News for 2011-04-29

Friday, April 29, 2011
[title] Daily Show: Exclusive - Bernie Sanders Extended Interview
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-april-27-2011/exclusive---bernie-s...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egypt to 'Permanently' Open Gaza Border Crossing
Egypt is to permanently open the Rafah border crossing to ease the Israeli blockade on Gaza, Nabil al-Arabi, the country's foreign minister, has said. Arabi said Egypt would take "important steps to help ease the blockade on Gaza in the few days to come". Speaking to Al Jazeera on Friday, the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 5,000 Civilians Tried in Egyptian Military Courts, says Human Rights Watch
CAIRO - Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Friday that the Egyptian military has tried over 5,000 civilians in military courts since February. It urged the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to put an end to military trials for civilians. "Human Rights Watch strongly...
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White House Threatens to Blacklist Paper for Covering Protest
The San Francisco Chronicle is apparently in trouble with the White House for posting video of a protest against the White House's treatment of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning. The Chronicle 's Carolyn Lochhead reports :
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[title] Andrew Bacevich: Serious Thinking About US Military Action
According to retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich, Barack Obama "is a problem solver, he's surrounded himself with problem solvers at a time when maybe we need some creative thinking." This week saw the announcement that General David Petraeus would be taking Leon Panetta's spot as head of the CIA,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Uganda Uprising Gathers Pace Despite Bloody Government Crackdown
Riots have swept across the Ugandan capital, Kampala, in the biggest anti-government protest in sub-Saharan Africa so far this year. Security forces have launched a brutal crackdown, opening fire on unarmed civilians with live rounds, rubber bullets and teargas. Two people have been killed, more...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Uncut' Activists Claim Purge of Facebook Pages
Activists are claiming that dozens of politically linked Facebook accounts have been removed or suspended by the company in the last 12 hours. The list of suspended pages include those for the anti cuts group UK Uncut , and pages that were created by students during last December's university...
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Ponders Holding 'Debt Limit' Hostage Every Sixty Days, Not Just Once
House Republicans are considering a plan to grant only incremental increases to the federal debt limit in a bid to extract more concessions on spending cuts and budgetary reform from the Obama administration. The idea has a champion in Grover Norquist, the conservative activist and president of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Why Older Nuclear Power Plants Remain 'Cash Cows' Despite Fukushima
There are no new nuclear plants in the foreseeable future for Exelon Corp., the largest U.S. reactor operator. Old plants, though, are a different story. Exelon's proposed acquisition of Baltimore-based Constellation Energy, announced yesterday, would add five nuclear reactors at three plants to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sweet Suit: Sugar Versus 'High Fructose Corn Syrup' in False Advertising Lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO - Sugar producers think recent marketing efforts by manufacturers of high-fructose corn syrup aren't so sweet. In a lawsuit filed last week, three sugar distributors say that equating HFCS with real sugar -- with slogans like "your body can't tell the difference" -- misleads consumers...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Proposes Advertisers Ditch Junk Food for Kids
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government on Thursday pressured food companies to cut back on aggressive advertising of junk food to kids, saying it contributes to a serious health crisis facing young Americans. The administration issued proposed voluntary principles which would turn children's food...
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[title] WikiLeaks: Security Threat or Media Savior?
The following was recorded on April 9, 2011 at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in Berkeley, California. A selected segment is below, but the the full two-hour program along with other additional segments are available here .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Analysis: Petraeus' CIA Move Raises Awkward Questions
WASHINGTON - While political Washington is cheering General David Petraeus' nomination to head the CIA, the mood at the agency's headquarters and in Pakistan's intelligence service is less celebratory. Petraeus, the architect of the current U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, is expected as CIA director...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bahrain Sentences Four Men to Death Amid Pro-Democracy Protests
A Bahraini national security court has sentenced four men to death for killing two police officers during the pro-democracy protests that were crushed by the authorities last month. The sentences are likely to deepen divisions between Bahrain's Shia majority, which has been demanding greater...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Activists Fight Deportation of Bi-national Gay Couples
NEW YORK - After Erwin de Leon successfully defended his dissertation, he felt relief at being closer to earning his doctorate in public and urban policy. But the achievement also meant that time was running out to find a way to stay in the United States. Despite the fact that de Leon, a Philippine...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Are US Floods, Fires Linked to Climate Change?
The short answer to the question of whether or not on-going floods in the US Midwest and fires in Texas are linked to a warming Earth is: maybe. The long answer, however, is that while it is difficult—some argue impossible—for scientists to link a single extreme weather event to climate change,...
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