News for 2009-11-23

Monday, November 23, 2009
Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan
At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, "...
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Green Jobs Help Climate, Boost Social Justice
Jobs that not only help save the planet but usher individuals and neighborhoods out of poverty - talk about a silver bullet. If the promise of green jobs sounds too good to be true, the simplicity of the logic is difficult to resist: Train and hire people who are economically marginalized in work...
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Obama Quietly Backs Patriot Act Provisions
NEW YORK - With the health care debate preoccupying the mainstream media, it has gone virtually unreported that the Barack Obama administration is quietly supporting renewal of provisions of the George W. Bush-era USA Patriot Act that civil libertarians say infringe on basic freedoms. And it is...
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A Tale of Two Quagmires...
Bill Moyers considers a President's decision to escalate troop levels in a military conflict. Through LBJ's taped phone conversations and his own remembrances, Bill Moyers looks at Johnson's deliberations as he stepped up America's role in Vietnam.
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Single Payer Activists to Congress: Defeat Democratic Health Bill
The Democratic health care bill is a massive bailout of the private health insurance industry. It is convoluted and complicated. And it should be defeated. That's the take of a number of leading single payer activists. They will hold a press conference the day before Thanksgiving. And call on...
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Veggie Season Keeps Growing
PORTLAND, Maine - The vegetable-growing season used to end with the first hard frost in Maine. Not anymore. An increasing number of farmers are pushing the growing season into the winter to take advantage of the surging demand for locally grown food. As a result, more farmers are operating...
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Obey Wants 'War Surtax' to Fund Afghan Effort
WASHINGTON, DC - Any troop increase for Afghanistan should come with a "war surtax" on high income Americans, a top House chairman said Monday. Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.), the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, warned that if President Barack Obama decides to send additional troops to...
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Four Arrested at SOA Watch Protest
Sarah Snider participated in her first SOA Watch protest in 1998 with her good friend Joe DeRaymond. Last month, after battling brain cancer for less than two years, DeRaymond died. That left Snider to carry out his final wish: to participate in one last protest at the gates of Fort Benning. So,...
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Bernie Sanders Pushes Back On Public Option
While conservative members of the Democratic caucus threaten to block passage of health care reform if it includes a public health insurance option, a growing chorus of liberal lawmakers are making similar threats if the bill doesn't have one. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who...
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Antarctic Ice Loss Vaster, Faster Than Thought: Study
The East Antarctic icesheet, once seen as largely unaffected by global warming, has lost billions of tonnes of ice since 2006 and could boost sea levels in the future, according to a new study. Published Sunday in Nature Geoscience, the same study shows that the smaller but less stable West...
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Climate Change Sceptics and Lobbyists Put World at Risk, says Top Adviser
Climate change sceptics and fossil fuel companies that have lobbied against action on greenhouse gas emissions have squandered the world's chance to avoid dangerous global warming, a key adviser to the government has said.
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