News for 2014-04-23

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Error... Error: NYT Retracts Ukraine/Russian-Photo Scoop
Two days after the New York Times led its editions with a one-sided article about photos supposedly proving that Russian special forces were behind the popular uprisings in eastern Ukraine, the Times published what you might call a modified, limited retraction. Buried deep inside the Wednesday...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Family Wins Fracking Suit in Legal Blow to Industry
In what is being called a legal blow to the fracking industry, on Tuesday a Texas family was awarded $3 million in the first ever verdict to be handed down over the negative health impacts of fracking. Bob and Lisa Parr of Wise County sued Aruba Petroleum in 2011 for shale gas drilling operations...
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[title] Intimidation and Political Interference Goes Unpunished in UAW Case
Frank Hammer discusses the labor conditions at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee that moved workers to attempt unionization. Hammer argues that the political interference by state officials in these efforts shows weakness of labor laws.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Suit Charges FBI Used No-Fly List as Retribution Against Muslim Men
Four Muslim-American men filed a lawsuit against the FBI on Tuesday, charging that the bureau placed them on the "no-fly list" in retaliation for their refusal to inform on their communities and then denied them the chance to clear their names. “I do not want to become an informant, but the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Brazil's 'Internet Bill of Rights' a Victory for Web Freedom
A landmark law that guarantees equal access to the nation's internet and protects the privacy of users was signed by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, in a move that is being hailed as a historic step for online freedom worldwide. The "Civil Law Marco Internet"—dubbed the Internet...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Officials Warn of Explosive Crude Rumbling Across Nation's Rails
Amidst a booming crude-by-rail business, experts warned Tuesday that none of the thousands of train cars rumbling through towns with North Dakota's Bakken crude is safe. The warning was issued Tuesday during the first of a two-day forum held by the National Transportation Safety Board on the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Super-Sized Inequality: Fast Food CEO Millionaire Pay Outpaces Workers by 1000 to 1
The fast food industry maintains a more extreme wage disparity between workers and CEOs than any other industry in the economy, according to a report by the public policy organization Demos published Tuesday. In many cases, income gaps surpass a 1,000-to-1 ratio, a factor that not only impoverishes...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Is America Almost Done Being Suckered by Privatization?
A new piece in The Atlantic suggests that in cities and states across the country, more public officials are expressing "new skepticism" towards the privatization of public goods and services—a trend that community activists have long criticized. In her new article, entitled " The Privatization...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despite Israel's Threat, Palestinian Unity Pact Announced
The Palestine Liberation Organization and the leadership of Hamas in the Gaza Strip announced an end to their seven-year political dispute on Wednesday, saying that the two main factions of the Palestinian people have signed a "historic" pact to re-unify the Palestinian governments in both the West...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Straight from the Horse's Mouth': Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe
In a message "straight from the horse's mouth," a former oil executive on Tuesday urged New York state to pass a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying, 'it is not safe.' "Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with...
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[title] The Shocking Truth About Oil - And Our Planet
Chris Hayes takes a look at the shocking truth: We must leave 80% of known carbon, like oil and coal, inside of the Earth to avert a catastrophic chain of events.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Sending Paratroopers to Baltics As Ukraine Boils
As the Obama administration publicly warned Russia against further provocative acts relating to the ongoing tensions in Ukraine on Tuesday, it also announced that U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) based in Italy are heading to Poland and the Baltic states of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Blesses Egyptian Repression with Apache Attack Helicopters
Orchestrated overthrow of democratically-elected government: check . Repression, arrest, and death sentences for political opponents: check . Mass crackdown on journalists and critical media: check . Shipment of U.S.-made Apache attack helicopters to government behind said actions: They're on their...
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