News for 2009-09-30

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Red Cross Warns of Complacency in Still-Bloody Iraq
BAGHDAD - Violence may have fallen sharply in Iraq from the worst days of sectarian killing, but an average monthly death toll of 500 people must not be considered "normal," the International Committee of the Red Cross said. "There is a lack of respect for human life. Even if security has improved...
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Insurance Industry Whistleblower Wendell Potter Blasts Senate Panel Rejection of Public Insurance Option
Efforts to create a government-run health insurance plan were dealt a setback Tuesday after the Senate Finance Committee rejected a pair of amendments to create a public option. Both amendments were defeated when a group of Democrats, including Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus, joined with...
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Italy Seeks Jail for US Spies in Rendition Trial
MILAN - An Italian prosecutor called on Wednesday for 26 Americans, all but one believed to be members of the CIA, to be jailed for between 10 and 13 years each for the kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in 2003. Public Prosecutor Armando Spataro also asked a Milan court to sentence four Italians,...
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UN Demands End of Sexual Violence as Tactic of War
UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a halt to the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war. Resolution 1888 reiterated the 15-member body's "demand for the complete cessation by all parties to armed conflict of all acts of sexual...
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Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald: Who’s Afraid of the Independent Press?
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US 'to Speed up Iraq Withdrawal'
The US military commander in Iraq is set to announce that the US will withdraw 4,000 of its soldiers from the country by the end of October. General Ray Odierno is due to tell the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that the US is speeding up its military withdrawal to...
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UN 'to Remove Afghanistan Envoy'
A senior UN official in Afghanistan is to be removed from his post following a row about the country's presidential election, the BBC has learned. UN officials said Peter Galbraith had not been fired but would be removed from the mission. Mr Galbraith, a US diplomat, said: "The secretary general...
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Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have a Dictatorship Soon in the US’
A conversation with Gore Vidal unfolds at his pace. He answers questions imperiously, occasionally playfully, with a piercing, lethal dryness. He is 83 and in a wheelchair (a result of hypothermia suffered in the war, his left knee is made of titanium). But he can walk ("Of course I can") and after...
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Michael Moore Tells Democrats: 'Find Your Spine' on Health Care
WASHINGTON - Sans video camera, filmmaker Michael Moore on Tuesday turned his megaphone on the current health care system and those Blue Dog Democrats he claims are "dogging" the health care debate. Moore, an advocate of a single-payer, government-run health care system, called the current setup "...
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EPA Wants More Oversight on Chemicals
Tens of thousands of chemicals found in everyday items, from toys and cell phones to food containers and medical devices, would face high levels of federal scrutiny and control under a set of guidelines unveiled Tuesday in San Francisco by President Obama's top environmental official. The effort to...
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By 2050, 25m More Children Will Go Hungry as Climate Change Leads to Food Crisis
Twenty-five million more children will go hungry by the middle of this century as climate change leads to food shortages and soaring prices for staples such as rice, wheat, maize and soya beans, a report says today. If global warming goes unchecked, all regions of the world will be affected, but...
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First They Came for ACORN... But Who's Next?
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US Story on Iran Nuke Facility Doesn't Add Up
WASHINGTON - The story line that dominated media coverage of the second Iranian uranium enrichment facility last week was the official assertion that U.S. intelligence had caught Iran trying to conceal a "secret" nuclear facility. But an analysis of the transcript of that briefing by senior...
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17 Held in Protest Outside Health Insurer’s Offices
Right-wing and antigovernment activists — a few of them wielding not only signs but even loaded firearms — have organized some of the angry protests surrounding the health care debate. But in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday morning, a different sort of health care protest took place, led by left-...
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