News for 2012-05-26

Saturday, May 26, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] China says US Human Rights Record 'Dismal'; Have No Standing to Criticize Others
"The United States' tarnished human rights record has left it in no state -- whether on a moral, political or legal basis -- to act as the world's 'human rights justice,'" according an annual report released on Friday by the Chinese government. "The facts contained in the report are a small yet...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Quebec Labor Unions Join Students in Historic Fight Against 'Bill 78'
Not lightning, not heavy rain, nor threat of police arrest kept protesters off the streets of Montreal and other Quebec cities on Friday night, as violent rainstorm was met only with another rowdy demonstrations as students and citizens banged on pots and pans to continue their promise to hold...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Calif. Judge Declares Federal 'Defense of Marriage Act' Unconstitutional
A federal judge in California this week, ruling in favor of a lawsuit brought by state workers who sued the public-employee pension system for its refusal to cover same-sex couples, declared the Defense of Marriage Act (or DOMA) to be unconstitutional and an assault on the equal protections clause.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UK Uncut: 'Street Parties' Target 'Architects of Austerity'
Hundreds of activists descended on the home of Deputy Prime Minister, in London today, naming him one of the 'architects of austerity' and challenging his role in pushing devastating public sector cuts to education and social services.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Global Temperatures Rising on a Devastating Trajectory
Climate-heating carbon emissions set a record high in 2011, in a 3.2 percent increase over the previous year, the International Energy Agency reported this week. The main reason for this dangerous increase is that governments are failing to implement policies to prevent catastrophic increases of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Payback Time': IMF's Lagarde Uses 'Poor Children of Africa' as Cudgel Against Anti-Austerity Greeks
Asked by The Guardian newspaper how she blocks out of her mind mothers in Greece unable to get access to midwives or patients unable to obtain life-saving drugs, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde replied: "I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Administration Doubles Down for Indefinite Detention Authority
Federal prosecutors from Obama's Dept. of Justice on Friday asked a judge to lift an injunction placed on specific section of a recent law that permits the 'indefinite military detention' by the United States government and was signed by the President in December.
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