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Impunity, Excessive Force and Links to Extremist Golden Dawn Blight Greek Police

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:34

A long-standing culture of impunity, entrenched racism and endemic violence including the excessive use of force against protesters and ill-treatment of migrants and refugees, has been exposed by Amnesty International research into policing in Greece. It follows an official investigation into links between police and Golden Dawn.

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Impunity, Excessive Force and Links to Extremist Golden Dawn Blight Greek Police

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:34

A long-standing culture of impunity, entrenched racism and endemic violence including the excessive use of force against protesters and ill-treatment of migrants and refugees, has been exposed by Amnesty International research into policing in Greece. It follows an official investigation into links between police and Golden Dawn.

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Senate Committee Votes to Release Landmark Report on CIA Torture

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:08

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted today, by a bipartisan majority, to submit to the White House for declassification review and public release the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the panel’s report on the CIA’s Bush-era rendition, secret detention, and torture program. The full 6,300-page report is the most comprehensive account to date of the torture program.

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Senate Committee Votes to Release Landmark Report on CIA Torture

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:08

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted today, by a bipartisan majority, to submit to the White House for declassification review and public release the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the panel’s report on the CIA’s Bush-era rendition, secret detention, and torture program. The full 6,300-page report is the most comprehensive account to date of the torture program.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Southern California Flying Squirrel

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the San Bernardino flying squirrel under the Endangered Species Act.

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CIA Torture Victim Calls for Declassification of Senate Report

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:47

Ahead of today’s vote in the US Senate over whether to declassify a major report on CIA torture, one of the Agency’s victims has called for the “open acknowledgement of past wrongs.”

Abdelhakim Belhadj, a Libyan anti-Gaddafi dissident who was ‘rendered’ and tortured – along with his pregnant wife, Fatima Boudchar – in a joint CIA-MI6 operation in 2004, has expressed his hope that the report will be declassified.

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Move to Amend Statement on McCutcheon v. FEC Decision

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:43

In response to today’s Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, a campaign finance case with vast implications for the electoral process, the Move to Amend Coalition released the following statement:

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Move to Amend Statement on McCutcheon v. FEC Decision

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:43

In response to today’s Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, a campaign finance case with vast implications for the electoral process, the Move to Amend Coalition released the following statement:

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Supreme Court Undermines Democracy with New Gift to Top Donors in McCutcheon v. FEC Ruling

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:40

Today, in the most significant money in politics case since Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down critical limits on the amount a wealthy individual can give directly to favored candidates, parties, and committees. Prior to McCutcheon v. FEC, a wealthy donor was limited to a cap of $123,200. Now, that same donor can give more than $3.5 million.

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Supreme Court Undermines Democracy with New Gift to Top Donors in McCutcheon v. FEC Ruling

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:40

Today, in the most significant money in politics case since Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down critical limits on the amount a wealthy individual can give directly to favored candidates, parties, and committees. Prior to McCutcheon v. FEC, a wealthy donor was limited to a cap of $123,200. Now, that same donor can give more than $3.5 million.

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Zombie Coal Plant Owner Threatens to Again Pollute Hudson Valley Air

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:37

The Mid-Hudson Valley Danskammer coal plant could come back into operation following a Public Service Commission (PSC) filing by the plant’s new owner, Helios Power Capital late on Tuesday. The company is seeking authorization to reopen the plant that has been closed since October 2012 due to both environmental and financial woes.

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Zombie Coal Plant Owner Threatens to Again Pollute Hudson Valley Air

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:37

The Mid-Hudson Valley Danskammer coal plant could come back into operation following a Public Service Commission (PSC) filing by the plant’s new owner, Helios Power Capital late on Tuesday. The company is seeking authorization to reopen the plant that has been closed since October 2012 due to both environmental and financial woes.

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Supreme Court Establishing “Plutocrat Rights”

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:33

USA Today reports: “The Supreme Court took another step Wednesday toward giving wealthy donors more freedom to influence federal elections. The justices ruled 5-4, in a decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, that limits on the total amount of money donors can give to all candidates, committees and political parties are unconstitutional. The decision leaves in place the base limits on what can be given to each individual campaign.”

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Supreme Court Establishing “Plutocrat Rights”

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:33

USA Today reports: “The Supreme Court took another step Wednesday toward giving wealthy donors more freedom to influence federal elections. The justices ruled 5-4, in a decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, that limits on the total amount of money donors can give to all candidates, committees and political parties are unconstitutional. The decision leaves in place the base limits on what can be given to each individual campaign.”

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Anti-Boycott Resolution Rejected in Illinois State Senate Committee

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:32

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Illinois Senate rejected Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 59, proposed by Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), that urged Illinois university and college presidents to condemn academic boycotts as a form of protest. The vote was 3 for the resolution, 2 against, and 5 “present.” This means the resolution will not move forward to the Illinois State Senate.

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Anti-Boycott Resolution Rejected in Illinois State Senate Committee

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:32

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Illinois Senate rejected Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 59, proposed by Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), that urged Illinois university and college presidents to condemn academic boycotts as a form of protest. The vote was 3 for the resolution, 2 against, and 5 “present.” This means the resolution will not move forward to the Illinois State Senate.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Black-backed Woodpeckers in California, Oregon, South Dakota

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:30

The Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to protect black-backed woodpeckers under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Black-backed Woodpeckers in California, Oregon, South Dakota

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:30

The Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to protect black-backed woodpeckers under the Endangered Species Act.

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CIA Torture Report: Reprieve US Calls for Three Concrete Steps Towards Reconciliation with Victims

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:30

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) will tomorrow vote on whether to declassify their report on the CIA’s unlawful torture program – a program which, in the words of Senator Dianne Feinstein, “should never have existed.”

Reprieve applauds the SSCI for pursuing this far-reaching investigation into the CIA’s mistakes, and for resisting the Agency's attempts to suppress the report's findings.

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CIA Torture Report: Reprieve US Calls for Three Concrete Steps Towards Reconciliation with Victims

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:30

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) will tomorrow vote on whether to declassify their report on the CIA’s unlawful torture program – a program which, in the words of Senator Dianne Feinstein, “should never have existed.”

Reprieve applauds the SSCI for pursuing this far-reaching investigation into the CIA’s mistakes, and for resisting the Agency's attempts to suppress the report's findings.

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