News for 2011-12-12

Monday, December 12, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Indigenous Peoples Call for REDD Moratorium
DURBAN, South Africa - A new coalition of indigenous peoples and local communities called for a moratorium on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) programs, a key part of the negotiations for a new international climate treaty that took place over the last two weeks...
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[field_image_caption-raw] ObamaCare Challenge Exposes Conservative Hypocrisy On Federal Power
Next year policy wonks, politics junkies, and legal experts will wait with bated breath for the Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of a key section of President Obama’s health care law: the mandate that uninsured individuals purchase health care coverage.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Newburgh Four: Poor, Black, and Jailed Under FBI 'Entrapment' Tactics
Imam Salahuddin Muhammad could hardly miss Shahed Hussain when he first appeared three years ago at his mosque in the dilapidated town of Newburgh, just 60 miles up the Hudson River from New York. Hussain was flash, drove expensive cars and treated people to gifts of cash and food. He also had...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Blackwater 3.0: Rebranded ‘Academi’ Wants Back In Iraq
So much for naming your mercenary company after an obscure element from the periodic table.
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[field_image_caption-raw] High Court Will Look at State Immigration Laws
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will take up a dispute over an Arizona law that requires police to check the status of people stopped or arrested if officers suspect they are here illegally. An undocumented immigrant prepares to board a deportation flight to Guatemala City...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Local Bookstores Ask Customers To Boycott Amazon Over New Price Check App Offer
Should people boycott Amazon? Increasing numbers of retailers and publishers have been daring to ask the question, in the face of aggressive tactics by the book industry leader.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protests Boost Sales and Fears of Sonic Blaster
QUANTICO, Va.—Police deployment of sonic blasters at Occupy Wall Street and G-20 protest rallies is fueling both sales and criticism of the devices, which emit beams of sound with laser-like intensity. More U.S. police and emergency-response agencies are using the so-called Long-Range Acoustic...
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[title] Pentagon Provides Military Grade Weapons to Local Police
Local law enforcement has been getting assistance from the Pentagon. The recent militarization of the police at the Occupy protests has proved this true. The Pentagon program is getting military-grade weapons in the hands of local law enforcement in the US to use on American citizens. The...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pentagon Wins $5 Billion Budget Increase
WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiators have tentatively settled on a relatively small, $5 billion increase for the Pentagon's nonwar budget as a mammoth spending bill takes shape behind closed doors on Capitol Hill. That's a 1 percent increase that would give the Pentagon $518 billion to cover...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Lobbyists Go To Battle Over Keystone Pipeline
At least 42 lobbying firms, associations and companies have lobbied on the Keystone XL pipeline since 2009, Senate records show. Lobbying on the controversial project accelerated this year as the pipeline became a hot-button political issue. Of the 42 entities that have lobbied since 2009 on...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy Protesters Seek to Shut US West Coast Ports
Anti-Wall Street protesters up and down the US West Coast are joining an effort to blockade some of the nation's busiest ports from Alaska to California. Demonstrators are scheduled to gather at 5:30 am to march on the Port of Oakland, which Occupy protesters successfully shut down in November...
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