All News Articles for 2013-headline-2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
What the End of 2013 Didn't Bring: An End to the Occupation of Afghanistan
'The war was doomed to fail before it began, and I fear we've still learned nothing.'
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Questions Remain After Massive Oil Train Explosion Forces Town to Evacuate
'Its time to have a conversation' about the dangers of transporting oil by rail
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iSpy? Apple Denies Assisting NSA with iPhone "Back Door"
Program codenamed DROPOUTJEEP allows NSA to retrieve all data—including calls, contact lists, geolocation, and other information—contained on iconic mobile device
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Biggest Threat to World Peace: The United States
International polls shows that world, including significant portion of Americans, deem US as greatest obstacle to peace
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Patti Smith: Edward Snowden, Pussy Riot Speak 'For All of Us'
'Godmother of Punk' dedicates song at her birthday performance to her 'inspirations'
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[title] A Year of Struggles on Climate, Education & Marriage Equality Inspire Hope for 2014
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Former NSA Chief: Obama Should Keep Spying, Ignore Panel Recommendations
Torture- and warrantless spying-defender Gen. Michael Hayden says Snowden's leaks showed no wrongdoing by agency, which needs 'power and secrecy' to do its job
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Earthquakes Rattle Fukushima Region Once More
No tsunami warnings or damage reported, but latest tremors provide grim reminder of perilous situation
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'Symbol of Gitmo's Tragedy': Captives Freed After 12 Years Imprisoned Without Charge
Uighur prisoners languished for years as US refused to accept them
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'Worst' of Climate Predictions Are the Most Likely: New Study
Groundbreaking research on cloud behavior and global warming says 'catastrophic' increase of 4°C or more by 2100 should be expected
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[title] Crackdown on Brotherhood, Growing Opposition in Egypt
Democracy Now! is joined by two guests: Sherif Mansour, the Middle East and North Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists; and Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now! correspondent, and a fellow at The Nation Institute.
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Big Retailers Dodge Blame as Local Owners Face Murder Charges
What responsibility do western brands owe victims after disasters expose 'murkiness and lack of accountability in the global supply chain for clothes'?
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[title] Judge: Arabic Flashcards Allow TSA and FBI to Arrest You
A federal judge rules that the TSA and FBI can detain and arrest you for carrying Arabic flashcards.
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Brutal Violence Against Children as C.A.R. Conflict Continues
UNICEF calls for action to protect children as beheadings and mutilations reported
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Executive Order 12,333: Permission to Spy on the Whole World
Executive Order 12,333 has been around for decades, but little is known about how it's now being interpreted
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Monday, December 30, 2013
Fireball, Black Smoke Hit Sky as Train Carrying Crude Derails
'You can see the plume of smoke for 25 miles.'
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As Minimum Wages Inch Upwards, Workers Say 'Not Enough!'
Democrats shop populist push as party strategy in 2014
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Iraq Teeters on the Edge as Political Violence Spikes
44 Iraqi MPs announced their resignation Monday demanding 'the withdrawal of the army... and the release of MP Ahmed al-Alwani'
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Domestic Drone Testing Coming to a State Near You
Testing is part of FAA plan to integrate thousands of drone into US airspace
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From the Sky to the Land, Pollution's Toxic Toll on China
Roughly 8 million acres of the country's farmland is too polluted to grow crops, government official says
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Greenwald: NSA Stories Also Reveal Perilous State of Mainstream Journalism
'The surveillance state, by its necessity, by its very existence, breeds conformity,' he tells audience at international hacker convention
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War in Afghanistan Most Unpopular in US History?
CNN/ORC International survey finds US public vastly opposes war and wants it to end. Now.
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Neurotoxic "Bull's-Eye" Surrounds Canadian Tar Sands: Scientists
Concentric circles of mercury and other toxic materials cover over 7,300 square miles
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[title] Glenn Greenwald: The NSA Can 'Literally Watch Every Keystroke You Make'
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[title] McDonald's Employee Website: Don't Eat Fast Food for Health Reasons
McDonalds confirms many of the critiques of own chain.
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For Drug Corporations, Aiding the Sick and Poor Is Bad Business
As Big Pharma argues that patents fuel innovation, critics say drug monopolies must go
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Homeless Japanese Being 'Recruited' To Clean Up Fukushima Disaster
Investigation reveals systematic exploitation of homeless by big business and organized crime
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Under Attack: Second Bombing in Two Days Rocks Russian City
At least fourteen dead after trolleybus explosion just one day after bombing kills in seventeen in city of Volgograd
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Sunday, December 29, 2013
NSA Intercepting Laptops Bought Online to Install Spy Malware
The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon
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Court Uphold’s France’s 75-Percent ‘Millionaires’ Tax’
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Saturday, December 28, 2013
Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, But It Doesn’t Actually Support His Ruling
In a new decision in support of the NSA's phone metadata surveillance program, U.S. district court Judge William Pauley cites an intelligence failure involving the agency in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. But the judge's cited source, the 9/11 Commission Report, doesn't actually include the account he gives in the ruling.
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Coal Trains Run into Stiff Resistance in U.S.
SPOKANE, Washington -- Citizens and activists in the U.S. Pacific Northwest are fighting three different proposed coal terminals, including one in Oregon and two in Washington.
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Friday, December 27, 2013
[title] How Can the Philippines Recover from Typhoon While Forced to Pay Off Ex-Dictator’s Debt?
While the Philippines struggles to rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan, the country is being forced to continue paying out billions of dollars in debt to the World Bank and other lenders. Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to ever hit land, affected more than 14 million people in 44 provinces in the central Philippines, killing 6,000, displacing more than four million, leaving nearly 1,800 missing, and damaging about one million homes.
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Investigation Reveals Rampant Fraud by Privatized Hospice Groups
Siphoning billions of Medicare dollars, for-profit hospice companies found recruiting non-dying patients
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US Judge Deems NSA Phone Surveillance Lawful
ACLU to appeal decision that 'understates the privacy implications of the government’s surveillance'
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No Austerity for Military Budget in 2014
NDAA offers limited reforms to Guantánamo and military sexual assault policy, yet keeps 'war economy' dollars flowing
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[title] Taksim Square Protesters Charged With Terrorism, Attempting Coup
Hundreds were indicted in Turkey for participating in the mass movement that started with Gezi Park and evolved into anti-Erdogan protests last summer.
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UN States Unanimously Agree: Even the Walls Have Ears
When the U.N.
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'Never Bend': Thousands Protest New Air Base After Okinawa Switch
Anti-base protester: 'Okinawa residents cannot tolerate the base relocation within the prefecture.'
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Beirut Bomb Explosion Kills Pro-West Politician Chatah
At least six dead and over 70 wounded as Syria conflict penetrates Lebanon's borders
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Greenwald Responds to 'Ludicrous' Accusations Over Snowden
MSNBC host asks journalist if he has 'crossed the line' with Snowden, NSA coverage
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[title] Bread and Puppet Theater: 50 Years of Art and Resistance
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of this country’s most beloved theater companies. Founded in New York City in 1963, the Bread and Puppet Theater’s first productions ranged from puppet shows for children to pieces opposing poor housing conditions. The group’s processions, involving monstrous puppets, some about 20 feet high, became a fixture of protests against the Vietnam War.
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Majority of Israeli Public Wants to Teach Peace: Poll
'It would seem that the public is more open to the Palestinian narrative than some of its political leaders'
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UN Officials: We Demand Answers for US Wedding Massacres in Yemen
Special Rapporteur Juan Méndez: 'A deadly attack on illegitimate targets amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment'
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UN Human Rights Chief: Surveillance Backlash Akin to Anti-Aparthied Movement
Navi Pillay: It is 'very important that governments now want to discuss the matters of mass surveillance and right to privacy in a serious way.'
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Drone strikes in Pakistan--like this one that struck a madrassa last month in Hangu, killing six and wounding many more--have sparked nation-wide anger and protest. Christmas Day Drone Strike Pounds Pakistan
Four killed as anger at drone deaths boils and fresh protests flare
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[title] Billion-Dollar Climate Change Denial Network Exposed
The secret behind the corporate media's global warming "debate."
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In May 2013, protesters marched in Washington D.C. to demand that government hold the 'too big to jail' banks accountable for the ongoing home foreclosure crisis. (Photo: Stephen D. Melkisethian/ cc via Flickr) Americans to Wall Street 'Scrooges': Give Your Bonus to Homeless
Petition: 'Help the folks that you Scrooged out of their homes and end the homelessness crisis you created.'
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Obama's Quiet Gift to Iraq: Hellfire Missiles and Surveillance Drones
Critics warn fresh shipments of weapons will only fuel the country's violence
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Egypt Designates Muslim Brotherhood as “Terrorist Organization” in Attempt to Crush Dissent
In Egypt, the interim appointed government of Prime Minister Hazem Biblawi, backed by the military junta that made the coup of July 3, on Wednesday formally categorized the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Russia Formally Drops All Charges Against 'Arctic 30'
Until the drilling stops, the Greenpeace campaign will continue
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Toddler Dead as Israeli Air and Ground Assaults Pounds Gaza
Israel says attacks are retaliation for deadly shooting of Israeli laborer
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Snowden's 'Alternative' Christmas Message: 'Together We Can End Mass Surveillance'
'A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all,' NSA whistleblower says on the UK's Channel 4
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US Court: Military's Prisoners in Afghanistan Have No Rights
In Christmas Eve ruling, judges say U.S. Constitution does not apply to notorious Bagram prison
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Troubling Pattern as De Blasio Taps Goldman Sachs Exec
Wall Street executive says wealthy bankers willing to give up one latte a day to help city's children. Progressives not likely to be impressed.
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'Spiraling Violence' Grips World's Youngest Country
Reports of mass graves, 'palpable fear among civilians' as tens of thousands flee conflict in South Sudan
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In Alberta, Environmental Regulators Now Funded by Fossil Fuel Industry
'How unbiased can this be?' ask critics of regulator stacked with oil industry players
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iPads for Newborns? Marketing Tablets for Babies 'Horrifies' Parents, Experts
Fisher-Price 'iPad Apptivity Seat' only the worst example (so far) of a culture awash in screens that may be harming childhood development
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'Merry Frackmess!': Elves Erect Gas Drilling Rig on Governor's Front Lawn
If Illinois Gov. Quinn wants fracking in his state, Santa thinks he should see what it's like to live next to a fracking rig
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Cruelty, Corporations, Congress, and Christmas: Unhappy Holidays for the Poor & Unemployed
'Tis the season for business as usual as the poor struggle and the wealthy and powerful relax
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Retailers Offer $40 Million Compensation for Worst Factory Disaster in History
'It is the least they could do for the workers and their families who lost everything while making apparel for them'
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Snowden: Society Deserves Chance to 'Govern,' 'Change' Itself
NSA whistleblower declares "mission accomplished" as the debate over spying vindicates his decision to step forward
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[title] Happy Holidays: Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry, & Brownie McGhee Sing "Down by the Riverside"
Wishing you a peaceful season and a happy New Year....
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Monday, December 23, 2013
Snowden Slams NSA Review as 'Cosmetic'
"I will never exchange information for asylum and I don't think the Brazilian government would do that either."
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Prisoner Who Held One of Longest Hunger Strikes Released
During incarceration, Issawi wrote: 'I draw my strength from all the free people in the world who want an end to the Israeli occupation.'
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[title] Time for Compassion? Aging Political Prisoners Suffer From Illness, Decades in Solitary Confinement
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Australia's Year in Review: Hottest, Hottest, Hottest...
2013 has been a year filled with temperature extremes in Australia.
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'Sticker Shock' over Obamacare Bolsters Single-Payer Argument
New reporting by AP underscores systemic problems with healthcare system based on for-profit insurance model
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Millions in Dark Money Funding Climate Change Denial: Report
“It is not just a couple of rogue individuals doing this. This is a large-scale political effort.”
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Militarism Vs. Diplomacy: Whose Voice on Iran Will Win?
In an op-ed in German newspaper, Iran's president writes: 'We are striving... to remove the tensions that we have inherited.'
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US Government Spends Over $1 Billion a Year on Sweatshop Buying Spree
New York Times report cites international trade agreements as catalyst behind poor federal procurement practices
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[title] Unprecedented Refugee March Sweeps Tel Aviv
Thousands took to the streets after a week of hundreds of arrests of asylum seekers who marched from Israel's new open-air prison...
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'Run, Bernie, Run': Survey Shows Huge Support for Sen. Sanders as Progressive Presidential Candidate
More than 80 percent hope Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will bring his agenda items and energy to 2016 contest; Most want challenge from within Democratic Party
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Amnesty in Putin's Russia is 'a Hoax' says Pussy Riot Upon Release
'If I had a chance to turn it down, I would have done it, no doubt about that,' says one. 'This is not an amnesty. This is a hoax.'
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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Week After Nazi Attack, 16,000 Rally to 'End Racism' in Sweden
'It shows how many we are fighting for the equal value of all humans, and that we are many in comparison to the extremists'
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Key Activists in 2011 Uprisings Jailed by Egypt's Military Junta
Interim-government invokes draconian new law that criminalizes protests
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Exposed: The CIA's Clandestine Operations in Colombia
Washington Post investigation exposes 'multibillion dollar black budget' underlying CIA role in targeted killings, surveillance, torture
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Saturday, December 21, 2013
Judge Gives Utah Marriage Equality for Holidays
As same-sex couples celebrate, Utah attorney general immediately appeals the ruling
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US Military Aircraft Comes Under Fire in South Sudan
Four U.S. service members reportedly wounded, one critically
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'We Should Be Thanking Snowden': Obama Forced to Consider NSA Reforms
In a Friday press conference, Obama nodded towards the possibility of limited reforms while slamming Snowden for causing "unnecessary damage"
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Friday, December 20, 2013
[title] Moyers: Michelle Alexander on Getting Locked Out of the American Dream
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Beyond Criminals & Terrorists: NSA/GCHQ Targeted Humanitarian Groups
GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief
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Anti-Frackers Cheer Ruling as 'Victory' That 'Gives New Life to People’s Environmental Rights'
'This decision is a stark acknowledgement from our top court that fracking is indeed hazardous to public health and the environment'
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'Throwing Fuel on a Fire': Mass Protests Promised After Tar Sands Pipeline Moves Forward
Canadian review board sends Northern Gateway pipeline approval to fossil fuel friendly PM
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Freed Gitmo Detainee: 'We Were Subjected to Meticulous, Daily Torture'
Speaking from Khartoum, Ibrahim Idris says punishments were 'doubled' for hunger strikers
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[title] President Obama News Conference
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8 Down, Thousands To Go After Obama Commutes 'Unfair' Crack Cocaine Sentences
Advocates praise move but call for further reform to keep minor offenders out of long-term prison sentences
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Government's Plan to Raid Public Pensions 'Illegal,' says Court
Victory for retired pensioners and workers in Portugal as austerity proposal shot down
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[title] Ratner: NSA Surveillance Program Needs to be Torn Apart from Branch to Branch
Michael Ratner: White House review panel report doesn't go far enough and potentially undercuts the more serious reform of the NSA proposed by the U.S.A. Freedom Act.
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Former CIA Head: 'Hang Snowden Til He's Dead'
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, James Woolsey, who headed the CIA from 1993 to 1995, said that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden "should be hanged." Giving the whistleblower amnesty would be "idiotic," Woolsey said. Snowden "should be prosecuted for treason. If convicted by a jury of his peers, he should be hanged by his neck until he is dead," he said.
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Meat Tax Proposed to Fight Livestock's Climate 'Hoof-Print'
'Because the Earth’s climate may be near a tipping point to major climate change, multiple approaches are needed for mitigation'
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[title] Major US Academic Association Endorses Academic Boycott of Israel
On December 16, the membership of the American Studies Association endorsed the boycott to end Israel violations of Palestinian rights. ASA is the largest and oldest association devoted to interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. In the resolution, it says, quote:
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Syrious Paralysis on Pennsylvania Avenue
US war on Syria was averted, but White House appears lost on how to help wage peace
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President Obama Orders US Troops to South Sudan
Growing violence and talk of civil war in African nation
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
[title] The NSA is Coming to Town
Yes, NSA spying is real. Please take action to end it now: http://bit.ly/nsaiscomingtotown The Lyrics: You better watch out, You better not Skype, You better log out, Yeah you better not type, The NSA is coming to town.
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Hardline Dems Line Up Behind 'Dangerous' Iran Sanctions Bill
Phyllis Bennis: 'This puts the world at risk of another war'
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New Mexico Joins Wave of States Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
"Today's victory in New Mexico brings us one step closer to the day when marriage equality is a reality nationwide."
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EU Summit Blockaded Over 'Economic Poison' of Austerity
EU leaders meet to hash out budget, trade policies that protesters say are "for big business," not the people
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Is Your Chicken Dinner Making You Sick?
Two new reports highlight public health risks
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Study Shows Gulf Oil Spill Linked to Dolphin Disease and Death
'I've never seen such a high prevalence of very sick animals'
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