Author Archives: Jon Queally

US climate assessment exposes ‘simply terrifying’ recklessness of Trump

‘Even as this report sounds the alarm, Trump's team of climate deniers are twisting themselves into pretzels to justify blocking national and international climate action.’

With the release of its National Climate Assessment on Friday, the U.S. government has released a report—which states the current period is “now the warmest in the history of modern civilization”—that critics say directly and irrefutably undermines the climate denialism and inaction of President Donald Trump and his administration. Continue reading

Naomi Klein: Any efforts to equate hateful violence with Trump resistance ‘are lies’

Though it is not quite the kind of large-scale “shock” she explores in her new book, author and activist Naomi Klein says that people should stand firm against anyone who tries to exploit for political purposes the “horrific” violence that took place Wednesday morning when a lone gunman targeted Republican lawmakers and others during practice for a congressional baseball team. Continue reading

Trump was previously not under investigation. Now he reportedly is.

President bristles in wake of latest reporting, but what he calls a ‘witch-hunt,’ political observers say is really Trump's own doing

In the letter announcing his former FBI director’s termination last month, President Donald Trump went out of his way to thank James Comey for telling him “on three separate occasions” that he was not under investigation. Continue reading

Spicer confirms White House actively planning attack on press freedoms

Effort to rewrite libel laws, says press secretary, 'is being looked into substantively and logistically'

White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Monday that the Trump administration is actively—and in his words “substantively”—reviewing the nation’s libel laws as it explores ways it could more easily sidestep First Amendment protections and target press coverage or news stories it deems objectionable. Continue reading

Obama: America “exceptional” so we don’t prosecute torturers

In his first official remarks following Tuesday’s release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the torture program conducted by the CIA during the presidency of George W. Bush, President Barack Obama on Tuesday night indicated that the abuses detailed in the report conducted in the name of the American people—described as “horrific,” “ruthless” and “much more brutal than previously thought”—should not be followed by further inquiries or prosecutions as many have long urged. Continue reading

Revealed: ‘Collect It All’ NSA targets those seeking web privacy

'Merely visiting privacy-related websites is enough for a user's IP address to be logged into an NSA database,' says new report

Internet users who use online privacy tools or read certain websites may themselves become targets of NSA surveillance, according to a new investigation by public broadcasting outlets in Germany published on Thursday. Continue reading

WikiLeaked doc reveals Wall Street plan for global financial deregulation

WikiLeaks releases draft text of trade deal exposing efforts to increase stranglehold over global economy

WikiLeaks published a previously tightly-held and secretive draft of a trade document last Thursday that, if enacted, would give the world’s financial powers an even more dominant position to control the global economy by avoiding regulations and public accountability. Continue reading

Food lobby colossus sues Vermont over GMO ‘right to know’

Powerful lobbyist groups claim 'free speech' as they file suit against law that says consumers should know what's in their food

Vermont’s Attorney General William Sorrellon has said his office is ready for a “heck of a fight” after some of the most powerful members of the nation’s food industry filed suit on Thursday challenging the state’s new law that requires the labeling of packaged food containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. Continue reading

‘Rank hypocrisy’: WTO deal bows to wealth, squashes the poor

US and EU called out for protecting their own subsidies while demanding world's poorest citizens be pushed back into starvation

In announcing a final agreement in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday morning, head of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo, said: “For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered.” Continue reading

Shut it all down: Report Calls for nationwide ban on fracking

Hydraulic fracturing gas drilling turning America's water into cancer-causing, radioactive waste

The explosion of hydraulic fracturing in the last several years, according to a new report, is creating a previously ‘unimaginable’ situation in which hundreds of billions of gallons of the nation’s fresh water supply are being annually transformed into unusable—sometimes radioactive—cancer-causing wastewater. Continue reading

Obama tells world: US Is ‘exceptional’ but (don’t worry) not ‘imperial’

In speech three times longer than scheduled, US president doubles down on "American exceptionalism" in address to UN General Assembly

In a display of what critics were quick to interpret as the rhetorical equivalent of U.S. military imperialism and its hubris in foreign policy matters, President Obama defended the idea of “American exceptionalism” and its outsized role in international affairs during his address at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. Continue reading

International alarms go up as Fukushima alert level raised

Regulators acknowledge that crisis is worsening amid constant flow of bad news at crippled nuclear plant

In the most serious action since the nuclear plant was first damaged in 2011, Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority is on the verge of raising the international alarm—and the official threat level—over the spiraling crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Continue reading

Is NSA secretly feeding spy intel to police for petty crimes?

Repeated claims that surveillance network only used for counter-terrorism belied by new documents from DEA

An exclusive investigative report by Reuters appears to confirm fears held by critics that the vast network of surveillance programs maintained by the National Security Agency is being used not only for countering international terrorism, but also for targeting common criminals within the U.S. Continue reading