News for 2012-10-08

Monday, October 8, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] US: Romney Assails Obama’s “Passivity” in Foreign Policy, Middle East
WASHINGTON - In what was billed as a major foreign policy address, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Monday assailed Barack Obama for “passivity” in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, arguing that it was “time to change course” in the Middle East, in particular. Dispensing with some of...
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[title] The Fracking of Rachel Carson, by Sandra Steingraber with Photographs by Nina Berman
See more at orionmagazine.org/fracking .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Four Ways Ohio and Others Have Toughened Voting Rules
Voter ID laws have received plenty of attention recently, but they're not the only controversial changes to election rules this year. Some states have made changes that critics say could impact individuals' ability to vote. Here are four. Ohio won't count provisional ballots mistakenly cast in the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sioux Nation Races to Buy Back Sacred Lands
One hundred and fifty years after the federal government took over their sacred South Dakota land, the Sioux Nation is trying to buy it back. This summer, a parcel of pristine prairie in South Dakota's Black Hills was put up for sale. The site, called Pe' Sla by members of the Great Sioux Nation,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Former Maldives President Nasheed Arrested Monday
The first democratically-elected ex-president of the Maldives, who championed the cause of climate change, was arrested Monday after failing to show up for a court appearance. Witnesses reported that police used excessive force—including pepper spray and violence—when detaining former President...
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.N. Biodiversity Convention Begins in India
Representatives of 173 countries are meeting this week and next in Hyderabad, India, to consider how best to protect biodiversity around the world. The United Nations' Convention on Biologial Diversity (CBD) began Monday, more than 20 years after the 2991 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Experts...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel and Iran Trade Barbs over Downed Drone
Israeli Defense officials reportedly intercepted a drone that crossed into Israeli airspace Saturday morning. Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich said that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on the ground alerted the air force to the drone and were able to bring it down without incident. Leibovich said...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Abortion Boat' Escorted From Moroccan Waters
A boat carrying activists from the Dutch group Women on Waves was escorted Thursday by Moroccan police from the waters around the port city of Smir. Women on Waves sails to countries where abortion is illegal to provide information and abortions on board. The organization maintains that although...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ban on Protest, Massive Police Force in Greece for Merkel Visit
An "unprecedented" security force, protest bans and public anger over EU-imposed austerity measures are set to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel when she visits Greece on Tuesday. Thousands have planned to protest the draconian austerity during Merkel's 6-hour visit when she'll meet with Prime...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Following Peace March, US Campaigners to Fast Against Drones in Pakistan
Following their participation in a march led by former crickateer-turned-politician Imran Khan and joined by thousands of Pakistanis calling for an end to US drone strikes in Waziristan on Sunday, US peace advocates will continue their campaign against American military policy in the region by...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nearly Two Weeks After Chemical Spill, South Korea Declares Disaster Zone
Nearly two weeks after a substantial—and largely unreported—spill at a South Korean chemical plant, the government on Monday designated a "special disaster zone" after more than 3,000 people were treated for chemical-related illnesses. Five people were killed in a Sept. 27 explosion and 18 others...
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[title] Obama Lacks Populist Policies
Jeff Cohen—director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, founder of the media watchdog FAIR , and co-founder of RootsAction.org —joined TRNN's Paul Jay to discuss last week's presidential debate and the mind of the so-called "swing voter."
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[field_image_caption-raw] War in Afghanistan Worsening for Civilians: ICRC
The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan has brought a humanitarian crisis for civilians and diminished hopes for the future, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) stated on Monday. Reto Stocker, the outgoing outgoing head of the ICRC's delegation in Afghanistan, made the statements in Kabul a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Congressman: Evolution a Lie 'Straight From Hell'
Republican Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia, a physician and member of the science committee of the House of Representatives, said recently that evolution, the Big Bang Theory and embryology are "lies straight from the pit of hell." "It's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught...
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[field_image_caption-raw] After 11 Years of War, US/NATO Brewing Afghan Disaster: Report
The eleventh anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan came and went on Sunday with barely a notice by most Americans. And today, as 'Year Twelve' begins for what has become the longest war in US history, a new report shows that as the war has raged on, little has been done to secure a lasting...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chávez Victory Affirms Left Still Thriving in Latin America
Capturing an estimated 54 percent of the vote in national elections, President Hugo Chavez has won re-election in Venezuela, according to an announcement by the nation's official electoral council.
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