“Racism Plays a Major Part”: Like in Flint, Lead Pipes Leave Benton Harbor, Michigan, with Toxic Water

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. Officials in Michigan have warned residents in the predominantly Black city of Benton Harbor not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or brushing their teeth, due …
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“Blanket Unconstitutional” Texas Abortion Ban Takes Effect in Major Setback for Reproductive Rights

In a major setback for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed a Texas law to go into effect that bans abortions after six weeks — before most people even know they are pregnant. Until now, no other six-week ban has ever gone into effect in the United States. The law is seen as …
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Fresh coronavirus cases found at Napier Barracks, months after major outbreak

Support us and go ad-free Cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) have once again been identified at a military barracks being used to house asylum seekers, several months after a major outbreak at the camp. Unfit habitation The Home Office said a “small number” of infections have been found at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent. Nearly 200 …
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“A Code Red for Humanity”: Major U.N. Report Warns of Climate Catastrophe If Urgent Action Not Taken

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: In its first major report in nearly a decade, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned the Earth could face runaway global warming unless drastic efforts are made to eliminate greenhouse gases. The IPCC said humans are, quote, “unequivocally” …
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‘Major structural damage’ had been identified years before Miami building collapsed

Support us and go ad-free A 2018 report found evidence of major damage in the high-rise South Florida building that partially collapsed last week. The report raised concerns about “cracking and spalling” in the parking garage of Champlain Towers South in Surfside. The report also raised concerns about structural damage to the concrete slab beneath …
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Two major developments in Julian Assange’s case could be game-changing

Support us and go ad-free The case of Julian Assange has seen two developments in recent days. Both are significant, and both could be central to how the future looks for the imprisoned journalist. Assange: MPs take action First, former British Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn and current Labour MPs Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon visited …
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Independent media just forced the Tories into a major NHS climbdown

Thanks in part to independent media, the Tory government has delayed the roll-out of the so-called ‘NHS data grab‘. But while the climbdown is to be welcomed, bigger issues remain. Flogging our medical records, Tory-style As we previously wrote, the Tories flogging off our medical data isn’t new. Previously, a single government body was doing it, …
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Latest Gaza massacre has prompted major two-state solution advocates to think again

For decades, the most widely touted solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict has been based on two independent states. Known as the ‘two-state solution’, this proposal has enjoyed widespread support from the vast majority of the world’s nations, including the US and all of its European allies. It’s also the favored plan of regional and supranational …
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Explosive study shows the wildlife trade plays a major role in the rapid loss of the world’s species

The biodiversity crisis, aka the rapid disappearance of essential diverse life on earth, is – alongside the climate crisis – one of the most pressing issues on the planet right now. The rich tapestry of life on earth is responsible for the ecosystems that humans, and all living beings, depend on for survival and health. …
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Indian farmers plan nationwide three-hour blockade of major roads

Tens of thousands of protesting farmers plan to blockade major roads across India for three hours on Saturday 6 February. It’s an attempt to press their demands for the repeal of new agricultural laws in the country. Authorities deployed thousands of security forces mainly outside India’s capital New Delhi. Farmers have camped at three main …
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