News for 2012-03-30

Friday, March 30, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] FDA Keeps BPA in Food, Fails Public Health Again
Today the Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will not take steps to bar bisphenol-A, or BPA, a known toxic chemical, from canned food and liquid infant formula containers. Studies show that BPA leaches from epoxy linings of cans into food and drink, and resurfaces in breast milk,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's Waffling on Gay Marriage Could Create Election-Year Bind
With President Obama visiting Vermont and Maine today -- two states where gay marriage has been a major issue of late -- concerns about how stance on gay marriage may impact his re-election campaign continue to mount. President Obama has never supported gay marriage, but in 2010 he said he was "...
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Fukushima Worsens, US Approves New Nukes
Despite reports this week that the Fukushima nuclear situation may be even worse than previously thought, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has given approval today for two combined licenses for two nuclear reactors in South Carolina, only the second time in the last three decades that new...
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[title] Tom Hayden: Reclaiming Participatory Democracy
Tom Hayden, Nation writer and longtime activist, offers historical perspective on the rise of participatory democracy in America and its connection to the student movement of the 1960s. In this video, Hayden explains why participatory democracy can, should and will constitute "the only framework...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: 'Arctic Cold War' Heats Up
A new report reports that the Arctic shelf, with its disputed territory and vast energy resources, is becoming increasingly militarized. The study, released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute , claims that Russia, Canada, Denmark and Norway are all developing their military...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Journalists, Activists Challenge NDAA Law
A group of prominent activists and journalists presented a legal challenge to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) yesterday, claiming to a New York City federal judge that the law inhibits their First Amendment Rights.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Spain's New Budget: 'As Austere As It Gets'
Spain has unveiled its most austere budget in democratic history today in the wake of massive protests.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Money Talks, Science Walks: Millions Spent to Weaken FDA
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology industries spent over $700 million in lobbying between 2009 and 2011, surpassing other special interest spending such as big oil and insurance industries. The extreme spending comes as this...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Palestinians Commemorate Land Day as Israel Forces Fire at Protesters
Thousands of protesters across Palestine, Israel and beyond are taking action to commemorate Land Day, an annual event which protests Israel's decision to take Palestinian land in 1976. Dozens of protests have taken place in Israel and the Occupied Territories today, involving thousands of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wis. Gov. Walker Recall: It's On
Wisconsin's state elections board has officially announced that Gov. Scott Walker will face a recall election this spring.
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[title] Robert Reich: We Are Not Going to See Change on Wall Street Until It Is Forced to Change Its Ways
Robert Reich, former U.S. Labor Secretary and a professor at UC Berkeley, and Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York, consider how the Occupy movement has affected the climate on Wall Street in light of an independent study from Echo Research and Makovsky that seems to show Occupy has had a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mali Coup Leaders Given Ultimatum from African Neighbors
A week after Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure was ousted in a military coup, the country's neighbors are threatening economic sanctions in an attempt to undercut support for the soldiers who have claimed authority of the west African nation. The regional bloc of west African nations, ECOWAS,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Neurotoxic Pesticides Helping to Decimate Bee Populations, Studies Indicate
Two new studies released on Thursday show that industrial pesticides -- specifically chemical neurotoxins called 'neonicotinoids' -- have robust negative impact on the honey bees' ability to navigate and sufficiently reproduce. Previous studies have shown that insecticides may play a role in '...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel Shields Public from Risks of War with Iran
TEL AVIV - The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling Israelis that Israel can attack Iran with minimal civilian Israeli casualties as a result of retaliation, and that reassuring message appears to have headed off any widespread Israeli fear of war with Iran and other...
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