News for 2012-10-03

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] More than 2 Million Indonesian Workers Strike For Better Wages, Benefits
More than 2 million factory workers held a one-day general strike in Indonesia Wednesday to advocate for better wages and benefits, and to protest the hiring of contract workers. Hundreds of thousands of laborers from more than 700 companies also demonstrated, the Associated Pres s reported .
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Findings on Methane Highlight Urgency of Climate Action
Emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane began well before the Industrial Age, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature , raising questions over the benchmark used to calculate global warming and adding urgency to addressing climate change.
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[field_image_caption-raw] EU Nuclear Plants Need Billions Worth of Repair
In a leaked draft report filed by a European Commission, hundreds of security and safety problems have been identified in EU's nuclear power plants. The Commission's findings are expected to be published on Thursday and discussed by the EU ministers at a summit later this month.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Turkey Fires Artillery at Syria in Retaliation for Civilian Deaths
Turkey announced Wednesday night that they had fired artillery at targets in Syria, in retaliation for Syrian mortar fire that fell in a Turkish border town Wednesday morning killing five Turkish civilians - a mother and four children. Turkey's military retaliation raised the prospects of greater...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Genetically Engineered Crops Increasing Use of Herbicides
Genetically-engineered crops have created more herbicide-resistant weeds—or "superweeds"— and increased, rather than decreased, the use of pesticides and herbicides such as Roundup, according to a new study published in Environmental Sciences Europe .
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Surveillance Technology in UK Infringes on Human Rights
New surveillance technology, including recently advanced HD closed-circuit television (CCTV) now utilized by UK law enforcement, has surpassed any ability to regulate privacy infringement, according to the UK's first surveillance commissioner Andrew Rennison. New high-definition cameras, which can...
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[title] Ignoring America's Poor
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bombs Kill Dozens in Syrian City of Aleppo
Between 30 and 50 people were killed Wednesday in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo after a number of explosions rocked the city's main square, Saadallah al-Jabiri. Syria's largest city and commercial center, the historic city has been subject to intensified fighting in recent days as rebels...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bhutan Pledges to be First 100% Organic Nation
The small nation of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas between China and India, is committed to becoming the first "hundred percent organic" nation. At the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley announced that his government is developing a National Organic...
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[field_image_caption-raw] From Tar Sands Wasteland to Lake District?
A report from Canada's The Globe and Mail on Wednesday looks at what the tar sands industry foresees as the future of its toxic old mine pits -- recreational lakes -- a plan the newspaper describes as an "ecological gamble." The proposed plan is to fill 30 of the mines after tar sands extraction is...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Drone Activists Gain Momentum in Pakistan ahead of March
US anti-drone activists arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday, joining fellow human rights campaigners who plan to take part in a mass protest against US drone strikes in the region this weekend.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Debate Night: Hearing the Voices Shut Out by Debate Commission
While corporate media will be airing President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate in Denver Wednesday night, Democracy Now! will be highlighting presidential contenders whose voices have been shut out: Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Stiglitz: 'American Dream Has Become a Myth'
In an interview published Tuesday with German newspaper DER SPIEGEL , noted Columbia University economist and 2001 Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz says that "the American dream has become a myth" and calls Gov. Romney "emblematic of the top one percent."
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[title] GOP War on Voting Succeeds Despite Legal Failures
Joan Fitz-Gerald, president of America Votes and Former Jefferson County, CO clerk, talks with Rachel Maddow about the impact Republicans have made with their vote suppression tactics even though they have largely been rejected by courts, creating an environment of suppression even without...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Fusion Centers' Erode Civil Liberties Not Terrorism: Senate Study
Following an exhaustive two year study on the impact that the creation of so-called 'fusion centers' have had on counter-terrorism efforts in the US, a report released on Tuesday showed that hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the information-sharing effort between local and federal law...
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