News for 2009-06-01

Monday, June 1, 2009
Jimmy Carter Charges Obama 'Doesn't Want to Punish Those Who are Guilty' of Crimes
The Democratic Party power structure's least favorite ex-President is speaking out of school again. Jimmy Carter has some strong words about President Obama's decision to fight the release of thousands of photos that reportedly show further US abuse and torture of prisoners and has weighed in on...
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Cheney: Death Only Option for Some Detainees if Gitmo Closed
WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that the only alternative to holding some suspected terrorists indefinitely would be to execute them, saying that was an argument against the Obama administration's plans to close the Guantanamo detainee prison. "If you're going to be...
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A Time Comes: The Story of the Kingsnorth Six
The Kingsnorth Six made history last year: accused of causing £30,000 of criminal damage to Kingsnorth power station, their defence of " lawful excuse "was accepted by the jury - because they were acting to safeguard property around the world "in immediate need of protection" from the impacts of...
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Pakistan Plan to Attack Taliban Haven Promises Wider War
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Waziristan, the remote area that's the epicenter of Taliban and al Qaida militants in Pakistan, is set to become the next war zone in the nation's fight against Islamic extremists, where clashes between insurgents and the army erupted over the weekend.
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Obama Has 250,000 'Contractors' in Iraq and Afghan Wars, Increases Number of Mercenaries
A couple of years ago, Blackwater executive Joseph Schmitz seemed to see a silver lining for mercenary companies with the prospect of US forces being withdrawn or reduced in Iraq. "There is a scenario where we could as a government, the United States, could pull back the military footprint,"...
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Oil Economy Driving Growth of Controversial Tar Sands
VANCOUVER, Canada - A report from one of the world's top energy consultancies says oil production in Canada's tar sands could see a five-fold increase by 2035. "The oil sands have moved from the fringe to the center of energy supply," notes the report "Growth in the Canadian Oil Sands: Finding a...
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Prop. 8 Opponents Take their Case to Fresno
SELMA, Fresno County - On a dusty patch of ground near Super Dave's Car Wash here in California's raisin capital, the next phase of the same-sex marriage movement began Saturday with a morning march - led by a Fresno lesbian mother carrying Harvey Milk's old bullhorn. "You have got to reach into...
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Even in Crisis, Banks Dig In for Fight Against Rules
As the financial crisis entered one of its darkest phases in October, a handful of the nation's largest banks began holding daily telephone sessions. Murmurs were already emanating from Washington about the need for a wide-ranging regulatory overhaul, and Wall Street executives girded for a fight...
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Maher: America Is Greedy, Not Good
The “Real Time” host takes exception to American exceptionalism, the idea that Americans are unique and superior despite a penchant for poisoning, imprisoning and killing each other just to make a buck. “We do it all to each other—the killing and the keeping people sick and poor and in jail and...
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Sri Lanka: '20,000' Civilians Killed
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Identity of Men on CIA Rendition Flights to British Island Revealed
Two terror suspects who were flown by the CIA to the British territory of Diego Garcia and later allegedly tortured have been named and evidence about their treatment has been revealed for the first time. Mohammed Madni and Shaykh al-Libi are identified in evidence prepared for the Commons foreign...
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Amazon Rainforests Pay the Price as Demand for Beef Soars
Four-year old Daniel Santos da Silva and his older brother Diego Mota dos Santos, 10, heard their first gunshots in April. Their father was shot in a dispute over land on a cattle ranch near the Brazilian town of El Dorado, in the Amazonian state of Para. The boys heard he was taken to hospital,...
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Local Currencies Really Can Buy Happiness
ATLANTA, Georgia - In the face of an economic system which seems to be premised on environmental harm and profit-driven growth, a handful of communities across the U.S. and the globe have begun experimenting with alternative forms of local currency as a pathway to sustainability.
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Doctor's Assassination in Kansas Prompts Day of Mourning
Fifteen years ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered a "hit list" circulating among militant anti-abortion activists.
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