News for 2013-10-04

Friday, October 4, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Win: Fracking Company Pulls Out of UK Site
Anti-fracking campaigners in the UK are enjoying at least a temporary victory on Friday following news that energy company Cuadrilla was pulling out of a shale gas site in Lancashire.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Democracy vs. 'Wealthocracy': People Rally Against 'Next Citizens United'
Starting next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin oral arguments in a case many are calling "the next Citizens United " for its potential to vastly enhance the power of money in politics beyond its already lethal hold.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Radiation Soars 6,700 Times Legal Limit as Fukushima Disasters Continue Unabated
TEPCO admitted Thursday that yet another spill at the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear plant has released water 6,700 times more radioactive than the legal limit , adding to the near daily news of fresh leaks and climbing radiation pointing towards systemic failure to mitigate or contain the worst...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Shut It All Down: Report Calls for Nationwide Ban on Fracking
The explosion of hydraulic fracturing in the last several years, according to a new report, is creating a previously 'unimaginable' situation in which hundreds of billions of gallons of the nation's fresh water supply are being annually transformed into unusable—sometimes radioactive—cancer-causing...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Oil Drilling in Planet's Most Biodiverse Area Gets Green Light
Ecuador gave the OK on Thursday to oil drilling in the Yasuní National Park, an area some consider the most biodiverse place in the world.
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[title] The NSA Debate Is As Much About Journalism As Surveillance
In late June, the economist Dean Baker astutely observed that our NSA reporting was "doing as much to expose corrupt journalism as to expose government spying." Indeed, from the earliest stages of this reporting, back in Hong Kong, we expected (and hoped) that the reporting we were about to do...
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[title] The TPP a 'Corporate Trojan Horse'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gap, Old Navy, and the Living Hell of a Bangladeshi Sweatshop
Twenty-year-old Bangladeshi worker Morium Begum lost her baby in her seventh month of pregnancy after being forced to work 100-plus hours a week despite sickness and exhaustion while sewing garments for Gap and Old Navy in exchange for poverty wages.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NSA's Attack on Privacy Tools Puts Global Online Security at Risk
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rights Groups Demand ICC Investigate Israel's 'Widespread Crimes and Violations of Int'l Law'
Palestinian human rights groups called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday to begin an investigation "to pursue justice and accountability" for Israel's "widespread crimes and violations of international law."
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[field_image_caption-raw] "I Am Free. I Am Free." Prisoner Herman Wallace Dies Just Days After Release
Herman Wallace, the "Angola 3" prisoner who was released from jail earlier this week after being held in solitary confinement for 41 years, died early Friday morning after a battle with liver cancer. Among his last words, according to those in attendance, were: "I am free. I am free."
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[title] Prison Phone Companies Shouldn’t be able to Profit off Families
Today, 2.7 million children have a parent behind bars. For these kids, losing a parent to incarceration can be as traumatic as losing a parent to death or divorce. Prisoners are often housed hundreds of miles from their families, making phone the only way to connect on a routine basis.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Who Will Hold the Line if Dems Offer Cuts to Social Security, Try for 'Grand Bargain'?
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