News for 2010-09-07

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Robert Scheer on The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street
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The Peace Procession
After a two year deadlock and 17 years of failure, Washington has relaunched direct peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis. And both parties have agreed to keep talking, in the hope of reaching a final agreement. For some, US renewed sponsorship of direct talks this week is a major...
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In Mich. Cleanup, a Missed Opportunity for Local Workers and Abuse of Undocumented Ones
In July, a 30-inch oil pipeline burst in Battle Creek, Mich., near a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. The cracked pipe leaked an estimated million gallons of oil into the water, and at the time, Enbridge Energy, the Canadian company that owns the pipe, promised a complete cleanup and rigorous...
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Strikes in France, London Foreshadow More Protests
PARIS - French strikers disrupted trains and planes, hospitals and mail delivery Tuesday amid massive street protests over plans to raise the retirement age. Across the English Channel, London subway workers unhappy with staff cuts walked off the job.
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Nobel Laureate Stiglitz Says EU Austerity Is Wrong Bet
BUDAPEST - The European Union will prolong the global downturn if policymakers in the bloc's big economies insist on austerity measures to cut budget deficits, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Tuesday. Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2001, said austerity as...
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First US "Non-combat" Troops Killed in Combat Since "End of Combat Operations" Declared in Iraq
BAGHDAD – Two American soldiers were killed on Tuesday when an Iraqi army comrade opened fire after an argument over a sports match, the first US deaths since Washington declared an end to combat operations here. The shooting, which also left nine American soldiers wounded, happened at the Iraq's...
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Anti-War Groups Battle for Survival
As President Barack Obama formally declared an end to combat operations in Iraq this week, the anti-war movement that helped sweep him into office - and that worked for seven years to bring U.S. troops home - finds itself struggling for survival.
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'Cannibal Cafe' in Berlin a Vegetarian Campaign Hoax
It boasted that it would introduce a new dining movement to Germany, called for diners to donate body parts to be incorporated into the dishes, and even advertised for a surgeon to perform the amputations. But Flime , the Berlin restaurant which was nicknamed the "Cannibal Cafe" and was due to open...
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'Honor' Killing: The Crimewave that Shames the World
It is a tragedy, a horror, a crime against humanity. The details of the murders - of the women beheaded, burned to death, stoned to death, stabbed, electrocuted, strangled and buried alive for the "honor" of their families - are as barbaric as they are shameful. Many women's groups in the Middle...
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South Still Battling to Stop North’s Biopiracy
PARIS - The United Nations declared 2010 the Year of Biodiversity. But 17 years after the Convention on Biological Diversity was adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the issue of biopiracy is still pitching North against South.
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Time Running Out Faster Than Water, Experts Warn
STOCKHOLM - A major week-long international water conference opened in the Swedish capital Monday with an ominous warning: time is running out faster than fresh water. If the "massive and complex challenges" facing one of the world's most finite natural resources are not resolved soon, the future...
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