News for 2009-11-22

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Realities Collide at Halifax "War Conference"
HALIFAX, Canada - While the world's top military elites gather inside a fortified hotel to discuss NATO's future, protesters question the organization's legitimacy, secrecy, and the lack of democratic debate about the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan.
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Report: Leaked UK Documents Detail Iraq War Chaos
LONDON - Leaked British government documents call into question ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair's public statements on the buildup to the Iraq war and show plans for the U.S.-led 2003 invasion were being made more than a year earlier, a newspaper reported Sunday. Britain's Sunday Telegraph published...
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Fed Under Fire As Public Anger Mounts
WASHINGTON - Suddenly the Federal Reserve is everybody's punching bag. Strip the Fed of its bank regulation powers, some in Congress are demanding. Get probing audits of its behind-the-scenes operations, others say. The chairman of the Federal Reserve Board is always fair game for criticism and...
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Susan West Friedman; Tireless Activist was Passionate About Righting Social Injustices
Whether she was marching for civil rights in the 1960s, demonstrating against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or advocating for marriage equality, Susan West Friedman was never content to wait for others to make the changes that she believed necessary. Friends and fellow activists said she had a...
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Forced Labor and Rape, the New Face of Slavery in America
Human trafficking has become a major issue in the Midwest heartland of America, causing some campaigners to dub it a modern form of slavery.
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Heath Care Debate Poised to Take Center Stage when Vermont Lawmakers Return this Winter
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The question Rep. Paul Poirier hears from Vermonters most is, "What the heck are you going to do about these premiums that keep going up and up?" Poirier, a Barre City state representative, has a long memory of health care reform. The former Democratic House Majority Leader, now...
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Hamas Armed Wing Vows to Respond to Gaza Strikes
GAZA - The military wing of Islamic Hamas movement on Sunday vowed to respond to a series of Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early Sunday morning in which around 10 Palestinians were wounded. "The Israeli escalation will not be ignored and Ezz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades will not fail to take...
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How Health Care Reform Could Fall Apart
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid eked out 60 votes on a procedural motion to start the health care debate Saturday night - so there's no guarantee he can pass a bill on the merits. And if he struggles, the reasons will be clear: deep divides among Democrats on a public insurance plan, abortion,...
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US Builds Up its Bases in Oil-Rich South America
The United States is massively building up its potential for nuclear and non-nuclear strikes in Latin America and the Caribbean by acquiring unprecedented freedom of action in seven new military, naval and air bases in Colombia. The development - and the reaction of Latin American leaders to it -...
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