News for 2010-01-06

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Is Yemen the New Front in the 'War On Terror'?
Suddenly newspapers and cable news shows are talking about Yemen as the newest site for Al Qaeda. Yemeni authorities have been ramping up attacks against militants, with U.S. aid, and after the failed attempt to bring down a U.S.-bound airplane over Christmas, the rhetoric has just grown more...
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Blackwater and the Khost Bombing: Is the CIA Deceiving Congress?
A leading member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has told The Nation that she will launch an investigation into why two Blackwater contractors were among the dead in the December 30 suicide bombing at the CIA station at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan.
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Court Rules Obama’s Detention Powers Not Limited by Laws of War
The Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday that upholds the Bush administration's broad claims of executive power to detain non-citizens.
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Colbert's The Word: Ideal or No Deal?
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Hilton San Francisco Is Target of Union Boycott; AFL-CIO President, Others Arrested
Unionized hotel workers began a boycott of the Hilton San Francisco Tuesday with an 800-person march and a 160-person sit-in blocking the hotel lobby, which resulted in dozens of arrests, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Members of the hotel workers union Local 2 have staged a series of...
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US Envoy Meets Honduras Politicians Amid Stalemate
TEGUCIGALPA - A top US envoy met with ousted President Manuel Zelaya here in a bid to resolve the political crisis set off by a coup more than six months ago. Hondurans voted in November for a new president, Porfirio Lobo, to take over at the end of January, but Zelaya remains holed up in the...
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New Toxic Milk Case in China Kept Secret for a Year, Reports Say
A fresh scandal over toxic milk products has shocked Chinese consumers, with state media today reporting claims that officials waited almost a year before warning the public.
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US-Led Forces Accused of Executing Schoolchildren
In Afghanistan, hundreds have taken to the streets of Kabul and elsewhere to protest U.S. killing of civilians. The incident that has sparked the most outrage took place in eastern Kunar on December 27th when ten Afghans, eight of them schoolchildren, were killed. According to The Times of London,...
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Lethal Clashes at Gaza-Egypt Border
At least one Egyptian border guard has been killed and two Palestinians shot and wounded along the Gaza border during fierce clashes with Egyptian security forces. A border protest on Wednesday turned violent over frustration that the aid convoy, Viva Palestina, had been delayed. Egyptian forces...
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Activist: 'We Now Have a Real Whale War on Our Hands'
PROTESTERS say they will step up their ''war'' on Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean despite the loss of a front-line protest vessel yesterday in a dramatic collision with one of the whaling fleet. The Sea Shepherd group said it had no intention of pulling out of the conflict after the $2...
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Vandana Shiva: Farmer Suicides in India Linked to Debt, Globalization
Thousands of poor farmers in India have committed suicide over the past decade as changes in India's agricultural policy set off a widening spiral of debt and despair, one environmental activist said Tuesday. "The farmer suicides started in 1997. That's when the corporate seed control started,"...
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Cancer – The Deadly Legacy of the Invasion of Iraq
Forget about oil, occupation, terrorism or even Al Qaeda. The real hazard for Iraqis these days is cancer. Cancer is spreading like wildfire in Iraq. Thousands of infants are being born with deformities. Doctors say they are struggling to cope with the rise of cancer and birth defects, especially...
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Discerning the CIA's (and Blackwater/Xe's) Role in Afghanistan
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