Month: October 2020

With Islamophobia on Rise, Right-Wing Militias Threaten Communities in Kansas, Georgia

Two separate armed right-wing militias have threatened violence against Muslims in small towns in Georgia and Kansas, respectively, as xenophobic rhetoric fuels Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign. “We ask our nation’s political leaders, and particularly political candidates, to reject the growing Islamophobia in our nation.”—Nihad Awad, CAIR In...

Unified Against Trump Threat, World Vows To Push Ahead on Climate Action

Underscoring the “climate pariah” that the United States is expected to become under a President-elect Donald Trump, world leaders concluded the United Nations climate talks on Friday by re-committing to the goals of the Paris accord and vowing to take swift action to reduce global emissions.  “We call for...

Experts Quietly Asking Clinton Camp to Press for Probe Into Election Results

As Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote now passes the 2 million mark, a group of computer scientists and election lawyers has reportedly pressed her campaign team to petition for recounts in three battleground states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—because the election results may have been compromised as a result...

In Blow to Enbridge, Canada to Ban Oil Tankers Off Northern B.C. Coast

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...

Pentagon Admits It Underreported Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria

The U.S. Pentagon has vastly under-reported civilian deaths from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria—by half. According to new figures released Wednesday by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), 119 civilians died since bombing against the Islamic State (ISIS) began in 2014, an update that now includes an additional 64 deaths between...

Dozens of Rights Groups Ask Obama to 'End Cycle of Cruelty,' Free Chelsea Manning

With just weeks left in his presidency, the call for U.S. President Barack Obama to grant clemency to U.S. military whistleblower Chelsea Manning continues to grow increasingly urgent. On Monday, over a dozen advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal, and the National Organization for...

Michigan Recount Halted as Judge 'Gives In' to Trump and State GOP

A federal judge on Wednesday effectively ended the ongoing presidential recount in Michigan by lifting the order he previously issued allowing it to move forward. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith halted the recount, which began on Monday amid legal challenges, on the grounds that the Green Party’s Jill Stein...

Chinese Newspaper: Trump Has 'No Sense of How to Lead a Superpower'

President-elect Donald Trump “is not behaving as a president who will become master of the White House in a month,” the Chinese newspaper Global Times wrote in an editorial on Monday. “He bears no sense of how to lead a superpower.” The denunciation from the state-sanctioned publication came after Trump...

Senate Dems Probe Wall Street Ties of Foreclosure King Steven Mnuchin

When former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump last month to serve as Treasury secretary, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joined a chorus of critics in saying the pick wasn’t “draining the swamp—it’s stocking it with alligators.” Now, Brown wants to know how his Wall Street...

With 'Valentine to Corruption,' Trump Officially Kills Big Oil Transparency

In a move global rights groups are decrying as a Valentine’s Day gift to Big Oil, President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially voided a rule that forced extractive industries to disclose payments made to foreign governments.  The transparency law, known as the Cardin-Luger amendment, was an Obama-era rule established...