News for 2012-03-27

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
[title] Healthcare Debate: As Supreme Court Hears Landmark Case, Does Law Do Enough to Fix Health Crisis?
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[title] The Dangers of Reporting the 'War on Terror'
In December 2009, Yemen's air force claimed it had killed 30 suspected al-Qaeda operatives during an airstrike on a training camp in the southern Abyan province.
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[field_image_caption-raw] On the Brink: Planet Near Irreversible Point of Global Warming
We may have already passed the tipping points on global warming, say scientists at the Planet Under Pressure conference . At the London conference, scientists are giving a bleak view of the future of the planet due to catastrophic damage and growth by humans, saying we are close to the irreversible...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Executions Increased in 2011 due to Arab Spring
Amnesty International has released its annual report on executions and the death penalty and found that executions were up in 2011. The increase, accoring to the report, is largely due to the reaction of Middle Eastern states to the Arab Spring. In total there were 678 reported executions in 2011 (...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Brazilian Activists Killed Over Land Rights
Three Brazilian activists were killed on Saturday in an all too common pattern of event that sees activists killed by gunmen over land rights.
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[field_image_caption-raw] BP Spill Caused 'Graveyard of Corals'
A team of scientists have released evidence that officially traces irreparable damage of coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Researchers described the site as a 'graveyard of coral' resembling bare skeleton and loose tissue covered in 'heavy mucous and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Censored: Japan Cuts Emperor Akihito's Nuclear Comments from TV
On the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, March 11, Japan's Emperor Akihito gave a speech at a government-sponsored memorial ceremony in Tokyo. The emperor, who had just been released from the hospital a week earlier from a heart bypass surgery, said in his address that people...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Poll: Opposition to War in Afghanistan Grows to 69%
A new New York Times/CBS News poll shows that support for the US War in Afghanistan has reached an all-time low. The poll, conducted between March 21-25, revealed that of those surveyed, 69 percent opposed the war in Afghanistan. This is up from 53 percent just four months ago.
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[title] Lupe Gonzalo: Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fight for US Tomato Laborers' Rights
We made this short film in Immokalee Florida (where 1/3 of the tomatoes in our grocery stores are grown). We spent a day with Lupe Gonzalo, a tomato picker and organizer for CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers). The Coalition is fighting to change the way our country’s tomato laborers are treated,...
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[title] Rachel Maddow: Individual Mandate, Republican Idea Turned Republican Scorn
Last night on Rachel Maddow, Dahlia Lithwick, Legal Correspondent and senior editor for Slate, talks with Rachel Maddow about the first day of the Supreme Court's hearing arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the contrasting perspectives on the individual mandate.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Growing Gas Cloud Forces Evacuation of Oil Rig in North Sea
An oil and gas platform owned by French oil giant Total has been evacuated and an 'exclusion zone' has been set up around it, as a cloud of natural gas hovers over the site and a six-mile long 'sheen' has formed in the ocean around the rig. Ships have been ordered by Maritime and Coastguard Agency...
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