News for 2011-08-06

Saturday, August 6, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Chile Student Protests Explode as Students Clash with Police
It began as a series of peaceful protests calling for reform of the Chilean government's education system, with students staging mass kiss-ins, dressing up in superhero costumes and running laps around the presidential palace. But on Thursday these surreal protests exploded into violence as school...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Japan PM marks Hiroshima with Nuclear Pledge
JAPAN - Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has renewed his pledge to work towards a nuclear-free Japan as Hiroshima marked the 66th anniversary of the US atomic bombing. Speaking at a ceremony on Saturday, devoted to the victims of the bomb that killed more than 100,000 people, Kan said the meltdowns...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Coalition of Immokalee Workers Brings Farmworker Movement to the Streets
The hot summer has brought in a bumper crop of food activism from coast to coast. For the past few weeks, a group of Florida farm workers has embarked on a marketing coup that challenges the country's food business giants by educating consumers about exploitation in the tomato industry.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Next Low-Wage Haven: USA
Jokes about the U.S. becoming “Europe’s Mexico” are commonplace, but now high-priced consultants are pushing the notion in all seriousness. They’re predicting that within five years certain Southern U.S. states will be among the cheapest manufacturing locations in the developed world—and...
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[title] Lisa Graves and Mike Elk: Exposing the Powerful Influence of ALEC and Its Hidden History in Prison Labor
Hundreds of state legislators from all 50 states have gathered in New Orleans for the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC. Critics say the Washington-based organization plays a key role in helping corporations secretly draft model pro-business legislation that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Taliban Down US Helicopter in Afghanistan, 38 Dead
KABUL, Afghanistan — Thirty-one U.S. special forces troops and seven Afghan soldiers died when their helicopter was shot down during an overnight operation against Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, according to statement issued Saturday by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. It was the worst...
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[title] S&P Downgrades US Credit Rating: Ugly Debt Battle Has Consequences After All
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[field_image_caption-raw] S&P and the USA: Right's 'Madness' and Agency's Ineptitude Led to Downgrade
NEW YORK - OK, so Standard and Poors has gone ahead with the threatened downgrade . It’s a strange situation. On one hand, there is a case to be made that the madness of the right has made America a fundamentally unsound nation. And yes, it is the madness of the right: if not for the extremism of...
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