News for 2009-05-21

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Obama Mounts Defense of Detainee Plan
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Thursday deliverered an impassioned defense of his administration's anti-terrorism policies, reiterating his determination to close the prison at the Guantánamo Bay naval base in Cuba in the face of growing Congressional pressure and warning that it was essential to...
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US Keeps Nuclear 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': Israel Aide
JERUSALEM - The U.S. administration of President Barack Obama will not force Israel to state publicly whether it has nuclear weapons, an Israeli official said on Thursday. He said Washington would stick to a decades-old U.S. policy of "don't ask, don't tell." Obama's bid to curb Iran's nuclear...
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Women Under War Speak Out
Women speak out on the war in Afghanistan . Nuria talks about growing up in Afghanistan in the 70s, returning to Afghanistan after the US invasion, the Karzai government, the marital rape law that was passed in Afghanistan, and the effect of US troops on women and peace in Afghanistan.
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Israel Dismantles West Bank Settlement Outpost
KOKHAV HASHAHAR, West Bank - Israeli police said they razed a tiny Jewish settlement outpost in the West Bank on Thursday in what media called a gesture to US President Barack Obama after his talks with Israel's prime minister. "We dismantled seven tin huts," said police spokesman Danny Peleg,...
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America's Poor Are Its Most Generous Givers
WASHINGTON — When Jody Richards saw a homeless man begging outside a downtown McDonald's recently, he bought the man a cheeseburger. There's nothing unusual about that, except that Richards is homeless, too, and the 99-cent cheeseburger was an outsized chunk of the $9.50 he'd earned that day from...
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Climate Change: The Century's Biggest Health Threat?
Climate change is usually considered mainly an environmental calamity, with humans largely immune to its devastating effects. But a new report warns that people won't escape unscathed from global warming, which will likely turn out to be the biggest threat to human health this century, causing the...
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Marshall Ganz: Whither the Peace Movement?
Marshall Ganz a lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School discusses the peace movement, activism after Obama, and the future of progressive politics and organizing. After campaigning to elect Barack Obama who billed himself in part as an anti-war candidate, has the peace movement lost...
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Administration Opposes Plame Appeal
The Obama administration Wednesday took the side of top Bush administration officials - including most-vocal recent critic, former Vice President Dick Cheney - in the ongoing fight over the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court not to hear an appeal...
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Lobbyist Ranks Swell With Advent of Climate Bill
WASHINGTON - Nearly 140 new businesses and interest groups have joined in the intense lobbying in Washington on climate change, according to the Centre for Public Integrity (CPI). A new analysis of lobbying disclosure forms filed with the U.S. Senate, ‘The Climate Lobby's Nonstop Growth,' shows...
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