News for 2010-10-21

Thursday, October 21, 2010
'Not One Word of Remorse' from Driver Who Crushed Rachel Corrie
The Israeli soldier at the controls of the bulldozer that crushed the pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie told a court today that the first time he saw her was when fellow protesters were already tending to her dying body in the dirt. Giving evidence for more than four hours in the civil case...
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Leaker of Pentagon Papers Stresses Importance of Telling the Truth to Student Audience
For Daniel Ellsberg, the similarities between today's wars and the Vietnam War are frightening. "It is amazing that we are in a situation that is at a hopeless stalemate again," Ellsberg said. "It is another case of those in charge not willing to do something for fear of being called names."
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Jewish Settlers 'Building 600 New Homes'
JERUSALEM – Israel has started building at least 600 homes since the end of a construction freeze, watchdog Peace Now said on Thursday, in a move which the Palestinians slammed as "a flagrant act of defiance". "In our estimation, building has started on between 600 and 700 new housing units in less...
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Rash of Spills Puts New Tar Sands Oil Pipeline on Hold
U.S. State Department approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that would carry crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada all the way to southern Texas, has been delayed and observers say the spill of a million gallons into a Michigan waterway is likely one key reason...
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Dr. Joycelyn Elders: Marijuana, Masturbation and Medicine
A group called MarijuanaHarmsFamilies.com is flooding California airwaves with a scary-scary ad against Proposition 19, tthat state's legalize marijuana iaw. We don't know who they are but we do know that there is a former Surgeon General who has come out in favor of Prop 19 . She's Joycelyn Elders...
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Candidates Ignore Media, But It's Voters Who Stand to Lose
WASHINGTON — Many major candidates are treating the news media as enemies this year, refusing to release schedules, admit the press to campaign events, give interviews or answer routine questions. While Republicans appear to be shunning journalists more than Democrats, some Democrats are doing it,...
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Canada Seeks to Drop Native Peoples from New Biodiversity Pact
NAGOYA, Japan - Blame Canada if countries fail to agree to a new binding treaty to curb the rapid loss of plant, animal and species that form the intricate web of life that sustains humanity. That is the view of indigenous representatives from Canada in response to a late night move by the Canadian...
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'Super PAC' American Crossroads Continues Amassing and Utilizing Hefty War Chest Ahead of Election
In just seven months, American Crossroads , the highest profile conservative " Super PAC ," has raised more than $24.17 million* in the hopes of tilting the November midterm elections in favor of the Republican Party.
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Google Exploits Tax Loophole that Costs US $60 Billion Annually
Internet search giant Google Inc. managed to cut its taxes by more than $3 billion last year using a technique that shifted most of its profits through overseas routes, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.
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US Announces Massive Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON – In its biggest arms deal ever, the United States announced it will sell up to 60 billion dollars worth of warplanes, helicopters and other weapons to Saudi Arabia, partly to help it counter Iran. The plan allows for the sale of 84 F-15 fighter jets, 70 Apache attack helicopters, 72...
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Familiar GOP Plan Lives: Cutting Social Security to 'Save It'
A Republican plan to rein in the rising cost of Social Security would dramatically reduce retirement benefits for middle- and upper-income Americans, especially those now younger than 25, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the program's chief actuary.
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Matt Taibbi Joins Keith Olbermann to Discuss the "Kochtopus"
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German Grid Aching Under (Too Much) Solar Power
BERLIN - The German electricity grid faces instability because of too much solar power, an expert said. Thanks to a generous feed-in tariff, the installation of rooftop solar panels and large-scale photovoltaic plants has exploded in Germany. Stephan Kohler, chairman of the DENA agency, an energy...
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NATO Surge on Taliban Stronghold Drives Civilians into the Line of Fire
The first eyewitness accounts of NATO's assault on the final Taliban sanctuary threatening Kandahar City have begun to emerge, painting a picture of sporadic fire fights, steady progress by Afghan and coalition forces, and flight by those inhabitants wealthy or lucky enough to escape the violence.
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