News for 2012-01-20

Friday, January 20, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] 'Deep-Seated Animosity' Pits Afghan Troops Against NATO Trainers
Afghan soldiers being trained by US and NATO forces are becoming increasingly frustrated by their western counterparts, according to a new study and evidence on the ground. Jon Boone reports for the Guardian in Kabul:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Police Departments' New Tool: Drones
Drones are no longer just part of the military's arsenal of tools. Police departments across the U.S. are getting them too. FlaglerLive reports : With financial help from the federal government, police departments across the country are marshaling a new generation of remote-controlled airborne...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hacktivist Group Retaliates After Megaupload.com Shutdown
In an apparent act of retaliation, Anonymous, a prevalent hacktivist organization, debilitated multiple websites Thursday afternoon including those belonging to the FBI and the US Justice Department. The act was in response to the same-day governmental take down of file sharing giant Megaupload.com.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Maine's Tea Party Governor: 'Slash Health and Human Services or I'll Close Schools'
Republican Governor of Maine and Tea Party favorite, Paul LePage, angered many residents of the northeast state Thursday when he said that if the legislature did not pass his proposed cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services' budget, he would order a statewide closure of public schools...
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[title] Greedy Lying Bastards (the Movie)
And the following article, with additional clips from the film, were posted by Leo Hickman at the Guardian : Provocative, frank and impossible to ignore. And that's just the title.
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[field_image_caption-raw] PIPA, SOPA Bills Delayed
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to delay a vote scheduled for Tuesday on the online anti-piracy bill. From the BBC : "In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT IP Act," Mr Reid, a Democrat, said in a statement.
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[field_image_caption-raw] On Anniversary of Citizens United, Group Says Occupy the Courts
The coalition Move to Amend has called for a day of action today to occupy federal courthouses across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court, to mark the second anniversary of the Citizens United vs. FEC ruling. CNN reports on the timing of the action:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: US Soldiers Bringing Their Violence Home from Overseas
After more than ten years at war, soldiers in the US military are more prone to sexual violence, domestic abuse (including spousal and child abuse), and suicide, according to a report released by the Pentagon on Thursday. Reuters reports :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fracking the World: Energy Companies Set Their Sights Globally
While the drilling technique known as fracking has primarily occurred in North America, energy companies are now setting their sites far and wide to extend its use across the globe. The U.S. can expext to see even more fracking in the near future. The energy news service Platts reports :
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[title] Spain's "Indignados" and the Globalization of Dissent
Before Adbusters called on activists to Occupy Wall Street, thousands of Spaniards set up camp in Madrid’s iconic Puerta del Sol, and in public squares across the country. Now, as the occupy movement around the U.S. sets its sights on the longer term struggle for social and economic justice with...
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