News for 2009-12-18

Friday, December 18, 2009
Copenhagen Negotiators Bicker and Filibuster While the Biosphere Burns
First they put the planet in square brackets, now they have deleted it from the text. This is no longer about saving the biosphere: now it's just a matter of saving face. As the talks melt down, everything that might have made a new treaty worthwhile is being scratched out. Any deal will do, as...
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Civil Society Comes Together for 'Vigil of Survival'
Take a look at this video from the beautiful “vigil for survival” in Copenhagen on Thursday (Dec. 17th), inspired by the thousands of vigils that this movement hosted around the world last weekend:
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Copenhagen Heading for Meltdown as Stalemate Continues Over Emission cuts
The UN's climate summit was heading for meltdown this afternoon with countries unable to agree on emission cuts and blaming each other for the descent towards a humiliating fiasco. Last-ditch efforts by the UN to get the 120 world leaders to at least commit to hold temperatures to a maximum rise of...
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The Word - Spyvate Sector
If Congress doesn't reauthorize the Patriot Act, America's corporations are ready to step in.
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Poll: Voters Reject Health Care Mandate Without Public Option, Medicare Buy-In
A new poll suggests that voters are not pleased by the idea of health insurance mandates without a public option or a Medicare expansion.
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Iranian Forces Take Over Iraq Oil Well
NASIRIYAH, Iraq - Iranian forces took control of a southern Iraqi oil well on a disputed section of the border on Friday, US and Iraqi officials told AFP. "There has been no violence related to this incident and we trust this will be resolved through peaceful diplomacy between the governments of...
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US Executions Down by Half over Past Decade: Report
WASHINGTON - The United States executed one convict a week in 2009, but the rate is down by half compared to a decade ago, according to an annual report from the Death Penalty Information Center. The 2009 total is up from 37 executions in 2008, but in that year application of the death penalty was...
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Kucinich Panel to Investigate Citigroup Tax Ruling
A House subcommittee said Thursday that it will investigate the Treasury Department's decision to change a long-standing law so that Citigroup could keep billions of dollars in tax breaks. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) called Treasury's action a "farce" and an "outrage" during a hearing Thursday...
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Bottled Water Sales Dry Up, Industry asks ‘Why?’
Heather Lewis was wracked with guilt when she realized she was addicted to the bottle. Bottled water, that is. At her worst, she said she went through five plastic bottles of water a day nearly every day for two years. "It was appalling," said Lewis, an architect from Louisville, Colo. "I felt like...
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Not Much Done on Agenda of Change
WASHINGTON - Despite being portrayed as responsible for myriad national ills, Wall Street bankers, oil and coal companies, and health industry executives bounced back in Congress this year with remarkable success, stalling or weakening the biggest regulatory threats on President Obama's domestic...
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Kill Bill: Has The Left Departed Healthcare Reform?
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Online Posting of Women's Abortion Information Challenged in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA - A judge could determine Friday whether to allow an Oklahoma law to go forward that will post information online about women who get abortions in the state -- an act critics say would be harassment and an invasion of privacy. "We don't feel that the government should be able to run a...
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Stunning Statistics About the War Every American Should Know
A hearing in Sen. Claire McCaskill's Contract Oversight subcommittee on contracting in Afghanistan has highlighted some important statistics that provide a window into the extent to which the Obama administration has picked up the Bush-era war privatization baton and sprinted with it.
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Homeowners Often Rejected Under Obama's Loan Plan
WASHINGTON - Ten months after the Obama administration began pressing lenders to do more to prevent foreclosures, many struggling homeowners are holding up their end of the bargain but still find themselves rejected, and some are even having their homes sold out from under them without notice...
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Barack Obama's Speech Disappoints and Fuels Frustration at Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN - Barack Obama stepped into the chaotic final hours of the Copenhagen summit today saying he was convinced the world could act "boldly and decisively" on climate change. But his speech offered no indication America was ready to embrace bold measures, after world leaders had been working...
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CIA Working with Palestinian Security Agents
Palestinian security agents who have been detaining and allegedly torturing supporters of the Islamist organisation Hamas in the West Bank have been working closely with the CIA, the Guardian has learned. Less than a year after Barack Obama signed an executive order that prohibited torture and...
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Live Coverage from Copenhagen
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