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Friday, December 21

21.Dec.2012 - Gun Violence, Secret Detentions, Violations of Minorities, Global Religious Landscape, NYSE Being Bought, Vaccine Fraud, Gun Sales Spike, Israel Lobby, US Drone Strikes, Ecosystems in Upheaval, Gun Trade Profit, Targeting of Journalists, more

President Obama establishes plan to curb gun violence
In a Dec. 19 press conference, the president announced a federal task force, headed by Vice President Joe Biden, in response to the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary and said Congress should vote on measures banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as passing a measure to require background checks for any gun sale.

Call To Release Report On CIA’s Secret Detention And Interrogation

Human Rights Violations Of Minorities: Effects And Repercussions
Human rights is a concept which is founded on the democratic norms. Last many decades, after the coming into being of United Nations in particular, the concept of human rights has been picking up in a strong way. The global community through UN has tried to evolve the norms for these rights for all the people of the world.

grl-exec-1The Global Religious Landscape
A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010

NYSE Being Bought For $8.2B By Atlanta-Based IntercontinentalExchange
In matching press releases, they say the sale "combines two leading exchange groups to create a premier global exchange operator diversified across markets including agricultural and energy commodities, credit derivatives, equities and equity derivatives, foreign exchange and interest rates." 

The Great Vaccine Fraud

Gun Sales Spike After Newtown Tragedy

The Paranoid Style of the Israel Lobby
The anti-Hagel campaign reveals the psychopathology of radical Zionism

Obama Versus the Israel Lobby?
Jim Lobe reports that senior White House officials have leaked information that Chuck Hagel “was likely” to be the Obama Administration’s nominee for Secretary of Defense when Leon Panetta leaves. What’s not surprising is that the neocons have gone into full-on attack mode, including charges of anti-Semitism. Writing in the Wall StreetJournal, Bret Stephens complains because Hagel once said “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people [in Congress].”

What If All the World’s Debt Just Went Away

How would the world be different?  What would become possible for you personally in your life?  How would nations and corporations invest our newfound wealth differently if we all started from a clean slate?  Problems like global warming and extreme poverty would instantly become financial drops in the bucket—easily tackled with fair contracts and forward-looking investments.  The structural debts of entrenched subsidies, invested capital, tax havens, and trade agreements that keep them from being addressed would simply no longer exist.

US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend
Known as the "double tap," the tactic involves bombing a target multiple times in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second strike often hits first responders

Fight for GMO Labeling Goes On in New Mexico

The fight for mandatory labeling of GMO's in California may have suffered a difficult blow in California this November, but the fight goes on across the country, particularly this week in New Mexico, where one senator just filed an amendment that would require the labeling of all genetically engineered food and feed in the state.

Report: Ecosystems in Upheaval, Biodiversity in Collapse

The report (pdf), led by the US Geological Survey, the National Wildlife Federation and Arizona State University, foresees a global loss of biodiversity and major shifts in ecosystems.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'Mr. President, I am Disappointed'

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gave a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday slamming President Obama for going back on repeated assurances that Social Security would not be part of deficit reduction talks.

Who's really profiting from America's gun trade?

Israeli 'Surgical Targeting' of Journalists, Civilians a War Crime: Report

Israeli bombings of media outlets during the recent eight day siege on Gaza broke several international "laws of war," including the targeting of civilians, Human Rights Watch reports Thursday.

To Turn the Tide Against the NRA, Leadership Needed at the Top

You know you are not going to be seeing the brightest bulbs on TV defending America's loose gun laws the weekend after the mass slaughter of children. Even the NRA had gone dark, taking down its Facebook and Twitter accounts and refusing to respond to reporters.

Water Is Invaluable

A range of private players in the water arena, including water service companies like American Water, are part of a relatively new corporate effort to coordinate public outreach about the “Value of Water.”

How Congress Blocked Research on Gun Violence

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (R) is handed a confiscated AR-15 assault rifle above a table of illegal firearms sold to undercover officers in a large weapons.

The ugly campaign by the NRA to shut down studies at the CDC.

Confessions of an economic hit woman

The latest in a long line of economic hit men—and women—is Condoleeza Rice [ht: sm]:

The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Bribe Its Way Through Expansion in Mexico

Domestic Abuse Survivor Goldie Taylor on Giving Up Her Gun & the Unseen Plague of National Violence

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