News for 2012-03-23

Friday, March 23, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Public Health Victory: FDA Must Act to Stem Antibiotics Overuse in Animal Feed
Yesterday a federal judge in New York ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to act on the growing human health threats caused by the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed. The FDA had started proceedings in 1977 over concerns that antibiotics, including commonly used tetracyclines and...
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[title] John Nichols: Trayvon Martin, ALEC & Walmart
Thom Hartmann talks with John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation Magazine, about so-called "Stand your ground" legislation, pushed by ALEC and the NRA that is believed to have led to the murder of an innocent black teen in Florida.
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[title] Communities Fear Arrival of Uganda's Oil Sector
New contracts between the Ugandan government and a UK-listed oil company will speed up development in the country's oil sector. But communities in the oil-rich west fear the industry could mean they are displaced from their land without proper compensation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] California Moves Towards Overturning Citizens United
The California state Assembly endorsed yesterday a constitutional amendment to repeal Citizens United . The amendment, which passed by a 48-22 vote, calls on Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Buy Local Blitz: Local Businesses Hit by 'Cash Mobs'
Move over, flash mobs. "Cash mobs" are coming. The idea behind cash mobs is to get a group of people to flood a local business and spend a suggested set amount in order to give the local business an economic boost. The first cash mobs were organized back in 2011 in Buffalo, NY and Cleveland, but...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Over a Thousand Protest, Scores Arrested as Anti-Nuclear Activists Demand 'Rogue' Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant Close
Yesterday was the first day Vermont Yankee nuclear plant began operating without a license. Over a thousand anti-nuclear activists used the day to stage protests and engage in civil disobedience at the nuclear power plant and at Entergy, the plant owner's, offices.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Intel: Iran Is Not a Nuclear Threat
"Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead," states a Reuters special report released today. The report, citing breaking intelligence from current and former US officials, outlines the less than dramatic realities...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's Unconventional Choice for World Bank President
The White House on Friday named Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American physician and the president of Dartmouth College, as its nominee to lead the World Bank . The World Bank’s Board of Governors will select a new president at their April meeting. Dr. Kim is an anthropologist and a physician who co-...
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[title] Palestinian on Hunger Strike "in Mortal Danger"
After more than a month on hunger strike, Hanaa Shalabi is in "immediate mortal danger" and at "risk of coma" according to a Physicians for Human Rights doctor. Shalabi's strike came at the heels of another high profile campaign by Khader Adnan who survived a 66 day hunger strike before the Israeli...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Soldier Faces 17 Murder Counts; Afghans Express Little Faith in US Justice System
US Army Staff Srgt. Robert Bales is expected to be officially charged with 17 counts of murder today for the massacre of men, women, and children in Afghanistan earlier this month. The announcement was made by US Army officials on Thursday evening. Afghans, including members of Taliban forces,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Documents Show NYPD Infiltrated Anti-War, Justice Groups
The Associated Press this morning reveals how undercover NYPD officers attended meetings of liberal political organizations and kept intelligence files on activists who planned protests around the country, according to interviews and documents that show how police have used counterterrorism tactics...
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