News for 2011-07-01

Friday, July 1, 2011
[title] Staying Human: Vittorio Arrigoni
A documentary about Vittorio Arrigoni, the Italian peace activist whose passion for helping the Palestinian people, lead to his death. He moved to Gaza in 2008 to work for the International Solidarity Movement. He was kidnapped and killed by a Salafi group in April 2011.
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.N. Report Shreds Military’s Claim of Afghanistan Progress
So this is what “ fragile and reversible ” progress looks like in Afghanistan: violence is up 51 percent since this time last year, thanks to a hurricane of insurgent suicide attacks, assassinations and bombs, undermining U.S. military claims that it’s breaking the momentum of the Taliban.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Extreme Weather Link 'Can No Longer Be Ignored'
Scientists are to end their 20-year reluctance to link climate change with extreme weather – the heavy storms, floods and droughts which often fill news bulletins – as part of a radical departure from a previous equivocal position that many now see as increasingly untenable. Climate researchers...
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[field_image_caption-raw] AG Eric Holder Opens CIA Detainee Death Inquiry
The US is to open criminal inquiries into the deaths of two CIA detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003. Gul Rahman died in November 2002 at a CIA prison in Afghanistan and Manadel al-Jamadi died at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2003, according to reports. Attorney General Eric Holder...
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.S. Floods and Wildfires Trigger New Fears over Nuke Safety
NEW YORK - Just 100 days after a deadly earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, concerns are being raised about several U.S. nuclear stations that are facing natural disasters of their own.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Blocked: US to Gaza Boat Detained After Greek Coast Guard Blocks Offshore
_________________________________________________ 2:23 PM EDT UPDATE: US Boat to Gaza now detained within barbed wire lined Greek Coast Guard base. "They are letting press off the boat but passengers are kept on board" _________________________________________________
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[field_image_caption-raw] Revealed: British Government's PR Campaign to Play Down Fukushima to Protect UK Nuke Plants
British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and before the extent of the radiation leak was known.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Reveals He Has Cancer
The head of the Venezuelan army has said there is no threat to the country's constitutional order following president Hugo Chavez's revelation that he is fighting cancer after having a tumour removed in Cuba. Seeking to quell any talk of unrest or infighting in Venezuela during Mr Chavez's absence...
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[title] Colbert Super PAC - I Can Haz Super PAC!
Colbert Super PAC - I Can Haz Super PAC!:
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Oil and Gas Drilling Surges Despite Increased Oversight
Energy companies have spent the last couple of years fighting off added government regulation, saying red tape is slowing development. But recent data show that the pace of drilling is just short of the 20-year high it reached before the recession. Gas drilling has dropped off as the price of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Expands Its Drone War
The CIA is reported to have used unmanned drones to target leaders of al-Q'aida's affiliate in Somalia for the first time, attacks coinciding with the unveiling of a new US counterterrorism strategy shifting the war on terror away from costly battlefields and toward expanded covert operations.
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