News for 2010-09-21

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Israel's Investigations of Gaza Conflict Inadequate, Say UN Experts
Both Israel and Hamas were instructed to conduct internal inquiries after the UN Human Rights Commission adopted a report by Richard Goldstone, a retired South African judge, accusing both of war crimes during the three-week conflict. More than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died in the war...
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Pakistan Drone Attacks Kill Scores
Three strikes by US drones have killed at least 28 people in the tribal region in South Waziristan. Reporting for Al Jazeera from Islamabad, Kamal Hyder said that the first attack took place near Angor Adda along the Pakistan Afghan border. "We have reports that at least seven people, who were...
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Senate Republicans Use Filibuster to Block Efforts to Repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Policy
Gay rights advocates waiting for the Senate to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" got the message loud and clear from Republicans on Tuesday -- don't hold your breath. Senate Republicans have blocked a military spending bill that includes a repeal of the controversial policy, using a filibuster the...
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Glenn Greenwald on Iran, Tea Party Candidates, Jon Stewart and Obama’s Assassination Policy
We speak with Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional law attorney and the political and legal blogger for Salon.com. Greenwald discusses White House rhetoric toward Iran; Jon Stewart's and Stephen Colbert's planned rallies in Washington, DC; the Obama administration's assassination policy that includes...
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Machu Picchu Train Halted Over Water Protests
Authorities in Peru have suspended train services to the Inca citadel Machu Picchu due to protests over an irrigation project that critics say could leave communities without water. The train, which ferries about 1,500 tourists to the ruins daily, will be halted today and tomorrow while trade...
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Poverty Summit: U.N. Chief Looks Beyond 2015 Deadline While NGOs Slam 'Collective Failure'
UNITED NATIONS - As more than 140 world leaders began a three-day anti-poverty summit meeting Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looked far beyond the 2015 deadline for sustainable development the world is desperately in need of. By the year 2050, he told delegates, the world's population will...
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Israel: It's Against Our Interest to Join Anti-Nuclear Arms Treaty
VIENNA - It is against Israel's interests to join a global anti-nuclear arms treaty and the UN atomic watchdog is overstepping its mandate in demanding it to do so, its nuclear chief said on Tuesday. Arab states have tabled a resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency annual conference in...
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Reporter: CNN Refused to Air Footage of US War Crime in Iraq
A prominent Australian war correspondent has revealed the news giant CNN refused to air footage of an apparent war crime by US troops in Iraq. In an interview with the Australian network ABC, Michael Ware says he witnessed a US soldier fatally shooting an Iraqi teenager in the back of the head. The...
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Environmentalists Stop Oil Drilling Ship in Protest at West of Shetland Work
Greenpeace has swooped on the giant Stena Carron oil-drilling ship off Bressay, clambering up her anchor chains this morning to prevent her leaving to operate west of Shetland. The surprise raid was mounted after a team of protesters against deepwater drilling quietly left their campaign ship...
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Helicopter Crash Makes 2010 Worst Year of Afghan War
KABUL - A helicopter crash killed nine troops from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan's south on Tuesday, making 2010 the deadliest year of the war for foreign troops just as attention turns to plans to start withdrawing them. Violence is at its worst across Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted...
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Dean Baker's Economic Briefing on Jobs, Poverty, and Consumer Protection
"Poverty is a one-day event, we get a report released and we're going to talk about poverty, but every day we hear what the stock market does," says Dean Baker, GRITtv economics correspondent. The problem with that kind of coverage, Baker notes, is that "many more people will experience poverty...
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Russia Boosts Research to Support Arctic Territories Claim
MOSCOW - Russia is boosting its research efforts to support its claims for parts of the Arctic continental shelf, the Kremlin's pointman for the Arctic said Monday. Artur Chilingarov told reporters that he will head an expedition next month to launch a drifting research station in the Arctic to...
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