News for 2014-05-23

Friday, May 23, 2014
A view from the Yasuní national park. (Photo: sara y tzunky/cc/flickr) Ecuador 'Green-lights Environmental Disaster' in Biodiversity Hotspot
In a move condemned as paving the way for an environmental disaster, the environment minister of Ecuador on Thursday authorized permits for oil exploration to begin within the Yasuní National Park, an area home to two indigenous communities living in voluntary isolation and an area some consider...
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(Photo: David Shankbone / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Revealed: Gov't Used Fusion Centers to Spy on Occupy
U.S. government Fusion Centers, which operate as ill-defined "counter-terrorism" intelligence gathering and sharing centers, conducted spy operations against Occupy protesters involving police, the Pentagon, the FBI, military employees, and business people. So finds a report released Friday by the...
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[title] Art is Not a Crime—Drop the Charges
DC activists helped kick off SOA Watch's poster campaign to remember the martyrs and expose the killers. On Wednesday, May 14, a group of about a dozen activists came together to paste up a giant mural on the streets of the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.
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Russian president Vladimir Putin at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. (Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria Novosti) Putin: US Backed the 'Coup' That Now Threatens Civil War in Ukraine
Ahead of contentious nationwide elections in Ukraine this weekend designed to pave the way for a new government in the politically fractured country, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday had strong words for western nations, including the United States, who he says backed the coup d'etat that...
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An anti-Keystone XL action in front of the White House. (Photo: Light Brigading/cc/flickr) A Scrambling TransCanada 'Shows Power of Anti-Keystone Movement'
Recent comments made by the head of energy giant TransCanada might have just put the spotlight on the power of the movement to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. The company's CEO, Russ Girling, told media this week that TransCanada was looking into the option of transporting crude from the Alberta tar...
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(Photo: Victorgrigas / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Wikileaks Reveals Identity of 'Country X': Afghanistan
Wikileaks stated Friday that, in addition to the Bahamas, the United States is tracking and recording all mobile phone calls within the country Afghanistan. In making the announcement, the publication claimed to be shedding light on information redacted by journalists at The Intercept who reported...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Indian Consulate Burns After Armed Assault in Afghanistan
An attempt by armed men to storm the Indian consulate in Afghanistan on Friday resulted in a firefight with Afghan soldiers and India security forces that has left at least three people dead and parts of the building burned out from fire and smoke. According to Reuters , "a handful of heavily armed...
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Students gather at the site of a suspected CIA drone strike on a seminary in Hangu district (Reuters/Syed Shah) Most US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Attack Houses
Domestic buildings have been hit by drone strikes more than any other type of target in the CIA’s 10-year campaign in the tribal regions of northern Pakistan, new research reveals. By way of contrast, since 2008, in neighbouring Afghanistan drone strikes on buildings have been banned in all but the...
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[title] Scary New Mascot Not McDonald’s Only Problem
Workers descend on annual meeting to call for $15 per hour wage as shareholders approve CEO’s $9.5 million pay package.
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If Hillary Clinton remains the uncontested voice of her party, what next for progressives who say they know too well where Wall Street-friendly economics and a hawkish foreign policy will take the nation? (Photo: Shutterstock) Can a New Populist Movement Fight Off American Oligarchy?
Bernie is "seriously considering" it. Warren says, "I'm not running." A few Democratic governors are reportedly dabbling. But with progressives nationwide yearning for a bold populist movement, is there any chance their hopes will be met in the upcoming midterm elections or on the 2016 presidential...
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This moving billboard accompanied a protest at a Comcast shareholders meeting in Philadelphia on May 21, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Media Mobilizing Project) Comcast Assembles Massive Lobbyist Army to Push Mega-Merger
Internet and cable giant Comcast has assembled an army of lobbyists to drive through its proposed merger with its second largest cable competitor—Time Warner Cable. But media justice campaigners across the U.S. are determined to stop a deal they say would strike a blow against free speech, media...
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Erle Rahaman-Noronha cutting produce on his farm. (Credit: Mark Olalde/IPS) Permaculture Poised to Conquer the Caribbean
- Erle Rahaman-Noronha is not a revolutionary, not in any radical sense at least. He is not even that exciting. In truth, Rahaman-Noronha is merely a man with a shovel, a small farm, and a big dream. But that dream is poised to conquer the Caribbean. Rahaman-Noronha wants to see ‘permaculture’ –...
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