News for 2009-11-30

Monday, November 30, 2009
Prologue to Copenhagen: Fasts, Lock Downs, Sit-Ins, Die-Ins for Climate Justice Across the Nation
As a prologue to the COP 15 in Copenhagen, protesters took to the streets across the country in a national day of climate justice action. From die-ins, to fasts, to streets protests, to locked down acts of civil disobedience, citizens groups called for a halt to new coal-fired plant construction,...
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UN: Rape in Afghanistan a Human Rights Problem of 'Profound Proportions'
KABUL - Rape in Afghanistan is under-reported, concealed and a human rights problem of "profound proportions", the United Nations said on Monday. Norah Niland, the United Nations' human rights representative in Afghanistan, said field research conducted late last year and early this year found rape...
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Climate Change Emails Profoundly Disappointing
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Senate Bill Contains a Gift for Big Banks
Despite bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill that the size and interconnectedness of major financial institutions poses a grave risk to the system as a whole, Senate banking reform legislation includes a provision that will help them get even bigger. The provision -- long desired by the big banks...
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Conservatives Win Honduran Election
TEGUCIGALPA - Conservative Porfirio Lobo has claimed a solid win in the controversial first presidential election in Honduras since a June 28 coup -- and vowed to form a national unity government. "There's no time for more divisions," a beaming Lobo said late Sunday to crowds cheering his nickname...
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Swiss Ban on Minarets Causes Shockwaves
SWISS voters have shocked their Government, sealing a ban on the construction of minarets and unveiling an unexpectedly hostile public response to Europe's growing Muslim population. A campaign by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) to initiate a referendum and formally gauge support for a...
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Religious Right Launches Fresh Assault on US Abortion Rights
Catholic bishops and Protestant evangelists in the US have unleashed an intense lobbying campaign to force fresh limitations on access to abortion into healthcare legislation under debate in the Senate this week. Pro-choice groups have described the religious ambush of health reform - which this...
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Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border, Questioned About Speech...and 2010 Olympics
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Dems Seek Deal as Sen. Debate on Healthcare Begins
After months of buildup, the historic debate on health care reform opens on the Senate floor Monday - but the C-SPAN cameras won't see the real action. The next phase in the Democrats' health care push will be waged in the privacy of the Senate leadership office, where Majority Leader Harry Reid (D...
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Iran Sends Mixed Signals on Quitting Nuclear Curb Pact
TEHRAN - An influential Iranian leader suggested on Monday Iran should quit the Non-Proliferation Treaty in protest against a U.N. censure over its nuclear activity, but its atomic energy chief dismissed such a move. Tehran caused an international outcry on Sunday when it announced plans to build...
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Afghan War Cost Grips Both Parties
WASHINGTON - A day before he is scheduled to announce a new strategy in Afghanistan, President Obama is under increasing pressure to explain how his administration intends to pay the rising costs of military operations in Afghanistan, which average about $3.6 billion per month.
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Countdown to Copenhagen: The 'People's Summit'
Only seven days to go now, in the Countdown to Copenhagen - one week until 192 nations come together to try to negotiate a new international climate treaty that will allow the world to deal with the potentially catastrophic threat of global warming.
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Trigger-Happy Security Guards Complicate Afghan Convoys
HUTAL, Afghanistan - Ill-disciplined private security guards escorting supply convoys to coalition bases are wreaking havoc as they pass through western Kandahar province, undermining the coalition's counterinsurgency strategy here and leading to at least one confrontation with U.S. forces, say U.S...
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