News for 2009-11-26

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wal-Mart Price Pressure Hurts China Workers: Report
BEIJING - Wal-Mart Stores Inc's demand for rock-bottom prices from suppliers in China means some of these companies are forcing their employees to work in sweatshop-like conditions, a new report said on Wednesday. China Labor Watch said Wal-Mart, which also operates more than 250 stores in China,...
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Climate Protestors Face Sleeping in Prison Gyms
Prisons prepare for an influx of detainees during the UN Climate Change Conference happening in two weeks Overcrowding in the country's prisons means protestors arrested during the climate conference will be held in uncomfortable conditions. Climate activists are gearing up for the UN Climate...
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Shock over Obama Decision to Reject Landmine Ban
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced yesterday that it would not be joining a treaty signed by 158 other countries to ban landmines. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the decision "lacks vision, compassion, and basic common sense." The group was also stunned by the manner in which the...
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White House: US Will Be Out of Afghanistan... by 2017
WASHINGTON - The United States will not be in Afghanistan eight years from now, the White House said on Wednesday, as President Barack Obama prepared to explain to Americans next week why he is expanding the war effort. After months of deliberation and fending off Republican charges that he was...
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European MP, Activist Jose Bové Avoids Jail for GM Attack
FORMER French presidential candidate José Bové has avoided time in prison and been allowed to keep his job as a European MP for his involvement in an attack on genetically modified crops in 2006. Prosecutors had called for the anti-capitalism activist to spend eight months in jail and be banned...
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NATO Will Send 5,000 More Troops to Afghanistan, Says Brown
Gordon Brown paved the way today for the announcement next Tuesday of a large US troop surge in Afghanistan by saying he had received assurances from NATO countries that they would contribute an extra 5,000 troops. The assurances are significant because both Brown and Barack Obama have said they...
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Fears Forest Proposals Are 'Human Rights Disaster'
COPENHAGEN - The clean, ultra-modern chrome and glass lines of the Bella Center, in the Danish capital Copenhagen, is a world away from the thronging canopy suspended over the tropical forests of Uganda, or the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Cameroon.
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Iraq Inquiry: Deal Might have been ‘Signed in Blood’ by Blair and Bush in 2002
Sir Christopher Meyer told the Iraq Inquiry that the two men spent an afternoon meeting in private at the former president's ranch in Crawford, Texas, in April 2002, which appeared to lead to a shift in the then Prime Minister's stance on Iraq. Sir Christopher said: "I took no part in any of the...
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Ex-UK envoy: US Focused on Iraq Hours after 9/11
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice raised the issue of Iraq with the U.K. hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, Britain's former ambassador told an inquiry into the Iraq war Thursday. Christopher Meyer, who served as then-Prime Minister Tony Blair's envoy to Washington between 1997 and...
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Iraq: The Inquiry Cover-Up That Will Keep Us in the Dark
Gordon Brown was accused of strangling the inquiry into the Iraq war at birth yesterday by refusing to let it make public sensitive documents that shed light on the conflict.
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