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Thursday, October 11, 2012
[title] Bill McKibben Takes on Conservatives Over Climate Change
McKibben on Maher: "It's no longer about politics, it's physics."...
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Hezbollah: It's Our 'Natural Right' to Have Drones
Downed drone over Israel was ours, says group
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UN Recognizes International Day of the Girl Child
'Let Girls Be Girls, Not Brides'
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Exposed: Cruelty at Burger King Dairy Farm
Mercy for Animals undercover video exposes ex-dairy workers' brutality against cows
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New Huge Oil Slick Traced to BP Disaster
Experts concerned well still leaking
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Citizens United Money Floods Romney Campaign
Report from Center for Public Integrity shows Romney campaign receiving 70% of outside spending since Labor Day
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Arab Women Uprising: A Cyber-Call for Justice
Facebook groups calls for equal rights, end to violence against women
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Man Torched, Another Shot as S. African Strike Violence Continues
Two killed and over forty arrested after strikers clash with police at Amplats mine
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Obama's Record on Climate Change Scrutinized by Activists
"I think I missed the part where they discussed the Arctic melting," the environmentalist and author Bill McKibben recently quipped .
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Pakistan's Imran Khan vows to bring his anti-war message to the UN, where he will hold a rally and present the global body with a million signature petition calling for an end to US drone strikes. At Least 16 Dead Following Latest US Drone Attack in Pakistan
Second strike in 48 hours; Imran Khan announces plans for anti-drone rally in front of UN headquarters
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Shell Faces Landmark Lawsuit over Years of Oil Spills
Nigerian farmers sue Shell in Dutch court
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IMF Backpedals on Austerity
IMF head Christine Lagarde issues shift, says sometimes it's better to "go a little bit more slowly"
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[title] Inside Story: Will New Voter ID Laws Affect US 2012 Result?
Studies repeatedly show that millions of US voters may not be able to cast their ballot in November due to the introduction of new voter ID laws. There are also concerns that many voters without photo ID will still be hesitant to show up at the polls. Will the restrictive laws impact the results? Guests: Tova Wang, Nicole Austin-Hillery, John Fortier.
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Chief of US Security at Embassy in Yemen Shot Dead
The Yemeni chief of security at the US embassy in Sanaa has been assassinated, officials there have said. Qassem Aqlani, fifty-five, was on his way to work Thursday when he was gunned down, according to reports , by a masked gunman on a motorcycle who then fled the scene.
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No Rest for Cheerleaders from the "Attack Iran" Camp
Anti-Iran hawks maintain PR offensive
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Report: Private Insurers Profit by Ripping Off Medicare
Researchers say private programs like Medicare Advantage just add waste; Call for reformed, expanded Medicare for All
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
[title] Bernie Sanders on More Tax Breaks for the Wealthy: 'Obscene, Immoral, Bad Economics'
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks to “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer about news that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has axed a fledgling plan to avoid the fiscal cliff because it includes tax cuts for the wealthy.
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Report: EPA Can't Keep Pace With Fracking Surge
Government Accountability Office finds regulators hampered by loopholes and lack of data
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Success: Court Reinstates Montana's Campaign Contribution Limits
Federal appeals court ruling leaves state law in effect, marks temporary victory against Citizens United.
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Groups: New England Tar Sands Pipeline Plotted 'Behind Closed Doors'
Oil giants lobby tar sands plan behind closed doors while denying their intention
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Walmart Workers' Strike Gains Steam, Spreads Across Country
Walmart workers went on strike for the second time in less than five days on Tuesday in protest of low wages, lack of benefits and Walmart's "attempts to silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job," according to United Food and Commercial Workers. Workers in 9 states and 12 cities took to the streets, picketing in front of stores and calling on Walmart to improve working conditions.
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Supreme Court Upholds $18.2 Billion Judgement Against Chevron For Ecuadoran Pollution
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a $18.2 billion judgement against Chevron Corp., in which the second-largest U.S. oil company was found to have polluted parts ofthe Amazonian jungle for nearly 30 years. The court did not offer any reason for its decision, Reuters reported .
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Wall Street Pay at Near Record Levels
Analysis from New York State Comptroller shows Wall Street compensation "among the highest on record"
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Pussy Riot Member Set Free
Prison camp sentence upheld for two bandmates
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European Parliament Overturns Moratorium on Offshore Arctic Oil and Gas Drilling
Attempts by environmentalists to institute a moratorium on offshore drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic were rejected Tuesday by the European Parliament's Energy Committee. The decision overturned a vote last month by the body's Environment Committee that attempted to prevent accidents such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Immunity Sealed: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Telecom Spying
Supreme Court on Tuesday rejects challenge to 2008 law allowing warrantless domestic surveillance
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Bankers Concede to Dreary Student Loan Predictions
A majority of US banking experts now concede that student loan debt is a serious problem and predict that a large percentage of students will increasingly have trouble paying off their high cost loans, http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2012/10/10/14322987-bankers-growing-more-... |utmccn=%28organic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=%28not%20provided%29&__utmv=14933801.|8=Earned%20By
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As Eleven Nations Pledge Support, Robin Hood Tax Gains Foothold in Europe
'It is a matter of social justice. It is time that those who caused the financial crisis help fix it.'
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[title] The Hunted and the Hated: An Inside Look at the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Policy
A secret audio recording of a stop-and-frisk in action sheds unprecedented light on a practice that has put the city's young people of color in the NYPD's crosshairs...
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
U.S. Government Files Civil Suit Against Wells Fargo
Seeks Damages for Alleged Mortgage Fraud
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Re-Occupied: Indigenous Groups Retake Brazil's Belo Monte Dam
Indigenous groups have occupied the Belo Monte dam, successfully bringing construction work on the dam in Brazil to a halt in an effort to prevent the destruction of their environment. Over 120 indigenous protesters on Monday joined a group of fishermen who continue their 24-day occupation over the plans to dam the Xingu River in the Amazon, conservation group Amazon Watch reports. The protesters say Norte Energia, the dam construction consortium, is disregarding agreements made months ago.
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Greek People Turn Out to Refuse Merkel's 'Tough Path'
Greek protesters came out in full force in the street
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Breaking Ground: Women, Oil & Climate Change: Delegation to Highlight Tar Sands Impact on Women
Delegation led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams kicks off Tuesday on Northern Gateway Pipeline tour
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Greek Anti-Fascist Protesters Tortured By Police
Fifteen Greek anti-fascist protesters who were arrested in Athens after a clash with members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn were severely tortured by police while in custody, according to the group's lawyers .
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U.N. Revises Malnutrition Figures Downward
870 Million, or 1 in 8, Chronically Malnourished
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Doctor Falsely Prescribes Drugs to Give Students an "Edge"
Stimulants help "even the scales" for low-income students
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[title] Danny DeVito and Crew Speak Out for Prop 37, GMO Labeling
In November, Californians will vote on Prop 37 requiring that GE foods be labeled. Just as labels list fat, sodium and sugar, labels should tell the buyer whether or not the product includes genetically engineered ingredients. Unfortunately, major corporations like Monsanto are pouring billions of dollars into this election in order to confuse voters, and protect their bottom line.
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Ryan says Romney Will Approve Keystone XL "Day One"
'We'll call the Canadians and say send [your tar sands] here, don't send it to China'
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Center for Reproductive Rights Launches "Draw the Line" Campaign
Bill of Reproductive Rights to be Presented to President Following Election
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14-Year-Old Peace Prize Winner, Girls Education Advocate Shot in Pakistan
Pakistan Taliban takes responsiblity for shooting of Malala Yousufzai
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Climate Campaigner Tim DeChristopher Released From Prison
Activist calls for "genuine justice" in court system
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Source: US, Israel Have Plan for Joint 'Surgical Strike' Against Iran
Source says bombing, drone campaign would take "a couple of hours"
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Feingold, at University of Montana, Calls for Campaign Finance Reform
U.S. in 'Constitutional Crisis'
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Nationwide Super PAC Spending Flooding Campaigns Big and Small
With less a month until Election Day, outside money pouring into presidential and local elections
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[title] Chris Hayes: The Return of Fuzzy Math
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How the US Quietly Lost the IED War in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - Although the surge of “insider attacks” on U.S.-NATO forces has dominated coverage of the war in Afghanistan in 2012, an even more important story has been quietly unfolding: the U.S.
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Desperate Greeks Greet Germany's Merkel with Anti-Austerity Message
Security elevated to high alert as German Chancellor Angela Merkel presses coalition government to meet demands
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Monday, October 8, 2012
US: Romney Assails Obama’s “Passivity” in Foreign Policy, Middle East
WASHINGTON - In what was billed as a major foreign policy address, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Monday assailed Barack Obama for “passivity” in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, arguing that it was “time to change course” in the Middle East, in particular. Dispensing with some of the neo-conservative rhetoric he has used in the past, he nonetheless argued that the “risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when (Obama) took office” and that Washington should tie itself ever more closely to Israel.
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[title] The Fracking of Rachel Carson, by Sandra Steingraber with Photographs by Nina Berman
See more at orionmagazine.org/fracking .
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Four Ways Ohio and Others Have Toughened Voting Rules
Voter ID laws have received plenty of attention recently, but they're not the only controversial changes to election rules this year. Some states have made changes that critics say could impact individuals' ability to vote. Here are four. Ohio won't count provisional ballots mistakenly cast in the wrong precinct.
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Sioux Nation Races to Buy Back Sacred Lands
Tribe trying to raise $9 million to buy sacred site in South Dakota's Black Hills
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Former Maldives President Nasheed Arrested Monday
The first democratically-elected ex-president of the Maldives, who championed the cause of climate change, was arrested Monday after failing to show up for a court appearance. Witnesses reported that police used excessive force—including pepper spray and violence—when detaining former President Mohamad Nasheed for allegedly ignoring a court summons.
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U.N. Biodiversity Convention Begins in India
Representatives of 173 countries are meeting this week and next in Hyderabad, India, to consider how best to protect biodiversity around the world. The United Nations' Convention on Biologial Diversity (CBD) began Monday, more than 20 years after the 2991 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Experts have warned that in as little as a decade, the extinction of species that pose a threat to humanity could occur.
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Israel and Iran Trade Barbs over Downed Drone
Israel alleges Hezbollah behind drone; Iran official pans faulty 'Iron Dome'
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'Abortion Boat' Escorted From Moroccan Waters
Decoy Ship Publicizes Safe Abortion Information
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Ban on Protest, Massive Police Force in Greece for Merkel Visit
Syriza leader Tsipras: "We will give her the welcome she deserves."
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Following Peace March, US Campaigners to Fast Against Drones in Pakistan
Following their participation in a march led by former crickateer-turned-politician Imran Khan and joined by thousands of Pakistanis calling for an end to US drone strikes in Waziristan on Sunday, US peace advocates will continue their campaign against American military policy in the region by staging a public fast in Islamabad on Tuesday.
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Nearly Two Weeks After Chemical Spill, South Korea Declares Disaster Zone
Five Killed, 18 Injured, Thousands Sickened From Fumes
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[title] Obama Lacks Populist Policies
Jeff Cohen—director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, founder of the media watchdog FAIR , and co-founder of RootsAction.org —joined TRNN's Paul Jay to discuss last week's presidential debate and the mind of the so-called "swing voter."
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War in Afghanistan Worsening for Civilians: ICRC
Outgoing outgoing head of the ICRC's delegation in Afghanistan describes humanitarian crisis
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GOP Congressman: Evolution a Lie 'Straight From Hell'
Paul Broun, a Physician and Scientist, Runs Unopposed for Re-election
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After 11 Years of War, US/NATO Brewing Afghan Disaster: Report
Warnings of government collapse and looming civil war as occupation drags on
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Chávez Victory Affirms Left Still Thriving in Latin America
Hugo Chávez re-elected in Venezuela: 'Venezuela will continue along the path of democratic and Bolivarian socialism of the 21st century.'
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Sunday, October 7, 2012
Anti-Austerity Protests Take 56 Cities in Spain
General strike imminent
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Peace activists from the U.S. and supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) march as they protest against the drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region at Islamabad October 5, 2012. A group of anti-war activists from the U.S. are in Pakistan with plans to join a peace march with PTI, which starts on October 6 from Islamabad to the country's tribal region to protest against the U.S. drone strikes. The vest (2nd R) in Urdu reads: "We Americans against drones". REUTERS/Mian Khursheed Anti-Drone Rally Held Despite Military Blockade
Thousands of anti-drone protesters rallied in Pakistan Sunday, calling for an end to the deadly US strikes that have plagued the country with civilian causalities. As a large caravan and march lead by Pakistani politician Imran Khan headed for South Waziristan, site of countless drone attacks, Pakistan's military blocked roadways and access to the region, forcing the protesters to hold an impromptu rally outside of the tribal belt.
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Hugo Chavez Defies Doubters As He Wins A New Term
Turnout, Tensions High as Venezuelans Head to the Polls
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Saturday, October 6, 2012
Arctic Ice Melt is 'Decades Ahead' of Previous Models
In lieu of recent statistics showing 'unprecedented' and 'amazing' Arctic sea ice melt at record levels, leading climate scientist Michael Mann stated this week that rising water levels are "decades ahead of schedule" and that "Island nations that have considered the possibility of evacuation at some point, like Tuvalu, may have to be contending those sort of decisi
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Turkey, Syria Tensions Mount After Another Round of Mortars
Turkey returned fire into Syria Saturday in retaliation for another round of mortar bombs shot from Syria that landed near a small village in Turkey on Saturday morning, Reuters is reporting . No causalities have been reported; however, the exchange comes one day after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned the Syrian government that it will not rule out war with the country if provoked.
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Pakistanis and American citizens hold banners and chant slogans against drone attacks in Pakistani tribal belt, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Anti-Drone Protesters Set off on Historical March in Pakistan, Despite Threats
Anti-drone peace protesters from the United States, Pakistan and around the world set off from Pakistan's Islamabad on Saturday , at the start of a two day march heading into South Waziristan, a region in Pakistan heavily bombarded with US drones. The march, organized by former cricket star-turned-...
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[title] Moyers and Company: The Rise of Hispanic America
Univision’s Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas join Bill to discuss Hispanic influence and power in America, and how it will affect the 2012 election.
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Friday, October 5, 2012
[title] Walmart Workers Continue Strike, Seek Unionization
With holiday season on the way, workers hope to up the pressure on big box chain
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Italian Student Protests Erupt in Several Cities
Thousands of students clashed with riot police Friday in protest of deep cuts to education. "Save schools, not banks," students chanted referencing the government's austerity measures which, they say, are destroying their chances of getting a good education and valuable work.
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Ten Protesters Arrested at NY Drone Base
Ten members of New York's Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars protesting the U.S. use of drone aircraft were arrested this morning at the gate of the Air National Guard's Hancock Field in DeWitt, New York. The demonstration was timed to coincide with the march in Waziristan , Pakistan this weekend.
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'Ludicrous': GOP Get Conspiratorial over Jobs Report
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis fired back Friday afternoon at a tweet by former General Electric CEO Jack Welch, who suggested conspiratorial elements were behind today's Bureau of Labor Statistics showing a drop in the unemployment rate. Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers
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GOP Congressman Accused of Threatening Local News Station
'If the news media can be bought off, our entire democracy is at risk' says challenger
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Critics Call Adelson's EuroVegas a 'Half Rotten Vegetable'
Casino billionaire proposes Spain gamble its way out of debt
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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Farmer's Monsanto Seed Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the case of a 73-year-old Indiana farmer who appealed a decision that he infringed patents held by Monsanto Co. A federal appeals court found that soybean farmer Vernon Bowman infringed on Monsanto patents when he planted second-generation soybeans that were the product of seeds he had purchased from Monsanto. The court upheld a decision awarding Monsanto $84,456 in damages, Reuters reported .
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Court Battles and Murder as "Privatized Cities" Push Continues in Honduras
A proposal to build so-called "charter cities" in Honduras has hit a potential snag as a chamber within the nation's Supreme Court this week ruled that the creation of privately run cities—with their own security forces, government and tax structures—would be "unconstitutional".
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12,000 Miners Fired as South African Strikes Intensify
Death toll reaches 48 as the impact of the strike cripples economy
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Venezuela Election: Chávez Holds Mass Rally on Final Day of Campaigning
Jimmy Carter says: 'Election Process in Venezuela is the Best in the World'
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Study: Free Birth Control Access Dramatically Decreases Abortion Rates
A study published Thursday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that providing free birth control dramatically reduced the number of abortions in Missouri women and teenagers at high risk of unplanned pregnancies.
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Rebuffing Shell, Judge Affirms Greenpeace's Right to Protest
'Civil disobedience is a right in democracies' says Greenpeace head
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Minority Students 'Bleach-Bombed' at University of Texas
Students at the University of Texas at Austin protested Tuesday after four minority students filed complaints with university police saying they had been attacked with bleach-filled ballons in college housing off campus between June and September. African-American student Jaysen Runnels told local ABC affiliate KVUE that on two occasions, bleach-filled balloons were dropped from high-rise buildings "and barely missed" he and his roommate.
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Imran Khan, left, and Clive Stafford Smith hold up part of a missile fired by a U.S. drone during a press conference in Islamabad, Oct. 27, 2011. Pakistan's Imran Khan: If Elected, 'I Would Shoot Down US Drones'
In an interview with BBC News this week, Pakistani politician Imran Khan stated that if he were elected as Prime Minister in elections next year, he would opt to shoot down US drones that invade Pakistan, should the US and the international community continue to ignore pleas to stop the fatal...
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[title] US Peace Activists Challenge Ambassador in Pakistan About Drones
Anti-drone protesters from across Pakistan and around the world are gathering in Islamabad this week in preparation for a weekend march into the tribal areas of South Waziristan. A delegation of 30 US activists and parents of U.S. Army soldiers has arrived in Islamabad, where they plan to join the October 6 and 7th anti-drone march and rally.
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Jobs Report Shows Unemployment Dips Below 8 Percent
At crucial political juncture, official jobless rate hits lowest since early 2009
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Tar Sands Blockade: Along with Landowner, Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested
Great grandmother, Eleanor Fairchild, and film actress both arrested after blocking machinery
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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Jordan's King Abdullah Dissolves Parliament
Action taken on eve of Muslim Brotherhood rally
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Food Justice Victory: Chipotle Signs Agreement With Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Contract improves working conditions, pay of tomato workers
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Walmart Workers Strike at Stores Nationwide
Walmart workers at various stores around the country are on strike today, protesting poor working conditions and alleged retaliation for their attempts to organize. The one-day strike was expected to culminate in a mass rally outside a store in Pico Rivera, Calif., this afternoon. OUR Walmart, a coalition of Walmart workers and other sympathizers, organized the protest.
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'Alarming Number' of New State Laws Making it 'Significantly Harder' to Vote: Senators, GAO Report
The Government Accountability Office released a new report Thursday confirming millions of Americans have been disenfranchised by voter suppression laws in up to 31 states, signalling a "major shift" over the past tens years towards the limiting of rights of eligible voters to cast their ballots.
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Seed Freedom: A Call To End Corporate Control
Vandana Shiva's group, Navdanya, issues call to action in support of food security, seed sovereignty in new report
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Pesticide Giants Pour Millions into Campaign to Defeat California's Prop. 37
The campaign to defeat a proposition to get genetically modified food labeled gets over $34 million
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Shell Resumes Drilling at Second Arctic Site
Spokesman: First Time in 20 Years Two Rigs Drilling Simultaneously Off Alaska
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Report: 'Unbridled' Rush for Land Grabs Leaving a Billion Hungry
Biofuels, food speculation pushing further land grabs
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US Drought Batters Farmers as World Food Looms
Food prices skyrocket as individuals and livestock suffer
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Gaza Activists Build Ship to Break Blockade from the 'Inside Out’
Activists in Gaza are currently building a cargo ship with plans to break the Israeli shipping blockade "from the inside out," Agence France-Presse reports Thursday.
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Anti-Choice Super PAC Targets Swing States With Ads
Pledges to Expose Obama as 'Abortion Radical'
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[title] Gar Alperovitz on the Debate: Our Systemic Crisis Won't Be Solved by Politics as Usual
Gar Alperovitz, Seattle Town Hall - Oct 3, 2012 immediately after the public screening of the presidential debate between Romney and Obama.
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'End Social Butchery!': From Atop St. Peter's Basilica, Man Protests Italian Austerity
Marcello Di Finizio, an Italian businessman who lost his small seaside restaurant to economic calamities, came down from atop St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City late Wednesday night after spending nearly 24 hours perched on the dome with a sign telling the Italian government of President Mario Monti to end its economic-crushing austerity policies. 'I love life so much that I'm willing to risk it. If the Italian government wants to kill people that's fine, but they have to do it in front of millions of people,' he told reporters by phone.
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