News for 2009-10-14

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Climate Change Activist Stopped from Travelling to Copenhagen
UK border police used anti-terrorist legislation to prevent a British climate change activist from crossing over into mainland Europe where he planned to take part in events surrounding the forthcoming United Nations summit in Denmark.
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Dr Rowan Williams says Climate Crisis a Chance to Become Human Again
People should use the climate change crisis as an opportunity to become human again, setting aside the addictive and self-destructive behaviour that has damaged their souls, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.
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Obama’s Pakistan Policy in Disarray After Opposition to $7.5bn Aid Conditions
President Obama's Pakistan policy was in disarray yesterday after Islamabad raised objections to the stringent terms attached to his new $7.5 billion aid package.
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Wall Street Set to Award Record Pay: Report
WASHINGTON - US banks and securities firms could pay a record 140 billion dollars to its staff this year, a rebound in compensations that comes despite regulatory scrutiny of Wall Street pay culture, a report said Wednesday. Workers at 23 top investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers and stock...
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Supreme Court Delay May Help Keep Detainee Abuse Pics Forever Sealed
The United States Supreme Court granted a request Tuesday to delay its decision on whether the Obama administration may continue to block the release of images depicting the torture of terror war detainees in U.S. custody. The decision to delay comes as Congress and the Obama administration appear...
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'Crude' Looks at Oil Damage in Amazon Jungle
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger says he can't describe his latest movie, "Crude: The Real Price of Oil," in Hollywood terms. It's no simple "Erin Brockovich" meets "A Civil Action." "Crude" - about alleged corporate oil contamination in the Amazon jungle and how it has affected those who live there - is a...
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Foreign Policy Hawks Launch New Campaign Against Obama
WASHINGTON - Just days after the Nobel Committee in Oslo awarded Barack Obama its coveted peace prize, two of Washington's most prominent foreign policy hawks launched a new group and ad campaign designed to depict the president as weak and defend the more aggressive policies of his predecessor,...
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Earth's Life Support Systems Failing
UXBRIDGE, Canada - The world has failed to slow the accelerating extinction crisis despite 17 years of national and international efforts since the great hopes raised at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The last big promise to act was in 2003, when government ministers from 123 countries...
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Activists Win Right Livelihood Awards
A Swedish award widely described as the "alternative Nobel prize" has gone to activists from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Australia and New Zealand. Rene Ngongo, of Greenpeace, was one of the recipients of the annual "Right Livelihood Award" for his efforts to protect the Congolese rain forest...
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Farmers Try to Plant Hemp at DEA Office, Arrested
BISMARCK, N.D. — A 51-year-old grandfather who grows garbanzo beans and other crops in northwestern North Dakota was among the protesters arrested for planting hemp seeds on the lawn of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration offices. Wayne Hauge and five other people were arrested Tuesday for...
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Drugmakers, Doctors Rake in Billions Battling H1N1 Flu
Americans are still debating whether to roll up their sleeves for a swine flu shot, but companies have already figured it out: vaccines are good for business. Drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year...
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Bleak US Job Market Boosts Military Recruitment
WASHINGTON - Aided by a bleak job market, the U.S. military met all of its recruitment goals in the past year for the first time since it became an all-volunteer force in 1973, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Military services have been stretched thin by conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, giving...
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On October 24, Join Us and Take A Stand for A Safe Climate Future
Dear Friend of CommonDreams.org, For years CommonDreams.org has been a leader in covering one of the most critical issues of our times: the survival of our planet. That's why 350.org has teamed up with CommonDreams.org to tell you about a milestone event on October 24 - an event we hope you'll take...
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Unsafe Abortions Kill 70,000 a Year
About 70,000 women die every year and many more suffer harm as a result of unsafe abortions in countries with restrictive laws on ending a pregnancy, according to a report. The total number of abortions across the globe has fallen, the influential Guttmacher Institute says, but that drop relates...
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