News for 2010-09-08

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
[title] Jeremy Rifkin: The Empathic Civilization
Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
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Land Grabs in Poor Countries Set to Increase
PARIS - After weeks of rumors sparked by the leaking of a draft World Bank position paper on so-called land grabs in poor countries, the international financial institution has officially released its report on the surge in farmland purchases and leasing which have elicited controversy for over two...
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During War There Are No Civilians
"During War there are no civilians," that's what "Yossi," an Israeli military (IDF) training unit leader simply stated during a round of questioning on day two of the Rachel Corrie trials, held in Haifa's District Court earlier this week. "When you write a [protocol] manual, that manual is for war...
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A New Way Forward: Rethinking US Strategy in Afghanistan
For much of the last year, a group of policy experts, scholars and practitioners have been meeting to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, with the hope of of charting a "New Way Forward," for America's longest war.
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US Religious Leaders Condemn Growing Islamophobia
WASHINGTON - Leaders of some three dozen mainstream U.S. religious denominations Tuesday condemned what many commentators have called a rising tide of Islamophobia touched off by the recent controversy over the construction of a Muslim community centre in Lower Manhattan, two blocks from the site...
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Lawsuit Targets US Searches of Global Travelers’ Devices
NEW YORK - Civil rights lawyers sued the government yesterday to stop authorities from snooping in the laptops, cellphones, and cameras of international travelers without probable cause. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Brooklyn against the Department of Homeland Security and US...
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Shadow Spy Plane Company Releases Unmanned, Video-Controlled Sea Vessel
AAI Corp. of Hunt Valley has developed an unmanned surface vessel that can send devices deep into the ocean to detect mines and other threats. The company, a division of Textron Inc., hopes the Navy will choose the technology to be deployed on its littoral combat ships. The company behind the...
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Oil Industry Lowballs Bird Deaths: Study
A new study says birds are likely dying in Alberta oilsands tailings ponds at a rate that is at least 30 times higher than that suggested by the oil industry. The results add weight to arguments that depending on the industry to monitor its own environmental impacts isn't working, said Kevin...
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Steve Earle on New Orleans: "This City Won't Wash Away; This City Won't Ever Drown."
"Tremé is the musical heart of New Orleans just like New Orleans is the musical heart of America, and I don't just mean the United States," says Steve Earle, who knows a little something about music. ; The longtime singer/songwriter and activist has played a role as a street musician in the new HBO...
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UN 'Failed' DR Congo Rape Victims
UN troops failed 242 women and children who suffered a mass rape attack in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a top UN peacekeeping official has said. Congo hosts the largest and most costly UN peacekeeping mission in the world, but the mass rape attacks happened just 30km from a UN...
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'Many Failures' Caused BP Spill
BP says no single factor caused the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst ecological catastrophe in recent US history. Instead, "a sequence of failures involving a number of different parties" led to the explosion which killed 11 people and caused the leak. The company said it had accepted all...
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