News for 2013-01-08

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Family Farmers Mobilize in Ongoing Battle Against Monsanto
A group of family farmers is headed to a federal appeals court on Thursday in their ongoing battle against genetically modified seed giant Monsanto.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Judge Rules Bradley Manning Illegally Treated, But Upholds Charges
A military judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss charges against whistleblower Bradley Manning, instead granting him a mere 112 days credit off any eventual sentence after finding he endured unlawful pretrial punishment during his more than three years in custody.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sea Shepherd Captain Hands Over Reins With Interpol Looking On
Paul Watson, founder of marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd stepped down today as Captain of the Steve Irwin and director of the group after nine years of fighting to stop the Japanese whaling industry in the Southern Ocean.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Healthcare for Sale' in Spain as Nation's Doctors Protest
Thousands of Spanish medical workers marched through downtown Madrid on Monday in protest of a government plan to privatize the nation's public health care system.
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[title] Exclusive: As Gitmo Turns 11, Al Jazeera’s Sami al-Hajj on 6-Year Ordeal of U.S. Detention, Torture
On the 11th anniversary of Guantánamo Bay’s use as a prison for foreign detainees, we air a Democracy Now! exclusive interview with Sami al-Hajj, the only journalist held at Guantánamo. The Al Jazeera cameraman was arrested in Pakistan in December of 2001 while traveling to Afghanistan on a work...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 2012 Hottest Year On Record...By Far
The year that saw much of the country engulfed in a drought and the east coast submerged by Hurricane Sandy was officially the warmest on record—by far—for the contiguous United States, and saw the second most extreme weather conditions, government officials said Tuesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Epic Wave of Poaching Continues, Family of 12 Elephants Slaughtered in Kenya
Poachers in Kenya killed an entire family of 12 elephants Saturday in what officials believe to be the worst incident in the country's history. Paul Udoto, spokesman for the Kenyan wildlife service, told The Telegraph that the poachers were "professional killers" armed with automatic rifles. He...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Feds Replace Flawed Foreclosure Review With Vague $8.5 Billion Settlement
The Independent Foreclosure Review was supposed to be a full and fair investigation of the big banks' foreclosure abuses, and it was trumpeted as the government's largest effort to compensate victimized homeowners. Federal regulators, who designed the review, forced banks to spend billions to carry...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change, Lack of Political Will Leading to 'Global Perfect Storm': Report
With this year's World Economic Forum in Davos quickly approaching, the WEF released a new report Tuesday which paints a dire picture of the future in the face of climate change, the global economic recession, and a lack of political will to deal with an interrelated "perfect global storm" ahead of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Two Bank Settlement Deals: Homeowners 'Once Again Take It In The Chin'
In another "ritualized sellout yet again presented as a boon for consumers," two multibillion dollar settlements involving egregious and illegal lending practices were announced Monday, dwarfing consumer compensation in respect to the substantial bailout money big banks have pocketed since the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Smoking Gun': Tar Sands Report Eviscerates Industry Claims
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gen. Stanley McChrystal: Afghans Are Like Teenagers, We Have 'Emotional Responsibility' to Continue Occupation
Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of US troops in Afghanistan and counterinsurgency architect, gave an interview to The Associated Press published Monday in which he compared Afghans to teenagers, and said the US has an "emotional responsibility" to continue occupying the country...
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[title] Banks 8.5 Billion Mortgage Settlement a Mild Slap on the Wrist
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[field_image_caption-raw] With or Without Obama, Climate Change Activists Ready to Fight
As President Obama readies for his second term, environmentalists, climate change activists, and advocates for public health are not waiting to make their message to him loud and clear. And in the end, they say—though they'd love his support—they will not wait for Obama as they take on the fossil...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Burning 'Deep Purple': Australia So Hot New Color Added to Index
Wild fires continue to rage across Australia Tuesday and temperatures have become so hot the country's Bureau of Meteorology was forced to add a new color—deep purple—to show areas that have exceeded all-time heat records.
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