All News Articles for 2009-06-10

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Health Professionals Tell Congress They Want Single-Payer
At a long-awaited House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, health-care professionals made it clear that they believe a single-payer system to be the best and perhaps only workable option for health care reform. "Single-payer is the only reform that can control health care costs," said Walter Tsou, a University of Pennsylvania professor and an adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program. The last 50 years of government policy have protected insurance industry profits at the expense of taxpayers, doctors and hospitals, he said.
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EXCLUSIVE: Air Raid Victim Tells Obama to Leave Afghanistan at Once
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San Francisco OKs Toughest Recycling Law in US
Throwing orange peels, coffee grounds and grease-stained pizza boxes in the trash will be against the law in San Francisco, and could even lead to a fine. The Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 Tuesday to approve Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposal for the most comprehensive mandatory composting and recycling law in the country. It's an aggressive push to cut greenhouse gas emissions and have the city sending nothing to landfills or incinerators by 2020.
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Prison Is Revolving Door for Mentally Ill, Who Don't Get Needed Meds
It was 3 o'clock in the morning when the bad guy showed up, talking real loud and fast, like an auctioneer. "Are you OK, my son?" Ellen Hanson asked as her son headed up the stairs. The look in his eyes when he turned to face her was like nothing she had ever seen before. It sent chills down her spine. "I'm not your son," was his rapid reply.
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Dr. David Himmelstein on Single Payer Movement
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US War Privatization Results in Billions Lost in Fraud, Waste and Abuse--Report
Half of the personnel the US has working on its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are private contractors. A new report reveals how much of a rip-off this system has been to US taxpayers.
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Chrysler and Fiat Make It Official
Automaker sells itself to new owners, including Italian automaker, the UAW and the U.S. and Canadian governments.
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US Green Agenda Delivered Blow as Ban on Drilling off Florida Overturned
Senate committee vote runs counter to Obama's push to steer clean energy laws through Congress
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Farm Suicides Turn Children Into Farmers
YAVATMAL, India - Eleven-year-old Digambar Rathod looks older than his age. Shy and uncertain, he stares disconcertedly at the garlanded photograph of his father Jaideep, a 42-year-old cotton farmer who committed suicide on Jan. 1, 2009 in Tiwsala village, in eastern Maharashtra state's suicide-torn Yavatmal district. As the new head of the household, the boy-turned-farmer has adult responsibilities like the repayment of a bank loan of 190,000 rupees (roughly 3,960 dollars) that was the cause of his father's death.
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Police in Peru Accused of Disappearing Bodies
Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between indigenous people and police in Peru
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Film Aims to Expose Dangers in US Food Industry
NEW YORK - Bigger-breasted chickens fattened artificially. New strains of deadly E. coli bacteria. A food supply controlled by a handful of corporations. The documentary "Food, Inc." opens in the United States on Friday and portrays these purported dangers and changes in the U.S. food industry, asserting harmful effects on public health, the environment, and worker and animal rights.
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Pacific Island of Palau Agrees to Take Uighur Muslims From Guantánamo Bay
Up to 17 ethnic Uighur Muslims are to be transferred from Guantánamo Bay to the tiny North Pacific island of Palau. The United States has struck the deal to avoid repatriating the inmates to China, where it is feared they could be persecuted or executed. The Chinese government, which has demanded their return, accuses some Uighurs of leading an Islamist separatist movement in far western China, and Beijing has pressured countries to reject any pleas for asylum.
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Water Stress, Ocean Levels to Unleash 'Climate Exodus'
BONN, Germany - Tens of millions of people will be displaced by climate change in coming years, posing social, political and security problems of an unprecedented dimension, a new study said on Wednesday. "Unless aggressive measures are taken to halt global warming, the consequences for human migration and displacement could reach a scope and scale that vastly exceed anything that has occurred before," its authors warned. "Climate change is already contributing to migration and displacement.
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