News for 2014-06-17

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Northern Gateway Approved: Canada's Harper Gives Federal OK to 'Bloodline of Tar Sands'
In the face of widespread opposition, Canada's federal government on Tuesday gave the OK to Enbridge's Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. The nearly 1,200-kilometer pipeline would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia. CBC News reports that the project is "subject to 209...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rising Call: No Strikes. No Troops. No War in Iraq.
As violence in Iraq escalates and hawks beat the drums of war, people on the ground in Iraq and across the U.S. are urging the Obama administration: don't go down the same path of military intervention that created the current crisis. Public Opinion vs. War Hawks According to a poll released...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Argentina President Blasts US Bank 'Extortion' of Developing Nations
Argentina will not submit to Wall Street's "extortion" of their debt, said President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in a national address Tuesday night. De Kirchner's comments came after it was announced that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the South American country despite...
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[title] ISIS Born from Occupation of Iraq, not Syrian Civil War
Vijay Prashad : Although it's not clear where the Saudis stand in relation to ISIS, the group itself is a product of the Iraq War, and Western diplomats were in deep denial about its power prior to its major military offensive that began last week. (Thumbnail: AFP)
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Yorkers Wage Urgent Battle for GMO Label Law
Campaigners for a bill to label foods made with genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) in New York are racing against the clock this week as they rally for a vote before state lawmakers on Thursday adjourn for the year. In what has emerged as a pivotal battle in the state-by-state labeling fight...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mass Spying on Users of Social Media Totally Legal, says UK Government
The British government has responded to a lawsuit by privacy and civil liberty advocates by releasing a 48-page document that justifies what it calls "legal" spying of its citizens who use foreign-based internet sites like Google and YouTube and social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Miami Sues Banking Giant Over Predatory Mortgages
The city of Miami on Friday filed a lawsuit in a federal court against JPMorgan Chase & Co., accusing the banking giant of a pattern of discriminatory loan practices "since at least 2004" which sparked foreclosures and violated the U.S. Fair Housing Act. "JPMorgan has engaged in a continuous...
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[field_image_caption-raw] New 'Net Neutrality' Bill Good Step, But Not Enough, say Internet Advocates
A new bill banning "fast lanes" on the Internet was unveiled in both the Senate and House on Tuesday. The bill, dubbed the the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative Doris Matsui (D-Calif.). "Americans [...] want an Internet...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nearly Two Years Caged in Embassy, Groups Demand Justice for Julian Assange
Nearly sixty international human rights groups, press freedom advocates and civil society organizations have submitted reports to bodies at the United Nations calling on Swedish officials to remedy the "pre-trial detention" status of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who has remained under asylum...
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[field_image_caption-raw] American 'Healthcare' Exceptionalism: Highest Costs, Worst Care
A new report reveals that the the U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world yet delivers the worst care among 11 industrialized nations, in what critics charge is further proof that the private insurance model is broken. "The only solution is to move away from the private insurance...
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[title] The Untouchable 2nd Amendment
The NRA and the Republican Party want Americans to believe that the 2nd amendment every American to own any gun they want, anywhere they want. The truth is that the entire gun craze taking place in America is baded on a flawed Supreme Court ruling and a well funded campaign by the NRA.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Economic Models Fail Test of Climate Emergency
A new peer-reviewed study in the UK is casting doubt on the current economic models widely used to calculate the full breadth of costs associated with global warming and argues the price tag for continued inaction on carbon pollution is astronomically higher than frequently predicted. The paper (...
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[field_image_caption-raw] President Obama Orders US Soldiers Back to Iraq
As widespread unrest and civil war takes hold inside Iraq, President Barack Obama has told the U.S Congress he is sending combat-ready troops back into the country. In remarks on Friday, Obama told the American people he would "not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq." Despite those...
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