News for 2010-01-08

Friday, January 8, 2010
Climate Reform’s Good, Bad, and Ugly
The next United Nations climate change conference is almost a year away, and health care is still dominating the legislative agenda in Washington. That means climate reform opponents, from the coal industry to the global warming skeptics, have plenty of time to work, out of the spotlight, to derail...
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Jonathan Safran Foer on Eating Animals
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Proposed Amnesty Serves to Whitewash Honduran Coup, CEPR Co-Director Says
WASHINGTON - The international community should offer no support for planned amnesty for the perpetrators of the Honduran coup, Mark Weisbrot , Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, said today. Noting that both ousted President Manuel Zelaya and coup leaders previously agreed...
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Giuliani: ‘We Had No Domestic Attacks Under Bush’
The former New York City mayor who has sometimes been mocked for using "a noun, a verb and 9/11" in stump speeches appears to have forgotten -- or has mentally reclassified -- the worst terrorist attack on American soil. "We had no domestic attacks under Bush," Rudy Giuliani told ABC's George...
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House Dems Debate Cadillac Tax on Insurance Plans
House Democrats met Thursday to devise a negotiating strategy as the two chambers begin to hash out differences between their respective health care bills. Democrats were nearly unified in calling for the House to push to include its revenue-raising mechanism -- a surtax on the wealthy -- rather...
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After Years in Guantanamo Prison Without Charge, Future Even More Uncertain for Yemeni Detainees
Although President Obama came into office last year promising to close down the infamous prison camp at Guantanamo, nearly 200 men are still imprisoned there. On Tuesday, Obama noted that the would-be bomber Christmas Day airline bomber had received training in Yemen and emphasized his links to a...
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Monsanto Officer Believes It Is 'on the Verge of a Technology Explosion”
Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed maker, is pinning its hopes on a string of “game-changing” products as its long-time moneyspinner, Roundup weed killer, comes under sustained attack from cheaper generic versions. Hugh Grant, the US company’s Scottish chairman and chief executive, said this week...
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US Senators Defend Pakistan Drone Attacks
ISLAMABAD - U.S. senators on Friday defended American drone aircraft strikes in ally Pakistan, an issue likely to become more volatile if Washington intensifies the attacks to hunt down enemies after the bombing of CIA agents in Afghanistan. Pakistan officially objects to the attacks on suspected...
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Blackwater's Murky Role in Afghanistan
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Green Energy, Military at Odds Over Nevada Land
Even if it didn’t have high-powered weaponry, the Air Force would have to be reckoned with in Nevada. It directly and indirectly employs thousands of state civilians and controls much of the land. But military interests have run smack into those of the nation’s most powerful politicians and the...
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Rights of Hundreds at Bagram Prison Still Denied
WASHINGTON - A US appeals court has appeared reluctant to grant detainees at the Bagram prison in Afghanistan the same rights given in 2008 to prisoners in Guantanamo to be able to challenge their detention in US civilian courts. Judges here were wary of extending three detainees such rights at the...
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Egypt 'Deports Aid Convoy Leader'
George Galloway, the British MP leading the Viva Palestina international aid convoy to the Gaza Strip has been forced to leave Egypt, the group has said on its website. Galloway was apparently picked up by Egyptian officials at the Rafah border crossing on Friday and driven to Cairo where he was...
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Two Blackwater Guards Arrested by FBI on Murder Charges
Two former Blackwater operatives were arrested by US federal agents on murder charges, stemming from their alleged involvement in the shooting deaths of two Afghan civilians in Kabul in May. They have been identified as Justin Cannon, 27, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Christopher Drotleff, 29, of...
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