News for 2010-07-27

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
House Votes to Fund Obama's War Surge
WASHINGTON - Months behind schedule and stripped of money for domestic stimulus programs, legislation to fund the troop surge in Afghanistan was sent to President Barack Obama on Tuesday after disgruntled Democrats failed to block it.
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Susan Shaw: The Oil Spill's Toxic Trade-Off
Break down the oil slick, keep it off the shores: that's grounds for pumping toxic dispersant into the Gulf, say clean-up overseers. Susan Shaw shows evidence it's sparing some beaches only at devastating cost to the health of the deep sea. Susan Shaw is an internationally recognized marine...
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New Oil Leak Reported as Barge Crashes Into Oil Well in Gulf of Mexico
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - The US Coast Guard dispatched emergency teams Tuesday after a boat crashed into an oil well off the coast of New Orleans, reportedly sending crude spewing some 20 feet into the air. The wellhead, located about 65 miles (104 kilometers) south of New Orleans, was ruptured...
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Ahmadinejad Says Expects US to Attack MidEast Soon
TEHRAN - Iran expects the United States to launch a military strike on "at least two countries" in the Middle East in the next three months, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told state-run Press TV. In an interview recorded on Monday, Ahmadinejad did not specify whether he thought Iran itself...
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War Bill Could Be Stopped Today With 144 Votes
Antiwar Democrats have a rare opportunity to knock down a war funding bill, just days after Wikileaks released more than 90,000 documents confirming their worst fears about the direction of the conflict. The House is bringing the bill up under a suspension of the rules, which require a two-thirds...
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Greenpeace Closes BP Stations Across London
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US Delays Decision on Tarsands Pipeline
The U.S. State Department has bowed to pressure from environmental and political lobbies, giving federal agencies until the end of the year to decide if a massive bitumen pipeline from Canada is in the national interest. TransCanada Corp.' s contentious Keystone XL project has been challenged by...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wikileaks: Leaked Reports Make Afghan War Policy More Vulnerable
The 92,000 reports on the war in Afghanistan made public by the whistleblower organisation WikiLeaks, and reported Monday by the Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel, offer no major revelations that are entirely new, as did the Pentagon Papers to which they are inevitably being compared.
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British PM Calls Gaza 'Prison Camp'
ANKARA - British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday urged Israel to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, slamming the current state of the Palestinian enclave as a "prison camp." "Let me be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change . . . Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison...
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PR, Not Safety First for BP?
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UN to Vote on Right to Water
A United Nations vote to recognize water as a basic human right is a “historic” chance for the global community to ease human suffering, according to a Canadian activist in the thick of a last-ditch lobbying effort. “We’re running out of water and the crisis is getting worse,” Maude Barlow said...
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Greenpeace Activists Close Down BP Stations in London
BP filling stations across London have been shut down by activists. Environmental group Greenpeace said it had cut fuel supplies to all 50 BP stations in the city. The oil firm said 35 had been shut but 18 have now re-opened. The protesters stopped the fuel by removing safety switches on forecourts...
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US 'Fails to Account' for Iraq Reconstruction Billions
A US federal watchdog has criticized the US military for failing to account properly for billions of dollars it received to help rebuild Iraq. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction says the US Department of Defense is unable to account properly for 96% of the money. Out of just over...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Daniel Ellsberg Describes Afghan War Logs as On a Par with 'Pentagon Papers'
Daniel Ellsberg, a former US military analyst, has described the disclosure of the Afghan war logs as on the scale of his leaking of the "Pentagon Papers" in 1971 revealing how the US public was misled about the Vietnam war. "An outrageous escalation of the war is taking place," he said. "Look at...
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