Jul 16, 2015

A Nation Torn


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  A Nation Torn: Greece Grapples With 'Humiliating' Austerity Deal
by Deirdre Fulton
Both in and outside of Greek Parliament, tensions are running high. Greek MPs have been told that they have to vote on the reforms by midnight local time (5 pm EDT).
     

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  How Hawks Are Using Iraq War Talking Points to Stoke Fear Over Iran Deal
by Sarah Lazare
There is no public evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, but that is not stopping the pro-war hysteria.
     
  As Clinton Visits DC, Sanders Steals the Spotlight
by Nadia Prupis
Hillary Clinton probably didn't mean to give a Washington, D.C. press event away to Bernie Sanders on Wednesday. But he gladly took it anyway.
     
  Report Exposes 'Revolving Door' Within Corporate-Dominated TTIP Talks
by Lauren McCauley
While the revolving door phenomenon is nothing new, the report notes that it creates great potential for conflicts of interest, particularly when it comes to TTIP and other trade negotiations.
     
  In NAACP Speech, Obama Calls for Sweeping—and Unprecedented—Prison Reform
by Nadia Prupis
"We cannot close our eyes anymore, and the good news, and this is truly good news, is that good people of all political persuasions are starting to think that we need to do something about this."
     
  The United States: Where Climate Change Is Not Seen as a Top Threat
by Andrea Germanos
Global climate change is seen as a top threat 19 of the 40 countries surveyed, including those on the frontlines of the crisis, like the Philippines, Burkina Faso, Brazil, and Peru.
     
  With Zero Accountability, Big Oil Wringing Profit from Developing Countries
by Deirdre Fulton
The $1.55 trillion in 'lost' oil revenues represents five times the existing funding gap for 42 of the world's poorest countries in both education and health.
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  Food Smart Cities: Join the Food Revolution
by Vandana Shiva
Through Eating Fair and ensuring a fair share of what you spend reaches your Annadatta, you can help end farmers' suicides. You can rejuvenate your health while rejuvenating the agricultural economy and the earth.
     
  John Oliver 1, Big Chicken 0?
by Vanessa Rodriguez
John Oliver, comedic anchorman of HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” made feathers fly when he took on the poultry industry in a May 2015 episode. Last week, it became clear that his gripe with Big Chicken had echoed all the way to the Capitol.
     
  How a Weaker Iran Got the Hegemon to Lift Sanctions
by Gareth Porter
Iranian counter-pressure on the US, through its nuclear programme, finally compelled the Obama administration to begin negotiations.
     
  Greece and the Death of Democracy, Economics and Civility
by Louis-Philippe Rochon
We oppose the remarkable, indeed unprecedented secrecy in which the trade pact has been drafted and the inability of the average citizen, unlike giant corporations, to play a part in that drafting.
   
  Correcting Unfair Sentencing Laws
by John Kiriakou
Freeing wrongly incarcerated people won’t end the practice of imposing what in many cases amounts to lifelong sentences for first-time, non-violent drug offenders. Congress must take action to change mandatory minimum sentencing laws now.
     
  Demanding That Nestlé Pay More Is Not Enough
by Emma Lui
It is not enough to ensure that there is enough water for fish habitats, wildlife, and ecosystems. Nor will it be enough to ensure that we have sufficient water to help cool the planet. It is time to recognize Indigenous water rights and water as a human right, commons and public trust in water legislation as a way in which to truly protect our waters.
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