News for 2011-02-14

Monday, February 14, 2011
[title] PolluterHarmony is the #1 Matchmaking Site for Polluters, Industry Lobbyists, & Politicians!
It takes strong relationships and the right chemistry to successfully evade or destroy environmental regulations. Sometimes, politicians, polluters, and lobbyists are so busy that they don't have time to find those perfect relationships. Plus, when they are trying to stop the global campaign...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran Protests: Reinvigorated Activists Take to the Streets in Thousands
Thousands of defiant protesters in Iran 's capital have clashed with security officials as they marched in a banned rally. One person was reported killed, with dozens injured and many more arrested. Supporters of the Green movement appeared in scattered groups in various locations in central Tehran...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Revealed: How Energy Firms Spy on Environmental Activists
Three large energy companies have been carrying out covert intelligence-gathering operations on environmental activists, the Guardian can reveal.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Military Low-Balling Size of Taliban Forces?
WASHINGTON - Despite evidence that the Taliban insurgency had grown significantly in 2010, the U.S. intelligence community failed to revise its estimate for Taliban forces as part of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan in December. That unusual decision was in deference to Gen...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Republican Lawmakers Face Grassroots Pressure Over 'War On Contraception'
WASHINGTON - Women's-rights activists are taking the fight to preserve family-planning funding outside the Beltway, calling on grassroots activists to pressure their representatives into maintaining the Title X program. Enacted in 1970 as part of the Public Health Service Act, the family-planning...
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Obama Budget: And Why the Coming Debate Over Spending Cuts Has Nothing to Do With Reviving the Economy
President Obama has chosen to fight fire with gasoline. Republicans want America to believe the economy is still lousy because government is too big, and the way to revive the economy is to cut federal spending. Yesterday, Republican Speaker John Boehner even refused to rule out a government shut-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protesters and Police Clash in Bahrain on "Day of Rage"
NUWEIDRAT, Bahrain - Bahraini police fired teargas and rubber bullets to break up protests on Monday in Shi'ite villages that ring the capital Manama, dampening a "Day of Rage" stimulated by popular upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia. Helicopters circled over Manama, where protesters had been due to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dirty Crude Oil Pipeline from Canada Stirring Anger in U.S. Great Plains
WASHINGTON — Crude oil from western Canada began flowing through a controversial pipeline in Kansas last week. Supporters say that construction of the Keystone Pipeline — which flows down through the Dakotas and Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma — provided an...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Is the Army Tightening Its Grip on Egypt?
Two days after millions of Egyptians won their revolution against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, the country's army – led by Mubarak's lifelong friend, General Mohamed el-Tantawi – further consolidated its power over Egypt yesterday, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution. As they did...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egyptian Labor Unrest Grows after Uprising
CAIRO — Egypt's military rulers called for an end to strikes and protests Monday as thousands of state employees, from ambulance drivers to police and transport workers, demonstrated to demand better pay in a growing wave of labor unrest unleashed by the democracy uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak...
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[field_image_caption-raw] A 'Dictator' Governor in Wisconsin Sets Out to Cut Wages, Slash Benefits and Destroy Public Unions
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights, cut pay and gut benefits without any negotiation the most radical assault yet by the current crop of Republican governors on the rights of workers has inspired outrage in a historically...
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[title] Inside Story - Owning Egypt's Revolution
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[title] Suheir Hammad: Poems of War, Peace, Women, Power
Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: "What I Will" and "break (clustered)" -- meditations on war and peace, on women and power. Wait for the astonishing line: "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thousands in Yemen Demand President Step Down
SANAA — Thousands of students and lawyers demanding Yemen's president step down clashed on Monday with baton-wielding riot police and security forces who threw up razor wire to force them out of the centre of the capital Sanaa. An AFP journalist said more than 3,000 protesters marched from Sanaa...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Palestinian Authority Cabinet resigns
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister dissolved his Cabinet in an emergency meeting on Monday in what appeared to be a gesture inspired by unrest rocking the Arab world. The official Wafa news agency said the move was intended to prepare for general elections planned later this...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama to Set Out Painful Budget Plans for Austerity in America
Americans are about to get a first glimpse of what tight-fisted federal government looks like with President Barack Obama releasing an austerity-tinged draft budget this morning even as Republicans move to push through a short-term spending plan featuring a far more radical range of spending cuts.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tehran Launches Fresh Crackdown As Opposition Plans Rally
Iran's Islamist regime has launched a series of pre-emptive moves against opposition groups that have called for a mass rally in Tehran today in solidarity with antigovernment demonstrators in Egypt and Tunisia. Scores of Iranian security forces were on the streets of Tehran to prevent the planned...
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