News for 2014-08-27

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Federal Protection Sought for Iconic Pollinators 'In Deadly Free Fall'
The alarming decline of the monarch butterfly population necessitates federal action to save the iconic orange and black pollinators. Such is the urging of the Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety, joined by the Xerces Society and monarch expert Dr. Lincoln Brower, who sent a...
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Burger King 'Inversion' Allows It to Profit Off Public, Dodge Taxes, say Critics
Critics are slamming Burger King Worldwide Inc.'s announcement it is buying Canadian food chain Tim Hortons Inc. and moving its headquarters to Canada as a tax-dodging move enabled by a tax code that "treats corporations better than people." The tax loophole at issue is called a "corporate...
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Libya in Chaos: Vijay Prashad on Bloody Legacy of US Intervention (VIDEO)
Libya is facing its most severe surge in violence and conflict since Muammar Gaddafi was swept from office in 2011 with the support of U.S. air strikes. Meanwhile, U.S. officials have publicly condemned Egypt and the United Arab Emirates for launching air strikes against armed Islamist groups in...
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Ceasefire Ends Bombing of Gaza, But Lasting Peace Has Larger Demands
The indefinite ceasefire between representatives from Israel and Palestine announced Tuesday brought an immediate relief from the Israeli military operation dubbed Operation Protective Edge. However, it raised many questions regarding the future for the Gaza Strip following the 50-day assault that...
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Eastward NATO Marches as Ukraine Accuses Russia of 'Invasion'
The Kiev government in Ukraine accused the Russian army of invading its eastern border on Wednesday, even though no media outlets reporting on the claims appeared able to independently verify the accusations. Though it can routinely be difficult to verify facts inside a war zone, there has been a...
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When It Comes to War in Iraq and Syria, Senate Dems Prefer No Congressional Vote
Numerous Senate Democrats oppose bringing military operations in Iraq and Syria to a vote before Congress because they think going on the record as for or against will be harmful to their bids for office during an election season, The Hill reported Wednesday . Critics slammed this reluctance to...
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Brazil Socialist Presidential Nominee Marina Silva Spikes in Polls
Marina Silva, former environmental minister of Brazil whose populist appeal has resulted in surging poll numbers and a wave of new voter interest in the election, last week became the presidential nominee of the country's Socialist Party and the frontrunner to challenge current President Dilma...
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Despite Calls for Humanity, Detroit Resumes Water Shutoffs
Despite widespread public outcry and international condemnation, the city of Detroit on Tuesday resumed shutting off the water supply to thousands of city residents. Ending the month long moratorium on shutoffs, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) public affairs specialist Gregory Eno...
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'Severe... Pervasive... Irreversible": IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions
Climate change is here. Climate change is now. Climate change will be significantly more dangerous, deadly, and expensive if nothing is done to correct humanity's course, but aspects of future shifts are probably already irreversible. That's the assessment of the United Nations' Intergovernmental...
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