News for 2012-05-14

Monday, May 14, 2012
[title] Corporate Media and the Austerity Campaign
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Victory': Palestinians End Hunger Strike After Israel Agrees to Demands
Nearly 1,600 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons have ended a 28-day hunger strike after an Egypt-brokered deal was successful and amid fears that any deaths would result in a violent backlash in the occupied West Bank and in Gaza. The prisoners' hunger strike centered on demands for an...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-whaling 'Sea Shepard' Captain, Activist Arrested
The environmental activist organization Sea Shepherd said their founder Captain Paul Watson has been detained in Frankfurt, Germany in response to a Costa Rican extradition warrant for "violating ships traffic". In 2002 Watson's ship intercepted a Costa Rican illegal shark-finning boat, off the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Start of Week of Civil Disobedience, Protesters Arrested at Obama HQ in Chicago
Starting a "Week Without Capitalism" with nonviolent resistance to NATO, members of the Catholic Worker movement went to President Barack Obama's national campaign headquarters in Chicago this morning to demand an end to NATO's occupation of Afghanistan and for a world without war.
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[field_image_caption-raw] French Environmentalists Want ‘Green’ Without the ‘N’
PARIS - As France’s president-elect Francois Hollande prepares to form a new government, many environmentalists are calling for the appointment of an ecology minister with real power who can deliver on promises to reduce the use of nuclear power as well as cut carbon emissions. "We want a strong...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greek Leftist Leader Gains Support for Standing Firm Against Austerity
An opinion poll released on Sunday by Greek newspaper To Vima helps to explain why Greece's ascendant leftist party, Syriza and its 38 year old leader, Alexis Tsipras, have remained steadfast in their refusal to accept a coalition government and suggests that their unwavering commitment to an anti-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hundreds of Thousands More Suffer Cuts to Unemployment Aid
According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), 230,000 more Americans in eight states suffered extreme cuts to federal unemployment benefits over the weekend. Now over 400,000 total people in 27 states have lost federal unemployment insurance due to Congressional cuts. As unemployment...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Elizabeth Warren: Wall Street Waging 'Guerrilla War' on Financial Regulations
Speaking on CNN's Starting Point this morning, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren said that "there's been a guerrilla war" waged by financial institutions to avoid regulations. Warren stated that the issue embodied by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is a symptom of the regulation-avoiding power that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.S. Renews Military Sales to Bahrain Amid Crackdown
The Obama administration is proceeding with military sales to Bahrain despite the ruling monarchy’s ongoing repression of pro-democracy protests. On Friday, the State Department announced it will allow a multi-million dollar weapons shipment to the Bahraini government, citing "national security...
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[title] Water Warrior: The Fight to Stop Water Pollution in Florida
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[field_image_caption-raw] Take Responsibility for Civilian Deaths, Group Tells NATO
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has failed to acknowledge dozens of civilian casualties from air strikes during its 2011 assault on Libya, and has not investigated possible unlawful attacks, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
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[field_image_caption-raw] IAEA Refuses Iran Cooperation Pact Until After Parchin Visit
[Note: this article was updated at 3:04 pm EST on 5/14/12] In meetings with Iranian officials in Vienna this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) apparently intends to hold up agreement on a plan for Iran's full cooperation in clarifying allegations of covert nuclear weapons work by...
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