News for 2010-03-22

Monday, March 22, 2010
Unclean Water Claims More Lives Than War
NEW YORK - Unsafe water kills more people than war plus all other forms of violence combined, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message to the world today, designated as World Water Day. The 2010 World Water Day theme is Clean Water for a Healthy World, but every day two...
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Obama Takes Healthcare Reforms on the Road
Barack Obama is set to sign his sweeping overhaul of US healthcare into law at a highly publicised ceremony at the White House tomorrow before embarking on a series of trips across the country to sell a policy that could make or break the Democrats. After the late-night drama on Sunday that saw the...
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Education Scholar Diane Ravitch on 'The Death and Life of the Great American School System'
Diane Ravitch is a former Assistant Secretary of Education and counselor to Education Secretary Lamar Alexander under President George H.W. Bush and was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board under President Clinton. She is the author of over twenty books, is research professor of...
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Whole Foods, United Natural Foods Muscle Suppliers to Boycott Consumer Group
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) carries a big public interest stick. It can mobilize the 850,000 people in its network to pressure corporations and governments. The goal – clean, safe, organic foods and products for America. One way that OCA raises money – it charges for ads on the group’s...
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Clinton Urges Israel to Make Difficult Choices for Peace, Promises 'Rock Solid' Support
WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Israel on Monday to make "difficult but necessary choices" for Middle East peace but promised her "rock solid" support for its security. In an address to be delivered later in the day to the annual policy conference in Washington of the...
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More Than 50 Million Hit by Drought in South of China
China was ravaged by extreme forces of nature as the country’s south wrestled with the worst drought in decades that has brought hardship to 51 million people, while a powerful sandstorm in the north turned Beijing’s sky orange. The drought in the provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, and Sichuan, as well...
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Indonesian Army Implicated in New Assassinations; Forces Receiving US Aid Ran '09 Activist Murders
According to senior Indonesian officials and police and details from government files, the US-backed Indonesian armed forces (TNI), now due for fresh American aid, assassinated a series of civilian activists during 2009. The killings were part of a secret government program, authorized from Jakarta...
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'While I Think It's a Cruddy Bill, at Least It Is a Start'
It may be a "cruddy" bill, but it's better than nothing. That was the view from the trenches of America's health service yesterday, as doctors and patients tried to size up the potential impact of the landmark vote on their troubled industry. At St Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California, 2,500...
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Besieged Gaza Denied Water
Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has brought immense sufferings to Palestinians living in the coastal territory. The siege even impedes the supply of water, the most basic need for human survival. Now - 80 per cent of Gazans lack access to clean water. The head of Gaza's water authority says he...
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Bagram Prison in Afghanistan May Become the New Guantánamo
The American detention centre at Bagram in Afghanistan could be expanded into a Guantánamo-style prison for terrorist suspects detained around the world. This is one of the options being considered as US officials try to find an alternative to Guantánamo Bay, which President Obama promised to close...
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Massive Change in US Student Loans Slipped in to Bill
The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Sunday approved President Barack Obama’s bid to implement what would be the biggest overhaul in decades of the federal student loan program. Under the legislation, federal subsidies to private student loan lenders would stop and the government’s role...
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Republican Lawmakers Stir Up the 'Tea Party' Crowd
The journey to health-care reform has been long and gruesome, so it's only fitting that on the day when it would finally pass, Republican members of Congress stood on the balcony of the people's House and stirred an unruly crowd. As lawmakers debated their way to a vote on the legislation, dozens...
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