News for 2012-10-05

Friday, October 5, 2012
[title] Walmart Workers Continue Strike, Seek Unionization
Walmart has become a global giant when it comes to consumer goods. Many have criticized the superstore for its treatment against its own workers. But in Southern California, workers are saying enough is enough: employees have began to protest their working conditions which they say will put their...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Italian Student Protests Erupt in Several Cities
Thousands of students clashed with riot police Friday in protest of deep cuts to education. "Save schools, not banks," students chanted referencing the government's austerity measures which, they say, are destroying their chances of getting a good education and valuable work.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ten Protesters Arrested at NY Drone Base
Ten members of New York's Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars protesting the U.S. use of drone aircraft were arrested this morning at the gate of the Air National Guard's Hancock Field in DeWitt, New York. The demonstration was timed to coincide with the march in Waziristan ,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Ludicrous': GOP Get Conspiratorial over Jobs Report
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis fired back Friday afternoon at a tweet by former General Electric CEO Jack Welch, who suggested conspiratorial elements were behind today's Bureau of Labor Statistics showing a drop in the unemployment rate. Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do...
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Congressman Accused of Threatening Local News Station
US Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) was seemingly displeased when he learned that a local television station in his district (the NY 22nd) was planning to air a debate he had refused to attend by allowing his challenger, Democrat Dan Lamb, to debate an empty chair. So what did Hanna do to rectify...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Critics Call Adelson's EuroVegas a 'Half Rotten Vegetable'
Shel Adelson, the eighth richest man in the US , has found a solution to Spain's economic woes. The Las Vegas Sands casino mogul and infamous Republican donor has proposed to build "EuroVegas," a $35 billion megacity that will include 36,000 hotel rooms, 18,000 slot machines, six casinos, a stadium...
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Farmer's Monsanto Seed Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the case of a 73-year-old Indiana farmer who appealed a decision that he infringed patents held by Monsanto Co. A federal appeals court found that soybean farmer Vernon Bowman infringed on Monsanto patents when he planted second-generation soybeans...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Court Battles and Murder as "Privatized Cities" Push Continues in Honduras
A proposal to build so-called "charter cities" in Honduras has hit a potential snag as a chamber within the nation's Supreme Court this week ruled that the creation of privately run cities—with their own security forces, government and tax structures—would be "unconstitutional".
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[field_image_caption-raw] 12,000 Miners Fired as South African Strikes Intensify
The world's top producer of metal announced today the firing of 12,000 striking workers in South Africa. The Anglo American Platinum (Amplants) mine has been threatening the workers for weeks, claiming that the 20,000 striking miners are engaging in an "illegal" strike.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Venezuela Election: Chávez Holds Mass Rally on Final Day of Campaigning
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez held a massive campaign rally in Caracas on Thursday, the final day of campaigning before Sunday's election. Chavez led hundreds of thousands of supporters in a chorus of the national anthem, played air guitar to a campaign theme song and shared the stage with his...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Free Birth Control Access Dramatically Decreases Abortion Rates
A study published Thursday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that providing free birth control dramatically reduced the number of abortions in Missouri women and teenagers at high risk of unplanned pregnancies.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rebuffing Shell, Judge Affirms Greenpeace's Right to Protest
A judge in Amsterdam on Friday rejected the most sweeping measures of an injunction sought by giant Royal Dutch Shell against Greenpeace, affirming the environmental group's right to protest and calling their actions "both proportionate and appropriate" in light of the oil company's ongoing...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Minority Students 'Bleach-Bombed' at University of Texas
Students at the University of Texas at Austin protested Tuesday after four minority students filed complaints with university police saying they had been attacked with bleach-filled ballons in college housing off campus between June and September. African-American student Jaysen Runnels told local...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pakistan's Imran Khan: If Elected, 'I Would Shoot Down US Drones'
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[title] US Peace Activists Challenge Ambassador in Pakistan About Drones
Anti-drone protesters from across Pakistan and around the world are gathering in Islamabad this week in preparation for a weekend march into the tribal areas of South Waziristan. A delegation of 30 US activists and parents of U.S. Army soldiers has arrived in Islamabad, where they plan to join the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Jobs Report Shows Unemployment Dips Below 8 Percent
The official US unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in September, according to the latest jobs report released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics today. That's down 0.3 percentage points from the previous month, and the first time the number has dipped below 8 percent since January of 2009.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tar Sands Blockade: Along with Landowner, Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested
Film actress Daryl Hanna was arrested in Texas on Thursday along with 78-year-old and great-grandmother Eleanor Fairchild after they put their bodies in front of heavy logging machinery and refused to move.
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