News for 2013-02-14

Thursday, February 14, 2013
[title] Bill McKibben: Stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline for Good
"I'm expecting that Sunday will be the biggest rally about climate change that there's ever been in this country," Bill McKibben says about this Sunday's #ForwardOnClimate rally in Washington, DC. What will it take to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, according to the 350.org founder? "We're not going...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Scientists: US Must Act Now Against 'Dangers' of Toxic Plastics
Scientists are proposing to reclassify the most polluting of plastics as hazardous materials hopefully enabling governments to do something about the 140 million tons of plastic that litter our roadsides, waterways and shorelines each year.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Coalition Pushes Legislature to Restore Cuts to Women’s Health Services
A coalition of 32 medical groups and nonprofits is asking state lawmakers to restore cuts to women’s health care services that, while aimed at Planned Parenthood, have hit other providers of care to poor women, especially in rural areas. “The damage has been extensive,” said Dr. Janet Realini,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Carbon Fee & Dividend' Bill Introduced to Battle 'Planetary Emergency' of Climate Change
The day after two new opinion polls revealed overwhelming public support for "significant action on tackling climate change"—and several days ahead of a planned climate rally in Washington billed as the "largest in US history"—two Senators on Thursday announced their plans for new legislation that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protests Mark Anniversary of Bahraini Uprising as US Continues to Turn 'Blind Eye'
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[field_image_caption-raw] At Least 20 CIA 'Black Site' Prisoners Still Missing
In one of President Barack Obama first acts in the White House, he ordered the closure of the CIA’s so-called “black-site” prisons, where terror suspects had been held and, sometimes, tortured. The CIA says it is “ out of the detention business ,” as John Brennan, Obama’s pick to head the agency,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Media Silence Criticized as Palestinian Hunger Strikers Verge on Death
A Palestinian prisoner in Israel, who has been on hunger strike for over 200 days, has sparked international outrage in support of his cause, despite a consistent lack in reporting from corporate media, most notably the Associated Press . Now on his 204 day without food, prisoner Samer Issawi, 33,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for Republican Dark Money Group
Some of the nation's biggest corporations donated more than a million dollars to launch a Republican nonprofit that went on to play a key role in recent political fights. Like the nonprofit groups that poured money into last year's elections, the decade-old State Government Leadership Foundation...
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Rep. Renews Push to Privatize Amtrak
Rep. John Mica is renewing his push to privatize Amtrak, saying he is readying legislation to end its "costly monopoly" and "Soviet-style mentality."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Desmond Tutu Blasts US Drones: American or Not, All Victims Are Human
In a letter to the New York Times published Wednesday, South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu challenged the hypocrisy of the US and its citizens for accepting a killer drone program when it pertains to foreign suspects while demanding judicial review when those targets...
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[title] Obama's Kill List and White Paper Memo with David Sirota
The Justice Department's leaked "White Paper Memo" surfaced, detailing legal justification for drone strikes, killing American citizens, and other constitutional powers of the president that were once thought of as unthinkable. Does the Obama administration have the power to do whatever it wants to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Among World Government's Repressing Journalistic Freedoms
The imprisonment of journalists worldwide reached a record high in 2012, driven in part by the widespread use of charges of terrorism and other anti-state offenses against critical reporters and editors, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Around the World, A 'Billion Rise' to Fight Violence Against Women and Girls
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