News for 2009-08-12

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The Guns of August and Afghanistan
Yes, yes, of course, everyone is talking about healthcare and the "mobs" of foes and supporters of reform confronting members of Congress during this month's House and Senate recess. I'm with the small "d" democrats on this one: bring on the mobs. The more citizens the merrier. The more raucous...
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Canadians Back ‘Public Solutions' to Improve Care, Poll Finds
An overwhelming 86 per cent of Canadians favour “public solutions” for bolstering medicare, according to a new poll. The survey, commissioned by the Canadian Health Coalition, is being released Wednesday as a pre-emptive strike.
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More Concern Over Monsanto's Penchant for Chemical Spraying
Sure Catch Baits owner, Lisa Pilgrim, was in Toronto for a routine meeting with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) just over a year ago as a member of a baitfish advisory committee. There had been many such meetings, but this time she brought a prop. "It was an MNR sign, a proper notice, that...
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Under Pressure from Hawks, Obama Tacks to the Right
WASHINGTON - In the face of mounting pressure from hawks in Washington and the continued threat of military action from Israel, the Barack Obama Administration has been taking a harder line in its latest pronouncements about Iran. Recent media reports have suggested that the administration is...
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Scientists Explore How the Humble Leaf Could Power the Planet
It is one of evolution's crowning achievements - a mini green power station and organic factory combined and the source of almost all of the energy that fuels every living thing on the planet.
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Who Profits From Israeli Occupation?
After the Israeli attack on Gaza earlier this year, the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaign (BDS Movement) escalated all around the world. Now, activists are targeting AHAVA, an Israeli cosmetics company founded by and based in an Israeli settlement in the Occupied West Bank...
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Conservatives Find Town Hall Strategy in Leftist Text
Michael Patrick Leahy's self-published conservative manifesto is coming off the presses this week, and not a moment too soon.
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Biotech Startup Codexis Eyes Emerging Carbon Market
SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. biotechnology company Codexis, which is partly owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, is expanding its product offerings to target the emerging market for carbon capture and storage, President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Shaw said on Tuesday. Coal-fired power plants provide about...
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Will Holder Prosecute Architects of Torture Policy?
Is it possible that the Obama administration’s attempt to prosecute the crimes of the Bush administration could actually be worse than doing nothing? That’s what Andrew Sullivan concluded in response to an LA Times article suggesting that Holder will prosecute only those who went beyond the...
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President Karzai’s Supporters ‘Buy’ Votes for Afghanistan Election
Supporters of President Karzai are preparing to rig voting in next week's presidential elections in unstable parts of Afghanistan's south as Taleban violence threatens to intimidate voters and hit turnout in his traditional support base. The Times has talked to several witnesses whose reports will...
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Half Century of US Military Presence in Colombia
BOGOTA - In the 1960s, it went by the name of Latin American Security Operation, or Plan LASO; today it is known as Plan Colombia. Back then, the aim was to weed out communism; now it is to combat drug trafficking, while at the same time dealing a blow to the guerrillas.
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Two AP Journalists Wounded in Afghanistan Bombing
KABUL - A roadside bombing has wounded two Associated Press journalists embedded with the U.S. military in southern Afghanistan. Photographer Emilio Morenatti and AP Television News videographer Andi Jatmiko were traveling with the military when their vehicle was struck by the bomb Tuesday. Both...
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Clinton Presses Congo on Rape Epidemic
GOMA, DR Congo - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday offered US help to punish perpetrators of soaring sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo as she paid a lightning visit to its war-weary east. Leaving aside her government jet for a small UN plane, Clinton became the highest...
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Urban Farms Take Root
SAN DIEGO, California - Juxtapose the word urban in front of farm and there’s bound to be a lot of head scratching. But in cities around the U.S. small-scale farms and garden plots are coming to life in unlikely places. Abandoned city lots, and neglected yards are being converted into vegetable...
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2 US Architects of Harsh Tactics in 9/11’s Wake
WASHINGTON — Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were military retirees and psychologists, on the lookout for business opportunities. They found an excellent customer in the Central Intelligence Agency, where in 2002 they became the architects of the most importantinterrogation program in the history of...
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