News for 2013-02-20

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Fort Collins, Colorado Poised to Ban Fracking
The city of Fort Collins, Colorado is poised to ban fracking. Members of the city council voted 5-2 on Tuesday (.pdf) in support of an ordinance to ban fracking within the city limits. Christina Cafaro, a supporter of the ban, said , "A ban can be undone; a fracking disaster cannot."
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[title] US: A Nation of Inmates?
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Campaign Finance Case Has 'Potentially Disastrous' Impact for Wealthy to Buy 'Access and Influence'
The floodgates for wealthy Americans to "buy access and influence" in elections may open further, depending on the outcome of a campaign finance case the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear on Tuesday. The case challenges the aggregate limits an individual can give to candidates and PACS.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Social Explosion Near' as Greeks Denounce Austerity
A 24-hour national strike brought the country of Greece to a standstill on Wednesday while over 60,000 workers took to the streets of Athens in protest of the government's persistent pursuit of austerity despite soaring unemployment and widespread unrest.
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[title] Landgrabbing in Cameroon: the Story of Herakles Farms
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[field_image_caption-raw] Keystone XL Exec: To Support Dirty Tar Sands Is To Support 'American Values'
Following comments made at an industry roundtable with reporters on Tuesday, Sierra Club president Michael Brune said that 'no fact or truth' would penetrate the wall of denial put up by the world's oil and pipeline company executives or their lobbyists.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Oscar Nominated Palestinian Filmmaker Detained at Los Angeles Airport
Oscar nominated Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat was detained at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday night with his wife and 8-year-old son, who had all arrived in Los Angeles ahead of the Academy Awards.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Radioactive Sludge Continues to Leak at Nuclear Site, Posing 'Unacceptable Threat'
As radioactive sludge continues to leak from a storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington, one senator is slamming the site for posing "unacceptable threat" to the public.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Widespread Austerity Protests Push Bulgarian Government to Resign
Following days of anti-austerity protests in Bulgaria, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announced Wednesday that he and his ruling party will resign, stating: "I can't watch as fences go up around Parliament. If the people want the government to resign then the state needs a new vote of confidence, so...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bills to Label Genetically Engineered Foods Introduced in Illinois and Iowa
Bills were introduced in the Iowa and Illinois state senates last week that would require genetically engineered (GE) foods to be labeled. Iowa's bill would require labeling if a food contains more than nine-tenths of a percent GE ingredients, whereas Illinois' bill has a one percent threshold.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Monsanto Receives Warm Reception in High Court
Observations from Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing between the Monsanto corporation and Indiana soybean farmer Hugh Bowman indicate that the sympathy of the nine justices leaned heavily towards the agro-chemical giant while heaping skepticism on the arguments made on behalf of the small farmer...
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[title] Donors Trust: Little-Known Group Helps Wealthy Backers Fund Right-Wing Agenda in Secret
Since 1999, the nonprofit charity Donors Trust has handed out nearly $400 million in private donations to more than 1,000 right-wing and libertarian groups. The fact it has been able to quietly do so appears to explain why it exists: Wealthy donors can back the right-wing causes they want without...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Condemned Man Receives Stay of Execution Half Hour Before Lethal Injection
A man labeled by doctors and experts as "mentally disabled" was granted a stay of execution Wednesday night just 30 minutes prior to the state of Georgia's plan to put him to death by lethal injection. The reprieve for Warren Hill was granted by a federal court which accepted the challenge by Hill'...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Reports: Shale Gas Bubble Looms, Aided by Wall Street
Two long-awaited reports were published Wednesday at ShaleBubble.org by the Post Carbon Institute
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