News for 2010-04-28

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
ACLU to Obama: ‘Entire World is Not a War Zone’
The American Civil Liberties Union has sent a strongly-worded letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to end an alleged program that allows 'targeted killings' of terror suspects outside of war zones.
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US to Face Litany of Complaints at UN Human Rights Council
NEW YORK - Human rights groups are telling the United Nations that the United States is failing to hold corporations, including private government contractors, accountable for human rights abuses ranging from human trafficking to murder.
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Palestinian Village Inspires Popular Movement
Every Friday for five years, Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists protest the annexation of the lands of the Bil'in village by Israel's segregation wall. Their grassroots effort won them a major victory in Israeli courts in 2007. Now, at the fifth Bil'in conference, Palestinian Prime...
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Protests Mount Against Immigrant Crackdown
NEW YORK - Three civil rights organisations are suing the U.S. government to obtain records related to a little-known programme known as "Secure Communities" that further involves local and state police in federal immigration enforcement. The National Day Labourer Organising Network (NDLON), the...
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Interior Secretary Approves Cape Wind, Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm
In a groundbreaking decision that some say will usher in a new era of clean energy, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today he had approved the nation's first offshore wind farm, the controversial Cape Wind project off of Cape Cod.
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Economic and Corporate Powers Call for Hike in Global Water Price
Major economies are pushing for substantial increases in the price of water around the world as concern mounts about dwindling supplies and rising population .
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Organic, Small Farmers Fret over FDA Regulation
WASHINGTON - Small farmers in California who have led a national movement away from industrial agriculture face a looming crackdown on food safety that they say is geared to big corporate farms and will make it harder for them to survive. The small growers, many of whom grow dozens of different...
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Leaving 'Oil in the Soil': Ecuadoran President Confirms Deal to Leave Oil Under Yasuni Park
QUITO, Ecuador - President Raphael Correa now has approved an agreement to leave Ecuador's largest oil reserves, amounting to some 900 million barrels, underground in Yasuni National Park in exchange for more than $3 billion. Under the unprecedented agreement, known as the Yasuni-ITT Initiative,...
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Iraqis Tortured at Secret Baghdad Prison, says Watchdog
Iraqis held at a secret prison in Baghdad were routinely tortured using whips, electric shocks and rape, according to an investigation by Human Rights Watch.
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Oklahoma Enacts Tough Abortion Laws Requiring Ultrasounds
CHICAGO — Oklahoma lawmakers overrode their governor's veto Tuesday to enact tough abortion laws that force women to undergo invasive ultrasounds and allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects. Even women who are victims of rape or incest will be required to listen to a detailed...
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Student Puts the Spotlight on Red Cross' Spending in Haiti
Fred Sajous, a Haitian earthquake survivor armed with a video camera and a cause, is a man on a mission: to figure out how the American Red Cross spent the $430 million it raised for the disaster. The former Broward Community College student visited the tent city across the street from the American...
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USCG May Ignite Oil Slick to Prevent Unparalleled Destruction
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – US officials may attempt a controlled burn of a spreading oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday to protect coastlines, as the coast guard warned the deadly disaster could become one of the worst spills in US history.
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Who Wants to Beat a Millionaire
Even though the Senate is too paralyzed by partisan politics to impact the financial crisis, it can still express good old-fashioned impotent rage.
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