News for 2009-10-26

Monday, October 26, 2009
Canadian Climate Protesters Disrupt House of Commons Question Period
A loud protest in the visitors gallery of the House of Commons resulted in several arrests and the brief shutdown of question period on Monday. Around 200 young protesters chanted slogans to support Bill C-311, an NDP private member's bill on climate change. Six people were reported to have been...
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Protesters in Chicago March on Offices of Goldman, Wells Fargo
CHICAGO - Hundreds of union members and organizers descended on the streets of downtown Chicago on Monday morning to picket the offices of Goldman Sachs Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co.
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Rise of The Conservative Media
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What If, Instead of Fox, Team Obama Tackled Insurance Profiteers
Suppose President Obama and his aides had decided to take on the worst offender among the big insurance companies this fall. Suppose the White House had highlighted the failure of the company to provide quality care, the abuses in which it has engaged and the behind-the-scenes campaigning by a self...
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Reid: Senate Bill to Include Public Option
Majority Leader Harry Reid says health care legislation headed to the Senate floor will include an option for government-run insurance. Reid says states will have the prerogative of opting out of the program if they choose. Reid noted that polls show widespread public support for giving the...
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Obama Urged to Fully Comply with Anti-Torture Treaty
NEW YORK - The fifteenth anniversary of the U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Torture passed last week with little fanfare and virtually no press attention from the mainstream media here. But according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), "U.S. policy continues to...
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You Weren't on the Guest List
Today was an amazing beginning for us. Not just the beginning of the three day protest against the American Bankers Association (ABA) conference, but the beginning of the end for business as usual on Wall Street. The big banks heard loud and clear tonight that taxpayers are fed up with them taking...
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Native American Uranium Miners Still Suffer, As Industry Eyes Rebirth
ACOMA, NEW MEXICO-On the Navajo Nation, almost everyone you talk to either worked in uranium mines themselves or had fathers or husbands who did. Almost everyone also has multiple stories of loved ones dying young from cancer, kidney disease and other ailments attributed to uranium poisoning. The...
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From the Big Showdown in Chicago
With the newspapers full of talk about "zombie" banks and parasitic "vampire squid" financial institutions, it was particularly fitting that the "Showdown in Chicago" started with a ghoulish group of zombies rocking out to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Chicago's own South Shore Drill Team opened...
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NYT: Bush’s Cover-Up of Abuse Turning into Obama’s Cover-Up
It's been said with regards to the Watergate scandal and the Nixonian presidency that the cover-up was worse than the crime. A month after Nixon resigned, his successor, President Gerald Ford pardoned him, and many observers believed his technically-less-than-one-term administration never recovered...
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Illegal Logging Responsible for Loss of 10 Million Hectares in Indonesia
Lush tropical rainforest once covered almost all of Indonesia's 17,000 islands between the Indian and Pacific oceans . And just half a century ago, 80 per cent remained. But since then, rampant logging and burning has destroyed nearly half that cover, and made the country the world's third largest...
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Peaceful Protesters Included on Police Database of 'Domestic Extremists'
Personal details about thousands of people - said to include those only suspected of minor public order offences such as peaceful direct action and civil disobedience - are being compiled on a database run by the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU). The data includes pictures of people...
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New Bill to Make Seizure of US Companies Easier: Report
WASHINGTON — A bill to be introduced in Congress by a key ally of President Barack Obama would make it easier for the US government to seize control of troubled financial institutions that are considered too big to be allowed to fail, The New York Times reported .
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No Refuge For Afghan Victims of Violence
KABUL - The rate of civilian casualties in Afghanistan during 2009 has increased exponentially if compared with previous years. When he first took command of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces in Afghanistan this summer, U.S. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal placed an emphasis on the...
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More Troops in Afghanistan, More Troop Deaths in Afghanistan
Fourteen Americans have died in Afghanistan in a bloody night for the US, when one helicopter came down under heavy fire and two more collided in mid air. Seven soldiers and three civilians were killed in the first incident, moments after their helicopter took off after extracting soldiers from a...
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