News for 2009-06-22

Monday, June 22, 2009
Obama’s Right Turn
NEW YORK - Human rights and open government advocates were heartened by President Barack Obama's pledge during his first week in office to create "an unprecedented level of openness in government" and "establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration". But now, well into...
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Supreme Court Rejects Wilson/Plame Suit
The Supreme Court has refused to take up the lawsuit Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson brought against Bush administration over the exposure of Mrs. Wilson's employment at the CIA. The justices denied certiorari without comment this morning. A district court judge also rejected the suit, as did...
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Obama's Undeclared War Against Pakistan Continues, Despite His Attempt to Downplay It
Three days after his inauguration, on January 23, 2009, President Barack Obama ordered US predator drones to attack sites inside of Pakistan, reportedly killing 15 people. It was the first documented attack ordered by the new US Commander in Chief inside of Pakistan. Since that first Obama-...
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Critics Fault Climate-Change Legislation
WASHINGTON - At the Joseph Farms dairy in Atwater (Merced County), farmers aren't just transforming milk into cheese. They've also figured out how to turn manure into fuel - and a paycheck. By storing waste from the dairy's 5,000 cows in a covered 7-acre lagoon and removing methane from it using...
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Former Rwandan Minister Gets 30 Years for Genocide Role
A Rwandan ex-deputy interior minister who tricked thousands of people into hiding on a hill where they were butchered has been jailed for genocide. Callixte Kalimanzira, 54, was sentenced to 30 years for his role in the 1994 slaughter. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda heard he...
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Thousands Flee Ahead of Pakistan Offensive
About 40,000 Pakistanis are on the move even before a military offensive begins in the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan, UN officials said today, and are headed for communities already stretched to the limit. Nearly two million people have fled fighting in northwest Pakistan, most since early...
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Iran's Guards to 'Crush' Protests
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard military unit has threatened to crush further protests over the country's disputed June 12 presidential election. A statement published on the Guard's website on Monday said the paramilitary force would not hesitate to confront "illegal" rallies organised by...
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Latin Radicals Take Center Stage at UN Summit Snubbed by the West
A former Nicaraguan revolutionary and his nephew are trying to reshape the world financial system at a UN summit this week. Western leaders are snubbing the three-day meeting starting on Wednesday in New York, which is designed to counter the G20 summit in London in April. The Conference on the...
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US Toughens Airstrike Policy in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan - The new American commander in Afghanistan said he would sharply restrict the use of airstrikes here, in an effort to reduce the civilian deaths that he said were undermining the American-led mission. In interviews over the past few days, the commander, Gen. Stanley A...
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