All News Articles for 2009-12-13

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Iraq: The Crime of the Century
I tried to contact Mark Higson the other day, only to learn that he had died nine years ago. He was just 40, an honourable man. We met soon after he resigned from the Foreign Office in 1991 and I asked him if the government knew that Hawk fighter-bombers sold to Indonesia were being used against civilians in East Timor. "Everyone knows," he said, "except parliament and the public." "And the media?"
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Obama's Big Sellout: The President has Packed His Economic Team with Wall Street Insiders
The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway
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Drug Money Saved Banks in Global Crisis, Claims UN Advisor
Drugs and crime chief says $352bn in Criminal Proceeds was Effectively Laundered by Financial Institutions
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Tens of Thousands March in Copenhagen
On Saturday, an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 people thronged the streets outside the U.N. negotiations in Copenhagen demanding that world leaders take action to stop climate change. Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo delivered an impassioned speech to the crowd.
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Soldiers Forced to Go AWOL for PTSD Care
MARFA, Texas - With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Eric Jasinski enlisted in the military in 2005, and deployed to Iraq in October 2006 as an intelligence analyst with the U.S. Army. He collected intelligence in order to put together strike packets - where air strikes would take place.
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Despite US Laws, Thousands Still Virtual Slaves in America
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." - 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified Dec. 6, 1865 Sebastian Pereria told a friend last year about his life in America. How he wanted to see his wife and children in India, but his boss kept his identification papers and wouldn't let him go.
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Bush Birth Control Policies Fueled Africa's Baby Boom
SIRAKANO, Uganda - At age 45, after giving birth to 13 children in her village of thatch roofs and bare feet, Beatrice Adongo made a discovery that startled her: birth control. "I delivered all these children because I didn't know there was another way," said Adongo, who started on a free quarterly contraceptive injection last year. Surrounded by her weary-faced brood, her 21-month-old boy clutching at her faded blue dress, she added glumly: "I fear we are already too many in this family."
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Untouchable: Blair to Give Iraq War Evidence in Secret
Former PM was happy to discuss invasion with Fern Britton on TV show – but the Chilcot inquiry will hear his crucial testimony behind closed doors
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Science of Global Warming Not Faked, Inquiry Decides
Emails stolen from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia show they stonewalled sceptics and discussed hiding data. But the messages don't support claims that the science of global warming was faked, an exhaustive review by the Associated Press has found.
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Under the Icy North Lurks a ‘Carbon Bomb’
Tropical deforestation is a climate change crisis, but scientists fear for boreal wilderness, too
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Yes, Regulators Can Stop Foreclosures
At House Committee on Financial Services hearing early this week titled "The Private Sector and Government Response to the Foreclosure Crisis," Julia Gordon, senior policy counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending , painted a bleak picture.
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Nearly 1000 Released After Climate Protest Arrests
Only 13 protesters are still in custody after nearly a thousand arrested during demonstrations at climate change summit
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