News for 2009-02-26

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Bloggers, Liberal Groups Challenge Corporate Dems
WASHINGTON - A coalition of liberal bloggers and activists backed by organized labor announced a campaign Thursday to pressure Democrats to move to the left by financing challenges to centrist members of Congress. The group, which calls itself Accountability Now , plans to raise money online and...
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Sewage Spills Foul San Francisco Bay Over and Over
SAN FRANCISCO - Last weekend, 890,000 gallons of raw sewage and stormwater spilled into San Francisco Bay from an overloaded World War II-era treatment plant. Five days earlier, a ruptured pipe released 400,000 gallons of filth into the bay. And those were just the big spills the public heard about...
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Coen Brothers Direct New "Clean Coal" Ad
The Reality Campaign has released a new ad. They're the folks behind the widely-played ad that featured a foreman in a hard hat taking viewers on a tour of a non-existent clean coal facility. In this new ad, a pitchman gives us the hard sell on a "Clean Coal Clean"-scented air freshener that works...
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Israel Blocks Pasta Shipment to Gaza, and Tensions Boil
JERUSALEM - For more than seven weeks, the international aid group Mercy Corps has been trying to send 90 tons of macaroni to the isolated Gaza Strip as part of a global campaign to help the 1.4 million Palestinians there rebuild their lives after Israel's recent devastating 22-day military...
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Amazon Teetering on the Edge
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Amazon Basin captures 12,000 to 16,000 square kilometres of water per year, and just 40 percent of that flows through the rivers. The rest returns to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration of the forests and is distributed throughout South America. Deforestation is reducing...
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Government Admits Britain Handed Suspects to US for Rendition
LONDON - The Government has admitted for the first time that British troops in Iraq handed over to the US two terror suspects who were then transferred to Afghanistan for interrogation, sparking fresh claims that it colluded over extraordinary rendition. John Hutton, the Defence Secretary, told MPs...
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Campaign to Close Down School of The Americas
While the US commits 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan, in part to seek out terrorist training camps, many in the US and Latin America are demanding that President Obama shut down what they believe is a terrorist training camp run on US tax dollars, the School of the Americas. One such person is...
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Power Shift Cimate Protest Gathers Momentum in Washington
I've just arrived in the middle of the embassy district in Washington DC, where an entire building crammed full of youth climate organisers is finalising plans for Power Shift .
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Greenwash: Why 'Clean Coal' is the Ultimate Climate Change Oxymoron
Next week, Americans are being invited to take part in what could become the largest act of civil disobedience against global warming in the country's history. People are protesting at the coal -fired power plant that powers legislators on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
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Trapped Between the Wall and the Green Line
RAMALLAH, Feb 26 (IPS) - "They started smashing down doors at 2am last Wednesday before moving through homes and destroying property," says the mayor of Jayyus, Muhammed Taher Shamasni. "Residents were assaulted, money was stolen, computers confiscated, over 60 young men arrested and the village...
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Mr. Whipple Left It Out: Soft Is Rough on Forests
Americans like their toilet tissue soft: exotic confections that are silken, thick and hot-air-fluffed. The national obsession with soft paper has driven the growth of brands like Cottonelle Ultra, Quilted Northern Ultra and Charmin Ultra - which in 2008 alone increased its sales by 40 percent in...
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US Is Arms Bazaar for Mexican Cartels
PHOENIX - The Mexican agents who moved in on a safe house full of drug dealers last May were not prepared for the fire power that greeted them. When the shooting was over, eight agents were dead. Among the guns the police recovered was an assault rifle traced back across the border to a dingy gun...
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Banks to Get Nearly Unlimited Federal Funds
WASHINGTON - Taking the wraps off its much anticipated bank-rescue plan, the Obama administration on Wednesday announced that it will provide a virtually unlimited solvency guarantee to the nation's 19 largest banks. Shortly after Treasury unveiled details of its plan, President Barack Obama...
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