News for 2012-11-29

Thursday, November 29, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] 917 Days Later, Bradley Manning Takes the Stand
Following over 900 days of detention without trial, Pfc. Bradley Manning was finally asked to take the stand Thursday afternoon during a pre-trial hearing in which Manning's defense team is working to diminish the extensive accusations against him.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fight Against Tar Sands in Texas Continues: Activists Arrested, Hunger Strike Started
Activists are staging a hunger strike following their arrest for direct action against tar sands in Texas on Thursday, and represents the latest in a series of acts to stop the dirty fuel from flowing through the state.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: 4 Trillion Tons of Ice Melt Raising Seas at Alarming Rate
Concluding what colleagues are calling an 'unprecedented' and exhaustive study, scientists on Thursday said they can report "definitively" that the ice sheets of both Antarctica and Greenland are, indeed, melting and that as global temperatures continue to soar this melting will lead to continued...
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[title] New Film 'Stand' Documents Risks of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline
STAND- Power Teaser from b4apres media on Vimeo .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Questions Over Obama's 'Targeted Killing' Program Linger After Yemen Drone Strike
Questions following a US drone strike in Yemen that killed a supposed al Qaida-linked operative raise more red flags about the Obama administration's "targeted killing" program. The questions surround the assassination of Adnan al-Qadhi, who, less than 24 hours after Obama's re-election, was killed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN: A Decisive Victory for Palestine
The vote is in. In a victory for its right to self-determination in the international arena, Palestine has been granted observer-state status at the United Nations, after 138 general assembly member states—an overwhelming majority—voted to approve the designation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] As UN Denies Responsibility for Outbreak, Haiti Puts Forward $2.2 Billion Plan to End Cholera
Despite new evidence that delineates a direct correlation between UN peacekeepers and the outbreak of cholera in 2010, the United Nations continues to refuse responsibility for the damage caused in Haiti even as the poverty-stricken nation puts forward a plan to dramatically improve its water...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Reports: Toxic Flame Retardants Ubiquitous in Sofas, Household Dust
Highly toxic chemicals in flame retardants, including carcinogens and hormone disruptors, are widespread in people's homes, according to two studies published Wednesday in Environmental Science & Technology . Putting flame retardants in household products may seem well-intentioned, but the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Historic Fast Food Strike in NYC Fights CEO's for Living Wages
Fast food workers across New York City hit the streets today in a strike against the $200 billion fast food industry, which workers charge pays wages so low that many struggle to meet their basic needs.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despite US Refusal to Sign On, Global Landmine Treaty Working
Though the US government refuses to sign it, and the Syrian government chose to lay Soviet-era landmines across its territory amid an ongoing civil war in their country, the news from the latest report on the use of landmines worldwide shows positive developments in a global trend to move away from...
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[title] Robert Reich: Don’t Listen to Wall Street — Taxing the Rich is Good for the Economy
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, joins “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer to skewer the oft-repeated idea that raising taxes on so-called job creators will hurt the economy. “The reality is this: There is no correlation at all between raising...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Quantico Psychiatrist: Military's Mistreatment of Pfc. Manning 'Unprecedented'
The government psychiatrist charged with evaluating Pfc. Bradley Manning during his early detention at the military brig at Quantico told the judge at a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday that his recommendations for the Manning's treatment were repeatedly ignored by the Marine guard unit responsible...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Drone Activists Could Get 7 Years for 'Irritating' US Air Force Colonel
A local judge in upstate New York has signed an order of protection for a US Air Force colonel that could make it a crime, punishable by up to seven years in prison, for anti-drone activists to continue their weekly peace vigil outside or near the gates of the Hancock Air National Guard base there...
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