BREAKING: BP Settlement in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill – ‘Largest Environmental Penalty of All Time’

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill / Creative Commons For Immediate Release (DOJ) / 04.04.2016 Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Statement on Agreement with BP to Settle for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Following the order today by U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to enter the consent decree settling United States of America v. BP Exploration[…]

Justice Department Launches Probe for Civil Rights Violations in Arizona Primary

CommonDreams.org / Creative Commons By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) / 04.04.2016 – The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the handling of last month’s presidential nominating contest in Arizona’s most populous county, citing complaints of exceedingly long lines at polling places with high levels of minority voters. The Justice Department’s civil rights[…]

Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Conservative Challenge to ‘One Man, One Vote’

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the method all states use to draw their legislative districts, rejecting a conservative challenge that could have given more clout to white, rural voters. The eight justices rebuffed a[…]

Prosperity Gospel’s Warping of #Blessed

WHY SO MANY AMERICANS THINK THEY’RE #BLESSED Feeling blessed? Nick Lehr/The Conversation Dr. Joseph P. Laycock Associate Professor of Religious Studies Texas State University Last month, my colleagues and I were moved by a beautiful and tragic New York Times editorial by Kate Bowler, a religion professor from Duke Divinity School who was recently diagnosed[…]

FIFTY Priests and Teachers Involved in Child Rape in ONE Diocese of Fewer than 100,000

\ Bigstock By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.04.2016 Mary Kane recently reported in The Washington Post, following the release of the Oscar-winning film Spotlight, on a grand jury report detailing the sexual assault of children by at least fifty priests and teachers in Pennsylvania’s Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, representing a population of less than 100,000. Kane wrote[…]

The Hidden Wealth of Nations – Discussion with Book on Author on Heels of Panama Papers

Illustration by Jack D. By Richard Eskow / 04.04.2016 If you’re interested in inequality, social justice and the future of democracy, then you should definitely read this book,” proclaims rock star economist Thomas Piketty in his introduction to Gabriel Zucman’s book The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens. Only 28 years old,[…]

Trump: The Pseudo-President in Waiting

Reuters/Mario Anzuoni By Brian McNair / 03.27.2016 Professor of Journalism, Media and Communication Queensland University of Technology Donald Trump, the bastard! Not only has he offended Muslims, Mexicans, women, the pope, his president, peaceful protesters at his increasingly fascist-style rallies, the residents of Brussels and reasonable opinion in general, he’s gone and ruined one of[…]

Justice Department Reviewing ‘Panama Papers’ for Possible Corruption

CommonDreams.org / Creative Commons WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing leaked documents (#PanamaPapers) from a Panama law firm involving offshore financial arrangements of global politicians and public figures for potential evidence of corruption, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Earlier on Monday, the White House said it could not specifically comment[…]

Bloggers Under Fire: The Fatal Consequences of Free Thinking in Bangladesh (VIDEO)

Some of the secular writers killed in recent years in Bangladesh. From top left clockwise: Faisal Arefin Dipan, Shafiul Islam, Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Ahmed Rajib Haider, Avijit Roy, Ananta Bijoy Das, and Niloy Neel. Six secular Bangladeshi writers have been killed since November of 2014: Rajshahi University professor AKM Shafiul Islam, literary publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, and[…]