News for 2010-01-15

Friday, January 15, 2010
Exiled in South Africa, Arisitide Says He Wants to Return to Haiti to “Help Rebuild the Country, Moving from Misery to Poverty with Dignity”
Ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide spoke out yesterday from exile in South Africa. “We feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death,” Aristide said. “As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any...
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Activists Ask for Peace Dividend
AUGUSTA -- A coalition of activists gathered Thursday in the State House Hall of Flags to call for an end to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a way to help pay for needed state programs. The groups say Maine taxpayers have already spent $2.5 billion on the wars. Their estimate is that Maine makes an...
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Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Turns Up the Heat
If you're not scared as hell you should be. Two days of Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearings have me rattled about how little has changed about our financial system and how much is still at risk. They also have me wondering this: where the hell is the media? For the first day of panels,...
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Massachusetts Vote Could Threaten Health Reform
BOSTON - Voter disenchantment in liberal Massachusetts with President Barack Obama's policies has turned a Senate election into a nail-biter that could imperil U.S. healthcare reform. Democrats envisioned a smooth passing of the baton in the January 19 special election to fill the seat of the late...
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Utah Argues Case to Ban Foreign Nuke Waste
DENVER - In a dispute being watched around the world, a federal appeals court hosted a debate Thursday on who has final say over what goes into a Utah radioactive waste site. At issue is whether EnergySolutions Inc., which operates a radioactive waste landfill in Tooele County, can dispose of waste...
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Obama Aid to Yemen Could Risk Backlash in Arab World
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's decision to boost U.S. aid to Yemen to help the small Arabian Peninsula country fight al Qaida risks tying the U.S. more closely to an autocratic ruler whose repression of economic and political grievances is strengthening the terrorists and pushing his...
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Arctic Permafrost Leaking Methane at Record Levels, Figures Show
Scientists have recorded a massive spike in the amount of a powerful greenhouse gas seeping from Arctic permafrost, in a discovery that highlights the risks of a dangerous climate tipping point. Experts say methane emissions from the Arctic have risen by almost one-third in just five years, and...
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Homeowners Say Banks Not Following Rules for Loan Modifications
Nathan Reynolds is something of an expert on the government's foreclosure prevention program. A mortgage broker who's worked in the Chicago area since 1998, he's seen both his business and his home's value plummet in the past few years. After receiving his own trial loan modification from JPMorgan...
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Wendell Potter: Still Time to Fight for Health Care Reform
Wendell Potter worked for CIGNA health insurers for more than 15 years, including a position as head of communications. He left that job, in a 180-degree switch, to fight for the rights of all Americans to affordable health care. He now serves as Senior Fellow on Health Care at the Center for Media...
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Haiti Streets Blocked With Corpses as Quake Death Toll Mounts
Thousands of people injured in Haiti's massive earthquake spent a third night twisted in pain, lying on sidewalks and waiting for help as their despair turned to anger. "We've been out here waiting for three days and three nights but nothing has been done for us, not even a word of encouragement...
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UN Condemns Land Grabs in Native Territories
UNITED NATIONS - Millions of people around the world who belong to indigenous communities continue to face discrimination and abuse at the hands of authorities and private business concerns, says a new U.N. report released here Thursday. It is happening not only in the developing parts of the world...
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