News for 2013-04-05

Friday, April 5, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Environmentalist Back in Jail Days After Writing About His Secretive Prison Unit for HuffPost
I was supposed to meet Daniel McGowan for coffee today, and got an email from him last night that his work pass was denied. The revocation of his pass was a surprise, because McGowan has done everything possible to adjust himself to life post-prison, including securing a job at a law firm, and...
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[title] Digital Disconnect: Robert McChesney on "How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy"
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN: Guantanamo a 'Clear Breach of International Law'
The failure of the U.S. to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility is a "clear breach of international law," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated Friday, and slammed the "continuing indefinite incarceration" of detainees and the "systemic abuse of individuals’ human rights"...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Nuclear Cooling System Goes Down (Again)
A cooling system inside one of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant failed once again on Friday, highlighting the ongoing nuclear catastophe at the plant—which reports say will take decades to decommission. A TEPCO official said that they had lost the ability to cool radioactive fuel...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Following Protest, UN Suspends Assistance in Gaza Strip
The UN's relief agency in Gaza has suspended its cash assistance program in the Gaza strip after protesters on Thursday stormed their offices. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) provides both cash, food, and other forms of direct assistance to nearly 800,000 Palestinian refugees...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hearts, Minds and Dollars: Condolence Payments in the Drone Strike Age
The U.S. drone war remains cloaked in secrecy, and as a result, questions swirl around it. Who exactly can be targeted? When can a U.S. citizen be killed? Another, perhaps less frequently asked question: What happens when innocent civilians are killed in drone strikes?
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[field_image_caption-raw] Court: FDA Must Make Emergency Contraception Available Over the Counter for All Ages
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must make emergency contraception pills also known as "morning-after pills" over the counter and lift age restrictions. Reuters reports: In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman said the FDA's rejection of requests...
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[title] Robert Reich: The 'Chained CPI' and Why It's Bad for Social Security
The White House and prominent Democrats are talking about reducing future Social Security payments by using a formula for adjusting for inflation that’s stingier than the current one. It’s called the “Chained CPI.” I did this video so you can understand it — and understand why it’s so wrongheaded.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Libya Intervention More Questionable in Rear View Mirror
WASHINGTON - While the tenth anniversary last month of Washington’s invasion of Iraq provoked overwhelmingly negative reviews of the adventure except among its most die-hard neo-conservative proponents, a more recent – albeit far less dramatic and costly – intervention has faded almost completely...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's Budget Proposal: Cut Social Security, Medicare Benefits
President Obama's budget proposal to be unveiled next week will include cuts to Social Security and Medicare, according to media reports Friday morning. Politico reports:
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