News for 2010-06-03

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Gulf Oil Spill Likely to Hit U.S. Atlantic Coast This Summer
BOULDER, Colorado - Oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and into the open ocean as early as this summer, according to a detailed computer modeling study released today by the National Center for Atmospheric Research...
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Severe Drought Causes Hunger for 10 Million in West Africa
A severe drought is causing increasing hunger across the Eastern Sahel in west Africa, affecting 10 million people in four countries, aid agencies warned today.
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FCC to Debate Comcast-NBC Merger with Public Forums
Debate over Comcast’s $30 billion bid for NBC Universal heads to Chicago next month, where the Federal Communications Commission plans to hold its first field hearing on the proposed mega-merger. The FCC will announce the July 13 public forum as soon as Thursday afternoon, an agency official told...
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Monsanto’s 475-ton Seed Donation Challenged by Haitian Peasants
WASHINGTON - Advocates for Haitian peasants said a U.S.-based company’s donation of up to 475 tons of hybrid vegetable seeds to aid Haitian farmers will harm the island-nation’s agriculture. The advocates contend the donation is being made in an effort to shift farmer dependence from local seed to...
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Secretive Bilderberg Club Ready for Protests
Splash! Could that be the sound of Lord Mandelson hitting one of the Dolce hotel's four pools? Or Robert Zoellick of the World Bank? Paul Volcker of the US Economic Recovery Advisory Board? Or merely the euro taking another dive? That is the thing about the Bilderberg group's top secret meetings:...
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Ed Koch and Jeremy Scahill Debate Israel's Justification for Attacking Aid Floatilla
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ellsberg says Internet Would Have Eased Publication of Pentagon Papers
Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said Thursday that he would have posted the Pentagon Papers online if the Internet had existed. A Pentagon official during the Nixon administration, Ellsberg became famous in 1971 when he leaked documents explaining U.S. decision-making in Vietnam to 19 newspapers. He...
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Revolving Door: 1,447 Former Government Workers Lobbying For Wall Street
WASHINGTON - The financial services sector has hired 1,447 former government employees to do its bidding as lobbyists since the beginning of 2009, according to the latest report from the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Citizen.
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Turkey Mourns Dead as Controversy Rages; American Teenager Among Slain
ISTANBUL - Funerals were being held in Istanbul on Thursday for the nine pro-Palestinian activists - including a U.S. citizen - who were killed during the Israeli raid on six aid ships trying to break the naval blockade of Gaza. Hundreds of activists who were jailed and then released by Israel also...
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The Strange Case of Peter Erlinder
WASHINGTON - The clients of Peter Erlinder do not generally win popularity contests. From accused cop killers and sex offenders to a suspected Al-Qaida associate, the Twin Cities attorney has spent a career brashly representing outcasts who stir deep public animosities. No apologies given. Now the...
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Is Israel's Blockade Legal
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Is Israel's Blockade Legal
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Is Israel's Blockade Legal
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CIA Drone Operators Oppose Strikes as Helping al Qaeda
WASHINGTON - Some CIA officers involved in the agency's drone strikes program in Pakistan and elsewhere are privately expressing their opposition to the program within the agency, because it is helping al Qaeda and its allies recruit, according to a retired military officer in contact with them.
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Guantanamo Deaths in 2006 Won't Go Away
NEW YORK - A leading good-government group is asking the U.S. Justice Department to disclose details of its investigation into the deaths of three Guantanamo prisoners in 2006. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Wednesday sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to...
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Gaza's Risky Fish Business
Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip extends well beyond its land borders. At sea, fishermen are only allowed to go within 5.5km of the Palestinian territory's coast, hence many sneak into Egyptian waters to fish instead. But by doing so, they put their lives at risk. Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston...
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Ban Ki-moon: Gaza Blockade 'Must be Lifted'
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he considering all the options for an investigation into an Israeli raid aboard a ship carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip that ended in the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian activists. The U.N. chief stepped off a plane from Africa Wednesday and...
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BP Seeks Yet Another Way to Stop Oil Leak as Protests Loom
BP seemed to be getting criticism from every angle as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico entered its 45th day Thursday and every effort to stop the historic flow is still failing. As the oil company was getting increased scrutiny from Congress and President Obama, a grass-roots campaign dubbed...
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George W. Bush Admits Torture, Says He Would 'Do It Again'
George Bush admitted yesterday that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was waterboarded by the US, and said he would do it again "to save lives". "Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," the former president told a business audience in Grand Rapids,...
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