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Category Archives: World Commmunity

Disturbing Senate confirmation hearing shows why Pompeo should not be confirmed

Excerpt: Pompeo seems more interested in pleasing Donald Trump and hiding whatever members of the Foreign Relations Committee want to know about their secret meeting regarding Mueller's investigation. He should not be confirmed.
Written by:Essie Hicks
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LANDMARK VICTORY: Washington State Senate votes to abolish the death penalty!

Excerpt: In a landmark victory for human rights and dignity, the Washington State Senate made history today by approving legislation that would abolish the death penalty, ending the barbaric practice of executing people as a punishment for crimes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: “Fifty Million Rising” explains how women are changing the Muslim world

Excerpt: Saadia Zahidi's look at the cohort of "The Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World" doesn't contradict itself, but it is large and containing multitudes. It couldn't be anything less and still true, spanning as it does thirty Muslim-majority countries from North Africa all the way to Southeast Asia.
Written by:David A Johnson
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PCC rebrands: Cooperative drops “Natural Markets” for “Community Markets”

Excerpt: For decades, PCC (the Puget Consumers Cooperative) has been a fixture of Seattle and more recently the greater Seattle metropolitan area, providing organic food from local farms, ranches, bakeries, and dairies. When we need food for an event, such as our annual Winter Holiday Party, NPI turns to PCC. Since 1998, when PCC adopted the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians are hungry for meaningful corporate tax accountability, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: NPI's research has confirmed that there's an extraordinary appetite for meaningful accountability that spans the ideological spectrum and every demographic group imaginable.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ecommerce giant Amazon to buy Whole Foods grocery chain in blockbuster deal

Excerpt: If this deal goes through, Amazon will -- almost overnight -- become a major player in the brick and mortar retail industry. It already dominates ecommerce.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Obama administration strikes back at Putin regime for interfering in 2016 U.S. elections

Excerpt: It’s a start: President Obama struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and imposing sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services. The administration also penalized four top officers of one of those services, the powerful military intelligence unit […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Delaware Supreme Court declares state’s death penalty law unconstitutional

Excerpt: A significant victory for human rights has been won today: The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional – and the only chance at fixing it is to punt the issue to the already-divided General Assembly. The top court released its ruling Tuesday that said Delaware’s current capital punishment statute violates the U.S. Constitution by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Brexit vote: “Leave” wins stunning victory, but Scotland and N. Ireland vote to Remain

Excerpt: A majority of voters in the United Kingdom of Great Britain have decided to break up with the European Union, British mass media outlets are projecting, stunning financial markets and pundits who had predicted a victory for the Remain campaign when all was said and done. At around midnight Eastern time and 9 PM Pacific, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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America wakes up to a nightmare: Horrific attack on Orlando nightclub leaves fifty dead

Excerpt: This morning, hundreds of millions of Americans woke up to the news that a man armed with an AR-15 assault rifle who had called 911 to announce that he was about to commit a heinous act in the name of the Islamic state group had brutally slaughtered over fifty people at a gay nightclub in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bernie opposes Ex-Im. Will it “cost him” in Washington State’s Democratic caucuses? No.

Excerpt: Last night’s Democratic presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders included a lengthy exchange over an issue of concern to Washington State’s political leadership: the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, which members of Washington’s congressional delegation fought hard to protect and then to reauthorize after Republicans shamefully allowed its charter to expire. The candidates disagree over […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Shameful: U.S. House passes bill to effectively stop Syrian refugees from coming to America

Excerpt: The United States House of Representatives today disgraced itself by voting overwhelmingly to approve a Republican-backed bill intended to effectively block America from taking in more Syrian refugees. The vote on the legislation was two hundred and eighty-nine to one hundred and thirty-seven, with forty-seven Democrats shamefully joining nearly all the Republicans in voting aye. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Barack Obama announces his administration has rejected Keystone XL

Excerpt: Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, President Barack Obama announced today that his administration has — after a lengthy and repeatedly delayed review process — rejected oil giant TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border. “Now, for years, the Keystone [XL] Pipeline has occupied […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations completed in Atlanta, says White House

Excerpt: Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an unprecedented trade pact that has been developed in secret by diplomats representing eleven nations as well as lobbyists for large, multinational corporations, have finally been completed, the Obama administration announced this morning. “This partnership levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating more than 18,000 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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