News for 2012-05-22

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Scantron 15th Corporation to Dump ALEC
Scantron Corporation, a $200 million for-profit educational testing and online tutoring company that makes, among other things, those ubiquitous scan forms for standardized tests (please make sure you fill in the bubble completely and clearly with a #2 pencil, etc.), joined the
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[field_image_caption-raw] Red River of Protest Runs Through Montreal as Students Continue Fight
[See twitter feed and live stream below] A red river of Canadians, mostly students, flowed through the streets of Montreal this afternoon marking the 100th day of protest against austerity cuts to education and a draconian attempt by the Quebec government to squelch growing dissent. Early estimates...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 2,000 Exonerations, a Fraction of False Convictions in US: Report
Researchers for the National Registry of Exonerations issued a report Monday revealing over 2,000 people in the US that have been tried and convicted of crimes they did not commit and later were relieved of their charges, or exonerated. More than 100 had been sentenced to death. The Registry...
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[title] Should NATO Exist? Phyllis Bennis vs. Ex-CIAer Stan Sloan on Alliance’s Purpose, Afghan War’s Future
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran, UN Inspectors Strike Deal on Eve of Nuclear Talks
The UN’s nuclear watchdog - the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - announced a deal with Iran to inspect their nuclear facilities, a day before a second round of talks between Iran and Western powers. The IAEA inspectors have access to Iran’s nuclear sites already, so expectations are that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] EU Rejects France's Ban on Monsanto's GM Corn
Europe's food safety agency on Monday rejected France's temporary ban on a strain of Monsanto's genetically modified maize. The EU food safety body, the European Food Safety Authority, found that "there is no specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk to human and animal health or the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Leaked Memo Exposes Toxic US 'Burn Pit' in Afghanistan
A recently leaked 2011 Army memo obtained by Danger Room reveals startling negligence by US officials regarding 'burn pits', or toxic waste sites at US bases in Afghanistan.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Spanish Teachers, Students on Strike Over Austerity Cuts
Spain's public schools, from elementary to university levels, are shut down today with students and teachers in a strike against the effects of the government's austerity measures on education. Unions say the cuts mean 100,000 substitute teachers will be out of work. Francisco García, leader of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Top Obama Officials, Secretive Process Create 'Assassination List'
US officials with firsthand knowledge of how the government determines who gets put on the CIA and Pentagon's lists for 'targeted killing' have confessed concern over the implications and nature of the process. In conversations with the Associated Press , one official involved -- who spoke with...
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[title] Julian Assange's The World Tomorrow: President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa
This week, Julian Assange talks to the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa. Correa is a left wing populist who has changed the face of Ecuador. But unlike his predecessors he holds a Ph.D. in economics. According to US embassy cables, Correa is the most popular President in Ecuador's democratic...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US 'B Corporations' Put Social Values Before Big Profits
Tough decisions are often inevitable if a business wants to make money. But in the next few weeks, half a dozen US states are expected to pass legislation that will for the first time protect companies which value their social impact as much as the bottom line. Whether it's buying locally,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Green Groups Urge Obama to Attend Rio+20
WASHINGTON - With a month to go before the United Nations Conference on Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro, nearly two dozen NGOs are calling on President Barack Obama to confirm his attendance at the event, known as Rio+20.
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