News for 2014-06-02

Monday, June 2, 2014
[title] Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice
Eric Holt-Gimenez, the Executive Director of Food First , gives the kick-off talk at Berkeley City College's Earth Week. There are a billion hungry people in the world today, yet we produce over 1.5 times enough food to feed every person on the planet, Holt-Gimenez says. "The question is: why?" "...
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Desmond Tutu: Tar Sands 'Negligence and Greed' Must Stop
Archbishop Desmond Tutu railed against tar sands development, which he said "reflects negligence and greed," and urged humanity to come together to fight climate change, the "moral struggle" of our time. The 82-year-old Nobel Peace Prize Laureate made the comments Saturday at an Athabasca Chipewyan...
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Jane Goodall: Governments Must Challenge Fossil Fuel Corporations
Jane Goodall has stressed the need for governments to challenge the fossil fuel industry in order to confront the climate crisis. The noted primatologist and conservationist, who has been in Australia in May and June , made the remarks in an interview with Tim Barlass for the Sydney Morning Herald...
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Supreme Court Sides with DOJ in Attack on Press Freedom
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday " effectively sided with the government " against embattled New York Times journalist James Risen by rejected his appeal of a lower court ruling challenging the Justice Department's demand that he reveal a confidential source. "By going after Risen, the Obama...
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Obama's EPA Plan vs. Climate Catastrophe: 'Fighting a Wildfire with a Garden Hose'
In announcing new emissions standards of U.S. power plants on Monday, many of the nation's largest green groups are championing the Obama administration's new EPA regulations as the strongest proposals ever put forth by a U.S. president in the fight to rein in greenhouse gases or mitigate against...
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[title] Ex-Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld Committed War Crimes
Richard Clarke, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official, tells Democracy Now! he believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes for launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Clarke served as national coordinator for security and counterterrorism during Bush’s first year in office...
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Karzai: US Deals for Soldier, But Not for Afghan Peace?
According to a source close to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the U.S. government went behind his back as it made a deal to exchange Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantanamo prison. Karzai is angry, according to reporting by Reuters , because the deal proves that intense...
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Obama Takes Crack at Climate Action
President Obama will officially announce new EPA regulations on Monday designed to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030, according to leaked details of the plan in recent days. The executive move is broadly seen as the president's way to...
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