News for 2012-10-04

Thursday, October 4, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Jordan's King Abdullah Dissolves Parliament
King Abdullah dissolved Jordan's parliament on Thursday in an action said to pave the way for upcoming parliamentary elections. Reuters reports that the announcement was made "on the eve of a rally organized by the main Islamist opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood, which is hoping to stage its...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Food Justice Victory: Chipotle Signs Agreement With Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Fast food company Chipotle has signed a fair food agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Thursday, marking a victory for the group and a positive step in the food justice movement The CIW, an organization that works for farmworkers' rights, has fought for the Fair Food Program, an...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Walmart Workers Strike at Stores Nationwide
Walmart workers at various stores around the country are on strike today, protesting poor working conditions and alleged retaliation for their attempts to organize. The one-day strike was expected to culminate in a mass rally outside a store in Pico Rivera, Calif., this afternoon. OUR Walmart, a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Alarming Number' of New State Laws Making it 'Significantly Harder' to Vote: Senators, GAO Report
The Government Accountability Office released a new report Thursday confirming millions of Americans have been disenfranchised by voter suppression laws in up to 31 states, signalling a "major shift" over the past tens years towards the limiting of rights of eligible voters to cast their ballots.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Seed Freedom: A Call To End Corporate Control
In a defiant step against corporate control over food sovereignty, activists issued a report to draw attention to the extreme threat that Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and corporate influence have on the future of food security and individual independence.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pesticide Giants Pour Millions into Campaign to Defeat California's Prop. 37
As the battle of California's Proposition 37 reaches its final weeks, the latest figures show the staggering amount big agricultural firms are pouring into the campaign to prevent foods with genetically modified ingredients from being labeled.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Shell Resumes Drilling at Second Arctic Site
Inupiat Eskimo whalers ended their annual whalehunt on Wednesday, signaling to Shell Oil that it could again drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. On Sept. 23, the company also resumed drilling in the nearby Chukchi Sea after encroaching sea ice caused them to suspend...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: 'Unbridled' Rush for Land Grabs Leaving a Billion Hungry
"Out of control" land grabs by foreign corporations in the last decade have taken over an area big enough to grow food for a billion people, according to a report published Thursday from Oxfam (pdf). And the continued push for biofuels and recent food price spikes may lead to even further grabs,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Drought Batters Farmers as World Food Looms
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) announced on Thursday that world food prices rose in September. After experiencing the most widespread drought in 50 years, corn and soybean prices in the US soared to record highs over the summer. Compounded with the droughts in Europe and central...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gaza Activists Build Ship to Break Blockade from the 'Inside Out’
Activists in Gaza are currently building a cargo ship with plans to break the Israeli shipping blockade "from the inside out," Agence France-Presse reports Thursday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Choice Super PAC Targets Swing States With Ads
A new anti-choice super PAC plans to raise and spend more than $500,000 on television ads in swing states to portray President Obama as "an abortion radical." The conservative PAC Susan B. Anthony List has launched the super PAC "Women Speak Out" with the mission of "amplify(ing) the voices of...
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[title] Gar Alperovitz on the Debate: Our Systemic Crisis Won't Be Solved by Politics as Usual
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'End Social Butchery!': From Atop St. Peter's Basilica, Man Protests Italian Austerity
Marcello Di Finizio, an Italian businessman who lost his small seaside restaurant to economic calamities, came down from atop St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City late Wednesday night after spending nearly 24 hours perched on the dome with a sign telling the Italian government of President Mario...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protests in Iran Over Plummeting Currency
Clashes broke out in Tehran's Grand Bazaar and other Iranian cities' markets on Wednesday as the value of Iran's currency, the rial, continues to plummet, having lost more than a third of its value in a week. Riot police used tear gas on protesters and tried to block streets, according to witnesses...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Drone Attacks Continue in Yemen; 5 Dead in Strike
A US drone strike killed five people in a Southern Province of Yemen late Thursday morning, according to anonymous Yemeni security officials.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Progressives Pan Obama Following Dismal Debate
Following the first national debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday night, progressive journalists and commentators weighed in with their reactions. In addition to conceding the poverty of Obama's performance, most progressives also lamented the narrow...
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[title] US Elections: Pick Your Poison
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's Republican-Lite Performance Is Debate Night Disaster
It was not Romney versus Obama in the first presidential debate of 2012. It was Romney versus Romney. And one of them prevailed. A restrained Barack Obama , who went into the debate with a solid lead in the polls, and an even more solid lead in the battleground states, often seemed to be more of a...
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