News for 2013-05-01

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
[title] Anti-Fracking Activist Sandra Steingraber Released From Jail
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[field_image_caption-raw] Americans Overwhelmingly Say 'No' to US Military Intervention in Syria
Despite a recent clamor within Washington policy circles and troublesome commentary in the US media regarding further military intervention in Syria's ongoing civil war, a new survey of US opinion shows little appetite for another war of choice in a region far from home.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Mission Unaccomplished': Iraq 'One of the World's Most Neglected Crises'
It was 10 years ago today that George W. Bush stood in front of a banner proclaiming Mission Accomplished in Iraq. Yet the country today is "one of the world's most neglected crises," where statistics of daily violence, death and insecurity -- and the people behind those statistics -- belie a war...
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[field_image_caption-raw] May Day 2013 Around the Globe: In Pictures
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Toxic Chemicals Found in Thousands of Children's Products
Thousands of name brand children's products that line the shelves of big chain stores contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems, according to an analysis released Wednesday by watchdog group the Washington Toxics Coalition.
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[field_image_caption-raw] With at Least 460 Dead in April, Deadliest Month in Iraq Since 2009
At least 460 people died in sectarian and political violence in Iraq during the month of April, Agence France-Presse reports on Wednesday, documenting yet another surge in violence in a country still reeling from years of war and conflict brought on by the U.S. led invasion a decade ago.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Maine Joins Growing Movement to Overturn Citizens United
On Tuesday Maine became the 13th state to reject the influence of "wealthy special interests" on elections and call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United .
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Declares US Force Feeding of Prisoners a Breach of International Law
Reaffirming the stance of the world community, the United Nations' human rights office announced Wednesday that the force feeding of prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay Detention facility is a breach of international law.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Picks One of Telecom's Most Powerful Industry Lobbyists to Head FCC
Reports that President Obama will soon nominate a former venture capitalist and head of powerful tech industry lobbying groups as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission was met with dismay by groups pushing for a more progressive choice to fill the vacant seat at the powerful regulatory...
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[title] The Economic Elephant with Robert Reich
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[field_image_caption-raw] Flying Punches in Parliament Shows Post-Election Tensions Remain High in Venezuela
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'The Gilded Age' Statistics Corporations Don't Want Workers, or Anyone, to See
If there's one thing about what many are calling the "The New Gilded Age," it's that well-known corporations—not to mention less well-known, but extremely powerful ones—will fight extremely hard to keep secret just how lopsided the economic disparities have become in recent decades between low-paid...
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