News for 2012-12-19

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
[title] CODEPINK Protests the Cayman Islands Tax Scandal
On Thursday, December 13, over 100 Americans with CODEPINK and The Nation marched to the Ugland House, the location where some 18,000 corporations hide their tax dollars, to demand that corporations pay their fair share of taxes. The demonstrators held signs saying "Bring our tax dollars home" and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israeli Oppression, Palestinian Unity: the Rise of the Third Intifada?
After a ceasefire was brokered to end Israel's eight day siege on Gaza earlier this month, Israel has continued to attack Palestinians in a number of ways: showing an unwillingness to give up its pursuit of Jewish settlements in the West Bank , withholding tax revenues indefinitely from the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Blowback: CIA Ploy to Kill Bin Laden Puts Pakistan's Polio Eradication Campaign in Peril
The CIA's staging of a fake polio vaccination program in Pakistan in 2011, used by the US spy agency to gain intelligence as it circled in on Osama Bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, is having serious and deadly consequences say health officials.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Death Penalty Sought for Soldier Accused of Massacre of Afghan Villagers
The US Army announced on Wednesday that it would seek the death penalty for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, who stands accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers, including women and children. RT reports:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Canada Slammed for Abysmal Human Rights Crisis
Canada is failing to address serious human rights concerns within the country, particularly for its indigenous populations, Amnesty International reports Wednesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Education Privatization Group Tries to Justify Silence on Michigan Gun Law
When it comes to sensible gun laws and "putting students first," sometimes it takes a national tragedy of shocking scale to induce those in the corporate-driven "education reform movement" to weigh in. In fact, sometimes it takes something even slightly more: like a national news story pointing out...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Corporate Power vs. People Power in Colorado Fracking Fight
A battle between corporate power and the voice of the people is underway in Longmont, Colorado, where the oil and gas industry has sued the city over its recently enacted ban on fracking.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Take Our Undies Next!': Austerity Leaves Greek Workers with Little Left
Thousands of civil servants, doctors, teachers and others staged a 24-hour strike in Athens on Wednesday to protest new pay cuts and anticipated layoffs required by international lenders as part of a financial bailout. But the "austerity measures" required by the International Monetary Fund and...
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[title] Robert Reich: Obama Has Compromised Too Much on the Fiscal Cliff
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[title] Israeli Army Killing Palestinian Protestors with Impunity say Activists
Last week, in one of the first actions of its kind, activists released the names of Israeli soldiers involved in the killing of a Palestinian protester. Mustafa Tamimi, a 28 year-old demonstrator from the village of Nabi Saleh, was killed when a soldier shot a tear gas canister at his face in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Neo-Cons, Israel Lobby Mobilize to Pre-empt Obama Pentagon Favorite
WASHINGTON - Neo-conservatives and leaders of the powerful Israel lobby are mobilising their forces in what looks like an all-out campaign to pre-empt the nomination by President Barack Obama of an outspoken former Republican senator and decorated Vietnam War hero to replace Leon Panetta as...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gun Lobby Speaks: We Need More Guns, Especially in Schools
As a nation mourns and as funerals continue for the child victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last week, gun industry lobbyists and their political affiliates are emerging from ' the rock they've been hiding under ' since Friday to deliver their solution to the...
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