News for 2010-11-01

Monday, November 1, 2010
Torture Orders Were Part of US Sectarian War Strategy
WASHINGTON - The revelation by Wikileaks of a U.S. military order directing U.S. forces not to investigate cases of torture of detainees by Iraqis has been treated in news reports as yet another case of lack of concern by the U.S. military about detainee abuse. But the deeper significance of the...
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Iran Expresses Concern Over Human Rights Situation in US
TEHRAN - Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has said Iran is seriously concerned about violations of human rights in Western countries, particularly in the United States. "We are seriously concerned about the human rights situation in Western countries and will bring up our points during...
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Broad Coalition Rallies for BP Accountability
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gulf coast fishers, conservationists, seafood distributors and oil workers rallied here at Louisiana's capital over the weekend to demand that oil giant BP be held accountable for the "ongoing" use of toxic dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Tom Engelhardt: “US Has Unprecedented Imperial Military Presence in the World”
The American military presence in the world is global, blogger and author Tom Engelhardt told RT. "The Pentagon usually admits yearly to about 800 military bases or sites from macro to micro, but in their account they do not include anything in war zones," he said. "It is particularly strange...
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US Considers Sending Hunter-Killer Teams to Yemen
The Wall Street Journal reports the Obama administration is considering sending elite hunter-killer teams into Yemen to assassinate militants believed to be connected to al-Qaeda.
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Democrats in Desperate Bid to Rally Voters
DEMOCRATS, facing a drubbing in tomorrow's mid-term elections, have urged supporters to get out and vote in a last-ditch effort to save critical seats and avert an electoral nightmare. But there were conflicting signals about the strength of voter enthusiasm. While greater numbers of registered...
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The New Arms Race
The world has entered a new arms race at a time of relative peace, totalling $1.5 trillion, that is $217 for every person on the planet. Over the last decade, Washington has doubled its military budget, fuelling massive military build-ups around the world, from the emerging powers in the South...
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Brazil Elects New Leader, Dilma Rousseff
SAO PAULO - From three years in a dictatorship's jail cell to just two months away from the presidential palace, the journey has been long for Brazil's newly elected leader Dilma Rousseff, who will be the first woman to direct Latin America's biggest nation.
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Japan Looks to Ancient Village Wisdom to Save Biodiversity
Four decades ago the oriental white stork became extinct in Japan, the victim of rapid industrialisation and modern farm practices and heavy pesticide use that destroyed its habitat. Today, the graceful migratory bird soars again over restored wetlands around the small town of Toyooka in western...
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'The Movement to Ban Cluster Bombs Is Working'
Three months after an international treaty banning cluster bombs came into force, stockpiles are already being destroyed by signatories to the convention, a monitoring group says. More than 100 countries have agreed to ban the weapon, which scatters hundreds of smaller bombs over a wide area. They...
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