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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Financial Costs of Sandy Being Measured in Tens of Billions
Superstorm fulfills warnings long made by climate change experts
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[title] FEMA: 'We Are Still in Response Mode'
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Historic 'Superstorm' Leaves Wake of Destruction in Northeast
Update (2 PM EST): Aerial view of New Jersey coastline after Hurricane Sandy from the National Guard: ________________________________________________ Live coverage from The Weather Channel continues :
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Monday, October 29, 2012
Romney-Ryan: Send FEMA "Back to the Private Sector"
As Sandy bears down, campaign confirms support for position
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'Wild, Wild West' Mentality Pervasive as Global Land-Grab Continues
FAO chief says private investors threaten food sovereignty of world's poorest
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Irish Teacher, Group Battle Fracking With 133-Mile Walk
'Love Leitrim' group to bring anti-fracking message to Irish Parliament
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On Eve of Austerity Vote, Greek Newspapers Expose Billions in Overseas Banks
Journalist faces jail time for "doing his job"
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[title] Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: "If There Was Ever a Wake-up Call, This Is It"
Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean, where it battered Haiti and Cuba. "This thing is stitched together from elements natural and unnatural, and it seems poised to cause real havoc," says Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. New York and other cities have shut down schools and transit systems. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated.
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Cuba and Haiti Assess Damage in Wake of Hurricane Sandy
Some still in camps from 2010 earthquake
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Over a Dozen Nuclear Power Plants in Hurricane Sandy's Path
Eight of these plants have the same design as the Fukushima plant
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Climate Change Feeds Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy, 2012: Massive and dangerous Hurricane Sandy has grown to record size as it barrels northeastwards along the North Carolina coast... -Jeff Masters, Weather Underground, Oct. 28 2012. Science paper, 2010:
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'Storm Like No Other': Ongoing Coverage as Powerful Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall
Northeast states brace for giant storm
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Several Killed in US Drone Attacks in North Yemen
Yemeni officials say a day of US Drone attacks has killed at least four people in Northern Yemen, the first report of airstrikes in the Saada province. Officials say the strikes targeted two households in the region in a search for a local al Qaeda commander, Hadi al-Tais, but there was no confirmation that he was among the dead.
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Marijuana on the Ballot 2012
MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION: On November 6, three states— Colorado , Washington and Oregon —will put to vote the question of whether to legalize marijuana. Beginning in the 1970s many states, counties, and cities have attempted to decriminalize marijuana with efforts ranging from reducing penalties for cannabis-related offenses to removing all penalties related to cannabis, including sale and cultivation. On November 3, 2004, the city of Oakland, Calif.
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Extreme Weather Hits the Poor First – and Hardest
The old adage ‘nature is the great equaliser’ no longer holds true in countries like Sri Lanka, where the poor bear the brunt of extreme weather events. Gamhevage Dayananda, a farmer from the remote village of Pansalgolla in Sri Lanka’s north-central Polonnaruwa district, can attest to this reality, as he and his fellow farmers struggle to survive alternating periods of drought and flooding.
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Tensions Rise in Eastern China over Chemical Factory Protests, Despite Govt Promises
Protest victory for environmental activists or false promises?
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East Coast Residents Flee as 'Frankenstorm' Rears Its Head
A state of emergency http://news.yahoo.com/coastal-residents-told-way-ahead-superstorm-could-...
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[title] Campaign Rhetoric Vs. Reality Checks
Two of the country’s most astute political media observers — Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Marty Kaplan — join Bill to assess the true value of the 2012 political debates, and weigh in on the rhetoric and realities of two campaigns in the home stretch, looking to make their cases by any means affordable. Jamieson is director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the driving force behind the acclaimed online watchdog FactCheck.org.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Tens of Thousands Protest Against Austerity in Rome
Tens of thousands of anti-austerity protesters marched through Rome on Saturday , declaring "No Monti Day" in growing anger over austerity measures introduced by Prime Minister Mario Monti. Since last November, Monti's government has pushed through extreme painful spending cuts, pension overhauls, and tax hikes, all of which reach into the pockets of the lower and working classes of Italy.
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18 Dead in Attacks Across Iraq
Several attacks across Iraq, including a a bombing near a playground, have left at least 18 dead Saturday , underscoring continued unrest in the war torn country.
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India Puts GM Food Crops Under Microscope
Environmental activists are cautiously optimistic that a call by a court-appointed technical committee for a ten-year moratorium on open field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops will shelve plans to introduce bio-engineered foods in this largely agricultural country.
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This file photo shows Pakistani politician Imran Khan addressing a rally in Tank, on October 7. Imran Khan Detained on US Flight over Anti-Drone Activism
Pakistan's anti-drone politician and former cricket-star, Imran Khan, was taken off an international flight from Toronto to New York for questioning over his political views, and his critical stance on US foreign policy, immigration officials have confirmed . "I was taken off from plane and interrogated by US Immigration in Canada on my views on drones. My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop," Khan tweeted yesterday after his questioning.
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Friday, October 26, 2012
[title] Who Owns the World? Noam Chomsky on U.S.-Fueled Dangers, from Climate Change to Nuclear Weapons
In the week when President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney debated issues of foreign policy and the economy, we turn to world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MIT professor, Noam Chomsky. In a recent speech, Chomsky examined topics largely ignored or glossed over during the campaign: China, the Arab Spring, global warming, nuclear proliferation, and the military threat posed by Israel and the U.S. versus Iran.
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Animal Rights Fight to "Keep Cows on Grass"
Growth of European "mega-dairies" threaten to confine cows, permanently
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UN Expert: Boycott Companies Profiting from Israeli Settlements
Richard Falk tells UN General Assembly that businesses that profit from the Israeli settlement enterprise violate human rights standards
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Chevron Gives $2.5 Million to Conservative Super PAC
Oil company's donation to Super PAC is largest corporate gift ever to this kind of group
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Dept of Justice Sues State of Mississippi over "School to Prison" Pipeline
Alleges African-American and disabled students systematically targeted, rights violated
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Afghanistan: Suicide Bomb Kills Dozens on Muslim Holiday
Blast occured at a mosque killing over 17 civilians, 5 children
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Remote US Base at Heart of Drone Wars Revealed in New Report
US base has 'crowded the skies over the Horn of Africa' with drones
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Pacific Island Sets Renewable Energy Record
Tokelau, a small Polynesian territory in the central Pacific, has surpassed the rest of the world in replacing fossil fuels and raised the benchmark of achievement on sustainable development. Located north of Samoa, the three atolls, home to 1,411 people, will claim a world record when they switch to 150 percent renewable energy – sourced primarily from solar power – next week.
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Fukushima May Still Be Leaking Radiation Into Sea
Elevated levels of caesium in fish indicate radiation is still being released, according to a scientist's findings
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[title] Food MythBusters: Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World?
Have you heard the myth that we need industrial agriculture to feed the world?
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John Sununu Suggests Colin Powell Backs Obama Because He's Black
Mitt Romney's campaign adviser appears to disparage the former secretary of state's endorsement of Barack Obama
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UN Official: Aspects of US Drone Program Clearly 'War Crimes'
UN special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights announces investigation of civilians killed by US drone attacks
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Bernie Sanders Calls Out CEO Tax Dodgers over Deficit, Hypocrisy
'The last thing we need to do is listen to these deficit increasing CEOs'
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Group Petitions EPA for Fracking Toxicity Data
Environmentalists call for public reporting of chemicals in oil, gas extraction
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Unemployment, Poverty Prompt Greek Doctors to Establish "Robin Hood" Clinic
Debt crisis leaves 600,000 without health insurance, medical treatment
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[title] Frontline: In-Depth Investigation into the Climate Denial Industry
Frontline goes inside the groups who shifted the direction of the climate change debate
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As Election Day Closes In, Voters Bombarded by Misinformation Campaigns
Voter intimidation and misinformation efforts are in full force this election season. These efforts come on top of voter ID requirements already in place in 30 states that disproportionately affect Democratic-tending voters .
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Fukushima Operators Struggle to Contain 'Outrageous Amount' of Radioactive Water
Operators of Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant are having trouble storing a perpetual accumulation of radioactive cooling water from the plant's broken reactors, the plant's water-treatment manager, Yuichi Okamura, told the Associated Press in an interview this week.
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Rev. Jesse Jackson Arrested in Protest of Bain-Owned Sensata
"Essence of American struggle": Employees protest loss of 170 manufacturing jobs to China
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16 Arrested in Latest Anti-Drone Protest in Upstate NY
Sixteen people were arrested outside the National Guard Hancock Field in Dewitt, New York Thursday morning after blocking the entrance to three gates leading into the airbase from which US predator drones are remotely controlled for overseas missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere.
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Brazil Tribe of 170 Threatens Mass Suicide If Forced to Leave Ancestral Land
'They could now go down in history as being the tribe which wiped themselves out'
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'Expect Resistance': Utah Tar Sands Project Gets Green Light
Project moves forward without a water pollution discharge permit
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WikiLeaks Reveals 'Systematized Human Rights Abuses' at US Detention Facilities
Docs show 'anatomy of the beast that is post-9/11 detention'
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Dark Money and Citizens United: What Obama and Romney Would and Wouldn’t Do About It
With campaign finances limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records . Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics?
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[title] Terry O’Neill: Men Like Mourdock ‘Refuse to Acknowledge the Full Humanity of Women’
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, joins “Viewpoint” Eliot Spitzer to react to the latest evidence of the GOP War on Women — Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s incendiary comment relating to abortion rights: “Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
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A Low-Down, Dirty, Rotten and Expensive 2012 Presidential Election
Unleashed ad spending 'pulverizes' campaign records; More ads and more negativity than ever
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Marriage Equality 2012
Ballot Issues We're Watching
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Reproductive Rights 2012
Ballot Issues We're Watching
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Third Party Candidates Add Fresh Perspective to Debates
Largely ignored by US cable news, int'l networks give outsiders platform
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Sudan Says Israel Bombed Arms Factory, Threatens Retaliation
Israel refuses comment as Wednesday explosion heightens tension
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[title] Stop Killing Our Youth: Protest Against Police Brutality
On September 7, 2012, Reynaldo Cuevas was shot and killed by a police officer as he was fleeing from robbers inside a bodega. The 20-year-old was unarmed. Sadly, Cuevas is one of hundreds of minorities killed by the police every year. On October 22, people gathered in New York City's Union Square for the 17th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.
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Exposed 'Kill Matrix' Gives Permanence to US 'War on Terror'
The Washington Post reports on the codifying of Obama's 'kill list'
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Drone-Targeted Pakistan Favors Romney Over Obama
BBC World opinion survey finds overall global support for Obama
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Woman Arrested Blocking Trucks for "Pipeline of Death"
Tar Sands Blockade marks one month of direct action against Keystone XL pipeline
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US to Sue Bank of America for $1bn Over 'Brazen' Mortgage Fraud
Federal prosecutors are suing Bank of America for $1 billion over mortgage fraud. The civil mortgage fraud lawsuit centers around the bank's program known as "Hustle," a program it absorbed from Countrywide Financial when it bought the company in 2008. Ben Protess reports in the New York Times :
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'Crime Against Humanity': Poisonous Gas Flaring on the Rise
'Gas flares go on because it is cheap to kill, as long as profits keep on the rise,' says Nnimmo Bassey
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Ecuador Officials 'Very Concerned' over Health of Assange
Ecuador officials announced that they are "very concerned" about the health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this week, who has lost a considerable amount of weight since he began his stay at the Ecuadoran embassy in London. "In case of his illness we will have to pick among two options: to treat Mr. Assange at the embassy or to hospitalize him," said deputy foreign minister of Ecuador, Marco Albuja.
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Climate Change Scientist Sues for Defamation
Michael Mann was accused of fraud, manipulating data and compared to Sandusky
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Another Drone Strike in Pakistan, Another Civilian Casualty
US drone war on Pakistan continues
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US Stinger Missiles vs. Russian Cluster Bombs in Syria?
Dangerous weapons proliferate as Syria proxy war continues
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Industrial Pollution Brings Suffering to 125 Million People: Report
Increasing demand of 'developed' countries at root of problem
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"No More Cuts!": Crowds Surround Spain's Congress
Calling for resignations of leaders, thousands gather to protest austerity-riddled budget proposals
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[title] Phyllis Bennis: Should Progressives Vote for Obama?
Phyllis Bennis: Both parties represent big capital and corporations, but Romney will be even more aggressive against working people
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GOP Senate Candidate: Pregnancy from Rape is "Gift from God"
Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock, recently endorsed by Mitt Romney, shocks with comments at debate
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Released Docs Reveal Deadly Blow to Whales After BP Disaster
Documents obtained by Greenpeace show officials controlling information about wildlife affected by the disaster
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Supreme Court Refuses to Block Montana Campaign Contribution Limits
Another victory for Montana, "ground zero" for the battle against Citizens United
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Fighting Citizens United, Corporate Personhood: Montana, Colorado
Ballot Issues We're Watching
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Greenpeace: 'Unreliable' Monitoring of Fukushima Radiation
Clean-up efforts 'misguided,' residents express 'distinct distrust'
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Ex-CIA Officer, Torture Whistleblower to Be Sentenced for Leak
Whistleblower advocates say prosecution of John Kiriakou sends message that torturing is OK, speaking about torture is prosecution-worthy
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Planned Parenthood Victory: Federal Appeals Court Says Indiana Can't Cut Funding Over Abortions
An attempt by Indiana legislators to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, primarily because the group provides abortions, was turned down in a federal appeals court Tuesday.
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Clinton Legacy: "Restoring Slavery" at $300m Haitian Industrial Complex
Re-imagining the "Taiwan of the Caribbean," again
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AP Report: 19-year-old Man Paid by NYPD to "Bait" Muslims
Used "create and capture" strategy, investigation reveals
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[title] Morning Joe's Drone Debate: Whose Four-Year-Old Girls Should Be Killed?
MSNBC 's Morning Joe had a remarkable discussion of U.S. drone attacks today ( 10/23/12 ).
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NATO Raid Kills Four Children in Afghanistan
A NATO raid in an eastern province of Afghanistan resulted in the killing of four children, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced Tuesday . Karzi stated four innocent children were tending to livestock when the attack occured. He went on to condemn the US-led NATO forces for failing to avoid civilian casualties, stating, "Despite repeated pledges by NATO to avoid civilian casualties, innocent lives, including children, are still being lost."
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FBI Investigating Hate Crime After Woman Set on Fire in Louisiana
"KKK" and racial slur smeared on her car
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Jimmy Carter: Israel Undermining Two-State Solution, Expanding 'Greater Israel'
Carter joins two other members of The Elders on visit to Israel and the West Bank and sees worsening situation for Palestinians
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50th Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis Offers Lessons for Iran
WASHINGTON - It was exactly 50 years ago when then-President John F.
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[title] Foreign Policy Debate Ignores Honduras, Congo and Repression in Egypt
Jihan Hafiz, Andrea Pine and Kambale Musavuli discuss the Presidential debate on foreign policy
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The Voter Fraud Myth
The man who has stoked fear about impostors at the polls
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Obama Wins a Failed Foreign Policy Debate
A debate about foreign policy that frequently digressed into mundane, oft-repeated campaign talking points about domestic issues but again failed to find room to address the global issue of climate change or directly challenge the Obama administration's targeted "kill list," Monday's third and final presidential debate was described as a disaster—with the President its victor—by many progressive observers.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
Thousands Gather at Northern Gateway to Protest Pipeline
Mass sit-in planned at British Columbia Legislature
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Poll: Neo-Facist Golden Dawn Party on the Rise in Greece
Despair drives Greeks to support extremists
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Foreign Policy Focus in Final Obama and Romney Debate
In the third and final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney—moderated tonight by CBS News' Bob Schieffer—the two major candidates will focus on elements of foreign policy at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
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'Our Rage Is Indescribable': Okinawan Officials Slam 'Yet Another Incident,' Impunity in Wake of Rape by US Soldiers
Okinawan officials pass resolution on Monday expressing "overwhelming indignation" over rape of Japanese woman by US forces
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Judge Blocks Arizona from Defunding Planned Parenthood
Temporary injuction allows Medicaid funding to continue
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Study: Sustainable Farming Proven to Increase Yield at Zero Cost
Bittman: "Most Important Ag Study" goes largely unnoticed
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Unrest, Clashes in Lebanon Following Funeral of Slain Security Chief
Weekend clashes across Lebanon following the assassination of a security chief spilled into Monday, prompting troops to unleash security operations, and leading to mounting concerns that the uprising in Syria is crossing into the bordering state. The clashes began when Gen Wissam al-Hassan, a Sunni Muslim and the head of the intelligence branch of the Internal Security Forces, was killed in a car bomb on Friday. BBC news reports that
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Israeli Forces Used 'Electro Torture' in Boat Raid: Activists
Activists from the Gaza-bound ship that was intercepted by Israeli forces over the weekend now claim that Israeli soldiers used excessive force including the use of tasers when they stormed the ship. "They used electric shocker devices to the extent of what we call 'electro torture' on some of the activists," lawyer Gaby Lasky told Agence-France Presse , adding that at least one of them is an MP.
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What You Likely Won't Hear in Foreign Policy Debate
Climate Change, Drones and Torture Unlikely to be Addressed
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Did the Dark Money Group that Spurred a Landmark Ruling Mislead the IRS?
A western nonprofit that played a key role in freeing corporate spending on elections nationwide appears to have misled the IRS when it applied for the tax-exempt status that shields its donors from being publicly disclosed. Documents obtained by ProPublica and Frontline show that Western Tradition Partnership, now known as American Tradition Partnership, said it would not attempt to sway elections when it asked the IRS to recognize it as a tax-exempt social welfare organization in late 2008.
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Activist, Actor Russell Means Dead at 72
Activist and actor Russell Means died on Monday in Porcupine, S.D. at the age of 72. The Oglala Sioux was an early leader in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and had been battling throat cancer for years. In 1973 Means was one of the leaders of a 71-day uprising at Wounded Knee in South Dakota between Lakota and FBI and law enforcement agents. Means also acted in a number of movies including the role of chief Chingachgook in The Last of the Mohicans . Means' wife and children released this statement on his passing:
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[title] Chris Hayes on the Silence on Climate Change at the Debates
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Bumblebees, Too, Face Threat from Toxic Pesticides: Study
Findings see damaged colonies much like that observed in their honeybee cousins
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Oil, Geo-Political Experts Say Attacking Iran Poses Huge Risks
As a bastion of foreign-policy realism, the Center for the National Interest (CNI), formerly the Nixon Center, is known around Washington for hosting very lively discussions among experts, and Friday’s session, entitled “War With Iran: Economic and Military Considerations”, was particularly engaging, and virtually unanimous — and almost unanimously scary — in its conclusions.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Mass Shooting Near Suburban Mall in Milwaukee
WISCONSIN -The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said a mass shooting has happened near Brookfield Square Mall on Sunday. The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. CT Sunday, according to TMJ4 in Milwaukee.
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Senator George McGovern: 1922-2012
Former US Senator George McGovern , who won the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972 as a leading opponent of the war in Vietnam and a champion of progressive causes, died early Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was 90. McGovern passed away at a hospice. The McGovern family issued this statement this morning:
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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Israel Seizes Gaza-Bound Boat in International Waters
The Israeli navy seized an international pro-Palestinian activist ship on the Mediterranean high seas on Saturday to prevent it breaching Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, a military spokeswoman said. "The Estelle is now under attack - I have just had a message from them by phone," Victoria Strand, a Stockholm-based spokeswoman for the Ship to Gaza Sweden campaign told the AFP news agency on Saturday.
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[title] Moyers & Company: Plutocracy Rising
The One Percent is not only increasing their share of wealth — they’re using it to spread millions among political candidates who serve their interests. Example: Goldman Sachs, which gave more money than any other major American corporation to Barack Obama in 2008, is switching alliances this year; their employees have given $900,000 both to Mitt Romney’s campaign and to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future. Why? Because, says the Wall Street Journal, the Goldman Sachs gang felt betrayed by President Obama’s modest attempts at financial reform.
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