All News Articles for 2009-02-09

Monday, February 9, 2009
Senator Seeks Bush-Era 'Truth Commission'
WASHINGTON - A U.S. "truth commission" should investigate Bush administration policies including the promotion of war in Iraq, detainee treatment and wiretapping without a warrant, an influential senator proposed on Monday. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, urged a commission as a way to heal what he called sharp political divides under former President George W. Bush and to prevent future abuses. He compared it to other truth commissions, such as one in South Africa that investigated the apartheid era.
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Artist Questions 'Motivation and the Timing' of Boston Arrest
Artist Frank Shepard Fairey criticized Boston police today after he pleaded not guilty to graffiti-related charges, questioning the "motivation and the timing" of his arrest on Friday hours before his opening at the Institute of Contemporary Art. "I'm making art that not everybody likes," Fairey told reporters outside Roxbury Municipal Court.
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Scientists Plan Emergency Summit on Climate Change
Scientists are to hold an emergency summit to warn the world's politicians they are being too timid in their response to global warming. Climate experts from across the world will gather in Copenhagen next month to agree a stark message to policy makers, which they hope will break the political deadlock on efforts to curb rising temperatures. The meeting follows "disturbing" studies that suggest global warming could strike harder and faster than expected.
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Barack Obama and The Progressives
To understand what Obama means to the progressive movement in the United States, Paul Jay speaks to Katrina Vanden Heuvel, publisher of The Nation. Vanden Heuvel says Obama is pragmatically progressive. She says he is the first community organizer the United States has had in chief, and that this is important to the progressive movements. Vanden Heauvel says in these first days of the Obama Administration the removal of U.S. troops in Iraq must be pushed forward as domestic policy cannot be separated from foreign.
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'Poverty Olympics' Ridicule Games
A merry band of poverty activists danced down East Hastings Street Sunday to question the rationale behind the city and provincial governments' financial commitment to the Olympic Games. The second annual "Poverty Olympics" was a lighthearted event aimed at raising awareness about the serious issues of poverty and homelessness that affect Downtown Eastside residents, said Wendy Pederson of the Carnegie Community Action Project.
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The $800 Billion Gamble: Economists Say Stimulus Cuts Could Be 'Disastrous'
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, pushing for fast action on the stimulus bill, turned to a well-worn maxim : "We should not let the perfect be the enemy of the good." The bill the Senate is expected to send to a conference committee as soon as Tuesday includes provisions -- particularly the $69.8 billion one-year "patch" on the alternative minimum tax (AMT) -- that key economists and budget specialists say are less likely to have the maximum anti-recessi
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Debate Persists About Long-Term Effects of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Vanishing Whales: Prince William Sound mystery
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Giant Marine Park Plan for Chagos
Islanders may return to be environmental wardens
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US Using British Atomic Weapons Factory for Its Nuclear Program
• Joint warhead research carried out at Aldermaston • Work breaches nuclear treaty, campaigners warn
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Rendition Case in S.F. to Test Obama Policies
The public is likely to get its first close look at the Obama administration's policies on torture, secrecy and prisoners' rights in a San Francisco courtroom today, when federal judges press a government lawyer for a position on the practice known as extraordinary rendition.
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Bracing for More Drone Attacks
KARACHI - On Jan 23, days after Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States, a series of missiles slammed into Pakistan's tribal areas along the Afghan border -- in continuation of Washington's policy of targeting al-Qaeda and Taliban elements regardless of sovereignty issues. "The drone attacks anger Pakistanis because the government, in cahoots with the media, refuses to explain that Pakistani governments have been complicit in seeking rent from Washington to fight what now appears to be America's war," said military analyst, Ayesha Siddiqa.
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Ala. Teen's Bus Defiance Set Stage for Rosa Parks
PORTLAND, Maine - More than 50 years after her refusal to surrender her bus seat to a white woman set the stage for a similar act of defiance by Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin is finally getting her due as a civil rights pioneer. On March 2, 1955, the 15-year-old schoolgirl from Montgomery, Ala., was dragged off the bus by police, handcuffed and jailed. But her bold act drew little support from classmates - many of whom shunned her - or from the city's black leadership.
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Antiwar Lawmakers Wary of Adding Troops in Afghanistan
Some want to see clear exit strategy before escalation
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Senate's Socialist Scores a Win
Chalk one up for the socialist. In November, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, introduced the provocatively named Stop the Greed on Wall Street Act - a bill aimed at limiting executive compensation at banks receiving government bailout funds. The measure was promptly ignored and died a quick death in committee.
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