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- Protesters increase calls to close Guantanamo as hunger strike continues
- Federal fracking rules draw criticism from industry and environmentalists
- New evidence, testimony from Syrian city shows arbitrary detention, torture under government control
- Nigeria’s expanding military attacks on Boko Haram spur concern about government abuse
- Advocates warn of curtailed labor rights following DC Court ruling on NLRB workplace posters
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- France’s same-sex marriage law survives constitutional challenge
- LGBT activists attacked in Tbilisi, Georgia
- Gay rights advocates in Russia pay tribute to hate crime victim
- After resignation at top spot, Obama names interim head IRS
- Judge denies injunction request on Arizona’s deferred action driver’s license ban
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Human rights advocates are demonstrating in Honolulu, London, and other cities around world today to pressure the US government to end the indefinite detention of nearly 200 men at Guantanamo Bay. The global day of action comes as the military is force-feeding an estimated 30 prisoners, and several have been hospitalized in a hunger strike that started in February.
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The Department of the Interior unveiled new rules this week to regulate the extraction of oil and natural gas by hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, on public and Indian land. Oil and gas industry lobby groups have already come out in opposition, saying the rules are unnecessary and that states provide adequate regulations. Environmentalists and some lawmakers are also criticizing the rules, saying they prioritize corporate profit over public health, and calling for a moratorium on all fracking. On Capitol Hill, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.
New evidence, testimony from Syrian city shows arbitrary detention, torture under government controlFri, 05/17/2013 - 15:14
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Russian President Vladimir Putin today and said an international conference seeking a peaceful end to the war in Syria should take place soon, though he didn’t confirm a date. Two years of violence has killed at least 80,000. More than one and a half million people have fled to other countries, according to the UN, and an additional four million are internally displaced. There are also concerns about the use of torture in the conflict.
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Nigeria’s armed forces launched air strikes today in Borno state on what they said were camps for Boko Haram fighters.
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In a blow to the struggling labor movement, a Federal appeals court recently ruled that the National Labor Relations Board did not have the authority to compel U.S. businesses to put notices in their workplaces informing employees of their right to unionize. Labor advocates are denouncing the Circuit Court’s ruling, saying many workers do not know they have a right to organize under the National Labor Relations Act, and that the ruling could hurt immigrants non-English speakers the most.