News for 2010-09-22

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
US Could Continue Afghan Detention
The US military has drawn up plans to continue holding Afghan prisoners it deems a threat in a "unilateral" prison complex on Bagram airbase even after it hands control of the main detention facility to the Afghan government next year. US military authorities are expecting to retain control part of...
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David Kirby: Cheap Food Makes Us Sick
The FDA is holding public hearings this week on genetically modified "AquAdvantage" salmon, destined, if they make the cut, for your dinner plate. Meanwhile, congressional investigators are looking into an outbreak of salmonella that sickened over 1500 people. And nobody's talking about the...
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GOP Filibusters 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal, DREAM Act
The Republican Party, which once tried to compete with Democrats for the votes of gays and lesbians, on Tuesday used the filibuster to assure that discrimination against homosexuals in the military would continue.
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Massive US Military Buildup Planned for Guam
HONOLULU - The U.S. military has postponed two key decisions related to its buildup of forces on the Guam to ensure it's complying with environmental and historic preservation laws. But it gave final approval to the single biggest part of the buildup: a proposal to move 8,000 Marines and their...
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G20 'Secret Law' to Undergo Independent Review
A so-called "secret law" widely criticized for giving police excessive powers during June's G20 summit protests and riots will be the subject of an independent review, The Star has learned. Government sources said Tuesday that former Ontario chief justice Roy McMurtry has agreed to lead the...
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Corporate Lobbying Is Blocking Food Reforms, Senior UN Official Warns
Lobbying by "powerful" big food companies is blocking reforms which would improve human health and the environment, a director of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. Dr Samuel Jutzi's public comments in London will be welcomed by campaigners who have long...
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Anti-Gay Interests Outweigh Senate Traditions
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UN Asks for Action on Nature Loss, Citing Poverty
Governments must protect nature better in order to safeguard their countries' wealth, says the UN, as ministers meet for a day of talks on biodiversity. The session at UN headquarters co-incides with the final day of talks on the Millennium Development Goals, and the UN says the two issues are...
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