News for 2014-07-11

Friday, July 11, 2014
US Spending Billions to 'Dig Ourselves a Bigger Climate Hole'
Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached levels not seen before in human history, and climate scientists have warned that the world is on track to exceed the warming threshold of 2 degrees Celsuis. But despite his statement that "we have a moral obligation" to act on climate change,...
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Gaza's Children Trapped in Path of Israeli Air Assault
As Israeli fighter jets, attack helicopters, and armed drones continue to pummel Gaza for a fourth day, children—who comprise half of the population of this besieged strip—face mounting wounds and deaths. According to a list of the dead released Friday by Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesperson for Gaza's...
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First Nation Suffers Defeat in Court, Vows to Continue Fight for Land
The Grassy Narrows First Nation suffered a defeat on Friday when the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a lower court ruling that the provincial government of Ontario has the right to issue logging licenses on their traditional lands. While Friday's ruling was in reference to the 141-year-old treaty,...
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[title] Thousands Gather for NYC Protest for Palestine
Max Blumenthal addresses the crowd gathered outside the Israeli Consulate on 42nd St & 2nd Ave in NYC on July 9, 2014.
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Landmark Study Underscores Wide-Ranging Benefits of Pesticide-Free Farming
A meta-analysis of 343 previously peer-reviewed studies from all over the world has found that organic crops contain more antioxidants and fewer pesticides than their non-organic counterparts, according to reporting in the Guardian . The research, conducted by an international team of scientists...
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Russian Officials Likely to Extend Asylum for Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden is seeking to extend his stay in Russia, where he has been granted asylum from the U.S. after releasing documents on the NSA's surveillance programs around the world, and officials at the Kremlin confirmed to state media that the new permit is likely to be approved. “I do not see any...
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After 3 Millions Views, Greenpeace 'Save the Arctic Lego Movie' Pulled from YouTube
UPDATE: (8:14 PM EST): Greenpeace's sad, oil spill-themed parody aimed at Lego and Shell is back on YouTube According to The Wrap : After initially having Greenpeace's super viral “Lego Movie” parody pulled from YouTube, Warner Bros. has withdrawn its complaint and the clip has been put back up on...
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[title] The Strategic Goal of Israeli Offensive Against Gaza Is Revenge
Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse . His latest book is titled The Battle for Justice in Palestine . Based in Chicago, he has written hundreds of articles on the...
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US Officials Conversed About UK Attempt to Destroy Guardian Files
New documents obtained by the Associated Press under a Feedom of Infomation Act request appear to reveal that high-level officials knew in advance that British agents were attempting to destroy documents leaked by Edward Snowden that were contained on computers owned by the Guardian newspaper...
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World Council of Churches to Divest from World's Dirty Fuels
In what the global fossil fuel divestment movement is claiming as a "major victory," the World Council of Churches has agreed to phase out its financial holdings in the world's dirtiest energy sources and will encourage the congregants in the churches it represents to do the same. Passed by a vote...
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