News for 2008-10-22

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Beyond Obama: Zinn Says Direct Action Needed
This a pivotal presidential election that finds America mired in two wars abroad, floundering through an economic crisis and digging itself deeper into debt every day, all during a time when global credibility is at an all-time low.
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US Drops Charges Against 5 Guantanamo Prisoners
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The U.S. military abruptly dropped charges against five Guantanamo Bay detainees, including one who allegedly plotted to detonate a "dirty bomb" in the U.S., after a prosecutor accused the military of suppressing evidence that could have helped clear them. But despite the...
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Haitian President Réne Préval Makes International Plea
Roads are washed out, towns are covered in mud and school children still can't go to class after four successive hurricanes, Haitian President René Préval said Tuesday in an appeal for more local and international help for his storm-ravaged nation. As Préval scrambles to rebuild infrastructure...
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Iraq's Unschooled Children Evidence of Devastation's Depth
BAGHDAD - At age 14, Ahmad Razaq has worked more jobs than he can count. He's painted houses, cleaned office buildings and supervised a janitorial crew. Lately he spends his days washing cars for a few dollars a week outside a dingy hotel in Baghdad. He's never set foot inside a classroom. He's...
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Canada to Ban Bisphenol A in Baby Bottles, US Urged to Follow
OTTAWA, Ontario - The Government of Canada led by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, newly re-elected last week, will immediately draft the world's first regulations to prohibit the importation, sale and advertising of plastic baby bottles that contain the chemical bisphenol A. The...
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Rich-Poor Divide Worst Among Rich Countries
WASHINGTON - The "American Dream" of upward social mobility appears to have emigrated from its birthplace in the United States to northern Europe, according to a major new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on the growth of economic equality over the past 20...
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Iraq's Cabinet Rejects Current Draft of US Troop Accord
BAGHDAD - Shiite Muslim government ministers raised objections Tuesday to a "final draft" of an agreement to authorize U.S. troops to remain in Iraq, and after a four-and-a-half-hour cabinet meeting Iraq's government spokesman said that the agreement wouldn't be finalized in its current form. The...
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Congress Weighs Next Steps For Financial Regulation
WASHINGTON - As federal regulators continue to unveil new measures to reverse the global financial crisis, Congress on Tuesday began weighing what changes might be needed to restore confidence in the U.S. financial system and prevent future crises. The House Financial Services Committee, which will...
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Gay Marriage in Peril in California
CALIFORNIA - A state ballot measure to ban gay marriage in California is gaining momentum, with polls showing almost even odds of it passing after trailing by double digits a month ago. In June, the state legalized same-sex marriages. The next month, Proposition 8, defining marriage as between a...
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Obama and The Americas
Will a probable Obama presidency herald the birth of an Obama doctrine replacing the Monroe doctrine - in terms of a new, more equitable relationship between the US and Latin America? Economist Mark Weisbrot is not so sure. He tells Pepe Escobar, Obama in his foreign policy will be mostly absorbed...
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Chagos Islanders Lose Battle To Return
LONDON - Chagos islanders evicted by the British government in the 1970s today lost their long-running battle to return to the Indian Ocean archipelago. The islanders had previously won the right to return to all islands except Diego Garcia, the main island, where there is a US military base.
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Military Barred From Retrying Watada on 3 of 5 Court-Martial Charges
Citing the constitutional protections against being tried twice for the same crime, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that 1st Lt. Ehren Watada cannot face a second court martial on three of five counts resulting from his high-profile 2006 refusal to deploy to Iraq with a Fort Lewis brigade. The...
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Feds Rush To Ease Endangered Species Rules
WASHINGTON - Rushing to ease endangered species rules before President Bush leaves office, Interior Department officials are attempting to review 200,000 comments from the public in just 32 hours, according to an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press.
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McCain Campaign Paid Republican Operative Accused of Voter Fraud
John McCain paid $175,000 of campaign money to a Republican operative accused of massive voter registration fraud in several states, it has emerged. As the McCain camp attempts to tie Barack Obama to claims of registration irregularities by the activist group ACORN, campaign finance records...
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