News for 2011-12-05

Monday, December 5, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Bonn Talks on Afghanistan: Doomed to Fail?
Ten years ago, an international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany, set out to plan the future of the recently invaded country. Goals were set for the transfer of power in Afghanistan, as well as for security and for the development of institutions to uphold human rights.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Russia Election Descends into Violence as Riot Police Clash with Protesters
Anger over a Russian election marred by widespread violations and the shadow of Vladimir Putin's likely return to the presidency broke into violence late on Monday, as thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow in protest.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Campaign Group Pulls Out of 'Failing' Blood Diamonds Scheme
A campaign group which helped found the Kimberley Process to stop the trade in so-called blood diamonds announced on Monday it was pulling out of the scheme, saying it had failed.
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[field_image_caption-raw] ALEC Sparks Uprisings in Wisconsin and Ohio
On the one-year anniversary of an important American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting in Washington D.C., Wisconsin's public safety officers gathered to prepare for the next stage in the fight for labor rights. 


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[field_image_caption-raw] Carbon Dioxide Emissions Break Growth Records
Global carbon dioxide emissions hit a record 9.1 billion tonnes in 2010, after a year of the highest growth ever, a new study has found.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Facile': Greenpeace Penetrates French Nuclear Plant
Greenpeace activists secretly entered a French nuclear site before dawn and draped a banner reading "Coucou" and "Facile", (meaning "Hey" and "Easy") on its reactor containment building, to expose the vulnerability of atomic sites in the country. Police, whom the environmental activist group...
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Iraq and Afghan Wars End, Costs Mount on Pace to Exceed Vietnam
WASHINGTON — The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may be winding down, but the long-term costs of caring for those wounded in battle is on path to rival the costs of the Vietnam War. While Vietnam extracted a far higher death toll — 58,000 compared with 6,300 so far in the war on terror — the number of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] "Fracking" for Shale Gas: Neither Clean nor Green
DURBAN, South Africa - Hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is being used to tap the last remaining natural gas deposits across large areas of the United States and western Canada, fueling continued dependence on hydrocarbons instead of a shift to genuinely clean energy sources to cool the planet...
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[title] Occupy Love: Show Me Your Face
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[field_image_caption-raw] Has a War with Iran Already Begun?
Two incidents that occurred on Sunday--Iran's claim of a shoot-down of a U.S. drone, and an explosion outside the British embassy in Bahrain--may have been unrelated. But they appear to add to growing evidence that an escalating covert war by the West is under way against Iran, and that Tehran is...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protesters Held at Climate Talks
Half a dozen green campaigners have been arrested as the second week of UN climate talks began in South Africa when they staged a protest against what they said were big businesses stifling progress on tackling global warming. Greenpeace said six protesters were arrested when they attempted to hang...
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[title] Pablo Solon: Climate Negotiators Are 'Committing Ecocide'
Pablo Solon, former Bolivian ambassador to the UN , interviewed during the December 3 day of action in Durban, during the COP17 climate negotiations:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Peru Declares State of Emergency to End Protests Over Mine
The president of Peru , Ollanta Humala, has declared a 60-day state of emergency in a northern region wracked by protests against a highlands gold mine.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Zuccotti Park Owners Brookfield Properties Owe City $139K in Back Taxes
City taxpayers have poured millions of dollars and hundreds of police hours into keeping the peace at the privately owned Zuccotti Park during the Occupy Wall Street protests. The least the park’s owners could do is pay their taxes. The city Finance Department says park owner Brookfield Properties...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Plant Leaks Radioactive Water
TOKYO - Large quantities of highly radioactive water have leaked through a crack in the wall of a treatment facility at the Fukushima power plant, and some may have founds its way into the sea, the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco], said. The firm said as much as 45 tons of water had...
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