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During the 2016 election season, private prisons and pharmaceutical companies made a number of donations towards anti-marijuana legalization campaigns across the United States in hopes of furthering their agendas. In November 2016, the legalization of recreational marijuana was put up to a vote on the five states’ ballots, California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts and Maine. Among […]
“When it comes to sexual assault and rape, the norm for universities and colleges is to downplay the situation and the numbers,” said University of Kansas law professor Corey Rayburn Yung, in a 2015 Think Progress article. Two years later, US colleges and universities continue to downplay the extent of sexual assault reported by students, […]
The Pentagon paid a British PR firm over $660 million to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq from May 2007 to December 2011, Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith reported for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in October 2016. The UK-based PR firm Bell Pottinger produced short TV segments made to appear like Arabic […]
An investigation conducted by an Australian animals rights charity, Animals International, has revealed that live exported animals from European Union (EU) countries have been facing severe abuse. Undercover videos show EU cattle and sheep being beaten, given electric shocks, and inhumanely slaughtered at destinations in Turkey and Middle East. These actions clearly breach EU laws […]
The employees of Robertson Winery and other vineyards in South Africa endure long working hours, low wages, and “abysmal” working conditions, according to a November 2016 CorpWatch report. Vineyard workers are paid below the legal minimum wage, discouraged from unionizing, and work in environments that expose them to toxic pesticides. They are housed in dilapidated […]