News for 2009-05-17

Sunday, May 17, 2009
Images, the Law and War
WASHINGTON - It was a hypothetical question in a Supreme Court argument, and it was posed almost 40 years ago.
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The Politics of Food
From industrial agriculture and human health to the recession's impact on the way we eat, food and politics are not easily separated. In fact they never have been. As lines at food banks swell and restaurants close their doors what control do we have over the food we eat?
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US Drone Attack Kills 29 in North Waziristan
MIRAMSHAH, Pakistan - Twenty-nine people were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a residential compound in the Mirali tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region here on Saturday. Residents said that a remotely-piloted US aircraft which was hovering over the area fired two missiles at the...
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FBI Infiltrated Iowa Anti-War Group Before GOP Convention
An FBI informant and an undercover Minnesota sheriff's deputy spied on political activists in Iowa City last year before the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Confidential FBI documents obtained by The Des Moines Register show an FBI informant was planted among a group described as...
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Rumsfeld's Biblical Message-Laden Intelligence Briefs
ABC News' Jennifer Parker reports: Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld prepared top-secret military intelligence briefs for former President George W. Bush with cover sheets featuring triumphant images from the Iraq war with "Crusades-like" Bible messages, according to an exclusive report in...
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Obama's EPA clears 42 of 48 New Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Obama administration has cleared more than three-dozen new mountaintop removal permits for issuance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, drawing quick criticism from environmental groups who had hoped the new president would halt the controversial practice. In a surprise...
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Tamil Tigers Admit Defeat After Battle Reaches 'Bitter End'
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels admitted defeat today after a final flurry of suicide attacks on the government forces which have surrounded them in a tiny patch of coconut grove on the northeastern coast. The Tigers' surrender -- after 26 years of fighting for an ethnic Tamil homeland -- was...
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Pain, Progress, Pride on Day Against Homophobia
MONTREAL - The International Day Against Homophobia, initiated by a Quebec organization, will be celebrated in more than 50 countries Sunday, decrying discrimination against gays and lesbians. "There are 192 countries at the UN, and half of them still ban homosexuality, notably most countries in...
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MI5 'Used Muslim 007' to Turn British Torture Victim in Moroccan Prison
LONDON - British security agents sent an undercover mole dubbed the ‘Muslim 007’ to convince Al Qaeda suspect Binyam Mohamed to turn informant if he wanted his torture to end, it was claimed last night. The new allegations suggest Britain’s involvement in the ‘medieval’ treatment of the former...
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