News for 2010-03-24

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
GOP Leaders Match Up Message to Violent Talk
Words matter--and they matter even more when they are violent words. Apparently, GOP leadership agrees. Despite the unwillingness of mainstream media to connect the dots, the base and leadership of the GOP are matching their rhetoric to the disturbing rise of violent talk at Tea Party rallies and...
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Cluster Bombs Banned for UK Armed Forces
British armed forces are being banned from using cluster munitions under a law passed by the House of Commons. The law comes after the UK in 2008 signed an international convention outlawing the weapons - which have maimed and killed thousands of people. The bombs were withdrawn from use by the UK...
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Journalist Allan Nairn Facing Possible Arrest in Indonesia for Exposing US-Backed Forces Assassinated Civilians
In Indonesia, investigative journalist Allan Nairn is facing possible arrest for exposing that US-backed Indonesian armed forces assassinated a series of civilian activists last year. Since Allan Nairn broke the news of the assassination program on Democracy Now! on Friday, the Indonesian press has...
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Severed Gas Line Found at Home of Rep. Perriello Brother After Tea Party Activists Post Address Online
Federal and local authorities are investigating a severed gas line at the home of U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello's brother, discovered the day after Tea Party activists posted the address online so opponents could "drop by" and "express their thanks" for Perriello's vote in favor of health care reform...
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US School Prom Ruling 'Violated Lesbian Student's Rights'
A Mississippi school district violated a lesbian student's rights by banning her from taking her girlfriend to a prom , a federal judge has ruled, but he stopped short of forcing the district to hold the event. US district judge Glen Davidson refused the American Civil Liberties Union's demand to...
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KBR Drops Rape-Case Appeal; Sen. Franken Pleased
WASHINGTON - In a victory for Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, military contractor KBR has decided to drop a Supreme Court appeal in the case of a former company clerk who alleges she was raped by co-workers in Iraq.
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Tough Bill Advances in Arizona on Undocumented Immigrants
LOS ANGELES - The Arizona Legislature gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a proposal that would allow the police to arrest illegal immigrants on trespassing charges simply for being in the state. The provision, which opponents and proponents call a first in the nation, is part of a wide-ranging...
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The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty
From the Monday, May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Right's Conspiracy Theory Attack on Frances Fox Piven
Sociologist Frances Fox Piven often gets requests from students who want to interview her about her political theories and activism. So when Kyle Olson phoned her in January, told her he was a college student in Michigan, and asked if he could videotape an interview with her about her recent book...
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Indonesian Army Threatens to Arrest US Journalist Over Assassinations Report; Assassination Interview Censored
In response to my report revealing their assassinations of political activists ( see posting of March 21, 2010 ), the US-backed Indonesian armed forces (TNI) are threatening to have me arrested, presumably on criminal defamation charges. (See Markus Junianto Sihaloho & Nurdin Hasan, Jakarta...
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Diocese Penalizes Homeless Aid Group for Backing Same-Sex Marriage
PORTLAND, Maine - A social service agency's support for same-sex marriage has cost it local and national funding from the Catholic Church's anti-poverty program. Preble Street's Homeless Voices for Justice program has lost $17,400 this year and will lose $33,000 that it expected for its next fiscal...
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First Nations, Environmental Coalition Vow to Fight Tar Sands Pipeline
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Dozens of orcas, hundreds of thousands of seabirds and millions of salmon were wiped out when the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled 40 million litres of crude oil into Alaskan waters. Twenty-one years later, a coalition of British Columbia First Nations says such a disaster can...
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The Key to Solving the Energy Crisis: A Leaf?
Professor Nate Lewis is working on a process to mimic photosynthesis and create a fuel that provides energy in a convenient form.
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Legality of US Drones Questioned
Missiles fired from US drones killed at least six people on Tuesday in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, according to security officials. It's the latest in a wave of attacks that have been used to target alleged enemy combatants but which frequently kill innocent civilians.
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