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Hans Blix Wins Sydney Peace Prize
SYDNEY, Australia - Swedish diplomat Hans Blix, chairman of the UN Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, has been awarded the 2007 Sydney Peace Prize. The Sydney Peace Foundation, which announced the award on Monday morning, said Dr Blix was the unanimous choice of the prize jury. The citation...
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Indigenous Leaders Bring Eco-Sense to UN
UNITED NATIONS - If one is serious about addressing the climate change crisis, it might be wise to listen to those who have close and intimate knowledge of the lands and waters. "Mother Earth is crying," says Carrie Dann, an elder of the Western Shoshone indigenous people of the United States. "She...
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Economics, Not Arms, to Shape U.S.-China Relationship
While all eyes are on Iraq, the United States is quietly promoting a new arms race in Asia. Example number one of this new arms push is a campaign to pressure the parliament of Taiwan to approve the purchase of $10 billion in U.S. armaments. After Taiwan's elected representatives recently turned...
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US Health System Ranks Last Compared to Other Countries: Studies
WASHINGTON - The US health care system ranks last among other major rich countries for quality, access and efficiency, according to two studies released Tuesday by a health care think tank. The studies by the Commonwealth Fund found that the United States, which has the most expensive health system...
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Blair's Fatal Attraction
Outgoing British PM Was On A Roll Until He Fell For George Bush's War Policies
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Migrating Birds' Habitat Threatened by Sea Wall
Thousands of birds are being starved on their migratory routes between Australia and Siberia as a result of a huge land-reclamation project that has drained a valuable wetland habitat in South Korea. A 20-mile-long sea wall has stopped the ebb and flow of the tides that have made the Saemangeum...
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Environment: Momentum Grows to 'Ban the Bulb'
WASHINGTON - On Feb. 20, Australia announced it would phase out the sale of inefficient incandescent light bulbs by 2010, replacing them with highly efficient compact fluorescent bulbs that use one-fourth as much electricity. If the rest of the world joins Australia in this simple step to sharply...
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Global Public Favors Stronger United Nations
UNITED NATIONS - According to the results of a groundbreaking 18-nation poll released Wednesday, people around the world favor dramatic steps to strengthen the United Nations, including giving it the power to have its own standing peacekeeping force, to regulate the international arms trade and to...
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War on Terrorism going Badly, US Admits
THE US State Department yesterday urged that "non-military" strategies be used to fight terrorism as it admitted that more than 20,000 people died in terrorist attacks last year, up 40 per cent on 2005. The big rise in deaths, injuries and terrorist incidents was almost entirely due to...
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Sex and Foreign Aid
The Lessons Learned From a High-Level Administration Official's Resignation In The 'D.C. Madam' Scandal.
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