News for 2010-09-14

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Fewer Hungry, but More Hunger Waits
ROME - Figures the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presented here Tuesday revealing a reduction in the world's number of hungry people in 2010 for the first time in 15 years should be a cause for celebration. In reality it is a hollow success. It is not that the fall is too small to be...
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ACLU and NYCLU Support Religious Freedom and Park51
ACLU and NYCLU release message on religious freedom read by Imam Abdul Baqi, Islamic Leadership Council of New York, Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church, Father Michael Perry Our Lady of Refuge, Rabbi Andy Bachman, Congregation Beth Elohim and Faiza Ali of the Council on American-Islamic...
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As Regulators Weigh Drilling in Marcellus Shale, EPA Opens Public Hearings on Health and Environmental Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing
The Environmental Protection Agency has begun public hearings in Binghamton, New York on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a controversial technique that mining companies use to extract natural gas from rock formations thousands of feet underground. The hearings are part of a broad investigation...
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U.S. Chamber, Energy Trade Groups Urge Spending Panels to Block EPA Climate Rules
A group of powerful industry trade associations is urging House and Senate appropriators to delay looming EPA climate change rules that the groups contend will harm the economy and block job creation. Joint letters Tuesday from two-dozen groups - including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American...
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France Faces Legal Threat Over Roma
The European Union may take legal action against France for its expulsion of hundreds of Roma, the bloc's justice commissioner has said. Viviane Reding described last month's deportations as a "disgrace" on Tuesday and said that France had been duplicitious in how it dealt with European authorities...
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IMF Fears 'Social Explosion' From World Jobs Crisis
"The labour market is in dire straits. The Great Recession has left behind a waste land of unemployment," said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF's chief, at an Oslo jobs summit with the International Labour Federation (ILO). He said a double-dip recession remains unlikely but stressed that the world...
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Summit Failure on Water, Sanitation Would Be Recipe for Disaster
STOCKHOLM - A weeklong international conference here has transmitted a strong political message to next week's U.N. summit meeting of world leaders: what good is the fight against poverty, hunger, maternal mortality and child deaths if water and sanitation are not given the high priority they...
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Industry Has Sway Over Food Safety System: U.S. Study
WASHINGTON - The food industry is jeopardizing U.S. public health by withholding information from food safety investigators or pressuring regulators to withdraw or alter policy designed to protect consumers, said a survey of government scientists and inspectors. A study released on Monday by the...
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Utah Agency Approves Oil-Sands Project
SALT LAKE CITY - A top Utah regulator approved plans Monday for the first commercial U.S. oil sands project. John Baza, director of Utah's Division of Oil, Gas & Mining, upheld an earlier decision by his staff to give Earth Energy Resources Inc. a permit to mine a 62-acre pit in eastern Utah...
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[title] Naomi Klein: Building a Real Left
"We have to build that independent left.
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A Planet at War With Itself
Sala Khan Khel, 40 miles outside Kabul, looks like a rural paradise at harvest time. Women and children play behind the high mud walls of the old houses, the men thresh the wheat, teenagers pick walnuts and the water coming straight off the snowy mountains high above the village gurgles through the...
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