News for 2009-12-13

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Iraq: The Crime of the Century
I tried to contact Mark Higson the other day, only to learn that he had died nine years ago. He was just 40, an honourable man. We met soon after he resigned from the Foreign Office in 1991 and I asked him if the government knew that Hawk fighter-bombers sold to Indonesia were being used against...
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Obama's Big Sellout: The President has Packed His Economic Team with Wall Street Insiders
Barack Obama ran for president as a man of the people, standing up to Wall Street as the global economy melted down in that fateful fall of 2008. He pushed a tax plan to soak the rich, ripped NAFTA for hurting the middle class and tore into John McCain for supporting a bankruptcy bill that sided...
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Drug Money Saved Banks in Global Crisis, Claims UN Advisor
Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations' drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer. Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime...
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Tens of Thousands March in Copenhagen
On Saturday, an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 people thronged the streets outside the U.N. negotiations in Copenhagen demanding that world leaders take action to stop climate change. Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo delivered an impassioned speech to the crowd.
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Soldiers Forced to Go AWOL for PTSD Care
MARFA, Texas - With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Eric Jasinski enlisted in the military in 2005, and...
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Despite US Laws, Thousands Still Virtual Slaves in America
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." - 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified Dec. 6, 1865 Sebastian Pereria told a friend last year about his life in America. How he wanted to see his wife and...
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Bush Birth Control Policies Fueled Africa's Baby Boom
SIRAKANO, Uganda - At age 45, after giving birth to 13 children in her village of thatch roofs and bare feet, Beatrice Adongo made a discovery that startled her: birth control. "I delivered all these children because I didn't know there was another way," said Adongo, who started on a free quarterly...
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Untouchable: Blair to Give Iraq War Evidence in Secret
Key parts of Tony Blair's evidence to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War will be held in secret, sources close to the hearings revealed last night. His conversations with President George Bush when he was prime minister, and crucial details of the decision-making process that led Britain into...
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Science of Global Warming Not Faked, Inquiry Decides
Emails stolen from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia show they stonewalled sceptics and discussed hiding data. But the messages don't support claims that the science of global warming was faked, an exhaustive review by the Associated Press has found.
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Under the Icy North Lurks a ‘Carbon Bomb’
OTTAWA - North of Canada's capital, underneath an endless expanse of spruce, pine, and birch, ticks what some scientists are calling a carbon bomb: Peat. A thick layer of the black spongy soil, the remnants of ancient forests, wraps the globe's northern tier. Deeper than 15 feet in places, the peat...
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Yes, Regulators Can Stop Foreclosures
At House Committee on Financial Services hearing early this week titled "The Private Sector and Government Response to the Foreclosure Crisis," Julia Gordon, senior policy counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending , painted a bleak picture.
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Nearly 1000 Released After Climate Protest Arrests
Danish police have released hundreds of activists who were detained during a mass rally to demand a global climate pact, as police were accused of overreacting to sporadic street violence. Only 13 of the 968 people detained during the demonstration in Copenhagen remain in custody today, according...
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