News for 2013-01-14

Monday, January 14, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Chicago Takes the Lead in Assault Weapon Divestment
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Chicago would take the first step in firearm divestment by examining all city pension funds for investments in assault weapons manufacturers and sellers. Speaking at a gun violence event at the Center for American Progress, Emanuel said he would “lead...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Western Sanctions Spark Health Crisis for Millions of Iranians
Western sanctions against Iran mean a looming health crisis for ordinary citizens of the country, recent reporting shows. Though life-saving medicines are not directly blacklisted in sanctions targeted at the country's purported nuclear weapons program, Julian Borger and Saeed Kamali Dehghan report...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anonymous Hacks MIT Calling for Systemic Reforms
In response to what has been described as prosecutorial bullying, inflated sentences, "grotesque miscarriage of justice" and subsequent tragedy of Aaron Swartz's suicide , the hacker collective Anonymous broke into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology website over the weekend and replaced the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Flu Outbreak + No Paid Sick Days, No Healthcare = Disaster
The flu outbreak sweeping the nation is putting the spotlight on how the lack of paid sick days and lack of national healthcare put public health further at risk. If you have the flu, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Flu.gov site: "you should stay home and follow...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Waiting to Act on Climate Change Would Cost $5 Trillion
With increasing temperatures and extreme weather proving that climate change is well underway, a leading scientist reports that failing to take action before 2020 will increase the costs of addressing it by $5 trillion.
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[field_image_caption-raw] FreedomWorks Putting Its War Chest to Work for ALEC’s Anti-Union Agenda in the States
The Tea Party-affiliated group FreedomWorks -- the right-wing organization that helps connect “Tea Party” groups with talking points, rallies, and more -- is gearing up to direct its sizeable war chest towards advancing anti-union initiatives in the states, supporting an agenda set by groups like...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Indigenous Ecuadorian Village Battles Oil Giant—and Army
An indigenous community in the Ecuadorian rainforest says they "will die fighting to protect the rainforest" after they say they were swindled by an oil company into signing away rights to 70,000 hectares of one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. But the state-backed oil company,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Impact of Growth Undeniable in Face of Toxic Beijing Smog
Dense, grey smog shrouded Beijing on Saturday prompting criticism and a rare government alert, as state media raises questions over the country's lack of information transparency and the rapid growth of industrialization.
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[title] Noam Chomsky: The Responsibility of Privilege
In this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera , Noam Chomsky sits down with Rosiland Jordan to talk about the two main tracks of his life: research and political activism.
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