News for 2010-10-29

Friday, October 29, 2010
Killing Reconciliation: Military Raids, Backing of Corrupt Government Undermining Stated US Goals in Afghanistan
The Obama administration says it is backing a strategy of reconciliation with the Taliban. But just back from Afghanistan, unembedded investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Rick Rowley say night raids by US Special Operations are killing the reconciliation the administration claims to support.
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[field_image_caption-raw] November 2, Creative Destruction and ‘Repealing the 20th Century’
Well, in a free-market capitalist system, there are always winners and losers. It's creative destruction . That just happens. It's unfortunate. But let's face it, if it weren't for that we'd still have buggy whip companies. —Senate candidate Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.)
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Recipes for Resistance: How Eating Some GMOs Can Be a Form of Protest
As genetically modified organisms become more prevalent, so do protests against them.
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Bat Disease Threatens Ecological Catastrophe
As a biologist with more than four decades of experience in the field, Thomas Kunz is not prone to over exaggeration. He likes the data to do the talking. But when it comes to describing the recent deaths of more than a million bats across the eastern United States he is unequivocal.
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Local Iraqi Governments Oppose Baghdad Gas Deals
The oil ministry’s auction of three natural gas fields this week have been angrily opposed by all the governorates in which they are located, with provincial officials threatening legal action against Baghdad and warning that they will refuse to cooperate with the developers.
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Child Soldiers 'No Bar' for US Aid
In a decision critics say has undermined a powerful new law, the United States has decided to turn a blind eye to four countries that use child soldiers in their armed forces.
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Medical Teams Rush to Halt Haiti's Deadly Cholera
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Medical teams Friday desperately sought to contain a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed more than 300 people, with thousands of patients overwhelming hospitals in the affected central regions. One week after cholera was confirmed in Haiti for the first time in decades, the...
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With GOP-Controlled Congress, Roubini Predicts US "Fiscal Train Wreck"
The U.S. economy is a "fiscal train wreck" waiting to happen that risks ushering in a period of stagnation featuring by minimal growth, high unemployment and deflationary pressure, U.S.
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Michael Moore on What's at Stake This Election
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Private Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law
Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal. Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch. "The gentleman that's the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger," Nichols said. "He's a great...
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Climate Change Denial Pervades US Elections
WASHINGTON - In the run-up to the U.S. elections set to take place Nov. 2, the amount of money being spent and eccentricities on display have reached record levels. This has been particularly obvious in debates over energy and climate change.
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George Bush Thought 9/11 Plane Had Been Shot Down on His Orders
George Bush initially believed the only plane not to reach its intended target during the 11 September ttacks had been shot down on his orders, according to leaks from the former president's memoir of his two terms in office. Bush reveals that he gave the order for any further suspected hijacked...
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