News for 2013-02-12

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] 2013 State of the Union: Progressives React Live
President Barack Obama delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST. Watch the speech along with live progressive commentary via twitter feed below.
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[title] Michael Moore, Chris Hedges on Challenging NDAA Indefinite Detention and the "Corporate Coup d'etat"
The ability of the U.S. government to jail people without charge or trial is now back in court. A group of reporters, scholars and activists are suing the Obama administration over the controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, saying it could allow for the indefinite...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Weeks After Smashing Into Pristine Coral Reef, Efforts to Salvage US Navy Ship Thwarted
Violent sea conditions are further thwarting efforts to salvage a U.S.
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[field_image_caption-raw] After Latest Setback, Shell Told to 'Pull the Plug' on Arctic Drilling
Seizing on an announcement from Royal Dutch Shell on Monday that it would be sending both of its arctic drilling vessels to Asia for repair, environmental campaigners opposed to the offshore drilling program in Alaska say the oil giant should simply "pull the plug" on their efforts to drill in the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hamas Gags Civil Liberties in Gaza
GAZA CITY - Gaza is becoming increasingly radicalised as Hamas continues its crackdown on civil liberties, press freedom and the rights of women. In the last few weeks a number of journalists have been arrested and accused of being involved in “suspicious activities”, several detainees shot dead by...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Local Fracking Bans Under Attack in NY
Ahead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's pending decision to lift a state-wide fracking moratorium, a number of local initiatives to ban the technology are currently under attack. The Huffington Post reports on the growing challenge to local fracking moratoriums and a municipality's right to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Support of Bradley Manning, Icelandic MP Risks Arrest with Upcoming US Visit
Despite the possibility of her arrest by U.S. authorities, an Icelandic MP known for her roll in the release of the " Collateral Murder " video put out by Wikileaks in 2010 has announced plans to travel to the United States to garner support for the alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran: All Nuclear Weapons Must Be Destroyed
Following news of a successful North Korean nuclear weapons test on Tuesday, officials from Iran called for the end to all atomic weapons around the world.
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Report Urges Research Into Environmental Causes of Breast Cancer
A federal report released Tuesday urges more research into the environmental causes of breast cancer, including the "cocktail of carcinogens and endocrine disruptors" people are exposed to every day.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egypt's Police Speak Out, Rejecting Role as 'Tool of Oppression'
Hundreds of Egypt's police, who are often seen on the front lines sparring with anti-government protestors, are demonstrating across the country Tuesday declaring they no longer want to be "used as a tool for political oppression" in the ongoing clashes between civilian activists and government...
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[field_image_caption-raw] On Climate, A Call for Obama to Speak Forcefully and Act Urgently
Following his remarks on climate change made during his inaugural address last month, progressives and environmentalists are making it clear what they want and expect from President Obama on Tuesday night when he delivers his State of the Union address: More.
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[title] Decisive Action Needed to Resolve Food Crisis
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Environment Agency Releases First Climate Adaptation Plan
WASHINGTON - For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has publicly released a draft plan on how the department’s programmes will adapt to global warming, in a move that could lay additional groundwork for important new emissions rulemaking the agency may announce in coming...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN’s Water Agenda at Risk of Being Hijacked by Big Business
UNITED NATIONS - Amidst growing new threats of potential conflicts over fast-dwindling water resources in the world’s arid regions, the United Nations will commemorate 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation (IYWC. But Maude Barlow, chairperson, Council of Canadians and a former senior...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Atomic Tremor: North Korea Confirms Nuclear Detonation
A seismic tremor detected inside North Korea on Tuesday has been confirmed by both the North Korean government and their South Korean neighbors to have been caused by the detonation of a nuclear device, according to news agencies on both ends of the peninsula. The test, according to a North Korean...
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