Friday, May 8, 2015


News & Views | 5.08.15


  In Surprise Lurch to the Right, David Cameron Takes UK Election
by Common Dreams staff
The overwhelming win was unexpected, as polls ahead of the election had shown a close race with the opposition Labour Party, and many analysts had expected a hung parliament in the immediate aftermath.


  DOJ to Investigate Pattern of Racist Policing in Baltimore
by Lauren McCauley
Though welcoming the news, civil rights advocates question whether either prosecution of the officers or a federal investigation can go far enough to address the root causes of police violence against people of color.
  Patriotism at a Price: US Military Paid NFL Teams to 'Honor' Soldiers at Games
by Sarah Lazare
U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has jumped on the revelations as examples of "egregious and unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars by the New Jersey Army National Guard."
  After NSA Ruling, Congress at Odds Over Mass Surveillance
by Nadia Prupis
The call to reject the Patriot Act has grown stronger, with allies from both sides of the aisle framing the court ruling as a turning point in the debate.
  Former Obama Campaign Manager Led Austerity-Loving Tories to Victory
by Lauren McCauley
After bringing American-style negative campaigning to the UK, Jim Messina says he's coming home to throw his weight behind Hillary Clinton.
  Revealed: NSA Labeled Al Jazeera Journalist a Member of Al Qaeda
by Common Dreams staff
Zaidan, a Syrian national who serves as Al Jazeera's bureau chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, was put on a watch list by the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2012, according to agency documents leaked in 2013 by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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  Obama’s Petulant WWII Snub of Russia
by Ray McGovern
Russia will celebrate the Allied victory over Nazism on Saturday without U.S. President Obama and other Western leaders present, as they demean the extraordinary sacrifice of the Russian people in winning World War II – a gesture intended to humiliate President Putin.
  The For-Profit College Scam
by Dawn Lueck
When students become nothing but a number, it’s easier to take advantage of them.
  Remembering Guy Carawan: The Man Who Popularized 'We Shall Overcome'
by Peter Dreier
Guy Carawan's music had a message and his songs became the unofficial anthems of the Civil Rights movement.
  Women Leading Relief Efforts in Nepal
by Anna Tenuta
Women-led groups in Nepal are leading earthquake relief and recovery efforts in the country, including in decision-making where women are often excluded.
  Converting the Fossil-Fuel Fundamentalists
by Emily Schwartz Greco
Pope Francis is redefining the ongoing transition to greener energy as a moral and spiritual obligation.
  Bringing the Crisis to a Head in Baltimore
by Glen Ford
It is only at the point of crisis that those in power will even consider bowing to Black demands for transformational change.
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