News for 2010-04-12

Monday, April 12, 2010
Tax Day Prompts Rethinking on Climate Policy
It's tax time, and millions of Americans will steel themselves to send Washington more of their hard earned money than they estimated they'd have to. It may feel galling, perhaps because the benefits of our taxes often go unnoticed. We come to expect drivable roads, clean water, responsive police...
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US Ignorance of Afghan Society Led to Botched Raids
WASHINGTON- A Special Operations Forces raid on Feb. 12 on what was supposed to be the compound of a Taliban leader but that killed three women and two Afghan government officials demonstrated a fatal weakness of the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan: after eight years of operating there, the...
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[title] “This Is How These Soldiers Were Trained to Act”–Veteran of Military Unit Involved in 2007 Baghdad Helicopter Shooting Says Incident Is Part of Much Larger Problem
We speak with a former member of Bravo Company 2-16, the military unit involved in the 2007 helicopter shooting of Iraqi civilians that killed twelve people, including two Reuters employees, as seen on the military video released by WikiLeaks. “The natural thing to do would be to instantly judge or...
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Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld Knew They Were Innocent
The inmates at Gitmo were routinely referred to as "the worst of the worst." Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney all knowingly pushed this lie. And it was a lie - because they all knew that the chaotic way in which these terror suspects had been captured had left such esoteric questions as innocence or guilt...
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Guantanamo Detainee Ordered Freed
NEW YORK- After nine years in captivity, a U.S. federal court has ordered the release of a Guantanamo prisoner once described as the "highest-value detainee at the facility" - and set off a firestorm of protest from Republican lawmakers. Federal District Judge James Robertson ruled in Washington, D...
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New Clues Emerge in Post-Katrina Vigilante Shooting at Algiers Point
Three days after Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans into a ghost town, somebody shot Donnell Herrington twice in Algiers Point, ripping a hole in his throat. Herrington, who is African-American, says he was ambushed by a group of armed white men who attacked without warning or provocation. He...
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Contentious Climate Talks End with Deal to Talk, Negotiate More
BONN, Germany — Delegates to the first U.N. climate talks after Copenhagen have agreed to intensify their negotiations on curbing greenhouse gases before this year's decisive ministerial conference in Cancun, Mexico. The agreement — itself a tacit acknowledgment of the slow progress in reaching a...
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'Food Hero' says to Value Soil, Not Oil
GOSHEN - Vandana Shiva was on the fast track for a career as a nuclear physicist in the 1970s, working in an atomic research center in Bombay in her native India. But when her sister, a medical doctor, pointed out Shiva's lack of understanding of nuclear hazards, she planted a seed in Shiva's mind...
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IDF Order Will Enable Mass Deportation from West Bank
A new military order aimed at preventing infiltration will come into force this week, enabling the deportation of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, or their indictment on charges carrying prison terms of up to seven years. When the order comes into effect, tens of thousands of...
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Anti-American Protests Sparked after NATO Forces Open Fire on Cilivian Afghan Bus
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — International troops opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan civilians Monday, killing four people, an Afghan official said, setting off anti-American protests in a key southern city where coalition forces hope to rally the public for a coming offensive against the Taliban.
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The 'Obama Doctrine': Kill, Don't Detain
In 2001, Charles Krauthammer first coined the phrase "Bush Doctrine" , which would later become associated most significantly with the legal anomaly known as pre-emptive strike.
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Confidential Document Reveals Obama's Hardline US Climate Talk Strategy
A document accidentally left on a European hotel computer and passed to the Guardian reveals the US government's increasingly controversial strategy in the global UN climate talks. Titled Strategic communications objectives and dated 11 March 2010, it outlines the key messages that the Obama...
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Bill Moyers Journal: Andrew Bacevich and America's Long War in Afghanistan
Historian, international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich returns to the JOURNAL to discuss America's long war in Afghanistan.
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