News for 2009-04-21

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
RFK Jr. Blasts Obama as 'Indentured Servant' to Coal Industry
"Clean coal is a dirty lie," says environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who calls President Barack Obama and other politicians who commit taxpayer money to develop it "indentured servants" of the coal industry. Despite a series of expensive false starts and failures, President Obama proposed $3.4...
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US Lacks Capacity to Win Over Afghans
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and other top officials in his administration have made it clear that there can be no military solution in Afghanistan, and that the non-military efforts to win over the Afghan population will be central to its chances of success. The reality, however, is that U...
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Obama Leaves Door Open to Bush Officials' Prosecution
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Tuesday left open the possibility of criminal prosecution for Bush administration officials who drew up the legal basis for interrogation techniques that many view as torture. Obama said it will be up to Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether or not to...
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Fears of Bloodbath as Sri Lankan Forces Push Into Tamil Tiger Enclave
Sri Lanka's army today pushed deeper into the no-fire zone where the Tamil Tigers are trapped with thousands of civilians, as a noon deadline for the rebels to surrender expired. The Tigers claimed that at least 1,000 civilians had been killed in a government artillery bombardment, and...
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Civil Lawsuit Over Katrina Begins
NEW ORLEANS - A groundbreaking civil suit began in federal court here Monday to consider claims by property owners that the Army Corps of Engineers amplified the destructive effects of Hurricane Katrina by building a poorly designed navigation channel adjacent to the city.
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Gore: 2009 Turning Point in Environment Battle
Former Vice President Al Gore said Monday that this year is "the Gettysburg" for the environment and that the United States will have to lead the fight against global warming if true progress is going to be made.
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California's Gay Marriage Trailblazers Look East for Signs of Progress
California's legislators were gay-rights trailblazers when a majority passed the first same-sex marriage bill in the United States in 2005. But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, and voters passed a ban on gay marriage with Proposition 8. Now gay activists in the Golden State find...
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Torture Accountability?
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We (Don't) Torture
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In Iraq, 'Everybody Knows Somebody Killed by the War'
BAGHDAD - Amir Jabbar doesn't know how many of his friends have been murdered since the Iraq war started six years ago. He stopped counting sometime back in 2007. The numbers just got too high, he said. "Maybe 10. Maybe more," the 31-year-old parking lot attendant said, shrugging. "It's too many."...
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Cheney Demands Release of CIA Memos Proving Torture 'Success'
The former US vice-president Dick Cheney has called for the disclosure of CIA memos which reveal the "success" of torture techniques, including waterboarding, used on al-Qaida suspects under the Bush administration. Cheney said that, according to secret documents he has seen, the interrogation...
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Climate Concern Unites Natives at UN Conference in Anchorage
Decked out in flowing African garb, Mary Smat marveled Monday over how she ended up on the other side of the world from her home in Kenya, attending an international climate change meeting in Anchorage.
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