News for 2009-09-01

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Kathleen and Bill Christison: Palestine in Pieces
There are few US writers who have spent as much time in Palestine as Kathleen and Bill Christison. Over the years they've provided an indispensable overview of life in the occupied territories and their assessment of what's happening today is grim indeed. Settlements are continuing apace and there...
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White House Fears Liberal War Pressure
White House officials are increasingly worried liberal, anti-war Democrats will demand a premature end to the Afghanistan war before President Barack Obama can show signs of progress in the eight-year conflict, according to senior administration sources. These fears, which the officials have...
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Group Charges Complicity by CIA Medics in Torture
NEW YORK - Did physicians and psychologists help the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency develop a new research protocol to assess and refine the use of waterboarding or other harsh interrogation techniques? This is the question being raised in a new report by a leading human rights organisation. The...
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Iraq Deaths Reach 13-Month High
An upsurge in violence in Iraq in the month of August 2009 has led to the highest number of deaths from violence in the country for more than a year. Figures compiled by the Iraqi government show that 393 civilians were killed during August. Sixty police officers and soldiers also died in attacks...
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Bank of America Mulls Repaying Aid: Report
NEW YORK - Bank of America is seeking to repay some of the billions of dollars in US government aid it has received in a bid to reduce federal involvement in the company, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The federal government, meanwhile, is pressing the bank to pay about 500 million...
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Climate Camp Protesters Blockade Royal Bank of Scotland Building
Environmental activists based at the Climate Camp in London blockaded the local headquarters of Royal Bank of Scotland today, supergluing themselves together on the bank's trading floor as part of a series of direct-action protests around the City.
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EPA to Declare CO2 a Dangerous Pollutant
WASHINGTON - Carbon dioxide will soon be declared a dangerous pollutant - a move that could help propel slow-moving climate-change legislation on Capitol Hill, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told reporters that a formal "endangerment...
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Farmer Suicides Blight India
VIDARBHA, INDIA - One month ago, cotton farmer Nagorao Gaute rose quietly from his bed mat at 6 a.m., whispered to his wife that he was going to the latrine, and slipped out of his tin-roofed hovel. He returned 10 minutes later, vomiting as he staggered through the door before he collapsed. The 45-...
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Steroids, Drink and Paranoia: The Murky World of the Private Security Contractor
Paranoid, competitive and fuelled by guns, alcohol and steroids. That is how one senior contractor in Baghdad describes the private security industry operating in the city's Green Zone. It was the world to which Danny Fitzsimons, a 29-year-old former soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fast Times at Recruitment High: Arne Duncan and the Militarization of Chicago's Schools
When Arne Duncan stepped down as the head of the Chicago Public Schools to become the secretary of education in January, the school district he left behind had little to brag about. While Duncan served as its chief executive officer, CPS received mostly average or below average rankings in "The...
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Cheney Continues to Defend False Truths
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US, NATO Must Change to Win Afghan War Says Commander
KABUL/WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies must change strategy and boost cooperation to turn around the war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. and NATO commander there said on Monday, wrapping up a much-anticipated review. U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal said the situation was "serious"...
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