News for 2012-11-16

Friday, November 16, 2012
[title] Naomi Klein: Sandy's Devastation Opens Space for Climate Change Action, Progressive Reform
At a speaking event in New York City this week, award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein discussed why the reconstruction from Superstorm Sandy is actually a great place to usher in progressive change. Klein's latest article for The Nation magazine is called, "Superstorm Sandy — a People's...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Social Media Surveillance OK'd by DHS 'Privacy Office'
A section of the US Department of Homeland Security known as the "Privacy Office" recently approved a DHS initiative designed to monitor social media sites for "emerging threats," according a new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting -- a move that will add to fears that the US...
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[title] Bernie Sanders, Progressive Senators Pressure Obama Not To Cut Social Security
A group of progressive lawmakers led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday called for protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits in any deficit reduction deal. "We're going to send a loud message to the leadership in the House, in the Senate and President Obama. Do not cut Social...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Coal Blooded': New Report Slams Coal Plants for Poisoning Communities
Coal plants in the U.S. are "killing low-income communities and communities of color," according to a new report, " Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People ."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chorus of Warnings Grow: 'Say No to US Austerity'
As President Obama and Washington lawmakers embarked on fiscal negotiations to address federal budget concerns and the impacts of a stubborn economic recovery, nearly 350 prominent economists, under the banner " Jobs, Not Austerity ," issued a statement warning that the "obsessive concern with...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Economists: US Wages Stagnant for Over a Decade
As wages remain stagnant since 2002, the past ten years have been effectively been a "lost decade for workers," says writer Kevin G. Hall. Despite adequate coverage of the rise and fall of employment rates, little has been said about the actual rate of earnings, which—after adjusting for inflation—...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Down with the King': Jordan Protests Intensify as Police Threaten 'Iron Fist'
Over ten thousand protesters marched in cities across Jordan on Friday chanting, "down with Abdullah... Abdullah your era is gone," on the fourth day of protest calling for Jordan's King Abdullah II of the U.S.-backed monarchy to go.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Two Missing, Four Critically Injured in Gulf Oil Rig Explosion
Developing... Two workers are missing and four critically injured after a fire on an oil drilling platform Friday morning off the coast of Louisiana. The fire, on a Black Elk Energy rig about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La., has been extinguished, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard told the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rolling Jubilee: Over $5 Million of Debt Erased, and Counting
Last night's star-studded "People's Bailout" was hailed as a successful kickoff for the Rolling Jubilee campaign to erase distressed debt. As the confetti cleared, organizers Strike Debt thanked supporters , announcing that the campaign has already raised over $280,000, enough to abolish $5 million...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mental Trauma of War to Haunt Generation of Afghanistan's Children
The horrors of years of war in Afghanistan whose mental scars on children last long after combat ends are detailed in a report on Friday from Reuters . For children 11 and younger, there's only been life under the U.S.-led occupation, and its toll has manifested in widespread mental health problems.
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Studies: Austerity Is Crushing, Not Saving, Europe
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[title] UN Holds Urgent Security Council Meeting, US Stands With Israel
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gaza Twitter War Intensifies over Pictures of Infant Casualties
A grim new feud opened up on social media on Thursday as pictures were traded of babies who died or were injured during the conflict in Gaza. Pictures emerged of BBC cameraman Jihad Misharawi's 11-month-old son Omar, who was killed on Wednesday during an Israeli attack. Misharawi's sister-in-law...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egyptian PM Visits Gaza, Condemns Israeli Assault
In a symbolic show of support for Palestinians under assault by the Israeli military and with hopes of brokering a possible ceasefire, Egypt's prime minister, Hisham Kandil, arrived in Gaza on Friday following nearly a week of escalating violence in the battered enclave.
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