News for 2013-03-13

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Defense Companies Cash in on Gov't Hyped 'Cyber-Security' Threat
Amidst the daily hype over the increased threat of cyber attacks and enhanced need for internet security, private defense companies are cashing in on the new stream of defense dollars and trove of "classified" personal cyber data.
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[title] 'The Backdoor to War with Iran': Wilkerson Attacks Senate Resolution
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Resolution S.RES.65 sends the message to Iran that the US objective is regime change, not a negotiated settlement to nuclear question.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Challenges to 'Cybersecurity' Bill Grow as Congressional Hearings Loom
Following the re-introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in Congress last month, voices against the 'cybersecurity bill'—deemed a major threat to civil liberties by its many critics—have grown louder across the country. This week, a petition placed on the U.S...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Erased US Data Shows 1 in 4 Missiles in Afghan Airstrikes Now Fired by Drone
Drones are now firing nearly a quarter of all air-launched missiles in Afghanistan, just as the US military deletes its drone figures.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Postal Union Members Rally Against 'Death Spiral of Cuts and Closures'
With Congress weeks away from deciding the fate of Saturday Postal Service delivery, some postal union members are saying the fight must be not only about saving six-day delivery but about stopping the multi-pronged assault on the postal system including privatization efforts. The National...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Over 2 Million Syrian Children Threatened by Conflict
A new report is warning Syria’s children are perhaps the greatest victims of their country’s civil war.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Farmers Protest Japan's Push to Join 'Trans-Pacific Partnership'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Movement Claims 'Victory' After Direct Action Suit Dropped by Energy Giant
In what climate justice activists are calling a "huge" victory, the UK energy giant EDF has dropped its controversial multi-million dollar lawsuit against activists who shut down one of the company's gas-fired power plants in 2012 with a dramatic week-long occupation of the plant's smoke chimney.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fire in the Bayou: Oil-Carrying Barge, Tugboat Ablaze After Crashing into Gas-Filled Pipeline
A tug boat pushing an oil barge crashed into a Chevron-owned liquid petroleum gas pipeline Tuesday evening in a bayou south of New Orleans sparking fire on board the two vessels and causing unknown amounts of oil to leak into the marshy area "heavily affected" by the 2010 BP oil disaster. Due to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wave of "Ag Gag" Bills Threaten Food Safety and Freedom of the Press
Remember "fecal soup"? A CBS "60 Minutes" exposé in 1987 documented widespread food safety violations by the poultry industry, making use of undercover video from a hidden camera placed by the "60 Minutes" crew.
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[title] Rick Wolff: A Cure for Capitalism?
Employment's up, wealth's up, but the benefits of both are increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. Welcome to capitalism, says GRITtv regular, Richard Wolff. In this conversation he discusses the concentration of power in today's economy and suggests some alternatives, including "worker...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despite Efforts to Suppress, Cleaner Energy Continues Inevitable Rise
Renewable energy continues to surge, according to new analysis of the 'clean tech' sector, proving that as costs fall and support grows for wind, solar, goethermal and other sustainable alternatives the world can begin to release itself from the fossil fuel paradigm.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Public Pays for Fukushima While Nuclear Industry Profits
UXBRIDGE, Canada - Two years after Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the country faces 100 to 250 billion dollars in cleanup and compensation costs, tens of thousands of displaced people and widespread impacts of radiation. The nuclear industry and its suppliers made billions from...
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