News for 2009-08-10

Monday, August 10, 2009
Another 45,000 US Troops Needed in Afghanistan, Military Adviser Says
The United States should send up to 45,000 extra troops to Afghanistan, a senior adviser to the American commander in Kabul has told The Times. Anthony Cordesman, an influential American academic who is a member of a team that has been advising General Stanley McChrystal, now in charge of Nato...
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Time Running Out for December Climate Pact: UN
BONN, Germany - About 180 nations met for U.N. climate talks on Monday amid warnings that time was running out for them to reach agreement on a hugely complex pact, due for completion at the end of the year. About 2,400 delegates at the Aug 10-14 negotiations in Bonn will try to shorten a draft...
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Guatemala's 'Femicide' Crisis
A white sheet covers another victim of Guatemala City's violence in District 16. Jocelyn was shot dead while walking home. She was only 17-years-old. Her family has no idea why she was killed. Her murder, like so many others in this country, will probably remain unpunished. Situations like this one...
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US Battling CIA Rendition Case in 3 Courts
The Obama administration is fighting on multiple fronts - in courts in San Francisco, Washington and London - to keep an official veil of secrecy over the treatment of a former prisoner who says he was tortured at Guantanamo Bay. The administration has asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco...
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Where Did That Bank Bailout Go? Watchdogs Aren't Sure
WASHINGTON — Although hundreds of well-trained eyes are watching over the $700 billion that Congress last year decided to spend bailing out the nation's financial sector, it's still difficult to answer some of the most basic questions about where the money went.
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'For the 64th Time: No More Nuclear War' – A Roundtable Discussion on Disarmament
Sixty-four years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we host a roundtable discussion on the present nuclear landscape. We speak with nuclear physicist and disarmament activist, Pervez Hoodbhoy, peace activist Frida Berrigan and Daniel Ellsberg, the whistle blower who leaked the Pentagon...
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Honduran Coup Leaders Accept OAS Mission
TEGUCIGALPA - The Honduran interim government has agreed to accept a delegation from the Organization of American States seeking to solve the country's political crisis after initially rejecting the mission. But the government, which came to power after ousting President Manuel Zelaya in a coup,...
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Scores Die in Iraq Bomb Blasts
More than 50 people have been killed and at least 286 others wounded in a series of bombings near the northern city of Mosul and in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials have said. In the deadliest attack, two lorries packed with explosives blew up simultaneously on Monday in the predominantly Shia...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wish You Weren't Here: The Devastating Effects of the New Colonialists
Thousand of protesters took to the streets, waving the orange flags of the opposition. Before long, looting began. Buildings were set on fire. But the turning point came when a crowd moved from the main square towards the presidential palace. Amid the confusion, someone panicked and gave the order...
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Pentagon Puts Afghan Drug-Traffickers on Hitlist
Fifty Afghans who are suspected of drug trafficking and have ties with the Taliban have been placed on a Pentagon target list to be captured or killed, according to a congressional study to be released this week, the New York Times reported yesterday .
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Clinton Sprinkles US Military Aid Across Africa
WASHINGTON - On Aug. 6, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed in Kenya and pledged to provide more military aid and training to the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG). At a joint press conference after the meeting, Clinton said that the U.S...
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Climate Camp: Savior of the Environmental Movement?
It was a different kind of protest. Instead of turning up at the latest G8 summit or AGM of a multinational and waving the banners of opposition, the protesters chose their own location. They set up camp in the shadow of a controversial carbon emitter - such as Drax coal-fired power station -...
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Wealthy Group Pushes to be Taxed More
Upper-income earners who actually want to pay higher taxes have launched a public campaign calling for an immediate rollback of the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush. The group, which calls itself Wealth for the Common Good, believes that people who have taxable income of more than $...
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