News for 2011-10-03

Monday, October 3, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Occupation: Coming to a City Near You?
U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone used to say "sometimes you have to pick a fight to win one." Now Occupy Wall Street has picked one, right in Jamie Dimon's backyard.
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[title] Voices From Liberty Square
After two weeks of disparaging press and occasional pepper spray, it looks like the motley crew at Occupy Wall Street is finally getting some decent attention. Cornel West has voiced his approval. Radiohead almost sort of played a concert there.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Why Protecting the World's Wildlife is Good for Our Wallets
A new world body on wildlife and ecosystems protection being set up by the UN must avoid blaming developing nations, where most of the world's biodiversity loss is occurring, says a top British scientist. Overconsumption by rich western nations is as big a driver of global environmental degradation...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protesters Blockade Nuclear Power Station
Members of several anti-nuclear groups who are part of the Stop New Nuclear alliance say they are barring access to Hinkley Point power station in Somerset in protest against EDF Energy's plans to renew the site with two new reactors. The new reactors at Hinkley would be the first of eight new...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Green Group says TransCanada, State Dept. Emails Show 'Pro-Pipeline Bias'
Internal emails released Monday show a sometimes friendly relationship between a State Department official and a top lobbyist for TransCanada Corp., the company seeking federal approval to build a major Canada-U.S. oil pipeline.
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[field_image_caption-raw] A "Great Haircut" to Kick-Start US Growth
More than three years after the financial crisis struck, the economy remains stuck in a consumer debt trap. It's a situation that could take years to correct itself. That's why some economists are calling for a radical step: massive debt relief. Federal policy makers, they suggest, should broker...
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[field_image_caption-raw] I Was Tortured in Bahrain Police Cell, says One of the Doctors Jailed for 15 Years
As one of 20 Bahraini doctors and nurses given up to 15 years in prison, Dr Roula al-Saffar recalls with outrage the tortures inflicted as police tried to force her and other medical specialists to confess to "a doctors' plot" to overthrow the Bahraini government.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Big Bucks in Anti-Big Government Movement: The Professional Tea Party Cashes In
If you’ve got fundraising muscle, it pays to be tea party. That’s the takeaway from recently released financial reports for five of the biggest conservative groups that latched onto the small government movement.
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[title] Greece is Eurozone’s Sacrificial Lamb
Despite unprecedented austerity measures, Greece’s debt has grown relentlessly, raising questions about the wisdom of the Greek government’s decision to follow advice from abroad and hammer the country with debts it can never possibly repay. The revelation signals that the shockingly harsh...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Shell Oil Paid Nigerian Military to Put Down Protests, Court Documents Show
Shell has never denied that its oil operations have polluted large areas of the Niger Delta – land and air. But it had resisted charges of complicity in human rights abuses. Court documents now reveal that in the 1990s Shell routinely worked with Nigeria's military and mobile police to suppress...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Inspired by Wall Street Protests, Boston Economic Protest Gains Steam
Protesters have descended on Boston’s Financial District, setting up a tent village and decrying what they see as the economic hardships of ordinary Americans - one of several such demonstrations erupting across the country. Today’s round of protests could snarl traffic during the morning rush hour...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greece Approves Dismissal of 30,000 State Staff
WITH GREEK government approval last night of the effective dismissal of thousands of civil servants by Christmas, Greece’s socialist Pasok government now faces the more difficult task of implementation in a deteriorating economic climate. Under the so-called labor reserve plan, which George...
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