News for 2013-01-23

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] New Labor Stats Show Assault on Public Unions Is Working
As the Washington Post 's Jim Tankersley points out and new data from the US Department of Labor released on Wednesday confirms, the Republican push to destroy public sector unions in the last several years is having its desired effect.
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[title] The Untouchables: Frontline Investigates Why Wall Street’s Leaders Escaped Prosecution After the Crash
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[field_image_caption-raw] Google Report Shows 'Disturbing Growth in Government Surveillance'
Google has released its newest semiannual Transparency Report on Wednesday, which shows a "steady increase in government requests" for user data and marks a "disturbing growth in government surveillance online."
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[field_image_caption-raw] JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon Spurs Outrage in Davos
Amid calls for stricter regulations of the banking industry, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon came under fire Wednesday after telling corporate and political leaders at the World Economic Forum that banks had been wrongly "scapegoated" as the cause of the global economic crisis, and resisted calls for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Eleven EU Nations Take on 'Financial Elite' with Robin Hood Tax
In a " major milestone in tax history ," 11 European countries are taking on the financial industry by agreeing on Tuesday to implement a Robin Hood tax earning potentially billions of euros for a region besotted with economic distress, finally taxing those institutions that created the current...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Crisis Pushes Sierra Club to End Civil Disobedience Ban
After 120 years of advocating on behalf of nature, one of the the nation's largest and oldest environmental organizations—The Sierra Club—has at last decided to end its refusal to participate in acts of civil disobedience.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Peasant Leaders Stage Hunger Strike Against Genetically Modified Corn
The fight against genetically modified crops continues Wednesday as peasant leaders embark on a hunger strike and sit-in in Mexico City demanding their country be gmo-free, and slamming the economic model that favors multinational corporations over food sovereignty.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel's Far-Right Scrambles to Maintain Power After Rebuke at Polls
Results in Tuesday's national elections dashed expectations for Israel's most ardent rightwing parties in what was largely seen as a rebuke to the rhetoric and policies of current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Tight poll results became clear Wednesday revealing a surprise split between...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Chemicals Most Countries Ban Still Permitted in US Foods
Spawned by a petition calling on Gatorade to remove a flame retardant from their sports drink, the Chicago Tribune released an investigation into the chemical ingredients that the United States and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are permitting despite frequent bans elsewhere.
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[title] Economics for Our Shared Future
Economics for our times and for our shared future requires profound departures from the orthodox economics of the past. We need an economics for the 21st century.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Five Days Before Latest College Shooting, TX Legislator Introduced ALEC/NRA Bill to Allow Guns on Campus
Just days before three people were shot in an altercation on a college campus in Texas, fourteen Texas state Senators co-sponsored a National Rifle Association-backed bill to prohibit colleges from restricting concealed handguns on campuses. The legislation closely resembles a "model" adopted by...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Drones Provoke Growing Controversy in US
WASHINGTON - As Barack Obama renews his lease on the White House for another four years, his administration is debating how best to respond to a growing internal and public controversy over his first term’s non-battlefield counter-terrorist weapon of choice: armed drones.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Melting Glaciers in Andes Could Spell Continental Water Crisis in South America
The great glaciers of South America are disappearing at rates never seen in modern times and the continent's fresh water supply is at serious risk if the trend continues, says a new study. Driven by global climate change, the report —published in the online academic journal Crysophere —shows that...
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