News for 2009-09-03

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Lawsuit Filed to Block Pipeline Project
Less than two weeks after the State Department gave the go-ahead for a major new 36-inch diameter pipeline to carry Alberta oil sands crude into the United States, a network of environmental and Native American groups filed a lawsuit in a San Francisco court on Thursday, accusing President Barack...
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Feds Allow Large Gulf Fish Farms by Taking No Action
The first industrial-sized fish farms will be allowed to open in the Gulf of Mexico after the federal government decided Thursday to take no action on the plan. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration did not make a ruling because the U.S. lacks regulations for fish farming in federal...
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Somali Refugees Trapped in Camps 'Barely Fit for Humans' - Oxfam
NAIROBI - Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing unrest are now living in camps that Oxfam said on Thursday were horrifically overcrowded and unfit for humans. Two years of Islamist insurgency have created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa nation, with one million...
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Physicians for Human Rights: Doctors’ Role in CIA Waterboarding “May Amount to Human Experimentation”
A new report by Physicians for Human Rights has found that physicians and psychologists played a greater role than previously known in designing, implementing and legitimizing the Bush administration’s torture program. The recently declassified CIA Inspector General’s report detailed how medical...
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NGOs: 'Mini-Ministerial Meeting Should Change WTO Tack on Food,' Promote Food Sovereignty
GENEVA - A group of 125 non-governmental organisations from 50 countries is calling on the governments participating in the mini-ministerial trade talks in India over the next two days to reject the further liberalisation of food and rather promote policies that will achieve food security and rural...
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Muhammad Yunus: Financial Meltdown Is Chance to Build More Inclusive System
BANGKOK - The global financial crisis has highlighted a curious success story: A bank that doles out loans to some of the world's poorest, least-creditworthy people continues to have a payback rate of nearly 100 percent. Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, known as the "banker to the poor,"...
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Devastating Suicide Strikes Show Taliban Expansion
KABUL - Two devastating suicide attacks in Afghanistan in the fortnight since elections show the Taliban is penetrating ever deeper in its war against the Kabul government and its international backers. Insurgents are taking advantage of the government's inability to provide security to spread...
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UN Guide for Sex Ed Generates Opposition
PARIS — A set of proposed international sex education guidelines aimed at reducing H.I.V. infections among young people has provoked criticism from conservative groups that say the program would be too explicit for young children and promote access to legal abortion as a right.
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A Delta Manhunt, With Booze and Guns
Federal authorities are investigating an Aug. 20 incident in which armed white citizens, using a military vehicle, helped search for an unarmed black burglary suspect in the Delta. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, of Mississippi's second congressional district, confirmed to the Jackson Free Press Monday...
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The Army Is Making the Same Old Mistakes in Afghanistan: British Soldiers
Britain is failing to learn from the “military mistakes” made in Iraq in developing ways to defeat the Taleban in Afghanistan, according to a series of critical articles published in an internal army journal. One devastating contribution, from a former sergeant-major in The Parachute Regiment who...
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US Extends 'Blackwater' Contract
Private contractors have proven to be highly controversial in Iraq where the security firm formerly known as Blackwater has been banned. But the US state department has extended a contract with the firm, now known as Xe, indefinitely, just as its contract was due to expire this month. Iraqis had...
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‘We Are Heading Towards an Abyss’
GENEVA - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon told a meeting of some 150 governments on Thursday that time is running out for a new climate deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Copenhagen talks in December are looming and little real negotiating time is left "to resolve some of the most complex issues," the...
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