News for 2013-02-19

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
[title] Climate Change Meets Resilience: Real Farmers Solving Real Climate Problems with Sustainable Solutions
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protest Shuts Down Fracking Wastewater Facility
Anti-fracking activists in Ohio shut down operations at a wastewater storage facility Tuesday after one demonstrator ascended a 30 foot pole anchored to a truck in the process of unloading
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[title] Understanding the Sequester with David Sirota
What happens if sequestering, or budget cuts, occur? Conservatives may have you believing such a thing will mean the end of days! But that's not the case. David Sirota explains that the sequester may mean some amount of curtailing of defense spending. How could Republicans, who argue government...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Prison is the New Poverty Trap'
A New York Times article published Tuesday, " Prison and the Poverty Trap ," examines the impact of the mass incarceration era and the consequential trap of poverty in low-income America.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'You Profit, We Pay': Greenpeace Launches Global Campaign Against Nuclear Industry
If the global nuclear industry is to reap the rewards and profits from its energy production, says Greenpeace, it must also be made to pay for the consequences of its disasters when they inevitably occur. Launching a new global campaign to tighten regulations on the world's nuclear companies, the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 800 Palestinian Prisoners in 24-Hour Solidarity Hunger Strike
800 Palestinian prisoners are taking part in a 24-hour hunger strike on Tuesday in solidarity with four fellow inmates who have been on hunger strike for months—including Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for over 200 days and was told in court on Tuesday that he would have to stay in an...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Madeline Albright on Morality and War: 'Drones Very Effective'
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday and said that "drones have been very effective." Speaking to Joe Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski, Albright began speaking about her new book, Prague Winter , and said the third part of it is about the "...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Some Cuts Don't Heal!' Simpson-Bowles Face Protest for Attack on Medicare, Social Security
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[field_image_caption-raw] Who Can Own Life? Farmer vs. Monsanto Before US High Court
Indiana soybean farmer, Hugh Bowman, is taking his one-man-war against agriculture giant Monsanto to the Supreme Court on Tuesday where both sides will present their arguments (.pdf) to the high court. The suit calls into question essential patent rights and, more importantly, challenges whether...
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Mali Forces Are Accused of Torture, US Pledges Increased Funding
Following recent allegations that the Mali army has been conducting widespread human rights violations in the nation's French-led and U.S.-backed conflict, the U.S. announced today that it will once again directly fund the country's military after a new round of elections.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN, WHO Panel Calls Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals a 'Global Threat'
An international team of experts reported today that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a "global threat" that should be addressed.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bolivia Nationalizes Its Three Main Airports
Bolivia's President Evo Morales announced the nationalization of the country's three main airports on Monday, saying the Spanish company that operated them had sought to "maximize profits" at Bolivia's expense and had failed to make necessary investments.
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[title] Rachel Maddow Special "Hubris: Selling The Iraq War"
From David Corn's synopsis of the film:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ailing Hugo Chavez Returns to Venezuela
The ailing president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez was greeted warmly by his home country Monday after returning from Cuba where he's been receiving cancer treatment since last year. The Associated Press reports that Venezuelans "staged street celebrations to welcome him home" and that the president was...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Urges Against Folly of Arctic Race for Resources
As part of their annual review, the UN says that melting of the world's Arctic waters should not be an excuse to encourage a race to exploit the mineral and energy resources that such melting have made accessible, and urged international caution to avoid damage to the fragile Arctic environment.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Afghan Civilians Bear Brunt of Death, Injury as US War Continues
In a war that the US refuses to end in Afghanistan, the civilian population of that country continues to suffer the most with the UN reporting 2,754 civilian deaths and 4,805 civilian injuries in the country last year. Though the report released by the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)...
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