News for 2010-10-18

Monday, October 18, 2010
UN Conference Confronts Dramatic Loss Of Biodiversity
Delegates from 193 nations have opened a UN meeting in Japan to discuss how to address Earth's dramatic loss of animal and plant species. The two-week Nagoya conference brings together parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. At its opening, Achim Steiner, head of the UN...
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Report Shows Drones Strikes Based on Scant Evidence
WASHINGTON - New information on the Central Intelligence Agency's campaign of drone strikes in northwest Pakistan directly contradicts the image the Barack Obama administration and the CIA have sought to establish in the news media of a programme based on highly accurate targeting that is effective...
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Younge America: What Happened to Obama-Mania?
Gary Younge meets people in Colorado to try to understand why the euphoria that surrounded Barack Obama's election victory in 2008 has turned into disaffection
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French Strike Hits Fuel Supplies
Petrol stations across France are running out of fuel as refinery and port workers continue a strike against the government's plan to raise the retirement age. Around 1,500 petrol stations attached to French shopping centres had dried up by Monday morning, the AFP news agency reported. It said the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Citizen Protests, Government Repression Mount in Haiti
“I came to protest so we can find a solution. Misery is killing me,” said Mascarie Sainte-Anne, 70, at the edge of a rally in front of Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive’s office on October 12.
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Karzai's Vision for Afghanistan
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Stimulating Hypocrisy: Scores of Recovery Act Opponents Sought Money Out of Public View
Rep. Pete Sessions, the firebrand conservative from Dallas, Texas, has relentlessly assailed the Democratic-passed stimulus law as a wasteful "trillion dollar spending spree" that was "more about stimulating the government and rewarding political allies than growing the economy and creating jobs."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pentagon Braces for Iraq Wikileaks
The Pentagon has assembled a 120-member team to prepare for the expected publication of some 400,000 Iraq war documents on the Wikileaks website. The documents are thought to concern battle activity, Iraqi security forces and civilian casualties. Colonel Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said the...
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Alaskan Reporter Detained by Security at Joe Miller Event
The Alaska Senate race erupted Sunday night after security guards hired by Republican nominee Joe Miller put handcuffs on a reporter who had tried to ask Miller a question. Tony Hopfinger, the founder of Alaska Dispatch, was detained by guards from the firm Drop Zone after trying to talk with...
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A Whole New 'Green' Deal
About two years ago, a group of North Bay residents gathered around a table in a Novato restaurant to talk about missed opportunities. The idea that old paradigms aren't meeting the unprecedented economic and environmental challenges facing the North Bay today was the topic of the meeting. "I...
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