News for 2013-03-04

Monday, March 4, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Guantanamo Prisoners Have Been on Hunger Strike for Three Weeks, Lawyers Announce
Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay’s Camp 6 have been on hunger strike for roughly three weeks in protest of their treatment by guards and military officials there, the prisoners' lawyers announced Monday. The prisoners' lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights and habeas counsel sent a letter to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Survival of Great Apes' Imperiled as 3,000 Lost to Illegal Trade Each Year
Roughly 3,000 great apes are stolen, traded, or killed each year, according to a new report by the UN Environment Program, which warns that the vast disappearance of primates will do great harm to the forest ecosystems of Africa and South-east Asia.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Third Maine Town Passes 'No Tar Sands' Resolution to Fight Pipeline
The small town of Waterford, Maine over the weekend became the third town in the state to pass a resolution declaring opposition to a plan aimed at bringing Canadian tar sands oil through an existing oil pipeline running from Montreal to the New England coast.
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[title] Van Jones: Keystone XL Would Be ‘The Obama Pipeline’
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[field_image_caption-raw] Big Monied Education 'Reform' Groups Flood Los Angeles School Board Race
Los Angeles has become the latest battleground in the contested war over school "reform" as a group of billionaire school-privatization advocates have turned Tuesday's school board election into a national, multi-million dollar "test case" in the fight over the future of education.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Enbridge Refuses to Pay for Onoing Damage Study of Michigan Tar Sands Disaster
Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. is refusing to pay for an independent review designed to assess the ongoing environmental impacts caused by the nearly one million gallons of tar sands oil that spilled into Michigan's Kalamazoo River following a pipeline rupture in 2010. Trustees of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] "Golden Age for Corporate Profits" As Workers Get Whacked
As across-the-board federal budget cuts go into effect and the "real pain" predicted by economists and policy experts begins to creep into the lives of everyday people—namely US workers—investors on Wall Street are saying: "bring it on."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Offers to Cut Social Security, Medicare and Popular Programs (Again)
According to new reports, President Obama is once again offering cuts to popular social programs such as Medicare and Social Security as a bargaining chip in the ongoing sequester debate. Such a move by the president is one that many progressives foresaw and warned against, saying that deficit fear...
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[title] Democracy Now! Special Live Broadcast From “Freedom to Connect Conference”
Democracy Now! will be livestreaming coverage from the “Freedom to Connect Conference” Mon-Tues, March 4-5. The conference will include speeches from Aaron Swartz’s partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman on Monday and Guardian blogger Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday, who will give the keynote address...
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Environmental Impact of the Sequester Cuts
The failure of elected officials in Washington, D.C. to reach a deal on the “sequester” led to an automatic $85 billion cut to the federal budget on March 1 st . And, unfortunately, environmental initiatives and other projects were the first to be placed on the chopping block.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Breakthrough': Baby Born with HIV Now 'Effectively Cured'
Doctors at medical conference focused on AIDS treatment on Sunday announced that an infant born with the HIV has been "effectively cured" of the virus, offering hope that the treatment the child received could be replicated for other newborns who contract the disease from their mothers. Calling it...
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