News for 2009-11-18

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Report Details 'Coal's Assault on Human Health'
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Coal pollution is assaulting human health through impacts on workers, residents near mining operations and power plants, and the environment in coalfield communities, according to a new report by a group of physicians. The report by Physicians for Social Responsibility examined...
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Put The Fun Between Your Legs: Become The Bike Bloc
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Changing the Jobs Debate With Dean Baker and John Nichols
The Nation's John Nichols , author of Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=laur
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Push to Curb Credit-Card Rates Fades
WASHINGTON - Efforts in Congress to cap credit-card interest rates are faltering because of opposition from Democrats and a lack of specific support from the White House, despite growing consumer outrage over a rush by banks to impose rates as high as 30 percent.
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Rising CO2 Will Cause Catastrophic Sea Level Rise Finds Antarctic Study
The British Antarctic Survey found that during past periods of high carbon dioxide, temperatures in Antarctica were up to 6C above current levels. This could cause a sea level rise of up six metres, threatening coastal cities like London, New York and San Francisco.
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Senate Democrats Plan to Unveil Healthcare Bill
WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid prepared to unveil long-awaited healthcare overhaul legislation on Wednesday, with the first test vote on the package expected by the end of the week. The healthcare reform bill, President Barack Obama's top domestic priority, has been delayed in the...
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Netanyahu Shrugs off Worldwide Criticism
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has brushed aside international anger over the expansion of Jewish neighbourhoods in east Jerusalem by defining the new plans as ''standard procedure''. On Tuesday the Jerusalem municipality approved the construction of another 900 housing units in...
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Obama Admits Guantanamo Won't Close by Jan. Deadline
BEIJING -- President Obama directly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay will not close by the January deadline he set, but he said he hoped to still achieve that goal sometime next year. Obama refused, however, to set a new deadline. In an interview...
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Labor Fight Ends in Win for Students
The anti-sweatshop movement at dozens of American universities, from Georgetown to U.C.L.A., has had plenty of idealism and energy, but not many victories. Until now. The often raucous student movement announced on Tuesday that it had achieved its biggest victory by far. Its pressure tactics...
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Poor Women 'Bear Climate Burden'
Women in developing countries will be the most vulnerable to climate change, a report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned. The agency said there was a disproportionate burden on those women and called for greater equality. They do most of the agricultural work, and are...
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'For Afghans, There Is No Refuge'
For most of her life, the young Afghan woman was fleeing war. But everywhere she went it stalked her. "She was very quiet and shy, and you could barely hear her speak," said Ashley Jackson of Oxfam. "When the civil war began in the early 1990s, she left Kabul and went to the border. But her son was...
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Iraqis Say British Army Used Guantánamo Interrogation Methods
Dozens of prisoners held at a secret British army interrogation centre in Iraq claim they suffered unlawful physical and mental abuse similar to that carried out by the US on detainees at Guantánamo Bay. Inmates at the high-security compound within the Shaibah base say they were held in solitary...
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America's Interests Not Priority for War Profiteers
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