News for 2011-06-20

Monday, June 20, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Cases Line Up Against Greenpeace
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 20 (UPI) -- Eleven activists with Greenpeace appeared before a Dutch court as the group's executive director remained jailed for protesting arctic oil drilling. Eleven members of Greenpeace faced court Monday on charges related to their protest at the climate change...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Flotilla Ship: We Intend to Break Gaza Blockade
NEW YORK – Passengers on a US-flagged boat, The Audacity of Hope, spoke at a press conference Monday to discuss their plans and reasons for joining the “International Freedom Flotilla II – Stay Human,” a flotilla intended to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. It is estimated that people from...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Oceans in Distress Foreshadow Mass Extinction
PARIS – Pollution and global warming are pushing the world's oceans to the brink of a mass extinction of marine life unseen for tens of millions of years, a consortium of scientists warned Monday. Dying coral reefs, biodiversity ravaged by invasive species, expanding open-water "dead zones," toxic...
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[title] Glenn Greenwald: Could Obama Be Impeached for Waging War in Libya Without Approval of Congress?
The New York Times recently broke the story that President Obama rejected the views of top administration lawyers when he decided he had the legal authority to continue U.S. military participation in the war in Libya without congressional authorization. Obama continues to face congressional...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Mayors Tell Congress: Bring War Dollars Home
BALTIMORE, June 20 – Mayors from around the US met in Baltimore this week to set public policy for the millions of people living in big cities, depending on municipal services to stay safe. While Congress considered allocating another $118 billion to conduct wars next year – and President Obama...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Amid Anti-Immigrant Fervor, Cases of Detained Citizens Emerge
One early morning two weeks ago, Christopher Zambrano was biking home on the 79th Street Causeway near North Bay Village when one of several men in black clothes riding in an SUV ordered him to stop. Fearing imminent robbery, Zambrano pedaled faster to get away but the man in the SUV switched on...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Unsung Hero' Brian Haw, British Anti-war Activist, 1949-2011
On Sunday June 19, 2011, Brian Haw died peacefully in his sleep following a long fight against lung cancer. Brian's death ends his decade-long challenge to the British establishment and his constant reminder to Members of Parliament and civil servants entering the Houses of Parliament in London of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Supreme Court Sides with Wal-Mart in Sex Discrimination Class Action
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a huge class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that contended the retail giant had systematically discriminated against 1.5 million of its female workers. By a 5-4 vote, the high court said the suit could not go forward as a class-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UNHCR Report says Refugee Numbers at 15-Year High
The number of forcibly displaced people around the world has reached a 15-year high, according to the UN high commission for refugees (UNHCR), with the vast majority languishing in poor countries ill-equipped to cater to their needs.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Spanish Protesters Launch Anti-Austerity Marches
MADRID — Spain's "indignant" activists launched Monday protest marches culminating in a major Madrid rally July 24, showing no let-up just a day after rallying an estimated 200,000 protesters. Seething over the destruction of millions of jobs, welfare cuts and corruption, the first of at least...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protests Against American Drone Attacks in Northern Pakistan
The US has accelerated the rate of attacks in Pakistan's tribal belt since Barack Obama came to power, but the secret programme is deeply unpopular among Pakistanis and blamed for hundreds of civilian deaths. While more than 1900 insurgents have been killed by American drones since 2006, according...
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[title] Aging Reactors Survive Through Rule Changes
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bahraini Leadership Faces New Claims That Torture Took Place in Hospital
The government of Bahrain faces fresh allegations that it systematically tortured people it suspected of taking part in demonstrations against its autocratic rulers earlier this year, and of deliberately undermining the country's health system as 20 doctors go back on trial today for their supposed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules
NEW JERSEY - Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Time after...
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