News for 2014-06-11

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
[title] Will Potter: The Shocking Move to Criminalize Nonviolent Protest
In 2002, investigative journalist and TED Fellow Will Potter decided to take a break from his regular beat, writing about shootings and murders for the Chicago Tribune. He went to help a local group campaigning against animal testing: "I thought it would be a safe way to do something positive," he...
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Blowback As Canada Muzzles Public Talk of Climate Change
The public is up in arms after Canadian officials decided to prohibit government weather forecasters from publicly discussing climate change. As of Wednesday, nearly 14,000 people had signed a petition penned by Canadian resident Janelle Martel that slams "another move on the government’s part to...
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Students Face Down Tear Gas and Water Cannons in Chile Protests
Riot police in Santiago on Wednesday used tear gas and water cannons against student protesters during a march in which tens of thousands rallied against what they declare are inadequate education reform proposals.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Trial Begins for Blackwater Guards Over Baghdad Massacre
Jury selection began Wednesday for the trial of four former Blackwater guards charged for their role in the infamous Nisour Square massacre that left 14 Iraqi civilians dead and wounded at least 18 others. The defense argues that Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard, Donald Ball and Nicholas...
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[field_image_caption-raw] California Braces for Explosion of Oil by Rail Shipments
The mountains and cities of California are about to see an explosion in the number of trains carrying fracked Bakken crude oil through the state. And according to a report (pdf) released on Tuesday, both the federal government and industry have done little to protect citizens from the "potentially...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYC Settles over Police Suppression of Occupy Protest
In a clear rebuke of the heavy-handed tactics of the New York Police Department, the City of New York on Tuesday agreed to pay $583,000 in damages for the false arrest of more than a dozen Occupy Wall Street demonstrators on New Years Eve in 2011.
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Teachers Sound Alarm over 'Anti-Public Education' Ruling
In a ruling with broad implications for public education across the United States, a California court on Tuesday struck down key workplace protections for the state's public school teachers by siding with student plaintiffs—backed by powerful political forces— who claimed such policies negatively...
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[title] Globalised Slavery: How Big Supermarkets are Selling Prawns in Supply Chain Fed by Slave Labour
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Bloody Legacy of US Invasion as Tattered Iraq Teeters on Edge
The internal strife and civil war spurred by the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 is escalating rapidly. The Sunni militia that has staked a claim to areas on both sides of the Iraq/Syria border is expanding its military campaign against the Shia-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as it...
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Fossil Fuel Giants Hijacking UN's Green Energy Fund: Critics
When the United Nations inaugurated the first-ever global forum on renewable energy last week, it provided a laundry list of financial pledges aimed at achieving one of the world body’s most ambitious goals: sustainable energy for all (SE4ALL) by 2030. The forum specifically focused on the...
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