News for 2015-05-27

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Julian Assange on the TPP, NSA Spying, and his Own Ambiguous Future
In an hour-long interview aired Wednesday, Julian Assange spoke with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! at the Ecuador embassy in London and shared his perspective on NSA spying, the pending Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and other controversies. The Wikileaks founder currently awaits his...
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Dems Back Debt-Free College as Issue Moves Into Election Spotlight
Nine additional Democratic senators on Wednesday came out in support of a resolution calling for debt-free public college, bringing to 20 the total number of Senate Dems who support the measure, introduced only a month ago by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Chuck...
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'Love Affair' Continues as Former Sen. Landrieu Joins Keystone XL Lobby Firm
In another instance of the "revolving door" between business and politics, it was announced on Tuesday that former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who often distinguished herself as Democrat who openly supported the interests of the Big Oil, will be joining the lobbying firm Van Ness...
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Edward Snowden a 'Total Hero,' Says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
Privacy advocate and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak considers NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to be a "total hero" and laments a missed opportunity to build more privacy protections into modern computer operating systems, according to a recent interview. Asked about Snowden in an interview with...
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Meet the Corporate Villains Sponsoring the COP21 Climate Talks
Fresh revelations that yet another round of United Nations climate talks—this time the upcoming negotiations in Paris—will be sponsored by some of the very corporations driving global warming have been met with outrage and alarm that the global process continues to be " captured by big polluters...
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Mary Ellen Mark, Award-Winning Photographer Who Captured 'Ragged Edges of Society,' Dies at 75
Mary Ellen Mark, the legendary photographer known for haunting, empathetic portraits of people who are so often overlooked by society, has died at 75. The cause was myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease affecting bone marrow and blood, Mark's studio manager Julia Bezgin told the New York Times . Mark...
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Given Rampant White-Collar Crime, FIFA Raid Raises Questions About DOJ Priorities
While the early morning raid and arrest of several high-ranking officials with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) captivated the international news circuit Wednesday morning, many observers were left wondering: With so many corrupt bankers , politicians, and other one-...
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With Deadline in Sight, Senate Scrambles on Patriot Act
As public outcry against government spying reaches a fever pitch, the U.S. Senate is scrambling to address the USA Patriot Act, key sections of which are currently speeding toward expiration. President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned the Senate—which is on a weeklong Memorial Day recess—to pass...
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Disgusted With Tory Government, Brits March in Force Against Austerity Madness
Thousands are gathering in London on Wednesday, protesting the conservative Tory government's 'oppressive and draconian' austerity program. Tweets about #fuckthetories OR #endausteritynow According to the Guardian , organizers expect a crowd of around 5,000—including a large student bloc —to rally...
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Terror on Trial: Family of Drone Victims Vows to Fight German Court Ruling
Three years after a U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed two civilians attending a wedding, a German court on Wednesday ruled against a member of the victims' family in a case that challenges international support for the so-called "War on Terror." Faisal bin Ali Jaber was granted permission to appeal...
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'Justice Delayed is Justice Denied': Court Blocks Reprieve for Millions of Deportations
In a blow to undocumented people across the United States, a federal appeals court on Tuesday obstructed an initiative of President Barack Obama that could have deferred roughly four million deportations. Human rights advocates bemoaned the ruling, even as they insisted that Obama's program already...
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Roads Melting, Death Toll Soaring as 'Unprecedented' Heatwave Grips India
The deathtoll related to an ongoing and "unprecedented" heatwave in India has soared to nearly 1,200 people, according to the nation's health ministry on Wednesday, with no respite for hundreds of millions of people expected until at least the weekend. According to officials quoted in the Hindustan...
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