News for 2013-07-23

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Yemeni Journalist Held for Exposing US War Crimes Freed
Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a Yemeni journalist who was kept in prison for three years at the request of the Obama administration after he uncovered a deadly U.S.
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[title] Cornel West: President Obama a Global George Zimmerman—Rationalizing the Killing of Innocent Children for 'Self Defense'
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Obscene': Bipartisan Effort to Profit on Student Debt Blasted by Critics
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[field_image_caption-raw] Natural Gas Spews 'Uncontrolled' Into Gulf Following Blowout
Natural gas spewed " uncontrolled " from a well off the Louisiana coast Tuesday after a blowout followed a failed attempt by a drilling rig to expand natural gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hagel: 'Troops At a Breaking Point'; Vets: 'Then Bring Us Home'
US soldiers "are at their breaking point," declared Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday, citing the impact of multiple deployments over more than a decade of continuous US war beginning in 2001.
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[field_image_caption-raw] USDA Fast-Tracks 'Rubber-Stamp' Approval of 'Dangerous' GE Seeds
The USDA 'rubber-stamped' the first of many 'dangerous' new genetically engineered (GE) seeds Friday under the department's new streamlined approval process.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NRDC: Keystone XL Approval = Path to Climate Disaster
Approval of the tar-sands carrying Keystone XL pipeline is a guaranteed path towards increased greenhouse gases, which would worsen climate change, thereby failing President Obama's own "climate test" for the pipeline's approval, according to a report released Tuesday from the Na
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[field_image_caption-raw] Defund the NSA: Groups Urge Congress to End Dragnet Surveillance
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a proposed amendment that would strip funding from programs within the National Security Agency that collect the telephone and internet communications of millions of US citizens.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Something Like Steam' Still Billowing from Fukushima
“Something like steam” continued to billow out of Fukushima's nuclear reactor 3 building on Tuesday morning, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, confirming the latest omen that the ongoing nuclear catastrophe will not end any time soon.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Counter-Terrorism Laws Cripple Humanitarian Aid Networks
Global counter-terrorism laws are hampering vital humanitarian aid work by cutting off funding, halting projects, and creating climates of fear and "self-limitation," a new independent study finds.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Landmark Lawsuit Challenges 'Ag-Gag' Law
A group of animal rights groups and advocates filed a landmark lawsuit on Monday challenging Utah's "ag-gag" law as an unconstitutional attack on free speech and freedom of the press that criminalizes whistleblowers while shielding corporate agriculture.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Former Top Wall Street Regulator Takes Job Defending Firms
The man who once served as the Obama administration’s lead enforcer on Wall Street malfeasance has taken a job defending the firms he once regulated.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Japan Government Aims to Abolish War-Renouncing Peace Clause to Make Way for 'Collective Military Action'
The government of Japan is seeking to abolish Japan's long-standing peace clause, which has served as a "regional and international peace mechanism," in favor of bolstering the country's military and opening its doors to the international arms trade.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 12th Moral Monday Decries GOP's 'Voodoo Economics,' 'Poll-Tax in Disguise'
North Carolinians gathered this week for the 12th Moral Monday protest, which focused on a highly restrictive voter ID law and a budget full of "voodoo economics," both proposed by the GOP-dominated House and Senate.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Top Brass Warns Against 'Act of War' in Syria
Top-ranking US General Martin Dempsey issued a warning to the Senate Monday that military action in Syria is "no less than an act of war" likely to unleash "unintended consequences" that would bring harm to the world, as well as US troops, while costing taxpayers billions.
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[title] Norman Solomon: Progressives Challenge Pelosi Fundraiser over NSA Surveillance
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[field_image_caption-raw] Does the NSA Tap That? What We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Internet Surveillance
Among the snooping revelations of recent weeks, there have been tantalizing bits of evidence that the NSA is tapping fiber-optic cables that carry nearly all international phone and Internet data.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Assault on Iraq Prisons Allows Escape of Hundreds of Prisoners
Al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Iraq have claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks on two prisons in Iraq on Monday that allowed hundreds of prisoners to escape. According to agency reports, the coordinated assaults on both the Taji and Abu Ghraib prisons involved multiple car bombs, were...
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