News for 2013-04-30

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] 'Huge Win': California Committee Votes to Halt Fracking
Californians gained a key victory in the fight to protect the state's water and air Monday when three bills that halt the practice of fracking won votes in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. The bills call for a moratorium on the controversial and polluting extraction method allowing the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rights Groups Call Out Obama's Political Cowardice on Guantanamo
U.S. President Barack Obama stated at a press conference on Tuesday that he would like to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison but said that Congress was to blame for blockading any such action. However, rights groups are calling Obama's bluff, saying he actually does have the power to transfer...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Spreading Community and Love of Books 'Little Free Libraries' Sprout Worldwide
In an era of smart-phone-reading, electronic tablets, and 'books on ipod' a new wave in old fashioned books is sweeping the nation. The Little Free Library is a movement started by Wisconsin native Todd Bol, who in 2009 built a small one-room house, filled it with books and affixed a sign which...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dislike: Facebook's Zuckerberg Under Fire for Promoting Dirty Tar Sands Pipeline
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his political umbrella group, FWD.US, came under fire this week for funding a set of ads that promotes the proposed tar sands-carrying Keystone XL pipeline among other desires of the fossil fuel industry. Think Progress reports :
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Blow to 'Water, Culture, Wildlife,' Feds Back Re-Opening of Grand Canyon Uranium Mine
Risking "water, culture and wildlife," the US Forest Service is reportedly backing the re-opening of a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon's South Rim. The Guardian reported Tuesday that despite a 2012 ban on hard-rock mining, the uranium mining firm Energy Fuels Resources "has been given federal...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Oregon Legislation Aims to Criminalize Environmental Civil Disobedience
If you lie down in the road or sit in a tree to stop the clear cutting of old growth forests, you may be an "environmental terrorist," an Oregon lawmaker charges. The ACLU of Oregon is sounding the alarm over the state bills touted as targeting "environmental terrorism" but that the rights...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Kimberly Rivera, Pregnant Mom of 4, Sentenced to Military Prison for Refusing to Serve in Iraq
Private First Class Kimberly Rivera — a conscientious objector and pregnant mother of four — has just been sentenced to military prison for refusing to serve in the Iraq War.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protesting Israel's Nuclear Hypocrisy, Egypt Walks Out of Failed Non-Proliferation Talks
Egypt ceremoniously walked out of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) talks in Geneva on Monday in protest of what it called a "lack of will" to implement a 1995 resolution for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons. The diplomatic protest follows recent comments from an Egyptian official pointing out...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Backlash, Protests Follow 'Hateful' U-Turn of Bradley Manning Gay Pride Honor
Governing officials of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade are facing a severe backlash after u-turning on their decision to make embattled military whistleblower Bradley Manning an honorary Grand Marshal at the city's well-attended and much celebrated LGBT event in June.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Flood of Highly Radioactive Wastewater' Overwhelms Fukushima Crews
Japan's battle against the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant has intensified as "a flood of highly radioactive wastewater" overwhelms emergency crews and highlights just how intractable the cleanup effort is proving. As the New York Times reports :
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[title] Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikers Treated Like Animals: Lawyer
From the Guardian : Guantánamo Bay hunger strikers treated like animals, says lawyer
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Torture Reinforcements' Not 'Medical Personnel' Arrive to Combat Gitmo Hunger Strike
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study Reveals 30 Toxic Chemicals at High Levels at Exxon Arkansas Tar Sands Pipeline Spill Site
An independent study co-published by the Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group and Global Community Monitor reveals that, in the aftermath of ExxonMobil's Pegasus tar sands pipeline
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