News for 2013-10-29

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] At UN, Record Number of Countries Condemn US Embargo Against Cuba
For the 22nd year in a row, the UN General Assembly resoundingly denounced the U.S. embargo against Cuba. At the symbolic vote on Tuesday for the resolution called "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba," 188 members...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NSA Critics Hopeful as 'True Reform Bill' Introduced to House and Senate
A bill introduced to both the Senate and the House on Tuesday aimed at curbing NSA spying powers was greeted with more hope than skepticism by a spectrum of critics eager for a meaningful overhaul of the secret surveillance dragnet.
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[title] Could Anyone Possibly Think This Phone Company Isn't Horrible?
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. (1) 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] Drone Strike on Somalia Marks US Escalation Against Al Shabab
A U.S. drone strike in Somalia on Monday killed two people described in corporate media reports as "suspected Al Shabab militants." Monday's strike marks the first U.S. drone attack on Somalia since last year, and, the New York Times reports ,
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[field_image_caption-raw] Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Spirals With Confirmed Cases of Polio
In another sign of the massive humanitarian crisis spiraling in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Tuesday 10 cases of polio—the first outbreak of the disease in the country in 14 years—and warned that the risk of the disease spreading was high. The world health body stated...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Watchdog: Five Years After Wall Street Meltdown, 'Toxic Culture of Greed and Risk' Remains
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[field_image_caption-raw] Warren, Sanders Ready to Face Down Obama over Social Security, Medicare Cuts
Though the ' deficit scold dream ' of a so-called 'Grand Bargain' may be diminished on Capitol Hill, a mini-version—circulating among some as the 'Small
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ohio to Execute Man with Experimental Cocktail of Drugs
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[field_image_caption-raw] Congressional No-Show at 'Heart-Breaking' Drone Survivor Hearing
Despite being heralded as the first time in history that U.S. lawmakers would hear directly from the survivors of a U.S. drone strike, only five elected officials chose to attend the congressional briefing that took place Tuesday.
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[title] Live: Congressional Briefing on Drones
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[title] Brave New Films: Unmanned: America's Drone Wars
Robert Greenwald's newest full-length feature is being released on October 30th, 2013. The documentary will be available to stream online for a limited time. Click here to get a link to see the film.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Snowden Leaks Force Senate Intelligence Chair to Change Tune on NSA Spying
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is beginning to loosen her defense of the National Security Agency.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Will Censure Illegal Spying, But Not US or NSA
UNITED NATIONS - When the 193-member General Assembly adopts a resolution next month censuring the illegal electronic surveillance of governments and world leaders by the U.S.
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