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Saturday, March 24, 2007
Worldwide, Communities Demand Access to Water
UNITED NATIONS - Holding scores of rallies and sit-ins around world, environmental and community groups Thursday made fresh calls for drastic actions to protect the world's rivers and other water resources from the devastating impact of global warming, pollution, and toxic waste.
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Iran & Iraq: US and UK Fail to Find Smoking Gun
Although British and US military and diplomats often complain of Iranian support for insurgents in Iraq, there is no "smoking gun" to prove it, a senior British officer in Basra admitted yesterday. Lt Col Justin Maciejewski said he could not prove Iranian interference in the southern Iraqi city,...
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New U.S. Attorneys Seem to Have Partisan Records
WASHINGTON - Under President Bush, the Justice Department has backed laws that narrow minority voting rights and pressed U.S. attorneys to investigate voter fraud - policies that critics say have been intended to suppress Democratic votes. Bush, his deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, and other...
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Friday, March 23, 2007
MoveOn Moves In with Pelosi
When Eli Pariser, the executive director of MoveOn.org, looks at the Iraq spending bill that Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders managed to pass in the House today, what he sees is a way to end the war. The bill, which won passage on a nearly strict party-line vote, commits $124 billion to...
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Police Tell Anti-War Protesters to Take Down 'Camp Pelosi'
Anti-war protesters in their 11th day of a round-the-clock vigil in front of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Pacific Heights home were ordered by San Francisco police Thursday night to remove protest signs, banners and canopies that adorned what they called Camp Pelosi.
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Global Shipping Must Curb 'Unchecked' Pollution: Study
Ocean-going vessels now belch out more of the major air pollutant sulfur dioxide than all of the world's cars, trucks and buses combined, according to a study released Thursday. The group behind the report, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), also said the shipping industry...
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California Sues Navy Over Use of Sonar
The California Coastal Commission filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Navy for rejecting its recommendations for additional safeguards to protect whales and other marine mammals from high-power sonar used by ships in training exercises planned for Southern California waters.
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Antarctic Melting May be Speeding Up
HOBART (Australia) - Rising sea levels and melting polar ice-sheets are at upper limits of projections, leaving some human population centers already unable to cope, top world scientists say as they analyze latest satellite data.
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Congressman Trades Iraq Vote for Spinach
SAN FRANCISCO - A liberal Congressman who represents California's picturesque central coast region is under fire for trading his vote on the Iraq war for spinach. Rep. Sam Farr, a Democrat from the hippy college town of Santa Cruz, originally voted against the Iraq war and has voted against...
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U.S. Nukes Plan Viewed as Provocative
WASHINGTON - The announcement earlier this month that the United States will pursue the design and construction of new nuclear weapons has not been warmly embraced by the rest of the world.
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Saturday, December 9, 2006
Maricopa County female inmates march for chain gang duty in Phoenix, Arizona in this file photo. Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton US Has the Most Prisoners in the World
WASHINGTON - Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts. A U.S. Justice Department report released...
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Thursday, August 24, 2006
Why Air Con is Ruining Our Environment
During this summer's record-breaking heatwave judges removed their wigs in court, Buckingham Palace guards headed for the shade and the lions at Colchester Zoo were given blood-flavoured ice blocks to lick. It's no wonder we've been snapping up portable air-conditioning systems in a big way to cool...
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Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Red apples (Braeburn) in tray for transport and display in European Union. (Photo: Soren Breiting) What Not to Eat: the Truth about Food
Low-fat is good, butter is bad; buy free-range, not battery; tofu's terrific, lard's a killer... Messages about what we should and shouldn't eat bombard us on a daily basis. So what are we to believe? And what about the cost to the planet? Rose Prince unravels the myths and explains what we need to...
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Monday, April 17, 2006
People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing the remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide, during a commemoration in Kigali, Rwanda April 7, 2006. Three films in two years about Rwanda's genocide have shocked Western audiences with the scale and savagery of the slaughter, but many survivors in the tiny central African nation are unimpressed with the big-screen's wrong depictions of the carnage. Picture taken April 7, 2006. To match feature Rwanda-Genocide REUTERS/Themistoc Rwanda Survivors Say Hollywood Has Got It Wrong
Three films in two years about Rwanda's genocide have shocked Western audiences with the scale and savagery of the slaughter, but many survivors in the tiny central African nation are unimpressed. They say the big-screen depictions of the carnage, when about 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate...
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Monday, March 20, 2006
Oakland Nears Final Payouts for Protesters Hurt by Police
OAKLAND, California - A clash between the police and antiwar protesters here nearly three years ago will cost the City of Oakland more than $2 million, including dozens of payouts to people injured when officers fired wooden dowels, bean bags and rubber pellets. The Oakland City Council is...
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Sunday, March 12, 2006
Hillary Clinton Feels Heat Over Wal-Mart Ties
NEW YORK -- With retailer Wal-Martunder fire for its labor and healthcare policies, one Democrat with ties to the company, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, has started feeling her share of the political heat. Clinton served on Wal-Mart's board of directors for six years when her husband was governor...
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Thursday, January 26, 2006
More Americans Favor Impeaching Bush, Poll Says
WASHINGTON - The word "impeachment" is popping up increasingly these days and not just off the lips of liberal activists spouting predictable bumper-sticker slogans. After the unfounded claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and recent news of domestic spying without warrants, mainstream...
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Friday, December 30, 2005
President Bush's "Brownie" Quote Wins Award
LOS ANGELES - Call it the wrong phrase at the wrong time but "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" was named on Thursday as U.S. President George W. Bush's most memorable phrase of 2005. The ill-timed praise of a now disgraced agency head became a national punch line for countless jokes and pointed...
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Friday, November 18, 2005
The Man Who Sold the War
The road to war in Iraq led through many unlikely places. One of them was a chic hotel nestled among the strip bars and brothels that cater to foreigners in the town of Pattaya, on the Gulf of Thailand. On December 17th, 2001, in a small room within the sound of the crashing tide, a CIA officer...
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Sunday, October 30, 2005
Elizabeth Harper and Dennis Kucinich How Kucinich Found Love
On May 4, Elizabeth Harper walked with her boss into Dennis Kucinich's Capitol Hill office for a meeting and immediately noticed three things. In the reception area, she saw a visiting nun in white robes. In his inner office sat a shelf bearing an illustration depicting "light consciousness" and a...
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Barges often were piled high with one-ton steel containers of mustard gas to be thrown into the ocean in the 1940s and 1950s. More than a dozen such as this were unloaded off the coast of South Carolina. U.S. Army photo The Deadliness Below
In the summer of 2004, a clam-dredging operation off New Jersey pulled up an old artillery shell. The long-submerged World War I-era explosive was filled with a black tarlike substance. Bomb disposal technicians from Dover Air Force Base, Del., were brought in to dismantle it. Three of them were...
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Friday, October 7, 2005
George Bush believes he is on a mission from God, according to the politician Nabil Shaath. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP Bush: God Told Me to Invade Iraq
President George Bush has claimed he was told by God to invade Iraq and attack Osama bin Laden's stronghold of Afghanistan as part of a divine mission to bring peace to the Middle East, security for Israel, and a state for the Palestinians. The President made the assertion during his first meeting...
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Thursday, September 8, 2005
Old-Line Families Escape Worst of Flood And Plot the Future
NEW ORLEANS - On a sultry morning earlier this week, Ashton O'Dwyer stepped out of his home on this city's grandest street and made a beeline for his neighbor's pool. Wearing nothing but a pair of blue swim trunks and carrying two milk jugs, he drew enough pool water to flush the toilet in his home...
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Friday, September 2, 2005
Stadium Hurricane Refuge Like a 'Concentration Camp'
Dirty, fearful and exhausted, they pressed their faces against the metal gates, begging and pleading for the chance to board a bus and get away from a refuge that had become a nightmare. After five days in the stinking, crowded and sweltering confines of the New Orleans Superdome, the thousands of...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
US Selling More Weapons to Undemocratic Regimes That Support 'War on Terror'
The United States has ramped up arms sales to some of the world's most repressive and undemocratic regimes in a misguided attempt to bolster counter-terrorism efforts since the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil, says a new report from leading arms trade researchers. The report, from the Arms Trade...
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Thursday, May 19, 2005
Galloway: The Man Who Took on America
It may not have been the "mother of all smokescreens" - as George Galloway memorably described the congressional investigation into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal - but his appearance certainly underlined the mother of all culture gaps between the parliamentary traditions of Britain and America. We...
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Thursday, March 10, 2005
WAR CRIMES: US TERROR ATTACK ON TOKYO This 1945 photo shows the industrial section of Tokyo along the Sumida River. Some 16 square miles of the city were razed by incendiary and other strikes by U.S. warplanes March 9-10, 1945. The Tokyo attack was aimed in part at demolishing Japanese morale and hastening a surrender. Planners also wanted to wipe out small factories and drive away their employees as a way of choking the economy. (AP Photo) 1945 Tokyo Firebombing Left Legacy of Terror, Pain
TOKYO -- For decades, Teruo Kanoh never revealed the terror locked in his heart the night in 1945 when American bombs turned Tokyo into a raging fireball. Then, three years ago, he slowly began releasing his demons in oil and watercolor. In his vivid, unsparing paintings, U.S. warplanes shower the...
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Thursday, February 10, 2005
Pierre Martineau, left, and Patrice Bergeron, two of the Wal-Mart workers who initiated the unionization, stand in front of their workplace, a Wal-Mart department store, Tuesday Sept. 28, 2004 in Jonquiere, Que. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday, Feb. 9, 2005, it will close the Canadian store. (AP Photo/CP PHOTO/Jacques Boissinot) As Union Nears Win, Wal-Mart Closes Store
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will close one of its Canadian stores, just as some 200 workers at the location are near winning the first-ever union contract from the world's largest retailer. Wal-Mart said it was shuttering the store in Jonquiere, Quebec, in response to unreasonable...
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Tuesday, February 8, 2005
An effigy of US President Bush holds a cross as a weapon on a carnival float during the traditional rose Monday parade in Dusseldorf, western Germany, on Monday, Feb. 7, 2005. (AFP/DDP/Volker Hartmann) Western German Streets Fill Up as Carnival Pokes Fun at Bush
COLOGNE, Germany -- Hundreds of thousands of Germans, many dressed as jesters or fools, have flooded Rhineland streets for the traditional "Rose Monday" procession, the highlight of the Catholic carnival season. In Cologne, where the biggest parade got underway at 11 minutes to 11:00, around 10,000...
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Scottie & Me: February 1, 2005
Mokhiber: Scott, last night, in an amicus brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justice Department came down in favor of displaying the Ten Commandments at courthouses and statehouses around the country. My question is - does the President believe in Commandment Number Six - thou shalt not...
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Saturday, November 6, 2004
Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked
When I spoke with Jeff Fisher this morning (Saturday, November 06, 2004), the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 16th District said he was waiting for the FBI to show up. Fisher has evidence, he says, not only that the Florida election was hacked, but of who...
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Thursday, October 28, 2004
Two Years Before 9/11, Candidate Bush was Already Talking Privately About Attacking Iraq, According to His Former Ghost Writer
HOUSTON -- Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned...
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Thursday, October 21, 2004
Consumption of Resources Outstripping Planet's Ability to Cope
GENEVA - People are plundering the world's resources at a pace that outstrips the planet's capacity to sustain life, the environmental group WWF said Thursday. In its regular Living Planet Report , the World Wide Fund for Nature said humans currently consume 20 percent more natural resources than...
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
So, Did Saddam Hussein Try to Kill Bush's Dad?
WASHINGTON - Now that President George W. Bush's allegations about former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's ties to al-Qaeda and ambitious weapons programs have been thoroughly discredited, another outstanding charge remains to be resolved. During a campaign speech in September 2002, Bush cited a...
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Monday, July 19, 2004
Naked women protestors shout slogans against the alleged rape, torture and murder of Thangjam Manorama by paramilitary soldiers in Imphal, capital of northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Thursday, July 15, 2004. In a highly unusual protest, some 40 women stripped naked and staged an angry demonstration outside the Assam Rifles base to protest the death in custody of 32-year old Manorama. (AP Photo/Str) Women Rage Against 'Rape' in Northeast India
IMPHAL (Manipur), - After torching government buildings and parading naked to protest the suspected custodial rape and killing of a woman by federal soldiers, women in Manipur vow to intensify their fight against frequent atrocities in the restive northeast Indian state. An indefinite curfew is in...
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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Which are the Most Popular Progressive Websites?
Alexa.com rates popularity of all websites on the internet - over 250 million of them. They use a combination of the number of 'users' and 'page views' over a 3-month period to calculate website popularity ( Click here to see Alexa's Global Top 500 ) . Here's how the top 25 progressive websites...
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Thursday, April 1, 2004
'Blood Diamonds' Still Sold by U.S. Retailers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Major U.S. and international retailers that sell diamond jewelry are failing to follow through on promises to prevent the trade in so-called 'conflict diamonds' that have fueled civil war and violence in several African nations, according to a new report released at this week's...
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Friday, March 19, 2004
Karina Lau, 20, had won a four-year music scholarship to the University of the Pacific. High School Senior Class Photo Death Leaves Family with Grief, Questions
LIVINGSTON, Merced County, California -- Seven minutes. That's how long it took for 6-pound Karina Lau to enter world. It was the happiest moment of her parents' lives. Seven days. That's how long it took for Lau's 120-pound body to be flown with a military escort from Iraq to her hometown of...
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Thursday, March 4, 2004
Coca - Cola Admits That Dasani is Nothing But Tap Water
LONDON - It made for great headlines, but the fact that the UK version of Coca-Cola's Dasani brand bottled water comes out of the London public supply should hardly have come as a surprise. "Coke's in hot water," "Eau dear" and "The real sting" were three good examples of the newspaper headline...
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Wednesday, December 24, 2003
US Companies Moving More Jobs Overseas
NEW YORK - U.S. corporations are picking up the pace in shifting well-paid technology jobs to India, China and other low-cost centers, but they are keeping quiet for fear of a backlash, industry professionals said. Morgan Stanley estimates the number of U.S. jobs outsourced to India will double to...
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Friday, December 19, 2003
Fight to the Death: The Iraqis Who Hated Saddam Hate the Americans More
In Khaldiyah, it's a war of nerves. A three-meter-deep crater marks the explosion point of a careering car bomb that the local police knew was inevitable. Just across and down a highway that cuts through this small town west of Baghdad is the home of a man the US suspects could help bring an end to...
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FTAA Protests: Amnesty Says Miami Police May Have Broken UN Laws
MIAMI - Police in Miami may have violated various international laws and covenants on civil rights and use of force when they crushed protests against a free trade meeting last month, rights group Amnesty International said. In a letter to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, dated Dec. 16 and made public on...
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Rumsfeld's '84 Visit was to Reassure Iraqis
WASHINGTON — Donald Rumsfeld went to Baghdad in March 1984 with instructions to deliver a private message about weapons of mass destruction: that the United States' public criticism of Iraq for using chemical weapons would not derail Washington's attempts to forge a better relationship, according...
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Rights, Liberties Groups Hail Court Defeats for Bush Anti-Terror War
U.S. civil liberties and human rights groups Thursday hailed the one-two punch delivered by two federal appeals courts against the Bush administration's refusal to recognize basic due-process rights of alleged U.S. and foreign detainees held as "enemy combatants" in Washington's "war on terrorism...
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Battle Rages with Ecuador Indians Over Jungle Oil
QUITO - In a steamy jungle of winding laurel trees and sprawling palms, a battle is raging between Ecuadorean Indians trying to protect land rights and oil companies who want to drill in the Amazon. In the northern Amazon, Indians are suing a U.S. oil company over environmental damage they say...
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Thursday, December 18, 2003
Foes Say Bush Plan Would Create 'Debating Society Over Science'
On its face, the idea sounds utterly unassailable: Who would oppose a government rule to increase expert discussion of key scientific research? But a new Bush administration proposal to increase peer review for many scientific studies has alarmed public health and environmental groups, as well as...
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Is the Search for WMDs Over?
After eight months of fruitless search, George Bush has in effect washed his hands of the hunt for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, in whose name the United States and Britain went to war last March. David Kay, the CIA adviser who headed the US-led search for WMD, is to quit, before submitting...
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Earth Warming at Faster Pace, Say Top Science Group's Leaders
Leaders of one of the nation's top scientific organizations issued a new warning this week that human activities -- most notably the greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other industries -- are warming Earth's climate at a faster rate than ever. The statement came from the 28-member...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Despite the Hype, Bottled Water is Neither Cleaner nor Greener than Tap Water
"You drink tap water? Are you crazy?" asks a 21-year-old radio producer from the Chicago area. "I only drink bottled water." In a trendy nightclub in New York City, the bartender tells guests they can only be served bottled water, which costs $5 for each tiny half-pint container. One outraged...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Scottie & Me: October 14, 2003
Mokhiber: Scott, a couple things. Pat Robertson said this weekend that he wanted to nuke the State Department. The direct quote is, "If I could just get a nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom, I think that's the answer. You've got to blow that thing up." Does the President have any reaction to that?...
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Thursday, October 2, 2003
Scottie & Me: October 2, 2003
Mokhiber: Have any members of the White House staff hired outside counsel to represent them in connection with the criminal investigation? Scott McClellan: Not to my knowledge. Mokhiber: Second question, you have said there's no evidence implicating current White House staff. Do you know of any...
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Tuesday, September 2, 2003
Scottie & Me: September 2, 2003
Mokhiber: Scott, two things. First, does the President know how many people have been killed and wounded in Iraq since the beginning of the war? McClellan: Those numbers are made available, publicly. Mokhiber: Does the President know how many -- McClellan: He's very well aware of the sacrifices...
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Thursday, August 28, 2003
Voting Machine Controversy
COLUMBUS - The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." The Aug. 14 letter from Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. - who has...
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Monday, July 14, 2003
Bush 'Bundlers' Take Fundraising to New Level
As chairman, president and chief executive of Safeway Inc., the world's 11th-largest grocery chain, Steven Burd is the nexus of a wide network of subordinates and suppliers, as well as friends in corporate suites. And that is why he will play a critical role in President Bush's effort to raise the...
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Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Ari & I: May 27, 2003
Mokhiber: Ari, there is a new documentary film by an Irish journalist, Jamie Doran. He alleges - Ari Fleischer: I haven't seen it. Mokhiber: Well, let me tell you about it. He alleges U.S. military involvement in a massacre of 3,000 Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan. He says that the 3,000 prisoners...
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Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Ari & I: May 14, 2003
Mokhiber: Ari, you said on April 10th, about weapons of mass destruction, "That is what this war was about." On Sunday, The Washington Post reported that the group directing U.S. search efforts for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is winding down operations without finding proof that Saddam...
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Tuesday, May 6, 2003
Rich Nations Continue to Wield Power in Global Bodies
WASHINGTON - From the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the United Nations, to Interpol and the World Health Organization (WHO), dozens of international agencies now work to regulate world trade, telecommunications, transportation, labor,...
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Monday, March 3, 2003
Youths Shouldn't Be Tried As Adults, Study Says
WASHINGTON -- Every state allows children under 16 to be tried as adults, but new research indicates that many cannot understand their situations well enough to aid their defense. The private MacArthur Foundation study released today says that many children under 16 had as much difficulty grasping...
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Ari & I: March 3, 2003
Mokhiber: Ari, you say the President is going to the AMA [American Medical Association] tomorrow to give a speech. There is also a group of victims of medical malpractice who are in town. They want to meet with the President. One of them is a gentleman named Richard Flagg. He is a Vietnam Vet who...
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Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Ari & I: February 26, 2003
Mokhiber: Ari, you said yesterday that if we go to war with Iraq, the Iraqi leadership, including Saddam Hussein, would be a legitimate target under international law. Does this mean that if we go to war with Iraq, our leadership would be a legitimate target under international law? Ari Fleischer:...
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Thursday, February 6, 2003
Ari & I: February 6, 2003
Mokhiber: Ari, two things. A group of bishops and pastors from the National Council of Churches, the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, among others -- sent a letter to the President last week. They said they want a meeting face-to-face with him because they're "uneasy about the moral...
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Thursday, January 30, 2003
Ari & I: January 30, 2003
Mokhiber: Ari, two things. Yesterday in South Africa, former President Nelson Mandela said "All President Bush wants is Iraqi oil because Iraq produces 64 percent of the oil and he wants to get a hold of it." He also said that America is "so arrogant" that they dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima...
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Monday, January 27, 2003
Ari & I: January 27, 2003
Mokhiber: The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that a number of major American corporations -- including Hewlett-Packard and Bechtel -- helped Saddam Hussein beef up its military in the 1980s. And also the Washington Post last month in a front-page article by Michael Dobbs said the United...
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Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Ari & I: January 21, 2003
Mokhiber: Ari, UPI reported last week that Prime Minister Sharon of Israel has given the green light to Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, to engage in targeted killings in the United States and other friendly countries. The report says that Mossad has in the past engaged in assassinations...
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Monday, January 20, 2003
As War Drums Grow, Peace Activist Stands Her Ground
The word courage often is used to describe an act of valor on a battlefield. But the word can also apply to a person standing up for peace. So it was one Wednesday afternoon last summer when Aase Loescher arrived at the weekly peace vigil at the Monroe County Courthouse. No one else showed up that...
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Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Ari & I: December 17, 2002
Mokhiber: Ari, last week I asked -- why is the President appointing convicted criminals like Elliott Abrams to policy positions at the White House? You said that you disputed the premise of the question. What part of the question do you dispute? Ari Fleischer: Did you call him a war criminal?...
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Thursday, December 5, 2002
Ari & I: December 5, 2002
Mokhiber: What was the President thinking when he appointed an alleged war criminal to investigate a war crime? Ari Fleischer: [Ari gestures with his hands as if to indicate that he doesn't understand the question.] Mokhiber: What was he thinking? Fleischer: Who are you thinking of? Mokhiber: Chile...
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Tuesday, October 15, 2002
Ari & I: October 15, 2002
Mokhiber: You have said the President wants regime change in Iraq, by which I take it to mean the President wants to overthrow the government in Iraq. Why don't you just say the President wants to overthrow the government in Iraq? Ari Fleischer: Russell, I think you need to address your question to...
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Wednesday, October 9, 2002
Ari & I: October 9, 2002
Mokhiber: Ari, two questions. The New York Times this week published a letter from Theodore Sorensen, a former legal counsel to President John F. Kennedy, in which he said that the President -- Ari Fleischer: I'm well aware of what he said, Russell. I'm well aware. Mokhiber: Well, if I could just...
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Thursday, September 19, 2002
Ari & I: September 19, 2002
Mokhiber: Ari, you said earlier that "Democracy is God-given." Didn't Thomas Jefferson have something to do with it? Ari Fleischer: I cited the Declaration of Independence and the author of our inalienable rights. Mokhiber: Who is the author of our inalienable rights? Ari Fleischer: That's what I...
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Sunday, September 8, 2002
How Did Iraq Get Its Weapons? We Sold Them
THE US and Britain sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials Iraq needed to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction. Reports by the US Senate's committee on banking, housing and urban affairs -- which oversees American exports policy -- reveal that the US, under...
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Ari & I: July 30, 2002
Russell Mokhiber: Two questions. On Adelphia, individuals were charged criminally, but the company was only charged in a civil fraud case by the SEC. Why wasn't the company charged with a criminal charge, as the individuals were? Ari Fleischer: Any decisions made about prosecutions I would refer...
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Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Ari & I: May 21, 2002
Russell Mokhiber: Ari, does Israel have nuclear weapons? Ari Fleischer: That's a question you'll have to ask to Israel. Mokhiber: Do you know, does the administration know, whether they have... Fleischer: I don't personally know. Mokhiber: Second question. Jocshka Fischer, the German Foreign...
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Friday, April 5, 2002
Boycott of Israeli Products Gaining in South Africa: Mideast Conflict Hits SA Shop Shelves
Leading chocolate, softdrink, cellphone and toiletry companies in South Africa have been threatened with a consumer boycott as part of a local campaign against Israel's intensified military assault on Palestine. And Pick 'n Pay and Spar have been singled out as targets if they ignore a call from...
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Monday, March 25, 2002
Ari & I: March 25, 2002
Russell Mokhiber: Ari, two questions. The Washington Post yesterday reported that environmental officials in Alabama are protesting an EPA move -- what they call a sweetheart deal -- to intervene in a pollution case in Anniston. The Alabama environmental officials say that this an unwarranted and...
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Tuesday, January 1, 2002
Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution
ANNISTON, Ala. -- On the west side of Anniston, the poor side of Anniston, the people ate dirt. They called it "Alabama clay" and cooked it for extra flavor. They also grew berries in their gardens, raised hogs in their back yards, caught bass in the murky streams where their children swam and...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Ari & I: November 20, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari , yesterday, there were reports in the British press that a catastrophic error by U.S. Air Force bombers killed 150 Afghan civilians. Does the administration have any numbers on how many civilians have been killed by U.S. bombs since the bombing started? Ari Fleischer: Let me make two...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2001
Ari & I: October 31, 2001
Mokhiber: The United States is dropping cluster bombs on Afghanistan. These are bombs that are yellow in color, the same color as the food rations -- they are the size of a soda can. Public interest groups that crusade against land mines, including The Princess Diana Memorial Fund and the...
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Friday, October 26, 2001
Ari & I: October 26, 2001
Russel Mokhiber: Ari, the Los Angeles Times today ran a long front page article exploring the idea of bringing Osama Bin Laden to the United States and putting him on trial. The President said he wants bin Laden dead or alive. Would he prefer that he be brought to the United States and put on trial...
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Friday, August 3, 2001
Ari & I: August 3, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, excuse me, in July 1996, then [Israeli] Prime Minister Netanyahu told a joint session of Congress that he wanted to begin to wean Israel off of what he called generous American assistance -- $1.2 billion in economic aid at that time. Since then, we continue to send military equipment...
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Thursday, July 19, 2001
Mimi Farina Bread and Roses Founder Singer-Activist Mimi Farina Dead at 56
MILL VALLEY, CA - Expressions of love and sadness greeted the death yesterday of Mimi Farina of Mill Valley, noted '60s folk singer and founder of Bread & Roses. She died at home with family and close friends at her bedside after a two-year battle with neuroendocrine cancer. She was 56. Music...
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Monday, July 16, 2001
Ari & I: July 16, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, I've got two questions for you. There appears to be a grassroots movement, led by Republicans nationwide, to keep big rig interstate trucks -- to keep them on the Interstate highways and to ban them from small two-lane, two-lane roads. For example, Christine Whitman, when she was...
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Monday, July 2, 2001
Ari & I: July 2, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, on the death penalty, two questions. The District Attorney in Houston will decide within the month whether to seek the death penalty against Andrea Yates -- she's the mother who drowned her five kids. Has the President expressed an opinion on whether this woman should be put to death...
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001
Ari & I: June 27, 2001
Mokhiber: There is an argument Ari, that any patients' bill of rights bill, no matter what the approach, is bound to fail. This argument was put forth most recently by Marcia Angell, who is the former head of the New England Journal of Medicine, in a New York Times column a couple days ago, " A...
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Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Ari & I: June 26, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, could I follow up on that? According to the Washington Post yesterday in an article titled "Sharon's Action in 1982 Massacre Stirs New Debate," this whole issue was triggered by a BBC Documentary called "The Accused." This is the key point of evidence that they raised. During the BBC...
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Thursday, June 21, 2001
US Defends Drug Companies
GENEVA - The United States took a tough line yesterday in defense of drug companies' rights to patent protection of their medicines. Though there were some signs of movement, the overall US stance dismayed the developing countries who cannot afford these drugs and threatened to open a gulf with the...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2001
Ari & I: June 20, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, on managed care, we spend $4,200 per person, per year on health care. And yet 42 million Americans have no health insurance and 50 million have inadequate health insurance. The Swiss spend $2,400, the Germans spend $2,300, the French $2,200, the Canadians, $2,000 -- and everyone is...
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Thursday, May 31, 2001
Ari & I: May 31, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, Kenneth Lay is a close friend of the President's, and he is also the head of Enron Corporation in Houston. The New York Times reported last week that Mr. Lay made a call to Curtis Hebert, who is the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and that he offered him a deal...
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Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Sweden Pushes Its Ban on Children's Ads
BRUSSELS -- When kids in Sweden watch the Pokemon cartoon series, they don't hear the jingle that everywhere else in the world ends each show: "Gotta catch `em all." The country's consumer ombudsman deemed it stealth advertising, ruling that the tune is a surreptitious plug for Pokemon playing...
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Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Ari & I: May 15, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, in 1998, a jury in San Antonio ordered Diamond Shamrock refinery corporation to pay a widow, Donna Hall, $42 million for the death of her husband at the refinery. The jury thought that this was a way to punish the company for knowingly using unsafe equipment. Governor Bush at the...
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Friday, May 4, 2001
Ari & I: May 4, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, I have a question about commercialism's reach into areas that were previously off limits to commercialism. Alcatel, the French telecommunications firm, has procured the rights to Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. They are running ads nationwide to use his speech to sell...
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McDonald's Confirms Its French Fries Are Made With Beef Extract
SEATTLE - Facing a class-action lawsuit from angry vegetarians, McDonald's this week confirmed that its French fries are prepared with beef extract, a disclosure the company said is not new. Although the fast-food giant has been saying since 1990 that its fries are cooked in pure vegetable oil,...
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Thursday, May 3, 2001
Ari & I: May 3, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, yesterday, I asked you about Koch Industries, which last month pled guilty to a felony environmental crime. The question was -- the campaign took money from the company and from the employees, and you said -- it couldn't have taken money from the company, because it's illegal to take...
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Wednesday, May 2, 2001
Ari & I: May 2, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, last month, Koch Industries, one of the nation's largest oil companies, pled guilty to a felony environmental crime. The Washington Post reported, also last month, that the company and its employees gave $30,000 to President Bush during the Presidential race and a similar amount in...
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Monday, April 9, 2001
Ari & I: April 9, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, the President has said that we are going to get rid of the death tax "to keep farms in the family." Yesterday, the New York Times, on the front page, ran an article , quoting tax experts saying they have never found a farm lost because of estate taxes. They quote -- even the American...
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Friday, April 6, 2001
Ari & I: April 6, 2001
Mokhiber: A question – to change the subject for a second – about the President's political philosophy. A couple of months ago, Business Week magazine did a poll which found that three-quarters of the American people believe that "business had gained too much power over their lives." And in an...
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Wednesday, April 4, 2001
Ari & I: April 4, 2001
Mokhiber: Ari, there's a report today that the President's decision on carbon dioxide emissions was routed through the legislative affairs director, Nicholas Calio. Calio in 1997 -- his firm -- was paid $420,000 to lobby on this issue by Tenneco Automotive, which is the largest auto exhaust systems...
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Tuesday, March 6, 2001
Corporate Spooks
Corporate espionage is the dirty little secret of big business in America today. Corporations spy on other corporations. They spy on citizen groups. They spy on governments. To protect their reputations, corporations don't admit to spying. But they do it. Corporate spies call themselves "...
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Thursday, March 1, 2001
Undated photo of the world's tallest statue of Bhudda measuring 53 meters (175 feet) in Bamiyan, 125 kilometers (90 miles) west of Kabul in Afghanistan. Supreme Commander of the Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar had ordered the destruction of all statues in Afghanistan, including the centuries-old Buddha in Bamiyan, and armed Taliban troops fanned out across the country Thursday to implement the supreme leader's order. (AP Photo) Afghan Taliban Begin Destruction of Ancient Buddha Statues
KABUL - Ignoring an international outcry, Afghanistan's puritanical Taliban Islamic militia began demolishing statues across the country on Thursday, including two towering ancient stone Buddhas. Taliban Minister of Information and Culture Qudratullah Jamal told AFP the destruction of scores of pre...
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Friday, December 29, 2000
Clinton Reverses 5-Year Ban On Lobbying by Appointees
President Clinton yesterday revoked an executive order he signed on his first day in office in 1993 that barred senior officials of the White House and other agencies from lobbying former colleagues for five years. Lifting the five-year ban on lobbying means Clinton's top subordinates, those...
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