News for 2014-06-03

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
In Sign of 'New Economy' Rising, Vermont Bill Champions Worker-Owned Co-ops
Worker-owned co-ops got a boost on Monday when Independent Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled an initiative in Vermont that champions what many call " the new economy ." “At a time when corporate America is outsourcing millions of decent-paying jobs overseas and with the economy continuing to struggle...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Netanyahu Looks to Gitmo to Justify Force-Feeding of Palestinian Hunger Strikers
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is aggressively pushing a bill that would green-light the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, citing the U.S. military's routine use of this practice against detainees at the Guantánamo Bay offhsore prison. Netanyahu told the security...
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[title] Debating the New EPA Rules for Carbon Emissions from Coal
Jeff Biggers, Daphnye Wysham, and Subhankar Banerjee discuss the details and limits of the new EPA rules for carbon emissions by coal-fired power plants.
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China Makes Landmark Pledge to Cap Emissions
China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, announced Tuesday it will put a cap on emissions starting in 2016. He Jiankun, chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, made the announcement at a conference in Beijing, Reuters reported. As the UK's Guardian noted , it is the...
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Poll: 'Huge Majority' of Americans Willing to Pay Price to Fight Global Warming
Not only do a significant majority of Americans believe that state and federal governments should regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in order to stave off resulting global warming, according to a new poll, they're willing to pay a financial cost to help make that happen. On the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Why Chiquita Is Lobbying Against a 9/11 Victims Bill
Banana giant Chiquita is aggressively lobbying against a 9/11 victims bill that would make it easier to sue financial backers of terrorist groups. Its concern? This legislation could force the Cincinnati-based multinational fruit corporation to pay up for its financial backing of a right-wing...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's Solution for Europe? More Guns and US Fracked Gas
While visiting Poland on Tuesday, President Barack Obama promoted a classically American solution for the tension that Ukrainian upheaval has brought to Europe's eastern border: more guns and more gas. During a joint press conference with Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, Obama announced a $1...
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[title] Left Makes Few Gains in EU Elections
Leo Panitch: Despite gains in Greece and Spain, left parties face serious setbacks overall.
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Climate Change, Economic Inequality Are One Debate, says Sen. Warren
Sharing a stage with French economist Thomas Piketty on Monday night in Boston, Sen. Elizabeth Warren discussed a range issues related to economic inequality during a joint interview with the Huffington Post , but said that people should be careful not to separate the far-reaching implications that...
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Moral Monday Sit-In Equates People's Health with Eco Health
'Moral Monday' demonstrators took their fight back to the state capitol building again this week and eleven people were detained and cited for refusing to leave as they attempted to lobby Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to help end the legislature's frontal assault on the health of the state's people...
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$15 Wage Wins in Seattle: 'We Did This. Workers Did This.'
Less than six months after the start of an aggressive grassroots campaign, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage on Monday, the highest in the nation. The measure passed by a 9-0 vote and was met with cheers and celebration among workers in the chamber and those gathered...
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