News for 2014-05-30

Friday, May 30, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Big Energy Money Foils Fracking Moratorium
An effort to put a moratorium on fracking in the state of California failed to pass the state Senate on Wednesday following a spending blitz by the energy industry. With an 18-16 vote , the bill, brought forth by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), was three votes shy of what it needed to move...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Daniel Ellsberg Rebukes Kerry, Praises Snowden as Morally Courageous
Renowned Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg slammed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the nation's justice system for denying whistleblowers like Edward Snowden a "truly fair trial." In an editorial published Friday in the Guardian , Ellsberg took direct aim at Kerry's controversial...
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[field_image_caption-raw] French Protesters Take Stand Against Hate, Far-Right National Front
Thousands of protesters poured into the streets of France on Thursday against the far-right National Front party. The demonstrations followed Sunday's landmark electoral win by the party, which the country's Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls described as being "more than another warning; it's a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Biotech Industry Lobbying Blitz Defeats Calif. GMO Labeling Bill
California lawmakers this week narrowly rejected a bill that would have mandated the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the state of California, following heavy lobbying against the measure from the food and biotechnology industries. The bill, which needed 21 votes to pass the California...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Stiglitz: Tax-Dodging, Corporate Welfare Destroying US Economy
The proven ability of the nation's wealthiest individuals and corporations to collude with the federal government in order to avoid paying massive amounts in federal taxes, says economist and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, is not simply unfair and unprecedented but is actually destroying the...
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[title] Happy Yemen
Yemeni activists and performers use dance to show the world they are human beings, not collateral damage of U.S. drone strikes. Visit SupportYemen.org to learn more.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'The Cause Is Us': World on Verge of Sixth Extinction
A new study showing that the human activity has driven current rates of species extinction to 1,000 times faster than the natural rate is "alarming" and "should be a clarion call" to work towards greater conservation efforts, an environmental group charges. The study , published Thursday by the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bush/Blair Iraq War Plotting to Remain Largely Hidden From Public: UK
Critics are charging that a UK inquiry into the country's role in the Iraq War has "neutered" its own investigation by censoring critical conversations between George W. Bush and Tony Blair in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion. Headed by Sir John Chilcot, the inquiry was convened in 2009 by the UK...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Zephyr Teachout Emerges To Challenge NY Gov. Cuomo from the Left
With launch of a new website and a short statement that she is running for governor because "New Yorkers need an economy and democracy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected," law school professor and progressive activist Zephyr Teachout has emerged from the Left to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Runaway Oil Trains': A Metaphor for Our Fossil Fuel Failure
A newly published report this week raises the alarm over the nation's expansion of crude-by-rail transportation as it makes a broader and direct warning about the threat of the Obama administration's "all of the above" energy strategy that seeks to expand fossil fuel production in the U.S. despite...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Small Farmers’ Loss of Land Increases World Hunger
The world is increasingly hungry because small farmers are losing access to farmland. Small farmers produce most of the world’s food but are now squeezed onto less than 25 percent of the world’s farmland, a new report reveals. Corporate and commercial farms, big biofuel operations and land...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Snowden and NSA Go Tête-à-Tête over Internal Emails
The National Security Agency and Edward Snowden have entered a public battle over the 30-year-old whistleblower's claims that he repeatedly raised "official" concerns about surveillance overreach while employed by the government. Following Snowden's reassertion in his Wednesday interview with NBC...
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