News for 2011-02-15

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] WikiLeaks Row Intensifies as US Makes 'Privacy' Move Against Twitter
The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, praised the role of social networks such as Twitter in promoting freedom – at the same time as the US government was in court seeking to invade the privacy of Twitter users.
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[field_image_caption-raw] President Obama, the Jobs Crisis and Corporate America’s Game Plan
On February 4, the Labor Department released its latest jobs report for the month of January. It showed a deep decline in net jobs created—only 36,000 last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
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Prisoners Have No Choice But to Drink Arsenic-Laced Water
WASHINGTON - When Kern Valley State Prison opened in 2005, the 379 million dollar facility in Central California was hailed as "state of the art". But within weeks of opening, a major problem was discovered: its water was poisoned - containing roughly twice the federally permitted level of arsenic...
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[title] Wendell Berry on the Kentucky Statehouse Sit-in to Stop Mountaintop Mining
Yesterday afternoon, a group of protesters emerged from their four-day occupation of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s office in opposition to mountaintop removal mining. The group, which included author and Nation contributor Wendell Berry, are part of a growing movement across the central...
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Budget Debates Begin, Republicans Put NPR, PBS on Chopping Block
As the House prepares for debate today on the budget, Republicans are trying to cut off public funding for NPR and the Public Broadcasting Service, which run such iconic programs as "Sesame Street" and "Morning Edition." The House Republicans' budget would rescind any funding for the Corporation...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Defector Admits to WMD Lies That Helped Trigger Iraq War
The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war. Watch the interview
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[field_image_caption-raw] Common Cause Questions Justice Thomas' Koch Connection
WASHINGTON — Discrepancies in reports about an appearance by Justice Clarence Thomas at a political retreat for wealthy conservatives three years ago have prompted new questions to the Supreme Court from a group that advocates changing campaign finance laws. When questions were first raised about...
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[field_image_caption-raw] At CPAC, Conservatives Glorify Attacks on Public-Sector Unions
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Right-wing activists who gathered over the weekend for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) cheered a political climate that is increasingly hostile to public-sector unions.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Indefinite' Defined: Even After Serving Sentence, US May Hold Detainee
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- A confessed al Qaeda cook serving a two-year terrorism sentence will not automatically go home to his native Sudan in July 2012 when his punishment ends, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Monday. Ibrahim al Qosi, 50, pleaded guilty to providing material support for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anonymous: US Security Firms 'Planned to Attack WikiLeaks'
The hacker collective Anonymous claims to have unearthed proposals by a consortium of US security firms to attack WikiLeaks , ahead of reportedly planned disclosures about the Bank of America.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Report says Violence Against Afghan Children Growing
An increasing number of children are being killed and injured in the Afghan conflict, mostly by the Taliban and other militants, a new UN report says. The study covers a two-year period from 1 September 2008, which the UN says was marked by increased military activity and worsening security. It...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chevron Fined $8.6 Billion for Pollution in Ecuador
A court in Ecuador has told oil giant Chevron Corp to pay $8.6bn in environmental damages, but the US company has termed the court order as "illegitimate and unenforceable" and said it would appeal. An Ecuadorean judge ruled on Monday that Chevron was responsible for oil drilling contamination and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Left is Livid over Budget Safety Net Cuts
NEW YORK -- It doesn't come as a shock that Republicans aren't thrilled with President Obama's budget proposal. But Democrats aren't exactly jumping for joy either. Obama's budget targets community block grants, a program that helps low-income people pay their energy bills, and the popular Pell...
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[title] Helen Thomas: Egyptians Understand Their Power
"The US has to go back to the drawing board," says legendary journalist Helen Thomas of US policy in the Middle East and North Africa. As Egypt throws off its regime and protests ripple across the region, she notes that the world is waking up to the fact that people under repressive dictatorships...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Where to Find a Trillon Dollars
Even by Washington standards, a trillion dollars is a lot of money. That's approximately the figure for the cumulative savings President Obama wants to extract from proposed federal budgets over the next ten years.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Violence In Bahrain As Antigovernment Protests Sweep Through Middle East
Two Shi'ite protesters in Bahrain have died following antigovernment rallies, sparking opposition calls to step up demonstrations and a mass turnout at their funerals. The main opposition Shi'ite bloc responded to the violence by pulling its deputies out of the parliament today.
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