News for 2011-01-26

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Protests in Cairo Forgotten by Obama
In the State of the Union speech, Barack Obama did get applause for saying that the US stands with the people of Tunisia. Now, he didn't mention the two decades of support the US had given the dictatorship.
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Gaza War Report Was Stalled by Palestinian Authority on US Request
Palestinian Authority leaders co-operated with US officials in a bid to postpone the reference of the Goldstone report into war crimes in Gaza to the UN security council, leaked papers reveal. The PA, who have denied they made the decision under US pressure, later reversed their decision.
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Shell, Slammed Over Human Rights and Environmental Abuses, Faces Hearing Over Nigeria
Environmental groups have accused oil giant Shell of abusing human rights and the environment in the Niger Delta at a Dutch parliamentary hearing. Amnesty International and environmental NGOs have accused the Anglo-Dutch company of failing to clean up oil spills and continuing the hazardous...
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[title] Jane Hamsher: Detained for Supporting Bradley Manning
Monday night, NBC reported that Quantico Brig Commander James Averhart had improperly classified alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning as a "suicide risk" in order to punish him for refusing to follow orders. Already on Prevention of Injury watch, Manning's conditions were tightened further last...
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Plans for NATO Withdrawal Could Be Hit by Base Construction Delays
Arnold Fields, the government inspector who oversees American contracts in the country, said hundreds of new Afghan outposts, barracks and garrisons are "seriously behind schedule, making it doubtful that the construction efforts would keep pace with recruitment and training." Of 884 projects for...
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Tunisia Calls on Interpol to Arrest Ousted President Ben Ali
Tunisian authorities have asked for international arrest warrants to be issued for ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and members of his family following his flight abroad this month . The country's justice minister, Lazhar Karoui Chebbi, who also revealed that 11,000 prisoners, about a third...
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Pakistan Floods Crisis Is Far From Over, Says Oxfam
Six months after Pakistan's worst monsoon floods in 80 years, Oxfam says the crisis is far from over and could even get worse. The UK-based agency says malnutrition levels in the south have soared, and the aid community has only "scratched the surface of human need". At least 170,000 people remain...
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Russia Ratifies US Nuclear Disarmament Treaty
MOSCOW - Russia's upper house of parliament ratified the new US nuclear disarmament treaty Wednesday, the final step in approving the first nuclear pact between the two former Cold War rivals in 20 years. Senators at the Federation Council voted unanimously to approve the new START treaty, which US...
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How Much Do Anti-Immigration Bills Really Cost?
PHOENIX, Ariz.—Legislators across the nation are considering passing bills to fight illegal immigration, citing its costs to taxpayers. But two recent reports point to the high price of legal battles that could ensue. “Jurisdictions would spend substantial amounts of money to pursue proposals that...
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[title] US Supports Mubarak as Thousands Call for His Ouster
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Uneasy Calm Prevails in Egypt, But More Protests Planned
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Mubarak Faces Historic Challenge
CAIRO - Egyptians have demonstrated in protests rare in size and ferocity against the three-decade rule of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. "Down, Down with Mubarak," thousands chanted in downtown Cairo Tuesday. "Mubarak, it is your turn after Ben Ali," they said referring to Zine El Abidine Ben...
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