News for 2013-02-21

Thursday, February 21, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Stirring International Tensions, Israel Green-Lights Oil Drilling in Occupied Syrian Territory
In a move that many anticipate will incite international protest, Israel has authorized oil drilling in the occupied Golan Heights territory, awarding the first contract to a US-Israeli energy firm. Considering the land's official status as an Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, awarding a drilling...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN: No Compensation for Cholera UN Caused in Haiti
The United Nations, blamed for causing the outbreak of cholera in Haiti which killed over 7000 and sickened over half a million, has rejected a November 2011 claim for compensation on behalf of victims of the disease, stating, "claims are not receivable."
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[title] Susie Day: Zero Dark Thirty
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[field_image_caption-raw] Investigation Finds High-Class, Crisis-Peddling 'Astroturf Supergroup' Behind 'Fix the Debt' Campaign
A new online resource launched on Thursday aims to show that behind the scenes of the ongoing fiscal battles in Washington—including the current fight over 'sequestration'—a billionaire-funded and CEO-backed media campaign is operating as an 'astroturf supergroup,' using its outsized pocketbook and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Virginia Lawmakers Approve Strict Voter ID Bill
Virginia lawmakers have approved a new measure imposing strict requirements for photo identification at the polls.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hottest, Most Extreme Year Ever Saw 'Most Anti-Environmental House in History'
In 2012, as the nation was watching climate change manifest in the hottest, most extreme year on record, it also had "the most anti-environmental House in our nation’s history," the League of Conservation Voters announced on Wednesday. The group's findings are presented in their 2012 National...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US 'Interrogation Center' Proposed at Yale Comes Under Fire
Yale University has come under fire this week for a proposed research center that will train U.S. Special Operations forces on "interview techniques"—using immigrants from the local community to practice their interrogation skills. The center, which has been proposed by psychiatry professor Charles...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In India, 100 Million Workers Strike Against Privatization and Anti-Labor Laws
In an immense outpouring of frustration with a government that continues to enact anti-labor measures despite repeated calls for reform, over 100 million workers across India walked off the job Thursday marking the second straight day of a general strike.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Government Conflates Media Outlet Wikileaks with Cyber-Criminals and 'Hacktivists'
In what transparency advocates and defenders of free speech see as a troubling development, the Obama administration on Wednesday released a multi-agency "strategy"—designed to combat cyber-crime and foreign espionage—which makes unsettling comparisons to the work of the government and corporate...
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[title] Meet The Simpson-Bowlers
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[field_image_caption-raw] Senator Lindsey Graham on Drones: "We've killed 4,700"
Becoming the first elected government official to publicly state an estimated number of targets and innocent bystanders killed in US drone attacks overseas, Sen. Lindsey Graham told a local crowd in his home state of South Carolina that "We've killed 4,700." Speaking to a group of Rotarians at a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Maneuvers to Keep Kill List Memos Permanently Secret
Referring to the administration's ongoing targeted assassination program in his State of the Union address recently, President Obama said—despite the statement's glaring inaccuracy—that his executive branch, throughout the development and execution of the "kill list" program, had "kept Congress...
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