News for 2012-09-27

Thursday, September 27, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] As Sea Levels Rise, Pacific Island Nations Call for Urgent Action on Climate Change
Two small Pacific Island nations called on the United Nations this week to facilitate immediate action and a legally binding agreement to curb global warming, which has caused steadily rising ocean levels, immediately threatening the soon to be submerged states.
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[title] Real News Coverage of this Week's Spanish Protests
Anti-austerity rage intensified in Madrid as protesters surrounded the parliament Tuesday night in a sign of mounting frustration towards the right-wing government.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Environmental Groups Sue Canada Over Northern Gateway Pipeline
Canadian environmental groups joined together on Tuesday to sue the Canadian government over what they say is a failure to make good on legal obligations to protect endangered species by pursuing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project.
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[field_image_caption-raw] ALEC's (Corporate) Love Affair with Fracking
Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. Just one look at the cover of the brochure for this year's annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) reveals where some of the corporate bill mill's loyalties lie: with the “natural” gas industry.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel PM Draws Red Line (Literally) on Mythical Iranian Bomb
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[field_image_caption-raw] Senators Call for End to Arctic Drilling Push
Several Democratic senators called on the Interior Department this week to put an end to Arctic drilling plans currently pursued by the Obama administration and big oil companies around the world.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN: Up to 700,000 Refugees Fleeing Syria
The United Nations predicts there may be up to 700,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2012, seven times the number of refugees predicted in March as civilians continue to flee ongoing violence in Syria. “This seven fold increase has brought about a surge in the humanitarian response and a vastly...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Student Debt Hits Record 1 in 5 US Households
Nearly one in five American households are now strapped with student debt, a new record for the US public, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Activists Awarded 'Alternative Nobels'
The Right Livelihood Awards, also known as "Alternative Nobel Prizes," were announced on Thursday in Stockholm. This year's winners include Sima Samar of Afghanistan, a long-time human rights activists in Afghanistan, who's worked extensively for the rights of women and girls, nonviolence expert...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UC Davis Pepper Spray Victims Settle for $30,000 Each
The University of California Davis will now pay roughly $30,000 to each of the 21 students who were aggressively pepper sprayed at a peaceful protest at the University last year.
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[title] The South African Mine Strike and Monopoly Capitalism
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Designates Wikileaks "Enemy of the State"
Military documents (pdf) obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and posted online by Wikileaks show that the US government has designated the whistleblower website and its founder Julian Assange as "enemies of the state"—the same legal category as Al Qaeda and other foreign military...
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