News for 2012-06-21

Thursday, June 21, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Time to End the 'Conspiracy of Silence Over Drone Attacks': UN Investigator
At an international conference today in Geneva, Switzerland, international law and human rights experts told of the dire human rights implications of the US targeted killing program. The conference, put together by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and other...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rio+20 Fail: Youth Lead Walkout of UN Summit
Youth climate leaders and their supporters have walked out of the UN climate summit in Rio today to protest the negotiating text that fails to protect the climate. The group staged a "people's plenary" saying the text decided at the conference by world leaders does not represent "the future we want...
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[title] Greenpeace: Save the Arctic
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenpeace Launches 'Unprecedented' Campaign to 'Save the Arctic'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Injection Wells: The Poison Beneath Us
Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation's geology as an invisible dumping ground. No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'NATO 3' Indicted on Terror Charges for Alleged Plot to Attack Chicago Sites
Three protesters arrested at the NATO summit in Chicago last month have been indicted on 11 counts, including four terrorism-related charges. Jared Chase, Brent Betterly and Brian Jacob Church — the so-called "NATO 3" — were arrested for an alleged plot to attack President Obama’s campaign...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Strike! UK Doctors Take Day Off in Austerity Protest
Thousands of doctors in Britain's state-funded National Health Service took industrial action for the first time in 37 years on Thursday in a dispute over austerity-driven changes to their pensions, cancelling thousands of patients' non-emergency appointments and operations. Thousands more doctors...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Death Knell for ACTA?
ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, appears to be near death as European lawmakers voted against the widely protested treaty in a committee vote.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: CIA Supplying Syrian Opposition with Arms
The New York Times today reports that CIA operatives stationed in southern Turkey are providing key assistance and providing arms -- including rocket propelled grenades, anti-tank weapons, and automatic rifles -- to select members of Syrian opposition groups fighting against the ruling government...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Assange's Asylum Fate to be Decided Today
Last night Ecuadorian officials announced they will decide by the end of the day today whether or not to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since Tuesday, when he broke his bail conditions to make a plea for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] House to Vote on Effort to Preempt EPA Regulation of Coal Ash
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Thursday on a measure to urge the Transportation Conference Committee to strip the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) of the ability to designate toxic coal ash as a hazardous waste. This spring, the House approved H.R.
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[title] Spanish Stage Anti-Austerity Protests
The Finance minister of another debt-stricken nation - Spain - insists his country doesn't need a full-blown bailout. But protesters, taking part in nationwide rallies against spending cuts and recent rescue packages for banks, disagree. Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports from Madrid.
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[title] Growing National Movement Against "High Stakes" Public School Testing
New York parents and students say testing mania obstructs learning and hands money to private companies.
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[field_image_caption-raw] More than 10,000 High School Chilean Students March for 'Free Education'
More than 10,000 high school-aged students marched through the streets of Santiago, Chile on Wednesday calling for free public education and an end to 'profiteering' at the nation's schools.
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Egypt, a President Without Power
Last week’s presidential elections in Egypt were supposed to mark the final step in what has been an arduous transition from military rule to an elected civilian government. Instead, sixteen months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising calling for freedom and social justice...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama White House Rejects Request for Targeted Killing Docs
Citing national security concerns, the Obama administration on Wednesday rejected requests by the ACLU and the New York Times for documents relating to the US military's drone and targeted killing campaigns.
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