News for 2009-12-11

Friday, December 11, 2009
Global Civil Society Brandishes Utopian Vision, Promises Climate Action
COPENHAGEN - While negotiators with furrowed brows and dark suits work painfully toward a global climate deal at Copenhagen's Bella Centre, a different kind of summit is underway in a sports centre downtown. In the DGI-Byen complex, a panel of economists argue for no-growth economies, fresh-faced...
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'Keep the Oil in the Soil': Ecuadorian Activist Heads to COP15 With Simple Message
As delegates discuss various ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our next guest has a simple message: keep untapped oil in the ground. Ivonne Yanez is an environmental activist from Ecuador, one of the larger oil producing countries in Latin America. Ecuador is believed to be sitting on an oil...
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Networks Still Hosting Military Analysts Without Identifying Massive Conflicts Of Interest
Major television networks continue to host retired generals as military analysts without alerting viewers to their extensive ties to defense contractors and the Pentagon. Military strategy is a frequent topic on TV in the wake of President Obama's announcement that he will send more troops to...
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Shell and Petronas Win Rights to Develop Giant Iraq Oilfield
A consortium led by Shell has won the rights to develop the giant Majnoon oilfield at the second auction of Iraq's oil rights since the 2003 invasion. The auction for about a third of the country's known reserves quickly surpassed last summer's sale, with Majnoon the largest field on offer in the...
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Youth and Indigenous People Escalate Protests Inside the UN
Echoing the words of Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed (We will not die quietly!) and the African negotiator Ambassador Lumumba, (No to climate colonialism!) hundreds of youth created a loud and energetic “climate storm” today inside the Copenhagen climate talks at the UN. It was the largest...
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World Should at Least Halve CO2 by 2050: Draft Text
COPENHAGEN - The world should at least halve world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with rich nations taking the lead, according to a first draft text on Friday seeking to break deadlock on a new climate pact at U.N. talks. "Parties shall cooperate to avoid dangerous climate change," according to...
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Egyptians, with US Assistance, Building Wall Under Ground at Gaza
Egyptian officials yesterday confirmed that Cairo is covertly constructing an underground steel barrier along the border with Gaza to cut smuggling into the Strip. They contradicted a report in the Cairo daily Al-Shorouk quoting an unidentified source who said, "Egypt is dealing with smuggling...
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Despite Incongruity, Corporate Media Love a Good War Speech
WASHINGTON - US media and leading opinion makers on Friday had largely positive views of Barack Obama's Nobel Peace award speech in Oslo, with conservatives especially delighted with his choice of words. "We've said before ... that awarding President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize after so short a...
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New Proposal Would Pay Americans a Percent of Carbon Permits
WASHINGTON - Against the back drop of global climate change talks in Copenhagen, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., will introduce legislation Friday that would take some of the sting out of higher energy bills U.S. consumers may face because of efforts to control greenhouse gases.
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G77: 'US Should Spend as Much on Global Warming as War'
The row between the rich countries and the developing world intensified at the Copenhagen summit, as China and its supporters blamed America for "endangering the world" by refusing to hand over more cash. Developing nations are pushing for £120bn ( $200bn) to help them tackle the effects of global...
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Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the CIA
WASHINGTON - Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.'s most sensitive activities - clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company...
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Grijalva Says The Senate Public Option Compromise Is A Non-Starter
WASHINGTON - An influential progressive in the House of Representatives says that the public option compromise taking shape in the Senate might not survive the lower chamber--particularly if the Senate tries to jam its health care bill through the House. In an interview this afternoon, Rep. Raul...
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