News for 2012-02-17

Friday, February 17, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Obama DOJ Tries to Insulate Warrantless Wiretapping Law
The government today asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to challenge the constitutionality of a law that gives the government unprecedented authority to monitor international emails and phone calls by Americans, according to...
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[title] Everything Is a Remix
Part four of Everything Is a Remix examines the history and incentives that shaped current intellectual property laws, and how they are blocking, rather than promoting, innovation. [Click here to see part one of Everything Is a Remix and more.]
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anonymous Hacktivists Step Up Anti-ACTA Offensive
Today, Internet activist group Anonymous once again took down several US government websites, including the US Federal Trade Commission, replacing their content with a message demanding that major countries kill the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). RT reports :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Willie Nelson Says 'Occupy the Food System'
Willie Nelson's call to "occupy the food system" echoes the calls in a lawsuit of over 300,000 plaintiffs challenging big ag giant Monsanto's control over seed. Willie Nelson wrote :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Updated: Iran Nuclear Coverage Echoes Iraq War Media Frenzy
UPDATE: (5:25 PM EST) Iran Nuclear Coverage Echoes Iraq War Media Frenzy "Military strikes expected! Weapons inspectors called in! A murky al Qaeda connection! And Cheney says time's up for Ira... "Wait. Haven't we seen this movie before?"
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thousands Rally in Gaza, Hunger Striker Sparks Political 'Imagination'
Today, several thousand Palestinians have rallied in Gaza and the West Bank in support of Khader Adnan, who was detained by Israeli forces two months ago and has been held without trial or charge. Adnan is on his 62nd day of a hunger strike protesting what Israeli forces call 'administrative...
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[title] Elizabeth Warren On the Threat of Republican Roll-Backs
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[field_image_caption-raw] Moving Backwards: Despite Fukushima Disaster, World Moves Towards More Nuclear Power
Despite the Fukushima nuclear disaster, potentially flawed plant design and worlwide protests, the world is moving towards building more nuclear power plants.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mortgage Settlement 'Whitewash': US Taxpayers Will Pay for Big Bank Settlement
UPDATE: Reports in the Financial Times and elsewhere say that US taxpayers may be on the hook to bail out big banks -- again.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Journalist without Peer': Anthony Shadid Dies at 43 in Syria
"Anthony Shadid was a journalist without peer, the best of our generation. Courage. Kindness. Compassion. This loss is immeasurable." --author, journalist Naomi Klein (@naomiaklein) "The flag of international journalism flies at half-mast for the great Anthony Shadid." --journalist Jeremy Scahill...
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