News for 2012-05-02

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
[title] Paul Krugman: Income Inequality, Political Polarization and Economic Crises
Dr. Paul Krugman talks with Rachel Maddow about the relationship between income inequality, political polarization and economic crises.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egypt's Election in Turmoil After 20 Anti-Military Protesters Killed
At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 injured during fierce clashes in the Abbaseya neighborhood of Cairo early Wednesday, in a spasm of violence that threw the upcoming presidential election into disarray as several candidates announced the suspension of their campaigns.
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Study Predicts Frack Fluids Can Migrate to Aquifers Within Years
A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Administration Pushes UN to Thwart West Bank Settlements Probe
The Obama administration has agreed to Israel's request to delay or block the creation of a panel appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, according to Ha'aretz . Soon after the decision to create the panel in March, an...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Take the Flour Back': Activists Mobilize to 'Decontaminate' GM Wheat Field
UK environmentalists against the use of genetically modified (GM) crops have organized under the banner " Take the Flour Back " to organize direct action against GM wheat.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Many Injured, Anger Grows as Israel Cracks Down on Hunger Strike Solidarity
Protests and rallies were held around the West Bank and Gaza this week in support of Palestinian hunger strikers currently held in Israeli prisons. As an increasing number of prisoners go on hunger strike to protest indefinite detention and poor treatment, anger and protest has grown outside of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's 'Midnight' Deal Will Stretch Afghan War to 2024
President Obama's secret trip to Afghanistan, shrouded in secrecy for security reasons, culminated in a midnight meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the signing of a 'strategic partnership agreement', the full details of which have not been made available to either the American or Afghan...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bolivia Nationalizes Power Grid
Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Tuesday during a commemoration of May Day that the country would be nationalizing its power grid by taking power away from Spanish company Transportadora de Electricidad (TDE). At the presidential palace in La Paz, Morales said, “Today, again, in merited...
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[title] Thousands Join May Day March for Workers' Rights in New York
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[field_image_caption-raw] To Highlight Dangers, Greenpeace Activist Stages Aerial Invasion of French Nuclear Plant
A single Greenpeace activist on Wednesday flew a motorized paraglider onto the grounds of a French nuclear power plant, according to police and confirmed by members of the environmental organization.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Strike Back: US Workers, Students Reclaim May Day
NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets here and around the United States Tuesday calling for an end to what they described as the mounting and corrosive influence of money in politics. "Why let over 18 million homes stand empty when there are three million people without homes...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Renewed Violence Follows Obama's Afghanistan Visit
Hours after President Obama lifted off from Afghanistan, Taliban forces staged yet another brazen attack in the capital city of Kabul, attacking a compound housing hundreds of foreign workers including UN staff, EU police trainers and many private security contractors.
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