States Weigh Banning A Widely Used Pesticide Even Though EPA Won’t

.     States Weigh Banning A Widely Used Pesticide Even Though EPA Won’t Ana B. Ibarra, Kaiser Health News Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban a widely used pesticide that the Environmental Protection Agency is fighting to keep on the market. The pesticide, chlorpyrifos, kills insects on contact by attacking their nervous […]

Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted

.     Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted ACLU April 18, 2019, 3:00 PM The eviction of Beverley Somai for calling the police is part of a disturbing trend. Last year, Beverley Somai learned a brutal truth that too many people across the country face: Calling the police can get you evicted. In 2017, […]

Assange’s Possible Extradition Threatens Journalism

.     Human Rights Watch April 11, 2019 8:29PM EDT US: Assange’s Possible Extradition Threatens Journalism ‘Hacking’ Charges Could Expand to Standard Investigative Reporting Practices Expand WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters The extradition of Julian Assange from […]

Texas GOP files ‘Abolition of Abortion Act’

.     Texas GOP files ‘Abolition of Abortion Act’ to ban abortion and make it punishable by death penalty Marissa Higgins Daily Kos Staff Wednesday April 10, 2019 · 1:36 PM EDT Texas state House Bill 896, introduced earlier this year, has the potential not just to criminalize abortion, but to classify it as […]

Amnesty International: Julian Assange must not be extradited to the USA

.     Julian Assange must not be extradited to the USA 11 April 2019, 18:46 UTC Following the announcement of Julian Assange’s arrest, and request for extradition to the United States, Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Research in Europe, said: “Amnesty International calls on the UK to refuse to extradite or send […]

UN chief reaffirms commitment to untying ‘Gordian knot’ of Middle East conflict and instability

.   UN chief reaffirms commitment to untying ‘Gordian knot’ of Middle East conflict and instability Photo: UN/ Mohammad Abu Ghoush. Secretary General António Guterres addresses the World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea, Jordan. 6 April, 2019. 6 April 2019 Economic Development Underlining the “enormous” opportunities for sustainable development and investment in the Middle […]

Saudi Arabia: New wave of arrests and travel bans latest assault on freedom of expression

.   Saudi Arabia: New wave of arrests and travel bans latest assault on freedom of expression 5 April 2019, 15:13 UTC Responding to reports that the Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested at least seven individuals, some of whom are journalists, writers and academics, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Research Lynn Maalouf said: “Those […]