News for 2010-05-05

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Dispersant 'May Make Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill More Toxic'
Chemicals used to break up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill before it reaches shore could do lasting damage to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, environmental scientists say. By BP's own account, it has mobilised a third of the world's supply of dispersant, so far pouring about 140,000 gallons (637,...
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Knife-Edge British Poll Goes Down to the Wire
LONDON - Party leaders criss-crossed Britain in a frantic final day of campaigning on Wednesday as they battled to win over undecided voters, before what is expected to be the closest election contest in decades. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, David Cameron of the main opposition Conservatives and...
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Jayati Ghosh on the Restructuring the I.M.F and World Bank
April 29, 2010 - Prof. Jayati Ghosh of Jawahar Lal Nehru University talks about restructring the I.M.F and World Bank in the context of the BRIC and Ibsa Summit of April 2010
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Gulf Oil Spill: First Leak Capped, Says BP
BP has managed to seal the smallest of the three leaks spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the company says. Oil is still gushing into the sea at a rate of about 800,000 litres a day, but officials say working with only two leaks makes tackling the spill easier. Remote-controlled submarines are...
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Netroots Groups Flood White House, FCC With Calls to Reclassify Broadband
Members of grass-roots Internet groups MoveOn and Free Press have flooded the White House and Federal Communications Commission with calls urging the FCC to assert authority over Internet access providers so that it can carry out a net neutrality rule.
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Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! Producers File Lawsuit Over RNC Arrests
Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman along with producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar are filing a federal lawsuit today that challenges the police crackdown on journalists at the Republican National Convention in 2008.
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Lawsuit Challenges Police and Secret Service Crackdown on Journalists Covering Protests at Republican National Convention
ST. PAUL, MN - Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) with co-counsel De Leon & Nestor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, filed a federal lawsuit against the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and officers, the municipalities, the Ramsey County Sheriff and unidentified...
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Disorganization at Banks Causing Mistaken Foreclosures
Millions of homeowners face losing their homes in the continuing foreclosure crisis, but homeowners often have more than the struggling economy and slumping house prices to worry about: Disorganization within the big banks that service mortgages has made a bad problem worse. Sometimes the...
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Nuke-Free Mideast Idea Rises on Global Agenda
UNITED NATIONS - The Middle East, that timeless tinderbox at the core of so much in world affairs, looms as a battleground in the U.N.'s meeting halls this month, as 189 nations debate nuclear proliferation. The idea of establishing the region as a zone free of nuclear weapons, a notion on the back...
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Times Square Terror: Drone Payback?
Faisal Shahzad tried to bomb Times Square as payback for American drone attacks in Pakistan. That's what the New York Post is reporting, at least. The tabloid, relying on anonymous "law-enforcement sources," says that Shahzad was an "eyewitness" to the unmanned " onslaught throughout the eight...
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'Los Suns' Back Latinos in Wake of New Immigration Law
PHOENIX, Arizona - Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, a harsh critic of a new Arizona immigration law, will have his team wear a Latino-supporting "Los Suns" version of its jersey in the NBA playoffs. Sarver said Tuesday that the Suns will wear the jerseys, used twice in regular season games that...
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Obama Biggest Recipient of BP Cash
While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.
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Greek Crisis: Clashes Turn Deadly as Thousands Protest Against Cuts
Protesters set a bank in the Greek capital on fire as scores of demonstrators tried to storm parliament, throwing chunks of marble at police, who responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades. The fire brigade said at least three people had died in the fire. The clashes took place during a...
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Louisiana's Wetlands Were Ravaged Long Before Oil Spill, Says Activist
WHEN TAB Benoit learned the Deep Horizon oil rig had exploded and sunk off the shores of Louisiana, he felt a mixture of anger and deja vu. “Everything we’ve talked about comes true,” sighs Benoit, a well-known Cajun blues singer and environmental activist. Benoit once worked as a pilot flying...
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Frenzy to Protect Shores, Islands From US Oil Slick
VENICE, Louisiana - Emergency crews rushed to protect fragile shorelines and islands as the Gulf of Mexico oil slick expanded, prompting a mobilization of more national guard troops and alerts as far as the Florida Keys. With oil still gushing Wednesday from the ruptured offshore well, volunteers...
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America's Sad Cycle of Drilling and Spilling
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