News for 2012-07-20

Friday, July 20, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Three Million Afghans Face Displacement
Three million Afghans could be displaced at the end of the year if Pakistan follows through with its plan to invalidate the refugee status of and expel the world's biggest cluster of refugees from its country, the Guardian reports .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Court Battle: Corporate Power Vs. Human Genes
A company can't own genes, said groups fighting to release patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc. at a U.S. appeals court Friday. The Salt Lake City-based Myriad has patents on two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer creating a monopoly on genetic tests for them, which prevents...
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[title] Subhankar Banerjee: Protests Could Stop Shell's Arctic Drilling as Deadline Approaches
As the oil giant Shell prepares to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic, activists across the world have begun holding protests. The Obama administration has set a deadline for next month to decide on whether to grant the final drilling permits. Over the last decade, Arctic Alaska has become...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ex-Prime Minister Joins Anti-Nuclear Rally in Japan
Yukio Hatoyama, an ex-prime minster of Japan, joined a weekly anti-nuclear protest outside current Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's office on Friday. The action takes place during a week in which a second nuclear reactor was restarted , despite concerns that it sits on an active fault line.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Russian Punks 'Pussy Riot' Jailed Additional Six Months
Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot were ordered to stay in pre-trial detention an additional six months on Friday highlighting the crackdown on dissent of the Putin regime. The trio was arrested in February after performing an anti-Putin song, "Virgin Mary, Redeem us of Putin," in Christ...
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[title] Madrid Police Fire Rubber Bullets After Huge Austerity Protests
Eurozone ministers are expected to give their final approval of a huge bailout of Spanish banks on Friday. But in Madrid, police fired rubber-coated bullets to disperse protesters. They are angry at the latest budget cuts and tax hikes as demonstrations were held in 80 cities. Al Jazeera's Paul...
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[field_image_caption-raw] American Tourists Flock to Israeli Settlement Shooting School
In an Israeli West Bank settlement bloc known as Gush Etzion, American tourists are flocking to Caliber 3 shooting school, a training camp for Israeli 'security professionals including soldiers and bodyguards', which has recently opened its services to Israeli and American civilians. The company...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Private Student Loan Lending Parallels Sub-Prime Lending
Mirroring the sub-prime mortgage scandal, lending institutions used shady practices in a quest for profits in issuing private student loans that left hundreds of thousands of students with debt they cannot escape, according to a report released Friday from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (...
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[field_image_caption-raw] After Colorado Massacre, Calls for Urgent Gun Reform
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