News for 2012-05-17

Thursday, May 17, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] House Bill Reinstates 'Global Gag Rule,' Cuts All Funds for United Nations Population Fund
A House panel has approved today a 2013 State Department funding bill that reinstates the Mexico City Policy, also known as the "global gag rule," and eliminates all funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
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[field_image_caption-raw] Updated: Under Pressure, TED Releases 'Income Inequality' Talk
UPDATE: After a spirited twenty-four hour online campaign aimed at TED, which urged the group to make available a talk given in March by venture capitalist, Nick Hanauer, on the negative impacts of income inequality on the economy, the non-profit group released a statement addressing what they...
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[title] Alexis Tsipras: Austerity Will Send Greece (and Europe) 'Directly To Hell'
Alexis Tsipras, head of Syriza, Greece’s ascendent left-wing political party, appeared on CNN's evening news show Amanpour on Wednesday to voice his party's position on the ongoing economic crisis in his country and across Europe.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Rep. Dennis Kucinich to Retire From Office
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[field_image_caption-raw] Massive Student Protest Fills Streets of Montreal after Proposed 'Emergency' Law
Thousands of student protesters flooded the streets in Montreal last night after Quebec Premier Jean Charest announced a proposal for a new 'emergency law' in a bid to end the ongoing 14 week old student uprising and strike. The proposed legislation would halt the spring semester, push up the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hoax: CBS Reports Predator Drone Spotted Near Chicago Days Before NATO Summit
UPDATE: New video below shows that the drone video is a hoax. * * * CBS News in Chicago is running the following news item. Many viewers in discussion accompanying the YouTube video think the video is faked. What do you think? * * * CBS News Chicago reports :
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[title] Israeli Police Target Activists as Social Protests Restart
On Saturday Israelis organized the first demonstration of what was meant to be a resurrection of last summer’s protests against the high cost of living. Last July protest tents were set up in dozens of cities throughout the country and mass demonstrations reached half a million people in Tel Aviv.
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[field_image_caption-raw] International Civil Society Ramps Up Campaign Against US Drones
PESHAWAR - Growing numbers of activists are beginning to counter U.S. Drone attacks into Pakistani territory. The activists are confronting the U.S., but increasingly now the Pakistani government for allowing such attacks to continue. The Tehreek Insaf party led by former Pakistani cricket captain...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NDAA's 'Indefinite Detention' Provisions Unconstitutional, says Judge
A federal judge in New York on Wednesday ruled in favor of a group of civilian activists and journalists and struck down highly controversial 'indefinite detention' and 'material support' provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act , enacted by Congress and signed into law by President...
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