News for 2013-01-25

Friday, January 25, 2013
[title] "The Square": Jehane Noujaim’s New Film Captures Egypt’s Ongoing Revolution After Mubarak’s Fall
As Egyptians mark the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, we look at a new documentary that captures the ongoing protest movement in Egypt well after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. "The Square" follows a group of activists as they risk their lives in the uprising that ousted Mubarak only...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Re-Calculated Results in Pennsylvania Show Charter Schools Fail Their Own Hype
The nationwide push for privatization of education through corporate-backed charter schools received a rebuke this week after newly calculated data in Pennsylvania showed that such schools are markedly out-performed by their public counterparts. Both brick-and-mortar charters and online...
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[title] The Middle Way: One Farmer's Fight for Organic Food in China
By now you are probably familiar with the food scandals that have been running rampant in China. In the aftermath of any such situation, new movements are born. Ms Yang is part of an effort to bring healthy and organic food to Kunming, a city in the Yunnan Province of China. But for her it goes...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Survey: Americans Love Their Public Libraries
In warm rebuke to the age of growing privatization, Americans are saying clearly: we love our public libraries. The news follows the release of a survey this week by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project that gathered data from Americans ages 16 and up on library use. The...
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Report Shows Extent of 'Kochtopus' Empire of Climate Denial
Charles and David Koch, a.k.a. the Koch Bros.—who have come to represent the face (or faces) of the US conservative movement and its primary, though certainly not only, source of private funding—have continued, and perhaps deepened, according to new reporting, their involvement with the ongoing...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Unified First Nation Leaders Vow to 'Seize the Moment' in Fight for Rights
First Nations leaders vowed Thursday to keep up the pressure on the federal government as they declared that the grassroots indigenous-rights Idle No More campaign was both unified and hear to stay.
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[field_image_caption-raw] CIA Torture Whistleblower Sentenced to 30 Months
CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison on Friday for what critics of his prosecution are calling trumped-up charges by the Department of Justice for his exposure of the spy agency's torture program established by the former Bush administration.
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[field_image_caption-raw] More Threats From Fracking: Radioactive Waste
The controversial drilling practice known as fracking is under renewed scrutiny, this time for producing radioactive waste. Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday it was embarking on a year-long study of radioactivity in by-products from oil and natural gas...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenpeace Protest Brings 'Grave Warning From Nature' to World Economic Forum
Twenty-five activists shut down a Shell station on Friday in Davos, Switzerland—just down the road from the World Economic Forum— to bring a "grave warning from nature" and highlight the looming environmental catastrophe of Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic drilling plans.
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[field_image_caption-raw] TEPCO Pushes Plan to Dump Fukushima's Radioactive Water into Pacific
The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced Thursday plans to dump its stores of contaminated water—used to cool the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant—into the Pacific Ocean.
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[title] Sad Trombone Sounds: Meager Filibuster Reform Bodes Poorly for Senate Productivity
On Thursday night Rachel Maddow reviewed the litany of statements by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about reforming the filibuster rule in the Senate to prevent obstructionist Republicans from forcing a 60-vate majority on every bill, and points out the utter lack of any meaningful, substantive...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fierce Police Backlash Signals 'Long Night' Ahead in Tahrir Square
Update: Several fatalities were reported and scores of people wounded in cities across Egypt today as pro-democracy rallies faced fierce backlash from government forces.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Progressives Trash Senate's Failure to Get Meaningful Filibuster Reform
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