News for 2009-11-05

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Spokane Considers Community Bill of Rights
Of all the candidates, bills, and proposals on ballots around the country yesterday, one of the most exciting is a proposition that didn't pass.
Read more
Pentagon Pursuing New Investigation Into Bush Propaganda Program
The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General is conducting a new investigation into a covert Bush administration Defense Department program that used retired military analysts to produce positive wartime news coverage.
Read more
Pelosi: Single-Payer Amendment Breaks Obama's Health Care Promise
An amendment to allow states to pursue single-payer health care without incurring insurance-industry lawsuits was stripped from the House bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday, adding that it would break President Obama's commitment to people keeping their current insurance plan if...
Read more
'GM’s Money Trees': Displacement of Rural Brazilians Highlights Consequences of 'Cap and Trade' System
With the Copenhagen climate summit just a month away, a new investigative series looks at how rural Brazilians are being displaced so their forest can be turned into carbon offsets for some of the world's biggest polluters, including General Motors and Chevron. With deforestation amounting to a...
Read more
Afghans Protest Against US After Missile Strike
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Angry Afghan villagers protested Thursday against what they said was the killing of 11 civilians by foreign troops, but local authorities said only fighters were killed. The NATO-led force said it had fired a rocket from the ground at a group it believed to be planting a...
Read more
Coke to Bring You Advice About Health and Soft Drinks
CHICAGO - Advice about soft drinks and health from one of the nation's largest doctors groups will soon be brought to you by Coke. The American Academy of Family Physicians has prompted outcry and lost members over its new six-figure alliance with the Coca-Cola Co. The deal will fund educational...
Read more
UN to Evacuate 600 Foreign Staff From Afghanistan
KABUL - The United Nations announced on Thursday it will evacuate more than half its international staff based in Afghanistan after a deadly Taliban attack on a guest house for UN workers. But the UN said it had no intention of abandoning Afghanistan, where 100,000 US-led foreign troops are...
Read more
Good Environmental Policy is Good Economic Policy
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Good environmental policy is good economic policy. We are not only helping to save the planet in terms of global warming, we are also moving to get this country out of the economic crisis that we are in right now. Are we making some progress? We really are. In the stimulus...
Read more
Friends of the Earth Attacks Carbon Trading
The world's carbon trading markets growing complexity threatens another "sub-prime" style financial crisis that could again destabilise the global economy, campaigners warn today. In a new report, Friends of the Earth says that to date "cap and trade" carbon markets have done almost nothing to...
Read more
Ousted Honduran Leader Asks for Clinton's Stand on Coup
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Ousted President Manuel Zelaya is asking the Obama administration why, after pressing for his reinstatement, it now says it will recognize upcoming Honduran elections even if he isn't returned to power first. In a letter sent to the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, Zelaya...
Read more
Congress Out of Step With Public on Intl Law?
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution Tuesday condemning the Goldstone Report on Israeli and Hamas actions taking during the Gaza War as "irredeemably biased" against Israel and calling on U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to...
Read more
Health Care Reform's Missing Piece: Elder Care
With America's elders on their way to doubling by 2030, thanks to 78 million aging boomers, one might think health care reform would address the fragmented excuse for a long-term care (LTC) system needed to assist seniors as they become frail. But, said former Secretary of Health and Human Services...
Read more