News for 2014-07-30

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Humans Driving Planet's New Mass Extinction, Say Scientists
The planet appears to be at the early stages of its sixth mass extinction, and humans are responsible, a new study finds. Published last week in the journal Science , the study incorporates scientific literature review and data analysis by a team of international scientists, led by author Rodolfo...
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(Photo: Gary Sauer-Thompson) 'There Will Be No Water' by 2040? Researchers Urge Global Energy Paradigm Shift
The world risks an "insurmountable" water crisis by 2040 without an immediate and significant overhaul of energy consumption and demand, a research team reported on Wednesday. "There will be no water by 2040 if we keep doing what we're doing today," said Professor Benjamin Sovacool of Denmark's...
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Jeremy Scahill: White House Censoring What US Public Can Know About Torture Program
Following news that the very same Central Intelligence Agency officials involved with the CIA torture program are being allowed access to the still classified U.S. Senate torture report, journalist Jeremy Scahill said Tuesday that "the White House, at the highest levels, is basically going through...
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State Department OKs Largest-Ever Sale of Hellfire Missiles to Iraq
In a sign that the U.S. Pentagon is preparing further military backing of the government of Nouri al-Maliki , the State Department on Monday granted its approval of the largest shipment to date of Hellfire missiles to Iraq. The possible Foreign Military Sale includes 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire...
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With Possible 'Major Public Health Impact,' Malaria Vaccine Advances
An experimental anti-malaria vaccine manufactured by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has shown promise at preventing the mosquito-born disease among children and infants, a new study finds. The publication follows GSK's announcement last week that it is applying for approval from European...
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(Photo: SEIU via Twitter) Labor Board Delivers Victory for Low-Wage McDonald's Workers
In a ruling being hailed by union groups and wage rights advocates, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found Tuesday that fast food giant McDonald's can be considered a joint employer of workers employed by its franchise restaurants, meaning the corporation can be found liable for labor and...
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Spending Soars for Anti-GMO Label Lobbying
Food and biotechnology giants are accelerating their efforts to thwart legislation that mandates labels for food made with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group released Tuesday. In the first quarter of 2014 alone, major food and...
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(Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Wikileaks Defies Australian Court's 'Blanket Censorship Order' by Publishing It
Wikileaks has revealed a secret court order in Australia to censor reporting on a massive, years-long political bribery and corruption scandal in the country involving its central bank and several international leaders. Described as a "superinjunction," the order blocks reporting on the order...
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The Jackson Women's Health Organization (Photo: AP) Ruling Saves Mississippi's Last Remaining Abortion Clinic
Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic will stay open after a U.S. federal appeals court ruling on Tuesday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a law that required abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, which can be difficult to acquire as doctors'...
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Ticking Diplomatic Clock a Cover for Israeli Assaults on Gaza
UNITED NATIONS - As the death toll in Gaza keeps climbing – and charges of alleged war crimes against Israel keep mounting – the most powerful political body at the United Nations remains ineffective, impotent and in a state of near paralysis. Perhaps by choice. The 15-member U.N. Security Council...
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'World Stands Disgraced' as Israel Bombs Another UN-Designated Shelter in Gaza
A United Nations school in the northern Gaza Strip, where hundreds of Palestinians were seeking refuge from Israeli bombing, was itself hit by missile strikes on Wednesday night, killing at least 16 people and wounding close to one hundred others. "Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront...
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