News for 2012-09-20

Thursday, September 20, 2012
[title] The School of the Americas: Class Over?
What role does the School of the Americas play in Latin America now? Joining Inside Story Americas , with presenter Shihab Rattansi, to discuss this question and more are guests: Hector Aristizabal, a Colombian torture survivor; Nico Udu-Gama, an organiser from School of the Americas Watch; and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Italy Upholds Rendition Convictions for 23 Americans
Italy's highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 Americans found guilty of kidnapping a Muslim cleric from a Milanese street and transferring him to a country where torture was permitted. The court of cassation's ruling is the final appeal in the world's first judicial...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Senators: Hands Off Social Security
"Hands off social security" was the message of a letter spearheaded and circulated by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), founder of the Senate Defending Social Security Caucus on Thursday, stating that the program has not contributed to the Federal deficit and should not be part of any deficit reduction...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pakistan Declares National Day of Protest Friday
Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Pakistan on Thursday to express continued anger over the anti-Islam video that has caused international rage for over a week. The demonstrations are expected to multiply on Friday , after the Pakistani government declared a national holiday...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Reports: Judge Skeptical of US Govt's Drone Secrecy Claims
Reporters for both Reuters and the Associated Press use the word "skeptical" today as they described the tone of US court of appeals judges questioning government lawyers about the CIA's ongoing refusal to release key documents regarding the existence of drone and assassination programs that...
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[title] Greenpeace: The Arctic Heart
The crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise construct a 'heart, with the flags of the 193 country members of the United Nations on an ice floe north of the Arctic Circle. The 'heart' of flags is suspended by wires a few centimeters from the ice surface and symbolizes an emotional appeal for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Strike Erupts in India as Economic Reforms Pit Small Business Vs. Retail Giants
Protesters have filled streets across India on Thursday as many shops shut down in a 24-hour strike against federal reforms that allow in foreign retail giants like Wal-mart, Carrefour and Tesco and that protesters say spell doom for their small businesses.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Occupy Rally: Brought to You by the Koch Brothers
The US conservative activist group Americans for Prosperity, funded by the infamous Koch brothers, held an anti-Occupy movement rally in downtown Manhattan Thursday. The group, meeting at Rockefeller center, says the purpose of the rally was to "stand up to Occupy Wall Street extremists," as well...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Undocumented Immigrant Deportations at All Time High: Report
According to recent numbers released by the Department of Homeland Security, an unprecedented number of undocumented immigrants were detained and deported during the 2011 fiscal year.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Operation Zero Tolerance: Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson Gears Up for Biggest Fight Yet Against Japanese Whaling
Captain Paul Watson is gearing up for Sea Shepherd's biggest fight yet against Japanese whaling in the Antarctic, despite a second "red notice" being issued by Interpol for the oceans defender. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society 's Operation Zero Tolerance campaign this year will be the ninth year...
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[title] After the Strike: Chicago Teachers and Activists To Fight School Closings
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Planetary Emergency': New Data Elevates Climate Change Alarm
Drawing on new data on the rate of melting arctic ice released Wednesday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), leading scientific experts and environmental campaigners upped the level of alarm and issued a renewed call to action by calling the growing reality of climate change a "...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Taliban Outflank US War Strategy with Insider Attacks
WASHINGTON/KABUL - Sharply increased attacks on U.S. and other NATO personnel by Afghan security forces, reflecting both infiltration of and Taliban influence on those forces, appear to have outflanked the U.S.-NATO command’s strategy for maintaining control of the insurgency.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Palestinian Authority Faces Fiscal Crisis, As World Bank Blames Israelis
WASHINGTON - With a shortfall of some 400 million dollars this year, the Palestinian Authority (PA) faces a “deepening fiscal crisis”, according to new reports released here Wednesday on the eve of a critical donors’ conference by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Senators Defeat Jobs Bill for US Veterans
The US Senate failed to pass a jobs bill aimed at putting US veterans to work through a federally funded public works program. The Veterans Jobs Corps bill—modeled partly on Depression era programs like the Workers Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corp—would have...
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