News for 2009-11-04

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It’s a Dirty Business — The New Gold Rush That Is Blackening Canada’s Name
A giant mechanical digger gouges out a chunk of topsoil, grass and tree stumps, extending a neat furrow that stretches into the distance. Dozens of similar furrows run parallel with the regularity of a ploughed field. Yet no crop could grow in the pitch-black surface exposed by the machine working...
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One Year Ago, Ralph Nader on an Obama
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US Voices Alarm at Level of Afghan Corruption
WASHINGTON - Top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen expressed serious concern Wednesday over corruption in the Afghan government, warning President Hamid Karzai to crack down on offenders. "We are extremely concerned about the level of corruption and the legitimacy of this government," Mullen...
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LIVE AT NOON: One Year Later, What’s Changed?
In a special one-hour live stream, we bring back many of our guests from last year's election day show to discuss what's changed, what's stayed the same, and what we still hope to see happen under Obama.
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Italy Convicts Former CIA Agents in Renditions Trial
MILAN - An Italian judge sentenced 23 former CIA agents to up to eight years in prison Wednesday for the abduction of a Muslim cleric in a symbolic ruling against "rendition" flights used by the former U.S. government. The Americans were all tried in absentia after the United States refused to...
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African Nations Make a Stand at UN Climate Talks
African countries have said they are prepared to provoke a major UN crisis if the US and other rich countries do not start to urgently commit themselves to deeper and faster greenhouse gas emission cuts. In a dramatic day in Barcelona, UN officials were forced to step in after 55 African countries...
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Mousavi Supporters Clash With Police in Tehran
TEHRAN - Police clashed with supporters of Iran's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi in Tehran on Wednesday when a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. embassy turned violent. Reformist website Mowjcamp said police opened fire on protesters at Haft-e Tir square, but...
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US Diplomats Meet Burmese Leaders
Two senior US envoys have held separate talks with Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein and detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The visit of US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and his deputy is the highest level contact between the two governments for more than a decade. Mr...
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US House Rejects Goldstone Report
The US House of Representatives has rejected as "irredeemably biased" the findings of a UN-sponsored report which says Israel committed war crimes during its military assault on the Gaza Strip. The house on Tuesday voted 344 to 36 in favour of a non-binding resolution calling on Barack Obama, the...
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McGovern: Get Out of Afghanistan
George McGovern has some advice for President Barack Obama: Get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. "I'm convinced that war is going to turn sour. I'm convinced we're not going to prevail there," McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, said Sunday at a Truthdig event in West Los Angeles.
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No Sunset for Sweeping Patriot Act Powers?
NEW YORK - The USA Patriot Act, rushed into law by a panicky U.S. Congress in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, gave the government broad surveillance powers to spy on innocent citizens. But it also stipulated that three of its more controversial provisions should expire next...
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Binding Treaty No Longer a Realistic Goal for Climate Summit, UN Chief Concedes
A legally binding agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions is no longer a realistic goal for next month's Copenhagen summit, the UN Secretary-General says. According to Ban Ki Moon such an agreement will not be signed next month and the most likely outcome is voluntary targets, which countries...
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Gay Marriage Repealed in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine - Voters on Tuesday repealed the state's same sex marriage law after an emotionally charged campaign that drew large numbers to the polls and focused national attention on Maine. With 87 percent of precincts reporting, the campaign to overturn Maine's same-sex marriage law won with...
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