Emails Reveal UK Helped Shale Gas Industry Manage Fracking Opposition

Shale gas executives and government officials collaborated in private to manage the British public’s hostility to fracking, emails released under freedom of information rules reveal. Officials shared pre-prepared statements with the industry last year before major announcements and hosted high-level dinners with “further discussion over post-dinner drinks”, while the industry shared long lists of “stakeholders”Read moreRead more

Seattle's Socialist City Councilor Offers Radical Response to Obama Speech

Though Republicans tied themselves in knots and exposed their party’s extensive internal rifts by offering four separate rebuttals to President Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday, a development that received less attention was the short response to the speech offered by recently-elected Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant. Sawant, who won her seat running asRead moreRead more

Greenwald/Scahill: How the NSA Helps the US Assassinate

In the first investigative piece co-written for their new media venture, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill on Monday published a much-anticipated story—based on eye-witness accounts and leaked documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden—describing how the National Security Agency uses its digital surveillance capabilities to assist the CIA and Pentagon as they carrying out controversial overseasRead moreRead more

Daily Update: Mustafa Ali, AEW notes, MLW COVID-19 testing

DAILY UPDATE Latest News: WWE Raw ratings down for season premiere Special edition of WWE Backstage to air after SmackDown this week WWE announces triple threat match for NXT Six-Man tag title match set for NJPW Road to Power Struggle night one WWE Raw video highlights: Season premiere Jeff Hardy vs. Elias added to WWERead moreRead more

Keystone XL to be Much Worse for Climate than State Department Says: Report

The development of the Keystone XL pipeline would have far greater ramifications for the climate than was highlighted in the State Department’s recently released final environmental impact analysis, says the The Carbon Tracker Initiative in a report released Monday. The State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS), which was released on January 31, saysRead moreRead more

Radioactive Water Buildup Grows as 'Decontamination' System at Fukushima Fails Again

At the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant, a defect has again forced the shutdown of the decontamination system that is central to the radioactive water cleanup strategy, owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced Tuesday. According to TEPCO, the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) — designed to decontaminate the water used to cool melted reactors — wasRead moreRead more

Snowden, Poitras to Receive 'Truth-Telling' Honor

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and one of the journalists who helped catapult his message into the mainstream press, Laura Poitras, were named recipients of The Nation Institute’s 2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling on Monday. “It is a privilege to be welcomed into the ranks of the Ridenhour awardees, people who have inspired usRead moreRead more

BP Says Gulf Cleanup Over. Not by a Long Shot, say Others

BP announced on Tuesday it was ending “active shoreline cleanup” from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 people, spewed millions of gallons of oil, contaminated beaches and ecosystems, and unleashed ongoing threats to marine life. “Immediately following the Deepwater Horizon accident, BP committed to cleaning the shoreline and supporting the Gulf’s economic andRead moreRead more

Obama Announces Executive Action on Student Loans

President Barack Obama on Monday announced a series of executive steps he was taking to tackle the $1.2 trillion student debt crisis, including the expansion of a federal program that puts a cap on monthly loan payments. The first of the three steps outlined was the expansion to those with older loans of the PayRead moreRead more

Most US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Attack Houses

Domestic buildings have been hit by drone strikes more than any other type of target in the CIA’s 10-year campaign in the tribal regions of northern Pakistan, new research reveals. By way of contrast, since 2008, in neighbouring Afghanistan drone strikes on buildings have been banned in all but the most urgent situations, as part of measuresRead moreRead more