News for 2010-09-27

Monday, September 27, 2010
Government Seeks Back Door Into All Our Communications
The New York Times reported this morning on a Federal government plan to put government-mandated back doors in all communications systems, including all encryption software .
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Mass Arrests in DC: We Shall No Longer Be Crucified Upon the Cross of Coal
Over one hundred protesters from the Appalachian coalfields were arrested in front of the White House today, defiantly calling on the Obama administration to abolish mountaintop removal mining. As part of the Appalachia Rising events, the coalfield residents took part in a multi-day series of...
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Anger as a Private Company Takes Over Libraries
SANTA CLARITA, Calif.
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Ashcroft's Post-9/11 Roundups Spark Lawsuit
NEW YORK - Hundreds of people who believe they were falsely detained and imprisoned by the Department of Justice in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are now seeking redress through the U.S. courts. The exact number of detainees is unclear, as no lists were ever released publicly. But...
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Pakistan Furious Over NATO Cross-Border Taliban Raids
Pakistan reacted angrily today after NATO said US helicopters had crossed into its territory from Afghanistan to attack militants, claiming to have killed more than 50 Taliban fighters. The admission that two incursions had taken place over the weekend by helicopters from the NATO-led International...
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Climate Change Crisis 'Can Be Solved by Oil Companies'
Climate change can be solved in a snap by making oil, gas and coal companies take responsibility for burying all the carbon dioxide emitted by the fossil fuel products they sell, one of Britain's leading young climate scientists said yesterday. Government attempts to try to get millions of people...
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Abbas Delays Decision on Talks as Settlement Construction Freeze Ends
Israel's 10-month moratorium on settlement construction has ended despite international pressure to extend it, sparking fears for the future of Middle East talks. However, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, held back on Monday from quitting the talks, saying that he would first consult with...
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Austerity Not a Solution: Why the "Deficit Hawks" Are Wrong
If Stimulus Works, Why is Unemployment So High? Austerity Not a Solution Pt.3 with Robert Pollin September 26, 2010
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Campaigners Defend 'Celebrated Novels' from US Censors
American libraries and bookshops are celebrating the freedom to read this week but attempts to force books off shelves are still rife across the country, from the removal of Sherman Alexie's award-winning young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from shelves in Missouri to...
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Report: US Would Make Internet Wiretaps Easier
WASHINGTON - Broad new regulations being drafted by the Obama administration would make it easier for law enforcement and national security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications like social networking Web sites and BlackBerries, The New York Times reported Monday.
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US Army to Hold First Hearing on Grisly Afghan Killings
WASHINGTON - The US Army holds its first hearing Monday in a grisly war crimes case that charges five soldiers with killing Afghan civilians for sport and plotting a cover-up. Authorities say the troops opened fire on the Afghan civilians in unprovoked assaults over several months in Afghanistan's...
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