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Ex-Cal Tree-Sitter Hurt in West Bank Protest
OAKLAND - An Oakland man who was among the tree-sitters who fought to save a grove of oaks and redwoods next to UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium was critically wounded Friday in the West Bank by an Israeli-fired tear-gas canister, officials and acquaintances said. Tristan Anderson, 38, was injured...
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A Bank Bailout That Works
The news that even Alan Greenspan and Senator Chris Dodd suggest that bank nationalization may be necessary shows how desperate the situation has become. It has been obvious for some time that a government takeover of our banking system--perhaps along the lines of what Norway and Sweden did in the...
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Doomsday Clock May Finally Stop Ticking
UNITED NATIONS - The Barack Obama administration's apparent resolve to take U.S. foreign policy in a new direction is creating ripples of hope for an enhanced U.N. agenda on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Observers and diplomats who are due to take part in a major meeting to discuss...
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Nationalizing Troubled Banks May Be the Only Answer
WASHINGTON - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan thinks it's necessary. His successor, Ben Bernanke, doesn't rule it out. From editorial pages to the blogosphere to boardrooms, this is the question on many minds: Should the United States nationalize some banks? A few months ago, it would...
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Nationalize the Banks! We're all Swedes Now
The U.S. banking system is close to being insolvent, and unless we want to become like Japan in the 1990s -- or the United States in the 1930s -- the only way to save it is to nationalize it. As free-market economists teaching at a business school in the heart of the world's financial capital, we...
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Muslim World Hails End of a Despised Symbol
NEW YORK - While the decision of President Barack Obama to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, and end the practice of interrogation techniques that violate international law, made front page news throughout the United States, press reaction in the Middle East was far less extensive - but...
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Surveillance Culture Sneaks up on Europe, Despite Resistance
VANVES, France — Despite the fact that fascism and repressive state security services dominated Europe — East and West — at different points in the 20th century, a new culture of surveillance is spreading, slowly, across the region again, using tools that the Nazis and the KGB never had. The U.S...
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Cluster Bomb Treaty and The World's Unfinished Business
The United States, Russia and China are sending a terrible message to the rest of the world by refusing to take part in the historic signing of a treaty that bans the production and use of cluster bombs. In a world that is plagued by war, military occupation and terrorism, the involvement of the...
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Sweden Wrestles with Its Own Future
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The days are short here in Stockholm, which is so far north that winter daylight is limited to about four hours a day. But the city is buzzing with visitors, media and activities, as the Nobel Prizes were given Wednesday. While the Nobels recognize lifetime achievements in...
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Ban These Pernicious Weapons
Obama must reverse US policy and sign the convention against cluster munitions
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