News for 2014-06-12

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Did EU Ministers OK 'Poisoned Chalice' That Will Open Floodgates to GMO Crops?
In a decision denounced by green groups, European Union environment ministers on Thursday approved a proposal to give individual member states the authority to ban genetically modified crops that have received EU Commission approval. But, as Bloomberg noted , "The draft law aims to accelerate...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Weighs 'All Options' for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums
As the crisis in Iraq continues to escalate, with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) vowing to attack Iraqi Army forces head on by advancing on Baghdad , U.S. war hawks are pressuring President Obama to intervene militarily. Critical voices, however, warn that U.S. invasion is the root...
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[title] Protesters Clash with Police in Brazil - Dave Zirin on World Cup 2014
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[field_image_caption-raw] First Nations Vow: There Will Be No Tar Sands Pipeline
"We have drawn a line in the earth they cannot, and will not, cross," said Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] On Warming Planet, US Corn Industry 'Unsustainable'
America's behemoth corn industry—worth an estimated $67 billion—is racing towards an unsustainable future as the planet warms, severe weather intensifies, and irrigation water dries up, according to a new report by the investment research organization Ceres. The report, entitled Water and Climate...
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15 Years in Prison for Egyptian Revolutionary as 'War on a Generation' Continues
A prominent Egyptian blogger and activist in the 2011 overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for rallying against an anti-protest law, in what critics charge is evidence that the country's counter-revolution is in full effect. Alaa Abd El-Fattah...
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[title] Torture in American Prisons: Class Action Law Suit Approved
Glen Ford: The media has focused on Taliban torture but ignores more than 80,000 prisoners held in solitary confinement across the United States.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'A Good Day for Billionaires,' a Bad Day for Student Loan Borrowers
"Today is a really good day for billionaires. For the 40 million people dealing with student loan debt, it wasn't such a good day." Those comments were made by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Wednesday after her Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow those with older...
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Sunni Militants Vow to March on Baghdad
The al-Qaeda breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has been seizing territory and key cities across eastern and north-central Iraq in recent days has vowed to march on the capital city of Baghdad, according to various news agencies on Thursday. ISIL statements translated from...
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[field_image_caption-raw] CIA Drone Strikes Resume in Pakistan After Five-Month Pause
Two drone strikes have hit North Waziristan in Pakistan’s tribal northwest, reportedly killing 16 people and ending the longest pause in drone strikes of the 10-year campaign. Prior to these attacks there had not been a drone strike in Pakistan since Christmas Day. The Pakistani government had...
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