News for 2013-02-13

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] 'Stop the Deportations': Protesters Call for Immigrant Rights at Senate Hearing
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was interrupted at today's Senate Immigration Hearing as she boasted that U.S. borders have “never been stronger.” The protesters who interrupted the hearing on multiple occasions demanded that the administration cut deportations and focus on the human...
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[title] Watch a City-Sized Glacier Collapse
The makers of the movie Chasing Ice were able to capture on film the largest ice calving ever witnessed by humans (so far, but that might not last the way things are going with our planet's climate). It was the Jakobshavn Glacier (aka Ilulissat Glacier) in Western Greenland.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ex-Italian Intel Chief Sentenced for CIA Kidnapping
Italy’s former top intelligence official has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the CIA’s kidnapping of an Islamic cleric.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Vital Gaza Tunnels Flooded by Egyptian Forces
Egyptian forces flooded a series of tunnels used to bring goods into the blockaded Gaza Strip through the Egyptian/Gaza border, officials stated Wednesday. The tunnels account for an estimated 30 percent of all goods brought into Gaza, such as cement and gravel, due to an over seven-year goods...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Corporatizing Seeds of the Commons: Patents Enabling BigAg Control
The paradigm shift that has transferred control of seeds from the commons to corporations has brought harmful consequences to farmers, seed diversity and the environment while making a few agricultural firms owners of the "irreplaceable element of all food," according to a report released Tuesday
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[field_image_caption-raw] Progressive Grassroots Coalition Takes on 'Fix The Debt' Fraud
On Monday, a grassroots, anti–corporate tax-dodging coalition called Flip the Debt crashed a "Fix the Debt" party at St.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Former Maldives President Nasheed Takes Refuge at Indian Embassy
Former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed has taken refuge at the Indian Embassy to avoid arrest and has called for the current president to step down. Nasheed was the first democratically-elected president of the Maldives, and championed the cause of climate change.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hidden Microphones Exposed in Gitmo Pre-Trials
Private meetings between Guantánamo Bay detainees and their defense lawyers have been secretly bugged , a military official admitted Tuesday, saying microphones hidden inside devices that look like smoke detectors are placed in private meeting rooms.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Égalité: French Lawmakers Back Gay Marriage Bill
France is one step closer to legalizing gay marriage after the lower house of parliament voted on Tuesday to support a marriage-for-all law. The National Assembly passed the law, which affords equal marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples, by a 329 to 229 vote. It now heads to the upper...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Women Promise Revolt over GOP Stance on Violence Against Women Act
Women's groups are promising swift revenge come election season to a group of male Republican Senators who voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed the Senate Tuesday despite their best opposition efforts.
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[title] SOTU: Do Policy Proposals Live up to Rhetoric on Wages and Climate Change?
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[field_image_caption-raw] Five Afghan Children Among Ten Civilians Killed in NATO/US Drone Attack
Afghan officials say that five children are among the ten civilians killed by a US/NATO missile attack in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday. "Four women and five children were killed, and five children wounded. One man, who was the leader of the family, was also killed, according to reports from the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nearly 50 Climate Activists Arrested Outside Obama's White House
Forty-eight individuals were arrested outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon as they urged President Obama to take a strong stand on climate change by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline and embracing a clean energy future without fossil fuels.
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