News for 2009-10-30

Friday, October 30, 2009
Secret Bailouts for Giant Failing Banks of the Future?
BOSTON - Big banks will not be forced to downsize and the public will be the last to know when they fail, a controversial bill unveiled by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Congressman Barney Frank proposes. The long-awaited "too big to fail" legislation was roundly criticised during a...
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Malalai Joya and the Tale of 2 CNNs
"The Bravest Woman in Afghanistan," Malalai Joya did two CNN interviews on Thursday. Joya is an elected member of the Afghanistan parliament who has been suspended for "insulting fellow members of parliament" in a television interview. She is articulate and firm in her position that the Western...
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Obama Signs Law Authorizing Suppression of Torture Photos
Among other things in the Homeland Security appropriations bill President Obama signed into law on Wednesday is a provision that authorizes the Defense Department to continue to conceal photos of the torture and abuse of detainees by U.S. forces.
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Mountaintop Removal Mining Protests Going National
MORGANTOWN, W.Va . - Activists with Mountain Justice, Rainforest Action Network and other groups planned protests at Environmental Protection Agency headquarters and across the country Friday to demand the end of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. An online map showed more than two dozen...
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Leading Political, Legal Blogger Glenn Greenwald on Afghanistan, State Secrets, Healthcare and the Media
One of the leading political and legal bloggers in the country, Glenn Greenwald, joins us to talk about about the war in Afghanistan, the Obama administration's use of state secrets, the healthcare debate, the renewed military commissions at Guantanamo, and the coverage of it all by the corporate...
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Arnold, Milton, and the California Nightmare
Speaking at the University of California at Berkeley yesterday evening, award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein lamented the sweeping budgetary cuts to education, women's shelters, and a host of critical social services that have rocked California in recent months. “When these cuts are...
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Student Expelled to Gaza Strip by Force
A Palestinian student has been handcuffed, blindfolded and forcibly expelled to the Gaza Strip by Israeli troops just two months before she was due to graduate from university.
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Centrist Appeasement Dilutes the Public Option
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Clinton Faces Pakistani Anger At Predator Drone Attacks
ISLAMABAD - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton came face-to-face Friday with Pakistani anger over U.S. aerial drone attacks in tribal areas along the Afghan border, a strategy that U.S. officials say has succeeded in killing key terrorist leaders.
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Pentagon Officials Won’t Confirm Bush Propaganda Program Ended
The covert Bush administration program that used retired military analysts to generate favorable wartime news coverage may not have been terminated, Raw Story has found. In interviews, Pentagon officials in charge of the press and community relations offices - which worked in partnership on the...
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Farmers Fight Climate Bill, But Warming Spells Trouble for Them
WASHINGTON - Farm state senators and others soon will get a taste of what their colleagues from Missouri already have piled high on their desks: thousands of letters from farmers urging them to vote against the climate and energy bill.
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A Dozen Countries Take on Toxic Pollution
UXBRIDGE - Of the tens of thousands of toxic sites affecting the health of 500 million people in the middle- and low-income countries of world, only 12 are being cleaned up, according to a new report. "We could only find 12 sites," said Richard Fuller, founder of the Blacksmith Institute, which...
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Canada Sets Aside Its Boreal Forest as Giant Carbon Vault
In the far north latitudes, buried within a seemingly endless expanse of evergreen forests , the authorities in Canada are building up one of the world's best natural defences against global warming .
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Deal Could Lead to Reinstatement of Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya
The interim government of Honduras yesterday appeared to have succumbed to international pressure as it agreed a deal that could pave the way for the return of the country's deposed president, Manuel Zelaya. Victor Rico, the secretary of political affairs at the Organisation of American States,...
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Ethics Investigators Probe Dozens in Congress
WASHINGTON - House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July. The report...
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