News for 2009-08-17

Monday, August 17, 2009
Soldiers Who Just Say No
KAUAI, Hawaii - Six months into Barack Obama's presidency, the U.S. public's display of antiwar sentiment has faded to barely a whisper.
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Soaring Population May Swamp Anti-Poverty Goals
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), already undermined by the global financial crisis, are expected to take another hit - this time from rising population growth. The goal of halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 could be jeopardised...
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BusinessWeek: “The Health Insurers Have Already Won”
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Obama Picks Fight with Left on Health Reform
In backing away from its support for a public option in healthcare reform, the Obama administration is picking a fight with the liberal wing of the Democratic party. Liberal Democrats have insisted a public insurance option is necessary to ensure competition for private insurers. Just this week,...
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Obama Administration Redacts Contract Details for Recovery.gov
Back in July, a software company named Smartronix [1] landed an $18 million contract to build a Web site where taxpayers could easily track billions in federal stimulus money. It was just another part of the Obama administration's ongoing effort to bring transparency to stimulus spending, we were...
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A Thousand Little Gitmos
The last person to see Syed Mehmood Hashmi as a free man was his friend Mohammed Haroon Saleem, who on June 6, 2006, drove Hashmi to London's Heathrow Airport, walked him to the security checkpoint, and watched him hoist his bag and head for the gate. But Hashmi never made his flight. At passport...
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'15 Days to Copenhagen'
BERLIN - The disappointing results of negotiations in Bonn last week are indication that industrialised countries are unwilling to make substantial contributions to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. They failed once again to meet the expectations formulated in 2007 by the Intergovernmental...
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Developed Countries' Demand for Biofuels Has Been 'Disastrous'
The production of biofuels is fuelling poverty, human rights abuses and damage to the environment, Christian Aid warned today. The charity said huge subsidies and targets in developed countries for boosting the production of fuels from plants such as maize and palm oil are exacerbating...
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UK Twitter Campaign Defends National Health
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China's Giant Panda Faces Extinction in 'Two to Three Generations'
The threat to the country's signature animal is caused by the increasing fragmentation of its living areas. This is making it difficult for different panda populations to inter-breed, said Fan Zhiyong, a leading conservationist and the species programme director for the World Wide Fund for Nature...
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Charity Sues Government over 'Rendition' of Two Men Handed by British to US Forces
A legal charity is suing the Government in connection with the extraordinary rendition of two men arrested in Iraq, passed to the US authorities and held at a detention centre in Afghanistan for the past five years. The legal challenge aims to force Britain to reveal the identity of the men -...
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Asia Facing Unprecedented Food Shortage, UN Report Says
Asia faces an unprecedented food crisis and huge social unrest unless hundreds of billions of dollars are invested in better irrigation systems to grow crops for its burgeoning population, according to a UN report published today.
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