News for 2010-11-16

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Halliburton’s Stonewalling Works in Pa., but Sparks Subpoena at EPA
On Nov. 9, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that Halliburton had refused to give the agency a complete list of the chemicals it uses for gas drilling, resulting in a subpoena for the energy giant. But the battle to keep much of this information confidential is one that Halliburton is...
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Jobless Benefits About to Lapse As Senate Dems Mull Strategy
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are discussing their strategy for reauthorizing extended unemployment insurance on Tuesday as the expiration date for the jobless aid is fast approaching. Neither the House nor the Senate will be in session next week, aides say, so extended unemployment benefits for...
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UN Expert Urges Full US Torture Investigation
GENEVA - The new U.N. torture expert urged the United States on Tuesday to conduct a full investigation into torture under the Bush administration and prosecute offenders as well as senior officials who ordered it. Juan Ernesto Mendez told Reuters he also hoped to visit Iraq to probe a "very...
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[field_image_caption-raw] As the UK Government Announces Compensation for Ex-Guantánamo Prisoners, Is the Return of Shaker Aamer Part of the Deal?
Today, the British government will announce that it will pay millions of pounds in compensation to a number of former Guantánamo prisoners, including Moazzam Begg , Omar Deghayes , http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2009/03/08/seven-years-of-torture-binya... " target="_sel
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Pittsburgh Bans Gas Drilling in City
Pittsburgh City Council voted unanimously today to ban natural gas production in the city, becoming the second municipality to impose a ban in as many days. South Fayette commissioners voted Monday to ban drilling in neighborhoods, parks and farms. Pittsbugh's ordinance, sponsored by Councilman...
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In First Interview Since Critical Injury at West Bank Protest, U.S. Peace Activist Tristan Anderson Urges Iran to Free Jailed Hikers
The U.S. peace activist Tristan Anderson has given his first interview since being critically injured when Israeli soldiers fired a high-velocity tear gas canister directly at his head in 2009. Anderson was taking part in a weekly nonviolent protest against Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank...
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"It's not liberals that Obama is having a clash with, it's reality," Jane Hamsher, founder of the liberal blog Firedoglake.com said. "And anyone who thinks his problems are just with the base is not paying attention. (photo by Flickr user firedoglakedotcom) Angry Left to Obama: Stop Caving on Agenda
Liberals furious with a White House they view as constantly telegraphing compromise with Republicans are pressuring President Obama to get tougher, arguing that is the only way he will win both progressives and independents in 2012. Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign...
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The Coming Water Shock
"We're on a collision course with our finite supply of water," says Susan Leal, co-author of the new book Running Out of Water . It's not just that the supply is limited, she notes, it's our growing population, increased personal use, and climate change that are all playing into what journalist...
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Drew Everhart, a homeless man, sits at the Urban Ministry soup kitchen in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 16, 2009. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Land of the Food Insecure: Record Rates of Hunger in US
Almost 15% of US households experienced a food shortage at some point in 2009, a government report has found. US authorities say that figure is the highest they have seen since they began collecting data in the 1990s, and a slight increase over 2008 levels. Single mothers are among the hardest hit...
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Gruesome Find Told at US Hearing into Afghan Killings
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington - An investigator told how he found dismembered fingers near the quarters of an alleged rogue US army unit accused of killing Afghans for sport and taking trophies from the bodies. The gruesome testimony came as a third US soldier faced a pre-trial hearing over...
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Bagram: America's Black Hole in Afghanistan
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Thirteen years after the company paid $333m (£207m) to settle the class-action suit against it spearheaded by Ms Brockovich, the silent scourge in the soil may be back.  (photo of PG&E stacks from Flickr user Hey Paul) Erin Brockovich Prepares for a Real-Life Sequel
The film version ended well enough – chased down by the unlikely crusader Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts, the giant California power company PG&E settled with residents in the high desert town of Hinkley over claims it had poisoned their water supply and exposed them to life-...
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Puneet Talwar, special assistant to the president and senior director for the Gulf States, Iran and Iraq on the National Security Council (NSC) staff, made remarks that suggest the Obama administration was planning to adopt a ruse to keep combat troops in Iraq after the expiration of the U.S.-Iraq troop withdrawal agreement on Dec. 31, 2011, while assuring the U.S. public that all U.S. troops had been pulled out by the deadline. (REUTERS/Saad Shalash)

U.S. Envoy Secretly Offered Troops in Iraq after 2011
WASHINGTON - A special envoy from President Barack Obama raised the possibility in a secret meeting with senior Iraqi military and civilian officials in Baghdad Sep. 23 that his administration would leave more than 15,000 combat troops in Iraq after the 2011 deadline for U.S. withdrawal, according...
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