News for 2011-01-12

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Defense Contractors Insulated from Budget Cuts
WASHINGTON - In one of U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower's most remembered speeches, he warned against "the acquisition of unwarranted influence" resulting from the close brotherhood between the country's defense agencies, Capitol Hill and private business interests. Fifty years later, the...
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Lebanese Government Collapses
Lebanon's unity government has collapsed after the Hezbollah movement and its political allies resigned from the cabinet over arguments stemming from a UN probe into the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, in 2005. There has been growing political tension in...
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WikiLeaks Has ‘Insurance Files’ on News Corp. Chief Rupert Murdoch, Assange Claims
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a recent interview that he is holding back "insurance files" which could embarrass Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation and his international media empire at News Corporation. The secrets website was also holding of over 500 US State Department cables about...
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[title] Bill Quigley: Hate in Arizona, Hope in Haiti
"We in the U.S. have more people in jail than anywhere else in the world, we spend more on our military than the whole world combined, we have more guns, yet people somehow feel insecure," notes Bill Quigley of the culture in the U.S. Questions about guns aren't the only question to be asked in the...
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NOAA: 2010 Tied for Earth's Warmest Year on Record
2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface temperature record, according to data released today by the National Climatic Data Center. Records began in 1880. The Earth's temperature was 1.12 degrees F above the 20th-century average, which was the same as 2005. It was the 34th-...
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Sarah Palin Brands Media's Attacks Over Arizona Shooting as 'Blood Libel'
Sarah Palin today accused her opponents of manufacturing a "blood libel" by suggesting her rhetoric and campaign tactics had anything to do with the Arizona shootings. Four days after an incident which left six people dead and critically injured the congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords , Palin released...
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As Austerity Bites Greece, Police Get More Brutal
ATHENS - "The most terrifying thing is the memory loss. I can't recall anything after I was knocked out - and for a long time afterwards," says Nasos Iliopoulos. His features are tense as he narrates his violent altercation with riot police. "We were gathered peacefully to protest the arrests made...
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Massive Floods in Australia: No End to Deadly Nightmare
THE worst flood in living memory was set to spread further into suburban and central Brisbane in the early hours of this morning, adding to a colossal trail of destruction and death across Queensland that continues to horrify the nation. Thousands of homes and businesses in Brisbane and the...
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Lax Gun Laws Prove Deadly in the U.S.
America has recoiled in horror over the shooting rampage in Arizona but throughout the country some 30,000 people die each year of gunshot wounds — about one-third of the 98,000 who are shot. The most recent violence has turned the spotlight once again on a system that fuels gun crime and, say some...
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[title] Haiti: Rebuilding a Nation and an Image
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Haiti Grieves Its Quarter Million Dead
PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haitians on Wednesday grieved for the nearly quarter of a million people wiped out in last year's earthquake, while praying for their beleaguered country to be given another chance. Crowds were expected to attend a Catholic Mass at the ruined cathedral in the capital Port-au-Prince...
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