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Gulf fishermen report eyeless shrimp, malformed fish hearts after oil spill

Dr. Jim Cowan, with Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography, spoke to Al Jazeera recently and described the regular complaints he gets from fishermen, who often warn of deformed sea life like eyeless shrimp, crabs without claws, fish whose hearts don’t fully form, and numerous creatures with unexplained lesions on…

Michelle Obama: Trayvon ‘tragedy’ should rally Americans

First Lady Michele Obama is calling on Americans to rally around the family of an unarmed African-American teen who was recently shot to death by a neighborhood watchmen in Florida. In a telephone interview on Tuesday, the first lady told NPR’s Michel Martin that her “heart goes out to the…

Gay men kiss as Muslims protest atheist convention in Australia

A kiss between two gay men angered Muslims who were protesting outside the Global Atheist Convention in Australia over the weekend. Gregory Storer and his partner, Michael Barnett, were attending the convention in Melbourne when they were confronted by a group of Muslim protesters holding signs that that said, “Atheism…

Israeli army officer probed for striking activist in the face with gun

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army has opened a probe into an incident in the West Bank during which an officer struck a demonstrator in the face with his gun, a military spokeswoman said on Sunday. “This is a very serious incident. A detailed investigation has been opened into the circumstances…

Bill Moyers and Angela Glover Blackwell discuss ‘Occupy,’ race and the American Dream

The latest episode of Moyers & Company featured an interesting discussion between Moyers and activist Angela Glover Blackwell. Blackwell is a “national leader for social justice and equity” and is the author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future. During the exchange, the two discussed the “Occupy” movement, social…

Flash mob targets General Electric with tax-dodging song and dance

General Electric, one of the largest and most profitable corporations in the world, isn’t immune to criticism, and on Thursday some of their most vocal critics — their shareholders — gathered in the lobby of the company’s Boston offices to elaborate on their frustrations through song and dance. “GE pays…

Hartmann confronts anti-gay leader: Do closeted gays run your movement?

On Russia Today TV’s The Big Picture Thursday, progressive radio host Thom Hartmann confronted Family Research Institute chairman Dr. Paul Cameron and asked him an unusually pointed question: “Does it concern you that many of your colleagues in the anti-gay movement may actually be closeted gays?” “Um, no,” Cameron replied.…

Black church protests Hank Williams Jr. for calling Obama Hitler

Members of an African-American church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama showed up at a Hank Williams Jr. concert on Saturday to speak out about his racially offensive lyrics and his comments about President Barack Obama. “It was a peaceful protest,” Christ Baptist Church’s Reverend Ransey O’Daniel told Raw Story. “We just wanted…

Mormon students talk about suicide in ‘It Gets Better’ video

LGBT students at Brigham Young University, a school with close ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are speaking out in a new video about their religion, which forbids gay sex. The campus group Understanding Same-Gender Attraction (USGA) recently created the video to speak out about the…

Moyers guest: Ordinary people are the world’s only hope

Former diplomat Carne Ross believes that the Occupy movement and the power of ordinary people taking action can change the course of history and break the grip in which the wealthiest and most powerful 1 percent hold major world governments. On this week’s “Moyers and Company” with Bill Moyers, Ross…

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