News for 2014-05-12

Monday, May 12, 2014
A robot with the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots at the group's launch in April 2013. (Photo: Campaign to Stop Killer Robots) 'Unconscionable': Nobel Winners Blast Development of 'Killer Robots'
The use and development of "killer robots"—or weapons that can select and kill without human intervention—is "unconscionable," charged a group of Nobel Peace Prize winners in a joint statement released Monday. Published on the eve of a multi-day United Nations conference in Geneva, Switzerland to...
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Thwaites Glacier. Image credit: NASA Rising Sea Level Threat: Glaciers 'Beyond the Point of No Return'
Glaciers in the West Antarctic "have passed the point of no return," threatening greater sea level rise impacts than previously thought, scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine warning in a new study. The findings , which focus on the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica, were...
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The partially submerged ship shown shortly after the attack (Photo courtesy of Gaza's Ark) Despite Explosion, Gaza Freedom Flotilla to Sail Against Siege: Organizers
Gaza's Ark—a freedom flotilla aimed at breaking the Israeli blockade from within this besieged strip—was rocked by an unidentified explosion last month before it ever left the Gaza Port. Yet organizers announced Monday they intend to overcome severe damage sustained to the boat's hull, and a...
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[title] Voices of Jackson Rising
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The researchers recommend reducing exposure to fumes from gasoline, which contain breast cancer-causing chemicals. (Photo: Upupa4me/cc/flickr) New Study Calls Out 17 Common Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer
A new study spotlights the ubiquity of environmental toxins, identifying 17 common chemicals that should be the target of breast cancer prevention efforts, and marking a "huge step forward" in the research called for by a federal committee. The study by researchers at the Silent Spring Institute...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Reports of Blackwater Swarming Kiev as East Vows Independence
The chasm between western-backed insurgents in Kiev and Russia-aligned populations in eastern Ukraine continues to grow as the Donetsk region has now asked to join Russia, according to reports Monday, following a contentious referendum vote over the weekend. Hours after final results revealed a 90...
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Process of mixing water with fracking fluids to be injected into the ground. (Photo: Joshua Doubek / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Feds Failing to Inspect Thousands of Oil and Gas Wells: Report
Amid soaring concerns about the health and environmental impacts of the U.S. fracking boom, federal regulators are failing to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells they have deemed high-risk, according to the government's own report released Monday. According to the Government Accountability...
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(Image: Free Press) Grassroots Outcry Pushes FCC Chair to Backpedal on Internet Rules
Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler is backpedaling on his proposed rules that would threaten the democracy of the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday evening. The updated draft follows widespread outcry against Wheeler's proposal, unveiled last month, which would...
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[title] Global Capitalism, the US Empire and Russian Nationalism
Leo Panitch analyzes the complex relationship between the process of global economic integration and nation-state rivalry.
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