News for 2012-12-12

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] California Public Land Sold to Frackers Despite Public Outcry
The US Bureau of Land Management continued its widespread sale of public land to the fracking and oil industry on Wednesday in a federal auction of nearly 18,000 acres.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Latest Round of Talks on 'Supersized NAFTA' Block Out Civil Society
The latest round of negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement continued in secrecy with a lockout of civil society as 11 nations continued talks on their "corporate-coup-by-trade-pact."
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[field_image_caption-raw] After Deadly Siege in Gaza, US to Restock Israeli Munitions
The U.S. Department of Defense stated this week that it will now replenish all of the munitions used by Israel in its recent eight day siege on Gaza, which lead to the deaths of over 180 Palestinians and hundreds of injuries—a large portion being children.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Calls for Urgency as UN Plan to Defeat Cholera Announced for Haiti
An announcement from the United Nation's Secretary General on Tuesday for a $2.2 billion initiative designed to eradicate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic was welcome news to health professionals and social justice activists who have witnessed the devastating impacts there. "Cholera...
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[title] Reich on Why Right-to-Work Legislation is Anti-Labor: ‘As Labor Unions Have Declined, Wages Have Declined in Tandem’
“Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer and Robert Reich, former U.S. labor secretary and professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, analyze why Michigan’s right-to-work law is bad for the economy and the middle class. “As labor unions have declined, workers have had less power, and —...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Alarms Go Off as Obama Plays Footsie with Raising Medicare Age
Partly because he's done it before , partly because he specifically left it on the table in a not-yet aired interview with ABC 's Barbara Walters this week, but mainly because it's a terrible policy idea , prog
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[field_image_caption-raw] Judge OKs Censorship of Torture at Guantánamo Bay Military Commission Trial
Testimony from the defendants at the Guantánamo Bay military commission 9/11 trial describing their own torture will be censored, the ACLU announced Wednesday afternoon, dealing a blow to the First Amendment rights of the American public and crushing claims of the commission's purported...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report Confirms: JOBS Act Does Little but 'Undermine Market Transparency'
Confirming the alarm raised by consumer advocates and financial watchdog groups when signed into law, a new report finds that Obama's JOBS Act has done little but 'undermine market transparency' and further perpetuate an environment of secrecy in our financial system.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egypt: Thousands Protest over Constitutional Referendum
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Cairo in new rallies for and against a controversial referendum backed by embattled Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Thousands of Morsi’s supporters gathered at a mosque three miles from the presidential palace after busing in demonstrators from...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Citing Climate Change, Democrat AGs Sue Obama's EPA over Methane Emissions
The climate talks at Doha are only the latest in a series of recent failures by US leadership to take a strong stance against greenhouse gas emissions. Now, a coalition of Democrat attorney generals from seven states in the northeast—citing the clear and present danger of climate change—are going...
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[field_image_caption-raw] WWF: Efforts to Halt $19 Billion Illegal Wildlife Trade Have Failed
Efforts to stop what has grown into a $19 billion trade in illegal ivory, rhino horn and other endangered species have failed, according to a report from the World Wildlife Fund to the United Nations, with record levels of poaching occurring in 2011 and a number of endangered species being...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Military 'Pivot' in Motion as Officials Meet in Philippines
Keeping a promise to once again increase its military presence in the South China Sea, U.S. officials met with the Philippine government Wednesday to work out the logistics for more U.S. military ships, aircraft and troops to rotate through the Philippines and the region.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Calls North Korea's Falling Debris 'Highly Provocative'
Angered by North Korea's refusal to heed warnings against it, the US called the testing of a long-range rocket on Wednesday a "highly provocative act" and later threatened to increase sanctions against the country. The actual launch, which had been postponed several times over the last two weeks,...
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[title] Anaheim: A Tale of Two Cities
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[field_image_caption-raw] Is Embrace of Syrian Rebels Preparation for US Intervention?
In a move that notches up the potential for a western military intervention in Syria, the US government on Tuesday formally recognized factions of the armed opposition group facing off against President Bashar al-Assad in what has been an escalating and bloody civil war in the Middle East country.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Godfather of World Music' Ravi Shankar Dead at 92
Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar maestro and world renowned musician, has died at the age of 92 in San Diego. According to the Times of India , Shankar passed away in a local hospital, where he had been admitted last week after complaints of breathing difficulties.
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