News for 2012-12-13

Thursday, December 13, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Susan Rice Withdraws from Secretary of State Consideration
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of state, NBC News is reporting after obtaining a letter from Rice to President Obama Thursday afternoon. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Poverty Network: Large Corporations Avoid $150 Billion Per Year Through Tax Loopholes
As Congress and President Barack Obama continue to clash over end-of-the-year budget talks, an anti-poverty network on Thursday urged the federal government to find savings by closing offshore tax loopholes.
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[title] Matt Taibbi: After Laundering $800 Million in Drug Money, How Did HSBC Executives Avoid Jail?
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[field_image_caption-raw] Michigan Right to Work Law Brought to You by Billionaire Kochs, ALEC
The passage on Tuesday of the so-called right to work law in Michigan is the result of efforts by ALEC and the billionaire Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity (AFP) years in the making, and may serve as an ominous sign to other states. ALEC, AFP and the Anti-Worker Agenda As Mary Bottari of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Leaked AP 'Iranian Bomb' Graph Appears Adapted from One on Internet
WASHINGTON - The suspect graph of a nuclear explosion reportedly provided to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as evidence of Iranian computer modeling of nuclear weapons yields appears to have been adapted from a very similar graph in a scholarly journal article published in January...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study Identifies 15 Top Threats to Biodiversity
Widespread development of nuclear power and seabed-located oil drilling are among the top 15 threats to biodiversity in 2013, according to a new study published this month in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UK Gives Fracking Industry Green Light Despite Tremors, Toxins
The UK government lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the country Thursday, ending an 18-month suspension of the toxic shale gas extraction process.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Google on 'Immoral' Tax Evasion: 'It's Called Capitalism'
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has defended his company's 'immoral' tax policies, saying of the internet giant's evasions to get out of paying billions of dollars: "It's called capitalism."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Deadly Risk to Bees Ignored, Say British MPs
Regulators are ignoring evidence that the world's most used pesticide is killing bees and other insects, Members of Parliament in the UK say.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israeli Troops Tear Gas West Bank Protesters Following Death of Teen
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at West Bank protesters in Hebron Thursday, a day after a Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces in the city.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Historic Court Ruling: CIA's Rendition Program Clear Case of 'Torture'
In what is hoped to be a seminal legal ruling, the European Court of Human Rights court on Thursday found that the CIA's extraordinary rendition and subsequent mistreatment of a German national in 2004 was clearly a case of "torture" and breach of international law. The court condemned the former...
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[title] Dronestream: Every Reported US Drone Strike Over the Past 10 Years
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[title] The US' School to Prison Pipeline
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[field_image_caption-raw] Calls for Veto as "Anti-Women Super Bill" Heads to Michigan Governor's Desk
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tunisia Gears Up to Host World Social Forum
TUNIS - Following in the wake of the wave of revolutions dubbed the ‘Arab Spring’, which originated here nearly two years ago, North Africa is gearing up to host the World Social Forum (WSF) for the first time. While Egypt was initially considered for the role, organisers finally settled on Tunisia...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'I'd Rather Fight Like Hell': Naomi Klein's Fierce New Resolve to Fight for Climate Justice
Naomi Klein, black-clad and sharp-tongued mistress of the global anti-corporate left, friend to Occupiers and scourge of oil barons, stood outside a dressing room backstage at Boston's Orpheum Theatre one night last month, a clear-eyed baby boy on her hip. "I'm really trying not to play the Earth...
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