News for 2011-02-17

Thursday, February 17, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Globalization 'Utopias' Enter Mainstream
DAKAR — Their goals were once seen as pipe dreams but anti-globalization activists believe they are finally beginning to win the argument: all that remains is for their ideas to be implemented. Delegates gathered at last week's World Social Forum in Dakar say the recent financial crisis and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cables Illuminate US Relations with Bahrain, Potential for Unrest
The United States and Bahrain are close allies. In fact, according to an April 2008 U.S. diplomatic cable , one of several released by WikiLeaks this week, the two countries have "about as good a bilateral relationship as anywhere." The cables recount a number of interesting details, particularly...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Government Shutdown Looms As Boehner Rejects Funding Stopgap
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) upped the odds of a government shutdown Thursday, saying he would not support a short-term funding bill if his near-certain budget battle between the House and the Democratic-run Senate takes longer than two weeks. As the clock ticks down to March 4...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Coal Industry Seeks Refugee Status?
FRANKFORT — Kentucky should be a "sanctuary state" for the coal industry, free from "the overreaching regulatory power" of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a measure expected to get a Senate committee vote Thursday. Senate Natural Resources and Energy Chairman Brandon Smith, R...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Baghdad Demands $1 Billion from US in War Damages
BAGHDAD -- The Baghdad city government is demanding the United States pay $1 billion and apologize for damage to the city caused by blast walls erected during the nearly eight-year long war. City officials filed a lawsuit in an Iraqi court against the U.S. military, a media official said Thursday...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Senate Democrats Boycott Thursday Vote on Walker's Budget Plan
MADISON, WI — Law enforcement officers are searching for Democratic senators boycotting a Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair plan Thursday in an attempt to bring the lawmakers to the floor to allow Republicans to move forward with action on the bill. One Democratic senator said that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Former Trustee: Why Social Security Isn’t a Problem
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican presidential hopeful, says in order to “save” Social Security the retirement age should be raised. The media are congratulating him for his putative “courage.” Deficit hawks are proclaiming Social Security one of the big entitlements that has to be...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's Trade Deals and Trickle Down Theory Recipe for Disaster
The Obama plan for employment generation has now come down to this: trickle-down stimulus tax cuts and a pledge to double exports in five years’ time . The first plan was passed during a lame duck session of Congress , while the second is pretty lame, plain and simple.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Calls Same Plays for Israel, But Has Game Changed?
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council is poised to vote this week on a new resolution condemning Israeli expansion into the Occupied Palestinian Territories and calling for an immediate freeze on settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but the United States has already declared its...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UK Forest Sell-Off: 'People Power' Forced U-Turn, say Campaigners
Campaigners have hailed the "people power" which has forced the government to abandon plans to privatise England's public forests. The news that Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, would announce a halt to the consultation into proposals to sell thousands of hectares of woodland was...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Curveball Doubts Were Shared with CIA, says ex-German Foreign Minister
Germany's former foreign minister Joschka Fischer has accused the former head of the CIA George Tenet of making implausible claims about the handling of the Curveball case by the US .
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[field_image_caption-raw] "What's Disgusting? Union Busting!" Chant Wisconsin Crowds That Swell to 30,000; Key GOP Legislators Waver
"I have never been prouder of our movement than I am at this moment," shouted Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, as he surveyed the crowds of union members and their supporters that surged around the state Capitol and into the streets of Madison Wednesday, literally closing the downtown...
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[title] Dean Baker: Budget Cuts are the Real Job-Killers
"People who want to see the budget cut are people who are advocating throwing people out of work, it's that simple," says Dean Baker of the pressure from conservatives on Obama's budget--pressure, it appears, that Obama is conceding to as he brags that discretionary spending will be the lowest...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Student Strike at University of Puerto Rico Rocks Island and Sparks Political Crisis
A student strike at the University of Puerto Rico has forced the resignation of its president and sparked the second political crisis in a year for the island's rulers. José Ramón de la Torre, head of the 60,000-student system, resigned Friday after a series of violent clashes between students and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Wisconsin, State Workers March Over Pension Cut
Thousands of public workers marched in Wisconsin's capital before a legislative vote on Wednesday on whether to slash public worker pensions and curb collective bargaining rights of unions. It's a scene that may be played out in many states struggling with budget deficits. "There are thousands of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] A New Sense of Populist Empowerment Grips the Middle East
SANAA, YEMEN - Across the Middle East, protesters clashed with pro-government mobs and security forces Wednesday and Thursday, the latest sign that the tools of repression that leaders in the region have relied on for years are now, instead, propelling more people to the streets.
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