News for 2010-04-21

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Awarding of Brazilian Dam Contract Prompts Warning of Bloodshed
Indigenous leaders in Brazil are warning of imminent violence after a successful tender for the rights to construct a giant hydro-electric plant in the Brazilian Amazon which opponents claim will wreak havoc on the rainforest and its inhabitants .
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Senators Introduce 'Too Big To Fail' Amendment
In a conference call with reporters, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Ted Kaufman (D-DE) introduced a bill, The Safe Banking Act of 2010, which would mandate hard leverage and size caps on financial institutions and force the breakup of many of the largest mega-banks. The duo planned to introduce...
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Pakistan Holding Thousands in Indefinite Detention, Officials say
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN -- The Pakistani military is holding thousands of suspected militants in indefinite detention, arguing that the nation's dysfunctional civilian justice system cannot be trusted to prevent them from walking free, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials. The majority of the...
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NATO Admits Shooting Victims Were 4 Afghan Civilians Not 'Known Insurgents'
KABUL - NATO acknowledged Wednesday that four unarmed Afghans who were killed this week when a military convoy opened fire on their vehicle were all civilians, correcting an earlier claim that two of the dead were "known insurgents." The shooting Monday night in Khost province sparked an immediate...
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The Yes Men: Run for Your Life
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'Toxic Stew' of Chemicals Causing Male Fish to Carry Eggs in Testes
More than 80% of the male bass fish in Washington's major river are now exhibiting female traits such as egg production because of a "toxic stew" of pollutants, scientists and campaigners reported yesterday. Intersex fish probably result from drugs , such as the contraceptive pill, and other...
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The 'Rachel Corrie' Ship to Try to Breach Gaza Blockade Next Month
A coalition of left-wing groups are planning on trying to reach the port of Gaza next month with eight ships containing goods and 600 passengers, including journalists, an umbrella association of the groups said. The flagship, which is to depart from the port of Dundalk, Ireland, is an old...
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Democrats Haunted by Corporate Ties
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are promising a climactic clash with Wall Street, but there's a complication in their battle plan: The Democratic Party is closer to corporate America - and to Wall Street in particular - than many Democrats would care to admit. Former White House...
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US Oil Rig Explosion Injures Workers
At least 11 people are missing and seven injured after an explosion and fire at an oil drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana. The explosion happened last night at the rig, which is 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, while 126 workers were aboard, said coast guard senior chief petty...
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Former Miner Details Dangers of Massey Mines
Beckley, W.Va. - As lawmakers mull better ways to prevent mining accidents following this month's deadly blast in Southern West Virginia, one long-time veteran of the Appalachian mines has a suggestion: Break down these criminal enterprises like Massey Energy," said Chuck Nelson, who worked for...
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Morales: 'The Central Enemy of Mother Earth is Capitalism'
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia - Bolivian President Evo Morales said capitalism is to blame for global warming and the accelerated deterioration of the planetary ecosystem in a speech today opening an international conference on climate change and the "rights of Mother Earth." More than 20,000 indigenous,...
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New Arizona Motto: 'Papers Please'?
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