News for 2012-02-09

Thursday, February 9, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] In Egypt, Activists Prepare for General Strike, Military Increases Tanks in Streets
In Egypt, a general strike has been called for Saturday, February 11, exactly one year after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. The strike aims to reach universities, factories, public transport and other public services. After a year of turmoil, protesters are still angered over the role of the...
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[title] Pentagon: The Planet's Biggest Polluter
The United States Department of Defense boasts the world's largest military budget. It also is the planet's biggest polluter. With hundreds of military bases around the world, the Department is responsible for more waste than any other company or country. And though the contamination is costing...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Recognizes Maldives Government That Ousted Democratically Elected Nasheed
The US government has recognized the new standing government in the Maldives just days after the nation's democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed, was ousted in a military coup. Agence France-Presse reports :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greek Unions Protest "Barbaric" Austerity Cuts, Vow "There Will Be Social Uprising"
After days of delays and lengthy talks , Greek leaders have come to an agreement on the cuts demanded in order to receive bailout funds from the EU, European Central Bank and IMF. Greek civil society is up in arms over the harsh austerity imposed, with a 48-hour strike planned against the "barbaric...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bank Bailout 2: Obama Lets Mortgage Abusers Off the Hook
The Obama administration announced this morning that the five largest U.S. banks have agreed to a $26 billion 'settlement' to end lawsuits over abusive practices that forced millions of families from their homes and helped bring about the nation’s financial meltdown.
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[field_image_caption-raw] With New Plants Approved, Anti-Nuke Coalition Readies for Fight
UPDATE: (4:45 PM EST) As expected, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted this afternoon to extend licenses to build two nuclear reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia, the first such licenses granted in over thirty years. A statement from the NRC said:
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[field_image_caption-raw] 30,000 Domestic Drones to Fill Our Skies, Civil Liberties at Risk
A bill has passed in the House and Senate this week that would allow the presence of drones in U.S. civilian airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act requires the FAA to alleviate many current rules on domestic drone authorization. Drones would now be able to fly in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Judge: Whales Are 'Non-Persons,' So Seaworld's 'Enslavement' OK
A US district judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) against SeaWorld yesterday, saying that the suit -- which aimed to free five orca whales held by the amusement park company -- had no standing because the 13th amendment of...
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[title] Tahrir's Revolutionary Artists' Union
Since massive protests erupted throughout Egypt last January, Egyptians from all walks of life have taken the streets to demand the end of military rule. They included artists, actors, singers and musicians who joined with their fellow revolutionaries in street battles with police, soldiers and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Flash Occupation' of Los Angeles Banks Planned Today
From LA Weekly today : And you thought the occupation of Los Angeles was over with the raid on Occupy L.A.'s City Hall lawn encampment at the end of November. Oh no. The occupy nation is getting ready to confront a series of banks today regarding their take-our-bailout-money-and-our-houses...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Washington State Headed Towards Legalizing Gay Marriage
Washington legislators approved a bill legalizing gay marriage on Wednesday, a decision cheered by equality and civil liberties advocates.
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.S. Military Beefing Up Its Asia/Pacific Presence
The defense strategy outlined by President Obama in January calling for an increased presence in the Asia/Pacific region is coming together. News today indicates that the U.S. is seeking further military presence in the Philippines. A Reuters report states that the U.S. will use the Philippines to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Drone War Resumes in Pakistan
After a brief respite following tensions with the Pakistani government over a cross-border raid last year, US drones are flying with renewed regularity above Pakistan and firing missiles on those below. The Associated Press reports today:
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