News for 2014-05-07

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Fast Food Workers: 'We Are Worth More' 'Going Global': Fast Food Worker Strikes to Sweep 6 Continents
The fast food worker mobilizations that have rocked the United States since late 2012 are headed for the international stage, with walk-outs and protests slated to sweep McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, and other restaurants in 33 countries on six continents next week, workers announced...
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[title] This is ARRT!: A 'Visual Voice' for Justice
This is ARRT! from Geoffrey Leighton on Vimeo .
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Obama Judge Nominee Who Penned Drone Killing Memo Gets Pushback From Left, Right
In a bid to ease the confirmation of an appellate court judge, the White House on Tuesday said that it would release to senators the controversial memo that justified the 2011 targeted drone killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. The move has been criticized as "falling short" and missing the big...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Progressives Unite in Call Against 'Horrific' TPP
Braving thunder and rain, hundreds of protesters rallied outside of the Capitol building in Washington DC on Wednesday to declare to the government that "the entire progressive movement is united" in the call to reject unjust trade deals and embrace an economy for all. "They say 'Fast Track!' We...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Great Barrier Reef Facing 'Unprecedented' Threat from Coal Expansion
The Great Barrier Reef is facing "unprecedented industrial development," and the damage wrought by seabed dredging as a result coal industry expansion has been significantly downplayed by the state government and mining industry, a conservation watchdog charged in a new report issued Wednesday. “...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Green Groups Banned From Hearings on Alberta Tar Sands
The Canadian province that is ground zero for tar sands oil extraction has prohibited a coalition of environmental organizations from participating in regulatory hearings on a controversial new oil industry development, claiming that the green groups are not directly impacted by the project. The...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Putin Calls for De-escalation, US Pushes New Sanctions
UPDATE (3:55 PM EST): White House responds to Putin remarks with skepticism, new sanctions Following remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day indicating he had ordered his troops away from the Ukraine border, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters, "To date,...
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[title] Stunning Climate Report Affects Everyone
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[field_image_caption-raw] Student-led Climate Victory as Stanford Divests from Coal
Student climate activists at Stanford University declared a sizeable, though not ultimate, victory on Tuesday after the prominent university's board of trustees announced it would wholly divest the school's holdings in the coal industry. "Stanford’s decision is a clear testament to the power of the...
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[title] Protestors To Occupy FCC To Fight For Net Neutrality
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nobel Economists Back Call to End Failed 'War on Drugs'
Backed by five Nobel economists, numerous experts and government leaders, a new comprehensive report presented in London on Wednesday is calling for the end of the international so-called "war on drugs." “The drug war’s failure has been recognized by public health professionals, security experts,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Probe Chief Doubtful on Syria Sarin Exposure Claims
WASHINGTON - The head of the U.N. team that investigated the Aug. 21, 2013 Sarin attack in the Damascus suburbs, Ake Sellstrom, is doubtful about the number of victims of the attack reported immediately after the event. Sellstrom has suggested that many people who claimed to have been seriously...
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