News for 2012-01-11

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Pushes to Further Corporatize Elections
An effort by the Republican National Committee may further corporatize the electoral process. The RNC filed a legal brief Tuesday arguing that a ban on direct corporate contributions to candidates is unconstitutional.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Already High Level of Poverty Likely to Get Worse
2010 Census Bureau figures recently revealed that the US poverty level had skyrocketed and noted that the population of poor Americans had climbed to 46.2 million. A new study released today by Indiana University compounds that bad news by predicting that things are likely to get worse before they...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Are Drones Watching You?
Today, EFF filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration seeking information on drone flights in the United States. The FAA is the sole entity within the federal government capable of authorizing domestic drone flights, and for too long now, it has failed to release specific and detailed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tar Sands Pipeline Stalled or Not, Oil Money Will Flow
Call the oil and gas industry what you want, but don't call them cheap. At least not when it comes to US members of Congress. In the wake of the Obama Adminstration's decision to delay ruling on the proposed tar sands pipeline from Canada, the industry shows no signs on skimping on campaign...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupiers Return to Zuccotti Park
The metal barricades surrounding Zuccotti Park were taken down on late Tuesday, and hundreds of occupiers began refilling the square. From Democracy Now! :
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[field_image_caption-raw] On 100 Year Anniversery of 'Bread and Roses' Strike, Many Draw Connections to Today's Hurdles
January 12, 2012 will be the 100 year anniversary of the 'Bread and Roses' textile workers Strike in Lawrence, Mass. The dire conditions leading up to the strike remind some of the current socio-political climate and offer lessons for workers' struggles today. The Boston Globe reports today :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Apocalypse Approaching? 'Doomsday Clock' Moved One Minute Closer to Midnight
With world leaders failing to address global threats, humanity is edging closer to world elimination, or closer to midnight, as marked by the "Doomsday Clock." In a statement , the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) wrote:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Drone Strikes Return to Pakistan
Agencies are reporting that a missile attack from a U.S. drone killed at least 4 in Pakistan on Tuesday. The attack marks the first time a drone strike has occurred since late November, when a drone attack killed over 20 Pakistani soldiers. Yesterday's attack hit a home on the outskirts of the town...
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[title] Bill Moyers: 'Capitalism is Out of Control Thanks, In No Small Part, to Citizen's United'
Bill Moyers believes that capitalism is out of control and there can be no people's democracy as long as corporations are considered people.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Growth of Global Inequality Sowing 'Seeds of Dystopia': Report
The World Economic Forum released its global assessment on Wednesday, and it paints a stark future if world institutions - including governments, private industry, academic institutions, and civil society organizations - don't make some radically practical changes. From the report :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran Accuses Israel, US of Assassinating Nuclear Scientist
Iran has accused Israel and the United States of being behind the Wednesday morning assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.
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