News for 2011-11-02

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Greece Gets Ultimatum: Accept Austerity Plan or Forego Extra Bailout Cash
Greece has been given an ultimatum that it will get no more money from the European Union and International Monetary Fund until its people have voted to accept the austerity measures demanded by the bailout package.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Banks Targeted by Occupy Oakland General Strike Protesters
OAKLAND -- Occupy demonstrators turned their ire on big banks Wednesday by marching, blocking traffic and chanting -- and in some cases, defacing ATMs and pounding on doors at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase and Citibank branches around downtown.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel Considers Pre-Emptive Attack on Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally support in his cabinet for an attack on Iran, according to government sources. The country's defence minister Ehud Barak and the foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman are said to be among those backing a pre-emptive strike to neutralise Iran...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Highly Probable' Fracking Tests Caused Earthquakes in UK Drill Site
It is "highly probable" that shale gas test drilling triggered earth tremors in Lancashire, a study has found. But the report, commissioned by energy firm Cuadrilla, also said the quakes were due to an "unusual combination of geology at the well site". It said conditions which caused the minor...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Occupy' Targets Iowa Caucuses
The Occupy movement has a new goal — shut down the Iowa caucuses. The state’s protesters are inviting fellow Occupiers from across the country to “occupy” the campaign offices of the Republican presidential candidates and President Barack Obama in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Assange Loses Appeal Against Extradition
A UK court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden for questioning over alleged sexual crimes. In a judgement on Wednesday, Judges John Thomas and Duncan Ousely said that Assange, who was in court to hear the verdict, should be sent to Sweden to be questioned...
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[title] Jonathan Steele on Afghanistan: "The War is Unwinnable. It is a Stalemate. There is No Military Victory"
The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, now entering its 11th year, shows no sign of ending. On Saturday, 12 U.S. soldiers died in a suicide bombing in Kabul. It was deadliest single ground attack against NATO forces in the decade of war. To discuss Afghanistan, we speak with Jonathan Steele, a longtime...
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[title] Richard Wilkinson: How Economic Inequality Harms Societies
We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.
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[title] "Deadly Monopolies": Medical Ethicist Harriet Washington on How Firms are Taking Over Life Itself
One of the major themes raised by the Occupy movement is the increasing power of large corporations over more and more aspects of our lives. We spend the hour looking into the issue of the corporate control of life itself. Our guest, Harriet Washington, is a medical ethicist and has just published...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Signs of Possible Nuclear Fission at Fukushima Plant
The radioactive gas xenon, which is often the byproduct of unexpected nuclear fission, was detected at the Fukushima Daiichi plant during tests. Officials were today injecting boric acid as an emergency precautionary measure to stem any accidental chain reactions which could result in further...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Says He'll Make the Final Decision on Keystone Oil Pipeline
President Obama strongly suggested Tuesday that he will make the final decision on whether the administration will approve the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Oakland Prepares to Be Occupy Movement Epicenter
OAKLAND, Calif.—Oakland prepared Wednesday to again become the epicenter of Occupy Wall Street movement as local organizers aided by labor unions and advocacy groups finalized plans for a broad-based call to action that was expected to include marches, pickets outside banks, school shutdowns and an...
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