News for 2012-06-19

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Mubarak Critical: Survives in 'Coma' On Life Support
Conflicting reports on Tuesday evening reported that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was either dead or simply 'unconscious' after his heart stopped beating after he suffered a stroke in prison. Reports Tuesday night from state news agency MENA, however, said that Mubarak was pronounced "...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Historic Act Introduced for Mountaintop Removal Moratorium
Recognizing the mounting humanitarian crisis from mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian coalfields, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) joined Congressional representatives from across the nation today and introduced H.R. 5959, The Appalachian Communities Health...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Furious Greenpeace Moves to 'War Footing' at Rio+20
The head of Greenpeace International said the NGO is moving to a "war footing" after negotiators at the Rio+20 sustainable development conference watered down proposals to protect the world's oceans. Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International's executive director, said there were so many fudges in the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thousands of Women Slam Rio+20's 'Green Capitalism'
Thousands of women marched in Rio on Monday to rail against the push for green capitalism labeled as the "green economy" at the Rio+20 sustainable development summit. Critics see the so-called "green economy" as the "marketization of nature" and a "smokescreen" to mask the commodification of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Seeking Asylum in Ecuador
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has 'taken refuge' in the Ecuador embassy, Tuesday evening in London. Assange is seeking political asylum in the country according to Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. "I can confirm I arrived at the Ecuadorean embassy and sought diplomatic sanctuary and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greek 'Rage' the Best 'Weapon' Against European Austerity: Tsipras
In his first media interview since Sunday's parliament elections, Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greek's leftist Syriza party said that the record number of Greeks who supported his party's anti-austerity message indicates that the people's channeled 'rage' is having an enormous and important impact on...
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[title] Robin Hood Tax Campaign
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[field_image_caption-raw] House Financial Services Committee Hearing: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon Fields Questions From Financial Friends
As JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon testifies before the House Financial Services Committee today, he will answer questions from committee members who have financial ties to the bank. Research from the Center for Responsive Politics shows that members of the House Financial Services Committee,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Earth's Defenders Being Murdered at Increasingly Alarming Rate
According to a new survey released today by Global Witness, the international group that looks at the intersection of the environment and human rights, over 711 environmental activists, journalists and community members trying protect their local rivers and forests have been killed in the last...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Shortchanged Native American Tribes by Millions, Supreme Court Rules
In a Supreme Court decision announced on Monday, justices ruled that the United States government has shortchanged the Ramah Navajo Chapter among several other Native American tribes by millions of dollars in public service contracts. The justices sided 5-4 with the tribes in a class action suit...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Japanese Gov't Hid Radiation Information from Public
The Japanese government admitted on Monday that it did not use U.S.-provided maps showing the spread of radiation in the days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster to evacuate residents in areas with spiked radiation levels.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Investigator Blasts US Drone Program
In a report issued overnight to the United Nation's Human Rights Council (UNHRC), UN investigator and special rappateur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns condemned the continued use of US drones to assassinate suspected militants and questioned the legality of the...
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[title] Imran Khan: Time to Put an End to US-Pakistani 'Client-Master' Relationship
No country has ever been bombed by its own ally, like Pakistan has been bombed by the US, Pakistani politician Imran Khan tells Julian Assange. He says it is time to put an end to the US-Pakistani 'client-master' relationship. ­In the ninth episode of his show, Julian Assange talks to Imran Khan,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Twitter Storm' Calls for End to $1 Trillion in Public Subsidies for Dirty Fossil Fuels
An online 'twitter storm' initated by environmental groups and designed to coincide with the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil this week went viral Monday with nearly a million people signing a petition calling for the end of public subsidies to the fossil fuel industry that total more than a trillion...
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