News for 2011-01-23

Sunday, January 23, 2011
The Palestine Papers: Secret Papers Reveal Slow Death of Middle East Peace Process
The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict has revealed that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel 's annexation of all but one of the settlements built illegally in occupied East Jerusalem . This unprecedented proposal was one of a...
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Fraud Plagues Global Health Fund
GENEVA — A $21.7 billion development fund backed by celebrities and hailed as an alternative to the bureaucracy of the United Nations sees as much as two-thirds of some grants eaten up by corruption, The Associated Press has learned. Much of the money is accounted for with forged documents or...
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Provisional Results Show South Sudan Votes to Secede
KHARTOU - Provisional results from South Sudan's referendum show that almost 99 percent of voters have chosen independence, the referendum commission's website said on Sunday after 98.7 percent of the votes had been counted. The referendum was promised under a 2005 north-south peace deal which...
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Food Speculation: 'People Die from Hunger While Banks Make a Killing on Food'
Just under three years ago, people in the village of Gumbi in western Malawi went unexpectedly hungry. Not like Europeans do if they miss a meal or two, but that deep, gnawing hunger that prevents sleep and dulls the senses when there has been no food for weeks.
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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones by Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate
AUSTIN - The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed the man inside had a large stash of drugs and a cache of weapons, including high-caliber rifles. As dawn broke, a SWAT team...
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[title] Nicole Foss: We Need Freedom of Action To Confront Peak Oil
In the third video in the series “ Peak Oil and a Changing Climate ” from The Nation and On The Earth productions, co-editor of The Automatic Earth , Nicole M. Foss, explains how energy relates to the economy and what our impending energy crisis will look like. Foss discusses the issues associated...
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Thousands Hold Anti-US Rally in Pakistan
More than 10,000 people have held an anti-US demonstration in northwestern Pakistan to protest civilian killings by non-UN-sanctioned US drone attacks. The Sunday protest comes while at least 13 people lost their lives in three separate drone strikes in the North Waziristan region. Activists from...
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Canada Limits Toxic Softeners in Plastic Baby Toys
OTTAWA, Ontario - Canada will restrict six toxic chemicals used to soften vinyl plastics in order to limit the exposure of infants and children to the chemicals, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Tuesday. The new regulations, to be implemented in June, will ban toys and child care products that...
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Retired US Army Colonel Discusses Why the War in Afghanistan is Unwinnable
We've spoken with Ret. Col. Ann Wright of Oahu before-about her decision to resign from the State Department on the eve of the 2003 Iraq invasion, about the follies of the Bush Administration, about Israel, and about the importance of dissent. Now, recently returned from a fact-finding trip to...
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Ahmadinejad says Iran Open to More Nuclear Talks
TEHRAN - Iran is open to holding further talks with six world powers over its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, a day after the failure of the latest round of dialogue in Istanbul. "They have talked for a few rounds, but we never expected that issues would be resolved...
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'Liberation Caravan' Heads to Tunis
Hundreds of Tunisians have defied a nighttime curfew and travelled hundreds of kilometres in what they call a "Liberation Caravan" to join protesters in the country's capital, where anger at the interim government continues to grow. The protesters began marching on Saturday night from Menzel...
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Israeli Exonerates Itself in Deadly Raid on Peaceful Flotilla
An Israeli inquiry commission has defended the actions of the country's troops during a deadly raid on a Turkish-led flotilla of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip last year. The core findings were issued in a 300-page report released on Sunday by an Israeli government-appointed panel. Made up of...
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'Awful' Congress, Irrational US Policies Keep Shameful Gitmo Open
Two years after the newly minted Obama administration moved to undo what had become one of the most controversial legacies of the George W. Bush presidency by ordering the closure of the prison camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a trove of State Department documents made public by the website WikiLeaks...
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[title] Haiti's Muddy Political Waters
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