Water protectors in North Dakota on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit against Morton County, Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force the night of November 20, when peaceful demonstrators were trapped on a bridge and assaulted with impact munitions. The lawsuit seeks to block the Morton County Sheriff's Department and other police agencies from... read more.
Peaceful Indigenous water protectors battling the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota have faced water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, rubber bullets, and police tactics so violent that one protester nearly lost an arm. But instead of addressing the police brutality, Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple late Monday slapped the water protectors living at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp with an evacuation order and severed their access to emergency services. Read more.
Vowing mass civil disobedience if North Carolina's Republican governor attempts to thwart the will of the people and "steal this election," hundreds gathered in a candlelight vigil outside the North Carolina Capitol building Monday evening. Governor Pat McCrory, who lost in the November election to Attorney General Roy Cooper by roughly 9,700 votes but has refused to concede, has been the subject of demonstrations throughout his tenure. Read more.
A nationwide day of action and disruption is set to take place on Tuesday, as workers from around the country and across industries are set to take part in strikes to show their refusal to back down in the face of an incoming rightwing political agenda. The actions, organized by the Fight for $15 collective, will see airport baggage handlers, Uber drivers, fast-food cooks, cashiers, hospital workers, and others strike to disrupt the U.S. service economy. It marks the first time that Uber drivers will be joining in a Fight for $15 action, showing that... read more.
British officials are using aid money to support oil drilling in a World Heritage Site in Africa, according to an Energydesk investigation. Government documents, obtained through freedom of information (FOI), reveal that the Foreign Office pledged thousands of pounds in aid to support drilling in Lake Malawi, where the UN warns that a spill could wreck the fragile ecosystem. Read more.
Sultana Khaya’s eyes don’t match perfectly. One of them is artificial. In 2007, a Moroccan police officer rammed his baton into her eye socket while she was peacefully protesting with fellow college students. He then gouged her eye out with his hand. Read more.
The Russian rouble staged an uncertain recovery on Tuesday as traders saw modest foreign-currency sales on the final day of trading before the New Year holidays. At 7.30 a.m., the rouble was around 2.6 percent stronger against the dollar at 56.81 rubles per dollar... read more.
Former prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe go head-to-head on Sunday in a runoff vote for France's center-right presidential nomination, with the winner likely to face a showdown against a resurgent far-right in next year's election. Opinion polls show Fillon, a social conservative with a deep attachment to his Catholic roots, going into the race as the clear favorite after stunning ... read more.
As a young medical student in Argentina I had been fascinated by Fidel Castro and his rebel combatants and followed with interest their advance from the mountains to the plains to the capital city of Havana . I longed to visit the island but the US blockade made it extremely difficult to travel to Cuba . Then, in 1981, the Pan American Health Organization invited me to attend a medical conference in Havana. Read more.
Hillary Clinton's campaign said Saturday it will participate in electoral recounts in Wisconsin—where such an effort was officially initiated on Friday—as well as in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who has raised more than $5 million toward the effort, filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday afternoon, just ahead of a 5pm deadline. Read more.
Cuba has declared nine days of national mourning to mark the death of Fidel Castro, whose demise at the age of 90 has prompted emotional scenes in Havana and Miami, tributes and reflections from world leaders, and ushered the island into an uncertain era. Read more.
"Few things are more corrosive to public education than knowing that an educational leader cheats and gets away with it because his school district condones and covers up his cheating," said attorney Dale Gronemeier, at a Pasadena Unified School District board meeting on October 27. At the meeting, Gronemeier presented a 93-page white paper, co-written by himself and Elbie Hickambottom, Jr., that outlines the cheating that they allege took place at Pasadena's Roosevelt Elementary School in 2010 and 2011, which was at the time under the direction of Principal Juan Ruelas. It was not the first time the Pasadena school board heard such allegations. Read more.
It is much too early to say to what extent President Trump will enact his campaign promises as government policy and, indeed, how much he will actually be able to do in office. But every day since his election demonstrations have sprung up throughout the United States to express outrage, apprehension and dismay. Moreover, there is no doubt that once in office Trump and his administration will continually do and say things that will inspire protest. Read more.
Over 1,000 U.S. military veterans are planning to "deploy" to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and peacefully support the water protectors' fight against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Read more.
Former Cuban President and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is dead at 90, his brother Raúl Castro announced late Friday on Cuban state television. "At 10:29 at night, the chief commander of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, died," he said, without giving a cause of death. Read more.
The Nutraloaf ‒ a brown slab of a baked combination of rice, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, oatmeal and beans ‒ has been dropped from food menus in Pennsylvania prisons. The loaf was used as punishment for inmate misconduct. Read more.
Glenn Greenwald, along with other journalists, has unleashed a torrent of criticism at The Washington Post over a piece about Russia leading a “fake news” campaign during the US election, calling it a “disgusting” smear and “supremely shitty” garbage. Read more.
After a campaign built on xenophobic remarks, a pledge to construct a massive wall across the southern border, and promises to form "a deportation force" to rid the nation of millions of undocumented immigrants, it's not surprising the psychological impact of Donald Trump's rhetoric would be most sharply felt among those living within those communities. Read more.
The US Army Corps of Engineers announced it will close the portion of federal land on which water protectors are camping in North Dakota by December 5, to protect the public amid violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement. Read more.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission has received a vote recount petition from Green Party’s Jill Stein, now running a fundraising campaign to cover recount costs in three swing states. Reform Party USA’s Rocky de la Fuente also filed a similar petition. Read more.
Florence Henderson, who began her career as an ingénue soprano in stage musicals in the 1950s but made a more lasting impression on television, as the perky 1970s sitcom mom on “The Brady Bunch,” died on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 82. Read more.
Following Donald Trump's election, the US has seen a spike in racist harassment and violence worse than what took place in the days immediately after 9/11. Amid this spate of hate crimes, a group of about 15 white supremacists, some of whom were armed, gathered at the Texas Capitol grounds in Austin Saturday, November 19, to protest the application of hate crime laws to white offenders. The group, "White Lives Matter Too," a local offshoot of the national White Lives Matter (WLM) organization designated a neo-Nazi hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), took to the Capitol grounds in Austin as a crowd of more than 1,000 were wrapping up a long-awaited unveiling and dedication ceremony for a new monument to Black history in Texas. Read more.
More than 50,000 donations have been made to Planned Parenthood in anti-choice Vice President-elect Mike Pence's name, in another show of creative resistance and organizing against the incoming Republican administration. "We've seen an unprecedented outpouring of support, with more than 200,000 people donating in the week following the election—a quarter of whom pledged to be monthly supporters... read more .
President-elect Donald Trump has tapped for U.S. Education Secretary "a 'reformer' who does not hide her contempt for the public schools," according to historian Diane Ravitch. Of conservative billionaire Betsy DeVos, a longtime supporter of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García said, "her efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students." Read more.
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Wednesday called for a ballot recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and and Pennsylvania, and apparently took less than a day to raise more than her campaign's initial goal of $2 million. "After a divisive and painful presidential race, in which foreign agents hacked into party databases, private email servers, and voter databases in certain states, many Americans are wondering if our election results are reliable," Stein said in a statement. "That's why the unexpected results of the election and reported anomalies need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust." Read more.
Wayne State University Police K9 Officer Collin Rose has died of injuries sustained when he was shot in the head while on-duty. Rose is the first Wayne State officer to be killed in the line of duty. He was the second Wayne State officer to be shot while on duty. Read more.
Most people don't know who John Horse is. This is not because he deserves to be overlooked, but because United States history has a way of conveniently forgetting some people, places, things and occurrences. But John Horse, a man of many names (Juan Caballo, Juan Cavallo, John Cowaya and Gopher John, all spelled various ways), is an extremely important person to remember, especially right now. More importantly, he wasn't just one man -- he represented a movement that stretched far across the Americas. Today, that movement, John Horse's story and the people who empowered him represent one of the greatest rebellions this country has ever known. We would do well to deliver them the remembrance that is their proper inheritance. Read more.
An 8-year-old African-American boy is recovering from injuries sustained in an apparently racially-motivated attack outside his school in Louisiana, his family says. Jordan Jackson’s mother Alana explained in a Facebook post that he was defending his 4-year-old sister from boys throwing dirt at her. When Jackson intervened, one of the boys said, “You need to go back to the cotton farm.” Read more.
A federal judge on Tuesday halted an Obama administration rule that would have expanded overtime pay for millions of workers, a decision that was slammed by employees' rights advocates. The U.S. Department of Labor rule, which was set to go into effect on December 1, would have made overtime pay available to full-time salaried employees making up to $47,476 a year. Read more.
If you are curious about how racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric -- and organizations dedicated to propagating the same -- are able to slip into the mainstream, do yourself a favor and listen to NPR's interview with Breitbart senior-editor-at-large Joel Pollak. Read more.
Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office twice shocked a woman in a wheelchair with a Taser, once when she was on the ground and handcuffed. The sheriff's office is investigating its own deputies' use of force in the case. Read more.
Nazi salutes. White people demanding a white “homeland.” A speaker talking about how women like to be assaulted. Glowing remarks about Adolf Hitler. Reporters getting booed for asking tough questions. This was the scene inside a conference held at a downtown Washington DC government building this past weekend and at a local restaurant. Read more.
The Atlantic published a video on Monday that shows attendees of a white nationalist conference giving Nazi salutes and cheering as movement leader Richard B. Spencer, who has been credited with coining the term "alt-right," delivers a speech describing the U.S. as "a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity...it belongs to us." Spencer was giving the closing speech over the weekend at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. at the annual conference of the National Policy Institute (NPI), a far-right think tank which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) describes as one of the four most influential groups leading the "academic racism" sector. Read more.
A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima region devastated by a 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The magnitude 7.4 earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, sent thousands of residents fleeing for higher ground as dawn broke along the northeastern coast. Read more.
Californians supporting the idea of a secession from the United States are celebrating a milestone this week with the submittal of a ballot proposal to the state's Attorney General that would amend language in the State Constitution. Read more.
A Massachusetts college has decided to remove an American flag amid struggles to stop “hate-based violence” that escalated since President-elect Donald Trump’s victory. The flag was initially flown at half-staff, but that only triggered more disputes. From now on, Hampshire College will not be flying American or any other flags, following the school president Jonathan Lash’s decision. Read more.
Tennessee officials confirmed that there are fatalities in a school bus crash in Tennessee’s fourth largest city of Chattanooga. The bus driver has been charged with five counts of vehicular manslaughter. At least five children died on the bus, while one died in the hospital, according to the Hamilton County District Attorney's office, WTVC reported. Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher later reiterated that figure, but cautioned that police could not confirm an official death toll. Read more.
Law enforcement unleashed percussion grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures on peaceful water protectors battling the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota late Sunday. Read more.
Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors in most parts of the world. Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving Roman Catholic Church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an "apostolic letter" after Sunday's close of the Church's "Holy Year of Mercy". Read more.
Police in San Antonio said Monday that they did not believe the fatal shooting of an officer there was tied to another ambush in St. Louis that occurred hours later. “I will say that it is certainly a coincidence, but we’re not going to venture to say that it’s connected,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. Read more.
Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse. Here’s the First 100 Day resistance agenda [with thanks to Alan Webber]: Read more.
Forget "draining the swamp," President-elect Donald Trump is building a cabinet full of "more swamp creatures than ever before," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Appearing on the morning show, the progressive lawmaker, who is running to chair the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said, "Donald Trump has already proven where he's going with this thing," based on the nominees thus far. "He has lobbyists and big-time investment bankers," Ellison continued, pointing to the ... read more .
The reactionary wave that swept across America with the election of Donald Trump is not an anomaly in our history. It is an all-too-familiar pattern in the long struggle for American reconstruction. The story of our struggle for freedom is not linear: Every advance toward a more perfect union has been met with a backlash of resistance. Read more .
What happened Nov. 8 is for many of us (especially liberal white people) literally unthinkable — which may be why our bodies are getting involved, with many reporting stomach problems and nausea, or intense cravings for human company combined with irritability. It’s as if we’re reconfiguring ourselves for the awful new world we’re stuck in now, and it kind of hurts. Read more .
Canada has adopted a law permitting assisted suicide for terminally ill adults whose death is “reasonably foreseeable." Some critics say the law prevents those with degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's from seeking medically-assisted death. Read more.
Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump sat in Thursday on the president-elect's first meeting with a head of state, raising ethical questions and eyebrows again over the future administration's conflicts of interest. Read more.
At least 17 people were killed by heavy gunfire and about a dozen more were rounded up and executed after hundreds of civilians trying to leave eastern Aleppo protested against the rebel blockade of exit routes, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Read more.
The neoliberal era in the United States ended with a neofascist bang. The political triumph of Donald Trump shattered the establishments in the Democratic and Republican parties – both wedded to the rule of Big Money and to the reign of meretricious politicians. The Bush and Clinton dynasties were destroyed by the media-saturated lure of the pseudo-populist billionaire with narcissist sensibilities and ugly, fascist proclivities. The monumental election of Trump was a desperate and xenophobic cry of human hearts for a way out from under the devastation of a disintegrating neoliberal order...read more.
There is a common stereotype that Democrats are by their nature weak and feckless. There was nothing weak about FDR. There was nothing weak about the New Deal or his audacious plan to pack the court. Ralph Nader wasn’t weak when he got Nixon to establish the EPA and OSHA. There was a time when liberals roared like lions. So, what happened in the meanwhile that turned them into the perpetual losers they are today? Money in politics. Read more.
They called it Project X. It was an unusually audacious, highly sensitive assignment: to build a massive skyscraper, capable of withstanding an atomic blast, in the middle of New York City. It would have no windows, 29 floors with three basement levels, and enough food to last 1,500 people two weeks in the event of a catastrophe. Read more.
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has announced he has submitted his resignation. Clapper said last year that he would step down at the end of President Barack Obama’s final term in office. In his resignation letter, Clapper said that his more than 50 years of service was enough. Read more.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday called on Donald Trump to rescind his appointment of alt-right figurehead Stephen Bannon, vowing to hold the president-elect accountable for his campaign promises while fighting against "the expansion of bigotry." In a speech at George Washington University that was live-streamed for thousands of viewers, Sanders admitted that last Tuesday night was... read more.
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia instructed his government on Wednesday to withdraw from the treaty that created the International Criminal Court, while his government assailed the tribunal as “ineffective and one-sided.” Read more.
A police officer in Minnesota who shot and killed Philando Castile, during a routine traffic stop, was charged with second-degree manslaughter. Castille's girlfriend went on Facebook Live following the incident. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi made the announcement during a Wednesday morning press conference that officer Jeronimo Yanez will face three charges for shooting and killing Philando Castile on July 6. Read more .
It is surreal to watch people across the country despair at the prospect of a single-party government, led by pandering bigots, that will have no need or inclination to check itself or its basest instincts. It is what we Texans have been dealing with for years. For folks who don’t know what this particular political nightmare is like, this winter will be very grim. Read more.
The day a racial slur was discovered spray-painted on Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center, dozens of people gathered in solidarity to denounce the act and paint over the red graffiti. Staff at the center found the graffiti on the side of the building when they came in to work Tuesday morning. Read more.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who recently received the public encouragement of Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressives, announced Monday he will run to be the next chairperson of the Democratic National Committee. "I am proud to announce my candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and if given the opportunity to serve, I will work tirelessly to make the Democratic Party an organization that brings us together and advances an agenda that improves people’s lives," Ellison said in a statement. Read more.
Oprah Winfrey is facing criticism after her comments regarding this week’s election of Donald Trump. “America has spoken,” she said during an interview with ET. “I just saw President-elect Trump with President Obama in the White House and it gave me hope. To hear President-elect Trump say that he had respect for President Obama it felt that he had reached a moment where he was actually humbled by that experience. To hear President Obama say he had renewed confidence in the peaceful transition.” Read more.
From penning puff pieces to "pivoting to 'Trump as our kooky uncle'" to glossing over his promotion of white nationalist Steve Bannon, the media is helping to normalize President-elect Donald Trump, critics charged this week. It was a trend that began during the campaign, FAIR's Adam Johnson wrote on Sunday, and it has only accelerated since the election. Read more.
The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination. So here’s the confounding thing about the American version of empire in the years when this country was often referred to as “the sole superpower,” when it was putting more money into its military than the next 10 nations combined: it’s been an empire of chaos. Read more.
America’s problems will only be solved outside of the electoral system, rapper and activist Boots Riley tells RT. Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has the true interests of Americans at heart, he said in a wide ranging interview. In an interview with RT’s Caleb Maupin, Boots Riley, lead singer of hip-hop group The Coup, gave his thoughts on the recent... read more.
Demonstrators across the US are planning to hold more than 200 rallies against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday. The ‘Day of Action’ is expected to be the largest protest against the pipeline since the government halted the project in September. The ‘Day of Action’ was called for by indigenous leaders in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Its goal is to stop the US government and the ... read more.
A teacher in Georgia received a chilling note from one of her high school students telling her to hang herself by her headscarf. “Your headscarf isn’t allowed anymore,” the note read. “Why don’t you tie it around your neck and hang yourself with it off of your neck instead of your head.” The anonymous note was signed “America” and featured two US flags, but the student who sent it has not yet been identified. Read more.
Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein accepted the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize in Australia on Friday, delivering a searing speech that reflected on Donald Trump's presidential victory in the United States and the factors that allowed it to happen. "If there is a single overarching lesson in the Trump victory, perhaps it is this: Never, ever underestimate the power of hate, of direct appeals to power over the 'other'...especially during times of economic hardship," said Klein, whose books include The Shock Doctrine and ... read more.
Amid the growing post-election call for a "reckoning" within the Democratic Party, Rep. Keith Ellison on Minnesota has swiftly emerged as the favored progressive choice to lead that transition. "Liberal lawmakers and advocacy groups have started plotting a major overhaul of the Democratic National Committee (DNC)," the Washington Post reported late Thursday, with the first step being a replacement for the embattled interim chair Donna Brazile. Read more.
A group of students in Michigan have been condemned after a video emerged in which they can be heard chanting “Build that wall” at Latino students a day after Republican candidate Donald Trump was elected president. Footage of the incident, which took place during lunchtime at Royal Oak Middle School in Royal Oak, was uploaded to Facebook and has now been viewed over 9 million times. Read more.
More than 25,000 people have signed a petition urging the Italian government and EU Commission to protect Florence against a $20 million lawsuit filed by McDonald's. It comes after the city rejected the chain's request to open a store on an iconic square. Read more.
Two top Jewish figures associated with the Democratic Party, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer, are backing the candidacy of a Muslim, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, for the party chair. Schumer, of New York, in line to be the next party leader in the Senate, is backing Ellison’s candidacy, according to anonymously sourced reports Friday in Politico and by NBC. Read more.
Developed countries should provide a massive economic boost to African nations to create jobs and slow the flow of refugees into Europe, says Germany’s development minister. It comes as the EU-Turkey deal to curb the migrant influx seems on the verge of collapse. Read more.
As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House, one of the largest KKK groups in the country is preparing a parade in his honor. The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, N.C., — “perhaps the most active Klan group in the United States,” according to the Anti-Defamation League — says on its website that it is planning a “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade” for Dec. 3 to celebrate Trump’s election win. Read more.
Many Americans woke up on November 9 (or didn't sleep to begin with) panicking about the future of the United States. Citizens of other countries, particularly in the Arab world, were probably observing this mass panic with a smirk, thinking, "and now it's their turn". Certainly, not out of spite, but in the hope that Americans would finally understand where they were coming from. Read more.
Thousands of protesters angry over Donald Trump's election victory massed outside Trump Tower in Chicago on Wednesday evening before taking to downtown streets in an angry show of opposition to the president-elect. "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists USA" and "Not my president!" were among chants shouted by the crowd earlier. Read more.
Trump's path to victory was set by decades of Republican fearmongering and a centuries-long effort by the ruling class to exploit race to divide working Americans from one another. Rampant inequality has fueled resurgent racism and xenophobia. The economic and human crisis of what is happening across America is real. It makes sense that people are scared, angry and desperate for change. Read more.
From Seattle to Austin to New York, people disappointed with Donald Trump’s victory took to the streets. In Austin, the capital of Texas, which voted for Trump, crowds marched in the center and on the city’s landmark bridge. Read more.
In the wake of Donald Trump's presidential victory, the activists in Arizona whose movement unseated immigration hardliner Sheriff Joe Arpaio are providing one glimmer of good news to progressive organizers across the nation. Arpaio, who has held the Maricopa County Sheriff position since 1993, lost his re-election bid to his Democratic opponent, Paul Penzone, by a 10-point margin. Arpaio is perhaps the most prominent and outspoken immigration hardliner in the country other than President-elect Donald Trump. Read more.
Voters in four states—Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington—said yes on Tuesday to ballot initiatives that will boost their state's minimum hourly wage, offering hope, advocates say, of an increased standard of living for roughly 2.1 million workers. Read more.
California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada all voted to make it legal for adults over 21 to smoke weed, a sweeping mandate that many expect will prompt a legislative domino effect throughout the country. Read more.
Women in France earn around 15.1 percent less than men, according to the latest data from the European Union’s statistics agency Eurostat, which French feminist organisation Les Glorieuses has calculated to mean women will be essentially working for free for the rest of the year after 4:34pm on November 7. Read more.
U.S. airstrikes carried out Thursday in Kunduz, Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians, including women and children, local officials said. The incident began when a U.S.-Afghan raid targeted "two senior Taliban commanders" in the northern province and the ... read more.
Even if he loses (and I believe he will), Donald Trump has done incalculable damage to America – eroding the trust and social cohesion the nation depends on. But he couldn’t have accomplished this without three sets of enablers. They must he held accountable, too. Read more.
Canada Transportation Minister Marc Garneau made headlines this weekend when he announced that by the end of the year, a long-promised ban on oil tanker traffic will be put in place off the North Coast of British Columbia—weeks after the government was harshly criticized for its bungled response to a spill in that same region. Read more.
Oklahoma has been rocked by another large earthquake, this one centered about 53 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. According to the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, the quake had a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale and originated at a depth of 6.1 km, only 1.5 miles west of Kushing, and 16 miles southeast of Stillwater. The earthquake occurred at about 8:44 p.m. EST. This earthquake marks the second significant quake in 24 hours, a 3.1 magnitude quake having struck near Perry earlier this afternoon. Read more.
City governments are shaping up as key actors accelerating worker co-op development. It started in 2009 when the City of Cleveland accessed a federal guaranteed loan to help finance the Evergreen Cooperatives. Since then, nine more city governments have moved to promote worker cooperatives through municipal projects, initiatives, or policies because they want to reach people and communities often left out of mainstream economic development. Other city governments including Philadelphia are considering it now. Read more.
In a "historic" show of interfaith solidarity, 500 clergy members prayed along the banks of North Dakota's Cannonball River on Thursday where they "bore witness with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation," which has faced intimidation, violence, and arrests for protecting their sacred land and water supply from the threats of a massive oil pipeline. Read more .
Anonymous activists take to the streets around the world for Million Mask March, an annual event held on November 5. The Anonymous movement has gathered every November 5 since 2012, to coincide with the annual British tradition of Bonfire Night... read more.
Pope Francis visited Sweden earlier this week to participate in an ecumenical service marking the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, a move seen by many as a reconciliatory gesture from the Catholic Church towards protestant faiths like Sweden’s Lutherans. On the flight home to Rome however he made comments that weren’t likely to go down well with Sweden’s liberal Lutheran Church, which has been appointing female priests since 1960 and has a female archbishop. Read more.
A historic African-American church in Greenville, Mississippi, was burned down and vandalized with “Vote Trump” graffiti. Local and federal officials are investigating the fire as a hate crime. Read more.
There are reports of another standoff between state police and protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline, where according to sources rubber and mace might have been used, with one protester being rushed to a clinic. Read more.
Among the small number of American newspapers that have embraced Donald Trump’s campaign, there is one, in particular, that stands out. It is called the Crusader — and it is one of the most prominent newspapers of the Ku Klux Klan. Under the banner "Make America Great Again," the entire front page of the paper's current issue is devoted to a lengthy defense of Trump’s message — an embrace some have labeled a de facto endorsement. Read more.
President Barack Obama said FBI Director James Comey’s decision to renew a probe of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails 11 days before the election had stirred a political controversy, but that the White House wouldn’t be seen meddling in the investigation. Obama didn’t specifically criticize Comey in an interview posted online Wednesday by NowThis News. He appeared to question whether Comey was... read more.
While it's not entirely clear who coined the phrase "socialism for the rich, free enterprise for the rest," its ability to provoke — and, more importantly, to describe — is beyond question. There are numerous variations on the saying, but each articulates a reality of which we are all, in some way, aware: The bankers who wrecked the economy, for instance, understood that they would be subjected to a different set of rules than those they... read more.
Nearly 5,000 SEPTA workers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have gone on strike, stranding commuters in sixth-largest US transit system just a week before the presidential election. Among the union grievances are pensions, healthcare and bathroom breaks. Read more.
Africa’s climate struggles are set to take centre stage at this year’s annual UNFCCC Conference of the Parties meeting from 7-18th November. Host country Morocco will see its city, Marrakesh, come to life as politicians, civil society and climate activists from all over the globe, convene to discuss climate change and its implications for developing countries. The meeting provides a critical space to engage in dialogues about tackling climate impacts while encouraging sustainable development growth alongside widespread community resilience. Prone to relentless weather changes and warming up significantly over the last decades, Africa has been exposed to droughts and floods that severely affect agricultural productivity, escalating water and food insecurity. Read more.
Donald Trump grabbed a new lifeline. Speaking at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 15th, he raised a hand as if to take an oath and declared: “I am a victim!” The great business tycoon, the one and only man who could fix America and make the place great again (trust me, folks), was laying claim to martyrdom -- and spinning another news cycle. “I am a victim,” he declared, “of one of the great political smear campaigns in the history of our country. They are coming after me to try and destroy what is considered by even them the greatest movement in the history of our country.” “I am a victim.” That pathetic line echoed in my head, which is why I’m writing this. In my long life, I had seen a large white man stand up in a public arena and proclaim those words -- the shrill, self-pitying complaint of the remorseless perpetrator,,, read more.