News for 2013-06-13

Thursday, June 13, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] US Drums of War Beat Louder in Syria
In a statement released Thursday evening, the Obama administration is claiming to have proof that Syrian president Bashir al-Assad has been using chemical weapons—crossing Obama's "red line" established to justify U.S. military action. In the statement , the White House said the President is...
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[field_image_caption-raw] After Closed Door Meeting, Senators Toe NSA Line
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee met with officials from the NSA, Justice Department, and the FBI in a closed door briefing Thursday to learn more about the telephone and Internet surveillance programs within the NSA that were revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden over the past week.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protesters File Into Taksim Square Despite PM's 'Final Warning'
Turkish protesters continued to file into Taksim Square Thursday night and vowed to remain in Istanbul's Gezi Park despite a 'last warning' issued by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan was scheduled to meet late Thursday night with some representatives of the protesters occupying the park...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Physicians Brand Gitmo a "Medical Ethics Free Zone"
As a result of the ongoing and systematic force-feeding of hunger-striking detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the facility is now branded a "medical ethics free zone," according to a group of senior US physicians.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Louisiana Overhaul of Discriminatory Law: Hundreds Cleared from Sex Offender List
Over 700 people accused of selling or soliciting sex for money were wiped from the sex offender registry in Louisiana last night after a historic settlement to beat back the state's archaic 'Crimes Against Nature' laws. The development marked a huge victory for sex workers, members of the LGBTQ...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mass Strikes in Greece Follow Latest Austerity Blow
Greek workers launched a 24 hour general strike today after the government's sudden Tuesday shutdown of the country's only public broadcasting station—Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT)—that left almost 3,000 workers jobless. Thousands walked off the job today as Greece's biggest unions,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Victory for Patients: SCOTUS Rules Against Gene Patents
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that human genes cannot be patented, a victory for "patient care and medical innovation," that will allow greater access to genetic testing and more affordable treatment for cancer patients, the American Civil Liberties Union said today .
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[title] Chris Pyle, Whistleblower on Domestic Spying in 70s, Says Be Wary of Attacks on NSA’s Critics
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[field_image_caption-raw] Walmart Accepted Clothing from Banned Bangladesh Factories
Since the Rana Plaza building collapse killed more than 1,100 people in April, retailers have faced mounting pressure to improve safety at Bangladesh garment factories and to sever ties with manufacturers that don't measure up. The world's largest retailer, Walmart, last month released a list of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UK Protesters to Canadian PM: 'Keep Oil Peddlers' Out of Europe
Greeting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he arrived at the UK's Parliament Thursday morning was a barrage of environmental activists who came to declare that "dirty tar sands fuels have no place in the UK or Europe." Three environmental activists scaled the roof of the House of Lords and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Breaking: Major Explosion at Louisiana Chemical Plant
News outlets are reporting a "major blast" and "hydrocarbon fire" at a chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana with reports of injuries and possible fatalities. The William Olefins plant produces approximately 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene, according...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Tip of the Iceberg': Senators Warn Far More Data May Not Be Safe
Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee took the opportunity Wednesday during a previously scheduled hearing to challenge the director of the National Security Agency about the extent of the agency's domestic surveillance, during which it was made clear that what has been revealed thus far...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Spies Without Borders: Using Domestic Networks to Spy on the World
Much of the U.S. media coverage of last week’s NSA revelations has concentrated on its impact on the constitutional rights of U.S.-based Internet users. But what about the billions of Internet users around the world whose private information is stored on U.S. servers, or whose data travels across U...
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