News for 2009-09-04

Friday, September 4, 2009
Current Economic Growth Model Is 'Immoral', Says Prescott
John Prescott, the former UK climate negotiator, called on developed nations today to accept a new model of economic growth that would create a more equitable spread of carbon emissions in the world. Speaking to the Guardian in Beijing, Prescott said talks at Copenhagen would probably not be...
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Supreme Court of Canada to Hear Khadr Case
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear the Conservative government's appeal of orders to seek the return from a Guantanamo prison of 22-year-old Omar Khadr. In addition, the high court agreed to a federal request to weigh the matter on an expedited basis, setting a date of Nov. 13...
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US Fury as Israel Defies Settlement Freeze Call
Israel's latest peace initiative was only a few hours old when it ran into fierce opposition from the US and the Palestinians. Ignoring pleas from the Obama administration that Israel should suspend all building work at Jewish settlements, officials unveiled a plan today authorising the...
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A National Dialogue on Afghanistan
I am deeply concerned that we appear to be getting pulled into another quagmire from which we don’t know how to exit – this time, in Afghanistan. Without the kind of national debate this country needs, we are sending more and more troops into Afghanistan – about 60 percent of all the foreign troops...
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The Anguish of Unemployment
A new survey of unemployed Americans quantifies the enormous psychological trauma inflicted on laid-off workers by the recession -- but the pain comes through most clearly in the comments of the unemployed themselves. "The lack of income and loss of health benefits hurts greatly, but losing the...
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Studying the Effects of Tear Gas
Dr. Sven-Eric Jordt has experienced tear gas firsthand. As a student in Germany in the 1980s, he participated in protests against nuclear waste transport, and ran afoul of police with water cannons and tear gas.
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Global Warming Has Made Arctic Summers Hottest for 2,000 Years
Warming as a result of increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has overwhelmed a millennia-long cycle of natural cooling in the Arctic, raising temperatures in the region to their highest for at least 2,000 years, according to a report. The Arctic began to cool several thousand years...
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A National Movement of Foodies, Farmers, Parents and Educators Is Pushing for Better School Food
There's unusual lunchtime chatter at ACE Charter School in East San Jose: Students are actually raving about lunch. School lunch. And so are some teachers. Just ask Arallana Sanchez, 11, in between her munches on a chicken barbecue sandwich and sips of organic, hormone-free milk. "At my old school...
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Gates Sells Afghan Strategy Amid Growing Unease
WASHINGTON - U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) remained tight-lipped about the contents of a confidential report on the future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan in a wide-ranging Pentagon briefing on Thursday.
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Reclaiming the Healthcare Battle
August was a dark month, so to speak, for advocates of healthcare reform-public option or single payer. Where were the activists? And what's the message?
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White House to Reveal Visitor Names
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration plans to change White House policy by releasing the names of thousands of visitors whose comings and goings traditionally are kept secret by presidents. President Obama's announcement scheduled for today follows a lengthy legal review. The policy change would...
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NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills up to 90
KABUL - A NATO jet blasted two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, setting off a huge fireball Friday that killed up to 90 people, Afghan officials said. The NATO command said a "large number of insurgents" were killed or injured in the pre-dawn attack near the village of...
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