News for 2012-03-13

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
[title] As Greece Unravels, Banks and Markets Pleased with Austerity and Debt Deal
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[field_image_caption-raw] Grace Lee Boggs: 'We Need to Grow Our Souls'
At an event to celebrate the work of Grace Lee Boggs , the long-time activist says that "we need to grow our souls" and emphasizes that the "secret to visionary organizing" is "a combination of philosophy and activism."
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[field_image_caption-raw] HUD Report: Banks Hampered Foreclosure Inquiry
Several major US banks obstructed a government inquiry into unlawful foreclosures, according to a report released today by the inspector general for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Surge of Climate Change-Caused Mass Migrations to Hit Asia-Pacific
Over 42 million people in the Asia-Pacific region were displaced by environmental disasters in just the past two years, and a report issued today gives a stark warning that these nations are set to be hit with a surge of climate change-caused mass migrations and must act quickly to avoid future...
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[field_image_caption-raw] India Government Ruling 'Effectively Ends' Bayer's Monopoly on Cancer Drug
The Indian government will allow a local company to manufacture a generic version of the cancer drug Nexevar, which is currently patented by Bayer. The government's ruling is based on a trade law that gives the government power to allow the manufacturing of generic versions of otherwise...
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[field_image_caption-raw] EU Finance Ministers Eye Next Target: Spain
Following the tumultuous EU bailout of Greece and the mass outrage and protests over subsequent austerity measures, finance ministers have turned their gaze towards Spain. Spain, with the highest unemployment in Europe, is expected to miss its budget deficit for the year, peaking attention from the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Australian Govt Votes to Make Aboriginal Land Nuclear Dumping Ground
The Australian government has passed legislation today that allows nuclear waste to be stored at a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory, a decision Aboriginal groups and environmentalists have vowed to fight. The Guardian reports :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Al Gore: Our "Democracy Hacked"; Time to Occupy
Former vice president Al Gore and Napster co-founder and Web entrepreneur Sean Parker on led a discussion Monday evening at the South By Southwest conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. An audience of thousands attended the Austin Convention Center talk and more thousands more watched via a live...
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[title] Chris Hedges Sues Obama Over NDAA
This year was kicked off with a highly controversial bill: the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA, now law, gives the US military the power to legally detain individuals without charge or trial. The right to due process has become null and void under the new legislation, even for American...
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[field_image_caption-raw] What if George W. Bush Had Done That?
In a piece this morning at Politico , blogger Josh Gerstein begs the question, "What if George W. Bush Had Done it?" calling into question the consistency of some when it comes to doling out criticism on specific Obama policies that under Bush would have received harsh condemnation from Democrats,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Afghan Students Lead Protests as Word of Massacre Spreads
Hundreds of Afghans, mostly students, took to the streets in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday to express their anger for the slaughter of civilians by a US soldier on Sunday and to call for an end to the US and NATO occupation that has gone on for more than a decade.
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