News for 2009-09-06

Sunday, September 6, 2009
Chevron Awaits Verdict in Environmental Damage Case
QUITO - Parties to a case in which Chevron is accused of responsibility for environmental damage in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest are regrouping ahead of a potential verdict that could involve record compensation. The US company faces claims it is responsible for damage caused by oil extraction...
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Back to School: Military Recruiters Increasingly Targeting High School Teens
As millions of students prepare for the start of another school year, we focus on an issue that concerns many parents: the increasing presence of military recruiters in the nation's high schools and the military's ability to gather information about students. We speak with journalist David Goodman...
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Is America Ready to Admit Defeat in Its 40-Year War on Drugs?
Bruno Avangera, a 40-year-old web designer from Tucumán in Argentina , pauses to relight a half-smoked joint of cannabis. Then he speaks approvingly of "progress and the right decision" by the country's seven supreme court judges, who decided last week that prosecuting people for the private...
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Surge in Homeless Pupils Strains Schools
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — In the small trailer her family rented over the summer, 9-year-old Charity Crowell picked out the green and purple outfit she would wear on the first day of school. She vowed to try harder and bring her grades back up from the C’s she got last spring — a dismal semester when her...
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Van Jones Keynote at Powershift 09
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'Capitalism Is Evil', Says New Michael Moore Film
VENICE - Capitalism is evil. That is the conclusion U.S. documentary maker Michael Moore comes to in his latest movie "Capitalism: A Love Story", which premieres at the Venice film festival on Sunday. Blending his trademark humour with tragic individual stories, archive footage and publicity stunts...
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S Africa Backs Action in US on Firms Linked to Apartheid
South African victims of apartheid seeking compensation from foreign multinationals which supported the racist regime have been boosted by their newly elected government's decision to support their class action in the US courts. The position being taken by President Jacob Zuma's African National...
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Activists Demand Real Change as Foreclosures Mount
BOSTON - Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. continue to lose their homes each month in an ongoing crisis that is wreaking chaos on communities, advocates say. Millions are out of work and high mortgage interest rates are kicking in, and many families can't keep up with their mortgage...
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Obama Adviser Resigns Amid Controversy
WASHINGTON - Van Jones, President Barack Obama's adviser on "green jobs," resigned his post overnight, after a series of controversial comments came to light triggering withering attacks from conservatives. At midnight, the White House released Mr. Jones' resignation letter from the White House...
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