News for 2012-03-15

Thursday, March 15, 2012
[title] Charlie Brooker Destroys Kony 2012 / Invisible Children
London's "10 O'Clock Live's" Charlie Brooker explains the 'phenomenon' of Invisible Children's Video Kony 2012.
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[title] Join the Fight! A Message from Bill McKibben
"We're gearing up for a major new fight to end the billions of dollars in subsidies the fossil fuel industry receives each year. To move to renewable energy like wind and solar, we're going to need to end the subsidies to an industry that's already making record-breaking profits -- and start...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenhouse Gas Will Soar by 50% if Policy Does Not Change Immediately: Report
Global greenhouse gas emissions will rise 50 percent by 2050 unless current energy and climate policies change soon, according to a report released today by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). World energy demand in 2050 will be 80% higher and still 85% reliant on...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Enviro Groups Fear "Dangerously Misguided" Plan to Unleash Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is having a town hall meeting tonight about a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in order to control the population of Aedes aegypti , the mosquito responsible for the spread of dengue fever.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Corporate Win, Loss for the 99%: U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement Takes Effect
The U.S.- Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) takes effect today , and is being met with heated protests over the deal's rewarding the interests of big business while crushing the 99%. Messaging that the agreement will create jobs has been slammed as "some rosy fantasy" fabricated by multinational...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Whistleblower Who Predicted Retaliation Gets Axe from State Dept.
In September of last year, Peter Van Buren, a 24 year veteran at the State Department and author of the book We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People , wrote a piece for the online journal TomDispatch entitled, The Only Employee at State Who May Be...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bradley Manning Two-Day Hearing Begins
Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified material to website Wikileaks, is appearing in court today, beginning a two day pre-trial motion hearing in Fort Meade, near Baltimore. During this hearing, military judge Col Denise Lind will announce the date of Manning's trial.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy Movement to Blossom as Spring Approaches
The Occupy movement is hoping to increase its presence as the cold winter months come to an end. Many Occupy groups from across the country are planning new actions in the coming weeks. Occupy the MidWest is planning a conference this weekend and is hoping the warmer weather will help provide the...
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[title] Jeremy Scahill: Obama After Whistleblowers Worldwide
The United States encourages the Freedom of the Press both in America and abroad — at least they claim. But in actuality, the Obama administration is going out of their way to keep journalists from exposing the truth.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bahraini Hunger-Striker Continues Struggle of 'Arab Spring'
Five weeks into his hunger strike, family members say Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, one of the best-known human rights activists in Bahrain, is now so weak that he can barely stand, according to a report in Al-Jazeera. Al-Khawaja and six others were given life sentences by the Bahraini government in what...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Karzai Calls for Troops to Withdraw from Afghan Villages
The chaos in Afghanistan continues to escalate in the aftermath of the recent massacre of 16 Afghanistan civillians by a troubled US soldier. As a result of the incident, Afghani President Hamid Karzai pleaded for the US to pull troops out of Afghan villages and to confine them to US bases. From...
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