News for 2013-06-04

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] US Delays While 65 Other Countries Sign 1st Global Arms Trade Treaty
More than 65 countries have signed the first-ever treaty regulating the global arms trade. The United States, which is the world’s top arms exporter, has delayed signing it after being accused of weakening the treaty before its approval last month.
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[title] Ending the Global "Race to the Bottom"
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[field_image_caption-raw] Two Afghans Killed at Protest While Demanding Arrest of US Soldiers for Torture, Murder
Two Afghans were killed in Wardak province on Tuesday when public protests against US special forces for their role in the possible torture and murder of "disappeared" villagers turned heated and Afghan police reportedly opened fire on the crowd.
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[field_image_caption-raw] "FrackNation": Koch Industries and the Ties That Bind
Part one of the DeSmogBlog investigation of "FrackNation" - a film made in response to "Gasland 2" - honed in on the past track records and funding streams of co-directors Phelim McAller and Ann McElhinney.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Monsanto Still Testing Genetically Modified Wheat in Two States
The news of Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) wheat that turned up on an Oregon farm has brought repeated assurances that trials of this GM wheat stopped years ago.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'We Are Movement, Not a Moment': North Carolina Peaceful Uprising Continues
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[field_image_caption-raw] Victory for Press Freedom: Public Gains Manning Trial Transcripts
Despite attempts by the U.S. government to seal off the transcripts of Pfc. Bradley Manning's trial this week, a crowd-funded stenographer is now working in the courtroom and has posted transcripts from the first day online.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Turkey, 62 Tons of Tear Gas, and the Interests of Power
When a nation's security apparatus amasses a 62 ton stockpile of tear gas, it's only a matter of time before they're likely to use it. And as recent events in Turkey have shown, the results can be frightening.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Massive Flooding Grips Central Europe
At least a dozen people are dead as floods continue to damage central Europe.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Victory: Connecticut Becomes First State to Require GMO Labeling
In a landmark act, Connecticut has become the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified (gmo) foods. The gmo labeling bill overwhelmingly passed in the House in a 134 - 3 vote on Monday. As the Hartford Courant reports , the bill entails a sort of trigger in order for it to take...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Manning Trial Day 2: Live Coverage
The second day of Pfc. Bradley Manning's trial commenced Tuesday. Three of the witnesses scheduled to testify against the U.S. war crimes whistleblower include two Army Computer Crimes Investigative Unit agents involved in forensic examinations of evidence. Adrian Lamo, the known hacker turned...
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[title] Sanjay Basu Explains Why Austerity Kills
It stands to reason that people can suffer stress in economically hard times but do economically hard times in and of themselves kill people? Sanjay Basu, one of the the co-authors of ‘The Body Economic, Why Austerity Kills,’ argues that it is the austerity programs which cause more deaths.
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[field_image_caption-raw] As UN Warns of 'Human Costs,' US Sends More Weapons to Syria Border
Despite a warning in a new UN report on Syria saying "there is a human cost to the increased availability of weapons" inside the war torn country, the US is sending more military hardware into the region by stationing Patriot missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in neighboring Jordan. Though the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Frank Lautenberg, the Last of the New Deal Liberals
Frank Lautenberg, the son of a Paterson, New Jersey, silk mill worker and the last World War II veteran serving in the US Senate, took his cues from another political time: a time when liberals were bold and unapologetic, a time when it was understood that government could and should do great...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gas Industry Deploys Dirty Tricks to Undermine 'Gasland 2'
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