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Monday, September 24, 2007
Activist Silenced for Fear of Surveillance
Jennifer Flynn is not a rabble-rouser. She's not an aspiring suicide bomber. She doesn't advocate the overthrow of the government. Instead, she pushes for funding and better treatment for people with HIV and AIDS. Better keep an eye on her. Wait! Somebody already did. On the day before a rally by...
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
War Costing $720 Million Each Day, Group Says
CHICAGO -- The money spent on one day of the Iraq war could buy homes for almost 6,500 families or health care for 423,529 children, or could outfit 1.27 million homes with renewable electricity, according to the American Friends Service Committee , which displayed those statistics on large banners...
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Generals Opposing Iraq War Break with Military Tradition
The generals acted independently, coming in their own ways to the agonizing decision to defy military tradition and publicly criticize the Bush administration over its conduct of the war in Iraq. What might be called The Revolt of the Generals has rarely happened in the nation's history. In op-ed...
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Reinvigorated SDS Finds Support in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. - Remember the SDS? In the 1960s, the Student Democratic Society was the nation's most influential radical student organization, making noise about civil rights, the Vietnam War and a government perceived as sinister. On Friday night, they were making noise again. Reinvented...
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Country Music Deserts George Bush
Country music has thrived for years as the soundtrack to redneck America, supplying the Republican heartlands with a diet of knee-jerk jingoism that has included flag-waving anthems supporting the war on terror. But as the US death toll rises in Iraq and public patience with the conflict - and with...
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Bush To Be No-Show At U.N. Climate Summit
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Gore and the leaders of some 80 nations converge on the United Nations on Monday for a summit on the warming Earth and what to do about it. The unprecedented meeting comes just days after U.S. scientists reported that melting temperatures this summer shrank the Arctic...
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Far Right Sells Iraq War to "Values Voters"
In the late 1960s and early '70s, then U.S. President Richard Nixon appealed to the country's "Silent Majority" to oppose growing anti-Vietnam War sentiment in the United States. A decade later, President Ronald Reagan had the Rev. Jerry Falwell's "Moral Majority" working by his side in support of...
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Saturday, September 22, 2007
Messages of Peace Are Blowin' In The Wind:
GMS students plant 'Pinwheels for Peace'
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Blackwater 'Arms Smuggling Probe'
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether staff from controversial US security company Blackwater smuggled weapons to Iraq, according to reports. Some employees are alleged to have sent over unlicensed weapons and equipment, that could have been used by a group labeled as terrorist by the US...
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Stanford Campus in Uproar Over Fellowship For Rumsfeld
Academics and students at California's prestigious Stanford University have launched a vigorous protest against the appointment of Donald Rumsfeld as a visiting fellow to a right-wing campus think-tank, saying the former defence secretary and architect of the Iraq war offends their ideals of truth...
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Democracy Icon Aung San Suu Kyi Greets Myanmar Monks
YANGON - Stepping out of her home in tears, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi greeted Buddhist monks Saturday in a landmark moment for a swelling protest movement against the military junta. Armed guards usually block the road leading to the rambling lakeside house, but in an unprecedented move, they...
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Halliburton Recruiters Meet Protest In Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -- About 200 demonstrators sang and heard speeches Thursday at a protest against Halliburton Co. recruiters at the University of Wisconsin before departing peacefully - unlike a bloody event 40 years ago to which some compared it. The Campus Antiwar Network has accused Halliburton,...
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Far Right Sells Iraq War to "Values Voters"
OAKLAND, California - In the late 1960s and early '70s, then U.S. President Richard Nixon appealed to the country's "Silent Majority" to oppose growing anti-Vietnam War sentiment in the United States. A decade later, President Ronald Reagan had the Rev. Jerry Falwell's "Moral Majority" working by...
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Canada: Losing Water Through NAFTA
TORONTO - Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada lost control over its energy resources. Now, with "NAFTA-plus", it could also lose control over its freshwater resources, say experts. Canada's water is on the trade negotiating table despite widespread public opposition and assurances...
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Louisiana's Jena Six Beating Case Galvanizes S.F.'s 'Black MoveOn'
James Rucker started receiving e-mails about racial tension in Jena, La., in June. He was skeptical at first; Color of Change, his 2-year-old online activist organization, hears about many incidents alleging racial injustice. If the San Francisco organization was going to be the "black MoveOn," as...
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Friday, September 21, 2007
Mandela Still Alive After Embarrassing Bush Remark
JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader's death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq. "It's out there. All we can do is reassure people, especially South...
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Retired General Raps Rep. Baird's War Stance
VANCOUVER -- Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert Gard presided over an anti-war rally Thursday night that sometimes took on the trappings of a spiritual revival. No one shouted "amen," but Gard's criticisms of U.S. Rep. Brian Baird's support for President Bush's troop increase in Iraq yielded several...
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War Opponents Launch Grassroots Campaign Aimed at Larger Numbers
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut -- Fed up with the Iraq war, the peace movement is trying its own surge. After years of large-scale national demonstrations in Washington, New York and other cities have failed to end the war, activists are embarking on a campaign that starts Friday with more than 100 local...
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The Chemical That Must Not Be Named
Delegates from 191 nations are on the verge of an agreement under the Montreal Protocol for faster elimination of ozone-depleting chemicals, but the United States insists it must continue to use the banned pesticide methyl bromide.
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Like Mother, Like Daughter: The Other Remarkable Ms Roddick
Dame Anita, the Body Shop tycoon and philanthropist, was one of the world's most colourful activists. But Sam Roddick is an equally radical figure, and since her mother's death she has seemed determined to get noticed.
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The Real Story of Baghdad's Bloody Sunday
Six days ago, at least 28 civilians died in a shooting incident involving the US security company Blackwater. But what actually happened?
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Making a Killing: How Private Armies Became a $120 Billion Global Industry
In Nigeria, corporate commandos exchange fire with local rebels attacking an oil platform. In Afghanistan, private bodyguards help to foil yet another assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai. In Colombia, a contracted pilot comes under fire from guerrillas while spraying coca fields with...
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Record Sea Ice Melt This Summer Larger Than Texas and Alaska
Shattering previous records, the sea ice in the Arctic shrank 1 million square miles more this summer than the average melt over 25 years, an area larger than Alaska and Texas combined, according to NASA satellite data released Thursday. Scientists at the federally financed National Snow and Ice...
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Rather: Government Influencing Newsrooms
NEW YORK -Dan Rather said Thursday that the undue influence of the government and large corporations over newsrooms spurred his decision to file a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and its former parent company. "Somebody, sometime has got to take a stand and say democracy cannot survive, much less...
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Senate Repudiates MoveOn Ad, Obama Misses Vote
The Senate voted on Thursday to repudiate an ad from MoveOn.org that referred to Gen. David Petraeus as "General Betray Us." Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) opposed the measure, while her closest competitor, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), missed the vote. The...
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Republicans Block Habeas for Gitmo Detainees
Despite the support of a solid majority of the U.S. Senate, a measure designed to restore the right of foreign terrorist suspects to challenge their detention in federal court was blocked here Wednesday on a procedural manoeuvre.
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Wind vs. Water in Giant Dam Dispute
A controversial hydroelectricity expansion project in Quebec has drawn sharp criticism from aboriginal and environmental organisations on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border.
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Refugees in Their Own Land: 2m Iraqis Forced to Flee Their Homes
Nearly two million Iraqis have become refugees in their own land in the past year, redrawing the ethnic and sectarian map of Baghdad and other cities, a report by the Iraqi Red Crescent said yesterday. In Baghdad alone, nearly a million people have fled their homes. Last month saw the sharpest rise...
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Environmental Groups Petition US to Regulate Air Fresheners
A group of heavyweight environmental organizations is asking the federal government to crack down on air fresheners, products that scientific studies show can aggravate asthma and pose other health risks. In response to the groups' petition filed Wednesday with the U.S. Environmental Protection...
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Groups Urge New Drive to Fight Oil-Climate Crisis
WASHINGTON - Activists and foreign policy experts held a public forum this weekend to launch what they hope will be "a combined international movement" to respond to the threats of climate change and the depletion of oil and other cheap energy sources. They said no less than "planetary survival" is...
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Yale Loses Court Case over Military Recruiters
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut -Yale Law School will end its policy of not working with military recruiters after a court ruling this week jeopardized about $300 million in federal funding, officials said Wednesday. Yale and other universities have objected to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy...
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'Incentives Offered to Destroy Forests'
Instead of providing positive incentives to tropical nations to conserve their rainforests and so reduce greenhouse gases emissions, the world indirectly gives "perverse incentives" to destroy them by demanding goods produced by intensive logging, a leading environmental activist says.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Homer, Alaska Citizens for Impeachment Stage Rally
Conspicuous signs reflected the frustrations of the dozen-or-so activists lining WKFL Park on Pioneer Avenue Saturday. Those driving by showed their support for voicing those concerns with the presidency by honking and waving in return. Amy Bollenbach, chair of the Homer Citizens for Impeachment...
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The Languages of Extinction: The World's Endangered Tongues
Every fortnight, another language dies; some 40 per cent of the world's languages are thought to be at risk. Now a new study has identified those that are most endangered.
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Dems Frustrate War Critics
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) traveled to New York on Monday and huddled with leaders of the anti-Iraq-war movement, his latest effort to reassure this increasingly restive group that Democrats are doing everything they can to end the war. Reid's session, which was not publicly...
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Families Cannot Sue Firm for Israel Deaths
NEW YORK - The parents of Rachel Corrie, the US peace activist who was crushed to death four years ago in the then Israeli-occupied Gaza as she was protesting against the demolition of Palestinian homes, have been refused permission to sue the company which made the bulldozer that killed her. On...
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Experts Call for Action on Ocean Preserves
UNITED NATIONS - The report, called "Oceans in Peril: Protecting Marine Biodiversity", outlines the factors causing damage to the ocean, namely fishing, pollution and climate change, and also suggests a set of solutions. "Loss of marine diversity will have a disproportionate impact on the poorer...
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US Caused More Deaths in Iraq Than Saddam, Says Anti-War Tribunal
ISTANBUL - The World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI), a grouping of NGOs, intellectuals and writers opposed to the war in Iraq, on Friday accused the United States of causing more deaths in Iraq than ousted president Saddam Hussein. "With two wars and 13 years of criminal sanctions, the United States have...
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Nobel Peace Prize Could Go to Climate Campaigner
OSLO - The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize could go to a climate campaigner such as ex-U.S. Vice-President Al Gore or Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier, reinforcing a view that global warming is a threat to world security, experts say. The winner of the $1.5 million prize, perhaps the world's top accolade...
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Stanford Faculty Protest Rumsfeld Selection to Think Tank
Stanford University faculty members are protesting former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's appointment as a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Renowned professor emeritus of psychology Philip Zimbardo, who has publicly blamed Rumsfeld and other Bush Administration officials for the...
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UF Student Tasered at Kerry Forum
A UF student was shot with a Taser gun, arrested and charged with a felony Monday because police said he started a riot during Sen. John Kerry's on-campus speech. Andrew Meyer, a telecommunication senior and former Alligator columnist, was charged with a third-degree felony for resisting arrest...
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Drift into War with Iran Out of Control, Says UN
The UN's chief nuclear weapons inspector yesterday warned against the use of force against Iran, in what UN officials said was an attempt to halt an "out of control" drift to war. His outspoken remarks, which drew a parallel between Iran and Iraq, appeared to take aim at the US and Britain. They...
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Iraq Could Try Blackwater Over Deadly Shootout
BAGHDAD - A top Iraqi judge said on Tuesday that US security firm Blackwater could go on trial over a deadly shootout in Baghdad, as Washington sought to cool tensions over the incident. "This company is subject to Iraqi law and the crime committed was on Iraqi territory and the Iraqi judiciary is...
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Ozone Treaty Could Slow Climate Change
Delegates from 191 nations are in Montreal, Canada this week to celebrate and extend the world's most successful environmental treaty, the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer.
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World Looks Elsewhere As Somalia Misery Grows
Relief official says aid programs overstretched, underfunded as thousands displaced by war
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US Judge Throws Out State Global-Warming Suit Against Automakers
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in San Francisco has thrown out a lawsuit that the state attorney general filed against the six largest automakers, in what had been billed as a novel attempt to hold the companies financially liable for global warming. The suit alleged that carmakers have damaged...
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Global Trade Union Reports 144 Activists Killed in 2006
PARIS - Nearly 150 labour activists were killed worldwide in 2006, a new global trade union said in a report Tuesday outlining a rising tide of violence and harassment against unionists across the globe. The number killed of activists killed rose to 144 from 115 in 2005, while 800 were injured or...
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Monday, September 17, 2007
Palestinians Sue for Use of Road Built for Them
BEIT SIRA, West Bank - Every day, thousands of Israeli drivers speed through the olive-tree-dotted hills and valleys of the West Bank on Highway 443, a popular four-lane roadway connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. But this convenient commuter shortcut comes at a heavy price for Palestinians. Since...
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VA Studies: PTSD Care Inconsistent
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs, which touts its special programs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in returning soldiers, spends little on those programs in some parts of the country, and some of its efforts fail to meet some of the VA's own goals, according to internal...
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Blackwater License Being Pulled in Iraq
BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government said Monday that it was pulling the license of an American security firm allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of civilians during an attack on a U.S. State Department motorcade in Baghdad. The Interior Ministry said it would prosecute any foreign contractors found...
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EU Watchdog Calls for Urgent Action on Wi-Fi Radiation
Europe's top environmental watchdog is calling for immediate action to reduce exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi, mobile phones and their masts. It suggests that delay could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking and lead in petrol. The warning, from the EU's European...
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Pollution Killing Kids in China, India
Global environment watchdog blames unregulated factories, mining as major health threat to children
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IAEA Chief Warns Against Striking Iran
VIENNA - Invoking the war in Iraq, the chief U.N. nuclear inspector criticized talk of attacking Iran as "hype" on Monday, saying the use of force should only be considered as a last resort and only if authorized by the U.N. Security Council. "I would not talk about any use of force," said Mohamed...
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Sunday, September 16, 2007
Ben & Jerry Head to London for a UN-backed 'Ceasefire' Concert
When they passed a $5 correspondence course on making ice cream and opened their first shop in a deserted petrol station, Ben and Jerry were seen as hopeless optimists for believing business could have a social conscience beyond the bottom line. Thirty years later and now multi-millionaires, Ben...
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Was Israeli Raid a Dry Run for Attack on Iran?
The head of Israel's airforce, Major-General Eliezer Shkedi, was visiting a base in the coastal city of Herziliya last week. For the 50-year-old general, also the head of Israel's Iran Command, which would fight a war with Tehran if ordered, it was a morale-boosting affair, a meet-and-greet with...
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NATO Comes Clean on Cluster Bombs Dropped on Serbia
NATO chiefs will this week finally tell the Serbian government where they dropped thousands of cluster bombs during the Kosovo campaign, more than eight years after the bombardment finished. Allied commanders have bowed to mounting pressure from foreign governments and pressure groups and will hand...
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Bush Setting America Up for War on Iran
Senior American intelligence and defense officials believe that President George W Bush and his inner circle are taking steps to place America on the path to war with Iran, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. Pentagon planners have developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran, amid growing...
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Greenspan Admits Iraq was About Oil, As Deaths Put at 1.2 Million
The man once regarded as the world's most powerful banker has bluntly declared that the Iraq war was 'largely' about oil. Appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1987 and retired last year after serving four presidents, Alan Greenspan has been the leading Republican economist for a generation and his...
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Saturday, September 15, 2007
More Than 150 Arrested at Iraq Protest
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of protesters marched Saturday from the White House to the Capitol to demand an end to the Iraq war, leading to the arrests of at least 150 people. Many of the protesters were arrested without a struggle after they jumped over a barricade near the base of the Capitol. But...
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Behind an Antiwar Ad, a Powerful Liberal Group
There is no mistaking the influence of MoveOn.org, with its 3.2 million members and powerful fund-raising apparatus, within the Democratic Party. This liberal activist group has come to occupy a prominent seat at the table among the party elite, so much so that Republicans leaped at a chance to...
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Bush the Jihadist: How the World was Plunged into an Apocalyptic War
For George W Bush's proclaimed "global war on terror", this has been a week to remember - but also a week that should make us challenge the basic assumptions behind this so-called "war". Last Tuesday, the world commemorated the sixth anniversary of 9/11, when the ultimate totems of America's...
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Friday, September 14, 2007
Iran Leader: Bush Will Be Tried
TEHRAN, Iran - President Bush will one day be tried in court just like deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his involvement in the Iraq tragedy, Iran's supreme leader said Friday. Speaking to thousands of worshippers during the first Friday prayer of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Iran's...
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Iraq: No Refuge Within or Outside the Country
U.S. occupation authorities and successive US-backed Iraqi governments have done little to stem the flow of Iraqis fleeing their war-torn country since the beginning of the occupation.
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Living Off Scraps: The West Bank's Bitter Harvest
To Israeli settlers on the West Bank, it's just the dump where their rubbish ends up. To many Palestinians, it's the key to their families' survival.
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Canadian Class Action Planned on Agent Orange Exposure
FREDERICTON, NB - People angry with Ottawa's compensation package for Agent Orange exposure at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown are turning to a class-action lawsuit for satisfaction, says the lawyer handling the case. Tony Merchant of the Merchant Law Group said Thursday his law offices across the...
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Poll: Civilian Death Toll in Iraq May Top 1 Million
A British survey offers the highest estimate to date. At least 4 die in a Sadr City car bombing.
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The President Asserted Progress on Security and Political Issues. Recent Reports Weren't Often So Upbeat.
In his speech last night, President Bush made a case for progress in Iraq by citing facts and statistics that at times contradicted recent government reports or his own words. For instance, Bush asserted that "Iraq's national leaders are getting some things done," such as "sharing oil revenues with...
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UN Adopts Historic Statement on Native Rights
UNITED NATIONS - Despite strong objections from the United States and some of its allies, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday calling for the recognition of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples' right to self-determination and control over their lands and resources. The...
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Facts Belie Petraeus' Case, Say Humanitarian Groups
PROVIDENCE - Observers of the situation in Iraq lashed out at the Bush administration Thursday ahead of the president's prime time address to the nation. They contend that General David Petraeus gave a misleading report to Congress this week when he said "significant progress" was being made in...
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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Cynthia McKinney Drops the Green Party
Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has given the red light to the Green Party, ending speculation that she would run for president on that ticket and leaving party leaders wondering where their months-long public courtship went sour. McKinney, who as recently as August 31 made an...
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US Allies 'Flouted International Law' in Expelling Sharif
NEW YORK - Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the United States' two closest allies in its so-called "war on terror," violated international law this week when a key political opposition leader was forcibly flown out of one country and into to the other, a leading human rights watchdog has charged...
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UC Irvine Aborts Hiring Chemerinsky as Law School Dean
In a showdown over academic freedom, a prominent legal scholar said Wednesday that UC Irvine's chancellor had succumbed to conservative political pressure in rescinding his contract to head the university's new law school, a charge the chancellor vehemently denied. Erwin Chemerinsky, a well-known...
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Governor Vetoes California Ballot Question on U.S. Policy in Iraq
LOS ANGELES - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed Californians to vote on whether "the president should end the United States occupation of Iraq." The governor explained his decision by saying that Iraq policy was "not a state issue" and that the symbolic vote...
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Week of Antiwar Events To Start With a 'Die-In'
Protesters Advocate Civil Disobedience
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Feud Brews Over Katrina Housing Funds
JACKSON, Mississippi - A state agency wants to divert $600 million from a Hurricane Katrina housing program to a port restoration project, outraging advocacy groups who say the proposal shortchanges thousands of people still homeless on the Gulf Coast. The Mississippi Development Authority has...
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No Exit
After two days of Congressional testimony by Washington's top two officials in Iraq, prospects for a substantial withdrawal of U.S. military forces there before the end of President George W. Bush's tenure at the White House look as remote as ever.
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Baghdad Residents Protest at Wall
Hundreds of Iraqis have staged a protest against the building of a dividing wall between a Shia district of Baghdad and a Sunni area.
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President Petraeus? Iraqi Official Recalls the Day US General Revealed Ambition
The US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time. Sabah Khadim, then a senior adviser at Iraq's Interior Ministry, says General Petraeus...
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Worst Places on Earth Are Home to Millions
Rapidly industrialising India and China have claimed four of the top 10 most polluted places on the planet for the first time, according to a report by U.S. and European environmental groups
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Obama Distances Himself from Book on U.S.-Israeli Relations
Like many in Washington, Barack Obama is running as fast as he can from the authors of a controversial new book on U.S.-Israeli politics. And in doing so, he's taking a distinctly different path than one of his highest-profile supporters in the foreign policy establishment, Zbigniew Brzezinski...
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On Heels of 9/11, Clinton Fundraiser Raises Eyebrows
Just days after the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Hillary Clinton and several Democratic lawmakers will be getting uncomfortably cozy with moneyed interests who have stood to reap billions in post-9/11 homeland security spending, watchdog groups say. On the sixth anniversary of the...
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Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote 'NYT' Op-Ed Die in Iraq
NEW YORK -- The Op-Ed by seven active duty U.S. soldiers in Iraq questioning the war drew international attention just three weeks ago. Now two of the seven are dead. Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance T. Gray died Monday in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad, two of seven U.S. troops killed in the incident which was reported just as Gen. David Petraeus was about to report to Congress on progress in the "surge." The names have just been released.
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Russia Tests Powerful 'Dad of All Bombs'
MOSCOW - The Russian military has successfully tested what it described as the world's most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb, Russia's state television reported Tuesday. It was the latest show of Russia's military muscle amid chilly relations with the United States. Channel One television...
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After Two Days, No Answer to 'How This Ends'
WASHINGTON - They sat behind burgundy-covered witness tables for more than 16 hours of testimony and answered hundreds of questions about the Iraq war, some of them pointed, some of them softballs. But there was one question that Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq,...
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Controversy Over New York Prof's Tenure
NEW YORK - A debate over an anthropologist's book on ancient Hebrew history isn't just academic - it's spilled over into an online dispute between critics trying to keep her from getting tenure and supporters who say the effort stifles scholarly freedom. Nadia Abu El-Haj has been teaching at...
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Toxic Chemicals Blamed for the Disappearance of Arctic Boys
NUUK, Greenland - Twice as many girls as boys are being born in remote communities north of the Arctic Circle. Across much of the northern hemisphere, particularly in the US and Japan, the gender ratio has skewed towards girls for the first time. Now scientists working with Inuit villages in Arctic...
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First World Results on a Third World Budget
A tropical sun rises over Havana and in the neighbourhood of Vedado, a maze of worn, bleached apartment blocks, a unique healthcare system limbers up for another day. In Parque Aguirre, a small plaza shaded by palms, two dozen pensioners form a semi-circle and perform a series of stretches and...
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Threatened Species Red List Shows Escalating 'Global Extinction Crisis'
Corals and seaweed have joined the ranks of threatened species, and more apes and reptiles are now facing extinction according to the World Conservation Union, which warns of a "global extinction crisis". The conservation group's annual Red List of threatened species, published today, found that...
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Global Warming Impact Like 'Nuclear War'
London - Climate change could have global security implications on a par with nuclear war unless urgent action is taken, a report said on Wednesday. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) security think-tank said global warming would hit crop yields and water availability...
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Anita Roddick, Pioneer Whose Dreams Turned the High Street Green, Dies at 64
Dame Anita Roddick , the ethical beauty pioneer and environmental campaigner who founded the Body Shop and turned it into a global brand, died suddenly yesterday after a brain hemorrhage at the age of 64. Dame Anita, who combined a passion for social change with a natural business nous to become...
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Bush the 'Best Ally' of Bin Laden, Ahmadinejad, Prof Says
President Bush is the "best ally" of Osama bin Laden and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, leftist MIT professor Noam Chomsky was quoted as telling one of Japan's largest newspapers on Tuesday. The newspaper, Mainichi Shimbun, published what it called an exclusive interview with Chomsky, to...
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'Tell the Truth, General!' Anti-War Protesters Demand
Capitol Hill - Anti-war protesters interrupted Gen. David Petraeus' much-anticipated report to Congress on Monday concerning progress in Iraq. They urged the general to tell the truth. But one of the protest leaders told Cybercast News Service that Petraeus' testimony was irrelevant. "I am anxious...
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Bridging the Shia-Sunni Divide With Free Trade
DUBAI - While Iran and the United States exchange aggressive statements, the Arab countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been busy building trade relations with Tehran and charting an economic course with a potential of mending ties in a tough neighbourhood. Following an official...
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What Crocker and Petraeus Didn't Say
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's top two officials in Iraq answered questions from Congress for more than six hours on Monday, but their testimony may have been as important for what they didn't say as for what they did. A chart displayed by Army Gen. David Petraeus that purported to show the...
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Free-Lunch Foragers
Freegans' are a growing subculture that has opted out of capitalism by cutting spending habits and living off consumer waste.
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Germany: What a Lake Says About Climate Change
When the East German nuclear power plant Rheinsberg was shut down almost 20 years ago, environmentalists expected that fauna and flora in nearby Stechlin lake would survive without further damage.
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Mounting Death Toll Which Makes a Mockery of US Optimism
By the time General Petraeus had finished speaking yesterday the slaughter in Iraq for the previous 24 hours could be tallied. It was not an exceptionally violent day by the standards of Iraq: seven US soldiers lay dead and 11 injured in the capital; other instances of sectarian violence included a...
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Monday, September 10, 2007
9/11 Symbolism Murky Backdrop for Report on Iraq
The nation will receive a long-awaited Pentagon report on the war in Iraq today - the day before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Even though the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission said there was no credible connection between the terrorist attacks and former Iraqi President...
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US Surge Has Failed - Iraqi Poll
About 70% of Iraqis believe security has deteriorated in the area covered by the US military "surge" of the past six months, an opinion poll suggests.
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Cleaning Up After Bhopal Gas Tragedy - Not Begun
A generation after the world’s worst ever industrial disaster occurred at a U.S. multinational-owned pesticide plant in Bhopal, central India, responsibility continues to be evaded on cleaning up thousands of tonnes of toxic chemicals that have contaminated the soil and water in the vicinity.
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