News for 2014-05-21

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] In Pakistan Air Strike Blitz, Who Was Killed? 'Hardcore Terrorists' or Women and Children?
Military strikes with the goal of targeting "terrorists" appear to have once again resulted in civilian casualties. Air strikes conducted early Wednesday by the Pakistani military pounded North Waziristan and were touted as killing scores of people described as militants and terrorists. "Confirmed...
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(Image via @other98/ Twitter) 'Not Lovin' It': Low-Wage Workers Met by Riot Police Outside McDonald's HQ
Thousands of demonstrators staging a peaceful protest at the McDonald's headquarters were met by police in riot gear on Wednesday when the low-wage fast food workers and their supporters stormed the Illinois campus to say: "Make our Wage Supersize!" The protest was held on the eve of the fast food...
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[title] The Guantánamo "Suicides" Revisited: Did CIA Hide Deaths of Tortured Prisoners at Secret Site?
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Is Congress Moving to End 'Endless War' or Expand It?
The proposed amendment is short, but if passed by the House of Representatives in a vote that could arrive Wednesday afternoon, it could also be sweet—especially for those who have pushed hardest to end the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (or AUMF) which has provided the legal basis for...
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Protesters stage a "People's Vote" rejecting the proposed merger outside of a Comcast shareholders meeting in Philadelphia May 21, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Media Mobilizing Project) 'Just Say No to Mega-Mergers!' 400,000 Signatures Delivered as Comcast Shareholders Meet
"We vote no!" That was the call of demonstrators outside of a Comcast shareholders meeting in Philadelphia on Wednesday as they voiced objection to the internet and cable giant's proposed merger with its largest competitor, Time Warner Cable. "The people reject the proposed merger because it would...
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No More Impunity! Communities Worldwide Protest 'Gangster Corporation' Chevron
Decrying what they say are Chevron's crimes against humanity, communities across five continents are rising up on Wednesday in an international day of action against the oil giant. Organizers with Amazon Watch have called Anti-Chevron Day to unite all of the communities worldwide that have been...
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The No. 3, foreground, and the No. 4 reactors of the Oi nuclear power plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture, which is operated by Kansai Electric Power Co. (Tetsuro Takehana) In Rare Victory for Anti-Nuke Activists, Japanese Court Rules Against Reactor Restarts
In what's being described as a rare win for anti-nuclear activsts, a Japanese court has ruled against a move to restart two reactors at the Ohi nuclear power plant, west of Tokyo, owned by the Kansai Electric Power Co. According to Reuters : Ohi, like all of Japan's nuclear plants, has been idled...
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Photo: jpellgen/cc/flickr Chilean Artist, Activist 'Liberates' $500 Million Dollars of Student Debt — By Burning It
An artist and activist in Chile has "freed" university students from their student debt by burning $500 million dollars in debt notes. The action last week was the work of visual artist Francisco "Papas Fritas" Tapia, who took the debt notes during a student takeover of the University del Mar,...
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(Photo via Family Farms Coalition/ Facebook) 'Tide is Turning' as Oregon Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban of GE Crops
In a victory for sustainable food advocates everywhere, two counties in Oregon on Tuesday voted to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. Despite an onslaught of spending by agribusiness giants such as DuPont and Monsanto, voters in Jackson County and Josephine County...
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People's Climate March to Target 'System Powering Our Destruction'
If climate justice campaigners in the U.S. have it right, a September meeting of world leaders in New York City could be the best opportunity in years to flex their movement's grassroots muscles by staging a mass demonstration in Manhattan's streets as they call for radical and immediate...
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Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Civil Liberties Groups Decry Neutering of NSA Reform Bill
Civil liberties organizations say they can no longer support a National Security Agency reform bill—the USA Freedom Act—after the House significantly weakened it to allow for the possibility of continued bulk surveillance, following pressure from the Obama administration. The amendments followed...
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[title] NSA Records Every Cellphone Call in the Bahamas
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Russell Bucklew shown in this Feb. 9, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections. Supreme Court Issues Stay of Execution for Missouri Inmate
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew after a series of legal decisions in the last twenty-four hours saw his fate rollercoaster through the federal court system. The nation's highest court granted its stay Wednesday morning, giving...
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During his stint as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, David Barron authored memos used to legally justify killing American citizens with drone strikes without trial. His nomination to a federal Court of Appeals has put him at the center of the ongoing controversy over Obama's 'targeted assassination' policy. (File) 'Targeted Killing' Memo Frames Senate Confirmation Fight
According to the Associated Press , citing two White House officials speaking on condition of anonymity, the Obama administration will submit to a court order which says it must reveal portions of an internal legal memo it used to justify the extrajudicial killing of Americans overseas. AP reports...
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