News for 2013-12-20

Friday, December 20, 2013
[title] Moyers: Michelle Alexander on Getting Locked Out of the American Dream
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[field_image_caption-raw] Beyond Criminals & Terrorists: NSA/GCHQ Targeted Humanitarian Groups
British and American intelligence agencies had a comprehensive list of surveillance targets that included the EU's competition commissioner, German government buildings in Berlin and overseas, and the heads of institutions that provide humanitarian and financial help to Africa, top-secret documents...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Frackers Cheer Ruling as 'Victory' That 'Gives New Life to People’s Environmental Rights'
Anti-fracking campaigners are cheering a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that "gives new life to people’s environmental rights."
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Throwing Fuel on a Fire': Mass Protests Promised After Tar Sands Pipeline Moves Forward
A Canadian governmental review panel approved a proposal from energy giant Enbridge on Thursday to soon begin construction of the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline, sparking
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[field_image_caption-raw] Freed Gitmo Detainee: 'We Were Subjected to Meticulous, Daily Torture'
Upon his return to Sudan after 11 years of incarceration at the hands of the U.S.
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[title] President Obama News Conference
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[field_image_caption-raw] 8 Down, Thousands To Go After Obama Commutes 'Unfair' Crack Cocaine Sentences
After spending years in prison for non-violent crack cocaine related charges, 8 federal inmates had their sentences commuted on Thursday by President Barack Obama, who criticized an "unfair system."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Government's Plan to Raid Public Pensions 'Illegal,' says Court
The pattern of seizing workers' retirements by slashing pension benefits or raiding the funds in order to reduce budget deficits has been seen across Europe and in the U.S.
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[title] Ratner: NSA Surveillance Program Needs to be Torn Apart from Branch to Branch
Michael Ratner: White House review panel report doesn't go far enough and potentially undercuts the more serious reform of the NSA proposed by the U.S.A. Freedom Act.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Former CIA Head: 'Hang Snowden Til He's Dead'
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, James Woolsey, who headed the CIA from 1993 to 1995, said that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden "should be hanged." Giving the whistleblower amnesty would be "idiotic," Woolsey said. Snowden "should be prosecuted for treason. If convicted by a jury of his...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Meat Tax Proposed to Fight Livestock's Climate 'Hoof-Print'
A multipronged strategy for curbing global warming should take aim at meat-eaters' dinner plates. So finds a scientific study, entitled Ruminants, Climate Change and Climate Policy, published Friday in the journal Nature Climate Change .
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[title] Major US Academic Association Endorses Academic Boycott of Israel
On December 16, the membership of the American Studies Association endorsed the boycott to end Israel violations of Palestinian rights. ASA is the largest and oldest association devoted to interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. In the resolution, it says, quote:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Syrious Paralysis on Pennsylvania Avenue
WASHINGTON - Three months after averting a military strike against Syria with a last-minute deal to deprive it of its chemical weapons arsenal, U.S.
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[field_image_caption-raw] President Obama Orders US Troops to South Sudan
President Obama on Thursday announced that he has sent a team of combat-ready soldiers to the country of South Sudan amid growing violence and increasing talk of "civil war" in the African nation.
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