News for 2013-04-25

Thursday, April 25, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] US Accused of Skirting Responsibilities for Egregious Philippine Reef Disaster
The United States is trying to skirt its responsibility to pay for damages after a US Navy minesweeper rammed into a pristine coral reef in the Philippines, a Filipino advocacy group and lawmaker warned this week.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Divestment Calls Grow: 'Take Our Planet, and We'll Take Your Money'
'Take our planet, and we'll take your money.' This is the warning 10 cities across the U.S. are issuing the fossil fuel industry as the campaign to divest from the industry wreaking havoc on the planet gains steam.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Obama Officials Authorized New ‘Cybersecurity’ Warrantless Surveillance Program, Fresh Immunity Given to ISPs
Yesterday, in a disturbing report published on CNET, new documents obtained by EPIC reveal that Obama administration officials have authorized a new government program involving the interception of communications on Internet service providers, including AT&T—one of the key players in the NSA...
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[title] The Mess That Oil Made: From Gulf Spill to Keystone XL
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[field_image_caption-raw] Over 2,600 'Human Guinea Pigs' May Have Died From Pharmaceutical Trials in India
As many as 2,600 "human guinea pigs" died in the past seven years during drug trials by foreign pharmaceutical corporations, The Times of India reports on Thursday. Trials for two drugs by pharma giants Bayer and Novartis "accounted for maximum number of deaths," they report.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Workers Decry Multinationals' Greed Following Disaster in Bangladesh
As the body count following the collapse Wednesday of a large industrial building in Bangladesh reaches nearly 250 garment industry workers, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets Thursday to protest against the gross "negligence" of multinational corporations who "continue to make huge...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Activist Buries Arm in Concrete Block to Halt Keystone XL
An innovative climate activist in Oklahoma temporarily shut down construction on the Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday morning after locking his arm into a concrete capsule buried directly in the pipeline’s path, according to the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israeli Military Shoots Down Drone, Blames Hezbollah, Iran
Israeli Defense Forces claim that they have shot down a drone that was approaching the country's northern coast on Thursday morning, the Associated Press reports . Ownership of the drone was initially blamed on Hezbollah, as the drone approached the Israeli border from Lebanon.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Transparency Victory: Department of Defense Must Release Names of Notorious Torture School Instructors, Trainees
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[field_image_caption-raw] Celebration in Texas Opens New Library for "War Criminal"
Responding to the fawning morning coverage of the opening of the George W. Bush presidential library in Texas Thursday, independent journalist Jeremy Scahill mocked the cable news outlet MSNBC by tweeting:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Spaniards Surround Congress in "Day of Liberation" Against Austerity
As Spanish unemployment reached record highs Thursday, thousands of Spaniards will march on Congress to denounce the government's crippling austerity policies and to call for a new government in which "the majority decides."
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[title] One Movement Against Keystone XL - Nebraska State Department Hearing
Last Thursday, braving heavy snow and wind, hundreds of commited citizens lined up to testify at the lone public hearing on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. By most estimates, it was 9 to 1 against the pipeline, and administrators of the hearing had to stay late into the night to hear everyone’s...
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Senate Plans to Double-Down, New Report Calls Border Drones 'Absurd'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fuel Barges Explode on Alabama River
In just the latest example of the toxic and volatile nature of the fossil fuel industry's infrastructure in the US, a pair of fuel barges carrying what's call "natural gasoline" on the Mobile River in Alabama exploded late Wednesday night, causing fires that put at least three people in the...
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