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News & Views | 2.18.15


  Will White House Violent Extremism Summit Address Pressing Civil Rights Concerns?
by Hina Shamsi
From conceptualization to implementation, the CVE strategy raises significant constitutional and privacy concerns. It is not based on empirical evidence of effectiveness. It threatens to do more harm than good.


  In 'Tragic' Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking
by Deirdre Fulton
'The fact that communities cannot stop harmful industrial activities is tragic,' says environmentalist.
  'Nation's Top Censorship Officer': Targeted NYT Journalist Rebukes Eric Holder over Press Freedoms
by Lauren McCauley
The episode concluded with Risen saying that he intends to spend the rest of his life "fighting to undo the damage done to press freedom" by Holder and President Barack Obama.
  Ukraine Rebels Win Fight for Key City, But Will Cease-Fire Find Root in Battle's Wake?
by Jon Queally
Intense fighting and bloodshed appears to have ended in the strategically important city of Debaltseve, but whether peace will follow remains to be seen.
  No End in Sight: As Fighting Escalates, Afghan Civilians Still Paying Heavy Price
by Sarah Lazare
Among civilians, children were especially impacted by the spike in violence.
  UK Greenlights World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm
by Lauren McCauley
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey called the approval a "great boost" for the region, adding that the development has the potential to support up to 900 green jobs.
  Local Group Demands Federal Probe into Police Shooting in Washington
by Nadia Prupis
"For the sake of the community, we believe it is imperative that the U.S. Department of Justice assume control of the investigation immediately."
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  Obama’s Legacy: Permanent War and Liberal/Radical Accommodation?
by Ajamu Baraka
The lack of moral outrage and political opposition to the reactionary policies of Barack Obama is changing and will change even more rapidly as the new generation of black activists shift the center of oppositional politics back to the radical black tradition.
  Next Phase for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement? Escalation
by Divestment Student Network
This spring, our college administrators face a choice. They will have to pick a side.
  What’s Happening to Canada? An Open Letter to Stephen Harper
by Ralph Nader
Particularly noticeable in your announcement were your exaggerated expressions that exceed the paranoia of Washington’s chief attack dog, former vice-president Dick Cheney.
  Despite Corporations Trying to Silence Our Voices, A New Wave of Democracy
by Andrew Kimbrell
The antidote to this corporate attempt to poison our democracy is of course to defend those that have been courageous enough to vote their conscience and for their communities.
  Gulf Coast Activists Band Together to Fight Climate Change and Extractive Industries
by Adam Federman
Tackling climate change is not easy anywhere but perhaps especially so in this part of the country. The Gulf Coast is in many ways the oil and gas industry’s stomping grounds.
  In Richmond, We Would Not Let Democracy Be Bought
by Gayle McLaughlin
Make no mistake, we know we are in a very hard battle. Citizens United is a curse on our democracy and if it remains in place, our democracy nationwide will be destroyed.
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