News for 2012-11-19

Monday, November 19, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Rights Groups Call for Ban on Futuristic Killer Robots
The predator drone – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – is one of the relatively new lethal weapons used by the United States for targeted killings of suspected terrorists, particularly in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. And since it is unmanned and remotely controlled, the drone does not...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Michigan Still Fighting to Boot Detroit Schools' 'Emergency Manager'
A union activist has taken to the Michigan Supreme Court on Monday to file an "emergency request" to oust the Detroit Public Schools' "financial emergency manager."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Offshore Oil Leak in Nigeria, "Worst Ever" in String of Many
A leaking ExxonMobil offshore facility in Nigeria is causing a "miles long" oily slick coating precious fishing waters "in a film of sludge," Reuters reports . A journalist visiting Nigeria's Akwa Ibom state reported seeing a "rainbow-tinted oil slick stretching for 20 miles from a pipeline that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Women in Manufacturing Face Five-fold Breast Cancer Risk
Women who work in automotive plastics and food-can manufacturing industries show nearly a five-fold increase in the incidence of breast cancer, according to results of a "groundbreaking," peer-reviewed study published Monday in the journal Environmental Health .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tar Sands Blockade: Construction Halted As Protestors Face Arrests, Pepper Spray
One day after thousands marched on the White House to protest the expansion of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, activists on the front lines in Texas faced pepper spray and arrests Monday as they blocked pipeline construction.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Water Industry Outlook: 'The Time Is Ripe' for Water Privatization
The privatization of the nation's water industry is set to explode in the next five years, according to the findings of a recent survey. WeiserMazars LLP, a New York-based tax and advisory services firm, detailed the findings in its first annual U.S. Water Industry Outlook (pdf), in which...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama in Southeast Asia to Solidify Military, Economic Empire
President Barack Obama on Sunday kicked off a tour of three Southeast Asia countries meant to further an "Asia pivot" military and economic strategy that will solidify the US empire in that part of the world. At a meeting in Cambodia on Friday, US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta confirmed the US...
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[field_image_caption-raw] World Bank Report Warns 'Catastrophic Consequences' of Global Warming
The World Bank is the latest organization to raise alarm against the undeniable threat of climate change. Launched Monday, ' Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided ' (pdf) details the catastrophic consequences, specifically within developing nations, of ignoring the global...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Day 6: Outrage, Protests Show Gaza Solidarity in Middle East
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[title] The Roots of Israeli Attack on Gaza
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