News for 2011-06-01

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] House Blocks Vote on Kucinich Libya Bill Over Fears It Might Pass
House Republicans postponed a Wednesday vote on Rep. Dennis Kucinich's resolution to end U.S. involvement in the bombing of Libya because they were afraid it would pass. Speaker John Boehner thinks the legislation--which would take effect 15 days after it's adopted--would hurt the NATO mission to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Arizona Turns the Tide: Voters Demand the Recall of Russell Pearce
In a celebratory display of unprecedented organization, a bipartisan group of activists poured into the Arizona secretary of state's office yesterday with more than 18,300 signatures to demand the recall of State Senate president Russell Pearce. The filing of the petitions marked the culmination of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Yemen Street Clashes 'Kill 39' in Capital City
SANAA – Gunbattles raged Wednesday on the streets of Yemen's capital, killing 39 people, witnesses said as a truce between security forces and tribesmen collapsed, residents fled and embassies bolted their doors. A medic at Jumhuriya hospital said 37 people, most of them combatants, were killed in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] A Rambunctious Right Wing, A Silent President, and the Debt Ceiling Deal
This morning, every Republican in the House of Representatives was invited to the White House to talk with the president about raising the federal debt limit, which each one of them opposed in a rancorous vote last night.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chile to Investigate Death of Poet Pablo Neruda
Several witnesses have raised doubts about his death recently, including Neruda's driver, who says he was poisoned by government agents. Neruda died at the age of 69 on Sept. 23, 1973, 12 days after the coup. He had just published a withering criticism of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bahrain Shi'ites Talk of Abuse Under Martial Law
MANAMA - Bahraini Shi'ites say they have endured a reign of terror during 11 weeks of martial law imposed to break up a pro-democracy movement that for the first time threatened the control of a Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab dynasty. Martial law was lifted on Wednesday. The authorities hope this will show...
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[field_image_caption-raw] AT&T Enriches Lawmakers' Pet Charities
AT&T has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past several years to charities affiliated with top lawmakers — several of whom oversee telecom policy — as part of a broader effort by the company to win favor on Capitol Hill. These relationships, which cross party lines in both...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pakistani Investigative Journalist Killed
A Pakistani journalist who investigated al-Qaeda's alleged infiltration of the country's navy has been found dead near the capital Islamabad. Syed Saleem Shahzad had earlier told a rights activist he had been threatened by the country's intelligence agencies. He was found dead on Tuesday, and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Haitians Evicted from Camps, But Still Find Nowhere to Go
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The mayor of a large city in the Haitian capital region has begun clearing out camps set up after last year's earthquake, evicting hundreds of people amid heavy rains and the start of the hurricane season on Wednesday. Mayor Wilson Jeudy of Delmas city says the settlements...
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[field_image_caption-raw] TransCanada Shuts Down Keystone Oil Pipeline after Spill
CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. has shut down its massive Keystone oil pipeline for the second time in less than a month after detecting a small leak at a pumping station in Kansas, the energy and pipeline giant said. The 591,000-barrel-per-day line was shut down over the weekend after a half-inch...
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[title] Nuclear Disasters: Arrogance and Greed the Foundation for Failure
Three Mile Island was predicted, says NukeFree.org's Harvey Wasserman. And Fukushima? That could have been prevented too. Wasserman says that arrogance and greed among politicians and corporate interests pave the foundation for failure as much of the world sacrifices safety for profits as they...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cyber Combat: Act of War
WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force. The Pentagon's first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Canada Tries to Hide Alberta Tar Sands Carbon Emissions
Barely a day goes by it seems when someone from Stephen Harper 's government is not touting the benefits of the Alberta tar sands.
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[title] Van Jones, Bill McKibben and David Korten: YES! Magazine Is Turning 15!
Last week, YES! Magazine celebrated their 15th year. Helping them mark the occasion were their friends and colleagues Bill McKibben, Van Jones, co-founder David Korten, and many others. Bill McKibben YES! Magazine contributing editor Co-founder, 350.org Author, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New...
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