News for 2012-11-12

Monday, November 12, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Sanders: Going Over 'Fiscal Cliff' Better than Bad Tax Deal
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Monday that if the lame-duck Congress can't agree on a tax deal by the end of the year, briefly going over the "fiscal cliff" is preferable to accepting a bad deal. “Is it better to deal with this issue in the next session rather than accept a bad agreement in this...
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[title] Juan Cole: Real Petraeus Failure Was Counterinsurgency in Iraq, Afghanistan
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change May Mean End of Giant Panda
Climate change could mean the extinction of the giant panda by the end of the century, a study published Sunday warns. But ecologists hope that the pandas' plight might finally be a "wake-up call" that convinces skeptics of the dire situation. Among the most endangered species in the world, the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bailout 'Of the People, By the People' Exposes Bankers' Greed
A coalition of activists looking to build popular resistance to predatory lending kicked off a new initiative, The Rolling Jubilee, to challenge the status quo of debt collection by purchasing distressed debts and then—rather than collecting on it—wiping the slate clean.
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Thousands of Hurricane Sandy Survivors Still Need Homes and Heat, the 'Disaster Tourists' Come to Gawk
Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy walloped parts of the U.S. northeast, thousands remain without power or their homes. The Guardian 's Ryan Devereaux reports :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Palestine Fights for UN Status in Defiance of Obama
Palestinian officials will stay the course in attempting to achieve 'non-member state' recognition at the UN by November 29, despite a request by US President Barack Obama to postpone the move.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Stop the Net Grab' Opposes UN Control of Internet
Trade unions, Greenpeace and communications corporations including Google on Monday launched a campaign to stop a proposal before the United Nations that would give the UN control of the internet.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despite Record, US Retains Seat on UN Human Rights Council
Despite previous and ongoing criticism of the United States' "dismal" record on human rights, the United Nations General Assembly on Monday re-elected the US to the UN Human Rights Council. The US, Germany and Ireland received more votes than competitors Greece and Sweden for only three contested...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel's 'Direct Hit' on Syrian Artillery
Israeli tanks made a direct hit on Syrian artillery units on Monday in response to stray mortar spillover from the civil conflict in Syria.
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[field_image_caption-raw] International Energy Agency: World Failing at Sustainable Energy
The world is failing to move towards a more sustainable path for energy, as it continues its addiction to fossil fuels in the wake of undeniable climate change and growing water scarcity, according to an analysis from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel Threatens Ground Troops, Escalation in Gaza after Weekend Strikes
Tensions between Israel and Gaza have intensified once again, as Israeli officials opened up the possibility of a ground troop invasion in the occupied territory.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Spain to Tackle Mortgage Reform Following Eviction-Related Suicides
In the Basque region of Spain, residents of the town of Barakaldo held a vigil Friday to pay homage to a 53-year-old woman who jumped from a balcony to her death as she was about to be evicted. The death of Amaia Egana marked the second suicide in two weeks related to evictions in Spain as a...
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[title] Hastings: From Iraq War to Covert Drone Attacks: Examining Petraeus for Affair is Ironic
Buzzfeed's Michael Hastings tells msnbc's Martin Bashir that he finds it ironic that former General David Petraeus' accomplishments will now be examined due to an affair, and not past failures.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Progressive Economists Warn Obama Against Austerity Path
As the public dialogue leaves the 2012 election behind and the domestic policy conversation in the US converges towards a singular focus on the so-called "fiscal cliff," New York Times columnist and Princeton economist Paul Krugman says that those proposing tax cuts for the wealthiest and steep...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Questions Mount in Wake of Petraeus Resignation
Friday's resignation of CIA Director and retired Four Star General David Petraeus allowed for a weekend of speculation, revelations, and more questions about the timeline of the extramarital affair that ended the career of the much venerated spy chief. Moreover, the trickle of information now...
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