News for 2009-11-12

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Shooting Itself in the Foot, Brazil Spreads Concrete Through the Rainforest
Depletion of the Amazon Rainforest is not a new concern facing environmentalists, biologists, ecologists, and a growing number of the Amazonian indigenous peoples. For decades they have feared for the fate of the world’s most biologically diverse and species-rich hothouse. Brazil houses the largest...
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Anti-Landmine Activists See Hope for US Shift
GENEVA - Campaigners to halt the use of landmines hope finally to bring the United States under President Barack Obama into the fold of countries that have banned a weapon that maims and kills thousands every year. They said the United States has registered to send a delegation to a major review...
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UN Food Summit 'Fails Before It Begins'
The leaked World Food Summit draft declaration falls short of a UN goal of eradicating hunger by 2025. Instead, leaders are expected to to sign a watered down declaration in Rome next week that calls for vague increases in aid for farmers in poor countries but sets no targets or deadlines for...
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Red Cross Says Millions of Displaced Are Neglected
GENEVA - The international Red Cross on Thursday warned that the majority of the world's 26 million displaced people were often neglected because they found refuge with local communities instead of in camps. "The focus on camps means that what happens to the majority of displaced people -- those...
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Veterans to Obama: Do Not Escalate
News reports indicate that in the next few weeks, President Obama plans to announce his decision to send up to 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan. If he does so, he will be making the biggest mistake of his presidency. Sign our petition to send a clear message to President Obama: Do not send more...
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Honduras Accord Is on Verge of Collapse
Less than two weeks after U.S. diplomats announced a historic agreement to reverse a coup in Honduras, the accord is in danger of collapse and both Honduran officials and U.S. lawmakers are blaming American missteps for some of the failure.
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Activists Take Aim at Democratic, Republican Cash
In a sign of deep discontent with the Washington political establishment, restive activists in both parties are taking out their frustrations on the Democratic and Republican campaign committees and hitting party leaders where it hurts — in the pocketbook.
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BP Faces Damages Claim Over Pipeline Through Colombian Farmland
Ninety-five Colombian farmers are suing the oil company BP in the high court in London for allegedly causing serious damage to their land, crops and animals. In the first case of its kind, the farmers are claiming that BP Exploration Company (Colombia) Ltd, which joined forces with Colombia's...
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Report Shows Pfizer Fudged Drug Studies
CHICAGO - A study of internal company documents suggests Pfizer Inc altered or omitted unfavorable study findings to expand its epilepsy drug Neurontin's market, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, offering a look at how drugmakers influence scientific research. Clinical trials are supposed to...
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Sy Hersh on Pakistan's Nukes
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Official: Obama Wants His War Options Changed
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government, a senior administration official said...
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Financial Firms Fight Giving Government Breakup Powers
The nation's biggest financial firms are racing to Capitol Hill to sway lawmakers against legislation that could give the government broad new powers to break up large firms. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup, HSBC, Prudential and MetLife are among the big banks and insurers that have had more...
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Rendition Redux?
NEW YORK - On the heels of a federal appeals court ruling that only the U.S. Congress and the executive branch of government - not the courts - can interfere with government-sponsored "extraordinary rendition", a U.S. citizen from New Jersey is asking another court to tell the government it wasn't...
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