News for 2010-02-22

Monday, February 22, 2010
Gov't Sued Over Cell Phone Tracking
NEW YORK - If you are a U.S. resident who owns a cell phone, you should care about the outcome of a court case that "could well decide whether the government can use your cell phone to track you - even if it hasn't shown probable cause to believe it will turn up evidence of a crime." That was the...
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US Lawmakers Push to Phase Out Wartime Contractors
WASHINGTON - Two lawmakers announced legislation Monday that would force the United States to phase out its controversial use of private security contractors in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan. Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders said they planned to...
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Group Wants Courts to Play ‘Keep Away’ from Torture Lawyers
Critics are working to disbar Bush administration "torture architects" from practicing law in courts again, and if that doesn't work they're enlisting attorneys to move to disqualify them as judges.
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Peter Hallward on 'Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment'
Haitian President René Préval said Sunday that the death toll from the earthquake could reach 300,000 once all the bodies are recovered from the rubble. We speak to Peter Hallward, professor of Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University. “Unless prevented by renewed popular mobilisation in...
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Campaign on Tar Sands Extraction Targets Oil Investors
Campaigners against the extraction of oil from tar sands are encouraging people to lobby their pension schemes if they hold shares in Shell or BP. Both firms face resolutions at their shareholder AGMs, questioning their involvement in the business. The website of Fairpensions lets people send an e-...
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AIDS: Is the End in Sight?
Testing everyone at risk of HIV and treating them with anti-retroviral drugs could eradicate the global epidemic within 40 years, according to the scientist at the centre of a radical new approach to fighting Aids. An aggressive programme of prescribing anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to every...
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Obama Health Care Plan Drops Public Option
Despite the recent surge of support in the Senate for a government-run health insurance option, President Obama chose not to include one of the most popular elements of reform in the plan he is presenting to a bipartisan group of lawmakers Thursday.
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Obama’s New Health Insurance Rate Authority: New Policy Or Just More Cynical Politics?
This morning, Obama released his new health care reform plan . It was a series a changes to the Senate health care bill. One was the addition of a new Health Insurance Rate Authority. It was an idea recently introduced by Dianne Feinstein . Can this new authority become law or is it just a cynical...
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Immigration Reform Advocates Losing Patience with Obama
Subhash Kateel thinks impatience with President Obama's immigration agenda has begun to boil over. An immigrant advocate in Florida, Kateel says there is a potent mix of frustration and disappointment percolating through immigrant communities nationwide.
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Mixed Blessing: Credit Card Reform May Shock Some
Your next credit card statement is going to contain an ugly truth: how much that card really costs to use. Now, thanks to a long-awaited law that goes into effect Monday, you'll know that if you pay the minimum on a $3,000 balance with a 14 percent interest rate, it could take you 10 years to pay...
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Unions and Liberal Groups Blast Reid’s $15 Billion Jobs Bill as 'Puny'
Unions and liberal groups have dismissed Sen. Harry Reid's $15 billion jobs bill as "puny" while calling for larger stimulus measures. More than two dozen organizations, including the AFL-CIO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP) and National Council of La Raza,...
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Acidified Landscape Foretells Grim Future for Coral Reefs
Huge vents covering the sea-floor - among the strangest and most spectacular sights in nature - pour carbon dioxide and other gases into the deep waters of the oceans .
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Poland Admits Role in CIA Rendition Program
The Polish authorities have for the first time admitted their involvement in the CIA's secret programme for the rendition of high-level terrorist suspects from Iraq and Afghanistan, it emerged today. After years of stonewalling, Warsaw's air control service confirmed that at least six CIA flights...
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West Bank Village Under Threat
An Israeli court will soon decide on the demolition order of Khan al-Ahmar - a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank - so that Israeli homes can be built in its place. Regavim, a rightist settler group, is lobbying for the move, which would make about about 100 families homeless. Israeli...
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Civilian Deaths Continue Unabated in Afghanistan
NATO forces in southern Afghanistan bombed a civilian convoy, killing 27 people including women and children and injuring many more, Afghan officials said. The airstrike in a remote part of Oruzgan province yesterday capped a bloody week for Afghan civilians that has seen some 60 innocent people...
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