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Project Censored - 2018-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Hidden in the massive omnibus spending bill approved by Congress in February 2018 was the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act of 2018. The CLOUD Act enables the US government to acquire data across international borders regardless of other nations’ data privacy laws and without...

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On March 13, 2018 a meeting of twenty countries—allegedly to discuss how to achieve peace in the Gaza Strip—portended larger intentions, Phyllis Bennis reported for Common Dreams. Devising a plan for stability in the war-torn Gaza Strip is crucial in order to address one of the world’s most dire...

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In Niger on October 3, 2017, twelve members of a US Special Operations Task Force and 30 Nigerien soldiers on a secret mission were ambushed by fifty attackers, believed to be ISIS-affiliated terrorists, leaving four US soldiers dead. The deaths of these soldiers were eventually announced to the...

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In an October 2017 report for YES! Magazine, Mark Trahant wrote, “We don’t think of Californians as climate refugees yet, but we should.” Trahant was referring to the victims of the wildfires that devastated Californian communities around the cities of Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara. As his YES!...

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Studies and policies addressing the dangers of low-level lead exposure normally focus on children, and the IQ points they stand to lose when too much of the metal reaches their developing brains. But lead also poses less-discussed threat to adults: it damages a number of organs, especially the...

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Roughly 40 percent of the world’s population—2.3 billion people—lives in water-stressed areas. According to the World Health Organization, another billion don’t have access to clean, piped water. To address the issues of water scarcity and food security, many areas of the world are now using...

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Between fiscal years 2014-2016, the Pentagon sent US Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Central Command (CENTCOM) a combined $496 million to oversee and facilitate counter-narcotic activities in Africa. The funding was intended for a myriad of projects—from the construction of border outposts in...

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A National Security Agency (NSA) staffer deployed to Iraq led a counterterrorism and counter-intelligence mission involving forensic investigations on computers seized in raids. The staffer’s “Media Exploitation” team claimed they found pornographic videos and photos alongside thousands of audio...

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Millions of girls in conflict disaster zones such as Lebanon and Myanmar lack access to supplies and information regarding menstrual hygiene management (MHM). MHM consists of a combination of information and practices to ensure a safe and dignified menstrual period. Researchers argue the...

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Highland Park, Michigan, a predominantly black community surrounded by Detroit, has been facing challenges in obtaining affordable energy due to aging infrastructure. In 2011 Highland Park’s streetlights were repossessed due to $4 million in unpaid street lighting bills. Three years later, the...

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In a recent address to the Russian people, President Putin promoted a new class of nuclear weapons that are designed to bypass US anti-ballistic missile defense systems. These new weapons have been in development over the last 15 years, since the US unilaterally withdrew from the 1972 Anti-...

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Despite the UN appealing for record amounts of money for humanitarian aid in 2018, humanitarian spending has been decreasing. According to reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (UNOCHA), the deficit between the necessary funding and what’s actually available from...

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“The Darkest Corner,” a report by the Center for Constitutional Rights describes human and civil rights violations in the US federal prison system. The September 2017 report depicts the horrific realities that prisoners, lawyers, family members, and psychologists have long tried to bring...

Project Censored - 2018-04-04 - Original post - cached version

A November 2017 report by Alex Buckingham for  Socialist Worker draws attention to the hypocritical policies enacted by college campuses that purport to protect free speech but, in fact, limit students’ free speech rights. In October 2017, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents passed a “...

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Cubans are lining up on Thursdays in hopes of getting their hands on scarce medicines that arrive in Friday shipments, but despite the overnight wait, many leave empty-handed. The cause, in part, is financial restrictions imposed by the US, says Eduardo Martinez, head of the state-run...

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is replacing 21 members of the Science Advisory Board with industry-funded scientists who oppose measures intended to mitigate the health risks of their respective industries. Pruitt said several of the scientists removed from the Board...

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As science and medicine continually change, there has been a growing recognition that studying the arts and humanities may help medical students and physicians develop personal qualities that lead to deeper connections with their patients. For example, A 2008 study in the Journal of General...

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After the controversial 2016 presidential election, the public frenzy over “fake news” and who’s to blame for it led academics to investigate the genesis and proliferation of so-called “fake news.” In a report in the Chronicle for Higher Education, Andrew M. Guess analyzed web traffic data from...

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According to a 2016 report from the Prison Policy Initiative, over 600,000 Americans are incarcerated in local jails every day. An estimated 70% of these inmates are being held for pretrial detention without being convicted of a crime because the bails being set for them are too high for most of...

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Journalism’s historical approach is to highlight social problems in order to spur reform, expose wrongdoing, or generate awareness about injustice or possible threats. This “watchdog” role is critical to the vitality of a democratic society. However, it has led to an overload of news that feeds...

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In March, 2018, Michelle Chen reported for the Nation that President Trump’s January, 2017 reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy would impact the reproductive and family planning healthcare of 26 million women globally. This policy, commonly referred to as the Global Gag Rule, denies US...

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In the near future, the movie “Finding Nemo” could be the only way children will see a clownfish. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), ocean acidification is making it increasingly difficult for clownfish to find their preferred habitat. And, as Fiona Harvey...

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The cost of medical bills for citizens suffering from the life-threatening disease, Type 1 diabetes, is an escalating crisis in the US. An estimated three million Type 1 diabetics cannot afford necessary care, and President Trump’s recent claims to fix the problem have not been convincing.

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Protection of Grand Canyon National Park from uranium mining is being challenged by the American Exploration and Mining Association, the National Mining Association, and the Trump Administration, which seek an end to a 20-year ban on mining in and around the park. The existing ban covers a...

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Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, announced in late summer 2017 that it will shut down its power plant in western Florida and, instead, will install 700MW of solar capacity over the next four years via “solar panels, grid-tied batteries, grid modernization, and electric...

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A study conducted by Kaiser-Permanente and published in December 2017 in Scientific Reports followed hundreds of pregnant women in the Bay Area and found those who were exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) produced by cell phones and wireless networks were three times more likely to have a...

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Since 2010, anti-abortion billboards across the nation began to appear, targeting African-American communities. This growing campaign claims that the pro-choice movement is a targeted genocide against Black Americans. The Black anti-abortion movement claims to speak for racial justice activists...

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A report released by the World Health Organization and the World Bank in December 2017 states how drastic health care expenses are driving nearly 100 million people around the world into severe poverty.  This forces poor families to make a choice when purchasing essentials, such as food or...

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Given that children now spend much of their time playing and socializing online, a recent UK House of Lords report deemed online safety as important as reading and writing. The 5Rights Civil Society Initiative, founded by House of Lords member Beeban Kidron, is taking a rights-based approach...

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Mexico, a country plagued with drug cartel violence and institutional corruption, now must face another issue, a constant influx of weapons from the United States. The US, home to the highest number of private gun owners and gun-related homicides, has been caught supplying Mexico’s vicious drug...

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In February 2018, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported that “Dirty US meat could flood into UK after a Brexit trade deal.” (Brexit refers to the separation of the United Kingdom from the European Union.) The Bureau and also the Guardian reported that hygiene violations in US meat...

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In 2017 photographer Andrea Bruce was given an assignment for National Geographic in which she traveled to India, Vietnam, and Haiti, to document the global issue of open defecation. As Bruce told National Geographic in October 2017, “It’s probably one of the most—if not the most—important...

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Via the widespread use of private contractors, formerly-secret intelligence hacking tools are seeping into the free market, giving anyone with enough know-how all the intelligence gathering power of the CIA at their fingertips. A series of articles written between December 3, 2017, and February...

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After a four-month investigation, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found more than half of the councils in England are cutting funds for vulnerable children, because the costs of these services put almost all councils over budget. In the investigation, published on February 7, 2018, the...

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Students in Canada, a major oil producer, have lagged behind the US and UK in calling on their campuses to divest from the fossil fuel industry – but they are catching up.

Universities are viewed as leaders in thought, and student divestment campaigners hope that cutting financial ties...

Project Censored - 2018-04-02 - Original post - cached version

A woman in El Salvador who claims to have suffered a stillbirth was jailed for a period of thirty years due to the country’s strict anti-abortion laws.  According to a pair of December, 2017 reports from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Teodora Vasquez was jailed in 2008 with a sentence of thirty...

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In November 2017, Chris Steele reported for Truthout on the repercussions of protester actions during the Inauguration of President Donald Trump, and his administration’s subsequent attempts to silence opposition to his election. The article outlines how the protestors’ democratic and civil...

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Former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been out of a job for months now. The independent news organization the Guardian is reporting that Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. The NFL specifically prohibits collusion amongst...

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The third-largest brewer of beer in the US, Constellation Brands, seeks to set up a plant in the Mexican state of Mexicali. Constellation—which is based in New York and owns the Corona, Pacifica, and Modelo brands—hopes to start production in Mexicali by 2019, with the aim of exporting four...

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David Cobb

2016 Green Party Presidential Campaign Manager

Sonoma State University—International Hall Rm. 104

April 11, 7:00 PM—Free

 

Topic: Cooperation Humboldt: Building a Solidarity Economy on the North Coast. Exploring concrete strategies to prove...

Project Censored - 2018-03-26 - Original post - cached version

No one from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers appears on Billboard’s Hot 100 or stars in an eagerly-anticipated Hollywood blockbuster, but each of its members has been fighting against sexual harassment in the workplace and winning for over a decade, Greg Kaufman reported for the Nation...

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A banking bill currently in Congress, which has been lauded as making only minor changes in banking regulations to help small banks, is actually part of a distressing pattern within the Trump administration to make it easier for businesses, especially in the financial sector, to discriminate...

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The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department alleging that the MPD and the Attorney General colluded with far-right groups in order to target anti-Trump protesters, Al Jazeera reported in February 2018. The lawsuit, which was filed...

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More than 32,000 people have submitted comments opposing a military takeover of most of Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge, the Center for Biological Diversity reported in March, 2018. In order to expand its Nevada Test and Training Range, the US Air Force wants to take control of nearly...

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On November 1, 2017, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), implemented strict changes to prison mail policy that will discourage inmates’ friends and family from using USPS. Officially the policy aims to stop the flow of contraband, including controlled substances, into state prisons....

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In February, 2018 Al Jazeera reported on the passage of HB 419 by the Idaho state House of Representatives, and opposition to the bill by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other civil rights groups, on the grounds that the bill is unconstitutional and Islamophobic. As Al...

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In September 2017, the Supreme Court of Nebraska ruled to close the town of Whiteclay’s four liquor stores, the Guardian reported. According to Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone’s report, with no local government and only 14 residents, Whiteclay functioned only to sell alcohol to the Oglala...

Project Censored - 2018-03-26 - Original post - cached version

For the last seventy-two years, Paul Street wrote in a February 2018 article for Truthdig, the United States has used all the tools at its disposal to promote US economic control around the globe. Street’s article addressed the perspective, voiced by many US elites, that President Trump is...

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64,000 people died of drug overdose in the year 2016—80% due to opioid drugs. Government officials say that the crisis is finally getting Washington’s attention, as the Wall Street Journal reported in March, 2018, but solutions continue to revolve around higher budgets for drug addiction...

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Maryam Mombeini, age 55, was stopped by Iranian airport security and told that she could not leave the country with her two sons, Ashifa Kassam reported for the Guardian in March, 2018.  Maryam’s entire family holds dual citizenship in Canada and Iran.  Her husband, Kavous Seyed-Emami, who...

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