News for 2013-03-26

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
[title] Energy Nominee Ernest Moniz Criticized for Backing Fracking & Nuclear Power; Ties to BP, GE, Saudis
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wisconsin Gov. Walker Proposes Upheaval of Public Education
Part of Wisconsin's right-wing Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal for 2013-15 features a frontal assualt on public education, Erin Richards reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fossil Fuel Investment Spells 'Carbon Bubble' for Financial Markets
The financial markets racing to invest in Canada's untapped oil and gas reserves have grossly ignored the alarm raised by leading scientists and environmental watchdog groups leaving economies dangerously vulnerable to a "carbon bubble," cautions a new study published by the Canadian Centre for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Unfounded' Wars Heighten Impact of Soldiers' PTSD, Study Suggests
When a country wages war for reasons that ultimately prove 'unfounded'—not to mention 'illegal' 'immoral' or 'socially abhorrent'—the impact on those asked to fight it can be profound. This is the central finding of a new study to be released next month in the journal Personality and Social...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Major Medical Marijuana Supplier Illegally Used Pesticides
Maine's largest medical marijuana supplier came under fire this week following an investigation that revealed widespread illegal use of pesticides in a cultivation facility—raising health concerns for patients.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Remote Amazon Area in State of Environmental Emergency Following Years of Oil Spills
The Peruvian government has declared a state of environmental emergency in a remote Amazon region following years of oil extraction and spills that have left an "alarming" level of contamination, and the people in the area in "imminent danger."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wine: Global Warming's Latest Casualty
Move over polar bears. Yet another of mankind's most beloved gifts of nature is now reportedly a casualty of human-caused global warming. According to Agence France Presse , the effects of global warming are wreaking havoc on wine-producing grapes as higher temperatures and widespread drought are...
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[title] Ralph Nader Talks Money in Politics and How Voting for the ‘Least Worst’ Candidate Corrupts Democracy
Ralph Nader decries the lack of choices at the ballot box and predicts super rich candidates will run in 2016.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Journalists Exposing Civilian Victims of US Drone Attacks Need Help to Expand Project
If the world is to accurately understand the destruction being caused by US drone attacks in Pakistan (and elsewhere), someone must identify and 'name the dead,' says the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ).
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Never Planned to Pull Out Troops in Afghanistan by 2014, Says Top Commander
The U.S. has never been serious about a so-called "zero option" in Afghanistan, a plan that would take all American troops out of the country by a 2014 deadline, according to the recently retired U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Walmart Sues Groups for Protesting Its Poor Working Conditions
In what some see as an attempt to muzzle critics, Walmart is suing a union and other groups over protests that sought to highlight the retail behemoth's low pay and poor working conditions.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'History in the Making': Gay Marriage Ban Goes Before High Court
As the Supreme Court heard opening arguments for a case challenging the constitutionality of California's same sex marriage ban, hundreds gathered outside in hopes of catch "a glimpse of civil rights history" in the making.
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[title] Cyprus Crisis Reveals Shadowy World of Tax and Money Laundering Haven
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Neoliberal Order Wreaks Havoc, World Social Forum Gathers in Tunisia
In a world witnessing revolutions in mid-stride, flourishing climate crises, and the reign of austerity economics, tens of thousands of people from all over the globe are gathering in Tunisia for the 2013 World Social Forum to confront the contemporary situation with their consistent call: "another...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cyprus: Banks Remain Closed as Students Rise in the Streets
Plans to open banks in Cyprus Tuesday morning were cancelled late Monday night as the firestorm surrounding the island nation's economy continued to grow and protesters amassed on the streets to vent their growing anger with a bailout agreem
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