News for 2012-07-05

Thursday, July 5, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Activists to Appeal U.S. Court’s Bhopal Verdict
WASHINGTON - After a controversial ruling Friday in favor of Union Carbide, NGOs and activists associated with the 1984 Bhopal, India industrial disaster are appealing the decision in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge John Keenan’s dismissal of a lawsuit against Dow Chemical Company’s...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Vast Extent of Congressional 'VIP' Loans from Countrywide Financial Before Crash
Countrywide Financial Corp sold 'VIP' loans to members of congress in exchange for influence in Washington according to a report released on Thursday by the U.S. House and Government Oversight Committee, Associated Press reports .
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[title] Artists, Iraq Veterans Against the War: Learn Why They Protest the Wars They Once Participated In
Voice of Art, the new documentary series on Pharrell Williams' I Am Other YouTube channel, is has released Part 1 of its new episode entitled “Iraq Veterans Against the War”. The episode features the historic march and returning of Global War on Terrorism service medals by members of Iraq Veterans...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Jailed Russian Punk-Rockers 'Pussy Riot' Begin Hunger Strike
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Dust Bowl?
As record temperatures and drought leave corn fields parched in the Midwest, some farmers fear a new Dust Bowl is lurking, the New York Times reports .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Mining Protests Escalate in Peru; Four Killed in Police Violence
Peru’s government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, banning protests and freedom of assembly in the country, following public opposition to a planned restart of the nation's largest gold mining project. At least four protesters have been killed and twenty-one injured due to police...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wikileaks Publishes the 'Syrian Files'
Beginning this morning, the international media organization and whistleblower group WikiLeaks began publishing what they are calling the "Syria Files" – more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012.
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[title] Glenn Greenwald: "Zero Question We Live in a Surveillance State"
This Monday, Twitter released its first ever transparency report. It revealed that just in the first six months of 2012, they've received more demands from governments for user data, than all of last year. And surprise, surprise, the United States made up the majority of the 849 requests, with a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Nuclear Disaster 'Clearly Man-Made', says Parliamentary Panel
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[field_image_caption-raw] After Fraud Allegations, Mexico Orders Presidential Recount
Mexico is recounting more than half the ballots that were cast during Sunday's presidential election, the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) said on Wednesday. Of the 143,000 ballot boxes used during Sunday's vote, 78,012 will be opened and the votes recounted, said Edmundo Jacobo, executive...
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