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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
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Rep. Barbara Lee condemns U.S. escalation without debate in Syria

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), the only member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan, responded to the latest escalation in Syria by warning against mission creep in the fight against Islamic State militants and calling for Congressional debate.

Federal judge allows CIA torture victims to sue contractors

Spokane - Victims of a Central Intelligence Agency torture program may proceed with a civil lawsuit against the psychologists who were paid tens of millions of dollars to instruct agency operatives how to break detainees during interrogation.

Legendary musician Prince dead at 57

Chanhassen - The iconic multi-talented musician Prince was found dead at his Minnesota home and recording studio Thursday. He was 57 years old.

New Twitter China chief raises concerns over military past

Kathy Chen, Twitter's newly hired managing director in China, has raised eyebrows and ire across the Twitterverse over her past military work and her role in enabling government censorship of the Internet.

Citing anti-LGBT law, PayPal scraps planned N. Carolina expansion

PayPal announced Tuesday that it is scrapping plans to open an operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina in protest of a new state law legalizing discrimination against LGBT people.

Fight for $15: California, New York governors raise minimum wage

In an historic move to address the growing problem of income inequality, the governors of the two most influential states in America signed bills raising their respective minimum wages to as high as $15 in the coming years.

Nintendo partners with SF library to teach kids video game design

San Francisco - Getting children in the Internet age to rush to the library during spring break might seem like a mission impossible, but that's just what San Francisco kids are doing thanks to an innovative partnership between the city's public library and Nintendo.

5 astonishing (and free) Chrome hacks you didn't know you needed Commissioned

For years, savvy Internet users have been making simple changes to their Google Chrome browsers to optimize their online experience.

Sen. Chris Murphy: Saudi war in Yemen 'empowering terrorists'

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) marked the first anniversary of the US-backed, Saudi-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen by questioning America’s role in the civil war and arguing that US involvement there is fueling more terrorism.

U.S. commander apologizes for bombing Afghan hospital, killing 42

Kunduz - The new commander of US and NATO military forces in Afghanistan apologized on Tuesday to victims of an October 2015 aerial attack on a charity hospital that killed 42 patients and staff and wounded dozens more.

11 companies banned from business in Illinois for Israel boycott

Springfield - Illinois became the first state in the nation to ban companies which boycott Israel or its illegal settler colonies from doing business with the state.

Clinton ties criticism of Israel to antisemitism in AIPAC speech

Washington - There was never any doubt that Hillary Clinton is a staunch supporter of Israel, but the Democratic presidential frontrunner angered many pro-Palestinian activists when she linked a leading peaceful protest movement to "bullying" and "antisemitism."

Franciscan leaders charged with shielding serial pedophile priest

Johnstown - Three former leaders of a Franciscan Friar order in western Pennsylvania were criminally charged on Monday with allowing a known predatory pedophile priest to work in a Catholic high school.

U.S.-backed South Sudan government accused of horrific war crimes

Geneva - A new United Nations report accuses U.S.-backed South Sudanese forces of committing widespread and horrific war crimes against innocent civilians, including torture, rape of women and children and murder.

Sen. Murphy urges better buprenorphine access for opioid addicts

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Wednesday urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to "take all necessary steps" to ensure that heroin and opioid addicts get improved access to buprenorphine, an effective treatment option that has saved lives.

N.H. lawmaker Kyle Tasker charged with luring 14-year-old for sex

Nottingham - A New Hampshire state lawmaker serving on a children's law committee has been charged with attempting to exploit a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Grand Celebration celebrates first anniversary Commissioned

The Grand Celebration, hailed as the finest ship to ever set sail from the Port of Palm Beach, recently celebrated its first anniversary in Freeport Harbour, Bahamas at an event attended by company executives and employees and local political leaders.

Citing 'cost of war,' DNC No. 2 Gabbard resigns, backs Sanders

United States congresswoman and decorated combat veteran Tulsi Gabbard resigned as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee Sunday and announced her endorsement of Bernie Sanders for president.

97-year-old woman with cancer facing eviction from home of 66 yrs

Burlingame - A 97-year-old California woman suffering from cancer is facing eviction from the home she has lived in for 66 years after her longtime landlord died and the property's new owner ordered her to vacate within 60 days.

Rep. Barbara Lee hails President Obama's upcoming visit to Cuba

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), who has advocated normalization of US-Cuban relations for decades, hailed President Barack Obama's decision to visit Cuba as an important step toward ending more than 50 years of "failed US policy" toward its socialist neighbor.
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