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MI6 Rendition Victims ‘Lose Faith in British Justice’ After CPS Decision

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:07

A family who were rendered to Gaddafi’s Libya in a joint MI6-CIA operation have spoken of their disappointment at a decision by British prosecutors, announced yesterday, not to bring charges against UK officials implicated in their kidnapping.

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CAIR Seeks Stepped-Up Protection for NC Mosque After Hate Incident

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:05
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to step up patrols in the area of a North Carolina mosque following an incident in which a man was arrested after he reportedly attempted to desecrate the house of worship and threatened its worshipers.

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House Passes Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Legislation

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:04
Jubilee USA Network

The House passed Puerto Rico debt crisis legislation 297-127. The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act now heads to the US Senate for approval.

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Democracy Diminished: LDF Releases Report on State and Local Threats to Voting Rights Three Years After Landmark Shelby County Decision

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:36

Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), released a report titled, Democracy Diminished: State and Local Threats to Voting Post-Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder (Shelby County), a detailed collection of state, county, and local voting changes — proposed or implemented — during the past three years since the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

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Money in Politics is an Urgent Civil Rights Issue: New Report, Multimedia Project, and Event

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:24
Brennan Center for Justice

The increasingly dominant role of mega-donors in funding American elections has reached a tipping point, further marginalizing those who are not independently wealthy or do not have access to wealthy donors — particularly women, communities of color, and underserved communities, according to a new project from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

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Public Education Effort Kicks Off for 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Energy

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 08:27
Environment America

Environment America Research & Policy Center will deploy hundreds of door-knockers this summer in a multi-million-dollar effort to educate Americans about the possibility of 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
Based in campaign offices in 19 states and the District of Columbia, canvassers will distribute literature to more than 1.3 million households, showing that the country has both the tools and the imperative to transition entirely off dirty fuels to clean sources such as wind and solar.

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Oceana Applauds New Bipartisan Letter to President Obama Aimed at Protecting Atlantic Ocean from Seismic Airgun Blasting

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 08:22

Today, a new bipartisan letter signed by XX Members of Congress, led by Reps. Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), sent a bi-partisan letter to President Obama urging him to deny seismic airgun blasting permits for the Atlantic Ocean that are currently pending at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Seismic airgun blasting, which is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor, could cause widespread harm to whales, commercial fisheries, and other marine life.

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Whistleblower: EPA Official Covered Up Methane Leakage Problems across US Natural Gas Industry — News Release from NC WARN

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 06:51

A watchdog group today charged that a high-ranking federal official connected to the fossil fuel industry committed scientific fraud and possibly criminal misconduct in a case with sweeping ramifications for global climate change and the safety of workers and neighbors of natural gas sites across much of the United States. The group called for an expedited investigation due to the urgent climate and safety implications of the EPA’s failure to curb widespread methane emissions.

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UK was Involved in Libyan Torture Flights and Politicians Knew, Say British Prosecutors

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 06:39

UK Government prosecutors investigating the kidnap and ‘rendition’ of two families to Libya by MI6 and the CIA have today announced their conclusions that a senior British intelligence official was involved in the operation and had – to a limited extent – sought political approval for it.

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FBI is “Cooking Up” Cases Against Muslims

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 12:05
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

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Executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation, she said this afternoon: “The New York Times reported today that the FBI has increased its use of sting operations in ISIS cases. To be clear, this is not a new tactic.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Forest Service's Failure to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads From Grazing

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 12:02
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S.

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TODAY: Elected Officials, Community Members and Civil Rights Groups Demand Racial Equity in New York's Response to the Heroin and Opioid Crisis

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 12:00
Drug Policy Alliance

Today, elected officials, community members, civil rights and legal advocates, and drug policy reformers joined together to call for the inclusion of communities of color in Albany’s response to heroin and opioids. In the midst of the opioid crisis, lawmakers and the media have increasingly highlighted strategies that treat drug use as a public health issue. But despite the rhetoric, the overwhelming emphasis of New York drug policy remains on criminalization, which is disproportionately focused on people of color.

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Repsol Oil Follows Shell’s Lead and Abandons Drilling Operations in the Chukchi Sea

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:56
Sierra Club

Yesterday, it was revealed that Repsol Oil has followed Shell Oil’s lead and relinquished its leases in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea. Of all the leases purchased as a part of the last Chukchi Lease Sale (Sale 193) only one remains--the well Shell abandoned in 2015.

In response, Director of Sierra Club’s Arctic Operations Dan Ritzman released the following statement:

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UN: Return Saudi-Led Coalition to ‘List of Shame’

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:54
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The United Nations secretary-general should immediately return the Saudi-led coalition to his “list of shame” for violations against children in Yemen, Human Rights Watch and 19 other organizations said today in a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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UK Minister ‘Passes Buck’ over Saudi Police Training During Westminster Debate

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:50

The government today refused to answer questions from MPs about its controversial police training programme with Saudi Arabia.

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Cowboy & Indian Alliance Plant "Seeds of Resistance" Ponca Corn in Paths of Atlantic Coast & Mountain Valley Fracked Gas Pipelines

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:47
Oil Change International

In a series of events this week, the "Cowboy and Indian Alliance" that defeated the Keystone XL pipeline traveled to meet landowners and Tribal Nations in Virginia and West Virginia and plant "Seeds of Resistance" of Ponca Sacred Corn on land that lies in the paths of the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked gas pipelines.

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Progress in Marine Protection Hampered by Rising Sea Pollution

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:38

On the occasion of World Oceans Day today, 8 June, Oceana warns of the detrimental impact rubbish dumping and waste pollution is having on the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. Such continued misuse of the world’s oceans as a dumping ground is hampering global conservation efforts to protect marine habitats and to restore depleted fish stocks. Oceana has witnessed the extent of ocean pollution in deep-sea areas during its many science-based expeditions at sea.

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Activists Deliver 90,000+ Petitions Calling on DNC to Add Fracking Ban to Party Platform

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:31
Food & Water Watch

A coalition of climate and environmental justice groups delivered over 90,000 petitions to the Democratic National Committee demanding that a ban on fracking be included in the party platform. The DNC platform committee is holding a public forum to receive input on this year’s platform today in Washington D.C. Petitions were collected and delivered by Food & Water Watch, Climate Hawks Vote, Environmental Action, Honor the Earth,, and

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