News for 2011-12-30

Friday, December 30, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Defense Act Affirms Indefinite Detention of US Citizens
ATLANTA, Georgia - Civil liberties groups and many citizen activists are outraged over language in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 (NDAA) that appears to lay the legal groundwork for indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial. David Gespass, president of the National Lawyers...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Arab League Presence Gives Cover to Syrian Protesters
The largest demonstrations in Syria since the summer have laid siege to parts of Damascus and most key towns and cities, emboldened by Arab League monitors whose presence appeared to provide protesters with cover from regime gunmen. An estimated 500,000 people are thought to have taken to the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Romney Worships 2011's False Idol: Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan’s ideas reached their sell-by date in 2011, as tens of millions of Americans recognized that his proposals would permanently damage and ultimate destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
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[field_image_caption-raw] World Pays Ecuador Not to Extract Oil from Rainforest
An alliance of European local authorities, national governments, US film stars, Japanese shops, soft drink companies and Russian foundations have stepped in to prevent oil companies exploiting 900m barrels of crude oil from one of the world's most biologically rich tracts of land.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Terrible' and Plenty of It: The Oil That Comes in from the Cold
CARACAS - Thanks to soaring oil prices and new technology, oil producers in the hot sands of Arabia, the torrid Niger delta or the humid plains of the Orinoco are facing new competition from rivals in the frozen North. The Anglo-Dutch Shell group was given the green light by the U.S. environmental...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Finalizes Sale of $30 Billion Fighter Jets to Saudi Arabia
The sale of $30bn worth of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia has been finalised, the Obama administration has announced, in a move that boosts the military strength of a key US ally in the Middle East. Under the agreement, the US will send Saudi Arabia 84 new F-15SA fighter jets and upgrades for 70 more...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Mulls Transfer of Taliban Pisoner in Perilous Peace Bid
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a long-shot bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan , Reuters has learned.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wiretap Suits OKd Against US, Not Telecoms
The nation's telecommunications companies can't be sued for cooperating with the Bush administration's secret surveillance program, but their customers can sue the government for allegedly intercepting their phone calls and e-mails without a warrant, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
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[title] The Decline of the American Empire
The US has the world's biggest economy, the most influential culture, and the most potent military machine, with a budget that equals that of all other nations combined. It is the only power with a global project defended and supported by more aircraft carriers, Fortune 500 companies, and more...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Contractors' Role Grows in Drone Missions, Worrying Some in the Military
WASHINGTON — After a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed at least 15 Afghans in 2010, the Army officer investigating the accident was surprised to discover that an American civilian had played a central role: analyzing video feeds from a Predator drone keeping watch from above.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Payroll Tax Cut Raises Worries about Social Security’s Future Funding
By extending the payroll tax cut, Congress and the administration have quietly made a critical change in how Social Security is funded — one that some in Washington worry could undermine the program’s foundation if lawmakers keep renewing the tax break.
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