All News Articles for 2012-05-13

Sunday, May 13, 2012
Spanish Anger at Austerity Spills Into the Streets
Tens of thousands of Spaniards fed up with the economic misery caused by austerity measures and waving banners against bankers marched this weekend to mark the first anniversary of the grassroots "Indignados" movement that has sparked similar protests around the world. Police arrested 18 people in Madrid's Puerta del Sol overnight for resisting an order to leave. Protesters rallied anew in the square during the day calling for the release of the 18, chanting: "We're not all here!"
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Crushing Defeat for Germany's Merkel as Voters Reject Austerity
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative party suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which should embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European 'austerity' policies. The crushing defeat leaves her vulnerable at a time when a backlash against her insistence on austerity is building across Europe. Recent elections have rejected austerity policies in Greece, France and Italy, severely weakening Chancellor Merkel.
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Petition Calls on Brazilian President to Veto 'Catastrophic' Forest Code
Brazil's Congress voted on April 25 to ease rules mandating the amount of forest farmers must keep on their land, delivering a long-sought victory to the country's powerful agriculture lobby despite opposition from environmentalists. The forestry bill that gives loggers and farmers free rein to cut down huge swaths of the Amazon. The bill must still be approved by Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff.
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War Tribunal Finds Bush, Cheney Guilty of War Crimes
Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal orders reparations be given to torture victims
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