News for 2014-05-09

Friday, May 9, 2014
Photo: Antoine.Couturier/cc/flickr Food Industry Giants to Wage Legal Battle to Defeat Vermont's Landmark GMO Labeling Law
As pro-labeling advocates were cheering Vermont's passage of a GMO labeling bill on Thursday, a powerful food industry lobbing group announced its plans to file a federal lawsuit to overturn the law. Governor Peter Shumlin's signature yesterday marked a landmark moment as Vermont became the first...
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Dominic Ware, former Walmart worker illegally fired for organizing, rallies outside of Obama's visit (Photo: OUR Walmart) Hundreds Protest Obama's Energy Speech at Walmart
Obama's decision to stage his much-touted energy speech Friday at a northern California store of Walmart—one of the most notorious purveyors of wealth inequalities, union-busting, and "greenwashing" in the country—was met with hundreds of protesters from labor and environmental organizations. Over...
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[title] Marijuana Refugees: Virginia Family Moves to Colorado to Treat Epileptic Child with Cannabis Oil
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Photo: Jagz Mario/cc/flickr Pope Francis Calls for 'Legitimate Redistribution' of Wealth
Pope Francis on Friday issued another indictment of inequality, saying that "equitable economic and social progress" are only possible through solidarity and generosity, and require the "legitimate redistribution" of wealth. The Pontiff delivered the comments while speaking to United Nations...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Koch Bros. Group Readies 'Endless Millions' for Rightwing Takeover
What can you buy with a few hundred million dollars? Americans are slowly learning that answer to that question. But the lesson isn't over yet. Americans For Prosperity—the rightwing advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers Charles and David—is prepared to spend $125 million (and...
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A polio worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child in Islamabad February 26, 2014. (Photo: STRINGER/PAKISTAN / REUTERS) Pakistan: CIA's Fake Vaccination Ploy to Hunt Bin Laden Sparked Polio Epidemic
A Pakistani official on Thursday slammed the CIA's fake vaccination drive in 2011 for fueling distrust of polio eradication campaigns and driving "attacks on polio workers" as the country grapples with an outbreak of this highly infectious disease. Speaking to reporters at a press briefing, a...
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[title] Despite Growing Discontent, ANC Victorious in South African Elections
Patrick Bond: A serious challenge to South Africa's ANC is still several years away.
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Pam Ramos, a Walmart employee in Mountain View, California, wants the president to know what it means to work for the retail giant. (Photo: Salon.com) Walmart Worker to Obama: 'Help Us'
A low-wage Walmart employee in California has a simple message for President Obama on behalf of the millions of workers who find themselves in situations just like hers: "Help us." President Obama's planned speaking engagement at a Walmart superstore in California on Friday has attracted widespread...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Industrial Agriculture: Too Big to Succeed
TORONTO - An estimated one billion small farmers scratching out a living growing diverse crops and raising animals in developing countries represent the key to maintaining food production in the face of hotter temperatures and drought, especially in the tropical regions, says Sarah Elton, author of...
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Eduardo Munoz/Reuters Remorseful Jurors Plea to Judge: No Prison Time For OWS Activist
A majority of the jury that found Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan guilty of "felony assault" of the very police officer who she says sexually assaulted and brutalized her appears to be remorseful that the 25-year-old could spend up to seven years behind bars. Nine of the 12 people who...
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Directive from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) makes mention of news reporting referencing unauthorized informatin, like that leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, a punishable offense. (Image credit: Laura Poitras) Obama Directive Makes Mere Citing of Snowden Leaks Punishable Offense
In a new policy directive from the Obama administrative, national security and other government officials will no longer be allowed to publicly discuss or even reference news reporting that is based on "unauthorized leaks." President Obama once promised the American people that his administration...
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