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Palestinian Fatalities Hit 100; Gaza Ark Ship Among Civilian Targets Hit

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:04

The Guardian reports: “Palestinian officials say 100 killed so far in conflict.” The Los Angeles Times reports that “the death toll topped 100 people.” There are no reports of Israeli fatalities.

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World Council of Churches Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:50

The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a fellowship of over 300 churches which represent some 590 million people in 150 countries, endorsed fossil fuel divestment this week, agreeing to phase out its own holdings and encourage its members to do the same. The WCC Central Committee is made up of dozens of influential religious leaders from around the world, meaning the decision could resonate far and wide.

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World Council of Churches Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:50

The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a fellowship of over 300 churches which represent some 590 million people in 150 countries, endorsed fossil fuel divestment this week, agreeing to phase out its own holdings and encourage its members to do the same. The WCC Central Committee is made up of dozens of influential religious leaders from around the world, meaning the decision could resonate far and wide.

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USDA Moves Forward with Flawed Privatized Inspection Rule In Poultry Slaughter

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:21

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget a final rule that would dramatically reduce the number of trained USDA inspectors in poultry slaughter plants and replace them with company employees. The USDA estimated in the proposed rule that the industry will stand to gain $260 million annually because of increased production and fewer regulatory requirements with no guarantees of improved food safety.

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USDA Moves Forward with Flawed Privatized Inspection Rule In Poultry Slaughter

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:21

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget a final rule that would dramatically reduce the number of trained USDA inspectors in poultry slaughter plants and replace them with company employees. The USDA estimated in the proposed rule that the industry will stand to gain $260 million annually because of increased production and fewer regulatory requirements with no guarantees of improved food safety.

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Lawsuit Challenges Government’s ‘Suspicious Activity Report’ Program

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:16

Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the legality of the federal government’s controversial Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) program. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of California, the national ACLU, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, was brought on behalf of five Americans who had their information entered into law enforcement databases for innocent things like taking pictures, buying computers, or standing in a train station, and were then subjected to investigation.

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Lawsuit Challenges Government’s ‘Suspicious Activity Report’ Program

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:16

Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the legality of the federal government’s controversial Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) program. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of California, the national ACLU, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, was brought on behalf of five Americans who had their information entered into law enforcement databases for innocent things like taking pictures, buying computers, or standing in a train station, and were then subjected to investigation.

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Obama Lawyers Claim Detainees Still Not Persons After Hobby Lobby; Judge Needs More Evidence of Ramadan Abuses

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:18

In a court hearing held today (July 10) the US government argued that detainees are ‘not persons’ entitled to the protection of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) – unlike US corporation Hobby Lobby. It also suggested that hunger-striking prisoners did not need to be allowed to pray in a group, as is traditional during the holy month of Ramadan, because they could ‘hear’ one another praying while standing alone in their cells.

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Obama Lawyers Claim Detainees Still Not Persons After Hobby Lobby; Judge Needs More Evidence of Ramadan Abuses

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:18

In a court hearing held today (July 10) the US government argued that detainees are ‘not persons’ entitled to the protection of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) – unlike US corporation Hobby Lobby. It also suggested that hunger-striking prisoners did not need to be allowed to pray in a group, as is traditional during the holy month of Ramadan, because they could ‘hear’ one another praying while standing alone in their cells.

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Guantanamo Detainees Demand Same Rights as Hobby Lobby

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:38

A US cout will today weigh arguments from lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees that their clients should be considered ‘persons’ under the law and afforded the same religious freedoms as company Hobby Lobby, and claims from the US Government that they should not.

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Guantanamo Detainees Demand Same Rights as Hobby Lobby

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:38

A US cout will today weigh arguments from lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees that their clients should be considered ‘persons’ under the law and afforded the same religious freedoms as company Hobby Lobby, and claims from the US Government that they should not.

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EFF Statement on Intercept Article Revealing

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:14

The Intercept published an article last night describing secret foreign intelligence surveillance targeting American citizens. One of those citizens, Nihad Awad, is the executive director and founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s leading Muslim advocacy and civil rights organizations and a long-time client of EFF.

In response, EFF Staff Attorney Mark Rumold stated:

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EFF Statement on Intercept Article Revealing

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:14

The Intercept published an article last night describing secret foreign intelligence surveillance targeting American citizens. One of those citizens, Nihad Awad, is the executive director and founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s leading Muslim advocacy and civil rights organizations and a long-time client of EFF.

In response, EFF Staff Attorney Mark Rumold stated:

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