News for 2010-09-13

Monday, September 13, 2010
The Proving Grounds: School “Rheeform” in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., is leading the transformation of urban public education across the country—at least according to Time magazine, which featured D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee on its cover, wearing black and holding a broom. Or perhaps you read it in Newsweek or heard it from Oprah, who...
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US to Arabs: Don't Make Israel a 'Pariah' at IAEA
VIENNA - The U.S. envoy to the U.N. atomic watchdog urged Arab states on Monday to withdraw a resolution calling on Israel to sign an anti-nuclear arms treaty, warning it would send a negative signal to Middle East peace talks. Arab countries, backed by Iran, are seeking to build on a victory at an...
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The Heirs: The History and Future of Death Squads in Colombia
In recent years, the image of Colombia has changed - particularly since Alvaro Uribe, the country's former president, took office in 2002. The notorious left-wing group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), has been weakened, paramilitary groups have been disarmed and cocaine...
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NATO Issues New Guidelines for Afghanistan Contracts
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has issued new guidelines for awarding contracts in a bid to stem corruption. The rules are designed to streamline and increase oversight for billions of dollars worth of contracts for services ranging from transport to food...
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More U.S.-Mexico Border Crime a Myth, Officials Say
If you lived hundreds of miles away and listened only to the sound bites leading to passage of Senate Bill 1070, it would be easy to imagine some parts of Arizona as every bit as lawless as fabled Tombstone, circa 1881. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer sounded alarms this spring with talk of mayhem and "...
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Congress to Be Told of 60-Billion US-Saudi Arms Deal
WASHINGTON - In the largest US arms deal ever, the administration of US President Barack Obama is ready to notify Congress of plans to offer advanced aircraft to Saudi Arabia worth up to 60 billion dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The newspaper said the administration was also in...
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The Arctic Oil Rush
The fight was over almost before it began. A short, middle-aged woman had smashed her fist into the face of another female drinker, and within seconds was dragged to the door by a hulking bouncer and flung on to the streets of Nuuk. It was midnight on a Tuesday but the atmosphere in the Kristinemut...
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Report: 'Rampant Abuse in Iraq Jails'
Amnesty International has said that tens of thousands of detainees are being held without trial in Iraqi prisons. In a new report, Amnesty said the prisoners face violent and psychological abuse, as well as other forms of mistreatment.
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