News for 2012-01-26

Thursday, January 26, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] No Fracking Way! Industry Says Word 'Frack' Has Been Co-Opted
"Hydraulic fracturing" is more commonly known as "fracking." During this week's State of the Union address, President Obama said: "It was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock, reminding us...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Potential Hazards of Nanotechnology Not Known
Not enough is known about the potential hazards of nanotechnology, and millions of dollars more a year are needed to study the potential health and environmental effects of it, said the National Research Council yesterday. The panel's findings come from a study sponsored by the EPA.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Calamitous Night Raids Continue as Torch Passes to Afghan Army
US forces have begun training Afghan soldiers to take over the much contested 'night raids' in Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been a continuous opponent of night raids as civilian causalities are more than common during such operations. In a period of 10 months in 2010/2011, night...
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[title] Elizabeth Warren: 'Washington Now Works for Those Who Can Hire an Army of Lobbyists'
In this unedited, extended interview, Elizabeth Warren considers cuts in education and research spending detrimental,describes the role that government should play in regulating America's private sector, and calls on America to invest in its middle class.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US-Backed Libyan Militias Accused of Widespread Torture: Reports
Two separate reports this morning shine a troubling spotlight on torture - some resulting in death - being carried out 'by officially recognized military and security entities as well by a multitude of armed militias operating outside any legal framework' in post-Gaddafi Libya.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran 'Ready for Talks'
Today Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country was ready to sit down for negotiations with the West. Agence France-Presse reports : "They have this excuse that Iran is dodging negotiations while it is not the case...," the Iranian leader was quoted as saying by state media. "Why...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egyptian Youth Vow to Sit-In Until Military Rulers Relinquish Power
A day after hundreds of thousands of Egyptians took to Tahrir Square to commemorate the one year anniversary of the uprising that led to Hosni Mubarak's ouster, many of those same youth say they will reinvigorate their revolutionary efforts by once again staging rallies and sit-ins until the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] FBI Wants New App to Wiretap the Internet
The FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) posted a 'Request for Information (RFI)' online last week seeking companies to build a social network monitoring system for the FBI. The 12-page document (.pdf) spells out what the bureau wants from such a system and invites potential...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Right to Work' Bill Passes in Indiana House
On Wednesday the Indiana House voted 54-44 to pass the controversial "right to work" bill, nearly ensuring the state will become the 23rd to have such a law. The bill prohibits unions from collecting dues from non-union members or from requiring union membership. Dean Baker notes how this is bad...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Adbusters Issues New Call to Action: Occupy Chicago for G8/NATO Summit
The Occupy Wall Street movement traces its origin to a call to action in the Vancouver-based magazine Adbusters.
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[title] ACTA Action: Poland Signs Up to 'Internet Censorship Treaty' as 20,000 Rage
After days of protests and hacker attacks, Poland has signed the controversial ACTA copyright protection treaty. Opponents call it an assault on online freedom, since it demands that internet service providers police user activity. Warsaw’s Ambasador to Tokyo Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska signed the...
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