News for 2012-03-16

Friday, March 16, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Water Justice: 'We Are the Movement Whose Time Has Come'
At the Alternative World Water Forum , the Forum Alternatif Mondial de l'Eau (FAME) in French, water justice activists are providing a counter-narrative to the corporate-dominated World Water Forum, which "refuses to acknowledge" the recognized right to water and sanitation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Kony 2012/Invisible Children Leader Detained for Public Masturbation, Vandalizing Cars
The mastermind behind the viral phenomenom "Kony 2012" video was detained last night in San Diego, California for being drunk in public, vandalizing cars and public masturbation. Jason Russell was "acting very strange" when he was picked up by the San Diego police. Russell is the filmmaker and lead...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bloody Week in Afghanistan Continues; 16 Die in Helicopter Crash
A violent and chaotic week in Afghanistan continued today as a Turkish military helicopter, on a NATO mission, crashed into a house, leaving 4 Afghan civilians and 12 Turkish soldiers dead. Military officials are investigating the cause of the crash. Turkey soldiers are serving in a "non-combat"...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Non!': France Bans Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn
France has announced today that it is imposing a new temporary ban on Monsanto's MON810 maize in the interests of protecting the environment. The announcement comes from French Agricultural Minister Bruno Le Maire who said the decision was a "precautionary measure." The move restates a 2008 ban,...
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[title] Michael Hastings: If Afghanistan Shooter is Insane, He’s a Product of an Insane Policy
Michael Hastings, author of “The Operators,” joins Cenk to talk about an expedited exit strategy for getting the U.S. out of Afghanistan and the role in that decision played by the massacre in Khandahar of 16 Afghans by a solider. “They say [the shooter] has a traumatic brain injury,” Hastings says...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Senators Attack Government's Use of Patriot Act
Two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have expressed concerns that the US Justice Department is abusing provisions in the Patriot Act.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chile: Protesters Demanding Education Rights Met With Tear Gas, Water Cannons
Thousands of students in Chile hit the streets yesterday in continued calls for the government to provide free, quality education. Police responded with heavy force, using tear gas and water cannons to attempt to break up the demonstration. Amnesty International has issued a call to Chilean...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Manning Day Two: Closed Door Meetings Delay Hearing After Prosecution Cries 'Terrorist'
Bradley Manning's two day pre-trial hearing will conclude today. Provisions for the trial will be decided upon including the trial date and whether the US government will release 'classified' materials requested by the defense. The materials requested include an alleged video from the Quantico...
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[title] Anand Gopal: Afghan Killings Product of Failed Strategy
Rural Afghans have given up on US and want an end to the war.
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[field_image_caption-raw] China's 'Big Brother' System a Boon for Romney's Bain
The growing global surveillance society is finding a pleasant home in China, where a huge state effort is underway to place cameras on street corners, mosques, monasteries, and libraries. Billed as a safety and security program, human rights advocates are worried that the system will be used to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ex-US Officials Face 'Material Support' Probe for Terror Links
A Treasury Department investigation has been initiated against nearly two dozen former high-ranking US officials, many who continue to hold elite positions of power in media and policy circles or private industry, for their active support and financial ties to an Iranian dissident group, the People...
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[title] Playing Offense on Climate Change: A Message from 350.org
Bill McKibben shares a message with the 350 community about what we've done so far, and the plan for the months ahead. Our next big fight: taking on the billions in subsidies that the fossil fuel industry makes.
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