News for 2010-06-25

Friday, June 25, 2010
BP Accused of Killing Endangered Sea Turtles in Cleanup Operation
Conservationists and wildlife experts have accused BP of indiscriminately burning alive endangered sea turtles and other marine creatures in 500 sq mile "burn fields", as it tries to dispose of oil from its leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
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UN Rights Chief says Torturers Will Face Justice
GENEVA – UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Friday warned torturers that they could not escape justice even if they might benefit from short term impunity. "Torturers, and their superiors, need to hear the following message loud and clear: however powerful you are today, there is a strong chance...
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Media Missing the McChrystal Point
NEW YORK - The media firestorm over the Rolling Stone profile ( 6/22/10 ) of General Stanley McChrystal mostly missed the real point of the article, which was a damning portrait of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
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How Many Americans are Targeted for Assassination?
When The Washington Post 's Dana Priest first revealed (in passing) back in January that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens targeted for assassination, she wrote that "as of several months ago, the CIA list included three U.S.
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Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings: I'm a Journalist, "Not a Stenographer"
The Rolling Stone correspondent whose profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal upended America's Afghan war leadership says that soldiers on the ground are happy that the brash and sometimes reckless general was ousted by President Obama .
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Republicans Disdainful of Unemployed Americans
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Youth on Frontlines of Green Justice Struggles
DETROIT - The committed determination of young people in the environmental justice movement is emerging as a highlight of the 2010 U.S. Social Forum, which opened in Detroit this week with some 20,000 activists meeting in 'Motor City' to network and share their visions for social change. On...
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For Clean Campaigns: DISCLOSE and Amend
As promised in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's January misruling in the case of Citizens United v.
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Obama Losing Hill Liberals on War
As President Barack Obama reaffirms his Afghanistan policy, he’s also emboldening critics in Congress who think he should use a shakeup in commanding generals to change the course of what they believe is an intractable war.
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Wall Street Smiles as Softened Financial Reform Bill Passes
After nearly 20 hours over two final days filled with backroom dealing, House and Senate negotiators struck a grand compromise to merge the two chambers' competing bills to reform the nation's financial system in a party-line vote.
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'Fortress Toronto' Set for G20
The Canadian city of Toronto has launched a massive security operation as it prepares to host the G20 summit of leaders of the world's largest economies. Thousands of police are being deployed for the summit with many residents questioning the estimated $1bn cost of the operation. Al Jazeera's...
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Police Granted 'Special Powers' to Guard 'Fortress Toronto'
TORONTO - Police forces in charge of security for the G20 in Toronto have been granted special powers for the duration of the summit. The new powers took effect Monday and apply only along the border of the G20 security fence that encircles a portion of the downtown core. This so-called red zone...
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Canada Flunks on Indigenous Rights, Protesters Say
TORONTO - Canada was given a failing grade on aboriginal human rights by First Nations groups protesting the G8/G20 economic summits. “Canada has failed,” said Cathryn Mandoka, 59, of the Stoney Point First Nation near Sarnia. “Canada gets an F.”
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