News for 2011-10-05

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Wall Street Protest Grows as Unions Swell Ranks
NEW YORK - Thousands of anti-Wall Street demonstrators converged on New York's financial district on Wednesday, their ranks swelled by nurses, transit workers and other union members joining the protest over economic inequality and the power of U.S. financial institutions. The Occupy Wall Street...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Passes Away
Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, has died at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple's...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy Wall Street: The Direct Action Committee Driving the Protest's Success
In a quiet park a short walk from the noise and bustle of the Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan, a handful of activists sit on the ground and talk tactics. They are members of the direct action committee, one of several "horizontal" working groups that have sprung up to ensure the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYC Students Stage Walkouts in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street , students from around New York will walk out of their classes and march down to City Hall this afternoon. Once at City Hall, the students will join the larger Community/Labor March to Wall Street, which already has almost 3,000 people attending on Facebook.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Koch Bros. Company Declared 'Substantial Interest' in Keystone XL Pipeline
In recent months Koch Industries Inc., the business conglomerate run by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, has repeatedly told a U.S. Congressional committee and the news media that the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline has "nothing to do with any of our businesses." But the company...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Green Groups Sue US to Stop Work on Keystone XL Oil Pipeline
Environmental groups sued the U.S. government on Wednesday to stop the clearing of grasslands, the moving of threatened species and other work going on ahead of U.S. approval of $7 billion Canada to Texas planned oil pipeline. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Western Nebraska Resources...
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[title] Amping Up Occupy Wall Street: 'The Uptake' Coverage - Live from NYC
What started as a small protest just a few weeks ago has grown into a nationwide movement. People who are tired of corporations and banks reaping the benefits of a more efficient workforce while one and five Americans slip into poverty. The economic imbalance has hit a tipping point as unions and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] When the Left Revolts, Who Will Deem it Newsworthy?
Last spring, two midwestern academics unveiled a comprehensive study (pdf) that impressively documented a serious answer to the question: Where are all the activists who, in the early years of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, turned out in the streets in the tens and even hundreds of thousands to...
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[title] Rage vs. Corporate Greed on Wall Street
It has been more than two weeks since demonstrations erupted against banks and corporations across the US, and protesters in New York's financial district are vowing to continue their action after hundreds of them were arrested. The group called Occupy Wall Street says it is planning a major rally...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Waives Penalties on Countries That Employ Child Soldiers – Again!
President Barack Obama has decided to waive almost all the legally mandated penalties for countries that use child soldiers and provide those countries U.S. military assistance, just like he did last year.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Once Enemies, Now They March Together: Organized Labor Expected to join Wall Street Protest
Organized labor will serve notice today on the bankers and the politicians that the young protesters of Occupy Wall Street speak for millions. Tens of thousands of transit and city workers, teachers, and maintenance and hospital workers are expected to march to Zuccotti Park late today in a show of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'No Need' for US Troop Immunity Post-2011: Iraq Leaders
BAGHDAD — Iraqi leaders said in a statement Tuesday there was "no need" for US forces that stay beyond year-end to receive immunity from prosecution, a key condition set by Washington for any post-2011 training deal. The remarks raise questions over whether an oft-discussed American military...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Afghanistan and Iraq Wars Not Worth Fighting, say a Third of US Veterans
One in three US veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that, after 10 years of combat, America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on domestic problems, according to an opinion poll. The findings...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greek State Workers Take to Streets to Fight Cuts
ATHENS - Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing youths in central Athens on Wednesday, where thousands of striking state sector workers marched against cuts the government says are needed to save the nation from bankruptcy. A small number of youths broke up marble paving slabs and hurled the...
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