News for 2013-05-24

Friday, May 24, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Does New 'Drone Rulebook' Show Obama 'Overstated' Reform?
Two of the most controversial aspects of the US covert drone campaign – CIA control of strikes in Pakistan, and the use of so-called signature strikes – look set to continue until at least 2014, papers released by the White House indicate.
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[field_image_caption-raw] German Brewers Declare: "Don't Frack With Our Beer!"
German brewers are warning officials that the country's highly prized beer industry may be in jeopardy if the practice of fracking becomes widespread. The Association of German Breweries , which represents companies including Anheuser-Busch and Bitburger Braugruppe, rejected a government proposal...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Evacuation Ordered as Melting Ice Cracks Beneath Arctic Research Station
A Russian Arctic research station has been forced to evacuate following the discovery that the ice was melting beneath it. The Russian Arctic research station was expected to last until September, depending on usual ice melting patterns. However, the ice floe on which the research station sat began...
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[field_image_caption-raw] WikiLeaks Leaks Transcript of "Anti-WikiLeaks Documentary"
WikiLeaks leaked an annotated transcript of the documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," on Thursday, the eve of its opening, in an effort to "reveal errors and sleight of hand by the director Alex Gibney," the group writes .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Groups Slam Environmental Defense Fund for Fracking "Greenwash"
Environmental groups and activists slammed the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this week for partnering with a coalition of Big Energy companies and pro-fracking groups, saying there is "nothing sustainable about shale oil or shale gas." "Greenwashing" is what the groups called the move, following...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Radioactive Cesium Recorded at 10 Spots in Pacific Ocean After Fukushima
Radioactive cesium from the Fukushima plant was found at 10 points in the Pacific Ocean, including a location as far as 1300 miles from the plant, less than a year after Fukushima nuclear disaster began, scientists revealed on Tuesday. The Japan Times and Kyodo News reported that the findings were...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pakistan Not Soothed by Obama's "Reformed" Drone Program
Pakistan officials criticized President Obama's speech on Thursday for not announcing an immediate moratorium on all drone strikes in the country, insisting that any drone attack on Pakistan's soil is illegal and constitutes an assault on Pakistan's sovereignty.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Over a Million Signatures in Support for Sen. Warren's Student Loan Bill
Senator Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) call to lower student loan interest rates to the same "discounted rates" given to big banks has received an "outpouring of support" as organizations and institutions of higher education are lining up to endorse the measure.
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[title] Medea Benjamin Speaks Out After Protesting Obama's Speech
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[field_image_caption-raw] Collapse: Does Washington Bridge Expose the Crumbling of a Nation?
As the nation continues to follow the slash and burn economic policies of the austerity hawks in Washington, will a dramatic bridge collapse in Washington state renew talk of America's eroding infrastructure?
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Not Good Enough': Rights Groups Respond to Obama's Foreign Policy Speech
Better, but not nearly good enough. That's the message many were sending after President Obama's speech at the National Defense University in Washington, DC on Thursday.
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