News for 2011-11-29

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Senate Keeps Controversial Detainee Policy in Defense Bill
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday rejected an effort to strip divisive provisions from a defense bill that deal with the capture and handling of suspected terrorists, setting up a showdown with the White House.
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[title] Battlefield America: U.S. Citizens Face Indefinite Military Detention in Defense Bill Before Senate
The Senate is set to vote this week on a Pentagon spending bill that could usher in a radical expansion of indefinite detention under the U.S. government. A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act would authorize the military to jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect — anywhere in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Richard L. Grossman, Organizer Who Sought to Curtail Corporate Power, Has Died
Richard L. Grossman, a community organizer who sought to curtail big business by raising public awareness about what he regarded as corporate abuse of power, died Nov. 22 at a hospital in New York City. He was 68 and had metastatic melanoma, said his daughter, Alyssa Grossman.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran Protesters Storm UK Embassy in Tehran
Protesters in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have broken into the UK embassy compound during a demonstration against sanctions imposed by Britain. Militant students are said to have ransacked offices, burned the British flag and smashed embassy windows. The move comes after Iran resolved to reduce...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dead Afghan Kids Still Not Newsworthy
Back in March, we wondered when U.S. corporate news outlets would find U.S./NATO killing of Afghan kids newsworthy. Back then, it was nine children killed in a March 1 airstrike.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 3 Protesters Hit With Taser at Occupy Protest at Washington State Capitol
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Thousands of protesters greeted lawmakers beginning a 30-day special session to address the state's budget woes, with a rowdy group disrupting a hearing Monday and police later using Tasers in a skirmish as a large crowd refused to leave the Capitol building at the end of the day.
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[title] Matt Taibbi on Judge Rakoff’s Decision to Reject the SEC’s Latest Settlement with Citigroup
Keith and “Countdown” contributor Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone discuss the remarkable decision by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff to reject a $285 million settlement between Citigroup and the Securities and Exchange Commission for misleading investors. Taibbi points out that banks take punitive...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Suez Port Employees Reveal 21-Ton US Tear Gas Order for Interior Ministry
A group of customs employees at the Suez seaport have revealed that the Egyptian Ministry of Interior is in the process of receiving 21 tons of tear gas from the US.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bradley Manning Treatment in Custody Concerns Members of the European Parliament
More than 50 members of the European parliament have signed an open letter to the US government raising concerns about the treatment of Bradley Manning, the US soldier in military detention for allegedly leaking classified US documents to the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks. The call on the US...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Radiation Risks "Severely Underestimated": Greenpeace
TOKYO -- Greenpeace today renewed its demand for the Japanese government to keep its nuclear reactors offline as simulation maps of potential accidents at Japan’s nuclear plants - used in the development of nuclear emergency response efforts - "are completely inadequate, and have not been updated...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report Highlights Obama's Broken Environmental Promises
Barack Obama has been just as zealous as George Bush in stripping away environmental, health and safety protection at the behest of industry, it turns out.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Syrian Forces Accused of Atrocities Against Children: Report
GENEVA — A UN investigation concluded Monday that Syrian forces committed crimes against humanity by killing and torturing hundreds of children, including a 2-year-old girl reportedly shot to death so she wouldn't grow up to be a demonstrator. The inquiry added to mounting international pressure on...
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