News for 2009-10-28

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Activists Arrested at Health Insurance Protest Outside Cigna offices
SUNRISE - Two people were arrested early this afternoon when they refused a request to leave during a demonstration outside the Cigna health insurance offices in Sunrise.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Yes Men Statement on Chamber Lawsuit
"We've finally made it," says Andy Bichlbaum aka Jacques Servin aka Hingo Sembra of the Yes Men. "We're officially part of the the Extreme Left-Wing Agenda.
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Greenpeace Climate Activists Dump Coal Outside Sweden's Government Offices
STOCKHOLM — Environmental activists from Greenpeace dumped 18 tonnes of German coal outside Sweden's government offices Wednesday to protest against the Swedish state's coal plant ownership abroad. Swedish energy group Vattenfall has no coal plants in Sweden but has acquired 12 such plants in...
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The Truth Behind CIA Secret Prisons
President Obama has cut a swathe through the Bush-era National Security Program, forcing the CIA to close its secret overseas prisons and ban harsh interrogation methods. RTs Anastasia Churkina spoke to Human Rights lawyer John Sifton, who reveals the truth behind CIA secret prisons - the...
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Blasting Begins on Coal River Mountain
Appalachian community advocates and environmentalists across the nation are expressing outrage that mountaintop removal coal mining operations have begun on Coal River Mountain in West Virginia, a mountain that has become symbolic in the nationwide campaign to end mountaintop removal mining.
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Analysis: Taleban Attack is Bid to Force UN Out of Afghanistan
The Taleban attack on an international guesthouse in Kabul today is its bloodiest assault yet on the United Nations in Afghanistan - and represents a major escalation of its campaign to disrupt next week's presidential election run-off. The attack, which killed 12 people including six UN staff,...
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Focus of Gay-Marriage Fight Is Maine
Less than a week before Maine voters decide whether to repeal the state's new same-sex marriage law, donations and volunteers are pouring in to sway what both sides call a nationally significant fight.
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Thousands March in 3-Day Showdown with Banking Industry
Workers gave pink slips to the country's top bankers Tuesday morning to culminate three days of protests, billed as the Showdown in Chicago, during the American Bankers' Association's annual meeting. Bbefore a jeering and cheering crowd of 5,000 union members and activists, Armando Robles,...
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Long-Time Environmental Activist: 'It's About the Confrontation'
Earth First! made headlines with its tree-spiking in the 1980s, but the guy who helped make the anti-logging tactic famous didn't invent it. Mike Roselle even titled one chapter of his new book "Why I Quit Spiking Trees." In it, the co-founder of Earth First!, the Rainforest Action Network and the...
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A Nuclear Power Boost for Senate Bill
Will a heaping spoonful of nuclear power help Congress swallow a climate bill? The Obama administration and leading congressional Democrats are wooing wavering Democrats and Republicans to back a climate bill by dangling federal tax incentives and new loan guarantees for nuclear power plant...
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Court to Reconsider CIA Torture Flight Ruling
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court granted the Obama administration's request Tuesday to rehear a case over a Bay Area company's alleged participation in CIA torture flights, setting the stage for a critical test of government claims of secrecy and national security.
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Hamid Karzai's Brother Linked to CIA
KABUL–Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country's booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials. The agency pays...
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European Governments to Break up Big Banks
Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and Northern Rock will be broken up and parts of their businesses sold off to create three new banks, it emerged last night. Government sources said ministers were "determined" to see more competition in the market, following the £1.2 trillion bailout of the sector...
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US Drone Strikes May Break International Law: UN
UNITED NATIONS - US drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, the UN's top investigator of such crimes said. "The problem with the United States is that it is making an increased use of drones/Predators (...
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Malalai Joya: Raise Your Voice
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