News for 2010-08-14

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Why Petraeus Can't Make The Sale
As Gen. David Petraeus kicks off an extended media blitz intended to make Americans feel better about the war in Afghanistan -- or at least give him some more time to fight it -- he faces a foe more implacable than al Qaeda, or even the Taliban: Reality.
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US Cities Face Up to Massive Cuts
PHILADELPHIA - Flanked by two silver balloons bearing the words "I love you‚" and a forlorn blue cuddly toy, the face of 12-year-old Frank Marasco smiles out from a collage of pictures assembled by shocked neighbours on the veranda of his burned-out home.
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20 Million Made Homeless in Pakistan by Floods; Cholera Outbreak Feared
Pakistan's government has compared the impact of the country's devastating floods to the country's partition from India as it revealed more than 20 million people had been made homeless by the disaster. The prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, said the country faced challenges similar to those...
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US Appeals Court Rules Against ACORN
NEW YORK - A federal appeals court yesterday threw out a decision that had barred Congress from withholding funds from ACORN, the activist group ruined by scandal and financial woes. The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan reversed a decision by a district court...
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Obama Endorses Mosque Plan Near Ground Zero
WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama has waded into a bitter controversy over a plan by Muslims to build a mosque just blocks from Ground Zero, endorsing the project on religious freedom grounds. "As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their...
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Afghanistan Prepares for Bagram 2.0
In the summer of 2009, an extraordinary meeting took place in Kabul, the Afghan capital. On one side of the room sat Anthony Lieto, a retired American army colonel who had helped to oversee sweeping reforms in US detention policy in Iraq. Opposite him were two senior figures from the former Taliban...
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WikiLeaks says It Won't be Threatened by Pentagon
STOCKHOLM — WikiLeaks will publish its remaining 15,000 Afghan war documents within a month, despite warnings from the U.S. government, the organization's founder said Saturday. The Pentagon has said that secret information will be even more damaging to security and risk more lives than WikiLeaks'...
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Activists Pressure Google on Net Neutrality
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - A protest organized by MoveOn.org, Free Press and other advocacy groups angered by Google 's recently proposed rules on governing Internet access drew about 70 activists to the online giant's Mountain View headquarters on Friday.
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