News for 2009-11-20

Friday, November 20, 2009
National White House Call-In Day: Monday, November 23rd, 2009
An ad-hoc coalition of national peace advocacy organizations is calling on people from every corner of the country to inundate the White House on Monday (November 23rd) with phone calls against military escalation in Afghanistan.
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Biodiversity Loss Is Earth's 'Immense and Hidden' Tragedy, Darwin's 'Natural Heir' Warns
The diversity of life on Earth is undergoing an "immense and hidden" tragedy that requires the scale of global response now being deployed to tackle climate change , according to one of the world's most eminent biologists. Prof Edward Wilson, an ecologist who has been described as " Darwin's...
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Is Sarah Palin Barbie Gone Bad?
The Nation columnist Naomi Klein appears along with Air America 's Ana Marie Cox on the Joy Behar Show to add to the growing consensus that there's not much of a "whole" in the sum of Sarah Palin's many parts. Klein's assessment of Palin as something created in the basement of The Heritage...
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My Lai Photographer Ron Haeberle Exposed a Vietnam Massacre 40 Years Ago Today in The Plain Dealer
Forty years ago today, black-and-white photographs of slaughtered women, children and old men in a Vietnamese village shocked the world -- or that portion of the world willing to believe American soldiers could gun down unarmed peasants and leave them to die in streets and ditches. The Plain Dealer...
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Salvador Reza: Fighting Sheriff Joe
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a household name for all the wrong reasons. Known for accusations of racial profiling and immigration raids in Maricopa County, Arizona, Arpaio is held up as a hero by anti-immigrant groups but has created a climate of fear in his state, where the Latino community is afraid to...
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Tea Partyers Turn on Each Other
After emerging out of nowhere over the summer as a seemingly potent and growing political force, the tea party movement has become embroiled in internal feuding over philosophy, strategy and money and is at risk of losing its momentum.
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CIA 'Ran Secret Prison for al-Qaeda' in Lithuanian Riding School
The allegations have sparked a parliamentary inquiry after President Dalia Grybauskaite said she harboured "indirect suspicions" that such a facility existed. According to unnamed former intelligence operatives quoted by ABC News, the CIA built the secret jail in 2004 and used it for more than a...
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Report Says Nuclear Plants Are Poisoning Our Water
Nuclear facilities and power plants are contaminating local Canadian food and water with radioactive waste that increases risks of cancer and birth defects, says a new report to be released today.
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Court Rejects David Miliband Bid to Suppress CIA Evidence
The high court today flatly rejected claims by David Miliband , the foreign secretary, that releasing evidence of the CIA 's inhuman and unlawful treatment of UK resident Binyam Mohamed would harm Britain's relations with the US by giving away intelligence secrets. Evidence that the foreign...
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How Do Insurance Companies Fare in Reform?
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The Secret Global Empire(s): Russ Baker & John Perkins
U.S. history has seen many presidents elected on a wave of progressive promises, only to see them compromise again and again once in office, caving to the very interests, military and corporate, that they railed against so effectively. Barack Obama is only the latest to get elected on a promise to...
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UN Urges Global Action on Children
The UN children's agency says one billion children around the world are still deprived of food, shelter, clean water and healthcare 20 years after the adoption of a treaty guaranteeing children's rights. Hundreds of millions more children are constantly threatened by violence, Unicef said in a...
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SOA Watch Marks 20th Anniversary of Assassinations
It was 6 a.m. on Nov. 16, 1989, when a gardener named Obdulio Ramos saw that six Jesuit priests and his wife and daughter had been gunned down by soldiers in El Salvador.
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Fed Beaten: Bill to Audit Federal Reserve Passes Key Hurdle
In an unprecedented defeat for the Federal Reserve, an amendment to audit the multi-trillion dollar institution was approved by the House Finance Committee with an overwhelming and bipartisan 43-26 vote on Thursday afternoon despite harried last-minute lobbying from top Fed officials and the...
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