All News Articles for 2010-08-23

Monday, August 23, 2010
Danish Warship Blocks Greenpeace Arctic Oil Protest
The Danish navy has warned that the Esperanza will be boarded by armed personnel if it breaches the exclusion zone
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Jean and Her Children: Togetherness Trumps 'Homelessness' for Struggling Family
Every day, even in the Missouri rain, Jean rides a bicycle five miles to her minimum wage job at McDonald's. Minimum wage, however, is not enough for the family to break the cycle of poverty that set in after she lost her high-paying job, her house, and her car. She tries to be a good mother to her five children and succeeds despite the unpredictable events that brought her family to this weekly-rate hotel.
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Obama Plays Down Plan for Post-2011 Iraq Troop Presence
WASHINGTON - When the Barack Obama administration unveiled its plan last week for an improvised State Department-controlled army of contractors to replace all U.S. combat troops in Iraq by the end of 2011, critics associated with the U.S. command attacked the transition plan, insisting that the United States must continue to assume that U.S. combat forces should and can remain in Iraq indefinitely. But the differences between the administration and its critics over the issue of a long-term U.S. presence may be more apparent than real.
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The "Mosque" Debate is Not a "Distraction"
Opponents of the Park51 Islamic community center held a rally yesterday in Lower Manhattan, and a 4-minute video, posted below, reveals the true sentiments behind this campaign. It has little to do with The Hallowed Ground of the World Trade Center -- that's just the pretext -- and everything to do with animosity toward Muslims. I dislike the tactic of singling out one or two objectionable people or signs at a march or rally in order to disparage the event itself.
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Outrage at UN Decision to Exonerate Shell for Oil Pollution in Niger Delta
Oil giant blamed for 10% of 9m barrels leaked in 40 years • Report claims rest of leaking oil caused by saboteurs
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