News for 2012-11-20

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Homeland Security Wants to More Than Double Its Predator Drone Fleet Inside the US, Despite Safety and Privacy Concerns
Despite renewed criticism from both parties in Congress that domestic drones pose a privacy danger to US citizens—and a report from its own Inspector General https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/368435-dhs-inspector-general-rep...
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[title] Gaza Ceasefire Yet to Be Decided, But Will U.S. Rein In Israeli Occupation, Blockade?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Jerusalem, Ramallah and Cairo today as the Israeli attack on Gaza reached its seventh day. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also in the region after calling for an immediate ceasefire and warning an Israeli ground operation in Gaza would be a "...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NJ GOP's Failed Attempt to Block Minimum Wage Bill
New Jersey Republicans attempted to sideline a new proposal to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 from $7.25 an hour and provide annual cost-of-living increases. The Budget Committee in the Democratically controlled House advanced the bill by a 7-6 vote, and the Senate is expected to deliver final...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Harvard Students Vote to Divest From Fossil Fuels
Harvard University students overwhelmingly voted in support of divesting from fossil fuels on Friday, an act that adds the university to a nascent but growing movement modeled after the anti-apartheid divestment campaigns of the 80s.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Joins with Iran, N. Korea, Syria in Opposing Abolition of Death Penalty
The US on Monday once again voted down a resolution at the UN calling for an international moratorium on the death penalty. In doing so, the US joined nations it often critcizes as human rights "outliers" like Iran, North Korea, Syria and China in opposition to a growing global trend away from the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Report Ranks States in Efforts to Reduce Oil Addiction
There is much work to be done, state by state, in order to wean American off of its fossil fuel addiction; however, there is a noticeable difference in fossil fuel dependence between states that actively produce clean energy initiatives versus states who don't, according to a new report by Natural...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenhouse Gas Emissions Smash Records Again: UN
Greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere shattered all previous records in 2011, according to a new report by the UN World Meteorological Organization released Tuesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'People Over Profits!': Climate Justice Groups Slam 'Wholly Irresponsible' Tar Sands Plan
Dozens of protesters attempted to deliver "The People’s Environmental Impact Statement" on the Bureau of Land Management's "wholly irresponsible" plan to lease over 800,000 acres of land in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming for tar sands and oil shale development to the Bureau's office in Salt Lake City...
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[field_image_caption-raw] SUNY Buffalo Shuts "Frackademia" Center, Shale Resources and Society Institute
Monday, SUNY Buffalo closed the doors of its Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI), what we at DeSmog have described as an epicenter for " frackademia " and a public relations front for the oil and gas industry to promote hydraulic fracturing (" fracking ") under the guise of scientific...
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[field_image_caption-raw] World's Biggest Investors Join Climate Change Chorus
Better late than never, a coalition of the world's largest investors have joined the chorus of activists, scientists, journalists, etc. that has been warning of the impending catastrophe that is climate change. On Tuesday, the alliance of investors issued an open letter asking governments to get...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 1,200 New Coal Plants 'Ensure Runaway Climate Change'
Even as coal use in the United States declines, a report released by the World Resources Institute reveals that 1,200 new coal plants are planned worldwide, with more than three-quarters in China and India. The study, reported today in The Guardian , states that the new plants will increase "the...
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[title] Strategic Maneuvers: The Revolving Door from the Pentagon to the Private Sector
CREW and Brave New Foundation have released Strategic Maneuvers, a new report and short film revealing the extent of the Pentagon's revolving door phenomenon, in which retired high-ranking generals and admirals cash in on their years of military experience by taking lucrative jobs with the defense...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Day 7: Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Drives Hope for Ceasefire
UPDATE (11:46 AM EST):
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