News for 2010-11-30

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
NY Assembly Approves Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium
The New York state legislature refused to consider most major agenda items in Monday’s session, but they still gave their final approval to a bill that places a six-month ban on hydraulic fracturing while state and federal agencies review the practice.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership"
In a national broadcast exclusive interview, we speak with world-renowned political dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky about the release of more than 250,000 secret U.S. State Department cables by WikiLeaks. In 1971, Chomsky helped government whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg release the Pentagon...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wikileaks: US Media Leaves Iranian Threat Narrative Unquestioned
WASHINGTON - A diplomatic cable from last February released by Wikileaks provides a detailed account of how Russian specialists on the Iranian ballistic missile programme refuted the U.S. suggestion that Iran has missiles that could target European capitals or intends to develop such a capability...
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Senate Passes Food Safety Bill
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed legislation Tuesday to make food safer in the wake of deadly E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, potentially giving the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food. The $1.4 billion bill,...
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A Conversation with Harry Belafonte on Race and Politics Today
ColorLines publisher Rinku Sen sat down with music legend and civil rights icon Harry Belafonte this summer for a wide-ranging conversation on race and politics in the Obama era. When we revisited the footage in the days after the election, it became clear Belafonte’s perspective was urgently...
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Ann Wright: WikiLeaks and Accountability
"We were told as diplomats, 'Don't ever put anything in a cable you wouldn't want on the front page of a newspaper.' It shows that they're a lot of arrogant people, that the system itself wasn't checking itself," says Ann Wright, Retired United States Army Colonel and former State Department...
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Factory Farm Nation: Map Charts Unprecedented Growth in Factory Farming
WASHINGTON - Food & Water Watch today unveiled the newest version of its pioneering Factory Farm Map ( www.factoryfarmmap.org ) that charts the concentration of factory farms across the country and the impacts these massive operations have on human health, communities, and the environment. The...
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Aid Groups Decry Blockade on Gaza
For two-year old Nasma Abu Lasma, the Israeli announcement in June that the blockade on the Gaza Strip would be relaxed offered a ray of hope. Nasma was suffering from leukaemia, and the movement restrictions on Palestinians in Gaza that went along with the blockade meant that she had little hope...
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Wikileaks’ Next Target: A Major US Bank
He's been relentlessly revealing some of the US government's most deeply held secrets, but for his next act, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he will expose the corruption of a major American bank. In an interview with Andy Greenberg of Forbes earlier this month, Assange said his whistleblower...
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U.S. Federal Reserve Conjures - and Redefines - Money
ATLANTA, Georgia - The private central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve, has begun purchasing $600 billion of long-term U.S. Treasury Bonds, essentially subsidising the federal deficit for the year. Many economists say the significance of this new role for the Federal Reserve cannot...
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Obama Preempts Negotiations with Compromise (Again and Again)
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Crop Failures and Drought Within Our Children's Lifetimes
Children today are likely to reach old age in a world that is 4C warmer, where the 10,000-year certainties of the global climate can no longer be relied on, and widespread crop failures, drought, flooding and mass migration of the dispossessed become a part of everyday life. This dire scenario...
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BP Hails 'Significant Milestone' in Canadian Oil Sands Plan
LONDON - British energy giant BP has welcomed key progress in its plan controversially to extract oil from Canadian sands, with a company spokesman on Tuesday describing the step as a "significant milestone". Canadian group Husky Energy, BP's joint-venture partner, said on Monday that it was giving...
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