News for 2009-01-22

Thursday, January 22, 2009
Prosperity’s Reach, Phyllis Bennis on Gaza, A Civil Rights Activist Inaugurates This!
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that an economy is judged by the reach of its prosperity. But what will it take to expand that reach--little steps or big? We'll talk with political scientists David Korten, Benjamin Barber and Elizabeth Reynoso. Then, GRITtv meets up with documentary...
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North American Trees Dying Twice as Fast
Our trees are dying. Throughout the western United States, cherished and protected forests are dying twice as fast as they did 20 years ago because of climate change, researchers reported Thursday in the journal Science. Fire did not kill these trees, nor did some massive insect outbreak. The trees...
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Offshore Drilling Plan to Go Ahead: Interior Dept
WASHINGTON - A proposal issued in the final days of the Bush administration to expand offshore drilling in previously banned areas will move forward under the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, an Interior Department spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday. Shortly after being sworn in on...
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US Accused of Killing 25 Afghan Civilians in Raid on Militants
ISLAMABAD - The US military is investigating claims that more than two dozen Afghan civilians were killed during an attack on militants. The issue has badly undermined support for the international coalition and President Hamid Karzai. As Karzai seeks re-election later this year, he has used the...
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Obama Signs Order to Close Guantanamo
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama began overhauling U.S. treatment of terror suspects Thursday, signing orders to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, review military trials of suspects and ban the harshest interrogation methods. With three executive orders and a presidential directive...
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Life on Google Earth
The map didn't make sense. It was one of those grainy, black-and-white topographical maps, the kind of 8 ½ x 11 photocopy you get in the mail to inform you of an upcoming construction project near your home. The kind you turn this way and that until you give up trying to figure out what it...
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NSA Spied on Journalists? Whistleblower Reveals Surveillance Target
In an exclusive interview tonight on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," former NSA analyst Russell Tice says that the agency under the Bush administration secretly collected communications data on civilians, including journalists.
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DR Congo Warning on Rwanda Troops
Inviting Rwandan soldiers into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo carries a "high risk of collateral damage", the parliamentary speaker has told the BBC. Up to 4,000 Rwandan troops have poured over the border since Tuesday for a joint operation with the Congolese army against the Rwandan Hutu...
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On Roe v. Wade Anniversary, GOP Lawmakers Press Obama
WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama to reconsider his support of legal abortions as anti-abortion activists arrived in Washington for a protest on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling. As many as 200,000 people were expected to join the "...
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Alarm Spreads Over Use of Lethal New Weapons
GAZA CITY - Eighteen-year-old Mona Al-Ashkar says she did not immediately know the first explosion at the United Nations (UN) school in Beit Lahiya had blown her left leg off. There was smoke, then chaos, then the pain and disbelief set in once she realized it was gone - completely severed by the...
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Ecologists Warn the Planet Is Running Short of Water
A swelling global population, changing diets and mankind's expanding "water footprint" could be bringing an end to the era of cheap water. The warnings, in an annual report by the Pacific Institute in California, come as ecologists have begun adopting the term "peak ecological water" - the point...
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Antarctica Not Immune to Warming
WASHINGTON - The Earth's lone holdout to climate change, Antarctica, is actually warming, says a new study in today's edition of the journal Nature. Scientists had long thought that while some isolated parts of Antarctica had been warming, much of the continent had been cooling over the past 50...
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