News for 2014-06-18

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] US Scientists, Oil Giant Stole Indigenous Blood
U.S. scientists working together with oil company Maxus Energy took around 3,500 blood samples from the indigenous Amazonian tribe known as the Huaorani, Ecuador charged on Monday. The Huaorani are known for a unique genetic makeup that makes them immune to certain diseases. René Ramírez, the head...
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[title] Will Iraq or Syria Survive? UN Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Sectarian War & the Disastrous ’03 Invasion
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[field_image_caption-raw] Groups Appeal to UN for 'Humanity' as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands
As thousands of people in Detroit go without water, and the city moves to cut off services to tens of thousands more, concerned organizations have taken the unusual step of appealing to the United Nations to intervene and protect the "human right to water." “After decades of policies that put...
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[field_image_caption-raw] The World Continues Its Seven-Year Tumble Downwards Towards Less Peace
The world is continuing a seven-year trend towards a deterioration of peace, the Institute for Economics and Peace finds. In its most recent annual Global Peace Index (pdf) released Wednesday, the think tank ranks 162 nations as measured by 22 specific factors which cover three themes:...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Victory for Native Americans as Redskins Trademarks Pulled
In a landmark rebuke of the controversial NFL brand, the federal patent office on Wednesday canceled the Washington Redskins' official trademark registration. “It is a great victory for Native Americans and for all Americans," said plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse in a statement quoted by Think Progress...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Revealed: Germany is Ground Zero for NSA's 'Secret Surveillance Architecture'
Germany has for years been ground zero for the U.S. National Security Agency's European spy operations, hosting a "web" of sites that secretly collect information, including data used to "capture and kill" alleged terrorists, German magazine Der Spiegel revealed Wednesday . Based on documents...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Freed Hunger-Striking Journalist: 'I Am Now More Determined Than Before'
Egypt released an Al Jazeera Arabic journalist on Tuesday after he had spent nearly 150 days on hunger strike in protest of his 10 months of incarceration without charge. Abdullah Elshamy's detention began in August last year when he was arrested while covering the police crackdown on a protest...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pipeline Opponents: This Means 'War'
“It’s official. The war is on,” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip told a crowd of hundreds who had flooded the streets of Vancouver late Tuesday following the announcement that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. Phillip, who is president...
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[title] Juan Cole: Mass Sunni Uprising Forces Iraq to Confront Sectarian Blowback of 2003 US Invasion
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ukraine and Russia Presidents Talk 'Cease Fire'
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday has offered an outline of a 14-step peace plan process designed to end the months long violence and political upheaval in Ukraine following a late night telephone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The two leaders spoke Tuesday night...
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[field_image_caption-raw] War, Oil, and Intervention as Key Iraq Refinery Sustains Attack
Sunni insurgents attempted to overrun Iraq's largest refinery late Tuesday night outside the city of Baiji but have reportedly been repelled by Iraqi Army units after a lengthy battle that left parts of the facility on fire and dozens of people dead. As the fighting inside Iraq continues, Obama...
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