News for 2013-02-11

Monday, February 11, 2013
[title] Bill Moyers Essay: When We Kill Without Caring
In a web-extended version of his broadcast essay, Bill Moyers gives examples of how indiscriminate killing by our military forces not only cuts down innocent bystanders, but drives “their enraged families and friends straight into the arms of the very terrorists we’re trying to eradicate.” Bill...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NY Fracking Scandal: Seven Groups Demand Conflict of Interest Investigation of Cuomo Administration
New York could soon become the newest state in the union to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) , the controversial technique used to enable shale oil and gas extraction.
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[title] A Wake Up Call from Vandana Shiva
There has been a lot written about GMOs, pesticides, organic etc. to the point that it’s easy to lose touch with how these issues actually impact people’s lives. On our recent trip to India, we got a wake up call from environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva on the reality of these issues and how...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Investigation Confirms Rampant Torture in Afghan Prisons
The use of torture within prisons controlled by Afghan security forces trained by the US military is still rampant in the country, according to the results of a two-week "fact-finding mission" by an internal Afghan government commission. The findings, released Monday, confirm a U.N. report released...
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[field_image_caption-raw] At Cornell and Tufts, Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Gains Ground
The calls for fossil fuel divestment at universities are growing louder, with the most recent calls coming from Tufts and Cornell students urging their universities to take climate action and divest their endowments from the polluting industries. On Sunday, the Tufts Community Union Senate, which...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel Approves Hundreds of Illegal Settlement Homes Ahead of Obama Visit
Israeli officials gave the final stamp of approval for hundreds of new settler homes in the West Bank over the weekend, signaling the country's refusal to cease its illegal expansion in the West Bank ahead of a recently scheduled visit by US president Barack Obama. The Israeli defense ministry on...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Docs Reveal World's Most Biodiverse National Park Targeted by Gas Company
Previously undisclosed documents obtained by The Guardian newspaper reveal that gas giant Pluspetrol maintains both a desire and a strategy for extraction operations inside Peru's Manú National Park, which conservationists say is one of the most biodiverse areas on the entire planet.
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[title] Chris Hayes: How America Kills
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[field_image_caption-raw] Worse Than Obama's Kill List? American Support for It
The headline introducing a new poll conducted on behalf of The Hill newspaper reads: V oters: Obama no better than Bush on security vs civil liberties . But is that the real takeaway from the survey?
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bhutan Set to Plough Lone Furrow as World's First Wholly Organic Country
Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides and relying on its own animals and farm waste for fertilisers. But rather than accept that this will mean farmers of the small Himalayan kingdom of 1.2...
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