News for 2013-07-17

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Military Industry Employee 'Throws Down Rifle' for 'Good of the World'
A five-year employee at private defense contracting corporation General Dynamics publicly resigned Tuesday in protest of the company's arming of US-led wars, declaring: "I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down."
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[field_image_caption-raw] NSA Comments Disclose Ever-Expanding Surveillance Web
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[field_image_caption-raw] Presidential 'Blank Check for War' Wielded Thirty Times, and Counting
Together Presidents Bush and Obama have wielded the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) 30 times against an alleged "nation, person, or organization" affiliated with the attacks of September 11, according to new public disclosures.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nation's Farmworkers Demand Protections From Toxic Pesticides
Farmworkers and their advocates from across the nation descended on Washington, DC this week to demand better protection from the pesticides they're exposed to while picking the nation's produce.
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[title] Jeremy Scahill: The War Against Whistleblowers
At this year's Socialism Conference in Chicago, Jeremy Scahill spoke about the war against whistleblowers, what a country's treatment of its own citizens says about how it will treat non-citizens and the difference between having principles and playing a partisan game.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'You Are Being Tracked': License Plate Readers Capture Millions of Innocent Americans' Data
Tens of millions of innocent Americans are being tracked by the police through vast license plate scanning systems, according to new documents obtained by the ACLU.
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[field_image_caption-raw] German Paper: EU Plans to Drop Net Neutrality
The EU is about to drop its policy on net neutrality, Deutsche Welle (DW) reports on Wednesday, citing information from the German business paper Handelsblatt .
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[field_image_caption-raw] India Student Death Toll Rises After Insecticide-Laced School Lunch
At least 25 children have now been declared dead in eastern India after eating a school lunch that medical professionals say wa
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change 'Climate of Fear': Reporter Blows Whistle on Reuters
Former Reuters climate change reporter David Fogarty blew the whistle Monday on the global media giant's growing hostility to reporting on the climate change crisis, including a company-wide 'climate of fear,' in which Fogarty was given explicit instructions—and faced bureaucratic pressures—to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] CIA Funding Climate Manipulation Study
The United States Central Intelligence Agency is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into a new scientific research project to determine if manipulation of the Earth's environment is a viable means of preventing climate change.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Time to Celebrate, Not Discriminate': Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage
Britons celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage on Wednesday as Queen Elizabeth II granted her royal stamp of approval, a ceremonial action that signals wide-spread support for the law.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cashing in on Kids: 139 ALEC Bills in 2013 Promote a Private, For-Profit Education Model
Despite widespread public opposition to the education privatization agenda, at least 139 bills or state budget provisions reflecting American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) education bills have been introduced in 43 states and the District of Columbia in just the first six months of 2013,...
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[title] Elizabeth Warren: 'Let’s Face It: This is About the Money'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Court Rules to Declassify NSA Justification for Spying
The United States' secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA court, has ruled to declassify a series of key documents intended to disclose the government's legal justification for their widespread, covert data collection program, PRISM.
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