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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Principles - and Principal - at Work
Students Go on a Real Field Trip
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Japan's Hunger Becomes a Dire Warning for Other Nations
Mariko Watanabe admits she could have chosen a better time to take up baking. This week, when the Tokyo housewife visited her local Ito-Yokado supermarket to buy butter to make a cake, she found the shelves bare. "I went to another supermarket, and then another, and there was no butter at those...
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Trials of Muslim Charities Likened to a Witch-hunt
NEW YORK - The U.S. government's anti-terrorist financing programmes are based on the "guilt by association" tactics of the McCarthy era and have had a widespread negative impact on U.S. charities, critics say. That is the view of Kay Guinane, director of the Nonprofit Speech Rights Programme for...
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New Doubts About Health Care for US War Vets
SAN FRANCISCO - About 300,000 U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or major depression. Another 320,000 veterans likely suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI), a type of physical brain damage often caused by explosions from roadside...
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Amnesty Unveils Shock 'Waterboarding' Film
An American expert in torture techniques has denounced his government for allowing "waterboarding" to be practised against terror suspects, just as a graphic advertisement showing the brutal reality of the technique is unveiled to British cinema-goers. Malcolm Nance, who trained hundreds of US...
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Pay Up or Risk Long Battle, Obama Told
Barack Obama has been warned that his refusal to pay the traditional "street money" to local operatives to help get the vote out in Philadelphia today could cost him the crucial percentage points needed to knock Hillary Clinton out of the race for the White House. In many of the city's poorer wards...
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Clinton Would 'Obliterate' Iran
Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton has threatened to "obliterate" Iran if it launches a nuclear attack against Israel as she fights for her own political survival. "I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran," Senator Clinton told ABC News, asked what she would...
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Millions of Children Falling Through the Cracks
UNITED NATIONS - A significant proportion of the world's 2.2 billion children, many of whom are victims of violence, sexual abuse, labour exploitation and preventable diseases, are from the crisis-plagued African continent. As the United Nations points out, too many of the world's children, largely...
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Double Number of Ex-Cons Join the US Army
The US army doubled its use of "moral waivers" for enlisted soldiers last year to cope with the demands of the Iraq war, allowing sex offenders, people convicted of making terrorist threats, and child abusers into the military, new records released yesterday showed. The army gave out 511 moral...
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Monday, April 21, 2008
Push on to Make Buildings Grow Green
LOS ANGELES - As the super who keeps new state offices purring, Peter Cho is shepherding the green movement's latest offensive: cleaning skylines an entire building at a time. The planet's biggest energy hogs are the buildings where many people work and live. Structures that are at least four...
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Maryland Joins Effort to Put Local Food in School Cafeterias
DELMAR, Md. - The strawberries just turning red on one Eastern Shore field here could end up on plates almost anywhere -- except on cafeteria trays just down the road. That's because schools aren't set up to accept local produce, leading to a Byzantine national food distribution grid where apples...
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Afghans Bear Mental Scars from Decades of Turmoil
Scarred by decades of turmoil and grief, two in three Afghans suffer from depression or some form of mental disorder, and an increasing number are turning to illegal drugs, a top health official said. Afghan deputy health minister for technical affairs Faizullah Kakar said mental illness and drug...
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Rising India Cannot Shake Its Bias for Boys
Gender Imbalance Widens in 2nd Most Populous Country
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Farm Bill Complicates Plight of Honeybees
WASHINGTON - The hand of nature, usually unseen and unappreciated, is coming down hard on California agriculture. The honeybees that pollinate its $21 billion bounty of almonds, avocados, berries, melons and other produce that make it the nation's farming giant are disappearing from an unexplained...
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Gov'ts Must Act to Replace Oil, Poll Finds
WASHINGTON - Global public opinion believes that the world is running out of oil and that governments should be doing more to replace it as humanity's main source of energy, according to a major international survey released here Sunday by WorldPublicOpinion.org. Confidence that governments are...
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Food Crisis Set to Get Worse - Experts
NEW YORK - The current food crisis causing hunger and starvation for millions of people across the world is not going to end as long as those who dominate the international grain markets remain unwilling to change their behavior, according to experts specializing in international trade and...
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Sadr Threatens 'Open War' as Iraqi Army Attacks Base
Iraqi government forces, with US and British support, have moved into the Mehdi Army stronghold in Basra and have surrounded its main bastion in Baghdad as the Shia militia's leader Muqtada al-Sadr threatened "open war". The Iraqi army, supported by US air strikes and British artillery, was able to...
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The Great Migration Crisis
Many of the birds that migrate to Britain and Europe from Africa every spring, from the willow warbler to the cuckoo, are undergoing alarming declines, new research shows. The falls in numbers are so sharp and widespread that ornithologists are waking up to a major new environmental problem - the...
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Torture Victim's Records Lost at Guantánamo, Admits Camp General
The former head of interrogations at Guantánamo Bay found that records of an al-Qaida suspect tortured at the prison camp were mysteriously lost by the US military, according to a new book by one of Britain's top human rights lawyers. Retired general Michael Dunlavey, who supervised Guantánamo for...
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Sunday, April 20, 2008
Anti-US Cleric al-Sadr Threatens New Uprising in Iraq
BAGHDAD - Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gave a "final warning" to the government Saturday to halt a U.S.-Iraqi crackdown against his followers or he would declare "open war until liberation." A full-blown uprising by al-Sadr, who led two rebellions against U.S.-led forces in 2004,...
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10 People Killed in Zimbabwe Election Violence: Opposition
JOHANNESBURG - Ten people have been killed in violence in the wake of the March 29 general election in Zimbabwe, the secretary general of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said on Sunday. "Ten people have so far been killed in Zimbabwe since March 29. The situation in...
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Working Life (High and Low)
WHEN Jean Capobianco was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer, her doctors ordered a mastectomy. She first contracted the disease three years earlier and suffered through seven months of chemotherapy. After her cancer came back, her husband walked out on her. "He told me he wasn't...
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Exposed: The Great GM Crops Myth
Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis. The study - carried out over the past three years at the University of Kansas...
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Why Flowers Have Lost Their Scent
Pollution is dulling the scent of flowers and impeding some of the most basic processes of nature, disrupting insect life and imperilling food supplies, a new study suggests. The potentially hugely significant research - funded by the blue-chip US National Science Foundation - has found that gases...
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Clashes Kill 6 in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraqi Officials Say
BAGHDAD -- Clashes spread from the Sadr City district to another Shiite militia stronghold in Baghdad on Sunday as fighting left at least six people dead, including two children, officials said. The gunbattles occurred hours after anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr warned he would declare war if the...
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Afghans to Probe Whether U.S. Used Depleted Uranium
KABUL - The Afghan government plans to investigate whether the United States used depleted uranium during its invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and if it might be linked to malformed babies born afterwards. Parts of Afghanistan, particularly the mountainous region of Tora Bora in the east -- the...
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Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand
In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay. The detention center had just been branded "the gulag of our times" by Amnesty International, there were new allegations of abuse from United Nations human rights experts and calls were mounting...
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Saturday, April 19, 2008
Green Product Seals Are Gray Area
Arm & Hammer is selling fabric softener sheets that it says are "more sensible for the environment." Gillette makes cans of shaving gel that carry a little icon of a globe and promise "no CFCs." Even giant Wal-Mart has an "Earth friendly" section of its Web site, offering organic cotton...
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President Is Rebuffed on Program for Children
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration violated federal law last year when it restricted states' ability to provide health insurance to children of middle-income families, and its new policy is therefore unenforceable, lawyers from the Government Accountability Office said Friday. The ruling...
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Probe Sought of Whether Israel Targeted Media Crew
NEW YORK - A leading human rights group called on Friday for an independent investigation into the death of a Reuters cameraman and other civilians in Gaza this week, saying Israeli forces may have targeted the media. Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana, a 23-year-old Palestinian, was killed in the Gaza...
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Top Bush Aides Pushed for Guantánamo Torture
Senior Officials Bypassed Army Chief to Introduce Interrogation Methods
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Friday, April 18, 2008
Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Hunger bashed in the front gate of Haiti's presidential palace. Hunger poured onto the streets, burning tires and taking on soldiers and the police. Hunger sent the country's prime minister packing. Haiti's hunger, that burn in the belly that so many here feel, has become...
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University Crowd Cheers Sheehan
SAN MARCOS - Disillusioned but not discouraged, peace activist turned congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan last night took her fight against the Iraq war and the Washington establishment to Cal State San Marcos, where she received a standing ovation. Sheehan, the mother of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan...
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Iraqi Troops Abandon Position
BAGHDAD -- A company of government troops in Sadr City retreated when they came under attack from Shiite militiamen who used the cover of a sandstorm, police said Friday. The clashes overnight killed two people and injured nine, a police commander said. The officer, who spoke on condition of...
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Democratic Debate Sparks Viewers' Own Angry Debate
Things may have gotten nasty on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, but Barack Obama saw the "gotcha" tenor of the Democratic presidential debate as a preview of what is in store for the general election campaign. And thousands of viewers, for their part, considered it an outrage. For nearly an hour,...
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Tank Shell That Sprays Deadly Darts Killed Cameraman in Gaza, Say Doctors
GAZA - Bordered by lemon trees on one side and an olive grove on the other, the country lane leading to Joher Al Dik, where Fadel Shana was killed doing his job, was all but deserted yesterday afternoon. But two teenage boys from the Nusseirat refugee camp displayed half a dozen of the dull, black...
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Ottawa Told US Khadr Transfer 'Inappropriate'
Canada Asked Americans Not to Place Accused Teen Terrorist in Guantanamo Prison Because of his Age
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But What Is Good About Biofuels?
BERLIN - The German government decision two weeks back against increased use of biofuels was based on technical reasons -- more than three millions vehicles cannot burn biofuels without risking engine breakdown. But this reason might be the least important of all. Environmental experts have been...
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Petraeus Hid Maliki Resistance to US Troops in Basra
WASHINGTON - In testimony before Congressional committees last week, Gen. David Petraeus portrayed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's late March offensive in Basra as a poorly planned effort that departed from what U.S. officials had expected. What Petraeus did not reveal is that al-Maliki was...
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Carter Calls Gaza Blockade a Crime and Atrocity
CAIRO - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter called the blockade of Gaza a crime and an atrocity on Thursday and said U.S. attempts to undermine the Islamist movement Hamas had been counterproductive. Speaking at the American University in Cairo after talks with Hamas leaders from Gaza, Carter said...
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Pentagon Institute Calls Iraq War 'a Major Debacle' with Outcome 'in Doubt'
WASHINGTON - The war in Iraq has become "a major debacle" and the outcome "is in doubt" despite improvements in security from the buildup in U.S. forces, according to a highly critical study published Thursday by the Pentagon's premier military educational institute. The report released by the...
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Report Faults US Strategy on Pakistan
Sees Failure to Curb Havens for Terrorists
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
White House Delay on Ship Speed Limit Endangers Whales
The North Atlantic right whale, one of the most endangered mammals, is in danger of extinction because the Bush administration has, so far, refused to impose measures to protect the creatures from being hit by ships near busy US ports. Plans for a speed limit on shipping during the whales'...
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Coca-Cola, Other Corporations Face Critics For Olympics Support
It is getting tougher to be a global brand these days. Just ask Coke. As one of the most prominent sponsors of the Olympics, Coca-Cola found itself on the hot seat on Wednesday at its annual shareholder meeting in Wilmington, Del. Outside, protesters chanted and waved picket signs. Inside, they...
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McCain's Vietnam Lessons Unlearned?
WASHINGTON - Throughout a long career in politics, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain has had his foreign policy shaped by his and the United States' experience in the Vietnam War. But that shaping has been very dynamic -- not beholden to any one particular lesson of the...
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Israel Doesn't Want to Know Carter Any More
JERUSALEM - Three decades after he brokered the first-ever peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has become persona non grata in the Jewish state. Both Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defence Minister Ehud Barak refused to meet with him during his four-...
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Fair Trade Is Not Easy
BRUSSELS - From its humble beginnings in the 1950s, the fair trade movement has gone from selling coffee at left-wing political meetings to having whole sections devoted to its fruit and chocolate products in European supermarkets. The last five years have been especially buoyant; after witnessing...
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US Forces Release Iraqi Photographer After Two Years Without Charge
US forces yesterday released an Iraqi photographer who had been held without charge for two years on suspicion of aiding insurgents in a case that highlighted the dangers facing the media in a war zone. Bilal Hussein, 36, who works for the Associated Press news agency, had been in US custody since...
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Virgin CEO Calls Net Neutrality 'Bollocks'; Boycotts Threatened
Virgin Media is facing a possible boycott after its chief executive Neil Berkett described net neutrality as "a load of bollocks" and appeared to suggest that companies could pay for a stronger internet presence. Berkett said in an interview in Television magazine that the company is already in...
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Cleric Sadr Key Player In Helping Poor Iraqis: Report
The anti-U.S. movement of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is now Iraq's main humanitarian organization helping needy Iraqis, a relief group said in a report that is certain to cause concern in Washington. In the report published on Tuesday, Refugees International said Sadr's Mehdi Army militia as...
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Executions Resume In US After Supreme Court Lethal Injection Ruling
The US supreme court yesterday cleared the way for executions to resume when it ruled that the lethal injection procedure used in Kentucky does not violate the American constitution's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment". The 7-2 ruling means that an informal moratorium on executions in place...
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Pentagon Records Detail Prisoner Abuse by US Military
Military interrogators assaulted Afghan detainees in 2003, using investigation methods they learned during self-defense training, Pentagon documents released Wednesday show. Detainees at the Gardez Detention Facility in southeastern Afghanistan reported being made to kneel outside in wet clothing...
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Anita Roddick's Will Reveals She Donated Entire £51m Fortune To Charity
Dame Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop who died last year, left nothing to friends and relatives in her will as she had already given it all to charities. Details of her estate, which were published yesterday, revealed that she had donated her £51 million fortune to good causes before her...
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$1 Billion Pledged for Women's Issues
NEW YORK - A new coalition of U.S.-based rights groups says it plans to spend over $1 billion on projects to help women fight poverty in many parts of the world. "This is something that has not happened before," said Ritu Sharma Fox, president of Women Thrive Worldwide, an independent rights...
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Chemical In Plastic May Harm Human Hrowth
A controversial, estrogen-like chemical in plastic could be harming the development of children's brains and reproductive organs, a federal health agency concluded in a report released Tuesday. The National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, concluded that there was "...
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Army 'Rewards' Outspoken Antiwar Soldier
SAN FRANCISCO - One of the leading voices of dissent inside the U.S. Army has been promoted. Sergeant Ronn Cantu -- who signed a petition to Congress demanding the U.S. withdraw from Iraq and gave interviews to the news shows '60 Minutes' and 'Democracy Now!', as well as IPS detailing his...
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New Jewish Lobby Seeks to Redefine "Pro-Israel"
WASHINGTON - A new group of prominent U.S. Jews who believe that the so-called "Israel Lobby" has been dominated for too long by neo-conservatives and other Likud-oriented hawks has launched a new organisation to help fund political candidates who favour a two-state solution to the Israeli-...
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Diplomats Could Be Forced Into Iraq Posts
WASHINGTON - The State Department is warning its diplomats they may be forced to serve in Iraq next year and says it will soon start identifying prime candidates for jobs at the Baghdad embassy and outlying provinces, according to a cable obtained yesterday by the Associated Press. A similar call-...
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Utah Nuclear Waste Company Ramps Up Campaign Contributions
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah disposal company seeking federal permission to import more than 20,000 tons of nuclear waste from Italy has raised its campaign contributions to lawmakers by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions Inc. is aggressively donating to members of...
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Canada First to Label 'Bisphenol A' As Officially Dangerous
Health Canada is calling bisphenol A a dangerous substance, making it the first regulatory body in the world to reach such a determination and taking the initial step toward measures to control exposures to it. Although the government won't announce specific bans or restrictions, the designation as...
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System Enslaves Tomato Pickers, Senate Committee Told
WASHINGTON - Slavery exists in the tomato fields of Florida, a U.S. Senate committee was told Tuesday. "Today's form of slavery does not bear the overt nature of pre-Civil War society, but it is nonetheless heinous and reprehensible," Collier County Sheriff's Detective Charlie Frost told Democratic...
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Change In Farming Can Feed World - Report
Sixty countries backed by the World Bank and most UN bodies yesterday called for radical changes in world farming to avert increasing regional food shortages, escalating prices and growing environmental problems. But in a move that has led to the US, UK, Australia and Canada not yet endorsing the...
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Official Says Fraud Loophole Was A 'Mistake'
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration inadvertently exempted foreign contracts in Iraq from fraud oversight, a top administration official said Tuesday, resulting in a loophole that Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said could have protected private firms that steal taxpayer money. The admission follows...
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War Protesters Use Tax Day To Send Message
BANGOR, Maine - Opponents of the Iraq war spent Tuesday, the deadline for filing income tax returns, working to educate Mainers about the costs of war. More than half of each federal income tax dollar paid by Maine taxpayers now goes toward past and current military expenses, according to Larry...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Global Hot Spots of Hunger Set to Explode
UNITED NATIONS - As food prices continue to escalate worldwide, some of the poorest nations in the developing world are in danger of social and political upheavals. The unrest, which is likely to spread to nearly 40 countries, has been triggered largely by a sharp increase in the prices of staple...
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Tough New Sanctions On Iran Could Backfire, Experts Warn
WASHINGTON - In the more than five years since the George W. Bush administration's misdirected adventurism in Iraq, the fundamental balance of power in the Middle East has shifted. Iran's mullahs, once fearful of meeting the same fate as the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, have become the main...
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Controversy Mires Choice For Goldman Prize
San Francisco - The award Monday of the Goldman Environmental Prize to a pair of Ecuadoran activists fighting Chevron Corp. to clean up oil contamination in the Amazon rain forest brought a raging controversy over an international ecological disaster home to San Francisco. The two men, lawyer Pablo...
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US Congress to Address Poor Country Debts
NEW YORK - The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to endorse a legislative proposal this week calling for the cancellation of debts owed by some of the world's poorest countries. The rights advocacy groups that have lobbied hard for the passage of the Jubilee Act for Responsible Lending and...
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Rights Groups Applaud Trade Deal's Tabling
SAN FRANCISCO - Long-time critics of corporate-friendly free trade agreements are applauding House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for effectively putting the brakes on a deal with the South American nation of Colombia. "By reasserting congressional authority over trade by removing...
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Iran Says US Aids Rebels at Its Borders
BAGHDAD - A series of conflicts with insurgent groups along Iran's borders may be impelling Tehran to back its own allies in Iraq in what it regards as a proxy war with the U.S., according to security experts and officials in the U.S., Iran and Iraq. Dozens of Iranian officials, members of the...
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Attitudes Toward U.S. Worsen in Arab World
WASHINGTON - Despite renewed U.S. efforts to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement this year, popular views of the United States in the Arab world have actually worsened since 2006, according to a major new survey of public opinion in six Arab states. Nearly two-thirds, or 64 percent, of...
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Area C Strikes Fear Into The Heart of Palestinians As Homes Are Destroyed
In the end it came down to a single-page letter, written in Hebrew and Arabic and hand-delivered by an Israeli army officer who knocked at the front door. The letter spelt the imminent destruction of the whitewashed three-storey home and small, tree-lined garden that Bassam Suleiman spent so long...
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Israel's Senior Politicians and Security Service Snub Carter Visit
Jimmy Carter faced a cold reception in Israel yesterday where senior political leaders avoided meeting him and the Israeli secret service declined to help the American agents guarding him. The former US president was at the start of a Middle East tour, in which he is expected to meet on Friday the...
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ACLU Asks Harvard's Police Why Gaza Rally Was Photographed
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has denounced Harvard University for photographing protesters at a political rally last month near Harvard Square during which university police arrested two people. Officials at the ACLU also want Harvard to explain why an undercover officer was...
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New Hampshire Rep Has Made Impeaching Bush, Cheney Her Mission
CONCORD - Rep. Betty Hall, D-Brookline, had plenty of company Monday in urging the state legislature to impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. There was Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers revealing the government's decision making behind the...
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Monday, April 14, 2008
Phoenix Mayor Asks FBI To Check Sheriff Over Immigration Detentions
PHOENIX, AZ - The mayor wants the FBI to investigate whether the local county sheriff has violated any civil rights laws with his recent high-profile crackdowns on illegal immigrants. The "saturation patrols" have drawn protests from civil rights and immigrant-rights advocates, but they have drawn...
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Japan Kills 551 Antarctic Whales, Short of Target
TOKYO - Japan's Antarctic whaling catch fell far short of its target this season, hampered by a series of skirmishes with anti-whaling protesters, the Fisheries Agency said on Monday. The fleet caught only 551 minke whales, compared with the planned catch of 850. No fin whales were caught at all,...
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Bangladesh Faces Climate Change Refugee Nightmare
DHAKA - Abdul Majid has been forced to move 22 times in as many years, a victim of the annual floods that ravage Bangladesh. There are millions like Majid, 65, in Bangladesh and in the future there could be many millions more if scientists' predictions of rising seas and more intense droughts and...
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Five Years On, Fallujah in Tatters
FALLUJAH - Fallujah remains a crippled city more than two years after the November 2004 U.S.-led assault.Unemployment, and lack of medical care and safe drinking water in the city 60 km west of Baghdad remain a continuous problem. Freedom of movement is still curtailed. The city suffered two...
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After Protests, Haitian Leader Announces Rice Subsidies
MEXICO CITY - Responding to violent street protests against rising food prices that ground Haiti to a halt over the last week, President René Préval announced subsidies on Saturday that he said would cut the cost of rice by more than 15 percent. But the emergency move was not enough to stop...
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Iraq Security Forces Fire 1,300 Deserters
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi officials said Sunday that they had fired about 1,300 soldiers and police officers who refused to fight Shiite Muslim militias during the recent government crackdown, desertions that raise questions about the likely performance of Iraqi forces as U.S. troop levels decrease. The...
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Democrats Want Probe Into McCain Decision
Democratic Party officials want a federal judge to order an investigation into whether Senator John McCain violated election laws by withdrawing from public financing. A lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission, to be filed today in US District Court in Washington, questions the agency's...
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Safe from War, but Barely Surviving
In US, former Iraq, Afghan translators struggle to make ends meet
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Co-Payments for Expensive Drugs Soar
Health insurance companies are rapidly adopting a new pricing system for very expensive drugs, asking patients to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for prescriptions for medications that may save their lives or slow the progress of serious diseases. With the new pricing system, insurers...
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Fewer Large Corporations Audited by IRS
WASHINGTON -- The tax audit rates of the largest companies are less than half what they were 20 years ago while more small and mid-size businesses are coming under scrutiny, according to an organization that monitors the Internal Revenue Service. The Syracuse University-based Transactional Records...
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US and Iran Holding 'Secret' Talks on Nuclear Programme
Iran and the United States have been engaged in secret "back channel" discussions for the past five years on Iran's nuclear programme and the broader relationship between the two sworn enemies, The Independent can reveal. One of the participants, former senior US diplomat Thomas Pickering,...
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Global Warming Has a New Battleground: Coal Plants
WASHINGTON -- Every time a new coal-fired power plant is proposed anywhere in the United States, a lawyer from the Sierra Club or an allied environmental group is assigned to stop it, by any bureaucratic or legal means necessary. They might frame the battle as a matter of zoning or water use, but...
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Iran - The New Motivation for US War in Iraq
CRAWFORD - The US rationale for war in Iraq has morphed from ousting strongman Saddam Hussein, to countering Al-Qaeda militants to its latest incarnation -- facing down what officials in President George W. Bush's administration call the Iranian "threat". "Iraq is the convergence point for two of...
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Sunday, April 13, 2008
Bloodiest Week This Year For US Troops Ends With Bombing
BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed an American soldier in Baghdad yesterday, capping the bloodiest week for US troops in Iraq this year. Clashes persisted in Shi'ite areas, even as the biggest Shi'ite militia sought to rein in its fighters. At least 13 Shi'ite militants were killed in the latest...
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EU To Propose Ban On Imports of Seal Products
BRDO, Slovenia - The EU's environment chief Stavros Dimas will propose to ban imports of all seal products resulting from culls where animals suffer, he told Reuters, setting up a possible trade conflict with Canada. Belgium and the Netherlands last year banned imports of seal products on their own...
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Scientists Ask EU to Drop Biofuel Targets
BRUSSELS - Scientists tasked with advising the European Union's policy-makers have called for a target on promoting the greater use of biofuels to be dropped. As part of a battery of measures officially aimed at addressing climate change, the EU's governments agreed in 2006 that 10 percent of the...
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Canadian Police Seize Anti-Hunt Ship
Canadian officials boarded and seized the ship of a conservation group documenting the annual seal hunt Saturday, accusing its activists of interfering with the hunt. It was the latest clash between conservationists trying to end a hunt that they view as cruel and Canadian authorities who defend it...
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Carter Defends Plan To Meet Hamas Despite Israel Criticism
Former US president Jimmy Carter on Sunday defended his plan to meet with Hamas leaders during an upcoming trip to the Middle East, amid criticism from Washington and Israel. Carter, who reportedly plans to meet exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Syria, said he viewed Hamas's inclusion in peace...
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Refugees Fight Forced Return To Iraq War Zones
The United Nations last night accused the government of holding a 'sword of Damocles' over the heads of Iraqi refugees in Britain after it emerged that the Home Office had won a landmark test case giving it the power to return refugees to war-torn parts of their home country, including Basra and...
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Dalai Lama draws 65,000 in Seattle
SEATTLE - In a speech focused on fostering compassion in children, the Dalai Lama urged those gathered in a pro football stadium Saturday to support not only nuclear disarmament, but an "inner disarmament." Speaking to an estimated 65,000 people in the packed stadium, Tibet's exiled spiritual and...
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Saturday, April 12, 2008
United States Blamed For Assassination of Sadr Aide
NAJAF, Iraq - Followers of the renegade cleric Muqtada al Sadr chanted anti-American slogans and vowed revenge for the assassination Friday of Sadr's top aide in Najaf, where outrage over the killing threatens to spiral into the second deadly uprising in southern Iraq in a month. Riyadh al Nouri,...
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Family Planning Gets Mere Sliver of Aid Pie
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations warns that a sharp decline in international funding for reproductive health is threatening global efforts to reduce poverty, improve health and empower women worldwide. "This is especially evident in the case of funding for family planning where absolute dollar...
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The Other Global Crisis: Rush to Biofuels is Driving Up Price of Food
The world's most powerful finance ministers and central bankers are meeting in Washington tomorrow; but as they preoccupy themselves with the global credit crunch, another crisis, far more grave, is facing the world's poorest people. A dramatic rise in the worldwide cost of food is provoking riots throughout the Third World where millions more of the world's most vulnerable people are facing starvation as food shortages grow and cereal prices soar. It threatens to become the biggest crisis of the 21st century.
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Bush Aware of Advisers' Interrogation Talks
President Says He Knew His Senior Advisers Discussed Tough Interrogation Methods
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From One Dictator to the Next In Iraq
BAGHDAD - Many Iraqis have come to believe that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is just as much a dictator as Saddam Hussein was. "Al-Maliki is a dictator who must be removed by all means," 35-year-old Abdul-Riza Hussein, a Mehdi Army member from Sadr City in Baghdad told IPS. "He is a worse...
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