News for 2009-03-30

Monday, March 30, 2009
Workers Say Obama Treated Autos Worse Than Wall Street
DETROIT -- Many assembly line autoworkers reacted with skepticism and anger Monday to the Obama administration's tough tactics, which stoked long-simmering feelings that the people who put the country on wheels get treated differently than the wizards of Wall Street. "It's the age-old Wall Street...
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Betrayed in Iraq
Leila Fadel, Baghdad Bureau Chief of McClatchy Newspapers speaks to Paul Jay about the recent escalation in violence in Iraq's capital. She says the former fighters termed the "Sons of Iraq" who have turned on Al Qaeda and joined the U.S. are now being persecuted by the Iraq government. She says...
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Peacekeepers-for-Hire? Not So Fast, Critics Warn
UNITED NATIONS - Is the U.N. willing to emulate the U.S. model of engaging private defense and security firms in dealing with issues of war and peace? U.N. officials say no. But some analysts and observers hold that in the future, the privatization of peacekeeping may be accepted as an...
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Healthcare Reform Vital, US Health Agency Says
WASHINGTON - Reform of the U.S. healthcare system is vital this year because of growing costs and worsening care, the Health and Human Services Department said in a report on Monday. The HHS report, published at www.healthreform.gov , compiles findings of dozens of studies that have been used to...
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IDF Ends Gaza Probe, Says Misconduct Claims Are 'Rumors'
Military Advocate General Brig. Gen. Avichai Mendelblit on Monday instructed the Military Police Investigation unit to close the investigation into soldiers' accounts of alleged misconduct and serious violations of the army's rules of engagement during Operation Cast Lead. In a press release issued...
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Tell the Senate to Give Cluster Bombs the Boot! Join the National Call-In Day Monday, March 30
Take Action Spread the word about the March 30 th national call-in day to ban cluster bombs. Then, on Monday, March 30, call 1-800-590-6313 to ask your senator to cosponsor the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act, S. 416. Why? In mid-March, Congress passed a law permanently banning exports of...
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Expert: Global Recession Could Be Time to Reverse 'the Culture of Consumerism'
In the run up to the G20 meeting of world leaders in London this week, two reports have called for more focus on tackling climate change as part of any international economic stimulus. Think tank the New Economics Foundation claimed the Government has spent just 0.6 per cent of the UK's total...
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Obama Girds for Global Test
WASHINGTON - As a massive entourage assembles to escort U.S. President Barack Obama on his first overseas journey tomorrow, White House aides are moving to lower the bar of expectations for what is expected to be his first crucial test of global leadership. Upwards of 500 officials - from senior...
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Khmer Rouge Trials May Expose US, China
PHNOM PENH, Mar 30 - Limits placed on a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in prosecuting surviving leaders of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime may not prevent revelations about international actors linked to Cambodia's dark period. It ranges from the period of Khmer Rouge history that the...
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US Soldier Guilty in Killing of 4 Iraqis in 2007
VILSECK, Germany - A military court convicted a second U.S. soldier of murder in the execution-style slayings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqi detainees in 2007 after the soldier pleaded guilty at his court-martial Monday. Wearing his dress uniform and speaking crispy and confidently, Sgt. 1st...
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Winds of Change Evident in US Environmental Policy
Daniel Reifsnyder, a 25-year State Department veteran, knew even before President Obama was elected that U.S. environmental policy was going to change. So in early November, he called a couple of his Environmental Protection Agency counterparts about drafting documents to lay the groundwork for...
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