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"Code Red for Humanity": IPCC Releases Climate Report

By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian

Human activity is changing the Earth’s climate in ways “unprecedented” in thousands or hundreds of thousands of years, with some of the changes now inevitable and “irreversible”, climate scientists have warned. Within the next two decades, temperatures are likely to rise by more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, breaching the ambition of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and bringing widespread devastation and extreme weather.

Only rapid and drastic reductions in greenhouse gases in this decade can prevent such climate breakdown, with every fraction of a degree of further heating likely to compound the accelerating effects, according to the International Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading authority on climate science.

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World Leaders, #StopPlayingGames. Vaccinate the World Now

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

With a proposed patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines still mired in fruitless talks at the World Trade Organization, U.S. President Biden is facing growing calls to use his legal authority to force pharmaceutical giants to share their vaccine recipes as governments around the world race to combat the fast-spreading Delta variant.

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Political Organizing and Cross-Movement Activism isn’t New for Asian Americans

By Frances Nguyen, Prism

Asian Americans have been long stereotyped as “forever foreigners,” disinterested in engaging in civic life. But for many Asian Americans, political organizing has been a way to explore what the murky and plural identity of “Asian American” means and determine for themselves what their inclusion in the American fabric looks like. Now with the current spotlight on “anti-Asian hate,” Asian Americans are taking the rare opportunity of national attention to assert their presence in political and cultural arenas.

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Daniel Hale Makes Case Against US Drone Program

By Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept 

The missiles that killed Salim bin Ahmed Ali Jaber and Walid bin Ali Jaber came in the night. Salim was a respected imam in the village of Khashamir, in southeastern Yemen, who had made a name for himself denouncing the rising power of Al Qaeda’s franchise in the Arabian Peninsula. His cousin Walid was a local police officer. It was August 21, 2012, and the pair were standing in a palm grove, confronting a trio of suspected militants, when the Hellfires made impact.

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Medicare for All Advocates Take to the Streets of Over 50 US Cities

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

Just days before the 56th anniversary of Medicare being signed into law, advocates for creating a public, universal health insurance program in the United States to replace the largely private, for-profit system held marches in more than 50 cities across the country on Saturday.

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Curb Endless US Wars, Lethal Arms Sales

By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

A trio of senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would beef up congressional authority in national security with provisions to narrow presidential power to launch hostilities, make it easier to block certain weapons sales, and sunset authorizations of the use of military force including the 2001 AUMF that paved the way for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

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Palestine runs dry: ‘Our water they steal and sell to us’

By Mohammed Najib, Al Jazeera

As Palestinians suffer through severe water shortages in the searing summer, illegal Israeli settlers nearby enjoy unlimited quantities not only for drinking but to fill swimming pools, irrigate crops, and wash their vehicles.

Black-and-white water tanks are ubiquitous on the roofs of Palestinian homes across West Bank cities and towns, to be filled when their water taps literally run dry for weeks at a time.

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Oil and Gas Heir Funding Super PAC Attacking Nina Turner

By Matthew Cunningham-Cook, The Intercept

The largest donor to the super PAC backing centrist Democratic candidate Shontel Brown in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District special election is an oil and gas executive who belongs to a billionaire family. Activists worry the donations could compromise Brown’s support for progressive climate policy.

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