News for 2009-11-02

Monday, November 2, 2009
Kilimanjaro's Snows Melt Away in Dramatic Evidence of Climate Change
The snows of Mount Kilimanjaro will be gone within two decades, according to scientists who say that the rapid melting of its glacier cap over the past century provides dramatic physical evidence of global climate change. If the forecast - based on 95 years of data tracking the retreat of the...
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Climate Negotiators Grow Impatient at Lack of Leadership From America
With just five days' formal negotiations left before the start of crucial UN climate talks in Copenhagen next month, key figures in the negotiations are showing clear signs of impatience at the US position. At international climate talks in Barcelona, the United Nations and European Union , backed...
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Justice Denied: Voices from Guantanamo
They were held in Guantanamo for years without charge. The American principle that is supposed to prove the guilty and protect the innocent didn't exist for these men who now live free after being tortured and abused. This is their story -- before, during and after Guantanamo.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Berlin, Israel, Mexico: Walls Across the World
It's being called "the most ambitious commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany": "The Wall Project" in Los Angeles -- and its political message will surprise many. Artists commissioned by the organizers have promised works that draw analogies between...
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Palestinians Criticize US U-Turn on Settlements
THE PALESTINIAN Authority yesterday rejected the Obama administration's call for unconditional resumption of negotiations with Israel and castigated the US for dropping its demand for a freeze on Israeli settlement construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
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US Court Denies Maher Arar's Appeal
Syrian-born Canadian Maher Arar has again been denied the right to sue the United States over his deportation to Syria, where he was tortured. During a September 2002 stopover in New York, while returning to Canada from a vacation in Tunisia, Arar was detained by U.S authorities, who were acting on...
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The New Faces of Day Labor
It sounds like a George Lopez joke. “Times are so bad that I saw an Anglo day laborer standing outside Home Depot the other day.” Except it’s true. In the latest sign of the Las Vegas Valley’s economic free fall, U.S. citizens are starting to show up in the early mornings outside home improvement...
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Karzai Declared Afghan President, Run-Off Scrapped
KABUL - Afghanistan's election commission declared Hamid Karzai elected as president on Monday after it called off a runoff following the withdrawal of his only rival. The run-off, called after the first round in August was marred by widespread fraud, was to have been held on November 7. "The...
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Leaking Oil Rig in Timor Sea Catches Fire
No one was injured in the blaze and all non-essential staff have been airlifted from the West Atlas rig, operators PTTEP said. The fire, which started during an attempt to plug the leak, comes as environmental campaigners criticised PTTEP and the Australian government over their handling of the...
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Is It Really Over? Bill Moyers Speaks with James K. Galbraith
The headlines are trumpeting recovery — some are even proclaiming an end to the recession in the United States (unofficially, that is). The US economy grew in the third quarter for the first time in a year. But there are some caveats — although jobless claims dipped slightly, many analysts still...
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Toxic Contaminants: The Other Scourge
SYDNEY - As the world focuses on the impact of climate change, little attention is being paid to yet another environmental bane: increasing contamination of air, water and soil. The combined effects of this environmental scourge have contributed to global epidemics of cancers, lung and other...
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Audit: KBR Must Trim Iraq Work Force or Face Fines
WASHINGTON - The Army's primary support contractor in Iraq is being warned by Pentagon auditors to cut its work force there or face nearly $200 million in penalties for keeping thousands too many on the payroll. The Houston-based KBR Inc., responsible for everything from mail and laundry to housing...
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Diamond Producers Meet on 'Conflict Diamonds'
WINDHOEK - Rights abuses in Zimbabwe diamond fields are set to dominate talks opening Monday by the global system charged with preventing trade in the gems from fuelling armed conflicts. Zimbabwe poses a key test for the international scheme known as the Kimberley Process, named after a South...
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The Paradox of US Healthcare
For nearly two decades, Wendell Potter led a very comfortable life as a public relations health insurance executive. However, while flying on a corporate jet and being served lunch on gold-rimmed china with gold-plated cutlery, Potter had an epiphany of sorts. He realised that the reason why...
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