News for 2013-01-24

Thursday, January 24, 2013
[title] The New Face of Reproductive Rights Activism
Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Lynn Paltrow, founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, talk to Bill about the how the modern abortion debate connects to other social justice issues. “...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Common Pesticides 'Can Kill Frogs Within an Hour'
Widely used pesticides can kill frogs within an hour, new research has revealed, suggesting the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the catastrophic global decline of amphibians. The scientists behind the study said it was both "astonishing" and "alarming" that common...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Removal of Grounded USS Guardian to Take Weeks, Further Threatening Pristine Coral Reef
Rescue is weeks away for the US Navy minesweeper USS Guardian, which ran aground on a pristine World Heritage-listed coral reef off the Philippine coast last week after ignoring warnings. The ship is reportedly taking on water, and 15,000 gallons of fuel must first be removed before it is lifted...
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[title] We Are Undocumented America: Fighting for Immigration Reform in 2013
Against the backdrop of record deportations, three members of the North Carolina DREAM Team outline what it would take to make immigration reform both comprehensive and meaningful in 2013. Read the full story at http://thenat.in/SC4WJN
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: 'Big Food' Infiltrates Nutrition Association
"Big Food" companies such as Coca-Cola and Hershey have hijacked the largest association of nutrition professionals, according to a damning new report by pubic health attorney and author Michele Simon. But the "deep infiltration" of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is largely...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Senators Urge Pipeline Approval Amid Groundswell Against Tar Sands
Ignoring warnings from the world's most prominent climate scientists who say that pursuit of mega-carbon projects like development of Alberta's tar sands will lead to 'climate chaos' and irreversible tipping points, 53 US Senators signed a letter on Wednesday urging fast-track approval of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Palestine: Continued Settlements Would Leave Us 'No Other Choice' But to Take Israel to ICC
Continued settlement expansion in Jerusalem would leave us "no other choice" than to take Israel to the International Criminal Court, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said on Wednesday. Speaking at the UN Security Council, Malki said :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Goldman Sachs, Shell 'Named and Shamed' in Public Eye 'Award'
As leaders from the world's top banks and corporations continue to meet this week at the World Economic Forum, protesters also gathered in Davos to announce this year's Public Eye "Shame Awards." And the winners are...Goldman Sachs and Shell.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Shameful': UNESCO Warns Australia Over Destruction of Great Barrier Reef
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee issued a "scathing" report about the state of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, warning that unless measures are taken to protect the reef from proposed large-scale coal and gas projects, the reef's status as a World Heritage Site could be stripped within months.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Launches Major Investigation Into Civilian Drone Deaths
A UN investigation into the legality and casualties of drone strikes has been formally launched, with a leading human rights lawyer revealing the team that will carry out the inquiry. The announcement came as the latest reported US drone strike in Yemen was said to have mistakenly killed two...
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[title] Senator Bernie Sanders: The Need for Filibuster Reform
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[field_image_caption-raw] French-Backed Mali Army Accused of 'Summary Executions'
Potentially dozens of Tauregs captured by the Mali Army, which has recently been joined by intervening French military forces in the west African nation, were 'summarily executed' and disposed of by soldiers because they were suspected of being members or supporters of the opposition groups...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mr. Reid Goes to Washington... Makes Backroom Deal for Meager Filibuster Reform
According to reports on negotiations between Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), advocates of strong filibuster reforms that would bring back the "talking filibuster" in the US Senate—made famous in the film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and which forces Senators to actually...
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