News for 2012-10-15

Monday, October 15, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Primates of the World Heading Towards Extinction, says UN
Several species of apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are "in very dire straights" and on the brink of extinction, the United Nation's Convention on Biological Diversity said Monday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Portugal Unleashes New Extreme Austerity Budget
Portugal's leaders announced a new round of harsh austerity measures in the country on Monday, including steep tax hikes and massive pay cuts in the already unemployment stricken country. The round of cuts is said to be one of the harshest in the country so far, with wage earners losing up to an...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Fight from the Bottom Up,' says Morello (Also, Paul Ryan is a "Jack-Ass")
"Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing," wrote member of the socially conscious rock band Tom Morello two months ago for Rolling Stone , "because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Now, with only a few weeks remaining until...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Popular Anger Fuels Protest in Haiti
Hundreds of young protestors took to the streets of Port Au Prince on Sunday in protest of higher living costs. The demonstrators wound their way through the poor shanty neighborhoods to the presidential palace, where police were deployed.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Humanitarian Aid Blocked As UN Imposes New Iran Sanctions
Food and medical exports to Iran are being blocked from that country even though they are exempt from new sanctions instituted Monday by the European Union. The new sanctions, ostensibly in the financial, trade, energy and transport sectors, are "the strongest, most comprehensive sanctions ever put...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Lithuanian Voters Oust Austerity Government in Favor of Left-Wing Leaders
Lithuanian voters came out in force on Sunday to vote out their reigning right-wing government, who has imposed extreme austerity measures in the post 2008 financial crisis. Instead votes went largely in favor of a more left leaning governmental coalition in the parliamentary elections .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Vermont Leads Way for "Farm to Plate" Planning
Big ideas can come from small states and when it comes to implementing innovation approaches its sometimes takes small pockets of dedicated individuals and organizations to show more populated areas exactly what's possible. This seems to be the lesson from Vermont, at least, where a state-funded...
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[title] Rising Sea Levels Threaten US Coastline
The sea level on the east coast of the US is rising five times faster than the global average. The prospect of flooding is a major threat to millions of people who live in the region. Scott Heidler reports from a small community in the state of Delaware, which has found itself on the front line of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] As 9/11 Pretrial Begins, ACLU Calls Out "Orwellian" Censorship of CIA Torture
On Monday, a judge will oversee pretrial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo prisoners who are accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks. One of the key issues Army Col. James Pohl will decide on is whether or not there will be any public testimony by the prisoners regarding...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Illegal Scheme Exemplifies Threat of Geoengineering
A California businessman duped an indigenous village into spending $1 million on a geoengineering project that was "a blatant violation of international resolutions"—and that scientists say could exacerbate global warming and ocean acidification.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYT Admits: We Have Not "Aggressively Challenged" Obama on Drones
Margaret Sullivan, the public editor at the New York Times , admitted over the weekend that the influential paper has not been strong enough in its reporting on the CIA's lethal overseas drone program and that the general uncritical nature of national media coverage has fueled widespread acceptance...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Justice Foreclosed: Morgan Stanley Targeted Minorities With Predatory Loans
The American Civil Liberties Union, along with several Detroit homeowners, filed a lawsuit against investment bankers Morgan Stanley on Monday over allegations of racial discrimination regarding the targeting of minority neighborhoods in Detroit with predatory loans.
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[title] Fracking Plans Spark Protest In South Africa
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[field_image_caption-raw] Counting the Bodies in the Pakistani Drone Campaign
The US government must release its estimates of how many people are being killed in CIA drone strikes, to end an over-reliance on often scanty media reports, a new study on drone casualties says.
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