News for 2012-12-06

Thursday, December 6, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Skeptic Sen. Inhofe Makes Surprise Appearance at COP18
As the COP18 climate conference winds down and the world waits for international negotiators to reach agreement, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) made a surprising appearance via satellite to contribute his long-refuted climate skepticism to the talks.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protests Erupt at Michigan Capitol After Right-Wing Legislative Assault
Michigan's Republican-dominated legislature on Thursday passed conservative, anti-worker, anti-women measures--controversial right-to-work legislation and a conscience clause that allows health care providers to deny services--sparking outrage and protests from Democrats and union members and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Syria's WMD: Real Threat or 'Pretext for Intervention'?
The US and Europe are whipping up fear of chemical weapons as a pretext to intervene in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad's government said on Thursday, after NBC News reported that US officials told their reporters that Syria had just "locked and loaded" sarin gas into aerial bombs.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Afghanistan Clinic Attack by NATO and Afghan Forces Violates Geneva Convention
NATO and Afghan forces attacked and occupied a non-profit health clinic in Afghanistan in October, the aid group that runs the clinic said Thursday after meeting with the international officials to discuss the violation of the Geneva Convention.
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Wake of Bopha, Philippines tells COP18: 'Open Your Eyes'
With over 350 of his countrymen dead and more than 400 still missing two days after Typhoon Bopha racked the island nation, the lead Filipino delegate made a emotional plea to his fellow COP18 negotiators: "I appeal to the whole world, I appeal to leaders from all over the world, to open our eyes...
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[title] Coal Export Threatens the Northwest
Compelling three-minute video highlights plans to export dirty U.S. coal to Asia. Local voices from Longview, Bellingham, Hood River, and Portland share how coal trains and terminals will harm their communities. The video captures the filth of coal and the shine of those who know we can do better.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Oklahoma Supreme Court Overturns Laws Restricting Reproductive Rights
In a "sweeping and unequivocal" affirmation of women's reproductive rights, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that women do not have to view an ultrasound image of the fetus while hearing a description of the fetus before obtaining an abortion. The court also said this week that lower courts...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran’s Former Nuclear Negotiator Gives 'Ten Reasons Iran Doesn't Want the Bomb'
A former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators gives " Ten Reasons Iran Doesn't Want the Bomb " and writes that the West should stop its ineffective sanctions against Iran and pursue a "genuine solution." Seyed Hossein Mousavian, now a research scholar at Princeton, made his case in an article...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Jon Kest, Legendary Organizer for Social & Economic Justice, Dies at 57
Jon Kest, a long-time community organizer and advocate for social and economic justice, died Wednesday night. Kest was was diagnosed with liver cancer this summer. Kest was the executive director of New York Communities for Change . Kest was a former chief organizer for the local ACORN chapter in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] #Durbinville Targets Key Democrat Senator Willing to Cut Social Programs
Grassroots organizers in Illinois intent on protecting key social programs erected a 'Durbinville' encampment in downtown Chicago on Thursday to call out Democrat Senator Dick Durbin for what they see as the most brutal kind of betrayal.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran Vows to Sue US Over Ongoing Drone Harassment
Iran threatened to take legal action against the U.S. government "at international courts" Wednesday insisting that a drone captured within Iranian airspace earlier this week was a ScanEagle surveillance drone that belongs to the U.S. government. “We will use this drone as evidence to pursue a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Native American Tribes Successfully Buy Back Stolen Sacred Land
Though touted as a victory for tribes within the Oceti Sakowin, known as the Great Sioux Nation, many tribal members were opposed to the purchase of the stolen sacred lands, having to pay for something rightfully theirs. For them, the procurement of the Black Hills site is a melancholy reminder of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Reaper Presidency' Continues: Another Deadly Drone Strike in Pakistan
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mayor and Husband of Education Villain Michelle Rhee Scrutinized for Financial Malpractice
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, husband of Michelle Rhee, a bitter foe of teachers' unions and champion of privatization, voucher legislation and for-profit management of charter schools , has been fined $37,500 for failing to report more than $3.5 million in donations he solicited for various non-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Grandfather of 16-year-old US Citizen Killed by Drone Strike: 'Why?'
In his first televised interview since both his son, Anwar, and his sixteen year-old grandson, Abdulrahman, were assassinated by separate US drone strikes in Yemen, Nasser al-Awlaki spoke with CNN 's Christiane Amanpour Wednesday night to ask a simple question of the US government. "I want to know...
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[title] Bernie Sanders on Why Big Media Shouldn’t Get Bigger
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled a majority of American media. Now that number is six. And Big Media may get even bigger, thanks to the FCC’s consideration of ending a rule preventing companies from owning a newspaper and radio and TV stations in the same city. On this week’s Moyers &...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Morsi Defiant in Speech as Angry Protesters at Palace Gates
Update: 5:15 pm EST:
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