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Smokescreen for the War Blown Away
If asparagus and not oil was Iraq's leading export then the determination of the US, Britain and Australia to continue occupying the country would certainly be less than it is. Asked why the US invaded, many Iraqis promptly answer: "To steal our oil." By admitting that securing Iraq's oil supplies...
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Gore Slams US-Led Climate Pact as Sham
NEW YORK - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore slammed the United States and some other big polluters for forming what he called a sham global warming pact separate from the rest of the world. Those countries -- including Australia, China, India, South Korea and Japan -- must join the rest of the...
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Oil a Key Factor in Australian Role in Iraq: Minister
Oil is a key factor keeping Australian troops in the US-led war in Iraq, Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said Thursday, before his boss Prime Minister John Howard sharply contradicted him. Nelson's startling comments caused an immediate stir in Australia, one of the United States' few major allies...
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Rich Nations Blamed for Global Warming
SINGAPORE - Developed countries are hypocritical for criticizing China's greenhouse gas emissions while using the country's cheap labor to power industries that pollute, Asian business and government leaders said Monday. "This is green imperialism," Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Malaysia's deputy finance...
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Guantanamo 'a Source of Frustration' for White House
WASHINGTON-Momentum to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, long a stain on America's international reputation, appears to be building among the most senior members of George W. Bush's inner circle. The White House issued a statement last night denying a decision on closing the internment camp on...
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Imperial Presidency Declared Null and Void
Bush May Ignore The 4th Circuit's Stinging Rebuke of His War Paradigm. But His Policies are Losing The Cloak of Legality.
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Is It Anti-Americanism or Just Anti-Bushism?
Australia - "In Papua New Guinea," a woman said to my wife when we were in that country recently, "we used to look up to the United States, see it as our father, our model. Now we are afraid of the United States. What has happened is very sad."As Americans who have been living abroad for the past...
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US Torpedoes Hopes For G8 Climate Deal
The United States on Wednesday rejected a German bid for a binding pact on slashing greenhouse gas emissions at a summit of the world's richest nations. Dashing faint hopes for a decisive accord, the chairman of the White House-run US Council on Environmental Quality, Jim Connaughton, said all...
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U.S. Health Care Is Bad For Your Health
One of the most contentious issues of the U.S. presidential campaign will be how to fix what many agree is a malfunctional health-care system. Adding fuel to the fire is a study published last month detailing the shortcomings of U.S. health care when compared to the systems of other developed...
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Disarmament Latin America: Cluster Bomb-Free Region?
LIMA - Peru's proposal to make Latin America the world's first cluster munitions-free region received broad support from the countries that took part in this week's intergovernmental conference on a future global treaty against the weapons in Lima, said local authorities.The Wednesday through...
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