News for 2009-03-14

Saturday, March 14, 2009
Don't Cut and Run, But Get Out of Iraq Now
Paul Jay speaks with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies about the impact of US presence and departure from Iraq. At some point the Americans are going to leave and Iraqis are going to have a right to determine their own future. But the US owes reparations and more, but...
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Perils Seen in Obama's Afghan Strategy
WASHINGTON - With official announcements about a new strategy for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan expected in the coming weeks, details of the plan are starting to emerge in press accounts which describe a renewed focus on the war-torn Central Asian country and its volatile neighbor, Pakistan...
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Suburban Peace Activists Say Obama Withdrawal Plan Is Not Enough
Hell no. These suburban peace protesters won't go. President Barack Obama's plan for withdrawing troops from Iraq doesn't go nearly far enough, say local peace activists - many of whom are in their sixth year of grueling weekly public vigils against American foreign policy. The president's plan to...
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In Bad Economy Patients Are Putting Off Surgery, or Rushing It
As the recession deepens, doctors and hospitals are reporting that hard-pressed patients are deferring elective surgery, like knee replacements and nose jobs, even as others are speeding up non-urgent procedures out of fear that they may soon lose their jobs and health insurance. With unemployment...
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Labor Secretary Proposes Suspending Farm Rules
WASHINGTON - Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced Friday that she would suspend regulations that the Bush administration introduced in December to make it easier and cheaper for agricultural employers to use foreign workers in temporary jobs. Just hours after being officially sworn on Friday...
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Obama Administration Insists It's Neutral in Salvador Poll
WASHINGTON - In the face of threats by Republican lawmakers here that a victory by the leftist FMLN party in Sunday's presidential elections could harm relations with the United States, the State Department is insisting that Washington is prepared to work with any government that reflects the will...
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Ex-Cal Tree-Sitter Hurt in West Bank Protest
OAKLAND - An Oakland man who was among the tree-sitters who fought to save a grove of oaks and redwoods next to UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium was critically wounded Friday in the West Bank by an Israeli-fired tear-gas canister, officials and acquaintances said. Tristan Anderson, 38, was injured...
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Obama's New Detainee Policy: Break from Bush, or the Same?
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday abandoned two key aspects of former President George W. Bush's policies on suspected terrorists, setting off a wide debate on whether the move undercut the government's rationale for holding at least some of the men who are now detained at the...
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Downturn Could Kill 400,000 Children, Warns Margaret Chan
Thousands of women and children are dying as a direct consequence of the current economic crisis which is already derailing efforts to improve maternal care and cut child death rates, the head of the World Health Organisation has warned. Speaking to The Times after a meeting of world leaders hosted...
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Jon Stewart Becomes Angry Public's Avenger
WASHINGTON - Jon Stewart has amassed a passionate following as a sharp-edged satirist who punctures the balloons of the powerful with a caustic candor that reporters cannot muster. As public furor over the economic meltdown rises, the Comedy Central star has turned not just his humor but his full-...
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