News for 2014-07-01

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Half a Million People to EPA: Stop 'Largest Expansion of a Known Toxic Herbicide'
Over half a million people including scientists, doctors and food safety advocates have urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to approve a new herbicide mix proposed by Dow because they say it would open the floodgates to a vast increase in toxic spraying that puts public health and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Detroit Citizens Vow Direct Action to Protect Their Right to Water
Rallying on the steps of the Michigan governor's office in Detroit, activists and religious leaders on Monday called for an immediate moratorium on the city's plan to shut off water to tens of thousands of households. “This is everybody's fight, water is a human right!” the protesters chanted. In...
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[title] Peru - Mining & Human Rights Defenders
Front Line Defenders visited Peru in February 2014 and travelled extensively in the Cajamarca and Cusco regions investigating ongoing conflict between mining companies and indigenous and campesino rights defenders.
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Face of Insurgency, Political Process Collapses in Iraq
The situation in Iraq inched closer to chaos on Tuesday, as a parliamentary session to name new leaders collapsed when Sunni and Kurdish politicians walked out. The Council of Representatives was due to elect a speaker, but when Kurdish and Sunni Arab members of parliament did not return after a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban in Kentucky
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn struck down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, stating that it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. However, the ruling was temporarily put on hold until it is seen by the Sixth Circuit court, which will hear appeals on August...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hundreds of Thousands Rally for Democracy in Hong Kong
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(Photo cropped from EFF Photos via flickr) Newly Revealed Snowden Docs Expose Near Global Reach of NSA
The U.S. National Security Agency was given legal authority to gather communications covering nearly the entire globe, the Washington Post has revealed . A 2010 classified document leaked by Edward Snowden and obtained by the Post shows that the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court,...
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald speaking to students at the University of Arizona in this file photo. (Photo: flickr / cc / Gage Skidmore) Last Minute US Govt Claims Put Halt to Greenwald 'Bombshell'
At midday on Monday, journalist Glenn Greenwald announced that revelations he has termed among "the most important" to result from documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden would be published at midnight. However, despite the growing anticipation on Monday and just hours prior to the...
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(Photo: o.maloteau/Flickr/Creative Commons) FBI "Has No Idea" How Many Warrantless Searches It's Done
The FBI and the CIA conducted an untold amount of warrantless "backdoor searches" on thousands of private American citizens, according to an internal document (PDF) released Monday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The document was released to leaders of the Senate...
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls an end to the ceasefire in a national address Monday night. (Screenshot via Channel 5) Ukraine Govt Launches Full-Scale Assault on East
Hours after calling off a 10-day ceasefire Monday evening, Ukrainian forces launched a full-scale military operation against rebels in the eastern part of the country. Announcing an end to the agreement, which many hoped would lead to peace talks, President Petro Poroshenko said in a televised...
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[title] SCOTUS: Corporations Have Religious Rights
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Thousands demonstrated outside the prime minister's office in Tokyo in Monday against the remilitarization of the country. (Screenshot via Ruptly TV) Thousands Call for 'No War' as Japanese Govt Authorizes Re-Militarization
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday announced that despite public opposition the government of Japan was re-authorizing the military, marking a dramatic shift from the nation's decades-long pledge to pacifism. In a meeting Tuesday, the government Cabinet approved a reinterpretation of Article 9 of...
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A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza, on July 1, 2014. Israeli warplanes launched in the early morning hours of Tuesday, dozens of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. (Photo credit: AFP/ SAID KHATIB) Airstrikes Pummel Gaza Hours After Israel Vows Revenge
Dozens of Israeli airstrikes rocked areas of the Gaza Strip overnight and early Tuesday morning following a promise by the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Hamas would ' pay a heavy price ' for the death of three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were discovered on Monday...
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President Obama announcing his decision to send U.S. soldiers to Iraq last month outside the White House. On Monday, the Pentagon confiirmed the president has now ordered an additional 300 troops to deploy. (Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Obama Orders More Troops, Gunships, and Drones to Iraq
In addition to earlier troop deployments, the Pentagon on Monday confirmed that President Obama has ordered additional U.S. soldiers to Iraq as well as more helicopters and armed Predator drones. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said approximately 300 new troops had arrived in Baghdad...
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