News for 2013-02-18

Monday, February 18, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Thousands Protest 'Israeli Occupation Prisons' as Hunger Strikers Press On
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama to Receive 'Medal of Distinction' in Israel
US president Barack Obama will be given Israel's presidential medal of distinction upon his visit to the country this spring, the office of Israeli president Shimon Peres announced Monday. In a statement, the office lauded the president for his loyalty and friendship to the country, which has...
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[title] Breaking up the Banks with Robert Reich
Too big to fail? We all know that term was a misnomer when applied to big banks. Robert Reich explains why it's so important to break up the biggest banks, which have grown exponentially over the past few years. This idea of breaking up the banks isn't new, and is supported by Federal Reserve...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Victory of Ecuadorian President Correa Hailed as 'Clear Mandate' to Continue Progressive Push
President Rafael Correa handily won a third term as Ecuador's head of state Sunday in a landslide victory demonstrating what many are calling a "clear mandate" for the continuation of his progressive economic policies and widespread support for his growing "citizens' revolution."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bulgarian Revelations Explode Hezbollah Bombing “Hypothesis”
WASHINGTON- When European Union foreign ministers discuss a proposal to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov will present his government’s case for linking two suspects in the Jul. 18, 2012 bombing of an Israeli tourist bus to Hezbollah. But...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Arms Producers Turning to 'Cybersecurity': Report
There is "a clear trend" among the world's top arms producers of expansion into cybersecurity, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) stated in a report released Monday. The report also notes that the sales of the top 100 arms-producing companies, $410 billion in 2011, have...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Industrial Ag Triggers Devastating 'Web' of Pollution
A new report published Monday by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) implicates the global industrial farming system in the disastrous impacts that fertilizer abuse and waste are having on our natural world.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sea Shepherd Continues High Seas Standoff After Whalers Attack
The fight to protect endangered whales in the Antarctic reached a boiling point over the weekend when high-seas activists from the group Sea Shepherd were bombarded by Japanese whalers as they tried to thwart the fleet from hauling in a dead whale.
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[title] Israeli, Palestinian Filmmakers Discuss Oscar Nominated Film, 5 Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi discuss their Oscar nominated film, 5 Broken Cameras. The film is a highly personal encounter of the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Georgia Prepares for 'Another Grotesque and Unjust Execution'
The state of Georgia is set to execute Warren Hill, a mentally disabled, African-American man, on Tuesday. The state's last execution was that of Troy Davis, prompting Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, to write that "the world community is...
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