News for 2009-02-11

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Students Are Revolting: The Spirit of '68 Is Reawakening
They are the iPod generation of students: politically apathetic, absorbed by selfish consumerism, dedicated to a few years of hedonism before they land a lucrative job in the City. Not any more. A seismic change is taking place in British universities. Around the UK, thousands of students have...
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Privatized Health Care More Placebo than Panacea
WASHINGTON - Rich countries and the World Bank should stop pushing privatized health care in poor countries, Oxfam International said Wednesday. The new report by the development charity, " Blind Optimism: Challenging the myths about private health care in poor countries ," provides considerable...
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Australia Fires a Climate Wake-up Call: Experts
SINGAPORE - Weekend bushfires in Australia that killed 173 people are a climate change wake-up call for the public and politicians and a window to the future, experts said on Tuesday. With the death toll still growing from the nation's deadliest fires, some analysts say the sheer scale of the...
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UN Ordered to Pay Legal Fees of Oil-for-Food Chief
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.'s highest internal judicial body has ordered the United Nations to pay legal fees to the former chief of its oil-for-food program, who has been accused of accepting money to illegally influence the $64 billion humanitarian program in Iraq. The program was the biggest...
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Fewer Women Winning Jobs in Executive Suites
MIAMI, Fla. - Women are stalled in the climb up the corporate ladder. And nowhere is it more clear than in Florida, one of the country's most populous states. A new study released Wednesday, shows that as the economy began to slow, so did the advancement of women. In Florida, women made no...
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America’s Predators: Fighting the Afghan War From Las Vegas
In a camouflaged trailer truck in the Nevada desert, a bank of computer screens shows live images of a mud-walled compound in Afghanistan, 8,000 miles away. Those pictures are coming from a Predator unmanned aircraft that you, hunched over the computer in the darkened room not far from Vegas, are...
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The Economic Collapse: Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Taleb Try to Discuss Radical Steps
Dr. Doom and the Black Swan Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Taleb, The Black Swan author, try to discuss the economic collapse --and what to do about it. They argue that the problems facing the global economy are profound and radical, and will require radical steps.
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Van Spirits Away Protester in Egypt, Signaling Crackdown on Criticism Over Gaza
CAIRO - State security came for Philip Rizk on Friday night. He had just finished a six-mile protest walk with about 15 friends to raise support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip when he was detained for hours and then hustled into an unmarked van and driven off. He has not been seen or heard from...
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Climate of Fear Pervades Many Newsrooms
UNITED NATIONS - In Latin America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, journalists are becoming increasingly vulnerable to physical violence as a result of their work, says a U.S.-based media watchdog in a new report released Tuesday. "Today, the greatest threats to freedom of the press are more...
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Gates Orders Review of Ban on Photos of Coffins
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered a review Tuesday of a Pentagon policy banning media from taking pictures of flag-draped coffins of military dead, signaling he was open to overturning the policy to better honor fallen soldiers. At least two Democratic senators have called on...
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Where'd All That Money Go? Bank Execs Testify Today
WASHINGTON - The nation's largest banks, battling an image of jet-setting executives with multimillion-dollar salaries, will face tough scrutiny Wednesday from lawmakers who are struggling to understand the financial health of the institutions and the impact of a $700 billion taxpayer bailout...
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