News for 2012-05-18

Friday, May 18, 2012
[title] Friends of the Earth: San Onofre 'A Disaster Waiting to Happen'
Friends of the Earth released a new video ad warning that restarting the crippled San Onofre nuclear power plant is "a disaster waiting to happen."
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'An Economy for the 99%': People's G8 Demands 'Robin Hood Tax'
See below for livestream and Twitter updates... Thousands of protesters are in Chicago today for a "People's G8" in a call led by National Nurses United (NNU) to demand an economy for the 99% and heal the "financial traumas faced by real people at the hands of Wall Street."
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Organic Watergate: Alarming Report Reveals USDA's Cozy Relationship with Corporate Agribusinesses in 'Organics'
Today, the Cornucopia Institute released a report titled The Organic Watergate , revealing widespread corruption in the USDA's organic food monitoring panel -- the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Congress Endorses 'Indefinite Detention' Policy
The US House of Representatives this morning endorsed the policy of indefinite detention without trial of terrorist suspects, including US citizens seized on American soil, by failing to pass an amendment that would halt the practice. The final vote to defeat the amendment -- part of the 2012...
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[field_image_caption-raw] India's Poorest Turn Video Journalists to Fill News Gap
A network of people from slums and villages in India who have been trained to make video news reports on corruption, human rights, health, sanitation and other issues, 'IndiaUnheard' is making an impact. "The mainstream media just report on the superficial events but they don't have depth," said...
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[field_image_caption-raw] G8 Protest: Peoples’ Summit Confronts World Leaders at Camp David, Urging Action on Poverty, Hunger
World leaders are convening at the heavily guarded Camp David in Maryland today for the G8 Summit. Leading nonprofits such as Save the Children and Oxfam are urging G8 leaders to live up to a 2009 pledge of $22 billion towards food security in developing nations of which only a quarter has been met...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's 'Poverty-Relieving' Plan for Africa a Profit Boon for Giant Agribusiness
President Obama's announcement today of $3 billion in private investments in a poverty- and hunger-relieving plan for Africa is set to be a boon for giant agribusiness, a move critics say leaves small-scale farmers and agro-ecological methods in the dust.
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[title] Livestream: The People's G-8: National Nurses United Rally in Chicago
Today at 12 noon (Central), National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest organization of nurses, is sponsoring a day of action in response to the G-8 and NATO summits held this weekend. NNU will propose a 'plan to help heal the U.S. and global economies'. The rally will call for a national '...
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[title] How Many Has the US Wrongfully Executed?
More than 20 years after Texas executed Carlos DeLuna, a study reveals he was innocent. Support for capital punishment in the US has been on the decline over the last two decades. We take a closer look at the DeLuna case and what it says about capital punishment in the country, and the flaws in its...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Iran Hawks in Congress in Some Disarray
WASHINGTON - Hopes by Iran hawks here to get the U.S. Congress to wield the threat of a U.S. military attack on the Islamic Republic on the eve of next week's critical negotiations on Tehran's nuclear program appear to have fallen unexpectedly short.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Congress, Standing Against Public Majority, Votes for More War in Afghanistan
By a vote of 303-113, the US House of Representatives rejected an amendment by California's Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) on Thursday that would have swiftly ended combat operations in Afghanistan by limiting funds only to the "safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from...
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