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Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Global Warming Is Biggest Security Threat
WASHINGTON - Global climate change, if left unaddressed, is likely to pose "as a great or a greater foreign policy and national security challenge than any problem" the United States currently faces, according to a major new report released here Monday by two influential Washington think tanks...
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Revealed: How Multinational Companies Avoid The Taxman
· Elaborate structures to move profits offshore· International investigation into banana firms
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Some War Protestors Jailed; Others Set Free
As Desiree Fairooz sat with her Code Pink colleagues waiting for lawmakers and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to arrive for a recent House committee hearing, she had no plans, she said, to get arrested. "I already had a case pending." But she couldn't resist the opportunity when Rice walked in...
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Air Strikes First, Questions Later
WASHINGTON - More than two months after Israeli warplanes conducted a mysterious raid in northeast Syria, there is a growing consensus among U.S. government and independent analysts that the suspicious target was a nuclear facility. But the evidence they are relying upon -- a series of satellite...
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World Toilet Summit: Sanitation Beyond Septic Tanks and Sewers
NEW DELHI - To meet one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and halve the number of people without basic sanitation by 2015, the world must make a radical shift away from septic tanks and sewers, say experts and activists. Gathering in New Delhi for the just concluded four-day World Toilet...
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Antitorture Protesters in DC Act Out Waterboarding
WASHINGTON - Protesters staged a waterboarding yesterday outside the Department of Justice, calling for a Senate committee to reject attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey because of his reluctance to define the interrogation tactic as torture. The demonstration came shortly before Senator...
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Bush Turns Civil Rights Commission Into 'Conservative Rights' Commission
WASHINGTON - The US Commission on Civil Rights, the nation's 50-year-old watchdog for racism and discrimination, has become a critic of school desegregation efforts and affirmative action ever since the Bush administration used a controversial maneuver to put the agency under conservative control...
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2007 Is Deadliest Year for US in Iraq
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military on Tuesday announced the deaths of five more soldiers, making 2007 the deadliest year for U.S. troops despite a recent downturn, according to an Associated Press count. At least 852 American military personnel have died in Iraq so far this year - the highest annual toll...
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US GMO Rice Caused $1.2 Billion In Damages - Greenpeace
CHICAGO - Trace amounts of genetically modified varieties of rice that were found commingled in the U.S. rice supply in 2006 caused more than $1.2 billion in damages and additional costs, the environmental group Greenpeace International said on Monday. U.S. rice exports fell sharply after Bayer...
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Monday, November 5, 2007
Portland, Oregon: Cultivating a Culture of Two Wheels
PORTLAND, Ore. - Susan Peithman did not have a job lined up when she moved here in September to pursue a career in "nonmotorized transportation." No worries, she figured; the market here is strong. "In so many ways, it's the center," Ms. Peithman, 26, explained. "Bike City, U.S.A." Cyclists have...
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Brazilian Land Activist Killed In Dispute Over Experimental GM Farm
When a Brazilian peasant organiser led a group of landless farmers on to a European-owned farm last month he was making an environmental protest as well as seeking farmland for about 20 families to cultivate. Within hours, Valmir Mota de Oliveira, 42, and known as "Keno" would be dead, killed...
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Echoes of Iraq Invasion Arguments: White House Turns Up Heat On Iran
WASHINGTON-The screws are tightening, the warnings becoming more stark. The autumn of 2007 in the U.S. capital is beginning to take on some unnerving parallels to the autumn of 2002, when the foundation was being laid for the invasion of Iraq. Now it is Iran thumbing its nose at a Bush...
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Copps, A Liberal Voice on The FCC, Knows How To Get His Message Out
He speaks bluntly to the industry and rouses the grass roots.
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Rich Nations Must Cut GHGs Fast, Deep - UN Experts
NEW DELHI - The world's richest countries must drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to mitigate climate change impacts, says the lead author of a United Nations report, due for release later this month, that focuses on impacts of global warming on the developing world. To have a...
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New 'Disaster' Movie Warns World of Oil Apocalypse
The latest gloves-off documentary to hit screens predicts a global meltdown as vital fuel runs out
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Most Would Pay Higher Bills To Help Climate: poll
LONDON - Millions of people around the world are willing to make personal sacrifices, including paying higher bills, to help redress climate change, a global survey said on Monday. The survey found 83 percent of those questioned believed lifestyle changes would be necessary to cut emissions of...
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Climate Wars Threaten Billions
More Than 100 Countries face Political Chaos and Mass Migration in Global Warming Catastrophe
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Sunday, November 4, 2007
Experts: No Evidence of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program
WASHINGTON -- Despite President Bush's claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger "World War III," experts in and out of government say there's no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program. Even his own administration appears divided about the...
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Musharraf Tightens His Grip on Pakistan After 'Coup'
Hundreds of political activists were arrested in Pakistan today as President Pervez Musharraf tightened his grip on the country after imposing emergency rule, threatening elections due early next year. Police raided a meeting of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in eastern city of Lahore...
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Saturday, November 3, 2007
Condoleezza Rice Forced to Testify in AIPAC's Lobbyists' Spy Trial
The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and 14 other Bush administration officials will be compelled to testify in the espionage trial of pro-Israel lobbyists, a judge in Washington ruled yesterday. The ruling threatens to expose how officials used calculated leaks to the American Israel...
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Nationwide Climate Rallies to Demand Action from Candidates
NEW YORK -- Encouraged by the positive response to their call for demonstrations last April, environmental activists have planned another round of nationwide rallies today to demand decisive actions on global warming. "November 3 represents a new move towards political accountability," said Bill...
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Musharraf Imposes Emergency Rule; Suspends Pakistani Constitution
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has declared emergency rule and suspended the country's constitution. Troops have been deployed inside state-run TV and radio stations, while independent channels have gone off air. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who condemned the moves, has reportedly been...
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Friday, November 2, 2007
Calling the Question -- In the House -- on Impeaching Cheney
Broadcast media's gate-keeping "stars" have done just about everything in their power to keep the matter of presidential accountability off the radar of the American people. That was evident during the most recent Democratic presidential debate, when NBC anchors Brian Williams and Tim Russert...
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Orders From The Top:
Retired General Dunlavey: Guantanamo Mission Came Straight From Bush, Rumsfeld
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'USAF Struck Syrian Nuclear Site'
The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force, the Al-Jazeera Web site reported Friday. The Web site quoted Israeli and Arab sources as saying that two strategic US jets armed with tactical nuclear weapons carried out an attack on a nuclear site under construction. The sources...
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Neighbors: Code Pink Quiet
Members of an antiwar group with a penchant for dramatic and faux-bloody protests in the halls of Congress have proved to be model citizens a few blocks away in their Capitol Hill town house. Code Pink - a mostly female protest group best known for their pink costumes - has taken up residence in a...
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Iraqi Deaths Up In October In Blow to US 'Surge' Policy
BAGHDAD - The number of Iraqis killed in insurgent and sectarian attacks rose in October, according to government figures obtained on Thursday, in a blow to a nine-month-old US troop surge policy. At least 887 Iraqis were killed last month, compared to 840 in September, according to the data...
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Toxins Threaten to Uproot Entire Town
TAMPA, Florida - The quiet village of Tallevast in Florida's Manatee County traces its roots back to the 1890s, when a community of shacks was built there for African-American labourers who worked tapping sap from the local pine forests to make turpentine and grew sugarcane, celery and strawberries...
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Push To Build "Green" Homes Picks Up Steam
LOS ANGELES - Soaring energy costs and increased concern about the environment are spurring builders to step up building homes that use less energy and water. More than 30 affordable homes being built this week during a Habitat for Humanity project in Los Angeles include materials designed to...
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Obama Introduces Iran Measure In Senate
Democrat Barack Obama introduced a Senate resolution late Thursday that says President Bush does not have authority to use military force against Iran, the latest move in a debate with presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton about how to respond to that country's nuclear ambitions.Clinton's...
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Groups Seek Stop to Comcast Net Meddling
A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars on Thursday formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to stop Comcast Corp. from interfering with its subscribers' file sharing. Two of the groups are also asking the FCC to fine Comcast $195,000 for every affected subscriber. The...
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Iraq: Where Better Security Brings No Reassurance
BAQUBA - The much touted "surge" of U.S. troops in Baquba has caused more problems that it has solved, residents say.Baquba, capital city of Iraq's Diyala province located 65 km northeast of Baghdad, has long been a volatile city plagued by rampant violence and administrative chaos. In January this...
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Israel Urged to Aid Oil-Stained Lebanon
UNITED NATIONS - When the Israeli Air Force destroyed a slew of oil storage tanks and a key power station in Lebanon in July 2006, the environmental damage was described as devastating. And now, more than 15 months later, the United Nations has released a report detailing the extent of the...
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Thursday, November 1, 2007
Poll: Most OK Birth Control for Schools
WASHINGTON - People decisively favor letting their public schools provide birth control to students, but they also voice misgivings that divide them along generational, income and racial lines, a poll showed. Sixty-seven percent support giving contraceptives to students, according to an Associated...
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47 Million Americans Lack Health Insurance: Report
NEW YORK - The number of Americans lacking health insurance rose by nearly 8.6 million to 47 million from 2000 to 2006, with children and workers from every income level losing coverage, a new report said on Thursday. The increase was "driven primarily by the continued erosion in employer-provided...
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Disappointed With Farm Bill Subsidies, Reformers To Step Up Fight
As the 2007 farm bill takes final shape in Congress, an unprecedented wave of Bay Area activism aimed at forcing substantial change finds itself washing up on the shores of political reality. "I think we had a chance to make it a really great farm bill, and it turned out to be the same old pork-...
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Did Blackwater Sneak Silencers Into Iraq?
Security firm under investigation for allegedly sidestepping export controls
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Poll Shows Vermonters In Favor of Impeachment
This year's Town Meeting Day addressed an issue far broader than the local school budget -- should Vermonters call for the impeachment of the president and vice president? Thirty-seven towns voted yes. A poll conducted for Channel 3 News posed the same question to 400 likely voters. 61% said they...
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In Nicaragua At-Risk Pregnancy Means Death or Prison
MANAGUA - Nearly 90 women have died in Nicaragua as a direct or indirect result of the repeal, one year ago, of the legislation permitting abortion in cases of risk to the mother's health, according to women's and human rights groups. Ana María Pizarro, the head of the non-governmental...
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Nordic Nations Sound Alarm Over Melting Arctic
OSLO - Nordic nations sounded the alarm on Wednesday about a quickening melt of Arctic ice and said the thaw might soon prove irreversible because of global warming.Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland also urged all governments to agree before the end of 2009 a broader U.N. plan to curb...
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Whalers and Surfers Tussle At Sea
TOKYO - Japanese fishermen tussled with over 30 anti-whaling protesters in waters off the country's eastern coast this week as the activists tried to stop the killing of thousands of pilot whales. A group of mostly Australian and American activists, some on surfboards, left flowers at sea off Taiji...
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Waterboarding Is Torture - I Did It Myself, says US Advisor
When the US military trains soldiers to resist interrogation, it uses a torture technique from the Middle Ages, known as "waterboarding". Its use on terror suspects in secret US prisons around the world has come to symbolise the Bush administration's no-nonsense enthusiasm for the harshest...
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US Anti-War Activist Ordered Out of Canada, Barred For Two Years
VANCOUVER - An anti-war activist who has cast herself as a political victim in a battle with the Canada Border Services Agency was ordered to leave the country yesterday after an Immigration Board hearing concluded she had misled officials. Alison Bodine, whose cause has generated street rallies,...
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Wis. Teacher Protests No Child Left Behind Law by Sitting Out Testing; Discipline Threatened
MADISON, Wis. - A middle school teacher is protesting the federal No Child Left Behind law by refusing to administer a standardized test to his eighth-grade students. David Wasserman, a middle school teacher in Madison, began his protest Tuesday. Instead of giving students the Wisconsin Knowledge...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thousands of Kids Will Give Chocolates Back Tonight, With a Message
NEW YORK - Traditionally, it's the kids who receive sweets from the elders on Halloween, but that years-old ritual is getting a makeover this year in hundreds of communities across North America. Anti-poverty activists say thousands of children will go door-to-door tonight handing out chocolates to...
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Americans Oppose Media Market Concentration: Survey
WASHINGTON-- More than half of Americans surveyed said it should be illegal for a company to own both a newspaper and a television station in the same market, a coalition of consumer and telecommunications advocacy groups said on Wednesday. The Media and Democracy Coalition released its survey the...
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SOA Protest Draws Scant Support From Candidates
Heading into its eighteenth annual protest at Georgia's Fort Benning, the movement to close the US Army's School of the Americas has continued to show signs of progress. The House nearly voted to eliminate funding for the SOA this session, with newly elected Democrats tightening the roll-call count...
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Is US Stuck in Internet's Slow Lane?
The United States is starting to look like a slowpoke on the Internet. Examples abound of countries that have faster and cheaper broadband connections, and more of their population connected to them. What's less clear is how badly the country that gave birth to the Internet is doing, and whether...
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Kucinich Questions Bush's Mental Health Over Iran
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich on Tuesday mockingly questioned President George W. Bush's mental health for saying Iran's nuclear ambitions might trigger World War III. "I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health," Kucinich, a...
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Nader Sues Democrats, Saying They Sabotaged His '04 Campaign
WASHINGTON - Even as the 2008 Democratic presidential candidates prepared to debate Tuesday night, Ralph Nader, a controversial figure from the last two presidential campaigns, sued the Democratic Party, the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign and affiliated groups for allegedly sabotaging his 2004...
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Jailed Rice Protester Surprised by Dearth of Security at Hearing
An Iraq war protester who got within inches of Condoleezza Rice at a hearing last week said she was shocked that tighter security did not prevent her from coming so close to the secretary of state. If there had been more security at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, protester Desiree...
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Code Pink Punks 'Politico' in Blackwater Hoax
NEW YORK - With all of the news about Blackwater USA's problems, it wasn't a surprise that a fake story about the company creating a "Department of Corporate Integrity" would make it on to several valid news sites. CBS News and Politico.com were among the victims of the fraud, reportedly...
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State Department Under Fire Over Reported Blackwater Immunity
WASHINGTON - The US State Department faced tough questions Tuesday over reports that it offered immunity to Blackwater security firm employees in the wake of a Baghdad shooting that left 17 civilians dead. Top Democratic lawmakers sent letters to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice demanding...
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UN Spurns Cuba Embargo for 17th Year
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations General Assembly Tuesday snubbed the United States for its hostility towards Cuba, amid fresh calls for an end to the 45-year economic and financial embargo imposed on the socialist island. On Tuesday, as many as 184 countries voted in favor of a General...
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Tamping the Flames of War With Iran
WASHINGTON -- L. Bruce Laingen was working as a senior U.S. Foreign Service officer in Tehran in 1979 when student protesters -- caught up in the fervor of Iran's Islamic Revolution -- seized the U.S. embassy and irrevocably changed the course of relations between the two nations. Laingen and 51...
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
New York May Join Crackdown On Plastic Bags
NEW YORK - New York City may follow an international trend and crack down on plastic shopping bags, seeking to cut their use with a plan officials hope will be a model for other cities. A proposal introduced on Monday requires stores larger than 5,000 square feet to set up an in-store recycling...
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Ignoring Nature, We Build Our Way Into Fire's Path
The enduring image of the Southern California hillside resident -- the one who braces for disaster every fall, just as the Santa Anas begin to blow -- is that of a self-reliant, latter-day homesteader who settled up among the trees because he finds solitude and freedom there. And maybe because he...
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When Blackwater Kills, No Questions Asked
BAGHDAD - The recent attacks by Blackwater USA mercenaries in Baghdad are far from the first -- and many believe they will not be the last. Seventeen Iraqis were killed Sep. 16, and another 27 wounded at Nisoor square in western Baghdad when mercenaries from the company opened fire on them. Dozens...
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Gendercide at Apocalyptic Levels - Experts
HYDERABAD, India - Experts at the 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights are painting an apocalyptical vision of the Asian region where 163 million women are 'missing' and the sex ratio continues to decline as a result of easy access to modern gender selection...
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Israel's Decision To Cut Power In Gaza Is Illegal, says UN
The UN's top official in Gaza will tell British ministers today that Israel's cuts in fuel and power to the Palestinians violate international law, while the isolation of Hamas has strengthened extremism and started to drive non-affiliated moderates who can leave Gaza to do so. "We keep saying...
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On Torture, 2 Messages and a High Political Cost
WASHINGTON - Six years after the Bush administration embraced harsh physical tactics for interrogating terrorism suspects, and two years after it reportedly dropped the most extreme of those techniques, the taint of torture clings to American counterterrorism efforts. The administration has a...
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UN: Try or Release Enemy Combatants
UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. human rights expert is calling on the United States to prosecute or release suspects detained as "unlawful enemy combatants" and to move quickly to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Martin Scheinin, the U.N.'s independent investigator on human rights in the fight against...
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US Resisting Ban on Cluster Bombs
BRUSSELS - The U.S. is leading efforts to resist a complete ban on cluster bombs, human rights activists have complained. But a conference called by European governments in Brussels Tuesday is regarded as a step towards an international agreement on eliminating cluster weapons -- in which hundreds...
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Monday, October 29, 2007
Rumsfeld Charged with Torture in French Court
NEW YORK - Donald Rumsfeld, the former U.S. secretary of defense, is facing criminal charges in France for ordering the torture of prisoners in Iraq and at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Last week, some of the world's leading human rights law groups filed a complaint before a French court...
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Lawyer Group Wants Executions Frozen
A three-year study finds unfairness and glitches, the American Bar Assn. says in calling for a national moratorium.
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Resurgence of Nooses Reminds African Americans of Past Horrors
Sar-ron Beverly knew about nooses from family stories and historical photos. But he never understood their power until he walked into his boss' Fairfield office one day and saw one hanging from the ceiling, in front of a bookshelf and a family portrait. "It was just too much," said Beverly, 30. "I'...
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Study: Media Focused On Tactics Not Issues
The news media are more obsessed than ever with the horse-race aspects of the presidential campaign, according to a new study. Despite the campaign's early start, the media have not been more reflective on the issues, the study said, but have focused on tactics and strategy. The report - available...
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Indian 'Slave' Children Found Making Low-Cost Clothes Destined For Gap
Child workers, some as young as 10, have been found working in a textile factory in conditions close to slavery to produce clothes that appear destined for Gap Kids, one of the most successful arms of the high street giant. Speaking to The Observer, the children described long hours of unwaged work...
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Green Housing Not Just for the Rich
POWAY, California - Mary Jane Jagodzinzki nervously anticipated the arrival of a busload of building professionals. As it turned out, she needn't have been too concerned. Forty or so camera-toting architects, project managers and contractors arrived en masse in the bedroom community of Poway, north...
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Desmond Tutu Likens Israeli Actions to Apartheid
BOSTON - South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu compared conditions in Palestine to those of South Africa under apartheid, and called on Israelis to try and change them, while speaking in Boston Saturday at historic Old South Church."We hope the occupation of the Palestinian territory by...
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Protests Targeted War Funding
NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of people across the United States staged demonstrations over the weekend to protest the continued U.S. occupation of Iraq and the White House's reported plans to attack Iran.Organised by a diverse array of anti-war groups, the nationwide protests were held in more than...
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Sunday, October 28, 2007
India's Poorest March on Capital for Land Rights
NEW DELHI - Thousands of poor farmers, landless workers and indigenous people reached the Indian capital Sunday after a month-long protest march to highlight the plight of those marginalised by India's economic boom. Men, women and even some children from India's neglected hinterlands walked in...
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Darfur Peace Talks Go Ahead Without Crucial Leaders
SIRTE, Libya - Negotiators working to end four years of violence in the western Sudanese region of Darfur ploughed on Sunday despite predictions of failure by host Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. Although the Sudanese government declared a unilateral ceasefire at the start of the meeting on Saturday...
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Great Lakes Key Front in Water Wars
While the West burns and the Southeast bakes, there is little to suggest a large-scale, climatological catastrophe playing out any time soon in the Midwest. In fact, farmers in Iowa and Minnesota had trouble last week harvesting their corn and soybean crops because there had been too much rain. But...
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An Autumn Without Apples
ISLE MADAME, Nova Scotia - "That Looks like an apple tree," I said to Marjorie. "But how come it doesn't have any apples?" Feral apple trees abound in Isle Madame - dotted through the woods, standing gnarled in deserted fields, adorning the edges of roads. They include several different varieties...
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Thousands Protest Iraq War Across US
SAN FRANCISCO - Thousands of people called for a swift end to the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown on Saturday, chanting and carrying signs that read: "Wall Street Gets Rich, Iraqis and GIs Die" or "Drop Tuition Not Bombs." The streets were filled with thousands as labor union members,...
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Saturday, October 27, 2007
In Turkey, Pressure Builds to Attack Iraq
ISTANBUL, Turkey - The Turkish government is coming under enormous domestic pressure to crush Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, but even as rebel positions are shelled and tens of thousands of troops moved to the border, leaders are reluctant to invade, fearing international isolation and a military...
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Putin: US Risks New Cuban Missile Crisis
Vladimir Putin stirred ghosts of the cold war yesterday by comparing the Pentagon's plan to site elements of its missile shield in Europe to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 when the US and the Soviet Union went to the brink of nuclear war. Speaking at an EU summit near Lisbon, the Russian...
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We Must Bomb Iran, Says US Republican Guru
NEW YORK - A senior foreign policy adviser to the Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani has urged that Iran be bombed using cruise missiles and "bunker busters" to set back Teheran's nuclear programme by at least five years. The tough message at a time of crisis between the United States and Iraq...
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For a Devotee of Solar Energy, a Shot at Earning Respect
TACOMA, Wash. - The sun was shining for a change, which was good news for Richard Thompson, known throughout these parts as Solar Richard. "Pennies from heaven," Mr. Thompson said as his electric meter spun round - in reverse. Not that a shining sun is required for the meter to spin backward. An...
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Darfur Peace Talks Will Fail, Says Rebel Leader
PARIS - Darfur peace talks due to begin today will fail and ultimately prolong the four-year conflict, the region's most influential rebel leader has predicted on the eve of the UN-brokered talks. Abdul Wahid al-Nur, the leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), has called on his followers not...
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Canadian Protesters Stranded in DC
WASHINGTON - In these days of shock-and-awe travel, nobody can be sure whether a casual trip to Buffalo will end up in Syria - or as an all-expenses-paid tour of Guantanamo Bay. For a quartet of Wilfrid Laurier University students from Kitchener-Waterloo, a two-day visit to a peace workshop in...
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Guantanamo Military Lawyer Breaks Ranks to Condemn 'Unconscionable' Detention
WASHINGTON - An American military lawyer and veteran of dozens of secret Guantanamo tribunals has made a devastating attack on the legal process for determining whether Guantanamo prisoners are "enemy combatants". The whistleblower, an army major inside the military court system which the United...
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Friday, October 26, 2007
Ex-Marine, Top Analyst Calls For Humane Foreign Policy
Speaking to an audience of 350 at West Virginia State University Monday evening, former Marine and top intelligence analyst Scott Ritter gave an impassioned plea for the U.S. to adopt a more humane foreign policy. "I am a hyper-patriot. I love my country," Ritter said. "We live in a nation that...
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FEMA Meets the Press, Which Happens to Be . . . FEMA
FEMA has truly learned the lessons of Katrina. Even its handling of the media has improved dramatically. For example, as the California wildfires raged Tuesday, Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, the deputy administrator, had a 1 p.m. news briefing. Reporters were given only 15 minutes' notice of the...
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The Edge of Oblivion: Conservationists Name 25 Primates about To Disappear
Biofuel plantations, logging and hunting are stealing habitats from our closest relatives, says report
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Monkeys, Apes Teeter On Brink of Extinction
BEIJING - Mankind's closest relatives are teetering on the brink of their first extinctions in more than a century, hunted by humans for food and medicine and squeezed from forest homes, a report on endangered primates said on Friday. There are just a few dozen of the most threatened gibbons and...
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Military Supplier Is Charged With Fraud
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - The former CEO of the nation's leading supplier of body armor to the US military was indicted yesterday on charges of insider trading, fraud, and tax evasion in a scheme that netted him more than $185 million, prosecutors said. David H. Brooks, 53, the founder of DHB...
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US Military Ignored Evidence of Iraqi-Made EFPs
WASHINGTON - When the U.S. military command accused the Iranian Quds Force last January of providing the armour-piercing EFPs (explosively formed penetrators) that were killing U.S. troops, it knew that Iraqi machine shops had been producing their own EFPs for years, a review of the historical...
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'Non-Lethal Weapons' Tackle Protests Against Globalization
PARIS -- Several European governments are arming their police forces with a new range of "non-lethal weapons" to put down protests against globalization, and among immigrants. Governments in France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and several other countries have ordered such weapons, or are about to...
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Another Way The Rich Are Different: 'Concierge-Level' Fire Protection
RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. - Bryce Carrier's cellphone rang at 3 a.m.: Help! The fire is almost to my house.Carrier hopped into his heavy-duty red Ford F-550 and sped to northeast Poway, dodging fallen eucalyptus and heading straight toward the wind-whipped blaze. He arrived to find flames marching up...
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US Ignores Angry Reaction To Secret Poppy Spraying Test
WASHINGTON - In 2004, U.S.-contracted aircraft secretly sprayed harmless plastic granules over poppy fields in Afghanistan to gauge public reaction to using herbicides to kill the opium poppies that help fund the Taliban and al Qaida. The mysterious granules ignited a major outcry from poor farmers...
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Rights Groups File French Torture Case vs Rumsfeld
PARIS - Human rights groups have filed a lawsuit in France alleging that former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld allowed torture at U.S.-run detention centers in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The plaintiffs, which include the French-based International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (...
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The World of Private 'Security': Unleashed: The Fat Cats of War
The killings by Blackwater's private security guards on Baghdad's Bloody Sunday were brutal and unprovoked. Terrified men, women and children were mowed down as they tried to flee from the ferocious gunfire, cars were set on fire incinerating those inside. I was in Nisour Square, in Mansour...
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Earth Is Reaching The Point of No Return, Says Major UN Environment Report
The speed at which mankind is using and abusing the Earth's resources is putting humanity's survival at risk, scientists have said. The bleak assessment of the state of the environment globally was issued as an "urgent call for action" amid growing concerns of worldwide waste, neglect and...
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Updated: US Peace Activist, Retired Col. Ann Wright, Detained at Ottawa Airport
OTTAWA - A former diplomat and retired US army colonel said she was detained at Ottawa airport Thursday while en route to anti-war talks and a news conference with Canadian MPs blasting wrongful detentions. Retired US Army Colonel Ann Wright, was scheduled to speak to media at 1 p.m. local time (...
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Rice Admits US Erred in Deportation, But Offers No Apology For Rendition
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted Wednesday that the United States had mishandled the case of a Canadian who was deported to Syria and who has said he was tortured there, but she stopped short of an apology. Ms. Rice spoke in response to a lawmaker's question about the man,...
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Iraq Determined to Expel Blackwater USA
BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government remains determined to expel the Blackwater USA security company and is searching for legal remedies to overturn an American-imposed decree that exempts all foreign bodyguards from prosecution under local laws, officials said Wednesday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's...
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Wars Could Cost $2.4 Trillion Over Decade, Analysis Says
WASHINGTON - The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could cost as much as $2.4 trillion through the next decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said yesterday. The White House brushed off the analysis as "speculation." The estimate was the most comprehensive and far-reaching one to date. It...
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White House Admits Redactions On Testimony: Some Senators Want Answers
Bush administration officials acknowledged yesterday that they heavily edited testimony on global warming, delivered to Congress on Tuesday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after the president's top science adviser and other officials questioned its scientific...
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