Dr. Brian Hooker: Father of Vaccine-damaged Child and His Relentless Pursuit to Expose Fraud at the CDC...

Aug 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Health Impact News Editor Comments A top researcher employed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has come forward as a whistle-blower, confessing to his participation in actively covering up data that clearly links vaccines to autism. (See: CDC Whistleblower: CDC Covered Up MMR Vaccine Link to Autism in African American Boys) This is not a story the mainstream media (MSM) will be able to ignore for long. However, the MSM is heavily funded by the pharmaceutical industry, and the pharmaceutical industry has their appointed spokespersons on all of the major networks. The pharmaceutical industry is well-funded. They are perhaps the richest and most powerful group in the world here in the 21st Century. They will fight back and spin this story as best they can – you can be sure of it....

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Native Activist Winona LaDuke: Pipeline Company Enbridge Has No Right to Destroy Our Future...

Aug 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Indigenous Native American Natural Gas & Oil Drilling Environment Guests Winona LaDukeNative American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. In North Dakota, more than a thousand indigenous activists from different tribes have converged at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, where protesters are blocking construction of the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters say the pipeline would threaten to contaminate the Missouri River, which provides water not only for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, but for millions of people downstream. For more, we are joined by Winona LaDuke, Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. TRANSCRIPT This is a...

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Zika 201—The CDC Report

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  | Best in Video This is the paper the CDC is using to claim that Zika causes birth defects. It has been cited as proof in The New York Times. It has been cited as proof in The Washington Post. It has been cited as proof in thousands of other news outlets. This paper is being used to allocate hundreds of millions [of dollars] in research. This paper is being used to support accelerated vaccine development. This paper is being used to justify carpet-bombing southern Florida with pesticides. It is being used to rationalize the release of genetically modified mosquitoes. It was published in The New England Journal of Medicine as a “Special...

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BRAZILIANS USE OLYMPICS TO DELIVER CLIMATE MESSAGE...

Aug 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT  Jared Green 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony / NBC The estimated 3.3 billion people who watched the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, saw a beautiful and compelling case for fighting climate change. Brazil, which is to critical to global efforts, given its stewardship of the Amazon rainforest, decided to use its big moment on the global stage to make the message clear: climate change will impact us all, and we must all do something, even if it’s simply planting a tree. In the beginning of the ceremony, the Amazon was depicted as the great web of life, a multi-layered network, which is really how a forest functions, according to biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus (see image at top). We then see dancers from the indigenous tribes...

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Vaccine Court Stats on Injuries and Deaths Betray Government’s Position on Vaccine Safety...

Aug 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News Every day, people in the United States are being injured and killed by vaccines. This is a fact that is not in dispute, as the Department of Justice’s quarterly report on vaccine injuries and deaths clearly demonstrates. And yet, the government’s official public statement about vaccines is that they are safe and effective, and should be mandated for all people. Any opinion or presentation of facts to contradict their position is vigorously suppressed and censored all in the name of “public health” for the “greater good.” The American public is largely unaware that there is a vaccine court known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). This program was started as a result of a law passed in 1986 that gave pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from being...

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THIS TECH COULD MAKE WATER SHORTAGES A THING OF THE PAST...

Aug 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Infographics Videos Getty In Brief It’s no secret that there is a rather serious issue on our planet: Water. Droughts are plaguing a number of societies around the world. However, solutions appear to be on the horizon. As the droughts in California continue to intensify and summer temperatures soar around the globe (well, at least part of it), water conservation efforts are at the forefront of our minds. As everyone knows, water is the most important resource in the world. We use water for just about everything, from agriculture to industrial purposes, and of course, for the most obvious purpose: Hydration. Even though water is an essential building block for life, about 700 million people currently lack access to clean, safe water. And ironically some of these people live near immense bodies of...

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Response to Rubella Vaccine in Somali and Black Children Suggests MMR Vaccine and Autism Connection...

Jul 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Watch this video: Now read this article. Somali Americans develop twice the antibody response to rubella from the current vaccine compared to Caucasians in a new Mayo Clinic study on individualized aspects of immune response. A non-Somali, African-American cohort ranked next in immune response, still significantly higher than Caucasians… Now… read this article. “This study validates the concerns of the Somali community in Minneapolis,” comments epidemiologist Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks associate director for public health research. “There may be factors that put Somali-American children at higher risk of autism and autism with intellectual disability,” he says. “Or these findings may reflect better autism awareness and detection within this tight-knit community. We need to explore these possibilities, and that takes further research.” Yes. It does take further research. Or DOES IT??? Let’s review. Somali...

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LA TIMES: Judge Finds Merck Lied In Patent Trial, Overturns $200-Million Verdict...

Jul 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Erin Elizabeth – HEALTH NUT NEWS These days, the public doesn’t have a very high opinion of drug manufacturers. And it seems that there may now be yet another reason to be angry: federal Judge Beth Labson Freeman of San Jose has found that Merck & Co. lied to a business partner and to the court itself (I’m sure no one is surprised). Just this week, Judge Freeman threw out a patent infringement judgment Merck had won against Gilead Sciences, and overturned a $200-million jury award in the case. Merck says it will appeal the judge’s ruling. This is a big deal for Merck and involves one of the most profitable drugs on the market today — the Sovaldi treatment (made by Gilead) for the hepatitis C virus. Merck’s misconduct includes lying, misusing Pharmasset’s confdential information,...

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Poised and Confident, Hillary Clinton’s DNC Speech Lays Out a Progressive Agenda...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] After a week of snubs, their grassroots revolution is acknowledged. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Hillary 2016 campaign – Twitter Hillary Clinton made history in more ways than one in Philadelphia. By Tuesday, she was the first woman nominated by a major political party. On Wednesday, President Obama wholeheartedly passed her the leadership baton. Before she took the stage Thursday, mainstream media was calling the Democratic National Convention a great success, while the TV ratings at the DNC have exceeded the GOP’s overall. And then Clinton gave a poised and clear-eyed speech accepting the nomination and presenting a very progressive agenda. And, in a manner unmatched by any previous speaker on the previous three nights, Clinton thanked Sanders for his campaign, thanked his supporters for their energy, and invited them...

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How an Indigenous Community Is Boosting Crop Productivity While Conserving the Rainforest (Video)...

Jul 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment “We are reforesting and restoring the land so that our grandchildren and our children have a future.” By Laura Jamison / Rainforest Alliance   VIA ALTERNET naranjilla fruit Photo Credit: Rainforest Alliance In the Napo province of Ecuador, the Kichwa people have been cultivating naranjilla—a citrus fruit that looks like a tomato but tastes like a blend of lime and rhubarb—and selling it informally in markets across the country for many years. In fact, naranjilla production has been the primary cash crop for indigenous Kichwa communities in the Hatun Sumaco parish. Unfortunately, naranjilla has also been the primary driver of deforestation in the area—and thus directly contributing to climate change. Without direct access to markets, the Kichwa had traditionally sold their harvests to middlemen, who promoted dangerous quantities of highly toxic, red-listed pesticides...

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WATCH: Bill Nye Answers the Looming Question About Juno...

Jul 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment Here is what powers NASA’s Juno spacecraft. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet   The launch of NASA’s Juno spacecraft naturally has astrophysicists and other science aficionados cheering. It also has a lot of people scratching their heads wondering how such wonders are possible. Bill Nye has the answers about how NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which arrived at Jupiter today, uses light from the sun to keep running. “Three solar rays take light and convert it directly into electricity,” Nye, the “science guy” explained. “A little motor is powered by a solar panel also. When we turn it to the light, the motor starts to run.” As you might expect, Nye added, moving farther from the source of light means “less and less electricity to drive the motor.” And the energy required to...

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ISLAMIC STATE’S AMBITIONS AND ALLURE GROW AS TERRITORY SHRINKS...

Jul 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Politics THE WASHINGTON POST A man lights a candle on flowers he placed near the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where 20 hostages were slaughtered on Friday. (AFP/Getty Images) By Carol Morello and Joby Warrick July 4 at 10:20 AM Massacres attributed to the ­Islamic State have struck on four continents this year, reflecting how the appeal of the group’s ideology is growing even as the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria has receded, according to experts. The slaughter of civilians in three large attacks in the past week alone — in Istanbul on Tuesday, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, and in Baghdad on Sunday — suggests that militant actions beyond the caliphate’s borders are taking place more frequently and not necessarily with any overt direction from some caliphate headquarters. Even...

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Elizabeth Warren’s Kick-Ass Speech Tells It Like It Is: What Should Hillary Do?...

Jul 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Heading into the Democratic Convention, the senator from Massachusetts offers the best analysis of our failed monopolistic economy. By Don Hazen / AlterNet   Elizabeth Warren speaking at Carroll Manor, Takoma Park, Maryland, April 21, 2012 Photo Credit: Edward Kimmel/Flickr CC In the Sanders/Clinton battle for the presidential nomination, Elizabeth Warren stayed on the perimeter.  She wasn’t quiet, that’s for sure. But she was the only woman in the Senate not to endorse Hillary, no doubt frustrating many women. She didn’t endorse Bernie, either, making many in the Bern crowd angry. She was threading the needle, as few can do. Warren has now embraced Hillary, which seems appropriate, and is campaigning aggressively with her. This is accompanied by considerable speculation about whether Hillary has the vision, and perhaps the chutzpah, to step out of...

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WATCH: BILL MAHER RUBS CALIFORNIA’S SUCCESS IN THE FACE OF REPUBLICANS...

Jul 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] https://youtu.be/BtNbMD96xgYMaher said Republicans need to start “looking at the results from the lab” when it comes to taxing the rich VIDEO Brendan Gauthier   SALON.COM “Real Time” host Bill Maher, during his “New Rules” segment Friday, peacocked California’s thriving economy after the state raised taxes on its wealthiest citizens. “If Republicans are going to keep calling states ‘laboratories of democracy,’ they have to start looking at the results from the lab,” Maher said, noting that after California raised taxes on the wealthy, the state now sits sixth on the list of world’s largest economies. “Whereas states like Kansas and Louisiana that went back to the old trickle-down theory of ‘cut taxes on the rich and they’ll always do the right thing,’ are financial catastrophes.” Maher explained that, after former-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger left office, California...

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‘Guacamole-Thick’ Algae Takes Over Florida’s Atlantic Coast, 4 Counties Declare State of Emergency...

Jul 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment Residents have described the foul-smelling algae as “god-awful” and “a festering infected creepy mess.” By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: instagram @ocean_allison Waterways and beaches along Florida’s Atlantic coast have been taken over by thick, blue-green algae blooms, prompting Florida Gov. Rick Scott to declare local states of emergency in St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Lee counties. Residents have described the foul-smelling algae as “guacamole-thick,” “god-awful” and “a festering infected creepy mess.” One resident has complained of health problems, telling Reuters, “It is affecting all of us as far as red eyes, runny nose and the ‘in the throat’ feeling.” Foul smelling green algae blooms have invaded Florida’s waterways. #green #algae #Florida #treasurecoast #algaebloom #treasurecoast A photo posted by Carbonated.TV (@carbonated.tv) on Jul 1, 2016 at 6:04am PDT “It’s heartbreaking...

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DEATH TOLL RISES TO 41 IN ISTANBUL AIRPORT ATTACK...

Jun 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Middle East Video appears to show explosion in Istanbul airport Embed Share Play Video0:40 Turkish officials say three attackers with suicide vests detonated their explosives at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 200 others. Editor’s note: This video contains graphic content. (TWP) By Erin Cunningham June 29 at 12:22 PM ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities combed through video clips and witness accounts Wednesday, seeking to reconstruct how three suicide bombers laid siege to the country’s largest airport, killing at least 41 people and raising questions over whether Turkey could step up its fight against the Islamic State. At least 13 foreigners were killed in the late Tuesday attack, including five from Saudi Arabia and others from China, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. At least 239 people were...

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THE REVOLVING DOOR BETWEEN THE FDA AND BIG PHARMA — 1 OF 4...

Jun 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Revolving Door Between the FDA and Big Pharma – 1 of 4 Click here to watch Understanding Big Pharma’s Propaganda Machine – 2 of 4 Click here to...

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HOW BREXIT COULD AFFECT YOUR WALLET...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jonnelle Marte  THE WASHINGTON POST What Brexit means for Americans’ mortgages and travel plans, in 60 seconds Here are three big ways that Britain leaving the E.U. might affect Americans. (Daron Taylor,Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post) Global stock markets plunged to their lowest levels in months Friday after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, making an immediate dent in Americans’ 401(k) accounts and sparking concerns about other financial impacts for the average U.S. consumer. In the near-term, the ripple effects of the Brexit may be felt beyond retirement accounts in the form of lower mortgage rates and a stronger dollar that boosts Americans’ purchasing power. But in other ways, the events taking place across the pond may not lead to much change for consumers who are already used to struggling with paltry...

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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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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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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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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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WHAT HILLARY CLINTON WOULD DO TO AMERICA...

Jun 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Wonkblog By Max Ehrenfreund and Jim Tankersley THE WASHINGTON POST Clinton on the campaign trail View Photos The former secretary of state has clinched the Democratic nomination for president. Hillary Clinton has accumulated enough support to secure victory in the Democratic primary, advancing to face a Republican opponent almost no one predicted at this time last year. Her long primary-campaign battle with Bernie Sanders pushed her to more liberal positions on a handful of issues, most notably the minimum wage and international trade, but neither it, nor the expected dynamics of her general election contest with Donald Trump, appears to have fundamentally changed the issue set that Clinton hopes to ride to the White House. Clinton kicked off the 2016 campaign talking about inequality, corporate greed and the struggling middle class. She’s still talking about those issues and...

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FINANCIAL CALAMITY DECLARED IN RIO WEEKS BEFORE OLYMPICS, BUT GAMES WILL GO ON...

Jun 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] World By Dom Phillip THE WASHINGTON POST RIO DE JANEIRO — Just weeks before it stages the 2016 Olympic Games, the state government of Rio de Janeiro has declared a “state of public calamity in financial administration” and warned that the situation is so dire it impedes the locale’s ability to meet Games commitments. The Olympics start Aug. 5 with Brazil already facing an impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, a public health crisis over the Zika epidemic and a deepening recession. In an official decree published Friday afternoon by acting governor Francisco Dornelles, the state government said the crisis could cause a “total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management.” Coming less than two months before the city hosts its first Olympic Games, the move stunned many in...

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IRAQI FORCES ENTER FALLUJA, ENCOUNTERING LITTLE FIGHT FROM ISIS...

Jun 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Middle East By TIM ARANGO  NYTIMES Video Reaction After Iraqi Forces Take Falluja Hundreds of internally displaced Iraqi families were seen fleeing the city of Fallujah on Friday as Iraqi forces continued their operation to retake the city from Islamic State militants. By REUTERS and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on Publish Date June 17, 2016. Photo by Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters. Watch in Times Video »   BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces quickly entered central areas of Falluja on Friday after weeks of battling the Islamic State and as thousands of civilians fled, overwhelming the ability of aid agencies to care for them. Reporting little resistance from Islamic State fighters, counterterrorism forces raised the Iraqi flag over the main government building in central Falluja, officers and state television reports said. They said that pro-government forces moved on...

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AHEAD OF MEETING WITH CLINTON, SANDERS CALLS FOR “FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY”...

Jun 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] “We need real electoral reform,” Sanders said, calling for an end to superdelegates and closed primaries Sophia Tesfaye SALON.COM   Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2016, following a meeting with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(Credit: AP) We have finally neared the end of the road. Tonight marks the end of the long Democratic primary season, and before Bernie Sanders meets with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton after polls close in the District of Columbia tonight, the Independent Vermont senator publicly committed to another battle — fundamentally transforming the Democratic Party. Sanders spent the weekend back at home, huddled with supporters in Vermont and he reportedly plans to address supporters via teleconference on Thursday about how “the political revolution...

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THE UNSEEN SLAUGHTER UNDER THE SEA...

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Unseen Slaughter Under the Sea Ocean Defenders Alliance is on a mission to stop abandoned “ghost nets” from killing dolphins, sea turtles, and millions of other marine animals. Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife. LOS ANGELES—As we set off for our destination off the Southern California coast, Captain Rex Levi weaves Mr. Barker’s LegaSea, a 55-foot Chris Craft yacht, between the massive cargo ships plying Los Angeles Harbor. The dockworkers’ strike of the past winter is over but still reverberates at sea as the behemoths queue 35 deep, waiting their turn to offload cars, clothes, and other merchandise at the Port of Los Angeles. Mr. Barker’s LegaSea belongs to environmental group Ocean Defenders Alliance and is named for Bob Barker, the game-show host and animal rights...

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VIDEO AIMS TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF OCEAN ACTIVISTS...

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Joel Harper turns his children’s book, ‘All the Way to the Ocean,’ into a movie with the help of some high-profile friends. (Courtesy Joel Harper) Todd Woody is TakePart’s editorial director, environment.   Today is World Oceans Day, and author and activist Joel Harper is using the occasion to unveil an animated video based on his popular children’s book, All the Way to the Ocean. The book and video, which is available for download, tell the story of two skateboarding boys, Isaac and James, who journey from the city to the coast to learn how throwing trash down urban storm drains harms the ocean and wildlife. Encountering a talking crane, a surfer, and other characters, the boys are inspired to take action at their school to stop ocean pollution. Marcia Cross volunteered to...

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