News for 2010-08-27

Friday, August 27, 2010
Chilcot Inquiry Accused of Fixating on West and Ignoring Real Victims
The Chilcot inquiry has "fixated" on decision-making in Whitehall and Washington, obsessed over the ''war at home" and given "derisory" attention to the plight of the main victims, the Iraq Body Count (IBC) claims today.
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Study of Coal Ash Sites Finds Extensive Water Contamination
WASHINGTON — A study released on Thursday finds that 39 sites in 21 states where coal-fired power plants dump their coal ash are contaminating water with toxic metals such as arsenic and other pollutants, and that the problem is more extensive than previously estimated.
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I Have a Scheme
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Obama Resists Pressure for Red Line on Iran's Nuclear Capability
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's refusal in a White House briefing earlier this month to announce a "red line" in regard to the Iran nuclear programme represented another in a series of rebuffs of pressure from Defence Secretary Robert Gates for statement that the United States will not accept...
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Ninth Circuit: The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves (without a Warrant)
Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no...
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Protecting New Orleans From the Privatizers
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UN Security Council Urges Justice for Congo Rape Victims
UNITED NATIONS – An outraged UN Security Council called Thursday on the Democratic Republic of Congo to find and punish those behind a horrific mass rape in the war-torn east of the country. The United Nations on Monday reported that at least 179 women and children had been raped between July 30...
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Is Fracking Even Worse Than Drilling?
NEW YORK - With cleanup of the Gulf of Mexico barely underway, energy companies are already assuming a crouching stance in anticipation of a no-holds-barred attack by environmentalists on what the industry says is the next major breakthrough in natural resource extraction. The breakthrough is...
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Climate-Related Security Predictions Coming True in Pakistan
WASHINGTON - Analysts have been warning for several years that the impacts of climate change directly relate to the national security of the U.S. and other countries, but the link has never been so clear as it is today in northwest Pakistan. The security implications of climate change first got...
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