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This week’s vote on Scottish independence has lit up the political landscape in Europe, encouraging the left and prompting panic in the halls of power. If the “Yes” side manages to beat the odds and win on September 18, new possibilities will arise on a political spectrum which seemed to be shrinking by the year. (more…)

Nationaljournal.com

In the face of congressional inaction, a federal court on Friday renewed an order allowing the government to collect phone records on virtually all calls within the United States. (more…)

Commondreams.org

In what critics say is a blow to voters’ rights, a federal appeals court on Friday gave the state of Wisconsin the green-light to require voters to provide identification as a condition of casting a ballot. (more…)

Truthout

On remote Deer Isle, Maine, the movement for a more just and democratic economy won a major victory this summer. More than 60 employees of three retail businesses – Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley – banded together to buy the stores and create the largest worker cooperative in Maine and the second largest in New England (more…)

Marcy Wheeler Salon

Creative legal interpretations may now enable the government to sign off on things that will blow your mind (more…)

Commondreams.org

Strikes and protests in more than a hundred US cities reveals rapidly growing effort by labor unions and low-wage workers to join forces and reclaim power of organized people (more…)

Commondreams.org

While world watches US law enforcement, ‘Urban Shield’ brings defense contractors, law enforcement agencies, and SWAT teams for war games and arms trade (more…)

Jonathan Cook  ICH   

­ I have mentioned before that more than 90 per cent of reporters are in some sense “access journalists” – that is, they rely on the active help of the key figures on their “beat”. Usually the people they regularly need to access are in power: crime correspondents need help from the police, much less so than criminals; diplomatic correspondents need the help of diplomats more than they need the help of drone strike victims, and so on. (more…)

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