All News Articles for 2012-view-2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Nobel Peace Laureates Call For Military Boycott Of Israel
53 authors 'horrified at the latest round of Israeli aggression'
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Sweatshop Fire: Outrage in Bangladesh as Few Arrests are Made
Over a dozen western brands found among sweatshop rubble
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[title] Holding Chevron Accountable
What will it take for the energy giant to pay out the billions of dollars it owes for the pollution of the Amazon?
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Cairo: Demonstrations Mount as Police Teargas Egyptian Youth
Crisis continues as Egypt's high courts cease in protest
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'Alarming' Year of Extremes as Climate 'Tipping Point' Looms
UN groups issue stark warnings at climate summit in Doha
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Corporation Uses NAFTA to Sue Canada for $250 Million Over Fracking Ban
Delaware company uses trade agreement to have profit trump environmental interests
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CDC: Abortion Rates Fall to Lowest Rates in 10 Years
GOP continues assault on women's rights
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[title] Seeing is Believing: Glacial Photography in ‘Chasing Ice’ Proves Climate Change is Real
Director Jeff Orlowski talks to “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer about his experiences filming melting Arctic ice and glacial retreat for “Chasing Ice,” a documentary that focuses on the work of environmental photographer James Balog. “We have to pay for fossil fuels properly,” says Orlowski, when asked about the single best way to mitigate climate change. “There are a lot of externalities when we buy gas at the pump. We’re not paying for the environmental destruction.”
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Audit: Kabul Bank's Crony Capitalism a 'Ponzi Scheme'
'The United States brought crony capitalism, not free markets, to Afghanistan'
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Thousands Cram into Tahrir Square Calling for Morsi to Step Down
Another protester killed in week of protests
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COP18: Permafrost Melts While Government Negotiations Stall
Rich nations do nothing while permafrost melt increases emissions by 39%
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France to Back Palestinian Bid to Raise UN Status
French Foreign Minister: 'We've known for years France's constant position is to recognize the Palestinian state'
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Mold, Other Health Hazards Plague Sandy Victims One Month Later
'How much can a body take?'
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Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School
Corrections Corporation of America used in drug sweeps of public school students in Arizona
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[title] Debunking the 'Fiscal Cliff'
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Children Face the Fallout of Gaza War
GAZA CITY - As Israel and Hamas separately celebrate the ceasefire and their “victory” over the other following Israel’s blistering eight-day military assault on the Gaza strip, civilians continue to pay the price.
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'Painful, but Necessary': Arafat's Remains Exhumed
Samples taken from late Palestinian leader's body, then returned quietly to resting place
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Monday, November 26, 2012
[title] Radhika Balakrishnan: Austerity Is a Human Rights Violation
Renowned feminist economist Radhika Balakrishnan explains why cuts to healthcare, education and other social services are a threat to human dignity and a violation of human rights.
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Lawyers: Bradley Manning Already Punished for Unproven Crimes
24-year-old accused of releasing classified documents to WikiLeaks
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Florida GOP Admission: Voter Fraud 'Just a Marketing Ploy'
Former Republican leaders speak out against early voting laws
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First Amendment Win: Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Block Recording of Police Officers
ACLU of Illinois: "... individuals and organizations must be able to freely gather and record information about the conduct of government and their agents – especially the police."
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Thousands Protest in Morocco Condemning Israel's 'Crimes Against Humanity'
Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane leads march as cease-fire talks resume in Cairo
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Update: Morsi Won't Back Down Ahead of Mass Protests Tuesday
Update: Egypt President Mohamed Morsi told the country's Supreme Judicial Council today that his decree last week, that gave himself sweeping powers over the country, was a directive within his rights as president and did not infringe upon the judiciary. The unwillingness to budge is certain to further anger anti-Morsi protesters and fuel tensions with Morsi supporters and police within protest hit cities.
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In Acidifying Ocean, 'Dissolving' Shells Portend Marine Disaster
Ocean acidification, caused by human-induced rising CO2 levels, is hitting the base of the marine food chain in the Antarctic and stands as an ominous sign for widespread impacts on marine life. According to research published Sunday, the increasingly acidified Antarctic is dissolving the shells of sea snails, called pteropods.
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Environmental Critics: US Must Take 'Urgent' Climate Action
Nearly 200 countries gather at climate change conference
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[title] "Morsi Must Go" Chant Thousands of Egyptians
Mass Protests Across Egypt demand President Morsi reverse power grabbing decree and many call for his resignation
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Demands for Justice Follow Deadly Sweatshop Fire
Thousands protest in Bangladesh over garment industry's deadly safety record as new blaze breaks out
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Sunday, November 25, 2012
CEO Council Demands Cuts To Poor, Elderly While Reaping Billions In Government Contracts, Tax Breaks
WASHINGTON—The corporate CEOs who have made a high-profile foray into deficit negotiations have themselves been substantially responsible for the size of the deficit they now want closed.
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Growing Food in the Desert: A Solution to the World's Food Crisis?
Philipp Saumweber is creating a miracle in the barren Australian outback, growing tonnes of fresh food. So why has he fallen out with the pioneering environmentalist who invented the revolutionary system?
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Opposition to US Bases in Pacific Reaches Turning Point
TOKYO – Okinawa, the largest of a group of 60 sub-tropical islands forming Japan’s southernmost prefecture, has an equable climate and preferential treatment for United States servicemen under the Mutual Cooperation Security Treaty between the U.S. and Japan. According to Chobin Zukeran, a member of the House of Representatives from Okinawa, the archipelago is the perfect U.S. base because it fans out into the Pacific Ocean towards Taiwan, making it a vital bulwark for U.S. military strategists concerned with containing China.
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Fearing Loss to Romney, Obama Officials Pushed to Codify Rules for 'Kill List'
A report in the New York Times on Sunday describes how, leading up to the recent US election, the Obama administration made a determined push to codify guidelines for its targeted assassination (aka 'Kill List') program and clarify rules for the use of US predator drones strikes overseas.
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Over 100 Workers Killed in Bangladesh Sweatshop Fire
Anti-sweatshop campaigners say 'negligence' and systemic mistreatment and disregard of workers to blame
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[title] Educated Solutionaries vs. Corporate Advertising
Zoe Weil, co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education , wants us to reject the corporate targeting of our children and advocates a paradigm that 'educates for freedom.'
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Iran Accuses US Drones of 'Illegal and Provocative Acts' over Persian Gulf
The Iranian government filed formal complaints with the United Nations on Friday, accusing the United States of violating its airspace repeatedly and using its fleet of Navy drones for 'illegal and provocative' acts along its border and over the Persian Gulf. The complaints were submitted via letters delivered to UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon and the office of the UN Security Council (UNSC) in New York. As The Hill reports :
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RT’s Abby Martin Accuses Israel of War Crimes for Targeting Journalists
Abby Martin of Russia Today’s Brainwash Update pointed out that Israel’s targeting of Gaza media centers, which killed journalists and endangered employees of many news organizations, was a war crime. (She was hardly alone in this ). She was the victim of a smear attempt by the Israel lobby, which accused her of support for terrorism (because she dared call illegal Israeli actions illegal).
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US Leadership, Global Solidarity Keys to Averting Climate Disaster: Experts
Obama must show courageous leadership in Doha say experts
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Briefly President, Now Pharaoh
CAIRO - When Mohamed Mursi was sworn in as president in June there were concerns that the first democratically elected president in Egyptian history would be subservient to the military council that had ruled the country since dictator Hosni Mubarak was toppled in early 2011.
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[title] Black Friday Thanksgiving
Now that it's over (kinda), we can take a light moment on the darkest day of American consumerism. Rebecca Tyler (Teri Hatcher) serves Thanksgiving dinner while she prepares her family for the earliest Black Friday in the history of anything ever:
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Friday, November 23, 2012
Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man at Border
Shooting marks first death since ceasefire
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'Black Friday' Strikes Mark Start of Walmart Workers Fight
Demand for living wage and human dignity will not be thwarted
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Egypt's Revolutionaries Protest 'Coup Against Legitimacy' by New President
Mohamed Mursi assumes 'sweeping' new powers
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Economic Sanctions Cause 'War-time Conditions' in Iranian Hospitals
'The government is playing with our people's health.'
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Worldwide Anti-Dolphin Slaughter, Whale Hunt Rallies This Weekend
Anti-whaling activists announced Thursday that there will be a co-ordinated global day of protest this weekend against Japan's annual state-sponsored hunt and to the capture and slaughter of dolphins in the town of Taiji. The Japanese annual whaling mission to the Southern Ocean is due to start in the next few weeks. Action for Marine Mammals say they are planning to march through the commercial districts of Tokyo, Shibuya and Harajuku on Saturday.
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Greek Workers Occupy Town Halls, March Through Athens to Protest Austerity Cuts
'They think of us as numbers and not as people'
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Public Holiday in Gaza to Celebrate Truce, 'Victory'
Life in Gaza began returning to 'normal' on Thursday with a public holiday to mark a ceasefire and 'victory' that ended a violent eight-day confrontation with the Israeli military.
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[title] One Thing You Need To Remember This Black Friday: Support Wal-Mart Workers!
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Skies Quiet, But Death and Destruction Linger Over Gaza
In Gaza, another eight days of killing
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Walmart Nervous as Black Friday Strike Nears
Workers "in it for the long haul" against world's largest retailer
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
'Sobering Facts' In UN Report Show Global Warming Targets Fading Fast
Meeting the worldwide goal of stalling global warming at a two degree- Celsius increase by 2020 is increasingly unlikely, according a UN Environment Program (UNEP) report released Wednesday.
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Pentagon Wants to Keep Running Its Afghan Drug War From Blackwater’s HQ
The U.S. war in Afghanistan is supposed to be winding down. Its contractor-led drug war? Not so much.
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DOE Awards Nuclear Grant to Three-Mile Island Firm
Administration pushing modular nukes: 'best thing since sliced bread'
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Food Bank Stocks Dry Up in Wake of Great Drought
As holidays approach, government donations plummet
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Nanotechnology Could Reduce Plant's Ability to Produce Food
'There could be unintended consequences … if we’re not careful.'
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10,000 London Students Back in Streets to Mark Anniversary of Protests
Two years after a massive UK student movement broke out in protest of austerity cuts and the rising costs of education, young protesters have once again taken to the streets to remind the world that their problems have not disappeared.
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Organic Farmers Slam GMO-Friendly USDA Report
Report leaves burden of GMO contamination with 'victim;' 'fails to address the root cause of the problem -- transgenic contamination,' say groups
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Women's Healthcare Group Calls For Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills
Change would increase use, reduce unintended pregnancies
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San Francisco Bans Nakedness, Sort of
'This legislation is really about genitals'
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IAEA Data on Sensitive Iranian Stockpile Mislead News Media
WASHINGTON - News stories on the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report suggested new reasons to fear that Iran is closer to a “breakout” capability than ever before, citing a nearly 50-percent increase in its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium and the installation of hundreds of additional centrifuges at the Fordow enrichment installation.
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[title] Fracking in America
For years now, the United States has tried to lower its dependence on foreign oil for its energy needs. With stability in the Middle East in question, drilling at home has never been more attractive. But it often comes at a cost. Natural gas extraction - fracking - is being touted as the answer. But questions are being asked about the process and its implications.
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Israel, Gaza Ceasefire Reached after Week of Israeli Terror
Update 2:23 pm est: The Israel/Gaza ceasefire has officially commenced. There have been no explosions since the official ceasefire starting point at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT), but low flying drones can still be heard flying overhead in Gaza .
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Homeland Security Wants to More Than Double Its Predator Drone Fleet Inside the US, Despite Safety and Privacy Concerns
Despite renewed criticism from both parties in Congress that domestic drones pose a privacy danger to US citizens—and a report from its own Inspector General https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/368435-dhs-inspector-general-rep...
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[title] Gaza Ceasefire Yet to Be Decided, But Will U.S. Rein In Israeli Occupation, Blockade?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Jerusalem, Ramallah and Cairo today as the Israeli attack on Gaza reached its seventh day. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also in the region after calling for an immediate ceasefire and warning an Israeli ground operation in Gaza would be a "dangerous escalation" that must be avoided. As ceasefire talks continue in Cairo, Hamas has set two conditions for accepting a cease-fire: lifting the military blockade on the Gaza Strip and international assurances that Israel would stop assassinations and other military measures.
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NJ GOP's Failed Attempt to Block Minimum Wage Bill
Republicans cite storm as excuse to 'keep people down'
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Harvard Students Vote to Divest From Fossil Fuels
Harvard University students overwhelmingly voted in support of divesting from fossil fuels on Friday, an act that adds the university to a nascent but growing movement modeled after the anti-apartheid divestment campaigns of the 80s.
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US Joins with Iran, N. Korea, Syria in Opposing Abolition of Death Penalty
As world makes progress towards abolishing state-sanctioned murder, US remains defiant
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New Report Ranks States in Efforts to Reduce Oil Addiction
Obama administration should 'do more to complement state initiatives'
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Smash Records Again: UN
Greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere shattered all previous records in 2011, according to a new report by the UN World Meteorological Organization released Tuesday.
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'People Over Profits!': Climate Justice Groups Slam 'Wholly Irresponsible' Tar Sands Plan
Peaceful Uprising and Utah Tar Sands Resistance say western land sale puts 'short-term profits' ahead of the planet, attempt to deliver 'People's Environmental Statement'
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SUNY Buffalo Shuts "Frackademia" Center, Shale Resources and Society Institute
Monday, SUNY Buffalo closed the doors of its Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI), what we at DeSmog have described as an epicenter for " frackademia " and a public relations front for the oil and gas industry to promote hydraulic fracturing (" fracking ") under the guise of scientific legitimacy that a university offe
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World's Biggest Investors Join Climate Change Chorus
Group says 'trillions at risk,' calls for stronger government policies
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1,200 New Coal Plants 'Ensure Runaway Climate Change'
Expansive plan 'could kill a quarter million people every year'
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[title] Strategic Maneuvers: The Revolving Door from the Pentagon to the Private Sector
CREW and Brave New Foundation have released Strategic Maneuvers, a new report and short film revealing the extent of the Pentagon's revolving door phenomenon, in which retired high-ranking generals and admirals cash in on their years of military experience by taking lucrative jobs with the defense industry.
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Day 7: Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Drives Hope for Ceasefire
UPDATE (11:46 AM EST):
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Rights Groups Call for Ban on Futuristic Killer Robots
The predator drone – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – is one of the relatively new lethal weapons used by the United States for targeted killings of suspected terrorists, particularly in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. And since it is unmanned and remotely controlled, the drone does not risk the lives of U.S. soldiers. But the weapon has increasingly come under fire because of the collateral damage in the spillover killings of innocent civilians, including women and children.
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Michigan Still Fighting to Boot Detroit Schools' 'Emergency Manager'
Keeping Roy Roberts as Emergency Financial Manager "blatantly ignores the vote of the People"
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Offshore Oil Leak in Nigeria, "Worst Ever" in String of Many
Twenty-mile oil slick destroys local fishing industry
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Study: Women in Manufacturing Face Five-fold Breast Cancer Risk
Workers complained of nosebleeds, headaches for decades
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Tar Sands Blockade: Construction Halted As Protestors Face Arrests, Pepper Spray
Day of Action on the frontlines of the fight against Keystone XL pipeline
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Water Industry Outlook: 'The Time Is Ripe' for Water Privatization
Survey from water industry insiders shows hedge funds, private equity positioning to benefit from increasingly scarce resource
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Obama in Southeast Asia to Solidify Military, Economic Empire
President Barack Obama on Sunday kicked off a tour of three Southeast Asia countries meant to further an "Asia pivot" military and economic strategy that will solidify the US empire in that part of the world. At a meeting in Cambodia on Friday, US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta confirmed the US commitment to "increas(ing) the size and number of exercises that we participate in the Pacific with our Southeast Asian partners, and we are devoting new funding to this goal."
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World Bank Report Warns 'Catastrophic Consequences' of Global Warming
Economic group's call to action acknowledges climate campaigners' years of warning
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Day 6: Outrage, Protests Show Gaza Solidarity in Middle East
Death toll climbs on sixth day of Israeli attacks
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[title] The Roots of Israeli Attack on Gaza
Phyllis Bennis: The current conflict did not begin with rockets fired at Israel
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Gilad Sharon, Son Of Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Writes Op-Ed: 'We Need To Flatten Entire Neighborhoods In Gaza'
Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, wrote an op-ed on Sunday calling for even more aggressive Israeli strikes in Gaza. "We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza," states Sharon in The Jerusalem Post.
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Thousands Surround Obama's White House: 'Stop Keystone XL!'
Thousands of people began a planned march around the White House on Sunday afternoon, calling on the Obama Administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and keep tar sands crude out of the US.
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Five Reasons to Reject (Again) the Keystone XL Pipeline
This Sunday, activists are organizing another round of protests at the White House to urge the President to kill the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This marks the beginning of a new post-election campaign to pressure the Administration to abandon dirty fossil fuel projects. Below is a piece , written by three of the organizations leading the protests: Oil Change International, 350.org, and Bold Nebraska.
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[title] Phyllis Bennis says Gaza War About Two Things: Occupation and Israeli Politics
RT's Abby Martin interviews Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, about the current escalation of violence in Gaza, and factors that play a role in the conflict:
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Day 5: Israel 'Significantly Expands' War on Gaza; Civilian Death Toll Climbs
Israeli minister quoted as saying goal of the operation was "to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages."
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Momentum Builds for Historic Black Friday Strike at Walmart
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US Escalation Against Iran Would Carry High Cost for Global Economy
WASHINGTON - The world economy would bear substantial costs if the United States took steps to significantly escalate the conflict with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, according to the findings of a Federation of American Scientists’ (FAS) special report released here Friday.
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Gaza Hospitals Face Dire Supply Shortages
Already stretched thin before this latest conflict, hospitals in the Gaza Strip face a "disaster" if fighting continues.
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With Election Won, Climate Campaigners Fear Obama Reversal on Keystone
'Whose side are you on—' environmentalists ask Obama '—Earth's or Big Oil's'
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Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change
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Armed with US Weapons, Israeli Firepower Threatens to Overwhelm Palestinians
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Day 4: Ground Invasion? Israel Troops Amass on Gaza Border
Airstrikes continue but signs--including US backing of ground war--portend weekend escalation
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Naomi Klein: Sandy's Devastation Opens Space for Climate Change Action, Progressive Reform
At a speaking event in New York City this week, award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein discussed why the reconstruction from Superstorm Sandy is actually a great place to usher in progressive change. Klein's latest article for The Nation magazine is called, "Superstorm Sandy — a People's Shock?" She is the author of the best-selling book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," and is now working on a book about climate change.
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Social Media Surveillance OK'd by DHS 'Privacy Office'
A section of the US Department of Homeland Security known as the "Privacy Office" recently approved a DHS initiative designed to monitor social media sites for "emerging threats," according a new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting -- a move that will add to fears that the US government may be 'friending' and 'following' an increasing number of citizens for surveillance purposes.
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[title] Bernie Sanders, Progressive Senators Pressure Obama Not To Cut Social Security
A group of progressive lawmakers led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday called for protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits in any deficit reduction deal. "We're going to send a loud message to the leadership in the House, in the Senate and President Obama. Do not cut Social Security, do not cut Medicare, do not cut Medicaid," Sanders said. "Deficit reduction is a serious issue but it must be done in a way that is fair. We must not balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the sick, the children or the poor."
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For true climate justice, for the surrounding communities as well as the planet, what is needed is a shift towards clean energy. 'Coal Blooded': New Report Slams Coal Plants for Poisoning Communities
Coal plant owners make billions, leave low-income and communities of color toxic
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Chorus of Warnings Grow: 'Say No to US Austerity'
As politicians debate "fiscal cliff" economist say policy mistakes would harm most vulnerable and enormously damage fragile recovery
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