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May 30, 2015

Blackout the Patriot Act


News & Views | 05.29.15

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  Critics Blast 'Compromises' as Patriot Act Barrels Toward Sunset
by Deirdre Fulton
An estimated 10,000 websites on Friday blocked Congress's access to their webpages to protest the Patriot Act and mass spying in general.
     

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  From Fracking to Coal Waste, NAACP Confronts Environmental Racism in North Carolina
by Sarah Lazare
The NAACP probe is specifically aimed at uncovering environmental racism in Stokes County but has broad implications for a state whose coal waste contamination and just-greenlighted fracking tests have garnered nation-wide attention—and concern.
     
  In Face of Rising Climate Movement, Tar Sands on Life Support: Report
by Deirdre Fulton
That's good news for the climate and the environment, as well as for frontline communities that bear the brunt of the toxic tar sands production.
     
  'A Step in the Right Direction': US Removes Cuba from Terror List
by Nadia Prupis
Cuba's placement on the list, which began in 1982 over its support of leftist movements in South and Central America, has complicated the country's access to financial markets for decades and been a roadblock in the building of foreign embassies there.
     
  No Backdoors: Online 'Zone of Privacy' is a Basic Human Right
by Deirdre Fulton
"The ability to search the web, develop ideas and communicate securely may be the only way in which many can explore basic aspects of identity, such as one’s gender, religion, ethnicity, national origin or sexuality."
     
  Is US Planning to Increase Military Aid to Israel Even More?
by Sarah Lazare
Whatever the motive, a further spike in U.S. military aid to Israel would almost certainly be controversial.
     
  With Plan to Subsidize Internet Access for the Poor, FCC Seeks to 'Reboot'
by Nadia Prupis
"A world of broadband 'haves' and 'have-nots' is a world where none of us will have the opportunity to enjoy the full fruits of what broadband has to offer."
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  How Mainstream is Bernie Sanders?
by Juan Cole
Sanders’s positions are quite mainstream from the point of view of the stances of the American public in general. Of course, the 1%, for whom and by whom most mainstream media report, are appalled and would like to depict him as an outlier.
     
  Why the Death Penalty Should Die
by Renny Cushing
Arguing that an execution is the solution to the pain of victims’ families does not reflect an understanding of the journey of surviving family members after a murder, and it completely ignores the reality of our broken capital-punishment system.
     
  Ireland's Break with Tradition
by Michael Lee-Murphy
In supporting marriage equality, Ireland rejected the conservative structures that have shaped the country for centuries.
     
  Gentrification and the Death of Black Communities
by Margaret Kimberley
The displacement of Black and brown urban residents by more affluent whites is a function of the same forces that emptied the cities of much of their white populations, generations ago: the movement of capital.
   
  What a Real Anti-Poverty Movement Looks Like
by Linda Tirado
A strong movement will be made up of the people who are poverty experts because they have lived in poverty. There is no one leader in this movement; there can’t be.
     
  This College Student Chained Herself to a Shell Oil Ship for Three Days. Here’s Why.
by Araz Hachadourian
Rose’s action is just one part of the multitiered efforts taking place in the Seattle area to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic.
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