News for 2010-07-28

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
UN Declares Water, Sanitation as Human Rights
Access to clean water and sanitation was declared a human right Wednesday after a vote aimed at helping the world's neediest, passed unanimously at the United Nations. Although the motion passed with 124 countries voting in favour of the resolution drafted by Bolivia, Canada was among the 41...
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US Judge Blocks Key Parts of Arizona Immigration Law
PHOENIX - A U.S. judge on Wednesday blocked key parts of Arizona's tough new immigration law, granting the Obama administration's request for an injunction on grounds that immigration matters are the federal government's responsibility. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton agreed to an injunction on...
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Maude Barlow: Running out of Water
Despite what you learned in science class in school, Maude Barlow says, it is in fact possible for the Earth to be running out of water. Pollution and population are on the rise, and corporations encroach on the water rights of people around the world, fencing off and bottling up a natural resource...
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Floods Trap 30,000 in China's Northeast
BEIJING - More than 30,000 people are thought to be trapped by floodwaters in a town in northeast China, state media said Wednesday, as torrential rain that has killed over 300 in two weeks continues. China is struggling with its worst flooding in a decade that has left 1,405 dead or missing since...
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'Sacrificed Its Soul at the Altar of Capitalism': The US Town That Outsourced Everything
MAYWOOD, California -- When two uniformed police officers approached Hector Hernandez as he arrived at the City of Maywood's official Fourth of July celebrations, he feared the worst. The stocky 22-year-old - whose neck tattoo of a Playboy bunny indicates membership of one of the area's notorious...
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'Leaked Afghan Files Hid a Losing War, Not Military Secrets'
The Pentagon's hunting for the sources behind the biggest leak in U.S. military history. The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks published some ninety thousand classified documents exposing cover-ups over the war in Afghanistan. Phyllis Bennis from the Washington Institute for Policy Studies provides...
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US Hunts Afghan War Files Leaker
The US Defense department has launched an investigation to identify who leaked tens of thousands of classified documents on the war in Afghanistan to a whistleblower website. Officials said on Monday that whoever handed over the about 91,000 documents to Wikileaks appeared to have security...
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Republicans Thwart New Campaign Finance Disclosure Rules As DISCLOSE Act Fails Procedural Vote in Senate
Senate Republicans today blocked legislation calling for new disclosure rules for campaign advertisements.
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Pipeline Leaks, Over 800,000 Gallons of Oil Spew in Michigan
Environmental experts say it's too soon to know the full extent of the damage caused by this week's spill of an estimated 819,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River watershed in Calhoun County. However, one thing is clear: The area's environment will feel the effects of the spill for...
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