News for 2010-10-20

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Recession Ebbs, But Misery Piles on for Families in Poverty
Now that the Great Recession has supposedly come to an end, can the poor expect a little relief after months of belt-tightening and layoffs? Not so much; poor families have been getting poorer as the social safety net continues to fall apart.
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UN Report Sheds Light on Rape as Weapon of War
PARIS – Sexual violence as a weapon of war and as an outcome of turmoil and disaster is inflicting a terrifying toll on women, the United Nations said on Wednesday. "Women rarely wage war, but they too often suffer the worst of its consequences," the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said in its annual...
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NAACP Takes On The Tea Parties in New Report
The NAACP reignited the debate over the extremism of Tea Parties on Wednesday, releasing a report alleging ongoing ties between hate groups and the movement, which the civil rights organization criticizes for giving a platform to anti-Semites, racists and bigots.
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Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz: Foreclosure Moratorium, Government Stimulus Needed to Revive US Economy
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz takes on Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner by calling for an immediate foreclosure freeze and increasing government funding to stimulus the "sick" U.S. economy.
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MEMO: Health Insurance, Banking, Oil Industries Met With Koch, Chamber, Glenn Beck To Plot 2010 Election
In 2006, Koch Industries owner Charles Koch revealed to the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore that he coordinates the funding of the conservative infrastructure of front groups, political campaigns, think tanks, media outlets and other anti-government efforts through a twice annual meeting of...
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Iran Confirms Two Detained Americans to Face Trial
TEHRAN — Iran will begin prosecuting from November 6 three US hikers on charges of espionage and for illegally entering the Islamic republic, their lawyer Masoud Shafii told AFP on Wednesday. Two of the three hikers, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, have been held in a Tehran jail for more than a year...
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Carter in Syria: Israel Must Fully Lift Gaza Blockade
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, during a visit to Damascus on Tuesday, called for Israel to lift completely its blockade on the Gaza Strip. Carter made the remarks in the forum of a delegation known as The Elders, who met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hamas leaders in Syria. Despite...
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Docs on Pharma Payroll Have Blemished Records, Limited Credentials
The Ohio medical board concluded [1] that pain physician William D. Leak had performed “unnecessary” nerve tests on 20 patients and subjected some to “an excessive number of invasive procedures,” including injections of agents that destroy nerve tissue.
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Parties Share Faith in Racism, Fear
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US Military Accepts Openly Gay Recruits
America's military yesterday began accepting openly gay recruits into its ranks for the first time in its history as the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy suffered another serious blow. The move comes after California judge Virginia Phillips ruled last week that the policy – which had...
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Rachel Corrie Case: Israeli Soldier to Testify Anonymously
The Israeli soldier at the controls of a bulldozer that crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie in Gaza in March 2003 is due to give evidence tomorrow in the civil lawsuit brought by the American activist's family. However the judge hearing the case in Haifa has ruled that, for security reasons...
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