News for 2014-06-30

Monday, June 30, 2014
An Israeli woman holds a sign showing images of the Israeli teenagers at a rally in Tel Aviv on Sunday. (Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters) Bodies of Missing Israeli Teens Found in West Bank
The bodies of three Israeli teenagers who went missing in the occupied West Bank nearly three weeks ago were discovered near the city of Hebron on Monday. "The bodies are currently going through forensic identification," the Israeli army said in a statement. "The families of the abducted teens have...
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[title] Shift Change: Worker Owned Cooperatives and the Movement to Create a More Just Economy
SHIFT CHANGE - preview from Mark Dworkin on Vimeo .
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A federal appeals court has ruled that Iraqi victims of torture at Abu Ghraib can sue contractor CACI. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/cc/flickr) Federal Court: No Impunity for Abu Ghraib Torturers
In a ruling that "affirms that U.S. corporations are not entitled to impunity for torture and war crimes," a federal appeals court Monday overturned a lower court's decision that had prevented accountability sought by Iraqi victims of torture at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. World outrage...
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(Photo: Erick Gustafson/Flickr/Creative Commons) Big Victory as Court Upholds Small Towns' Right to Ban Fracking
In a victory for fracking opponents, towns in New York today won the right to ban oil and gas production operations from their communities. The ruling may have widespread effects on the drilling industry as towns continue to file moratoriums on the environmentally harmful process. The decision sets...
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Whistleblowers hindered by nondisclosure agreements [photo by Tony Webster/CC] Corporate Gag Orders Have a Chilling Effect on Whistleblowers
Corporations are using overly broad and limiting nondisclosure agreements to prevent employees from reporting wrongdoing or fraud to government officials, according to an investigation published in the Washington Post on Monday . Lawyers representing whistleblowers say the agreements, being used by...
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(Photo: flickr / cc / Stephen Masker) Supreme Court Ruling a 'Slap in the Face' to Public Unions
Though not as damaging to public sector unions as a more aggressive decision would have been, a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday has dealt a significant blow to organized labor with 5-4 decision that again fell along the court's ideological divide. "Today’s decision to limit workers’...
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(Photo: Compassion in World Farming/Flickr/Creative Commons) FDA May Be Seeking to Use Untested Technology in Livestock Feed
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be looking to use emerging technology in products for livestock that could make animals on factory farms gain weight and absorb medications faster. The technology in question is nanotechnology, the process of manipulating or creating matter at the...
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Corporate Rights Trump Women's Health in Hobby Lobby Ruling
Defenders of women's health and reproductive freedom are reacting with anger to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Monday which ruled that an employer with religious objection can opt out of providing contraception coverage to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. Writing for the...
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[title] Christian City Under Siege: The Battle for Iraq
Earlier this week, ISIS began an assault on the historically Assyrian Christian city of Qaraqosh in the northern Nineveh province, just east of Mosul. Kurdish peshmerga forces moved into the city to fortify it against a barrage of mortar shells. The city, though not officially located in the...
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Blackwater guards are accused of opening fire on civilians in a 2007 incident. (Photo: Marwan Naamani / AFP / Getty Images) Blackwater's Top Gun to Investigator: 'I Could Kill You'
As the trial continues against Blackwater mercenaries accused of a bloody massacre that took place in Iraq in 2007 and left seventeen civilians dead, new documents reveal that just weeks prior to that incident a State Department investigation into the practices of the private military company was...
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(Photo: Flickr / cc / mkhmarketing) Anger Follows Facebook's Secret Study to Manipulate Emotions
New details surrounding how Facebook allowed academic researchers to conduct a secret experiment on nearly 700,000 of its users to determine if digital manipulation of their emotions could be achieved has spurred widespread condemnation and new fears about the power of such systems when turned...
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