News for 2010-01-29

Friday, January 29, 2010
Howard Zinn: How I Want to Be Remembered...
The legendary author and activist Howard Zinn passed away this evening at the age of 87. In one of his final interviews , Professor Zinn discussed how he would like to be remembered: for "introducing a different way of thinking about the world," and as "somebody who gave people a feeling of hope...
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US Abortion Doctor's Killer Found Guilty of Murder
A jury in Kansas has rejected a plea by a man who admitted killing an abortion doctor that he acted in defence of the unborn and found him guilty of murder . The jury took just 37 minutes to convict born-again Christian Scott Roeder for shooting George Tiller, 67, in the forehead as he attended...
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Single Payer Docs Arrested Outside Baltimore Hotel While Obama Speaking to Republicans
Two single payer doctors were arrested this morning outside the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel where President Obama was scheduled to speak to a retreat of House Republicans. Dr. Margaret Flowers and Dr. Carol Paris were carrying a sign that said: Just Letting You Know: Medicare for All.
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Democracy Now! Exclusive: Blackwater’s Youngest Victim
Today a Democracy Now! exclusive report from Jeremy Scahill about a nine year old boy, shot in the head and killed by Blackwater in the infamous Nisour Squre massacre. His father, who is suing the private military contractor, provides the most detailed eyewitness account of the massacre to date...
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700,000 Pot Legalization Signatures Filed in California
California appears headed for a rollicking November ballot fight over whether to legalize and tax marijuana cultivation and use for adults 21 years and older. Proponents of the "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010" said Thursday that they had submitted to the state nearly 700,000...
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Iowans Confront the Big Banks
Hundreds of members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) took over the Des Moines offices of Wells Fargo and Bank of America to demand they give back their bonuses to fill gaping state budget shortfalls hurting everyday Iowans, chanting "Bust up big banks!" and "Put the people first!"...
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In Brazil's WSF Many Still Believe Another World Is Possible
Back to its origins, and back to the future (some hope), the World Social Forum is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Porto Alegre, the capital of Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul. This is where the WSF was born.
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EU Farmers Face Genetic Contamination of Seeds
BERLIN - Biodiversity, already decaying fast as a result of climate change and intensive farming, is under further threat by genetic modification (GM) of seeds, says a leading German ecological activist. Genetic modification of seeds is dangerous, "since it is at the beginning of the agricultural...
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Bin Laden Blasts US for Climate Change
CAIRO - Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming, according to a new audiotape released Friday. In the tape, broadcast in part on Al-Jazeera television, bin...
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Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein Respond to Obama’s First State of the Union
President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address Wednesday night. A full two-thirds of the President’s seventy-minute address was devoted to the economy, the central theme of which was job creation. We get response from MIT professor Noam Chomsky and journalist and author Naomi Klein.
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Remember the Illegal Destruction of Iraq?
British political news has been consumed for the last several weeks by a formal inquiry into the illegality and deceit behind Tony Blair's decision to join the U.S. in invading Iraq.
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