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Lobbyists Push Use of Deadly Asbestos in Developing Nations
WASHINGTON - A global network of lobby groups has spent nearly $100 million since the mid-1980s to preserve the international market for asbestos, a known carcinogen that's taken millions of lives and is banned or restricted in 52 countries, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists...
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May Toronto's G20 Be the Last
To a foreigner, the Canadian police are a confusing bunch. With Toronto locked down for the G20 summit , several of them have been cycling around the deserted streets on mountain bikes presenting what we would see as the very picture of community policing. Yet side by side with this benign image is...
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I Am a Protester, Not a Terrorist
There was a knot in my stomach as I rode the subway to my first anti-G20 protest this week. All the foreboding emails flooding my inbox had me spooked. Company instructions on gas masks, underwear choice (avoid cotton, it absorbs gas fumes), and making sure to have an escape route. My husband had...
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‘Alternative Summits’ Embody a Grass-Roots Strategy for Change
There will be no fences, no fake lakes, no photo opps. But the alternative summits, forums and “Days of Action” happening in Toronto during the G8 and G20 meetings later this month will be bringing in world leaders of a different sort to share information and strategies for world change. They aim...
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Charcoal Ain't Gonna Cool the Planet (Duh)!
It's downright amazing what people are willing to put their faith in when confronted with a crisis. With ever more dire impacts from a cooking planet, the "biochar worshippers" are doing their best to sell the idea that we can cure just about everything -- from global warming to soil infertility,...
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Vermont Farmer Draws a Line at US Bid to Bolster Border
Homeland Security threatens to seize 4.9 acres
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States Prepare to Rise to CO2 Challenge as Senate Climate Bill Collapses
Climate proposals due to be unveiled before the Senate would strip 23 US states of their power to act on climate change
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Arctic States Meet Over Resources, Military Concerns
OTTAWA - Five Arctic states are to meet Monday in the Canadian city of Chelsea to bolster regional cooperation as concerns grow over a military build-up and opposition to the tapping of its rich resources. Representatives from Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States will participate...
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Quebec's Witch Hunt Against Niqabi Minority
Governments intervene against the religious wishes of Jehovah's Witness families to give blood transfusions to save the lives of their kin. The Quebec government wants to intervene to deny health care to women whose religious wish is to wear the niqab. In Saudi Arabia, Iran and parts of Taliban-...
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Babar’s Mother in the Harvard Club
"The hunter has killed Babar's mother! The monkey hides, the birds fly away. Babar cries." ---- Jean de Brunhoff, The Story of Babar. I was invited last week to unveil my recent portrait of Frances Perkins at a fundraiser for the Frances Perkins Center . Frances Perkins was the Secretary of Labor...
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