News for 2010-07-09

Friday, July 9, 2010
Toxic Justice? BP and Bhopal
If you must experience a devastating industrial accident, pray you live in a rich and powerful country. Americans are justifiably angry, but they have 24-hour tar ball removal, a hotline for oiled birds, and a 20 billion dollar compensation fund. In Bhopal, India, tens of thousands were killed 25...
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Haiti Still Suffering Six Months on From Earthquake
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of the British aid charity Mary's Meals, has given the verdict after returning to the shattered Caribbean country. On his first return trip since he went into Port-au-Prince just a few days after the quake in January, Mr MacFarlane-Barrow said he saw little...
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Millions Face Starvation as Niger Prays in Vain for Rain
To the north of Niger, the creeping Sahara; to the south, oil rich and agriculturally lush Nigeria - this nation straddles the Sahel - dry, hot and cruel. It has suffered catastrophic droughts - 1974, 1984 and 2005. And now, another. Five times the size of the United Kingdom, Niger is one of the...
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Outrage in Oakland: Transit Officer Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter–Not Murder–in Killing of Unarmed Oscar Grant
Scores of people were arrested in Oakland, California Thursday night in protests over the verdict in the Oscar Grant shooting. Grant was the unarmed 22-year-old African-American man who was shot dead by Johannes Mehserle, a white transit officer, on an Oakland train platform on New Year's Day, 2009...
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War—What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing, According to Latest Work by San Anselmo Filmmaker
Born in 1914, the first year of World War I, poet William Stafford grew up hearing war horror stories along with the biblical commandment, "Thou shalt not kill." When the U.S. government drafted him into World War II, he felt he could not go and instead became a conscientious objector, one of 12,...
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The Colbert Report: Arturo Rodriguez of the United Farm Workers of America
Arturo Rodriguez invites Americans who think immigrant farm workers are taking away jobs to work in the fields.
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Wealthy Reap Rewards While Those Who Work Lose
BOSTON - Times are tough for workers in the U.S. where a recession has a stranglehold on much of the economy, but life is perfectly rosy for those at the top. The riches of the wealthiest North Americans grew by double digits in 2009, primarily from interest their money earned when it was invested...
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'Brawler' General to Lead Centcom
A US general once criticised for saying it was "fun to shoot some people" has been picked by the Pentagon to replace General David Petraeus as head of the military command overseeing the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. General James Mattis, who currently heads the US Joint Forces Command in the US...
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Court Refuses Stay in Deepwater Drilling Case
NEW ORLEANS/WASHINGTON - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected the Obama administration's request to stay a lower court decision to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the wake of the BP Plc oil spill. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans,...
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US Denies Visa to Colombian Journalist
BOGOTA, Colombia - The U.S. government has denied a visa to a prominent Colombian journalist who specializes in conflict and human rights reporting to attend a prestigious fellowship at Harvard University. Hollman Morris, who produces an independent TV news program called "Contravia," has been...
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