News for 2009-03-03

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Eco Groups Fear Opportunity Lost
Economic stimulus plans being rolled out across the world could commit countries to rapid growth in greenhouse gas emissions, canceling some of the green initiatives included within them, analysis has found. The packages of tax cuts, credits and extra spending have been trumpeted for their...
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Why is Obama Leaving 50,000 Troops in Iraq?
Gareth Porter says Obama's speech at Camp Lejeaune, which was supposed to explain the Presidents' plan to end the war in Iraq is "not doing what it said it's doing." Porter says the speech creates the, "rationale for a longer term U.S. engagement in Iraq." Responding to Obama pledging a residual...
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Clinton Stresses Two-State Solution, Maintains Unrelenting Commitment to Israel
Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem on Tuesday, saying following their meeting that he had "found common ground with Clinton in attaining the common goals of our two countries." "We need to think creatively in order to move...
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Obama Sends Letter to Moscow on Missile Defense, Iran
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has written to his Russian counterpart about the relationship between US plans to deploy a missile defense system in Europe and the Iranian "threat," a senior US official said on Tuesday. But the overture was rebuffed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who...
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Naomi Wolf Slams 'Fake' Activism
Naomi Wolf talks about the barriers to authentic protest and what it takes for a real protest to succeed:
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Global Recession Emerged From US, Brown to Tell Congress
Gordon Brown will reject the calls of cabinet colleagues to accept responsibility for the economic crisis when he makes a landmark speech to the US Congress tomorrow. In the speech, the fifth by a serving British prime minister to both houses on Capitol Hill, Brown is in no mood to admit that the...
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Obama Restores Endangered Species Act Provision
Today President Obama will restore rules requiring U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine if their actions might harm threatened and endangered species, according to an administration official who asked not to be identified, marking yet another reversal of President...
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Human Factor Suspected in Mass Beaching of Whales in Australia
Conservationists are demanding an immediate and thorough inquiry into what they say is the suspicious stranding of 200 whales and dolphins. Fears that the mass stranding on an Australian beach on Sunday was caused by human disturbance were raised because two species of cetacean came ashore...
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Married Gays in Mass. Sue US for Federal Benefits
BOSTON - Mary Ritchie, a Massachusetts State Police trooper, has been married for almost five years and has two children. But when she files her federal income tax return, she's not allowed to check the "married filing jointly" box. That's because Ritchie and her spouse, Kathleen Bush, are a gay...
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Guantánamo for Kids
Guantánamo Bay's days may be numbered, with President Obama's pledge to close the detention camp, and prisoners trickling home, but children's writer Anna Perera is determined that teenagers, at least, will understand the full horror of the human rights abuses that took place in the name of the "...
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Fighting for Their Homes
On Tuesday, Congress will vote on whether or not to level the playing field between the banks that caused the collapse of the housing market and struggling homeowners. Representative John Conyers has introduced legislation in the House that authorizes judges to require banks to reevaluate...
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Israel Boycott Movement Gains Momentum
RAMALLAH - "Standing United with the People of Gaza" is the theme of this week's Israel Apartheid Week (IAW), which kicked off in Toronto and another 39 cities across the globe Sunday. A movement to boycott Israeli goods, culture and academic institutions is gaining momentum as Geneva prepares to...
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Cheney Deposition Is Ordered in Lawsuit by Protester
DENVER - Former Vice President Dick Cheney will have to give his account - under oath, in a legal deposition - of what happened at a Colorado ski resort in June 2006 when a man stepped up to protest the Iraq war and was arrested, a federal district judge ruled Monday. The protester, Steven Howards...
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DOJ Memos Reveal Legal Thinking Behind Controversial Bush Terrorism Policy
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department today released nine national security legal opinions written by the Bush administration, and revealed that in the weeks before President George W. Bush left office, an administration attorney had disavowed all of them. The newly released memos deal with...
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