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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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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. A United Nations report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
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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. In fact, most people outside the country view the move as more evidence of a policy favouring unilateralism...
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San Francisco Democrats Tell Pelosi To Vote Against Iraq War Funding
Since she became Speaker of the House, San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's position on continued funding for the Iraq War has been explicit: she seeks the war's end, but says, "Democrats will never cut off funding for our troops when they are in harm's way." The San Francisco Democratic...
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Bush's Iraq "Surge": The Fraud Exposed
If ever proof was needed that the president's "surge" plan in Iraq is actually a ruse, a guise for something else, it came yesterday. Five American soldiers were killed when a group of Iraqis dressed in American army uniforms penetrated a secure government compound in the Baghdad suburb of Karbala...
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Adios, Augusto and Jeanne
When Augusto Pinochet died only three days after one-time US Ambassador to the UN, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, it almost seemed as if the former Chilean dictator just couldn't go on without this woman whose career was founded on the proposition that governments like his were worthy of US support. Certainly...
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The Gravitational Physics of a Settlement in Iraq
Icarus's father knew it; scientists dropping iron balls from leaning towers knew it; even markets in the heady throes of bubbles begrudgingly know it: gravity eventually wins. Gravity is the reason that the Iraq Study Group's recommendations will no more produce peace in Iraq than have Bush's...
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The Baker Agenda: Troops Out, Oil Companies In?
Recommendations 62 and 63 confirm that control of Iraqi oil is a fundamental premise of Administration policy. This was denied in the first years of the war, but this week the President confirmed his belief that Islamic extremists will “gain access to vast oil reserves and use Iraq as a base to...
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Iraq Study Group Report Rebuffs Neo-Conservatives, But Still Seeks “Success” Through Lower-Profile War
The report of the Iraq Study Group, if implemented, closes the door on the neo-conservative dreams which have been a nightmare for the people of Iraq and the United States. Since the Nov. 7 election, we have applauded the disappearance of Donald Rumsfeld and John Bolton. The ISG report would bury...
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