News for 2008-10-01

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Battle for The Amazon
Brazil's new environment minister, Carlos Minc, announced this week that he will be pressing for criminal charges against 100 of the worst individuals or companies responsible for most of the deforestation since 2005. New figures just released show that the rate of deforestation has increased by...
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US-Indian Nuclear Deal Set To Face Final Hurdle
WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice voiced hope that a civilian nuclear pact with India will clear the last US legislative hurdle on Wednesday, saying it has "strong bipartisan support." The deal, which would lift a three decade-old ban on civilian nuclear trade with India, would go...
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Revealed: Oil-Funded Research in Palin's Campaign Against Protection For Polar Bear
The Republican Sarah Palin and her officials in the Alaskan state government drew on the work of at least six scientists known to be sceptical about the dangers and causes of global warming, to back efforts to stop polar bears being protected as an endangered species, the Guardian can disclose...
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British Envoy says Mission in Afghanistan Is Doomed, According to Leaked Memo
The official version of the US-led campaign in Afghanistan received a blow today with a leaked report that the British Ambassador in Kabul believes that US strategy is wrong and the war is as good as lost. The potentially explosive views were published by Le Canard Enchaîné, a respected French...
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Met Office Warns of Need For Drastic Cuts in Greenhouse Gases from 2010
The world will have to take drastic action within two years to reduce greenhouse gas pollution if it is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a new study warns. Weeks before world leaders meet to discuss the next big international treaty on cutting emissions, the scale of risk posed by...
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Surge Test: Will Iraq's Government Back Sunni Militias?
BAGHDAD - The scars left by the violence that ravaged the Fadl district of central Baghdad are everywhere in this former Sunni Muslim insurgent bastion. The balconies are collapsed, and the building columns, decimated by gunfire, look like chewed apple cores. Garbage is strewn throughout the...
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US Great Place for the Oil Business
UXBRIDGE, Canada - Why do U.S. oil companies -- some of the most profitable corporations on the planet -- receive 20 to 40 billion dollars a year in subsidies from the U.S. government? And, in a time of skyrocketing oil prices and profits, why did the George W. Bush administration in 2005 authorise...
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Report Implicates White House
In 18 months of searching, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine and Office of Professional Responsibility chief H. Marshall Jarrett have uncovered new e-mail messages hinting at heightened involvement of White House lawyers and political aides in the firings of nine federal...
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ACLU Seeks Data on Spying for 32 Groups
BALTIMORE - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland yesterday demanded that the state police disclose under public information laws whether 32 grass-roots advocacy and political activist groups that have held large public protests in recent years have been targets of spying by undercover...
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Bush Plan Down But Not Out
BOSTON - Leading U.S. lawmakers and the cabinet of Pres. George W. Bush met behind closed doors Tuesday to strategise a way to win more votes for their 700-billion-dollar plan to bail out Wall Street, a plan that met with stunning defeat in the U.S. House on Monday. The leaders announced late...
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'Alternative Nobels' Go To Journalist, Activists
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A US journalist, a Swiss-born doctor and activists from India and Somalia were named on Wednesday as this year's winners of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel." The recipients will share a 2 million kronor (US$290,000) cash award to be split in four...
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Senate Set To Vote Tonight on New Bailout Bill
WASHINGTON - The Senate is set to vote tonight on a revised financial industry rescue bill after leaders there agreed to add tax breaks for businesses and the middle class and increase deposit insurance in an attempt to revive the legislation rejected by the House. The surprise move by Majority...
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The “No BAILOUTS Act”
There is nothing more frustrating than listening to defenders of fundamentally flawed bailout plan that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democratic and Republican leaders failed in passing Monday must be "saved" by Democrats who recognized when the House voted on Monday that this was the wrong...
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