News for 2010-09-23

Thursday, September 23, 2010
UK Winning Fight to Soften International Scrutiny of Offshore Drilling
The British government was today successfully fending off an attempt to introduce international scrutiny of offshore drilling that was proposed by Germany in the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill . Richard Benyon, a minister at Defra dispatched to Bergen, Norway, for a meeting of...
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Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef: US Is Becoming an 'Underdeveloping Nation'
Manfred Max-Neef, Chilean economist. He won the Right Livelihood Award in 1983, two years after the publication of his book Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics.
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Torture in Iraq: 'New Order, Same Abuse'?
A recent report issued by Amnesty International says tens of thousands of Iraqi detainees held without trial in Iraq for years, remain at risk of torture. The report titled New Order, Same Abuse details thousands of arbitrary detentions, torture, severe beatings and ill-treatment to obtain...
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The Thom Hartmann Program
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Rising Energy Demand Hits Water Scarcity 'Choke Point'
WASHINGTON - Meeting the growing demand for energy in the U.S., even through sustainable means, could entail greater threats to the environment, new research shows.
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The Rise of 'Super PACs' Continues, Leaving Voters in Dark as Attack Ads Fill Airwaves
The proliferation of “super PACs” -- political organizations armed with the ability to raise unlimited amounts of money from wealthy individuals and corporations and to spend huge sums explicitly advocating for or against candidates -- continues at a staggering pace. Thirty-three such committees...
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NOPD Officer Gets Three Years For Cover-Up of Danziger Bridge Shootings
Former New Orleans Police Officer Jeffrey Lehrmann was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison for his part in the cover-up of the Danziger Bridge shootings, our partners at the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported yesterday. Lehrmann is one of 11 officers who have been charged in the...
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GOP 'Pledge To America' Director Lobbied For AIG, Exxon, Pfizer, Chamber
The Republican Party's 21-page blueprint, "Pledge to America," was put together with oversight by a House staffer who, up till April 2010, served as a lobbyist for some of the nation's most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies.
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Israel Used 'Incredible Violence' Against Gaza Aid Flotilla, Says UN Human Rights Council
The sharply critical report found there was "clear evidence to support prosecutions" against Israel for "wilful killing" and torture committed in the raid on the flotilla on May 31. Nine activists on a Turkish ship were killed as they attempted to breach the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. However...
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