News for 2012-12-11

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Activists Picket Walmart CEO Speech on Corporate Responsibility
Tuesday afternoon, union organizers and workers rights activists swarmed mid-town Manhattan to confront Walmart CEO, Michael Duke, who was in town to give a speech about global responsibility. As Duke arrived at the Council on Foreign Relations to give his speech entitled “The Responsibility to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Blow to Tar Sands Pipeline, Texas Landowner Wins Restraining Order
A Texas judge has temporarily halted work on part of the Keystone XL, TransCanada's tar sands pipeline, the Associated Press reports on Tuesday, representing a victorious, small step in the battle to stop the flow of the bitumen through the lone star state.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dramatic Gas Line Explosion in West Virginia Closes Interstate
A dramatic gas line explosion in the town of Sissonville, West Virginia has closed down Interstate 77 and early reports say that multiple structures nearby—possibly residential homes—are on fire.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: World's Mighty Giants Dying off at Alarming Rate
The world's biggest and oldest living trees are disappearing and will never be replaced, according to a new review of global ecosystems. The study, published last week in the journal Science , found that trees between 100 and 300 years old are dying off at an alarming rate.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Watchdog Sues FDA For Information on Antibiotic Abuse in Cattle
The whistle-blower protection group Government Accountability Project on Wednesday sued the Federal Drug Administration to force the release of data on the long-documented use of antibiotics in food animals, which physicians, scientists and a long list of watchdog agencies argue is leading to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sport Hunting to be Banned in Costa Rica
Costa Rica, one of the world's most biodiverse countries, became the first Latin American nation to ban hunting as a sport on Monday in a unanimous vote on the Wildlife Conservation bill in Congress. President Laura Chinchilla is expected to sign the new bill into law. The law "will allow us to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] A 'National Attack': Michigan Passes 'Right-to-Work' Law
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law contentious "right-to-work" legislation on Tuesday after tear-gas wielding police and over ten thousand people protesting the attack on labor converged at the state Capitol and vowed that the day's action was just the beginning. Snyder's signature makes...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sea Shepherd Buys Anti-Whaling Ship Under the Nose of Japanese Whalers
When the sea conservation activist group Sea Shepherd added a new vessel to their anti-whaling fleet this week, they did so to the ire of both the Japanese government and the Japanese whaling industry. Though the Japanese government owned the ship and were overseeing its sale, they did not realize...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protests and Polarization in Egypt Ahead of Referendum
Early violence against opposition groups marked the day as Egyptians on both sides of the referendum controversy overtook the streets of Cairo Tuesday. Tensions ran high after more than a dozen people were injured by masked gunmen who fired bird shot pellets and threw petrol bombs at protestors...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Closing Arguments Scheduled in Bradley Manning Pretrial Hearing
Closing arguments in the pretrial hearing of US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning are scheduled for Tuesday, one day after the readers of the Guardian named Manning the 2012 Person of the Year. Manning, 24, a former intelligence analyst in Iraq, is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to...
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[title] Eugene Jarecki: When Will the Drug War Finally End?
The drug war has been a colossal waste of money, resources and, most importantly, lives. For Eugene Jarecki, the director of The House I Live In, the time has never been better to end this destructive cycle.
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[title] Rising Waters: 2 Minutes on Disappearing Land
When Jamie was growing up there were three or four hundred families living on his island. Now only 23 remain. “Oh yeah, my Grandpa had a beauty--big, beautiful garden. We had orange trees, he had an apple tree, we had a grapefruit, lemon…. Almost every yard had a garden with some type.”
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[title] Class War in Michigan
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[field_image_caption-raw] Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply
Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation's drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israeli Pre-Dawn Raid on Palestinian NGOs Called 'Retaliatory'
Israeli security forces raided the offices of three NGOs in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank before dawn on Tuesday in what Palestinian workers in those offices say was a retaliatory move following a recent vote at the United Nations. Al-Jazeera reports : Entering before dawn on...
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