News for 2013-05-09

Thursday, May 9, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Pakistani Court Rules CIA Drone Strikes Are Illegal
In the first major Pakistani court ruling on the legality of the CIA’s drone campaign in the country, a Peshawar High Court judge said this morning that strikes are ‘criminal offenses’. Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan ordered Pakistan’s government to ‘use force if need be’ to end drone attacks in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fracking Activists Could Face Felony Charges as "Ag-Gag" Laws Spread
The same "Ag-Gag" laws that make it a crime to film or document egregious abuses on industrial farms may soon be used to criminalize anti-fracking activists who seek to expose environmental harms brought on by the gas drilling industry—if a bill recently proposed in Pennsylvannia passes.
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[title] Prosecutors Seek 75-Year Sentence for U.S.-Backed Guatemalan Dictator Ríos Montt in Genocide Trial
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[field_image_caption-raw] Corporate Fail: Disney's Attempt to Trademark Cultural Holiday
Disney has dropped its effort to trademark 'Día de los Muertos,' a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around the world, following widespread outrage. Fronteras Desk reported that Disney filed 10 requests in the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office this month to coin the phrase. Disney's filings are...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel's 'Segregation Policies' Drive Soaring Poverty in East Jerusalem
Israel's discriminatory "segregation policies" in occupied East Jerusalem have forced the isolation of Palestinians living in the city, driving households to extreme poverty compared to both Israelis and Palestinians living elsewhere, according to a new United Nations report published Thursday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] What the US Media Won't Tell You About the "Good" Syrian Rebels
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[field_image_caption-raw] Imran Khan's 'Tsunami' Sweeps Nation as Pakistan Prepares to Vote
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[field_image_caption-raw] Haiti Cholera Victims Threaten to Sue UN
Victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti have given the UN 60 days to stop evading its moral and legal obligations and provide justice and reparations to the thousands affected by the disease it brought to the nation or they will sue. In a letter dated May 7, lawyers for the Institute for Justice...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Surpisingly Conciliatory': Karzai Reveals Details of Long-Term US Bases in Afghanistan
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[field_image_caption-raw] Deeper Than Deepwater: Shell Plans World's Riskiest Offshore Well
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell announced Wednesday that it will soon begin development of the world's deepest off-shore oil well, in the body of water that is home to the world's largest oil spill—BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010—the Gulf of Mexico.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ignoring Bee Crisis, EPA Greenlights New 'Highly Toxic' Pesticide
Despite new findings that prove a heightened crisis in US bee populations and a recent ban in Europe on similar chemical applications, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to further endanger the population Monday by approving a "highly toxic" new pesticide.
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[title] Extreme Austerity: Michigan School District Shuts Down; Every Teacher Is Laid Off
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[field_image_caption-raw] Coalition Vows to Fight Koch Bros. Purchase of Tribune's Newspaper Empire
A coalition of media advocates, labor unions, community groups, and citizens concerned about the 'rightwing' takeover of some of the nation's largest newspapers by the powerful Koch brothers are vowing to fight the rumored attempt of the billionaires' purchase of the Tribune media company which...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Clothing Giant Benetton Admits Connection to Factory Where Disaster Has More Than 900 Dead
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