News for 2011-10-21

Friday, October 21, 2011
[title] Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine Interview at Occupy Vancouver
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[field_image_caption-raw] News Corp. Protesters Deliver List of Demands to Shareholders
A coalition of concerned citizens, labor organizations, advocacy groups and OccupyLA protesters demonstrated outside News Corporation's annual shareholders' meeting on Friday, Oct. 21. While we come from different backgrounds and have different interests we are joining together in Los Angeles...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Soldiers May Be Leaving Iraq, But Contractors Will Remain
American troops may be leaving Iraq before the end of the year, but U.S. contractors aren’t going anywhere soon. ABC News reports that the State Department “is expected to have about 5,000 security contractors in Iraq as of January 2012 (they already have about 3,000 in country).” There will also...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Pulling Troops From Iraq by End of Year
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. will pull out all of its troops from Iraq by the end of December, drawing the nine-year war to a conclusion. The announcement signals the imminent end of a war that has cost the U.S. more than $800 billion dollars and claimed the lives of 3,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Real-Life 'Inception': Army Looks to ‘Counteract PTSD Nightmares’ With Digital Dreams
A soldier tries to sleep. But he is not safe in his dreams. Jolted awake by a nightmare, the combat veteran fumbles in the dark for his 3-D glasses. He puts them on. Around him are the faces of people whom he trusts. They fight the darkness with him. The soldier’s re-lived this scene in his head...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Egypt, Corruption Cases Had an American Root
CAIRO — Beginning two decades ago, the United States government bankrolled an Egyptian think tank dedicated to economic reform. A different outcome is only now becoming visible in the fallout from Egypt’s Arab Spring. Formed with a $10 million endowment from the U.S. Agency for International...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Alleged ‘Skills Gap’ Takes Spotlight Off Who’s to Blame for Massive Jobs Shortage
Lately, the usual stream of stories about America’s jobs crisis has been displaced by a story about the shortage of crucial skills among the jobless.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sadr: Presence of 'US Trainers' Extension of US Occupation
BAGHDAD — A US mission in Iraq would be acceptable after year-end if a complete withdrawal were carried out and the US paid "compensation," radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Wednesday. "It has been said that the weapons (Iraq is purchasing) are American, so the trainers should be...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Senate Rejects Big Piece of Obama Jobs Bill
President Barack Obama and his allies in the Senate promise to press ahead with separate votes on pieces of his failed $447 billion jobs measure despite unanimous opposition from Republicans. But there also are signs of slippage among Democrats and evidence the strategy isn't working with voters...
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[title] India's Silent War
A 40-year long civil war has been raging in the jungles of central and eastern India. It is one of the world's largest armed conflicts but it remains largely ignored outside of India. Caught in the crossfire of it are the Adivasis, who are believed to be India's earliest inhabitants. A loose...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Investors Worth $20 Trillion Urge Legally-Binding Climate Treaty
WASHINGTON, DC - Hundreds of the world's largest investors, representing more than $20 trillion in assets, earlier this week encouraged governments and international policy makers to take new legally-enforceable steps to combat climate change at the upcoming UN climate summit in Durban, South...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greeks Pass Painful Measures
The Greek parliament approved a painful set of austerity measures on Thursday, defying violent protests in central Athens and a general strike that shut down much of the country. The struggling government of Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou won the parliamentary vote with 154 votes in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Alabama Executes Christopher Johnson Despite Mental Health Doubts
The American state of Alabama has put to death a prisoner who over many years showed signs of mental illness – in spite of the US supreme court outlawing the execution of mentally ill people on the grounds it is unconstitutional. Christopher Johnson died by lethal injection at Holman prison in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sen. Sanders Gathers Economists for his Planned Fed Overhaul Bill
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday unveiled a dozen economists he has tapped to help draft a plan to overhaul the Federal Reserve he says is "riddled" with conflicts of interest, among other problems. Headlining the group are Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winner and former top adviser to...
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[title] Pepe Escobar: NATO Wanted Gaddafi Dead All Along
Gaddafi at one point was a hero to the Western world, but for the last year Gaddafi was looked at as a villain. There are many reports explaining the reasons why the change of heart from the Western powers. Pepe Escobar, correspondent for the Asia Times, helps us understand what happened and what...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Rights Office Urges Inquiry into Gaddafi Death
The United Nations human rights office called on Friday for a full investigation into the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and voiced concerns that he may have been executed. Separate cellphone images showed a wounded and bloodied Gaddafi first alive and then later dead amidst a jostling...
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