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Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Dems Bow to Bush on Funds for War
WASHINGTON - In the standoff between President Bush and Democrats in Congress led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over funding the Iraq war, it was the Democrats who finally blinked Tuesday, at least for now. In ceding ground, Pelosi of San Francisco and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada...
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Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran
The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert "black" operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive...
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Democrats Drop Insistence on Iraq Withdrawal Timeline
WASHINGTON - Scrambling to send President Bush an emergency war spending bill he will sign, Democratic leaders have decided to drop their insistence on a timeline for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. The move - which comes just days after senior Democrats insisted that White House officials...
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Increase in Carbon Emissions Seen Tripling Since '90s
Emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning, the main culprit in global warming, have increased three times faster in recent years than they did in the 1990s, international climate researchers reported today. And human-induced warming may have been responsible for an unprecedented...
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Paris Calls Off Festival of US Culture after Threats
PARIS - A festival due to be held in Paris this weekend to celebrate American music and culture has been called off after death threats from an anti-US group claiming links to al-Qaida. Organisers of the Three Days in America festival said the decision to postpone the event - also aimed at...
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On Darfur's Borders, Children to Lay Down Guns
DENVER, Colo. - Thousands of children in the African nations of Chad and the Central African Republic could be turning from the battlefield to the blackboard as a result of international negotiations over the past two weeks. The international children's rights group UNICEF announced Thursday that...
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World Biodiversity Day: Climate Change Also Drives Evolution
BERLIN - New scientific evidence confirms that human action, such as carbon emissions causing global warming, and industrial-scale search for food, is decimating biodiversity - and, in some cases, is driving threatened species to evolve and adapt at unexpected speed to new living conditions. An...
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Nader Redux: Should Dems Fear Mike Gravel?
The political establishment has been doing its best to brush aside Mike Gravel, the 76-year-old former senator from Alaska-and fairly successfully so, until Gravel's appearance at last month's sleepy Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina. After challenging fellow Dems to end the war by...
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Peace Fence
ASHLAND, Oregon - In the middle of an abandoned rail yard, on a chain-link fence surrounding a waste site, scores of peace posters have bloomed, the creation of a group of Ashland women who hope their work eventually makes its way to the fence around the White House. Many of the 75 displays tied to...
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Bush Could Double Force by Christmas
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq this year, an analysis of Pentagon deployment orders showed Monday. The little-noticed second surge, designed to reinforce U.S. troops in Iraq, is being executed by sending more combat...
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Early Arrival of Butterflies Demonstrates Impact of Climate Change
LONDON - Britain's astounding April, the warmest on record, has produced an astounding effect in the natural world, with at least 11 species of butterfly making their earliest recorded appearances this spring in what will be seen as the most remarkable demonstration yet of the effects of climate...
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Monday, May 21, 2007
Maine Campaign to Impeach Bush Presses Case
In the genteel quarters of the Woodfords Club in Portland, where scenes of a quaint fishing village adorn the wallpaper, a grass-roots effort to impeach President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney was picking up steam. "The real work begins today, and it has to hit absolute high gear in...
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Hans Blix Wins Sydney Peace Prize
SYDNEY, Australia - Swedish diplomat Hans Blix, chairman of the UN Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, has been awarded the 2007 Sydney Peace Prize. The Sydney Peace Foundation, which announced the award on Monday morning, said Dr Blix was the unanimous choice of the prize jury. The citation...
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Venezuela Giving Danny Glover $18M to Direct Film on Epic Slave Revolt
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela is to give the American actor Danny Glover almost $18m (£9m) to make a film about a slave uprising in Haiti, with President Hugo Chávez hoping the historical epic will sprinkle Hollywood stardust on his effort to mobilise world public opinion against imperialism and...
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World Bank Should Go With Wolfowitz: Activists
PENANG, Malaysia - Paul Wolfowitz's fall from grace is symptomatic of the double standards and hypocrisy of the World Bank and strains the marriage between neo-liberal policies and militarism that he embodied, say activists and analysts. Wolfowitz, an architect of the war on Iraq, finally bowed to...
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Efforts to Stop `Voter Fraud' May Have Curbed Legitimate Voting
WASHINGTON - During four years as a Justice Department civil rights lawyer, Hans von Spakovsky went so far in a crusade against voter fraud as to warn of its dangers under a pseudonym in a law journal article. Writing as "Publius," von Spakovsky contended that every voter should be required to...
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Gore Blasts Bush in 'The Assault on Reason'
When former Vice President Al Gore hosted "Saturday Night Live" in December 2002 he appeared in a skit that compared his vice presidential selection process from two years before to the dating reality TV show "The Bachelor." In one scene Gore appeared in a hot tub with a faux Joe Lieberman, both of...
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Sunday, May 20, 2007
Gonzales Rapped Simply as one of Bush's Yes Men'
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says his long friendship with President Bush makes it easier to say "no" to him on sticky legal issues. Gonzales' critics say the attorney is far more likely to say "yes," and they say that leaves the Justice Department vulnerable to a politically...
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A Scale for the Price of Life
What is the value of a human life? We usually think of this in terms of sentiment -- of memories, grief, love , longing, of everything, in short, that is too deep and valuable to put a price upon. Then again, is anything in our world truly priceless? As anyone who has ever taken out a life...
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Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist
The thieves operated from small offices in Toronto and hangar-size rooms in India. Every night, working from lists of names and phone numbers, they called World War II veterans, retired schoolteachers and thousands of other elderly Americans and posed as government and insurance workers updating...
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Priests Claim Torture; Arizona Army Post Says No
TUCSON, Ariz. - A pair of priests arrested in November for trespassing on Fort Huachuca are determined to make a court case out of what they contend is torture being taught at the Southern Arizona Army post. "We're going to put torture on trial," the Rev. Louis Vitale and the Rev. Steve Kelly told...
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Latino Soldiers Who Refused Iraq Speak Out
SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. Army medic who refused to load his gun in Iraq and then escaped through a base window in Germany rather than be deployed a second time returned home to Los Angeles this week after serving six months in a U.S. military prison. Augustin Aguayo, 31, was born in Mexico and grew...
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Brown's Vision for a Nuclear Britain
LONDON - Gordon Brown is to face down sceptics in his party and give the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power stations, which will be built across the country. In a move immediately condemned by environmental organisations, the Prime Minister-elect will give the green light to the plans...
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US Cooling Off to G-8 Summit
BERLIN - The United States appears to be cooling off to some key concerns at the G8 heads of state summit next month. The United States is evidently not interested in an international consensus on environmental policy against global warming. Nor does it appear keen on new regulations to control...
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Poll: American Satisfaction at New Low
WASHINGTON - It's gloomy out there. Men and women, whites and minorities - all are feeling a war-weary pessimism about the country seldom shared by so many people. Only 25 percent of those surveyed say things in the U.S. are going in the right direction, according to an AP-Ipsos poll this month...
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Saturday, May 19, 2007
No, Blair! America's Parting Gift to Britain's PM
WASHINGTON - As Tony Blair left Washington yesterday for his last visit as Prime Minister, the Bush administration was acting to scupper international efforts to combat climate change. Less than 24 hours earlier, Mr Blair had basked in the apparent support of President George Bush for his stated...
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Bush Administration Ruling Throws Cold Water on Environmental Whistleblowers
WASHINGTON - The sentence was buried deep within a recent Labor Department ruling, but the message was clear: Whistleblowers, beware. More specifically: Whistleblowers relying on the protections against official retaliation contained in several major environmental laws, proceed with caution. The...
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US Government Trying to Seize New Michael Moore Film, Says Producer
CANNES, France - Cannes is smacking its lips in anticipation of filmmaker and provocateur Michael Moore's latest jeremiad against the US administration, which receives its premiere at the film festival today. Sicko, a documentary tackling the state of American healthcare, focuses on the...
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US Raids Made 2,000 Afghans Homeless: Red Cross
KABUL - Bombing by US forces in western Afghanistan last month wrecked 173 houses and left 2,000 people homeless, the Red Cross said, announcing findings of its assessment of the damage. Preliminary UN and Afghan investigations have found that around 50 civilians were killed in the April 27 and 29...
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Iraq War Ignites Dueling Protests
Call it a war. A war of words, a war of signs. The debate on the war - the one in Iraq - boiled in downtown Durango on Friday. On the west sidewalk of Main Avenue, high school age war supporters waved American flags and shouted pro-Bush slogans. A portable CD player spun Toby Keith's pro-war anthem...
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Indigenous Leaders Bring Eco-Sense to UN
UNITED NATIONS - If one is serious about addressing the climate change crisis, it might be wise to listen to those who have close and intimate knowledge of the lands and waters. "Mother Earth is crying," says Carrie Dann, an elder of the Western Shoshone indigenous people of the United States. "She...
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Washington's AIDS Hypocrites, Wolfowitz and Tobias, Ousted
The heads of two of the world's biggest AIDS programs, largely run by the United States, have resigned within a month of each other amid accusations of sexual hypocrisy. Paul Wolfowitz, the head of the World Bank, resigned yesterday after fighting for his job for six weeks. He was quoted Thursday...
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Jimmy Carter Slams Bush Administration
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — President George W. Bush's administration is "the worst in history" when it comes to international relations, former President Jimmy Carter said Friday, taking aim at the White House's policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy. The criticism from Carter, which a...
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Sarkozy Unveils his New 'Rainbow' Government
PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced a centre-right government which includes seven women and France's first senior minister of Arab origin. M. Sarkozy's promised government of "openness" also included two leading ministers from the left and centre. During his long presidential campaign...
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Bush Resists Democrats on Military Pay
WASHINGTON - The White House is trying to kill a Democratic plan to increase the size of a military pay raise next year, contending it would be too costly and that members of the armed forces are already sufficiently compensated. In a letter from the White House Office of Management and Budget to...
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Friday, May 18, 2007
Obama Disputes Claim of Sharing Clinton's Stance on War
Senator Barack Obama yesterday directly challenged former President Bill Clinton's assertions that Mr. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton hold the same essential positions on the Iraq war. Throughout the spring, Mr. Clinton has privately told his wife's donors and supporters that it was...
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Earth's Natural Defenses against Climate Change 'Beginning to Fail'
The earth's ability to soak up the gases causing global warming is beginning to fail because of rising temperatures, in a long-feared sign of "positive feedback," new research reveals today. Climate change itself is weakening one of the principal "sinks" absorbing carbon dioxide - the Southern...
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Wolfowitz's Fall Brings More Bad News for Bush
The announcement by Paul Wolfowitz Thursday that he was stepping down soon as World Bank chief marked yet another blow for US President George W. Bush as his Republican administration nears its end. Wolfowitz, one of the key neoconservative engineers of the strategy that led the United States to...
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Halliburton Looks to Greener Pastures
WASHINGTON - As Halliburton held its annual meeting Wednesday in Houston, Texas, the Washington-based Corpwatch released its own "Alternative Annual Report" which details the alleged wrongdoings of the company and its former subsidiary, Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), and questions the motivation...
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Minimum Wage Increase Likely to Remain Tied to War Bill
NEW YORK - A Congressional plan to give the United States' lowest-paid workers their first raise in nearly 10 years was put on hold earlier this month when U.S. President George W. Bush vetoed the Iraq War spending bill. A minimum wage clause appended to the war bill would have guaranteed all U.S...
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Study: Global Net Censorship 'Growing'
The level of state-led censorship of the net is growing around the world, a study of so-called internet filtering by the Open Net Initiative suggests. The study of thousands of websites across 120 Internet Service Providers found 25 of 41 countries surveyed showed evidence of content filtering...
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Kidnap and Torture: New Claims of UK Army War Crimes in Iraq
The British Army is facing new allegations that it was involved in "forced disappearances", hostage-taking and torture of Iraqi civilians after the fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein. One of the claims is made by the former chairman of the Red Crescent in Basra, who alleges he was beaten...
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Thursday, May 17, 2007
Detroit City Council votes to impeach Bush
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Greenpeace Builds Replica of Noah's Ark
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Environmental activists are building a replica of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat , where the biblical vessel is said to have landed after the great flood , in an appeal for action on global warming, Greenpeace said Wednesday. Turkish and German volunteer carpenters are making the...
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Iraq: Send in the Clown
Jo Wilding's unembedded reports from Fallujah brought home the horror of the American assault on the city. But when she wasn't blogging, she was wearing stilts and trying to cheer up Iraq's traumatized children. She tells Emine Saner why she risked her life for total strangers. It is hard to...
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Teen Pregnancy Rates Lowest Yet, Study Finds
The rate of teen pregnancies in Canada has hit an all-time low and has fallen more dramatically than in the United States and England over the past three decades, according to new research. The findings suggest young women are better informed and have greater access to contraception than ever...
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Capitol Watchdogs Fret Over Rise in 'Honest Graft' Land Deals
WASHINGTON - A series of questionable land deals involving U.S. lawmakers have raised alarms among government watchdogs, who fear such dubious arrangements are on the rise. "Everyone's been trying to catch up to this phenomenon," said Keith Ashdown of Washington, D.C.-based Taxpayers for Common...
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Gas May Have Harmed Troops, Scientists Say
WASHINGTON - Scientists working with the Defense Department have found evidence that a low-level exposure to sarin nerve gas - the kind experienced by more than 100,000 American troops in the Persian Gulf war of 1991 - could have caused lasting brain deficits in former service members. Though the...
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Veterans Take Antiwar Call on Road
BOSTON - The Boston chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War, formed this month in an Allston restaurant by a handful of former soldiers and Marines, is planning to take its call for immediate withdrawal from Iraq to all major military bases along the East Coast. The chapter is the 17th in a...
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Father of Christian Zionism Leaves the Building
OAKLAND, Calif. - The right-wing U.S. Christian evangelist Jerry Falwell, who died Tuesday at the age of 73, is perhaps best known for his fundamentalist social positions and tirades against lesbians, gays and feminists, not to mention "pagans", "abortionists" and assorted other miscreants.But...
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US Chided for Hindering International Efforts on Climate Change
UNITED NATIONS - Disappointed with the U.S. role in international discussions on energy, environmental groups are making fresh calls for Washington to give up its isolationist approach and become part of ongoing global efforts to tackle climate change. "It is time for the U.S. to acknowledge its...
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War-Torn Iraq 'Facing Collapse,' Says UK Think Tank
Iraq faces the distinct possibility of collapse and fragmentation, UK foreign policy think tank Chatham House says. Its report says the Iraqi government is now largely powerless and irrelevant in many parts of the country. It warns there is not one war but many local civil wars, and urges a major...
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Cluster Bombs Cause Decades of Harm, Says Study
Millions of people will be endangered by up to 132m cluster bomblets that have not yet exploded, causing lasting economic and social harm to communities in more than 20 countries for decades to come, a leading charity warned yesterday. Handicap International studied data from nine countries most...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Senate Defeats Iraq Withdrawal Measure
WASHINGTON -- The Senate today handily defeated a measure to effectively end most U.S. combat operations in Iraq by next April, but the 29 senators who voted for the amendment represented the highest number yet that have united behind a proposal to force President Bush to bring home American troops...
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Baby 'Bubba' Issued Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification Card
CHICAGO -- Someday, Howard David Ludwig's Firearm Owner's Identification Card will be stored in a box with his first pair of shoes and perhaps a lock of his baby hair. That's because the card was issued when Howard, nicknamed Bubba, was just 10 months old. It lists his height (2 feet, 3 inches) and...
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CBS Fires Former Iraq Commander for Speaking Out Against Bush Policies in Iraq
NEW YORK - It took CBS two weeks to fire Don Imus for calling a college women's basketball team "nappy headed hos," but it only took them two days to fire Major General John Batiste for speaking out against the president and his policies on the war in Iraq. Groups critical of the war and President...
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Bolton: We Must Attack Iran Before it Gets the Bomb
WASHINGTON - Iran should be attacked before it develops nuclear weapons, America's former ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday. John Bolton, who still has close links to the Bush administration, told The Daily Telegraph that the European Union had to "get more serious" about Iran and...
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Feminist, Socialist, Devout Muslim: Woman Who Has Thrown Denmark into Turmoil
ODENSE, DENMARK - In the land that launched the cartoons war between Islam and the west, Asmaa Abdol-Hamid finds herself on the frontline, gearing up for a new battle. The 25-year-old social worker, student and town councillor describes herself as a feminist, a democrat, and a socialist. She has...
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Wolfowitz Scandal Spotlights US Reign at Bank
WASHINGTON - Recent White House backing for the beleaguered World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, despite the findings of an internal report that said he had violated the Bank's ethics rules, is bringing the role of the United States in running the Bank in "undemocratic" ways under scrutiny, with...
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Children Face Exposure to Pesticides
STRATHMORE, Calif. - On Grandparents Day, Domitila Lemus accompanied her 8-year-old granddaughter to school. As the girls lined up behind Sunnyside Union Elementary, a foul mist drifted onto the playground from the adjacent orange groves, witnesses say. Lemus started coughing, and two children...
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Bono Warns G8 Backsliders
Bono last night called for an emergency session on Africa at next month's G8 summit in Germany as it emerged that rich countries are using the sympathy felt in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London to justify their foot-dragging on meeting aid pledges made at Gleneagles two years ago...
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Panel Told of a Sickbed Face-Off
WASHINGTON - James B. Comey, then the acting U.S. attorney general, was on his way home one night in March 2004 when he got an urgent call from the office on his cellphone. The distraught wife of Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, who was recovering in the hospital from gallbladder surgery, had called the...
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Analysis Finds Large Antarctic Area Has Melted
While much of the world has warmed in a pattern that scientists have linked with near certainty to human activities, the frigid interior of Antarctica has resisted the trend. Now, a new satellite analysis shows that at least once in the last several years, masses of unusually warm air pushed to...
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Right-Wing Televangelist Jerry Falwell Dies
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, a pioneer among televangelists who later became a leading voice in the national debate over Christian values, has died at the age of 73. Falwell was found unconscious Tuesday in his office at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. A fundamentalist preacher, Falwell burst onto...
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Boston Residents Face to Face with Bio-War
BOSTON, United States - The U.S. government and Boston University are facing protests and lawsuits for building a laboratory to research potential biological weapons in a neighborhood whose residents are mostly African-American and Latinos. Approved by the federal government in February 2006, the...
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CENTCOM Commander's Veto Sank Bush's Threatening Gulf Buildup
WASHINGTON - Admiral William Fallon, then President George W. Bush's nominee to head the Central Command (CENTCOM), expressed strong opposition in February to an administration plan to increase the number of carrier strike groups in the Persian Gulf from two to three and vowed privately there would...
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US Health System Ranks Last Compared to Other Countries: Studies
WASHINGTON - The US health care system ranks last among other major rich countries for quality, access and efficiency, according to two studies released Tuesday by a health care think tank. The studies by the Commonwealth Fund found that the United States, which has the most expensive health system...
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US Senate to Vote on Cutting off Iraq War Money
WASHINGTON - The US Senate is expected to vote as early as this week on whether to cut off money for the Iraq war next year, as well as on a softer measure calling for US troops to leave by October. Senate Democratic majority leader Harry Reid said today that the two measures would be offered as...
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Discrimination Against Girls 'Still Deeply Entrenched'
The report, “Because I am a Girl”, written by Plan International, includes statistics that make for grim reading:
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Son of Professor Opposed to War is Killed in Iraq
BOSTON - Boston University professor Andrew J. Bacevich has been a persistent, vocal critic of the Iraq war, calling the conflict a catastrophic failure. This week, the retired Army lieutenant colonel received the grim news that his son had been killed on patrol there. First Lieutenant Andrew J...
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Monday, May 14, 2007
Lobbying Reform Losing Steam in House
WASHINGTON - House Democrats are suddenly balking at the tough lobbying reforms they touted to voters last fall as a reason for putting them in charge of Congress. Now that they are running things, many Democrats want to keep the big campaign donations and lavish parties that lobbyists put together...
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Senators Who Weakened Drug Bill Got Millions from Industry
WASHINGTON - Senators who raised millions of dollars in campaign donations from pharmaceutical interests secured industry-friendly changes to a landmark drug-safety bill, according to public records and interviews. The bill, which passed 93-1, grants the Food and Drug Administration broad new...
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Shoe on the Other Foot as Africa Chides Wolfowitz
NAIROBI - The scandal hanging over World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has damaged his ability to preach against corruption in Africa, but Africans say the bank's anti-graft message must remain whether he stays or goes. The bank is due to give its final decision on Tuesday on Wolfowitz's future,...
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'Honk for Peace' Case Tests Limits on Free Speech
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - When one of Deborah Mayer's elementary school students asked her on the eve of the Iraq war whether she would ever take part in a peace march, the veteran teacher recalls answering, "I honk for peace." Soon afterward, Mayer lost her job and her home in Indiana. She was out of...
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One Billion to be Displaced by 2050, Global Warming a Factor, Group Warns
LONDON - At least one billion people risk fleeing their homes over the next four decades because of conflicts and natural disasters that will worsen with global warming, a relief agency warned Monday. In a report, British-based Christian Aid said countries worldwide, especially the poorest, are now...
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Deforestation: The Hidden Cause of Global Warming
In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change. So why are global leaders turning a blind eye to this crisis? The accelerating...
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US Trying to Weaken G-8 Climate Change Declaration
WASHINGTON -- Negotiators from the United States are trying to weaken the language of a climate change declaration set to be unveiled at next month's G-8 summit of the world's leading industrial powers, according to documents. A draft proposal dated April 2007 that is being debated in Bonn by...
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Common Chemicals are Linked to Breast Cancer
More than 200 chemicals - many found in urban air and everyday consumer products - cause breast cancer in animal tests, according to a compilation of scientific reports published today. Writing in a publication of the American Cancer Society, researchers concluded that reducing exposure to the...
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Sunday, May 13, 2007
Army Career Behind Him, General Speaks Out on Iraq
ROCHESTER, NY - John Batiste has traveled a long way in the last four years, from commanding the First Infantry Division in Iraq to quitting the Army after three decades in uniform and, now, from his new life overseeing a steel factory here, to openly challenging President Bush on his management of...
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Organic Milk Seen Flooding Market
After years of being in short supply, organic milk is expected to flood the U.S. market as a regulation change and higher margins push more dairy farmers to produce it. The dairy industry is expecting organic milk supply to surge by at least 40 percent this year from a previous annual growth rate...
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Ex-CIA Official Pushed Millions in Secret Deals to Pal, Prosecutors Say
A former top CIA official steered an aviation contracting opportunity worth $132 million to a longtime friend, despite his friend's lack of experience in the field, according to federal prosecutors. Onetime CIA Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo directed CIA employees to hire his childhood pal,...
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Bloodshed Rises in Iraq as US Demands 'Victory'
As Tony Blair, one of the architects of the Iraq war, prepares to leave office, it is clearer than ever that his ally's strategy of systematically crushing the Sunni insurgency is not working. In this special report from Baghdad, Patrick Cockburn shows why. It will be a long war. The rumble of...
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Iraqis Resist U.S. Pressure to Enact Oil Law
BAGHDAD - It has not even reached parliament, but the oil law that U.S. officials call vital to ending Iraq's civil war is in serious trouble among Iraqi lawmakers, many of whom see it as a sloppy document rushed forward to satisfy Washington's clock. Opposition ranges from vehement to measured,...
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Can Capitalism Be Green?
TORONTO - Capitalism has proven to be environmentally and socially unsustainable, so future prosperity will have to come from a new economic model, say some experts. What this new model would look like is the subject of intense debate. One current theory states that continuous growth can be...
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Billions in Oil Missing in Iraq, US Study Says
Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq's declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling, according to a draft American government report. Using an average of $50 a barrel, the report said the...
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Iraq Funding Bill Too Oily
WASHINGTON - A new measure to fund the Iraq war has run into opposition from congressional Democrats who say it does not offer enough provisions to keep the United States away from Iraq's oil. "We have to be concerned that the oil in Iraq belongs to the Iraqi people," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-...
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Migrating Birds' Habitat Threatened by Sea Wall
Thousands of birds are being starved on their migratory routes between Australia and Siberia as a result of a huge land-reclamation project that has drained a valuable wetland habitat in South Korea. A 20-mile-long sea wall has stopped the ebb and flow of the tides that have made the Saemangeum...
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Why Fearless Leaders are Something to Dread
LONDON - The painful unraveling over the last year of the public and private lives of one of the UK's most iconic businessmen, Lord Browne, is a sobering example of the pitfalls of the cult of leadership. Raising expectations far beyond the capacity of one human to fulfill them - neither BP's...
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Warming Triggers 'Alarming' Retreat of Himalayan Glaciers
KAROLA PASS, Tibet - The glaciers of the Himalayas store more ice than anywhere on Earth except for the polar regions and Alaska, and the steady flow of water from their melting icepacks fills seven of the mightiest rivers of Asia. Now, due to global warming and related changes in the monsoons and...
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Blair Faces Questions Over Alleged US Plan to Attack al-Jazeera
LONDON - The government is to be questioned in parliament next week over what discussions Tony Blair had with George Bush about plans to bomb the Arabic television satellite station al-Jazeera, at a particularly delicate time in the war in Iraq. Peter Kilfoyle, a former Labour defense minister, is...
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Friday, May 11, 2007
Moms Spend Their Weekend Protesting Iraq Occupation
SAN FRANCISCO - Antiwar activists from around the country will celebrate Mothers Day by converging on Washington, DC, where they will demand Congress end the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Five days of activism, sponsored by the women-for-peace group CODEPINK and "peace mom" Cindy Sheehan's Gold Star...
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Thailand Turns Giant Pharma Killer
BANGKOK - By standing up to pressure from big pharmaceutical companies over cheap anti-AIDS drugs, Thailand may have created an opening in global trade rules that will permit developing countries to more readily break patents in times of public health emergencies. The fact that the United States...
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Three US Newspapers Reverse 100-Year-Old Stand on Death Penalty
WASHINGTON - Three established U.S. newspapers, two of them among the 10 largest in the country, in three different states have in the past weeks abandoned their century-old support of the death penalty and become passionate advocates of a ban on state-sponsored killing. The newspapers -- the...
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Neo-Cons Driving Iran Divestment Campaign
WASHINGTON - Neo-conservative hawks who championed the invasion of Iraq are leading a new campaign to persuade state and local governments, as well as other institutional investors, to "divest" their holdings in foreign companies and U.S. overseas subsidiaries doing business in Iran. While...
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LEDs Emerge to Fight Fluorescents
The light bulb, the symbol of bright ideas, doesn't look like such a great idea anymore, as lawmakers in the U.S. and abroad are talking about banning the century-old technology because of its contribution to global warming. But what comes next? Compact fluorescent bulbs are the only real...
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New Hampshire Prosecutor Calls Protesters a 'Threat to the Public'
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Anti-war protesters, arrested for refusing to leave Sen. John H. Sununu's Manchester office, staged a "vainglorious event to gain publicity" and need to be held on some cash bail because the protest taxed police resources, causing a threat to the public, a police prosecutor said...
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Dissent in an Unlikely Place
LATROBE, PA. - President Bush could hardly have picked a better private liberal arts college to find a welcoming audience for a commencement address than St. Vincent, a Catholic school run by a loyal former White House aide in a conservative region. Yet consider what has taken place here since Bush...
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Climate Change Could Lead to Global Conflict, Says Beckett
LONDON - Climate change could spawn a new era of conflicts around the world over water and other scarce resources unless more is done to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, warned yesterday. She said climate-driven conflicts were already under way in Africa...
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Stifling Summers Forecast by NASA for US East Coast
NEW YORK - Researchers at NASA have warned that unless growth in greenhouse gas emissions can be successfully curbed, large areas of the eastern United States, from Washington DC to Florida, can expect to suffer through catastrophically hotter summers within just a couple of generations. A study...
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
Administration Withheld E-Mails About Rove
The Bush administration has withheld a series of e-mails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Rove's, as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The...
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