RACE IS ON TO FEED A WARMING WORLD...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Millions throughout Africa depend on maize, but new crop varieties can barely keep pace with the warming climate. (Kate Holt / AusAID via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—It can take up to 30 years to improve a crop variety, test it and persuade farmers to adopt it. That means the speed of climate change in Africa could make a new variety of maize useless even before the first harvest, according to new research. But two separate studies that address the challenge of food security in a rapidly warming world suggest that the answers may lie not just in future weather but in today’s soils. One says that better soil data can be used to predict...

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Lawsuit Reveals Extent of DuPont’s Decades-Long Cover Up Behind Cancer-Causing Teflon Chemical...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Chemical giant DuPont is in court defending their decision to poison entire communities by releasing a toxic chemical known as C8 into the Ohio River. By Farron Cousins / DeSmogBlog  VIA ALTERNET DECEMBER 2013 – BERLIN: the logo of the brand “Du Pont”. Photo Credit: 360b/Shutterstock Corporate heavyweight DuPont is back in court right now, defending their decision to poison entire communities along the Ohio River by releasing a toxic chemical known as C8 into the river. C8 is a chemical that is used in the manufacturing of the company’s blockbuster product Teflon. The case alleges that DuPont officials were intimately aware of the dangerous side effects of C8 exposure but still decided to allow exposure among workers and by releasing the chemical into the environment. Once the chemicals were dumped into the Ohio River,...

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CLIMATE CHANGE, FOSSIL FUELS ARE HURTING OUR KIDS...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Children under 5 bear the brunt of disease and problems from climate change and fossil-fuel combustion. It’s time to do something about it. By Frederica Perera | BILL MOYERS.COM A child in an area affected by a drought in the southern outskirts of Tegucigalpa on April 22, 2016. (Photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images) This post originally appeared at Environmental Health News. Editor’s note: The following opinion piece written for EHN accompanies Perera’s commentary on fossil fuels and children’s health published June 21 in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.  Children suffer the most from fossil-fuel burning. Fossil-fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children’s ill health today, as well as their uncertain future. There are strong scientific arguments, as well persuasive economic ones,...

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GARDASIL 9 VACCINE PROMPTS PUSH FOR NATIONAL PROGRAM...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Patrice La Vigne  THE VACCINE CONNECTION   Insurance companies are expected to start covering Gardasil 9 in January 2017. U.S. government health officials continue to push hard for a countrywide mandate of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. They maintain that the cost-benefit ratio of the new nonavalent Gardasil vaccine, which contains nine HPV strains, the ticket to succeeding in their efforts to get every girl and boy in America to take the vaccine. Nonavalent Vaccine Covers More Disease Strains In 2006, a 4-strain version of Merck’s Gardasil vaccine was the first HPV vaccine to be fast tracked to licensure in the U.S. and it contained two HPV strains associated with cervical cancer and two HPV strains associated with genital warts.1 In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Merck’s nonavalent vaccine that targets five more...

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THE PROCRASTINATOR’S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING BREXIT...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Dunham Someone holds up a sign during a European Referendum “Remain” rally in London, Wednesday, June 22, 2016.   Months of furious campaigning will culminate in a significant vote on Thursday, as the United Kingdom is set to decide whether or not it will leave the European Union. Haven’t been following the debate closely? To understand why this vote matters — and what a decision to leave the E.U. could mean — here’s a quick guide to what you should know. What does Brexit mean? Brexit is a combination of the words Britain and exit, referring to the U.K. leaving the E.U. Because it sounds catchy, it’s how most people are referring to the upcoming referendum on June 23, which asks voters: “Should the...

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THE SUPREME COURT LEAVES UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS IN THE SHADOWS...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE WASHINGTON POST A protester joins a rally outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 23. (Andrew Gombert/European Pressphoto Agency) By Editorial Board June 23 at 7:17 PM ON ONE level, it’s unsurprising that the Supreme Court deadlocked 4 to 4, after an appeals court split 2 to 1, in considering President Obama’s sweeping executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. As a legal matter, this was not an easy call. What makes the outcome so depressing for the country, and such a standard-bearer for failed governance, is that as a policy matter, it shouldn’t be hard at all. Immigrants have been and continue to be, on balance, an overwhelmingly positive force for the nation’s social and economic health. It would be in their interest and the nation’s to regularize...

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BERNIE SANDERS: HERE’S WHAT WE WANT...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] My supporters and I want real change in this country. By Bernie Sanders  THE WASHINGTON POST Bernie Sanders is a U.S. senator from Vermont and a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president. Sanders: ‘The struggle continues’ Despite Hillary Clinton’s delegate gains on June 7, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders promised to “continue to fight for every vote and every delegate,” until the Democratic convention. He also slammed GOP rival Donald Trump as “a candidate whose major theme is bigotry.” (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, “What does Bernie want?” Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want. And the answer is: They want real change in this country, they want it...

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BRITAIN SHOCKS WORLD, BREAKS WITH EUROPEAN UNION, BRITISH LEADER STEPS DOWN...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Europe The U.K. just voted to leave the E.U. Here’s what that means Embed Share Play Video1:15 Europe THE WASHINGTON POST After months of campaigning, the “leave” camp has won and Britain will be leaving the European Union. The Post’s Adam Taylor talks about what that means for the country and Europe. (Adam Taylor,Jason Aldag/The Washington Post) By Griff Witte, Karla Adam and Dan Balz June 24 at 10:27 AM LONDON — British voters defied their leaders and international allies by cutting ties with the European Union in a stunning result Friday that threw financial markets into chaos, forced Britain’s prime minister to resign and unleashed a new independence quest by Scotland. As Britain absorbed the earthshaking news, Prime Minister David Cameron said he would step down after championing the campaign to remain...

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THE DONALD TRUMP STORY YOU’RE NOT HEARING ABOUT...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Where is pack journalism now that we need it? By Todd Gitlin | MOYERS & COMPANY Developers Julius Schwartz and Alex Sapir, Donald Trump and New York City Deputy Mayor Bob Lieber attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Trump SoHo New York on April 9, 2010. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Trump SoHo) To readers who follow taxes and finance — subjects often introduced with the adjective “arcane” — David Cay Johnston is one of America’s best-known reporters. Johnston has worked on the staffs of Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and from 1995 to 2008, The New York Times, where his writing on taxes won him a 2001 Pulitzer Prize. He’s branched out to other subjects too:  His first book, published in 1992, was Temples of Chance: How America...

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IT’S TIME FOR THE U.S. TO DISARM ITSELF...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   (Photo: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)ROBERT C. KOEHLER FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT I feel the finger on the trigger. I also feel it on the button. “Dear President Obama,” the letter begins. It goes on to remind him of something he said in his 2008 presidential campaign: “Keeping nuclear weapons ready to launch on a moment’s notice is a dangerous relic of the Cold War. Such policies increase the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculation.” The letter, from the Union of Concerned Scientists, is signed by 90 scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates. It continues: “After your election, you called for taking ‘our nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert.'” Presidential campaigns, mass killings, war . . . nuclear war. Washington, we have a problem. The time has come for extraordinary change. Who we...

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NEIL DE GRASSE TYSON AND AL GORES EXPLORE CLIMATE CHANGE, LIFE IN A NAVAL OBSERVATORY AND MORE...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Andrew C. Revkin   NY TIMES   Former Vice President Al Gore discussed climate change science and activism on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk program.Credit StarTalk/ Laura Berland Earlier this year, the astrophysicist and science-literacy evangelist Neil deGrasse Tyson recorded a conversation for his Star Talk Radio program with former Vice President Al Gore exploring Gore’s decades-long campaign for action to stem climate change, what it’s like to live in the United States Naval Observatory (the official vice presidential residence), the path from the vice president’s “GoreSat” vision in 1998 to the functioning Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite, and more. Tyson then invited me into the studio to discuss Gore’s career and comments, along with his smartly comedic co-host, Maeve Higgins. The topics included paths to a world with abundant clean energy, Gore’s thoughts on trends in...

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THE WORLD’S DISAPPEARING SAND...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By VINCE BEISER THE NEW YORK TIMES Credit Sally Deng MOST Westerners facing criminal charges in Cambodia would be thanking their lucky stars at finding themselves safe in another country. But Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, who is half British and half Spanish, is pleading with the Phnom Penh government to allow him back to stand trial along with three Cambodian colleagues. They’ve been charged, essentially, with interfering with the harvesting of one of the 21st century’s most valuable resources: sand. Believe it or not, we use more of this natural resource than any other except water and air. Sand is the thing modern cities are made of. Pretty much every apartment block, office tower and shopping mall from Beijing to Lagos, Nigeria, is made at least partly with concrete, which is basically just sand and...

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THE NEXT ‘CITIZENS UNITED’ IS COMING...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jim Bopp, a conservative attorney, speaks in favor of a measure amending the state’s constitution to ban gay marriage during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, January 2014. Michael Conroy/AP Most Americans last heard from conservative lawyer James Bopp six years ago when he crafted a case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, that won the Supreme Court’s favor and helped uncork a torrent of cash — some of it secret — that continues pouring into elections. But Bopp is back. The Terre Haute, Indiana-based attorney, who was literally laughed at by a judge when he made his first arguments in Citizens United, is now the lead lawyer in the most prominent of a series of lawsuits attempting to further destroy political contribution limits. The case, brought...

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LABOR RAISES ‘PHILOSOPHICAL’ CONCERNS OVER VACCINATION REGISTER OUTSOURCING...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Concerns are part of campaign against Coalition’s ‘privatisation agenda’, says Labor, rather than arising from fears of misuse of school children’s information The government has issued a tender for organisations to bid to run the vaccinations register, which Labor warns could mean ‘the vaccination details of school children could be in for-profit hands’. Photograph: David Crosling/AAP Paul Karp   THE GUARDIAN   Labor has sounded the alarm about plans to outsource the running of Australia’s school vaccination register to a for-profit company. The shadow health minister, Catherine King, has raised the vaccination register as part of its campaign against the Coalition government’s “privatisation agenda”. But a Labor spokesman has told Guardian Australia its objection is “philosophical” rather than arising from fears of misuse of information. From 2017 the national cervical cancer vaccination register will...

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NOTES ON THE WAY TO FORCED VACCINATION IN AMERICA...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] JEFFREY JAXON.COM While most of the nation was looking the other way, California signed into law Senate Bill 277 (SB277). What was once thought to be a modern-day impossibility — mandatory vaccination — will now becoming a reality on July 1 in California. Marking a beachhead for the full scale pharmaceutical takeover of healthcare happening now, SB 277 is the shot heard around the world in the fight for medical freedom. Those California parents previously unaware of the new California law are now being forced into large learning curves at the moment. Like students feverishly cramming for an exam, research about vaccine injury compensation, informed consent, the CDC whistleblower and vaccine inserts fill the days of unaware individuals attempting to bridge the information gap. Most will reach the eventual conclusion — one way...

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FEDS ALLEGE $900 MILLION IN FAKE MEDICALS BILLS, KICKBACKS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE FRAUD...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Wonkblog   THE WASHINGTON POST By Carolyn Y. Johnson and Matt Zapotosky THE WASHINGTON POST   Attorney General Loretta Lynch says health care fraud sweeps across the country have led to charges against 300 people including doctors, nurses, physical therapists and home health care providers accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid. (AP) The Justice Department announced Wednesday it had charged a record 301 people with schemes that defrauded government health programs by submitting $900 million in fraudulent health claims. The announcement of the charges, called the largest takedown for Medicare and Medicaid fraud in history, was the result of a nationwide sweep that exposed alleged kickbacks, embezzlement and fake claims to the government programs that provide health care for the elderly and the poor. The allegations involved various kinds of fraud in diverse areas of...

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26 MILLION TREES DIED IN CALIFORNIA IN JUST ONE YEAR...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The mortality rate is unprecedented and will fuel the state’s fire season. Sequoia National Park. (Photo: USFS Region 5/Flickr) TAKE PART DAILY Taylor Hill The number of dead trees in California’s forests dramatically increased in just one year’s time. The latest survey from the United States Forest Service revealed that an additional 26 million trees have succumbed to drought, a devastating bark beetle infestation, and hotter temperatures in 2015. That brings the number of trees that have died in the Sierra Nevada to 66 million since 2010. For a state already in the throes of fire season, the discovery of a 65 percent increase in the number of dead trees within its forests is a troubling sign. “These new numbers really show that the tree die-off is spreading at an astronomical rate,” said...

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WALL STREET IS SITTING ON BILLIONS MEANT FOR AMERICAN CHARITIES...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] e By Ana Swanson THE WASHINGTON POST AP Photo Compared with many other wealthy countries, the United States relies a lot on charity. In the U.S., private donors help feed and house the poor, finance orchestras and museums, fund scholarships and universities – social functions that, in many countries, are paid for by governments and tax dollars. In return, the U.S. government offers generous tax breaks on the income that Americans donate to charity. But some experts believe that changes in the financial industry are putting this longtime relationship at risk. In an article published Tuesday in The New York Review of Books, Ray Madoff, a law professor at Boston College, and Lewis Cullman, a 97-year-old philanthropist who has given much of his wealth to charity, argue that the rapid growth of a type of fund...

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A BISHOP IN THE EXAM ROOM: WHEN FAITH DICTATES HEALTH CARE INSTEAD OF SCIENCE...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Erica Hellerstein & Josh Israel THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos   When Rita, a Michigan-based OB-GYN, learned that the hospital where she worked would be switching hands, she was dismayed. The secular community hospital, Crittenton, had plans to join with Ascension Health, a prominent Catholic nonprofit hospital chain. Rita, who asked that her real name be withheld to protect her identity, knew the transition would profoundly impact her ability to do her job the way she saw fit. The OB-GYN specifically wanted to work at a place where she could practice the full scope of reproductive care, from preventing pregnancy to delivering babies. But now, with the hospital merger looming in the not-so-distant future, that possibility seemed increasingly unlikely. Rita also understood the change in leadership meant that her patients’ medical options...

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THE 13 DEMOCRATS WHO JUST DID WALL STREET’S DIRTY WORK...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Richard Eskow   CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE A “D” beside a politician’s name doesn’t necessarily mean they’re fighting for the public’s interests. In fact, 13 Democratic members of Congress recently joined Republicans in voting to protect private equity and hedge funds. This vote demonstrates the corrupting force of money in politics. If the media were doing a better job, it would be a national scandal. Democrats like these need to be encouraged to find new jobs. But don’t expect the party establishment to do it. In fact, one of these 13 representatives is running in the Florida Senate primary as the Democratic National Committee’s hand-picked candidate. Patrick Murphy, a fiscal conservative and former Republican, has been a favorite of the DNC since he first switched parties to run for Congress. Since then Murphy...

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Why Conserving Crops’ Wild Cousins May Be Critical for Human Survival...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food As global food requirements grow with a skyrocketing human population, genes from wild relatives of common crops could play a big role. By Kristen Satre Meyer / Ensia  VIA ALTERNET Portrait of a young woman at work in greenhouse,in uniform and clipboard in her hand . Greenhouse produce. Food production. Tomato growing in greenhouse. Photo Credit: Vlad Teodor/Shutterstock Wild cousins aren’t always appreciated at family gatherings. But when it comes to crops, the opposite is often true: Plant breeding has historically relied on genes from plants growing in the wild as a source of diversity that can be introduced into crop plants to produce new crop varieties that are more resilient, nutritious and productive than those currently cultivated. As human populations increase and shift away from traditional diets, demand for food is...

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THE PUBLIC SPACES OF THE FUTURE: UP FOR NEGOTIATION...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Dirt Contributor Demo:Polis / Carolina Leite The jury is in. Over the next fifty years, the world’s cities will face unprecedented stresses from a changing climate, growing populations, and issues of security, resource scarcity, and civil unrest. In the design professions, we like to think our work can help resolve these issues. In the U.S., over the past century, we have debated the role of public space to ease the challenges faced within our urban environment. This conversation will not end anytime soon, nor should it. However, if we continue to place our trust and faith in urban public spaces we must re-examine two fundamental questions: how will we define success within these spaces, and who will we allow to shape them? Demo:Polis, an exhibition at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin,...

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO DUMPSTER DIVING...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Food How to seriously cut down on your monthly food bill. By Assya Barrette / Greenhighfive   VIA ALTERNET   Photo Credit: Wikipedia I first came into contact with dumpster diving when I volunteered with the organizationFood not Bombs (FNB),Toronto Chapter. Their objective is to recover food that would otherwise have been thrown away, and cook up delicious vegan meals for whomever wants some. Although a lot of the food they get is donated from bakeries and shops (who’d otherwise dump the food), they do dumpster diving to fill in the gaps. Recently, one of the members of the group held a dumpster diving tutorial in downtown Toronto. After I attended the tutorial, I went solo in my town, with huge success. This, coupled with the times I had gone with FNB in...

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EUROPE’S PRECIOUS BEECH FORESTS COULD SUCCUMB TO DROUGHT...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Kieran Cooke / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     A beech woods near Morganstown in South Wales, where tree growth rates are still affected by a drought 50 years ago. (Ben Salter via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Sunlight angling its way through the light green leaves of lines of beech trees is one of the most haunting features of the European spring. But new research shows that beech forests across Europe are vulnerable to changes in climate—in particular, to the effects of prolonged dry spells. At most risk of sudden and widespread reduced growth are beech forests in the south of the UK, an area where the species is at its most profuse. Scientists from the University of Stirling in Scotland report in Global Change...

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NOW RESIDENTS OF THE U.S.’S SECOND LARGEST PIG PRODUCING STATE CAN SEE WHERE THE WASTE FLOWS...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Emery Dalesio Manure is sprayed on a North Carolina field.   Livestock farming — especially hog and poultry farming — is big business in North Carolina. The country’s second-largest pig producer and third-largest chicken producer, North Carolina has thousands of farming operations clustered throughout the state. And while those farms produce billions of dollars in economic revenue, they also produce something far more sinister: millions of tons of animal waste that can make its way into the air or water, polluting nearby communities and watersheds. In an effort to help spotlight the issue of animal farming and waste disposal in North Carolina, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Environmental Working Group have teamed up to release a first-of-its-kind mapping project, detailing exactly where North Carolina’s hog and poultry...

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PIANO PERFORMANCE NEXT TO CRUMBLING GLACIER WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Ice ice baby grand By Kate Yoder GRIST The Arctic Ocean may not be a typical venue for a piano performance, but it’s a prime setting for making a point about climate change. Ludovico Einaudi, an Italian composer-pianist, performed an original piece while stranded on an “artificial iceberg” (or rather, a floating platform made of white, wooden triangles) as Norway’s Wahlenbergbreen glacier collapsed in the background. Greenpeace shipped the baby grand piano from Germany to the Arctic for the stunt, which was meant draw attention to a proposal to create a sanctuary in 10 percent of the Arctic Ocean, protecting it from oil drilling, fishing trawlers, and other exploitation. There are no promises it will work, but enjoy the exciting performance on a stranded iceberg — no polar bears...

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WE ARE DESPERATE: IRAQI’S FLEE FALLUJAH ONLY TO FIND ANOTHER NIGHTMARE...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Middle East ‘We are desperate’: Iraqis flee Fallujah, only to find another nightmare Civilians fleeing the siege of Fallujah face grim future Embed Share<iframe width=’480′ height=’290′ scrolling=’no’ src=’//www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/515fe3f8-37d5-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff’ frameborder=’0′ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen> There appears to have been little planning for the humanitarian effort in the aftermath of the Iraqi government’s battle against the Islamic State for control of Fallujah. (Loveday Morris/The Washington Post) By Loveday Morris HABBANIYAH, Iraq — Families fleeing the combat in the Iraqi city of Fallujah have been forced to sleep in the open desert for almost a week, with aid agencies warning that people are at risk of dying as supplies of tents and water run dangerously low. More than 85,000 people have escaped the city and its surroundings in recent weeks as Iraqi security forces battle to recapture...

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NET NEUTRALITY RULING FINALLY RIGHTS A TERRIBLE WRONG...

Jun 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Inequality This victory is a testament to the indefatigable work of millions of citizens determined to stand up to corporate lobbies. By Michael Copps BILL MOYERS & COMPANY Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler listens to testimony before voting on net neutrality on Feb. 26, 2015. This week the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rebuffed efforts by the telecom industry to block the FCC’s open-internet rules. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) “For the reasons set forth is this opinion, we deny the petitions for review.”  Those were the sweetest words I’ve heard in a long while, as the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit turned down the ridiculous efforts of the big telecom companies to derail the Federal Communications Commission’s open-internet — or “net-neutrality”...

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