week that some are heralding as the “boldest single step the U.S. has taken to fight global warming.”

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G7 Focuses on Ukraine and Global Financial Stability

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:35

The G7 is meeting in Brussels for its annual summit. Initially Russia planned to host the conference, but G7 leaders excluded Russia's participation over the crisis in Ukraine. In addition to the situation in the Ukraine, the agenda will feature conversations on debt restructuring, development and global financial stability.

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G7 Focuses on Ukraine and Global Financial Stability

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:35

The G7 is meeting in Brussels for its annual summit. Initially Russia planned to host the conference, but G7 leaders excluded Russia's participation over the crisis in Ukraine. In addition to the situation in the Ukraine, the agenda will feature conversations on debt restructuring, development and global financial stability.

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Groups Fight to Protect Endangered Species From Dangerous New Pesticide

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 14:15

Conservation and food safety groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to protect endangered species from a new, toxic pesticide called cyantraniliprole. EPA risked far-reaching harm to both aquatic and terrestrial species by approving the widespread use of this new pesticide in January without input from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries services.

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Groups Fight to Protect Endangered Species From Dangerous New Pesticide

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 14:15

Conservation and food safety groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to protect endangered species from a new, toxic pesticide called cyantraniliprole. EPA risked far-reaching harm to both aquatic and terrestrial species by approving the widespread use of this new pesticide in January without input from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries services.

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More Than 50 Organizations Urge Senate to Back Constitutional Amendment to Curb Campaign Spending

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 13:18

More than 50 groups representing an array of interests today called for the U.S. Senate to back a constitutional amendment that would help rein in out-of-control campaign spending.

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More Than 50 Organizations Urge Senate to Back Constitutional Amendment to Curb Campaign Spending

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 13:18

More than 50 groups representing an array of interests today called for the U.S. Senate to back a constitutional amendment that would help rein in out-of-control campaign spending.

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Advocates Release Report on Violations of Women’s Human Rights in Syria

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 10:45

MADRE and a coalition of international and Syrian women’s human rights groups have released a report on women’s human rights violations in Syria before and during the current war. These violations include sexual violence, torture and forced marriage, as well as women’s exclusion from peace negotiations and domestic political processes.

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Advocates Release Report on Violations of Women’s Human Rights in Syria

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 10:45

MADRE and a coalition of international and Syrian women’s human rights groups have released a report on women’s human rights violations in Syria before and during the current war. These violations include sexual violence, torture and forced marriage, as well as women’s exclusion from peace negotiations and domestic political processes.

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