Put Away the Fireworks… You Don’t Live in a Democracy Anymore

Put Away the Fireworks… You Don’t Live in a Democracy Anymore

… the majority does not rule … by John Atcheson Within the last 30 years, while we’ve chased bogeymen overseas and here at home, our Democracy has fallen. We have been taken over; defeated; our voices neutered; our freedoms trampled; our democracy vanquished. No invading force accomplished this; no jackboots echoed across our republic; no alien flag was raised above our lands. Not a single shot was fired by our vaunted military to halt this takeover. No,…

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Ahead of California, Sanders Warns Media Against Preemptive Coronation of Clinton

Ahead of California, Sanders Warns Media Against Preemptive Coronation of Clinton

“I have reports that the media, after the New Jersey results come in, are going to declare that it is all over. That simply [wouldn’t be] accurate.” by Jon Queally, CommonDreams staff writer Addressing concerns that the media may preemptively announce his rival Hillary Clinton as the “presumptive Democratic Party nominee” even before she has won the requisite numbers of pledge delegates, Bernie Sanders over the weekend indicated that such reporting would be both wrong and irresponsible and…

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US Government’s Own Report Shows Toxic TPP “Not Worth Passing”

US Government’s Own Report Shows Toxic TPP “Not Worth Passing”

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Common Dreams US Government’s Own Report Shows Toxic TPP “Not Worth Passing” ‘This report indicates the TPP will produce almost no benefits, but inflict real harm on so many workers.’ by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The government’s own assessment of the toxic Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) shows that the controversial trade deal will produce negligible economic benefits while damaging most Americans’ jobs and wages. The U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) report (pdf), issued…

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For Inspiring ‘A New Agenda,’ Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize

For Inspiring ‘A New Agenda,’ Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize

Author and activists says award ‘comes at a time when the impacts of the climate crisis are being acutely felt’ around the world by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Published on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Common Dreams Citing her work “exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis,” the Sydney Peace Foundation has awarded its 2016 Peace Prize to author and activist Naomi Klein. That work, said the jury, inspires people “to stand up locally, nationally and…

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Sanders Wins West Virginia Primary (And No, It’s Not Inconsequential)

Sanders Wins West Virginia Primary (And No, It’s Not Inconsequential)

‘Regardless of what the mainstream media would like you to believe, these victories matter.‘ by Jon Queally, staff writer Bolstering his argument that voters in every state deserve a chance to have their preference registered, Bernie Sanders proved too much for rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in West Virginia, a state she carried handily in 2008 when running against Barack Obama. With nearly half of precincts reporting, NBC News reports that Sanders had captured 51 percent of…

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Clinton Campaign to Republican Donors: Hillary Shares Your Values

Clinton Campaign to Republican Donors: Hillary Shares Your Values

Clinton Campaign to Republican Donors: Hillary Shares Your Values The Problem: It’s True. by Jake Johnson Late last week, Politico reported that Clinton operatives have initiated efforts to “peel off establishment Republicans who might otherwise grudgingly support Trump,” demonstrating their eagerness to win over big money donors previously wedded to the conservative establishment. Specifically, Clinton supporters have been targeting the donor base of Jeb Bush, whose main super PAC raised a striking $121 million, much of it before the race for the Republican nomination…

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The Revolution Will Be Digitized

The Revolution Will Be Digitized

‘Why? And Why Now?’ Panama Papers ‘John Doe’ Steps Out of Shadows Anonymous whistleblower says “Panama Papers are, if nothing else, a glaring symptom of our society’s progressively diseased and decaying moral fabric.” by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer, Common Dreams The anonymous source behind the Panama Papers stepped out of the shadows on Friday to offer justification for what has been called the biggest leak in history. The whistleblower’s gender and name remain secret, as does their occupation….

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May Looking Bright for Sanders as Political Revolution Marches On

May Looking Bright for Sanders as Political Revolution Marches On

May Looking Bright for Sanders as Political Revolution Marches On Jon Queally, staff writer Describing poverty as a “death sentence” for millions of Americans each year, Sanders supporters remain inspired by his call for a politics from below  Coming off a big win in Indiana and with the Democratic Party holding four more primaries this month, May could end up showing a resilient Bernie Sanders campaign despite the concerted effort of the mainstream press to…

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‘Today Marks the End of TTIP’: Greenpeace Leak Exposes Corporate Takeover

‘Today Marks the End of TTIP’: Greenpeace Leak Exposes Corporate Takeover

‘Today Marks the End of TTIP’: Greenpeace Leak Exposes Corporate Takeover The secret documents represent roughly two-thirds of the latest negotiating text, and in several cases expose for the first time the position of the U.S. by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer, Commondreams.org Confirming that the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) amounts to “a huge transfer of power from people to big business,” Greenpeace Netherlands on Monday leaked 248 secret pages of the controversial trade deal between…

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Fourteen to Go: Sanders Set on ‘Transforming Nation’

Fourteen to Go: Sanders Set on ‘Transforming Nation’

Fourteen to Go: Sanders Set on ‘Transforming Nation’ ‘The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be.’ by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Fourteen. That’s how many Democratic presidential nominating contests remain. From Indiana next week to the District of Columbia on June 14—with delegate prizes as large as 546 in California and small as 12 in Guam to…

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Anti-Austerity Protest Brings 150,000 to the Streets of London

Anti-Austerity Protest Brings 150,000 to the Streets of London

  Demand PM David Cameron’s resignation over offshore investments revealed in the ‘Panama Papers’ by Common Dreams staff A protest calling on David Cameron to resign has brought more than 150,000 people onto the streets of London on Saturday afternoon. The March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education was organized by activist group the People’s Assembly Against Austerity. The demonstrators called for an end to austerity, and demanded that David Cameron quit over the Panama Papers revelation that he profited from…

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Bernie Sanders: US “Can’t Be Blackmailed” by Saudi Arabia

Bernie Sanders: US “Can’t Be Blackmailed” by Saudi Arabia

  9/11 family member: “It’s stunning to think that our government would back the Saudis over its own citizens” by Common Dreams staff The Saudi Arabian government has threatened to sell of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets should Congress pass a bi-partisan bill led by US Senator Chuck Schumer that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, The New York Times reported Friday. Of the…

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