News for 2013-03-19

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] 'We Have a Right to Heal': Campaign Demands Justice and Reparations for Iraqis and Vets
A group of U.S. veterans of the Iraq war and two Iraqi organizations are " demanding the right to heal " from the war that has not ended, demanding reparations for trauma and health effects from the war, and demanding the U.S. be held "accountable for its violations of the rights to life and health...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ignoring First Amendment Attack, Judge Dismisses Animal Rights "Terrorism" Case
On Tuesday a federal judge threw out a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), without addressing the central Freedom of Speech question in the case.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYPD Spent One Million Hours, 440,000 Arrests on 'Marijuana Crusade'
According to a shocking new report released Tuesday by the Drug Policy Alliance, in just over a decade the NYPD has used approximately 1,000,000 hours of police officer time to make 440,000 arrests for low-level misdemeanor marijuana possession, in what critics are calling "a frontline civil rights...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cyprus Votes 'No' Against Austerity and 'the People' Cheer
As protesters cheered outside, Cyprus's parliament rejected a bailout proposal from the European financial 'troika' that would have levied individual savings accounts held in the state's banks. Though a small island country with relatively low impact on the wider European economy, the proposal put...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US-Backed, School of the Americas-Trained Former Guatemalan Dictator Facing Trial for Genocide
An historic trial begins in Guatemala on Tuesday for a former U.S.-backed, School of the Americas-trained dictator accused of acts genocide committed during his brutal regime. 86-year-old Efrain Rios Montt stands accused of killing over 1,700 Ixil Mayas during his 1982-1983 regime, which took place...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYT: E-Waste Epidemic Creating a Toxic 'Glass Tsunami'
The proliferation of toxic electronic waste is creating a "glass tsunami," according to New York Times writer Ian Urbina, whose new piece highlights the surging epidemic of e-waste stockpiles and the disturbing lack of oversight that has all-but absolved the consumer electronics industry behind the...
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[title] "We’ve Lost Our Country": An Iraqi American Looks Back on a Decade of War That’s Devastated a Nation
We continue our look at the Iraq War’s 10th anniversary with Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-American blogger and political analyst. Jarrar led the first civilian casualty survey in Iraq as the country director of Civic Worldwide and has closely monitored the issue of civilian casualties as well as the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Victory for Missouri Women': Judge Strikes Down Birth Control Exemption
A federal judge has overturned a Missouri law which exempted employers from mandatory birth control coverage. Citing a provision in the US constitution which declares that federal laws take precedence over contradictory state laws, US district judge Audrey Fleissig ruled the exemption unlawful...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Era of Profits and Tax Shelters, Corporations Crusade (Again) for Lower Taxes
Despite huge cash reserves, healthy overseas growth and living in what the New York Times recently categorized as a " golden age of profits for corporations ," the leaders of the Business Roundtable and other like-minded groups of Wall Street CEOs and business lobbyists are pushing (once again) to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Simply Unacceptable': US Gets D+ for Infrastructure
Grades are in, and the poor results for the nation's infrastructure show the results from lack of needed investment. According to the latest analysis from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), infrastructure in the U.S. gets a cumulative GPA of D+ and needs $3.6 trillion in investment,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Palestinian Authority Calls on Int'l Community to Pressure Israel Over Financial Stranglehood
Warning of possible "political collapse," the Palestinian Authority has issued a report calling on the international community for help to ease its financial crisis, to pressure Israel to release Palestinian-owned revenues held hostage since its bid for UN status, and for a life without checkpoints...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Secretive US Amendment Would Weaken Biotech Oversight
Food safety advocates, environmentalists and health professionals here are engaging in a fervent last-minute campaign to highlight a controversial legislative amendment they say would gut the ability of both the judiciary and the federal government to regulate genetically modified agricultural...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Global Warming Doubles Risk of "Katrina-Magnitude" Events
Warming global temperatures have doubled the risk of "Katrina magnitude events," says a new study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .
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[title] Michael Ratner: The New York Times and "Liberal Media" Helped Sell the Iraq War
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[field_image_caption-raw] Power Outages at Fukushima Reveal Precariousness of Damaged Nuclear Facility
Revealing the still precarious conditions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, a power outage on Monday night has left storage pools for radioactive materials without working cooling pumps, the plant's owner TEPCO announced. If the level of the water drops below a safe threshold, the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bombs in Iraq Kill Dozens, Injure Scores on Ten Year Anniversary of US Invasion
At least 56 people were reported killed across Baghdad on Tuesday in a series of bombings that coincide with the ten year anniversary of the US bombing campaign known as "shock and awe" and the subsequent US-led ground invasion. The bombings, which targeted Shia neighborhoods and establishments,...
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