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Maryland Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, Set to Become 21st State to Pass a Law

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:44

The Maryland House of Delegates voted 125-11 yesterday to adopt HB 881, a medical marijuana bill that improves upon the law that was adopted by the state last year. If signed by Governor Martin O'Malley, HB 881 will protect patients with severe pain, nausea, wasting syndrome, seizures, and severe muscle spasms from arrest and prosecution. Qualified patients will be able to obtain their medicine from licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTC), which will rely on licensed growers for their supply.

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Bill Defunding Universities With Ties To Israel Boycotters Dies In Committee

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:41

As the Maryland General Assembly completed its work on the state budget bill, legislators inserted language that weakly condemns the American Studies Association (ASA) decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions complicit in Israel’s long record of human rights violations. This language serves to placate proponents of HB998/SB647, which stalled in committee after civil rights and community groups resoundingly condemned the legislation as an unconstitutional assault on academic freedom.

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Bill Defunding Universities With Ties To Israel Boycotters Dies In Committee

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:41

As the Maryland General Assembly completed its work on the state budget bill, legislators inserted language that weakly condemns the American Studies Association (ASA) decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions complicit in Israel’s long record of human rights violations. This language serves to placate proponents of HB998/SB647, which stalled in committee after civil rights and community groups resoundingly condemned the legislation as an unconstitutional assault on academic freedom.

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Medical Report Reveals Full Extent of Guantanamo Brit's Illness; Motion Filed for His Urgent Release

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:39

A medical evaluation of the last remaining Briton in Guantanamo Bay, Shaker Aamer, has detailed the full extent of physical and psychological damage caused by his torture and ongoing abuse at the prison. 

In response to serious issues raised by the evaluation, Mr Aamer's lawyers filed an urgent motion in US courts today (Mon, April 7), seeking his immediate release from the prison on the grounds of ill-health. Mr Aamer has been cleared for release since 2007.

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Medical Report Reveals Full Extent of Guantanamo Brit's Illness; Motion Filed for His Urgent Release

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:39

A medical evaluation of the last remaining Briton in Guantanamo Bay, Shaker Aamer, has detailed the full extent of physical and psychological damage caused by his torture and ongoing abuse at the prison. 

In response to serious issues raised by the evaluation, Mr Aamer's lawyers filed an urgent motion in US courts today (Mon, April 7), seeking his immediate release from the prison on the grounds of ill-health. Mr Aamer has been cleared for release since 2007.

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House Republicans Hold Anti-Endangered Species Hearing on Bills to Weaken Endangered Species Act

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:43

House Republicans will hold a hearing Tuesday on four bills that would divert funding from protecting species and discourage citizens from helping enforce the United States’ landmark law for protecting endangered wildlife. The four bills would weaken the Endangered Species Act’s effectiveness and redirect scarce agency resources from species recovery to pointless reporting requirements. To create a facade of support, Rep.

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House Republicans Hold Anti-Endangered Species Hearing on Bills to Weaken Endangered Species Act

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:43

House Republicans will hold a hearing Tuesday on four bills that would divert funding from protecting species and discourage citizens from helping enforce the United States’ landmark law for protecting endangered wildlife. The four bills would weaken the Endangered Species Act’s effectiveness and redirect scarce agency resources from species recovery to pointless reporting requirements. To create a facade of support, Rep.

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International Experts Focus on Solutions to Climate Change

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:53

Greenpeace is urging governments and corporate leaders to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, safe energy as scientists and officials meet in Berlin this week to finalise the UN climate panel’s report on the solutions to climate change. (1)

The report, to be presented on Sunday 13 April, is the third part of the Fifth Assessment Report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The previous two parts assessed the science and impacts of climate change. (2)

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International Experts Focus on Solutions to Climate Change

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:53

Greenpeace is urging governments and corporate leaders to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, safe energy as scientists and officials meet in Berlin this week to finalise the UN climate panel’s report on the solutions to climate change. (1)

The report, to be presented on Sunday 13 April, is the third part of the Fifth Assessment Report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The previous two parts assessed the science and impacts of climate change. (2)

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NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:50

Federal protections to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of our foods are woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk, a Natural Resources Defense Council investigation found.

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NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:50

Federal protections to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of our foods are woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk, a Natural Resources Defense Council investigation found.

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Is the Cuba Twitter Story Part of Broader Pattern?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:48

AP reported on Friday “U.S. Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Stir Unrest,” which stated: “Documents show the U.S. government planned to build a subscriber base through ‘non-controversial content’: news messages on soccer, music and hurricane updates.

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Is the Cuba Twitter Story Part of Broader Pattern?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:48

AP reported on Friday “U.S. Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Stir Unrest,” which stated: “Documents show the U.S. government planned to build a subscriber base through ‘non-controversial content’: news messages on soccer, music and hurricane updates.

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Egypt ‘Tightens the Vice’ on Dissent by Upholding Conviction of Three Activists

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:47

A Cairo appeals court today upheld the conviction of three government critics for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest, a further sign that the Egyptian authorities are tightening the vice on freedom of expression and assembly, Amnesty International said. 

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Egypt ‘Tightens the Vice’ on Dissent by Upholding Conviction of Three Activists

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:47

A Cairo appeals court today upheld the conviction of three government critics for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest, a further sign that the Egyptian authorities are tightening the vice on freedom of expression and assembly, Amnesty International said. 

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New Analysis Finds Significant Differences in How Accurately Cable News Networks Portray Climate Science

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:45

The scientific accuracy of climate change coverage varies significantly across the three major cable news networks, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

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New Analysis Finds Significant Differences in How Accurately Cable News Networks Portray Climate Science

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:45

The scientific accuracy of climate change coverage varies significantly across the three major cable news networks, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

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Organic Consumers Association Comments on New Study Showing Glyphosate Found in Mothers' Breast Milk

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:43

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban the use of glyphosate based on a new pilot study showing that the toxic herbicide was found in the breast milk of American women.

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Organic Consumers Association Comments on New Study Showing Glyphosate Found in Mothers' Breast Milk

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:43

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban the use of glyphosate based on a new pilot study showing that the toxic herbicide was found in the breast milk of American women.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Lynx From Traps in Idaho

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:14

Three conservation groups initiated a lawsuit today against the governor of Idaho and other state officials to halt trapping that illegally kills one of the rarest cats in the United States, the Canada lynx. The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and Friends of the Clearwater notified Gov.

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