News for 2013-08-23

Friday, August 23, 2013
[title] Calif. Prisoner on 47-Day Hunger Strike Speaks Out
Days after a federal judge approved the force-feeding of hunger-striking California prisoners protesting long-term solitary confinement, we air an exclusive audio recording of a prisoner who has not eaten since the protest began on July 8. Todd Ashker, one of the authors of the call to hunger...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Request for Chemical Weapon Inquiry in Syria Backed by Russia
The Russian government, one of Syria's staunchest and most powerful allies, added its voice to those calling for the government of Bashar al-Assad to give the UN investigative team that recently arrived in the country access to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack that took place earlier...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bombs Blast Across Lebanon on Friday
Violence from the conflict in Syria continues to spill over into Lebanon with explosive consequences. Early Friday morning the Israeli air force bombed what they labeled a "terror site" in Naameh, an area between Beirut and Sidon. According to media reports, the attack targeted a site of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Latest Docs Show Financial Ties Between NSA and Internet Companies
Newly released NSA documents, along with fresh reporting from the Guardian on Friday, show that not only were large internet companies in the U.S.—including Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Facebook—aware of massive surveillance operations by the intelligence agency but were receiving payment from the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Military Prison Blasted for Refusing Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Care
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[field_image_caption-raw] Yemen Asks US to Supply It With Drones
In the midst of a spate of U.S. drone attacks on Yemen which have left civilians terrorized and innocents killed , the Yemeni president has asked Washington to provide his country with drones of its own, state news agency Saba reported.
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[field_image_caption-raw] How the West Bugs Middle East Revealed, But Who Leaked It?
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[title] ALEC Wants Back in the Shadows
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[field_image_caption-raw] Noose Tightens Around Freedom in Egypt
CAIRO - The ongoing crackdown on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi has prompted some analysts to warn of the apparent resurgence of the Mubarak-era police state.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Review of US Surveillance Programs to be Led by Panel of Intelligence Insiders
The review of US surveillance programs which Barack Obama promised would be conducted by an "independent" and "outside" panel of experts looks set to consist of four Washington insiders with close ties to the security establishment. The president announced the creation of the group of experts two...
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