News for 2011-10-31

Monday, October 31, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Keystone Pipeline Protest Heading to White House
The crowd of wealthy Democratic fundraisers and donors who protested outside President Obama's $5,000-a-head San Francisco fundraiser last week - dubbed the "powerful and the POd" - aren't going away.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Regulating the Rush for Land
FREETOWN - The adoption of international guidelines to regulate so-called land grabs has been pushed to next year after negotiators failed to agree on conditions for large-scale land investments and enforcement. The guidelines, in the making for several years, were sparked by fears that a "land...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greece to Hold Referendum on EU Aid Package
The Greek government has said that it will hold a referendum on a new EU aid package, calling on voters to say whether they want to adopt it or not. "We trust citizens, we believe in their judgement, we believe in their decision," George Papandreou, the prime minister, told ruling socialist party...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Stops Payments to UNESCO over Palestinian Vote
WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it is stopping financial contributions to UNESCO after the Palestinians were admitted to the organization as a full member. The United States also acknowledged that it would lose its right to vote in UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization if...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dean of St Paul's Cathedral Resigns over Occupy London Protest Row
The perceived dithering and divisions of church officials over the protest camp outside St Paul's in London have claimed a second major scalp with the resignation of the cathedral's dean, the Right Rev Graham Knowles.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fine Line Between Politics and Issues Spending by Secretive 501(c)(4) Groups
The conservative American Action Network, a leading independent player in last year's election, poured $26 million — out of some $30 million in spending — from secret donors into political ads and activities to help Republican candidates.
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[title] Bill Moyers on a Democracy in Shambles: "Money First, People Second... If At All"
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Triumph of King Coal: Hardening Our Coal Addiction
This year’s UN climate negotiations are in Durban, South Africa. Many delegates will already be looking forward to the chance of going on safari after their labors, visiting Kruger National Park or one of the country’s other magnificent game reserves. But I have another suggestion. Visit the enemy...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UNESCO approves Palestinian membership bid
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) voted on Monday to admit Palestine as a member, a move which will likely cause the US government to cut off tens of millions of dollars in annual funding. The Palestinian bid received 107 "yes" votes during a UNESCO meeting in Paris...
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[title] Slavoj Žižek: 'Now the Field Is Open'
From the Middle East to the streets of London and cities across the US there is a discontent with the status quo. Whether it is with the iron grip of entrenched governments or the widening economic divide between the rich and those struggling to get by. But where are those so hungry for change...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy Protesters Clash with Police in Denver and Portland
Violent clashes between Occupy protesters and police broke out in Denver, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon, over the weekend. Police arrested 20 people and fired pepper spray and pepper balls as they moved to tear down tents set up by Occupy Denver demonstrators on Saturday. Amid angry scenes, two...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Had Advance Warning of Abuse at Afghan Prisons, Officials Say
KABUL — Across the street from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul, shrouded from view by concrete walls, the Afghan intelligence agency runs a detention facility for up to 40 terrorism suspects that is known as Department 124. So much torture took place inside, one detainee told the United Nations...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Europe May Act Alone on Financial Transaction Tax
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants the European Union to go it alone with the introduction of a tax on financial transactions if no agreement can be reached at an upcoming meeting of leaders of the G-20 group of top industrial and emerging economies.
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