News for 2013-05-10

Friday, May 10, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] 'Secret Deals' Plundering Africa's Booming Nations: Report
Many African nations have been plundered by secretive deals, tax avoidance, and financial transfers with international corporations, leaving little to no benefits for the countries' struggling masses despite recent economic growth, the Africa Progress Panel warned in new report . The report comes...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'A Cancer on America': Panel Urges Obama to End Indefinite Detention at Gitmo
It is within the President Obama's power to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and, unless he does so, America will have lost any "claim to moral leadership".
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[field_image_caption-raw] In 'March Toward Disaster,' World Hits 400 PPM Milestone
We did it, and it's nothing to cheer about. The world hit the " sobering milestone " of 400 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 on Thursday—a first in human history—marking "a moment of symbolic significance on road of idiocy" the world has chosen, as well as a call for urgent climate action.
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[title] 'Yuck: A 4th Grader's Short Documentary About School Lunch'
Zachary is a fourth grader at a large New York City public elementary school.
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[field_image_caption-raw] The 'Fight for 15' Grows: Fast Food Worker Strike Hits Detroit
In what could be the largest strike of its kind, hundreds of fast food workers in Detroit have walked off their jobs on Friday, echoing the rallying cry heard across the country that the workers deserve $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'This Is Our Last Chance': Deep-Pocketed Dems Urge Obama to Reject Keystone XL
In a letter sent to President Obama on Friday, 150 high profile Democratic donors urged the president "to proclaim with clarity and purpose that our nation will transition away from carbon-based fossil fuels to job-creating clean energy" and take a stand once and for all against the proposed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Constitutional Convention Urged to End 'Democracy's Destruction'
A group of Vermont state senators are calling on Washington to hold a constitutional convention to address the “corrupting influence of money in our political system” wrought on by the Supreme Court's 2010 decision, Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission.
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[title] Elizabeth Warren: Why Do Students Pay More to Borrow From the Government Than the Big Banks?
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[field_image_caption-raw] Arkansas Victims of Pegasus Spill to Kerry: Come and See What Tar Sands Has Wrought
Ahead of a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, families directly impacted by the tar sands pipeline spill in Mayflower, Kansas in March traveled to Washington, DC this week to deliver an invitation and a message to Secretary of State John Kerry.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Alive: Woman Freed From Factory Rubble after Seventeen Days
Though the death count has now surpassed 1,000 in the worst garment industry disaster in the history of Bangladesh, cheers of joy went up at the site on Friday after a woman was found alive inside the rubble after being trapped for more than two weeks.
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