News for 2013-10-31

Thursday, October 31, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Court Blocks Reform of Unconstitutional Stop-and-Frisk
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Asking for Disaster,' Shell Renews Bid for Risky Arctic Drilling
To the alarm of environmental groups, oil giant Shell announced on Thursday it was making plans to be able to resume the hunt for oil in Arctic waters in 2014. On a call with reporters, chief financial officer Simon Henry said, "Our focus would be very much on the Chukchi [Sea], which is by far the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] CNN: Israel Behind Attack on Syrian Military Base
Israel was responsible for an explosion at a Syrian air base near the city of Latakia on Thursday, an unnamed Obama administration official confirmed to CNN .
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Haiti, Cholera Claims New Victims Daily
UNITED NATIONS/PORT-AU-PRINCE - Some 2,400 kilometres from New York City, where victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic are suing the United Nations in a U.S. federal court, the disease continues to burn through the populace with no end in sight.
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[title] Family of Pakistani Grandmother Killed in U.S. Drone Strike Speaks Out
One year ago, a 67-year-old Pakistani woman was killed by an alleged U.S. drone while picking vegetables in a field with her grandchildren on October 24, 2012. The United States has never acknowledged killing her or any other drone strike victims in Pakistan, always claiming that it is militants...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tragedy in Niger's Sahara as 92 Migrants Found Dead
The bodies of 92 migrants, most of them women and children, were found in the Sahara Desert of northern Niger just a few kilometers from the border of Algeria, rescue workers announced Thursday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] TransCanada CEO: Anti-Pipeline Campaign Effective, But Keystone XL Will Be Built
The CEO of TransCanada, the corporation behind the tar sands-carrying Keystone XL, recognized the power of activists in fighting the project but said that even a rejection from the White House won't deter the pipeline from being completed. Russ Girling, head of the Calgary-based energy giant, was...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Human Rights Attorneys Have Been Working with German Politicians on Asylum for Snowden
(update below) Human rights attorneys have been discussing the possibility of asylum for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden with left-wing politicians in Germany. The plan being developed involves giving testimony in an official government setting on recent revelations, such as the fact that the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Syria Meets Deadline, Destroys Chemical Weapons Sites
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Catastrophic': Congressional Apathy to Push Millions of Nation's Poor into Deeper Hunger
U.S. lawmakers will allow the essential food aid program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to lose $5 billion in funding when a stimulus boost ends on Friday. The massive blow to the program means that the roughly 47 million people with food stamp assistance—that's one in every seven...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Government Document Identifies 20 People Killed in Pakistan in a 2009 Drone Strike
The Bureau has obtained a document identifying 20 people killed in a single 2009 drone strike. Nobody killed in the strike had ever been named before.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Racism Not Up for Debate': NYPD's Top Cop Booed Off Stage at Brown University
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was booed and heckled so vigorously at a Tuesday speaking engagement at Brown University that he was forced off the stage.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Will Clinton's Paid Speaking Events for Goldman Sachs Draw Populist Scorn?
Potentially raising eyebrows for those concerned about the influential role of large financial firms on current (or possibly future) elected officials, former Senator and U.S.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report Exposes 'Unprecedented, Corporate-Backed Attack on Workers'
A new report by the Economic Policy Institute released Thursday, examining the "unprecedented" attack on the rights of both unionized and nonunionized workers in states across the country, reveals how the right-wing machine in recent years has crippled the gains of a once prosperous middle class.
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[title] The Companies Profiting from Police Militarization
Police departments and military units met with weapons contractors last weekend at the seventh annual Urban Shield expo in Oakland, California. The event was sponsored by manufacturers like Lockhead Martin, Colt Weapons, and Safariland, who produce tear gas, arms and stun grenades.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Robin Hoods Lobby Congress: 'Make Wall Street Pay!'
Robin Hood and his merry band of economic justice campaigners came to Capitol Hill on Wednesday looking to drum up support among lawmakers for their most contemporary economic policy proposal: a financial transaction tax.
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