News for 2011-06-17

Friday, June 17, 2011
Mayors Debate War Resolution
BALTIMORE — Money spent on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq should be spent at home under a resolution proposed Friday by U.S. mayors that calls on Congress to hasten the end of the wars.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Some Liberals Frustrated by Pace of Obama's Change
MINNEAPOLIS — What's a frustrated liberal to do? Democrats on the ideological left are grousing that President Barack Obama is just not that into them, and they're soul searching at a big weekend meeting about the strained political relationship as he seeks re-election. Might they stay home when he...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Afghanistan Facing Insolvency Within a Month, say Officials
The Afghan government will struggle to pay its bills "within a month" after the International Monetary Fund rejected proposals for resolving the Kabul Bank scandal, western officials have warned.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Social Security Advocates Deplore AARP Decision To Put Social Security On Chopping Block
An article in Friday's Wall Street Journal has Social Security advocates angry and scratching their heads. It suggests that AARP -- one of the most powerful interest groups in Washington -- has done an about face on the question of cutting retirement benefits for seniors as part of a grand...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wisconsin to be GOP’s Own Privatized Idaho? Or Will Voters Strike Back?
To borrow a phrase from an old B-52’s song, Wisconsin’s out-of-touch Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his legislative allies hope to be living in their own privatized Idaho (or perhaps Mississippi).
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[field_image_caption-raw] Saudi Women Defy Drive Ban
RIYADH – Saudi women are set to defy a ban on driving Friday, one month after Manal al-Sharif was jailed for taking the wheel and posting footage of her rebellious act online. The demonstrations are the climax of a two-month online campaign riding the winds of the so-called Arab spring which has...
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[title] The Truth About The Economy In 2 Minutes
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said he could explain the problems with the economy in less than 2 minutes, 15 seconds—and he did it (with illustrations to boot). It’s great! Check it out.
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[title] Activists Urge Boycott over Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land
There is growing anti-Israeli feeling in Europe, with calls on EU and US governments to stop ignoring the occupation of Palestinian land. And though politicians remain silent, activists rally to draw attention to the plight of the Palestinian people.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Rights Council Passes 'Historic' Gay Rights Bill
GENEVA — The UN Human Rights Council on Friday passed a historic resolution that seeks equal rights for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, marking progress for gay rights despite strong Arab and African opposition. The resolution was passed narrowly with 23 votes in favor, 19 against...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenpeace Head Kumi Naidoo Risks Arrest in Arctic Oil Rig Protest
The executive director of Greenpeace International faces prison in Greenland for breaking an injunction and boarding a giant rig exploring for oil in Arctic waters. In dramatic scenes 120km off the west coast of Greenland, a Greenpeace inflatable speedboat evaded a Danish navy warship, allowing...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel to Stop Gaza Flotilla Regardless of Cargo
TEL AVIV - Israel will do everything necessary to prevent a planned international flotilla from reaching Gaza, despite the fact the ships will probably not be carrying weapons, a senior military source said. The source, who declined to be named, said Israel's maritime blockade would only be deemed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cyberwar Heats Up with Pentagon's Virtual Firing Range
The US defence agency that invented the forerunner to the internet is working on a "virtual firing range" intended as a replica of the real internet so scientists can mimic international cyberwars to test their defences. Called the National Cyber Range, the system will be ready by next year and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Feingold to Netroots Nation: Call Out Corporate Democrats
If it is wrong for Republicans to fuel their campaigns with corporate cash, then it is wrong for Democrats to do so. That was the no-hold-barred message that Russ Feingold brought to Netroots Nation.
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