News for 2009-09-14

Monday, September 14, 2009
IAEA Conceals Evidence Iran Documents Were Forged
WASHINGTON - The International Atomic Energy Agency says its present objective regarding Iran is to try to determine whether the intelligence documents purportedly showing a covert Iranian nuclear weapons programme from 2001 to 2003 are authentic or not. The problem, according to its reports, is...
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Elizabeth Warren on Getting to the Root of the Financial Collapse
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Sen. Harkin: 'Silent Majority' Back Health Care Reform
INDIANOLA, Iowa - Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin predicts Congress will approve a health care reform bill this fall that includes a public option, saying a "silent majority" of Americans favor such an overhaul. Speaking with reporters Sunday at a Democratic fundraiser, Harkin promised passage of "a bill...
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Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering
Jennifer Hall-Massey knows not to drink the tap water in her home near Charleston, W.Va. In fact, her entire family tries to avoid any contact with the water. Her youngest son has scabs on his arms, legs and chest where the bathwater — polluted with lead, nickel and other heavy metals — caused...
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Remnants of Vietnam War Still Scarring Lives
It’s been nearly 35 years since bombs were dropped in the Vietnam War. Last month, Pham Quy Tuan became one of the latest casualties. Tuan, 42, is married with two children. Few jobs are available in the poverty-stricken Quang Tri province, the war’s former demilitarized zone. To keep his family...
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Tristan Anderson to Sue for Injury in Israel Protest
An Oakland man who was seriously wounded by a tear gas projectile fired by Israeli police during a West Bank protest will file suit despite a military report concluding that he was engaged in an "act of war," his lawyers said Sunday. The case of Tristan Anderson, who remains hospitalized with brain...
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Lehman Collapse: 12 Months on and the Financial System Isn't Fixed, Warns Stiglitz
Mr Stiglitz, who is former chief economist at the World Bank, told Bloomberg News that "in the US and many other countries, the too-big-to-fail banks have become even bigger.
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Harrassed Tamils Languish in Prison-Like Camps in Sri Lanka
Living by a palm-fringed golden beach on the edge of the Indian Ocean, Suganthinhi Thesamanikam considers herself lucky to be alive after living through the hell of war. Caught between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan army, she dodged bullets and shells for two years...
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Netanyahu: No 'Complete Freeze' on Settlement Building
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that there will not be a complete freeze on settlement building and that building in Jerusalem will proceed as usual. "The Palestinians expect a complete halt to building; it is now clear that this will not happen," Netanyahu said, "Jerusalem is not...
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Homeowners Associations Thwart Efforts to Get Green
Katie Roberts' environmental ethic runs strong. She grew up on a farm, now works for an eco-conscious company and has renovated the inside of her Odenton home to conserve energy. But when she decided to add a rain barrel to an out-of-sight nook of her backyard, she had a problem: her community...
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Prosecutors in Iraq Case See Pattern by Guards
WASHINGTON — Private security guards who worked for Blackwater repeatedly shot wildly into the streets of Baghdad without regard for civilians long before they were involved in a 2007 shooting episode that left at least 14 Iraqis dead, federal prosecutors charge in a new court document.
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Obama to Defend Bailouts, a Year After Lehman Collapse
WASHINGTON - A year after Lehman Brothers imploded and unleashed global financial contagion, President Barack Obama will on Monday argue that his policies are rescuing a US financial system that was near collapse. In a major Wall Street speech just blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, Obama...
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Norman Solomon on Afghanistan
Norman Solomon, Institute for Public Accuracy, Exec. Dir., discusses Afghanistan, including the recent election, the war and U.S. policy towards the country.
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