News for 2011-07-13

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Cleanup Recruits 'Nuclear Gypsies' From Across Japan
The sun has only just risen in Iwaki-Yumoto when groups of men in white T-shirts and light blue cargo pants emerge blinking into the sunlight, swapping the comfort of their air-conditioned rooms for the fierce humidity of a Japanese summer.
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[field_image_caption-raw] God's Lobbyists: The Hidden Realm of Religious Influence
On the first day, according to the Book of Genesis, the Lord said, “Let there be light.” But when it comes to the government lobbying efforts of most religious institutions, their activities are notably shrouded in darkness, even as representatives of numerous faiths routinely pressure federal...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama, US Viewed Less Favorably in Arab World, Poll Shows
The United States is viewed less favorably in much of the Arab world today than it was during the final year of the Bush administration, and President Obama is less popular in the region than Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to a poll released today by the Arab American Institute, a...
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[title] Jeremy Scahill Reveals CIA Facility, Prison in Somalia as U.S. Expands Covert Ops in Stricken Nation
In a new investigative report published by The Nation magazine, independent journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill reveals the CIA is using a secret facility in Somalia for counterterrorism as well as an underground prison in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Scahill says the CIA...
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[field_image_caption-raw] ALEC Exposed: A Nationwide Blueprint for the Rightwing Takeover
“Never has the time been so right,” Louisiana State Representative Noble Ellington told conservative legislators gathered in Washington to plan the radical remaking of policies in the states. It was one month after the 2010 midterm elections. Republicans had grabbed 680 legislative seats and...
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FDIC Chairwoman: Mortgage Industry ‘Didn’t Think Borrowers Were Worth Helping’
Outgoing Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairwoman Sheila C. Bair's revealing exit interview by the New York Times' Joe Nocera has generated plenty of buzz. But while the interview provided a comprehensive look at Bair's role from 2006 to 2011, what caught our attention was her...
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.N. Seeks Controls on Private Armies
UNITED NATIONS - With U.S. and Western military forces planning to gradually withdraw their troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, there will be an increasing demand for private military contractors to provide security in both politically-troubled countries. As a result, the number of military...
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Bernie Sanders to Obama: Keep Your Word on Social Security
The Senate’s left flank continues to be unhappy with President Obama’s willingness to discuss entitlement reform in the current deficit talks. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) noted Tuesday in a speech on the Senate floor that Obama had vowed not to cut Social Security when running for president in 2008.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Japan PM Says Country Should Aim to Be Nuclear-Free
TOKYO — Japan's centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday that the country must gradually reduce its reliance on atomic power with the eventual goal of becoming nuclear-free. Four months after the March 11 quake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima nuclear accident, the world's worst since...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Radioactive Beef Already Sold, Eaten
The meat of six cows shipped from a Fukushima Prefecture farm at the heart of growing concerns over radioactive beef has been distributed to at least nine prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, and some was believed consumed, local government officials said Tuesday. The cows ate the same straw at...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Embattled Colombian Unionists Rally Against ‘Free Trade’
Gathering with fellow unionists in Washington, D.C., Jose Hugo Yanini speaks firmly about labor rights in Colombia. But a few weeks ago, the industrial janitor and shop steward feared that he soon might never utter another word.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egyptian Protesters Call for End to Army Rule
Thousands of Egyptians marched on the cabinet headquarters in central Cairo on Tuesday to demand the removal of the ruling military council. The march, reminiscent of protests that forced former president Hosni Mubarak to step down on February 11, followed a warning by the military council that it...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nike, Adidas, Puma 'Using Suppliers Pouring Toxic Chemicals into China's Rivers'
In a year-long investigation, undercover activists collected water samples from discharge pipes at factories belonging to two of China's largest textile manufacturers which tested positive for dangerous chemicals, including hormone-disrupting alkylphenols that are banned in Europe. The organisation...
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[title] Outsourced: Clinical Trials Overseas
US pharmaceutical companies have moved their operations overseas over the course of the past decade. Instead of testing trial medicines on Americans, more and more of these tests are being carried out on poor people in faraway places. Russia, China, Brazil, Poland, Uganda and Romania are all hot...
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ALEC and 'Tort Reform'
On October 23, 2009, Harrison “Harry” Kothari celebrated his second birthday by blowing out candles on a cake decorated with a giant airplane. At age two, Harry could ride a tricycle, stack blocks, and say words like mama, airplane, and thank you. A month earlier, surgeons at a Houston hospital had...
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