News for 2009-07-22

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Israeli Textbooks to Drop 'Nakba'
Israel's education ministry is to drop from an Arabic language textbook a term describing the creation of the state of Israel as "the catastrophe". The Arabic word "nakba" has been used with Israeli-Arab pupils since 2007. It does not appear in Hebrew textbooks. Education Minister Gideon Saar said...
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What's 'Organic' About Organic?
The organic label has swept into supermarket shelves over the last decade, but what does it mean? Through the stories of five farmers who steward land from Harlem to the foothills of the Rockies, from upstate New York to Florida, WHAT'S "ORGANIC" ABOUT ORGANIC? offers the audience a deeper...
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Healthcare Reform Seen Critical for Rural US
IOLA, Kansas - Surrounded by corn fields and cattle, the people of southeast Kansas seem far from the Washington debate on reforming U.S. healthcare but many care deeply about the issue and hope that change can come. For many of the 60 million people living in rural America, inadequate and...
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Justice Department Argues Against Releasing Cheney Interview
President Barack Obama's Justice Department is arguing that former Vice President Dick Cheney's interview with prosecutors in the CIA leak case should remain secret for five to 10 years to persuade high-level government officials to cooperate in future investigations. "In making public the vice...
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Ex-Envoy Warns Against US Plan for Guam
A FORMER U.S. diplomat turned peace activist advised Guam residents to be wary of the American government's military buildup plan for the island. "We need to be looking very carefully at what our federal government does to us," said Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel who spoke to a small crowd...
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Gun Proposal Further Complicates Defense Bill
WASHINGTON - Another day, another contentious vote in the Senate. A vote is expected today on a proposal that would allow certain gunowners to bring their weapons across state lines. The amendment would let people with concealed weapons permits carry their guns into other states as long as they...
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Did US Forces Watch Afghan Massacre?
It has long been known that soon after the American invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, hundreds or thousands of Taliban prisoners who had surrendered in the city of Kunduz were herded into metal containers and suffocated or shot, allegedly under orders from an Afghan warlord.
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Farmers Told How to Save Huge Amounts of Water
California farmers could save enough water each year to fill Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy reservoir 16 times by using more efficient irrigation techniques, according to a study that is bound to be highly controversial among the state's powerful agriculture interests.
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US Holds 1,000th Lethal Injection Execution
Marvallous Keene, 36, who was convicted in five of the murders, chose not to file a late appeal over his death sentence. He died by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville - seven days after Ohio's last execution. It was the fastest turnaround since the state...
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US Will Take 'Crippling Action' if Iran Becomes Nuclear, Says Clinton
Hillary Clinton today signalled a significant shift in US foreign policy by discussing publicly how a nuclear-armed Iran could be contained in the Middle East. Until today, the shared position of the US, Britain and France was that Iran would not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, and no senior...
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Pakistan Objects to US Plan for Afghan War
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan is objecting to expanded American combat operations in neighboring Afghanistan, creating new fissures in the alliance with Washington at a critical juncture when thousands of new American forces are arriving in the region. Pakistani officials have told the Obama...
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A Perfect World: Where Crimes Are Investigated, Prosecuted, and the Corporate Media is Forced to Make It a 'Witch Hunting Show Trial'
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Green Jobs March On: Navajos Lead First Nations With Historic Green Jobs Legislation
"Oh these nights. My blessed bounty of dreams." -- Luci Tapahonso, Blue Horses Rush In The bounty of green job dreams is one step toward becoming a reality on the Dinetah-Navajo Nation. Thanks to the indefatigable work of the Navajo Green Economy Coalition and Navajo Nation Speaker Lawrence T...
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Uranium Protesters Descend on Global Uranium Conference
ANTI-URANIUM protesters have rallied in Fremantle this morning throwing yellow sand as international delegates arrive for uranium talks. More than 120 people converged on the doorstep of the Global Uranium Conference, throwing dyed yellow sand - representing yellow cake or uranium concentrate - and...
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Pentagon Didn't Break Rules, Says GAO
The Department of Defense (DOD) did not violate ethics rules by encouraging retired military officers to appear on news programs as media analysts in the buildup to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new government report. The report, requested of the Government Accountability Office...
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Report: NY, NJ Immigration Raids Violated Rights
NEW YORK - Immigration agents raiding homes for suspected illegal immigrants violated the U.S. Constitution by entering without proper consent and may have used racial profiling, a report analyzing arrest records found. Latinos made up a disproportionate number of the people arrested who were not...
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