News for 2013-02-22

Friday, February 22, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] 'Morally Abhorrent' Censorship of Torture at Gitmo Trials Challenged
The U.S. government's censorship of torture testimony by defendants at the Guantánamo military commission has been challenged by the ACLU, which called the practice "legally untenable and morally abhorrent." On Thursday, the ACLU filed a petition " to enforce the public’s constitutional right of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bradley Manning: 1,000 Days in Detention and Secrecy Still Reigns
On Saturday Bradley Manning will mark his 1,000th day imprisoned without trial .
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[title] Richard Wolff on Raising the US Minimum Wage
Economist Richard Wolff explains how the current minimum wage offers less advantage for workers than it did decades ago, and how an increase would benefit not only low-wage employees, but the overall American economy.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rebuking Harper Agenda, Toronto Becomes 'Sanctuary City'
The city of Toronto took the historic step of becoming the first "sanctuary city" in Canada on Thursday, "ensuring access to services without fear" for all immigrants, regardless of status.
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Ancient Caves, Evidence Shows Small Uptick in Temps Could Spell 'Massive' Permafrost Melt
Scientists studying the geological history inside ancient Siberian caves say that evidence suggests a global temperature increase of just 1.5ºC could trigger massive melting of the northern hemisphere's permafrost, unleashing gigatonnes of carbon and methane into the already warming atmosphere. An...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Blackwater Off the Hook Again in Plea Deal With Bush-Appointed Judge
A criminal case against executives of the defense contractor formerly known as Blackwater ended in a meager misdemeanor plea in court Thursday, amounting to little more than a slap on the wrist for the private military company, critics say. The charges against the commandos involved weapons...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
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[title] Forward on Climate Rally
Thank you to the nearly 50,000 who demonstrated on Presidents Day Weekend at the Washington Monument, the thousands at 20+ solidarity rallies across the country, and the more than one million online activists who stood up and spoke out to tell President Obama that right now its time to move Forward...
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[title] Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade
Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade from Garrett Graham on Vimeo .
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[field_image_caption-raw] With Little More Than a Note, Obama Deploys US Troops To Niger
With little more than a note to Congress, President Obama announced Friday morning that he has ordered the deployment of approximately 100 armed US soldiers to the west African country of Niger. According to the Associated Press , Obama's letter stated that the mission would be to conduct "...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's Possible Frack-Friendly Energy Plan a 'Nail in the Coffin' for Climate
Reports that President Obama is poised to nominate MIT professor Ernest Moniz to be the next head of the Department of Energy is raising serious concerns for those worried that the administration will betray its promise to take on the threat of the climate crisis by making a major domestic push for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despite Right-Wing Opposition, Hagel Looks Set for Confirmation
WASHINGTON - Despite an appeal Thursday by 15 right-wing Republican senators for President Barack Obama to withdraw the nomination of Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary, the former Republican senator from Nebraska appears virtually certain to be confirmed as Pentagon chief by the full Senate...
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