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Headlines for July 23, 2014 23.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Israel Bombs Gaza's Only Power Plant as Toll Nears 650, Abbas Backs Hamas Demand Linking Ceasefire to Ending Gaza Blockade, U.N. Rights Chief Says Israel Likely Committing War Crimes; Amnesty Calls for Probe, San Francisco Demonstrators Urge Obama to "Stop the Killing" & "Save Gaza", Human Rights Group: Over 700 Killed in Deadliest 48-Hour Span of Syrian Civil War , Coffins of MH17 Passengers Flown to Netherlands, U.S. Intel: Firing on Plane Likely a Mistake, Ukraine Claims Downing of 2 Fighter Jets, Ex-General Vows to Challenge Jokowi Election Victory in Indonesia, Conflicting Rulings on Insurance Subsidies Could Return Obamacare to Supreme Court, Congress Unlikely to Pass Border Measure Before Recess; DHS Claims Migrant Decline, Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court Halt on Arizona Execution
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Scientists Urge For Funds To Prevent Coastal Disasters, Not Just Recover From Them 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
July 23 (Reuters) - A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday. Urging a "national vision" toward addressing coastal risks, the report comes on the heels of a Reuters analysis published earlier this month showing that coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, with steep financial consequences. The great majority of money -- most of it federal dollars -- spent on coastal risks goes toward recovery after a disaster rather than on planning for and mitigating against storms, climate change and sea-level rise, the report said. Instead, the federal government should push for a national coastal risk assessment to identify best practices and uniform measures of progress, and move away from the current decentralized approach to coastal management, the ...
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An Interview With Shenna Bellows 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
At the Netroots Nation conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Maine senate candidate Shenna Bellows. We didn't have a lot of time to chat, but I definitely had enough time to find out that she has a great and diverse background, and is an incredibly thoughtful person. Here's a recap of my interview. CC: They say women need to be asked three times to run. Was that the case with you? SB: "No, not exactly. I joined Emerge Main in 2010 because I was interested in the possibility of running for office some day. Emerge America is a training program for Democratic women who are interested in considering what running for office might look like. It's an excellent training. It goes through the nuts and bolts of campaign planning, fundraising, public speaking, media. It was an amazing program that really empowered me to think that this was possible. And I'm the first Emerge America alumna in the country to be running for U.S. Senate." CC: What issues are at the forefront of your ...
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Thirsting for Democracy in Detroit: Activists Resist Water Service Shutoffs, Wall Street and Privatization 23.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles

After a week of direct actions protesting privatization and water service shutoffs, the people of Detroit reject a Wall Street-dictated world, decry commodification of the commons and push back against unaccountable officials, while working to restore democracy. 

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Sexual Assault Witnesses At Occidental College Subjected To Vile Harassment Emails 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On June 6, a stranger from Powersite, Missouri, emailed a female witness to a sexual assault case at Occidental College in Los Angeles to complain she represented "what's worst about America." Two days earlier, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties nonprofit known as FIRE that mostly focuses on free speech issues, had announced it was working with a John Doe who was suing Occidental. Doe, a pseudonym for an anonymous freshman, was expelled in December after Occidental found him responsible for sexual assault. FIRE contended in an email blast to followers that the expulsion lacked due process for the accused. "What kind of a radical fucking man hating dyke are you?" the angry stranger asked the witness in the email. "Please, slice your goddamn wrists, nail your pussy shut and go wait tables before you harm someone else. It's bitches and whores like you who give women a bad name.” (The witness requested anonymity for this story an attempt to avoid further harassment.) The ...
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U.S. Spying and Europe's Disillusioned Pro-American Elites 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Spying scandals, the systematic erosion of privacy. A corporate sector that makes mincemeat of American democracy. To understand why Europe's normally pro-American elites are so disillusioned now, it is important to look at the days of their youth a few decades back - specifically the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those years, when many people who are now Europe's leaders -- whether a prime minister, foreign minister, or what have you -- were heady times. On the tail end of the Vietnam fiasco, Marxists -- then a very prominent force in numbers all over Europe, had a ready-made opportunity. Whatever their ideology said about the United States as the leading capitalist power seemed to be born out in practice -- or so they liked to cast it. U.S. troops had been marauding around the world. U.S. intelligence officers engaged in toppling regimes in various places. And amidst all that saber rattling, U.S. multinational companies were quietly, but relentlessly going about their business expanding their market ...
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International Scholars Lend Support to Dissident Scholars in Israel 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the ways of silencing dissent is through the demand for loyalty, so that a slogan you hear a lot now is "no citizenship without loyalty". This reflects the inversion of the republican idea that the state should be loyal to the citizen and is accountable for inequities and injustices. The reversal of this relationship between state and loyalty ... is alarming. One of the expressions of these symptoms is the increasingly violent attitude to any dissent within Israel. So wrote Israeli academic Neve Gordon in 2010, remarking on the stifling of dissent he was witnessing then in Israel. A year before, Gordon had caused a huge controversy by publishing an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled, "Boycott Israel," in which he described Israel as "an apartheid state" and urged "massive international pressure" against its discriminatory practices. Immediately after, Gordon faced heated criticism from the Israeli state, and from his own university. As Haaretz reported, "Israel's Consul-General in Los ...
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Great Barrier Reef Will Be 'Pretty Ugly' By 2050, Researchers Say 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Great Barrier Reef's days may be numbered. Researchers appeared before an Australian Senate committee this week to review how federal and local governments have managed the reef. What they discovered is that the world's largest coral reef system is in bad shape . Professor Peter Mumby of the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland said that the Great Barrier Reef will be "pretty ugly" by 2050. " The reef is in the worse [sic] state it's ever been in since records began ," Mumby told the committee, according to the Australian Associated Press. Within 40 years, he expects, the Great Barrier Reef will lose populations of marine life and will feature far more seaweed and algae where coral once flourished. Mumby attributed the significant decline to coastal development and placed some of the blame on government action, such as approval of proposals involving dredging and dumping sediment along the Queensland coast. His statements were echoed by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg , a professor of marine ...
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Headlines for July 22, 2014 22.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Over 600 Palestinians Dead as Israeli Siege Enters 3rd Week, Rebels in Ukraine Surrender Black Boxes from Downed Plane, Obama Signs Order to Protect LGBT Workers, Texas Gov. Rick Perry Sending National Guard to Border, Honduras: TV Journalist Found Murdered, University of Connecticut to Pay $1.3 Million in Sexual Assault Case, Detroit Temporarily Halts Water Shutoffs After Protests, Utah: 21 Arrested After Blockade of 1st U.S. Tar Sands Mine, Report: Federal Agents Involved in Most Top U.S. Terrorism Plots
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Here's What Happened When One County Invested Millions In An Employee Wellness Program 22.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. SEATTLE – When King County, Washington, launched its employee wellness program seven years ago, its motive was clear. “We were being eaten alive by runaway medical costs,” says the county’s top executive Dow Constantine.  By all accounts, the previous administration was desperate to bring down double-digit health care cost growth that threatened to destroy the entire budget.  That partially explains why King County , which spends nearly $200 million per year to insure 14,000 workers and their families, who mostly live and work here in the county seat, was willing to risk millions more on a wellness program that would prove to break the traditional mold. It may also explain why labor unions took the unusual step of joining management in a plan that would ultimately shift more health care costs to workers.  But it ...
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How to make the most of your sustainability Master’s degree 22.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Gone are the days when you could walk out of your Master's graduation ceremony and into a great role. Here is how to convert what has become a minimum pedigree requirement into a career change.

How to make the most of your sustainability Master’s degree
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Can waterless dyeing clean up the clothing industry? 21.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Nike and Adidas are turning to this new tech. Yet major questions remain as to what can turn the tide to reduce pollution in the textile industry.

Can waterless dyeing clean up the clothing industry?
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Georgia Seeks Dismissal Of Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit 21.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

Attorney General Sam Olens said in a filing on Monday that the suit takes away Georgia residents' right to define marriage. Lambda Legal sued in April on behalf of seven people. Georgia voters in 2004 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage. It was challenged in courts over wording of the ballot question, but the state Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the vote was valid.

The state constitution prohibits same-sex marriage and those performed in other states aren't legally recognized in Georgia.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
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"Blood on American Hands": Richard Falk on Palestine 21.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles

The latest carnage in Gaza is part of an ongoing Israeli imperial policy, but, as Richard Falk underscores in this exclusive interview, Israel always claims that its attacks against Palestinians are provoked by the Palestinians themselves.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Majority of Americans Favor of Action on Climate Change, and More 21.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Headlines for July 21, 2014 21.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Palestinian Toll Tops 500 After Deadliest Day of Israeli Siege, Kerry Caught on Mic: "It's a Hell of a Pinpoint Operation", NBC Sends Correspondent Ayman Moyheldin Back to Gaza After Outcry, Ukraine Launches Assault on Donetsk; U.N. to Vote on Access to Crash Site, U.S. Drone Kills 15 amid Pakistani Assault on North Waziristan, Iranian Nuclear Talks Extended Until November, Libya: 47 Killed in Fighting at Airport, Nicaragua: 5 Sandinista Gov't Supporters Shot Dead, Typhoon Rammasun Kills 26 in China, Vietnam; Philippines Toll Hits 95, Australia Repeals Tax on Carbon Emissions, Smoker's Widow Wins $23.6 Billion in Punitive Damages from R.J. Reynolds, More Than 1,000 Rally in Detroit to Protest Water Shutoffs, NYC Residents Protest Death of Eric Garner After Police Chokehold, NYPD Cracking Down on Street Performers in Revival of "Broken Windows" Policy
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These Are The Countries Where Kids Go To School For The Longest 21.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On average, kids in Australia can expect to spend up to 15 more years in school than kids in Niger. A new report from Cornell University, international business school INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization looks, in part, at global "school life expectancy," that is to say, how many years students around the world can expect to spend in school . Titled "The Global Innovation Index 2014," the report shows wide variations in school life expectancy around the world. While kids in places like Australia and New Zealand can expect to spend nearly 20 years in school, from the primary school level until the tertiary, or post-high school level; kids in places like Pakistan and Ethiopia can expect to spend less than 10 years in school. Below, we have compiled a map of the report's results. Let us know what you think in the comments section. Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington ...
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Young Leaders on the Front Lines to Defend Voter Rights 21.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This month courageous students and a handful of civil rights organizations are challenging a voter ID law in North Carolina -- saying it discriminates against college students in the state and violates the 26th Amendment allowing 18 year olds the right to vote. Over the past few years, we have seen a proliferation of laws aimed at disenfranchising people of color, the elderly, people with special needs, low-income communities, women, and youth. Rather than encouraging democratic participation, certain state legislatures across the country have made it more challenging to exercise a fundamental American right and civic duty: the right to vote. If these young people win this case, it will be a landmark victory and another indication that youth are politically engaged in our country and making meaningful contributions to our democracy. As executive director of youth leadership programs at People For the American Way Foundation, I have always believed this, and am reminded of it daily. Ten years ago, People ...
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What do volcanos look like deep underground? 20.7.2014 Environmental News Network
By measuring how fast Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, a University of Utah researcher and colleagues made a detailed picture of Mount Rainier's deep volcanic plumbing and partly molten rock that will erupt again someday. "This is the most direct image yet capturing the melting process that feeds magma into a crustal reservoir that eventually is tapped for eruptions," says geophysicist Phil Wannamaker, of the university's Energy & Geoscience Institute and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. "But it does not provide any information on the timing of future eruptions from Mount Rainier or other Cascade Range volcanoes."
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Religious Effort To Halt Climate Change Puts Rabbi Moti Reiber Behind Church Pulpits 20.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(RNS) Rabbi Moti Rieber travels the politically red state of Kansas armed with the book of Genesis, a psalm and even the words of Jesus to lecture church audiences, or sermonize if they’ll let him, about the threat of global warming. “My feeling is that I’m the only person these people are ever going to see who’s going to look them in the eye and say, ‘There’s such a thing as climate change,’” Rieber said. “I’m trying to let them know it’s not irreligious to believe in climate change.” He is at the vanguard of religious efforts — halting in some places, gathering speed elsewhere — to move the ecological discussion from its hot-button political and scientific moorings to one based on theological morality and the right thing to do. Where allowed behind the pulpit in a United Methodist or Lutheran church, Rieber can sense a restless shifting in the pews as he draws parallels between God asking Adam to tend the Garden of Eden and humankind’s stewardship duty to the environment. He can see a few faces turn ...
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