News for 2010-10-26

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Despite Heavy Oil, Louisiana Keeps Fisheries Open
NEW ORLEANS - Massive slicks of weathered oil were clearly visible near Louisiana's fragile marshlands in both the East and West Bays of the Mississippi River Delta during an overflight that included an IPS reporter on Oct. 23. The problem is that, despite this, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Coming Soon to America: Big Push for Austerity
While big crusades for austerity—reserved for workers only, of course—are being waged in France and Great Britain, working people in the United States can also look forward to a major push for cutbacks in social spending and a longer wait before retirement.
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Sparks Fly on Climate Change as Californians Oppose Prop 23
In an election cycle filled with fighting words on climate change, a ballot measure in California could set the precedent for the rest of the country and give a needed boost to Democrats who have unsuccessfully tried to pass a comprehensive energy bill. Proposition 23 would suspend California's...
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The Betrayal of Omar Khadr – and of American Justice
Yesterday morning, wearing a dark suit, a white shirt and a dark tie, Omar Khadr , the Canadian citizen who was just 15 years old when he was seized after a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002, ended an eight-year struggle — first by the Bush administration, and then by the Obama administration...
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US Veteran Who Killed Unarmed Iraqis Wins Tea Party Support
The basic facts are undisputed: on 15 April 2004 Ilario Pantano, then a second lieutenant with the US marines, stopped and detained two Iraqi men in a car near Falluja. The Iraqis were unarmed and the car found to be empty of weapons. Pantano ordered the two men to search the car for a second time...
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Activist and Novelist, Arundhati Roy, Faces Arrest over Kashmir Remark
The Booker prize-winning novelist and human rights campaigner Arundhati Roy is facing the threat of arrest after claiming that the disputed territory of Kashmir is not an integral part of India. India's home ministry is reported to have told police in Delhi that a case of sedition may be registered...
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[title] WikiLeaks: "Shooting the Messenger, Julian Assange"
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[field_image_caption-raw] Leaked Report, New Iraqi Alignment Reveal U.S. War Failure
WASHINGTON -- A newly released Wikileaks document on Iraq and the new political alignment between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki both provide fresh evidence that Gen. David Petraeus's war against Shi'a militias in 2007-2008 was a futile exercise. The Wikileaks document is...
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Growing Calls for Moratorium on Climate Geoengineering
NAGOYA, Japan -- Delegates to the world summit on biodiversity here are calling for a moratorium on climate engineering research, like the idea of putting huge mirrors in outer space to reflect some of the sun's heating rays away from the planet. Climate engineering or geoengineering refers to any...
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[title] From Kabul, Jeremy Scahill Speaks with Keith Olbermann about Blackwater, Wikileaks, and Lies of War
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Coffee Party Seeks to Outbrew Tea Party in US Politics
WOODBRIDGE, Virginia -- A progressive infusion in US politics, the Coffee Party is brewing a strong counter-movement to the ultra-conservative Tea Party, just a week ahead of the US legislative elections. Born in January in reaction to the bashing President Barack Obama's proposed health care...
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Campaign Spending by Outside Groups Tops $257 Million
WASHINGTON - With a week to go before the elections, independent groups, most of them with sharp partisan leanings, have spent $257.7 million to influence political campaigns, nearly quadrupling such interest groups' total spending in the last midterm election, according to a Washington watchdog...
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