News for 2014-05-02

Friday, May 2, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Thousands Feared Dead Following Landslide in Afghanistan
Thousands of people are feared dead following a landslide in Afghanistan triggered by heavy rain. The disaster struck Friday in the Argo district of Badakhshan in northeastern Afghanistan when part of a mountain collapsed, burying the village below. Wire services are currently reporting a death...
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[title] Moyers: Is Net Neutrality Dead?
For years, the government has upheld the principle of “Net neutrality,” the belief that everyone should have equal access to the web without preferential treatment.
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A team from the IAEA looks at water storage tanks at Fukushima in Nov. 2013.(Photo: IAEA Imagebank) Nuclear Experts Raise Concerns Over Giant 'Ice Wall' at Fukushima
Nuclear experts are casting doubt on Japan's plans to build a giant underground "ice wall" surrounding the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in a bid to stop dangerous radiation leaks. The roughly $320 million ice wall would theoretically function like an underground dam to stop...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Blasted for Lumping Critics of Trade Deal Secrecy with 'Conspiracy Theorists'
Critics of the highly-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations responded with outrage after U.S. President Barack Obama charged they have a "lack of knowledge of what is going on in the negotiations" and dismissed their concerns as "conspiracy theories." The president made the comments this...
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A Ukrainian government supporter walks past a line of self-defense activists during a clash with pro-Russians in the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine, Friday, May 2, 2014. A clash broke out late Friday between pro-Russians and government supporters in Odessa, on the Black Sea coast some 550 kilometers (330 miles) from the turmoil in the east. Odessa had remained largely untroubled by unrest since the February toppling of pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych, which ignited tensions in the east. (AP Photo/ Dozens Reported Dead in Odessa as Ukraine Chaos Spreads
Thirty-eight people are reported dead in the Ukraine city of Odessa on Friday, spurring additional concern that the nation's turmoil is making its way west as increasing number of cities experience open revolt and succumb to violence. According to the early reports , the deaths in Odessa were...
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A demonstrator in Brussels calling for a boycott of Israel. (Photo: Reuters) Church's Tempered, Thoughtful Look at BDS Movement Condemned by Israel
A briefing paper by the Methodist Church in the UK that explores the legitimacy of the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel for its continued occupation of Palestinian lands, apartheid policies, and subjugation of the Palestinian people has received condemnation...
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Photo: World Coalition Against the Death Penalty UN: Okla. Inmate's Botched Execution 'May Violate Intl'l Law'
The suffering experienced by an Oklahoma inmate during his botched execution this week "may amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment according to international human rights law," a United Nations human rights official said Friday. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner...
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Seattle's $15 Wage Plan Proves Power of Radical Pressure
'We made this progress possible... but it is neither strong enough nor fast enough.' That's the summarized reaction by progressive activists in Seattle to a proposal by the city's mayor, Ed Murray, presented to the city council this week that calls for a phased-in minimum wage hike to $15 an hour...
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(Photo: Bob Jagendorf / creative commons) Skyrocketing Prison Population Devastating US Society: Report
Impacted communities have long slammed U.S. policies of mass incarceration that are locking up more people than any other country in the world. Now that criticism is also resounding from the highly-regarded National Research Council (an arm of the National Academy of Sciences), which issued a...
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[title] May Day Celebrations Sweep the Globe
A wrap-up of the world's May Day protests against austerity and for workers' rights.
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Tech companies are becoming increasingly defiant of government orders to deliver customer information and more transparent in terms of informing their users about these requests. (Public domain) Consumer Concerns over Govt Spying Fueling Industry Defiance
In a sign that consumer concerns about the level of government surveillance of electronic media are having an impact on the nation's tech giants, Facebook, Google and many other technology companies are reportedly rethinking and reforming how they respond to government requests for private customer...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Diplomatic 'Hope' Destroyed? Helicopters Down as Kiev Attacks East
As the Ukrainian military launched an offensive assault on the eastern city of Slavyansk on Friday, pro-Russian militias in the area have reportedly shot down two helicopters, killing at least some of the soldiers on board while others were wounded and captured. News of the assault in Moscow...
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