News for 2012-05-11

Friday, May 11, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Justice Now! Spain's Indignados to Retake the Streets
Spain's " indignados " will be hitting the streets this weekend in the tens of thousands to mark their one-year anniversary with renewed calls for economic justice. “We need to take back all the wealth and redistribute it fairly,” Aitor, a member of Real Democracy Now ( Democracia Real Ya ), which...
Read more
[title] Climate Change: Watch the Whole World Connect the Dots
On 5/5/12, people around the world volunteered, documented, educated, and protested. We connected the dots.
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Chicago Police Ready for NATO Summit Protesters With 'Sound Cannon'
Chicago police have been increasing their supply of riot-control equipment, including the controversial long-range acoustic device (LRAD), also known as a "sound cannon," in the lead-up to the NATO summit protests the weekend of May 19, the Guardian reports today.
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Muslim Americans Challenge US 'No Fly' List
The American Civil Liberties Union representing 15 U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are banned from flying to or from the US will appear in federal appeals court today, in a bid to erase the names from the list. Those on the FBI 'no fly' list have never been told why they are on the list,...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Watchdog: Huge Spike in Cancers, Fertility Problems Linked to Chemicals in Household Items
Chemicals in common household products may be behind the huge rise in cancers, diabetes and obesity, falling fertility, and an increased number of neurological development, the European Environment Agency (EEA) reported yesterday.
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] US Treasury Claim of Iran-Al-Qaeda "Secret Deal" Is Discredited
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Treasury Department's claim of a "secret deal" between Iran and Al-Qaeda, which had become a key argument by right-wing activists who support war against Iran, has been discredited by former intelligence officials in the wake of publication of documents from Osama bin Laden's...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] US Concerned Israel May Attack Iran "at Any Moment"
The Obama administration is worried that Israel's new coalition government in could signal an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities at "any given moment," one of Israel's leading TV stations reported Thursday night. Shaul Mofaz and his Kadima party’s joining a unity government with rightwing Prime...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Palestinian Prisoners Escalate Hunger Strike
The demands of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons continue to be ignored, as the strike escalates daily and support and protest outside of the prison walls grows. Today, strikers said they would refuse vitamin supplements and prison clinics in the latest move to intensify pressure on...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Tim DeChristopher: Oil Lease Bids Stopped Greater Crime
30 year-old convicted climate activist, Tim DeChristopher, who was sentenced to two years in federal prison for foiling an oil and gas lease auction was given an opportunity to appeal his conviction on Thursday. Arguing on his behalf, his lawyers claim that DeChristopher had no choice available to...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Super PAC Spending Teeters at $100 Million Mark
Expenditures by super PACs were expected to hit the $100 million mark today, further proof that outside spending will far outstrip anything seen in previous election cycles.
Read more
[title] New York Students Allege Police Harassment for Fighting School Closure
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] JP Morgan's $2 Billion Tumble Renews Call: 'Break Up the Big Banks'
Wall Street titan JPMorgan Chase on Thursday admitted that poorly positioned trades cost the bank $2 billion in losses. The news sent stocks of other big banks tumbling and raised the alarm once again over the tenuous nature of the financial system and the role of 'too big to fail' banks in the...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] 'Bombs over Bread': GOP-Controlled House Passes Austerity Budget
The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed a 'reconciliation budget' that makes sweeping and what many termed 'devastating' cuts to social programs, including food assistance for children, federal retirement benefits for older workers, and medicaid programs for the country's...
Read more