News for 2013-05-22

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Administration Admits Drone Attacks Killed 4 US Citizens
The Obama administration's drone strikes have killed four U.S. citizens, it admitted on Wednesday. In a letter to senior members of Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder writes that in addition to the targeted assassination of cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, since 2009, three other U.S. citizens—Samir...
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[title] Chile Protesters Call for Education Reform
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[field_image_caption-raw] As China Prepares to Lead on Climate Crisis, Will US Follow?
The global politics that have hampered efforts to create a binding international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions may have taken a positive turn as reports suggest the Chinese government is preparing to place a firm cap on the amount of carbon pollution it generates each year.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Documents Show Exxon Lied in Aftermath of Tar Sands Pipeline Rupture
Internal ExxonMobil documents obtained through an Freedom of Information Act request by Greenpeace shows that the oil giant misled the public about the degree to which the spill of more than 200,000 galllons of tar sands oil in Arkansas had contaminated local waterways.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pesticide Producers Turn to 'Bee-Washing' to Fight Backlash
Pesticide makers have taken to framing themselves as stewards of the bees as backlash over their products' links to mass bee deaths grows. "Scientists, consumer groups, beekeepers and others blame the devastating rate of bee deaths on the growing use of pesticides sold by agrichemical companies to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rallying Cry: Citizens Worldwide to Unite in 'March Against Monsanto'
Tens of thousands of activists are uniting in a global day of action to "take back the food supply," in a worldwide March Against Monsanto Saturday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Third Time's Still a Toxic Mess: Another Derailment Spews Crude
A freight train carrying Canadian crude derailed in southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada on Tuesday spilling over 575 barrels of oil—Canadian Pacific's third and largest such spill in three months.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obamas Under Fire for 'Personal Responsibility Finger-Wagging' at Black Audiences
President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama are drawing criticism from progressives for "stereotyping black youth" and for "personal responsibility finger-wagging" in commencement speeches last week.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Warns of World Without Water
The world is on track to run out of water, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned. He issued the message on Wednesday, the International Day for Biological Diversity, whose theme for 2013 is Water and Biodiversity.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Worse Than Nixon': Outrage Grows Over Obama Assault on Press
Saying the Obama administration "has gone overboard in its zeal to find and muzzle insiders," the New York Times editorial board on Wednesday added its voice to the growing chorus of media outlets, journalists, and First Amendment advocates who say the White House is engaged in an assault on press...
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Interactive Map Shows Flight Path of CIA's Rendition Flights
A team of researchers are illuminating some of the shadowy details behind the US government's vast kidnapping and rendition program from the post 9/11 era with a new interactive online project, which sheds "unprecedented light on one of the most controversial secret operations of recent years," the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Tremendous Victory' in Growing Rebuke of Citizens United
The people have spoken and they overwhelmingly want Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. In city-wide elections Tuesday, an astounding 76.6 percent of Los Angeles voters " emphatically endorsed " the growing national call for a constitutional amendment, declaring...
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[title] Chris Hedges Interview: Rise Up or Die!
Chris Hedges, Truthdig, joins Thom Hartmann. The AP scandal is just the latest example of an ongoing - and often corporate backed - assault on our most basic democratic rights.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Stressed Ecosystems Leaving Humanity High and Dry
UXBRIDGE, Canada - Everyone knows water is life. Far too few understand the role of trees, plants and other living things in ensuring we have clean, fresh water.
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[field_image_caption-raw] LGBT Community: Senate Dems 'Betrayed Us' on Immigration
Champions of equality slammed Democratic members on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday after it succumbed to the pressure of rightwing threats by removing a crucial amendment to the immigration reform package that would have provided inclusion and protection of LGBT members of immigrant and...
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