News for 2010-04-19

Monday, April 19, 2010
Blackwater Indictments Are Like Al Capone Going Down for Tax Evasion
From the first days of the launch of the so-called "war on terror," Blackwater has been at the epicenter of some of the most secretive operations conducted by US forces globally. It has worked on government assassination programs and drone bombings, operated covertly in Pakistan for both the CIA...
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The Cochabamba Water Wars: Marcela Olivera Reflects on the Tenth Anniversary of the Popular Uprising Against Bechtel and the Privatization of the City’s Water Supply
Ten years ago this month, the Bolivian city of Cochabamba was at the center of an epic fight over one of the city's most vital natural resources: its own water. The Water Wars occurred just months after the Battle of Seattle. The uprising against Bechtel on the streets of Cochabamba was seen as the...
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Honduran Truth Commission Under Fire from All Sides
TEGUCIGALPA - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to investigate the June 2009 coup that ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya will begin its work in May under the sceptical watch of a wide range of observers, from human rights organisations to right-wing political sectors.
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Al-Qaida Kingpins in Iraq Killed Amid Continuing Impasse over Elections
Al-Qaida 's two most senior leaders in Iraq have been hunted down and killed, it was announced on Monday, a development hailed by US vice president Joe Biden as a potentially "devastating" blow to the terrorist organisation.
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Sanders: Congress Must Make Real Changes on Wall Street
WASHINGTON - With the Senate slated soon to begin debate on a financial overhaul bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that reform legislation must fundamentally change the way that Wall Street works. "Disgust at Wall Street is profound. The American people want us to change in a very...
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Food Aid Shortfall Threatens Yemen
At a UN-sponsored distribution centre in Thulla, a picturesque but dirt poor village 50km north-west of Sanaa, 30-year-old Jamila Ali al-Mohn gathered with a few dozen pregnant women and young mothers to collect a two-month support bag of grain, oil, sugar and salt. The distribution of such food...
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European Activists Against Economic Growth
BERLIN - The global environmental crisis requires replacing the existing capitalist model of production with one that promotes "selective degrowth" of the economy and the restricted and responsible exploitation of natural resources, according to European experts and activists.
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Sunnis said Tortured in Secret Iraq Prison
BAGHDAD -- Sunni Muslims, many of them arrested with no warrant, were tortured in a secret Iraqi prison that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has shut down, officials said.
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Gun Rights Groups, Right Wingers Battle Each Other In DC
Gun rights groups are gathering in Washington today to call for increased access to firearms, and the right to pack heat everywhere. But before they make their stand, they have work out an internal struggle playing itself out throughout the city. Two groups of pro-gun activists are gathering in...
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The Fall Of Goldman Sachs?
The last 72 hours have left Goldman Sachs with a shattered reputation among the people who matter to them, their customers and the politicians they have courted. The SEC’s civil fraud suit over one of their synthetic CDO deals is bad enough, but it’s just getting worse and worse for them.
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Environmentalists to Be Honored with Goldman Prizes
Six people from around the world will be honored tonight at the San Francisco Opera House for their grassroots work to protect the environment. The Goldman Environmental Prize has been awarded each year since 1990 to "women and men from isolated villages or inner cities who chose to take great...
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Ash Cloud’s Silver Lining Is Leisure Time
LONDON — There is nothing like a huge cloud of volcanic ash grounding flights all across Europe to make this galloping, globalized world feel more intimate, slower and smaller. To be sure, there has been stress and anxiety aplenty as hundreds of thousands of travelers here found themselves stranded...
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Bolivia Climate Change Talks to Give Poor a Voice
Rafael Quispe is gearing up for his trip. He packs a small leather bag, puts on his black poncho, an alpaca scarf sporting the rainbow-coloured, chequered Andean indigenous flag and his black hat. "This will be an important gathering, a very important gathering. It is about saving our Mother Earth...
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Ninety-Four Percent of Kandaharis Want Peace Talks, Not War
WASHINGTON - An opinion survey of Afghanistan's Kandahar province funded by the U.S. Army has revealed that 94 percent of respondents support negotiating with the Taliban over military confrontation with the insurgent group and 85 percent regard the Taliban as "our Afghan brothers".
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Moyers on the Cost of Wars
In his closing essay this week Bill Moyers talks about Binghamton, New York's Mayor Matt Ryan and his effort to make manifest the costs of war to his town and its citizens. The mayor has installed a "cost of war" clock that keeps a running tab of how much in tax dollars Binghamton citizens...
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