News for 2014-05-19

Monday, May 19, 2014
The lethal injection bed used in the "Old Main," the retired Southern part of the Penitentiary of New Mexico. (Photo: Ken Piorkowski / Flickr Creative Commons) 'Cruel and Barbaric' US Executions Violate International Law: Lawyers
According to all publicly available information, 45-year-old Rusty Bucklew is slated this week to become the latest person in the United States to die by the experimental lethal injection drug implicated in a grisly botched execution in Oklahoma last month. Now a group of lawyers has taken the step...
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[title] Life Cycles of Inequity: A Series on Black Men
It’s hard to imagine there’s more to say about Trayvon Martin’s death, but I continue to wonder about his life.
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(Photo: Flickr / cc / with overlay) NSA in the Bahamas: 'Data Pirates of the Caribbean'
According to new NSA revelations at the The Intercept on Monday—reported by Ryan Devereaux, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras—the U.S. National Security Agency "is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the...
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Protesters gather in Sydney's Belmore Park. (Photo: Jenny Evans) Australia: Tens of Thousands 'March in May' Against Abbott and Austerity
Tens of thousands marched in cities across Australia on Sunday to protest the policies of Prime Minister Tony Abbott following the recent release of his administration's austerity budget. The 2014 federal budget has been slammed for measures that critics charge will devastate Australia's poor,...
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(Photo: Creative Commons/Catholic Church England and Wales) A Challenge to Occupation? Pope Francis to Visit Palestinian Refugees in West Bank
On an upcoming trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is expected to prioritize his visit with Palestinians, including a refugee camp, in a move interpreted by many as a 'recognition' of a future Palestinian state. The papal "pilgrimage of prayer" is set to begin in Jordan next Saturday. From there...
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(Photo: Creative Commons/Catholic Church England and Wales) Critics of AT&T/DirecTV Deal: 'Slay the Mega-Mergers'
Sunday's official announcement that telecom giant AT&T has offered to purchase the satellite television company DirecTV for nearly $50 billion—the latest in a series of high-profile industry "mega-mergers"—has spurred consumer advocates to demand lawmakers and regulators at the Federal...
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(Image: Sparrow Media) Cries of 'Injustice' as Occupy Wall Street Organizer Sentenced to Prison
Cecily McMillan, the Occupy Wall Street organizer convicted of felony assault of the police officer she says sexually assaulted her, was sentenced Monday to three months in prison, five years of probation and community service. In a case that has shined a spotlight on what critics charge are...
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Putin poses with veterans in Sevastopol, Ukraine on May 9. (Photo: the Presidential Press and Information Office/ the Kremlin) Putin Orders Troop Withdrawal from Ukraine Border
President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops conducting exercises along the Ukrainian border to return to their home bases at the conclusion of the drills, the Russian government announced Monday. Though evidence of such withdrawal has yet to be seen, analysts are hailing the move as a sign...
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Gaza is running out of drinking water. (Credit: Eva Bartlett/IPS) UN Decries Water as Weapon of War in Military Conflicts
The United Nations, which is trying to help resolve the widespread shortage of water in the developing world, is faced with a growing new problem: the use of water as a weapon of war in ongoing conflicts. The most recent examples are largely in the Middle East and Africa, including Iraq, Egypt,...
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Intercepted packages are opened carefully at the NSA to implant surveillance beacons before being repackaged and sent along to unwitting global customers. (Glenn Greenwald/Nowhere to Hide) Cisco CEO Berates Obama for NSA Surveillance
Following revelations contained in Glenn Greenwald's latest book that the NSA intercepted and installed surveillance spyware on Cisco computers while in transit, the CEO of the computer company has personally interceded, sending President Obama a letter calling for government restraint on its...
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[title] The War on Climate Scientists
The War on Climate Scientists from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo . Climate change is increasingly making mainstream media headlines and this week was no exception.
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President of the European commission Jose Manuel Barroso, US president Barack Obama and president of the European council Herman van Rompuy at the summit in Brussels. (Photograph: Photonews/Photonews via Getty Images) Report: Leaked Trade Doc Portends US/EU Fracking Bonanza
According to a leaked draft (pdf) of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal seen by the Huffington Post , a key provision relating to fossil fuels would be a windfall to the natural gas industry in both the U.S. and in Europe. Most troubling is that the preferential...
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Libyan security forces move closer to the parliament on Sunday after troops loyal to General Khalifa Hifter stormed the building. (Photograph: AP) US/NATO-Delivered Libyan "Democracy" Explodes in Violence
Barely three years after the US/NATO bombing campaign against Libya that led to the overthrow and death of Muammar Gaddafi, violence and political upheaval has engulfed the north African nation as forces loyal to a renegade commander launched an assault on parliament in Tripoli on Sunday and...
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