News for 2009-08-21

Friday, August 21, 2009
US State Department OKs Pipeline From Canada's Oil Sands
WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department has issued a permit for a multibillion-dollar pipeline to carry crude oil from Canadian oil sands to refineries south of the border, triggering a court challenge from environmental and native groups. On Thursday, the State Department issued a Presidential...
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World Water Week Statement Builds Bridge to Climate Talks
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Water must be an integral part of the climate negotiations in Copenhagen, World Water Week participants today said with a unanimous show of hands in support of The Stockholm Statement. The final outcome of a week of talks by some 2,000 water experts from the public, private,...
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Obama's PhRMA Deal
The unlikely union of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America or PhRMA and the White House has many wondering about the true nature of this partnership. Especially taking into consideration the powerful lobby’s opposition to any kind of health care reform for years. The Real News spoke...
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CIA Outsourced Assassinations to Blackwater
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Nadler: Obama Violating Law By Not Investigating Bush
WASHINGTON - Even as the issue of torture appears likely to burst back onto the public agenda next week -- thanks to the much anticipated release of an internal CIA report -- one of the most progressive voices in Congress is arguing that the Obama White House has a legal obligation to investigate...
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Less Talk, More Action on Climate Change, Young People Urge World Leaders
DAEJEON,Republic of Korea - Young people from around the globe today called on world leaders to take radical measures against climate change. At the largest-ever truly global youth gathering on climate change, some 700 young people, ranging from 10 to 24 years of age, honed in on their governments...
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Deadly 'US Drone Raid' in Pakistan
At least 10 people have been killed after a suspected US drone fired missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan region, Pakistani intelligence agency officials have said. The raid on Friday on Darpa Kheil village was the third such attack this month in Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun tribal areas by what...
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Amnesty: Honduran Coup Gov't Persecuting Opponents
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The rights group Amnesty International is alleging widespread abuse of protesters demanding the return of the Honduran president ousted in a coup, saying in a report Wednesday that hundreds of people have been beaten and detained under the interim government.
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1,300 Chinese Children Near Smelter Suffer Lead Poisoning
More than 1,300 children have been poisoned by a manganese factory in central China , the state media reported today, amid growing fears about the prevalence of heavy metal pollution nationwide. The exposure of mass lead contamination in Wenping township, Hunan province, is the second case in as...
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Ridge Felt a Push to Politicize Alert Levels
WASHINGTON - The first Homeland Security secretary, Tom Ridge, says in a new book that he was pressured by other members of President George W. Bush’s Cabinet to raise the nation’s terror alert level just before the 2004 presidential election. Ridge says he successfully objected to raising the...
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CIA Said to Use Outsiders to Put Bombs on Drones
WASHINGTON - From a secret division at its North Carolina headquarters, the company formerly known as Blackwater has assumed a role in Washington's most important counterterrorism program: the use of remotely piloted drones to kill Al Qaeda's leaders, according to government officials and current...
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Karzai and Abdullah Both Claim Victory in Afghan Elections
Despite calls by the US for the leading candidates in Afghanistan 's election not to claim victory, both Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah said they won yesterday's vote. Although the first early official results are not expected until Saturday or even Sunday, both campaign teams claimed they were...
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Joe Scarborough Is Shocked, Yet Awed by Single-Payer Logic
Something rather remarkable happened on Tuesday's Morning Joe . Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York pointed out that the health insurance industry has no clothes, and Joe Scarborough, after first trying to spin it some gossamer threads, broke down and said, By God, you're right, this emperor is a naked...
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Trailer: Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story'
"It's a crime story. But it's also a war story about class warfare. And a vampire movie, with the upper 1 percent feeding off the rest of us. And, of course, it's also a love story. Only it's about an abusive relationship. "It's not about an individual, like Roger Smith, or a corporation, or even...
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