News for 2010-01-26

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The Value Of Nothing - Raj Patel
"Opening with Oscar Wilde’s observation that “nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing,” Patel shows how our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. He reveals the hidden ecological and social costs of a hamburger (as much as $200), and asks how we...
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US Households Struggle to Afford Food: Survey
WASHINGTON - Nearly one in five U.S. households ran out of money to buy enough food at least once during 2009, said an antihunger group on Tuesday, urging more federal action to help Americans get enough to eat. "There are no hunger-free areas of America," said Jim Weill of the Food Research and...
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Behind Cautious Signal, a Decision for Afghan Peace Talks
KABUL - Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's very cautiously-worded support for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban leadership in an interview published Monday is only the first public signal of a policy decision by the Barack Obama administration to support a political settlement between the Hamid...
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Anti-ACORN Filmmaker Arrested
Federal authorities have arrested four men on felony charges for attempting to infiltrate Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office, including one filmmaker who targeted the community group ACORN last year in undercover videos. Among those arrested was 25-year-old James O'Keefe, the conservative...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Radioactive Racism at Tennessee Nuclear Waste Processing Company
The legal action was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against RACE, which stands for Radiological Assistance, Consulting and Engineering. The company, which processes radioactive waste from hospitals, laboratories and nuclear power plants, was purchased [pdf] in 2006 by...
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Two New Aftershocks Rock Haiti
Port-au-Prince - Two new aftershocks rattled Haiti Tuesday exactly two weeks after a massive quake left 150,000 dead, U.S. officials and witnesses said. The U.S. Geological Survey said a 4.4-magnitude tremor shook the Caribbean nation early Tuesday at 6:16 am (1116 GMT), while AFP journalists and...
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Calif. Governor Looks South of the Border for Prisons
Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that the state could save $1 billion by building and operating prisons in Mexico to house undocumented felons who are currently imprisoned in California. The governor floated the idea during an appearance at the Sacramento Press Club in response...
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Flaws in Iraqi Police Contract Raise Questions About Afghan Effort
In a report that offers lessons for the growing war in Afghanistan, the inspector general overseeing Iraqi reconstruction efforts has found major flaws in the State Department's oversight of a $2.5 billion contract to help build Iraq's police force.
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World's Glaciers Continue to Melt at Historic Rates
Glaciers across the globe are continuing to melt so fast that many will disappear by the middle of this century, the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) said today.
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Straw Ignored Advice That Iraq Invasion Had ‘No Basis’ in Law
Jack Straw brushed aside warnings that the invasion of Iraq had no basis in international law, the inquiry into the conflict has been told. Sir Michael Wood, who was senior legal adviser at the Foreign Office, said he had considered resigning on the eve of the invasion in March 2003 in protest at...
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US Envoy’s Cables Show Concerns on Afghan War Plans
WASHINGTON — The United States ambassador in Kabul warned his superiors here in November that President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan “is not an adequate strategic partner” and “continues to shun responsibility for any sovereign burden,” according to a classified cable that offers a much bleaker...
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From Books to Boot Camp: College Grads Increasingly Joining Military
PLYMOUTH - Though he'd always considered military service, Patrick Logan firmly believed a bachelor's degree was his ticket to middle-class success. A friend enlisted in the Army after high school, Logan said, "because he felt like he didn't have anything else to do.'' Logan was determined to...
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West Urged to Write Off Haiti's $1bn Debt
Jean-Max Bellerive told an emergency meeting of ministers in Montreal, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that the "colossal" effort would take "at least five to 10 years".
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Obama Scoffed at McCain's Spending Freeze Proposal During Campaign
It didn't take long for the critics to come out in force -- and on YouTube -- against the Obama administration's just-leaked plan to propose a three-year freeze in discretionary, "non-security" spending as part of the upcoming budget. Some Democrats scoffed at the idea, calling it the wrong...
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Chief of Staff Draws Fire From Left as Obama Falters
WASHINGTON-President Barack Obama's liberal backers have a long list of grievances. The Guantanamo Bay prison is still open. Health care hasn't been transformed. And Wall Street banks are still paying huge bonuses. But they are directing their anger less at Mr. Obama than at the man who works down...
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Cornell West Asks Obama: How Deep is Your Love for Poor and Working People?
In this video message to the president, the celebrated professor asks, “How deep is your love for poor and working people?” and urges, “Don’t simply be the friendly face of the American empire.”
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