News for 2014-04-28

Monday, April 28, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Brazil Greenlights Plan to Unleash Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
Amid criticism, Brazil this month gave the OK to its first commercial release of genetically modified mosquitoes in an effort to combat dengue fever. The World Health Organization estimates that dengue, whose main vector is the aedes aegypti mosquito, threatens over 40% of the world's population,...
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[title] Cowboy Indian Alliance Protests Keystone XL Pipeline in D.C. After Latest Obama Admin Delay
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[field_image_caption-raw] Comcast/Charter Deal a Dupe, say Critics
Comcast, the cable and internet service giant, is attempting to smooth the road for its mega-merger acquisition of Time-Warner Cable by selling off some its services and assets to the nation's third-largest cable provider, Charter. But critics of Monday's announced deal say neither consumers nor...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Pesticide Pushers Spin Bee Crisis to Protect Profits
Worldwide bee deaths have now entered a crisis state threatening the global food supply and, according to a new report out Monday by Friends of the Earth , the human-made epidemic has been worsened by an industry-funded disinformation campaign . The report, Follow the Honey: 7 ways pesticide...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protesters Face Water Cannons to Bring Halt to Nuclear Plant
Police in Taiwan shot water cannons on anti-nuclear protesters Monday following a weekend in which the power of throngs of demonstrators brought the construction of a controversial plant to a halt . On Sunday as many as 50,000 protesters poured into Taipei's streets, blockading thoroughfares and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 2014 Goldman Prizes Bestowed on 'Fearless' Eco-Activists
This year's recipients of the international Goldman Environmental Awards were announced on Monday, with six individuals from four continents being honored for their "fearless" efforts and working "against all odds to protect the environment and their communities." “For the past 25 years, the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Demanding 'Just and Sustainable' Economy For All, Thousands March on Congress
In an expression of a "new populist" energy, thousands of demonstrators shut down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC on Monday as they demanded a livable wage and an end to the corporate domination of the national economy and politics. "We are here to fight for a new economy that is just and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 13 Arrested Outside Obama's White House Protesting 'Deporter-in-Chief'
A group of thirteen women activists were arrested outside the White House on Monday morning protesting against families being torn apart by the Obama administration's aggressive deportation policies. Over a thousand demonstrators with the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the anti-deportation...
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[title] Comedian John Oliver Grills Former NSA Chief Alexander on the Agency's 'Damaged' Brand
During the debut of his new HBO television show, "Last Week Tonight," comedian John Oliver—formerly of "The Daily Show"—interviewed General Keith Alexander, retired head of the National Security Agency, about government overreach, spying, Snowden and the NSA's "damaged" brand.
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[title] TPP Unraveling?
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[field_image_caption-raw] Blessed by US, Egypt's Assault on Human Rights in Overdrive
Less than a week after receiving news that the Obama administration had approved the sale of a fleet of U.S. Apache attack helicopters to Egypt, uproar is following a pair of court decisions Monday that critics say reveal the military-controlled government's vicious attack on human rights and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Assassination Attempt on East Ukraine Mayor
Conditions on the ground in eastern Ukraine remain volatile and unpredictable as Monday brought the attempted assassination of one city's mayor while another city experienced a local insurrection resulting in the takeover of government buildings. Also on Monday, the White House announced a new...
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