News for 2012-08-01

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
[title] Congressional Probe Reveals Cover-Up of "Auschwitz-Like" Conditions at U.S.-Funded Afghan Hospital
A congressional investigation has revealed a top U.S. general in Afghanistan sought to stall an investigation into abuse at a U.S.-funded hospital in Kabul that kept patients in "Auschwitz-like" conditions.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Janitors Rally Across 17 Cities, Fight for a Living Wage
Support for a large group of striking janitors in Houston spread across the country on Wednesday as hundreds of janitors and human rights activists in 17 cities protested in front of office buildings. The nationwide protest comes after seven people, including 5 janitors, were arrested at a protest...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Scientists Tell Senate Panel: Climate Change Is Here and Disaster Costs Will Be Huge
Climate scientists who appeared Wednesday morning before a Senate committee hearing on climate change and extreme weather impacts had stark warnings for the lawmakers: climate change is here, climate change is man-made, and climate change is going to cost us big time.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iraq: July Was Deadliest Month in Two Years
July was the deadliest month in Iraq in nearly two years according to official figures released by the country's health, interior and defense ministries on Wednesday. 325 people were killed in attacks over the course of the month. July 23 peaked as the deadliest day in the country since December...
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Obama and Romney Compete for 'Top Iran Hawk': It's a Tie
While meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta repeated several times that "all options," including military force, remain on the table when it comes to confronting Iran over its nuclear enrichment program. During a tour of an "Iron Dome"...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Residents Voice Overwhelming Demand to End Nuclear Energy
Residents of tsunami stricken Fukushima called for a complete shutdown of nuclear power in the country, sooner than later, at a public hearing on Wednesday. The anti-nuclear message was heard loud and clear in the region that is still grappling with the drastic residual effects of the largest...
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[title] ‘Gasland’ Director Josh Fox: It’s Up to the People to Say ‘No’ to Fracking
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[field_image_caption-raw] Congress to Obama: Show Us Your 'License to Kill'
In 2011, the Obama administration ordered and executed the assassination of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki with an airstrike in Yemen. Weeks later, also in Yemen, al-Alwaki's sixteen year old son, Abdulrahman, was killed in a strike targeting other suspected Al-Qaeda operatives. Nearly a year later,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gore Vidal Dies at 86
American novelist, playwright, media critic, political historian and pundit Gore Vidal died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday following complications with pneumonia. He was 86. A towering figure in both literary and political circles for most of his life, Vidal leaves a legacy seared with...
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