News for 2014-05-20

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
 Photo: Elvert Barnes/cc/flickr It's Official: Entire Northeast Now Upholds Marriage Equality
A federal judge on Tuesday brought "the freedom to marry to the entire Northeast" in declaring Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. "In the sixty years since Brown was decided, 'separate' has thankfully faded into history, and only 'equal' remains," U.S. District Judge John E...
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[title] How Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Became Propaganda for Imperial Policy
Glen Ford: Western intervention aims to make the region malleable to neoliberal economic policies and further militarize the continent
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(Screenshot of video footage obtained by Defense for Children International Palestine) Calls for Justice After Video Reveals IDF Shooting of Innocent Palestinian Teens
International outcry and condemnation came swiftly on Tuesday following the release of video footage showing two innocent Palestinian teenagers being shot dead by Israeli forces. According to rights group Defense for Children International — Palestine, which obtained and circulated the security...
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Photo: alex.ch/cc/flickr 'Justice for Sale'? Critics Slam Fed Deal With Tax Dodger-Abetting Bank Behemoth
Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse pleaded guilty to criminal charges it abetted U.S. tax dodgers. But while the Justice Department is heralding the charges as showing that no institution "is above the law," critics charge it is a "missed opportunity" to provide a real deterrent and show that...
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Enbridge Line 9 blockaders raised a banner that read, "Tar Sands = Industrial Genocide."(Photo via Council of Canadians) Tar Sands Blockaders Shut Down Enbridge Work Site
Climate defenders in Canada have stopped work on a section of Enbridge's controversial 'Line 9' pipeline in Burlington, Ontario Tuesday morning, as part of a rising tide of resistance against the proliferation of tar sands oil—dubbed "the dirtiest fuel in the world." The group—which is comprised of...
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'We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different.' (Public domain) Global Warming is Melting and Burning the Planet
The world is hot . The world is melting . The world is burning . This is what climate change looks like. According to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Tuesday, April 2014 tied the one in 2010 as the hottest April since records began. Also this week...
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(Hans Braxmeier / Pixabay Creative Commons) Nationwide 'Epidemic' Of Pedestrian Deaths a Failure of Social Justice: Report
An "epidemic" of pedestrian fatalities and injuries is sweeping the United States, hitting people of color, children, and older adults the hardest. According to a new report (pdf), these are not inevitable "accidents," but rather, preventable tragedies that stem from poor social policies. Entitled...
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[title] The State of Kansas Is ‘Koch Country’
Chris Hayes looks at how the Koch Brothers are fighting against renewable energy in their home state of Kansas - and losing.
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Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives at the Peace and Order Maintaing Command to meet with senior government officials on Tuesday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu) Martial Law Declared in Thailand
The Thailand military, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has declared martial law on Tuesday in what it claims is "not a coup" but an attempt to bring "peace and order" back to the southeast Asian country amid deep political divisions. Troops have taken to the streets of Bangkok, shut down key...
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A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in Islamabad. (Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP) No Apology, But CIA Vows to Stop Using Health Workers as Spies
Following international outcry from health professionals and a deadly polio epidemic in several countries, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has vowed to never again use fake vaccination campaigns or implement community healthy workers in their clandestine operations overseas. In a letter to the...
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