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US court overturns coal pollution ruling | guardian.co.uk

Columbia appeals court strikes down key Obama-administration rule requiring coal-fired power plants to cut emissions A US appeals court overturned a key Obama administration rule to reduce harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants on Tuesday. The Columbia district circuit appeals court said in a 2-1 decision that the Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its mandate with the rule, which was ...

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Julian Assange will be granted asylum, says official | The Guardian

Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa has agreed to give the WikiLeaks founder asylum, according to an official in Quito by Irene Caselli in Quito Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, has agreed to grant Julian Assange asylum, officials within Ecuador’s government have said. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up at Ecuador’s London embassy since 19 June, when he officially requested political asylum. ...

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Guns in America: beyond control | Editorial, The Guardian

Editorial There is something in the old libertarian refrain – guns don’t kill without people getting involved. The deadliest shootings of modern times have included such disparate corners of the Earth as Dunblane in Scotland, Utøya in Norway and Port Arthur, Tasmania – humanity’s crooked timber will occasionally prove devastatingly warped in any setting. But even before Friday’s cinema massacre ...

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The Nuclear Industry Has Melted in Japan and France | Counterpunch

by HARVEY WASSERMAN In 1975-6, large, angry crowds I spoke to were already demanding the end of Fukushima and other reactor projects. They warned that all Japanese reactors were vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis, and that disasters on par with what happened at Fukushima were essentially inevitable. Now that it’s happened, the public rage in what has been a traditionally ...

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China Criticized as Too ‘Assertive,’ as US Expands Military in Asia-Pacific | Antiwar.com

China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and beyond consist of “conflicting mandates” and “lack of coordination” which has stoked tensions with its neighbors, according to a new report from the International Crisis Group. The report comes as Philippine and Chinese vessels remain locked in a two-week stand-off just outside Filipino waters. Both countries claim rights to the waters which ...

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J Street third annual conference marks shift to the right | +972mag

I have attended all three J Street conferences since the organization formed in 2008 with the dual objectives of pushing the US government to take an active role in bringing about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and changing the discourse within the mainstream American Jewish community to one that is more open, critical, value-driven and, yes, left-wing. J ...

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The Hybrid Rules of Drone Warfare | Joanne Mariner, Verdict

“I don’t think there’s any question but that we are at war,” said then-Attorney-General designate Eric Holder at his confirmation hearing in January 2009, agreeing with Senator Lindsey Graham that the United States and Al Qaeda were embroiled in a global armed conflict. Three years later, with Guantanamo still open, military commission proceedings moving ahead, and terrorist suspects being killed ...

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The US, Israel and Iran | The Nation

In his speech to AIPAC, President Obama sought to cool the war fever against Iran, rightly arguing that “loose talk” of military strikes had only served Tehran’s interests by driving up the price of oil. And in his meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, the president is said to have rejected the Israeli prime minister’s case for military action as well as ...

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