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Monday, March 3, 2008
Use of Radio ID Tags Faces Limits
What Signals Are Your Clothes Sending?
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Israelis Show Declining Zest For Military Service
TEL AVIV, Israel - Throughout Israel's short, turbulent history, the nation has grown cynical about almost every sector of society but one: its military. Though the Israeli military has been buffeted by political scandal, castigated for enforcing a 40-year occupation of the Palestinians, and...
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US 'Exaggerating Nuclear Threat From North Korea'
International nuclear experts have accused the White House of exaggerating North Korea's nuclear threat to support its claim that the communist state was part of an "axis of evil" - just as it did with Iraq's before the 2003 invasion. The accusations follow Pyongyang's first revelations about its...
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US Debts Hurting UN Peacekeeping, Say Analysts
UNITED NATIONS - Further delay in the payment of past U.S. dues to the United Nations could lead to negative consequences for global peacekeeping operations and development programs, independent groups are warning. "We need to confront the challenges we face together with our friends and allies. We...
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Israel Defiant As Gaza Toll Rises
Israel was facing widespread international condemnation yesterday for its onslaught in Gaza, as the UN and EU demanded an end to a "disproportionate" response to Palestinian rocket attacks, which were also denounced. Israel's prime minister, Ehud Olmert, rejected the criticism and vowed to press on...
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Iraqi Refugees See No Reason, or Hope, For Return
DAMASCUS - More Iraqis continue to flee their country than the numbers returning, despite official claims to the contrary.Thousands fleeing say security is as bad as ever, and that to return would be to accept death. "Return to Iraq?" asks 35-year-old Ahmed Alwan, an Iraqi engineer now working at a...
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Sunday, March 2, 2008
Bush legacy: Farewell to the Monroe Doctrine?
WASHINGTON - El Salvador's President Tony Saca, a close U.S. ally, can scarcely contain his frustration.He calls U.S. politicians ''shortsighted'' for failing to reform U.S. immigration laws. He says Latin American populism is ''a pendulum swing toward disaster'' that deserves more U.S. attention...
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Uncertain Safety for Latino Workers
Construction job fatality rates exceed those for other groups, and many are reluctant to complain
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Scorched-Earth Strategy Returns to Darfur
SULEIA, Sudan - The janjaweed are back.They came to this dusty town in the Darfur region of Sudan on horses and camels on market day. Almost everybody was in the bustling square. At the first clatter of automatic gunfire, everyone ran. The militiamen laid waste to the town - burning huts, pillaging...
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Obama, Clinton Battle for Hearts of Hispanics
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas -The sagebrush scrubland and sun-blighted arroyos of Starr County, home to more Hispanics per capita than any other county in Texas, have become the scene of an ardent and unlikely political courtship. The area's population is a shade over 98 per cent Latino and the county...
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Activist Finds Avenue for Protest
Standing in front of the White House, David Goodner and a group of 20 Iowans unfurl a banner declaring "God forgive America" and begin to read Sermon on the Mount. Police seal off the area, move in and arrest them for protesting without a license. That 2006 episode was the first of four civil...
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Scores Die in Raids on Gaza
Israel's military killed at least 54 Palestinians yesterday - almost half of them civilians, including four children - in its most violent assault on the Gaza Strip since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power last June. The latest deaths bring to more than 80 the number of Palestinians...
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Attorney General Stalls Bush Aides' Contempt Citations
Washington — Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to refer the House's contempt citations against two of President Bush's top aides to a federal grand jury. Mukasey said White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential counsel Harriet Miers committed no crime in ignoring...
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Saturday, March 1, 2008
New Documentary 'King Corn' is a Lot More than Filler Fare
OAKLAND, Calif. - Corn isn't just for dinner anymore. In fact, it's for just about everything but dinner. That's what Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, former college friends and co-producers of the documentary "King Corn," discovered when they spent a year tracing what happened to the corn they planted...
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White House Blocks Inquiry into Construction of $736m Embassy in Iraq
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is blocking an inquiry into the delay-plagued construction of the $736m US embassy in Baghdad, a senior Democrat in Congress said today. Henry Waxman, who is chairman of the oversight committee in the House of Representatives, asked US secretary of state...
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House Set to Vote on Mental Health Parity Bill Next Week
WASHINGTON — The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on mental health parity legislation named for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone that would require equal health insurance coverage for mental and physical illnesses when policies cover both. "I cannot emphasize enough how historic this vote will be...
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Iraq Violence Surges in February
BAGHDAD — The number of Iraqis killed in February rose by 33 percent over January, reversing a six-month trend of reduced violence, in a setback to the US military plan to curb the bloodshed ravaging the country. The combined figures obtained by AFP from the interior, defence and health ministries...
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Cordova's Long Wait for Justice
Cordova, Alaska — In Washington the Supreme Court is due to give the final verdict any time now in one of the longest-running legal battles in US history. It is a contest which has pitted the people of a small Alaskan town against the might of the largest commercial corporation on Earth. It has...
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Friday, February 29, 2008
Comcast Facing Backlash After Hearing
After a hearing into Comcast Corp.'s Internet policies this week, the company faces a backlash of bad publicity and increasing skepticism about the way the telecommunications giant runs its high-speed Internet service. Critics have denounced Comcast for paying people to occupy seats in the cramped...
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UN Experts Criticize New Orleans Housing
NEW ORLEANS - Two human rights experts for the United Nations on Thursday criticized a federal plan to raze public housing projects in New Orleans, saying it will force the predominantly black residents into homelessness. New Orleans advocates clamoring to save 4,500 public housing units claimed a...
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Killed While They Played Football, The Child Victims of Israel's Revenge on Gaza
Four boys playing football have been killed in Gaza by Israeli air strikes, according to Palestinian officials, as Israel responded to the death of a man from a barrage of rocket attacks with a bloody escalation of violence. At least 16 Palestinians - including the four children - were killed...
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$4 Gasoline? It's News to Bush
When asked about the possibility of the price going that high, president says, 'That's interesting, I hadn't heard that.' He also says a tax hike on oil companies would drive the price up further.
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Quaker Teacher Fired For Changing Loyalty Oath
California State University East Bay has fired a math teacher after six weeks on the job because she inserted the word "nonviolently" in her state-required Oath of Allegiance form. Marianne Kearney-Brown, a Quaker and graduate student who began teaching remedial math to undergrads Jan. 7, lost her...
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Afghanistan Mission Close To Failing - US
After six years of US-led military support and billions of pounds in aid, security in Afghanistan is "deteriorating" and President Hamid Karzai's government controls less than a third of the country, America's top intelligence official has admitted. Mike McConnell testified in Washington that...
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Outspoken Scientist Dismissed From Panel on Chemical Safety
Under pressure from the chemical industry, the Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed an outspoken scientist who chaired a federal panel responsible for helping the agency determine the dangers of a flame retardant widely used in electronic equipment. Toxicologist Deborah Rice was appointed...
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1 in 100 Adults Now in Prison
2,319,258 Americans Behind Bars in 2008, Most of Any Nation
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US Embrace of Musharraf Irks Pakistanis
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Bush administration's continued backing of President Pervez Musharraf, despite the overwhelming rejection of his party by voters this month, is fueling a new level of frustration in Pakistan with the United States. That support has rankled the public, politicians and...
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Abu Ghraib Prison Turned Soldiers Evil by Design: Researcher
MONTEREY, California - The very design of Abu Ghraib in Iraq turned good soldiers into evil tormentors that humiliated and brutalized prisoners, a famed social psychologist said Thursday. Stanford University professor Philip Zimbardo described a "Lucifer effect" as he flashed shocking images of Abu...
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Vets Break Silence on War Crimes
SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are planning to descend on Washington from Mar. 13-16 to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in those countries. "The war in Iraq is not covered to its potential because of how dangerous it is for...
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Thursday, February 28, 2008
Comcast Admits Paying Attendees at FCC Hearing
Comcast Corp. admitted yesterday that it paid people to attend a government hearing. Company critics say the freelance attendees were there to crowd them out; Comcast says they were merely saving seats for employees. The five-hour hearing Monday at Harvard University was organized by the Federal...
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City Will Hold GOP Protesters To Single-File Route
Demonstrators who want to march on this year's Republican National Convention in St. Paul will have to get in line - literally. The city police department offered a sketch Wednesday of how it anticipates handling the tens of thousands of people expected to protest the event, which will be Sept. 1-4...
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Humane Society Sues US in Cattle Case
WASHINGTON - The Humane Society of the United States sued the Agriculture Department on Wednesday for creating a "loophole" that it said is permitting potentially sick cows into the food supply. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, accused the department of violating procedural...
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The Campaign That Changed The Eating Habits of A Nation
Boycott of Battery Chickens Forces Supermarkets to Think Ethically
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Justices Seem Inclined to Trim Exxon Damages
Top Court Hears Arguments Over 1989 Alaska Spill
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Online Indexing of All Life on Earth Begins
BROOKLIN, Canada - Free, authoritative and online: 1.8 million species. That is the ultimate goal of the Encyclopedia of Life project, which put its first 30,000 species on the Internet this week. This ambitious global project will provide the details of every known species -- habitat, range, life...
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Iraqi Leaders Veto Law Bush Administration Hailed As Political Breakthrough
BAGHDAD - Iraq's three-man presidency council Wednesday announced that it's vetoed legislation that U.S. officials two weeks ago hailed as significant political progress. Also Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he hoped that Turkey's incursion into northern Iraq to fight Kurdish...
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Nobel Laureate Estimates Wars' Cost at More Than $3 Trillion
WASHINGTON - When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in March 2003, the Bush administration predicted that the war would be self-financing and that rebuilding the nation would cost less than $2 billion. Coming up on the fifth anniversary of the invasion, a Nobel laureate now estimates that the wars in Iraq...
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Bush, Congress Wrangle Over Domestic Spying
NEW YORK - Former senior intelligence officials are disputing claims by the George W. Bush administration that the failure of Congress to pass a new foreign surveillance law is jeopardising the country's national security. In a letter to Admiral Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence...
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Lebanon: Children Look At The Brighter Picture
BEIRUT - On the outskirts of Beirut, narrow alleyways cut through the Chatila Palestinian refugee camp. A maze of electricity cables connect one concrete block and another. Sewage pours continuously through a small grey construction, filling the street with nauseating stench. Not a pretty sight,...
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ACLU: 900,000 Names on US Terror Watch Lists
The FBI now keeps a list of over 900,000 names belonging to known or suspected terrorists, the American Civil Liberties Union said today. If that number is accurate, it would be an all-time high, exponentially more than the 100,000 names on the list several years ago. But the number needs to be...
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Automated Killer Robots 'Threat to Humanity': Expert
Increasingly autonomous, gun-totting robots developed for warfare could easily fall into the hands of terrorists and may one day unleash a robot arms race, a top expert on artificial intelligence told AFP. "They pose a threat to humanity," said University of Sheffield professor Noel Sharkey ahead...
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Public Broadcasting Activists Refute McCain Campaign 'Facts' on FCC Letters
A public broadcasting activist is accusing Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign of lying in its statements rebutting last week's New York Times story about McCain's connections to Washington lobbyist Vicki Iseman. After the story broke, the McCain campaign distributed a lengthy document stating...
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Californians Sitting on Toxic Couches - Report
SAN FRANCISCO - Most of California's furniture contains toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption, and neurological and reproductive dysfunction, according to a report released today. The so-called halogenated fire retardants are particularly harmful to...
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Baquba Losing Life — And Hope
BAQUBA - Life has been bad enough in Diyala province north of Baghdad after prolonged violence, unemployment and loss of all forms of normal living. What could be worse now is the loss of hope that anything will ever be better. In Baquba, capital city of Diyala province 40km northeast of Baghdad,...
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Gaza Border In Political Limbo
CAIRO - One month after throngs of Palestinians flooded into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula from the Gaza Strip, the flashpoint Rafah border crossing remains tightly shut. But according to some opposition figures, the breach -- viewed by many as a victory for Palestinian resistance faction Hamas --...
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Missing E-Mails May Never Be Found
Lawmaker says RNC won't try to restore them
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Runway Protesters Take to Roof of Parliament
Protesters demonstrating against plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport today staged a demonstration on the roof of the Houses of Parliament. The breach will come as an embarrassment to the government as security has supposedly been tightened in recent years in response to the terrorist...
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Anti-War Movement Wrestles with 1968
A coalition of anti-war groups is vowing to protest this summer's Democratic National Convention in Denver under the rubric "Re-create '68," prompting criticism from some on the left who are loath to revisit what they see as a disastrous time for both the anti-war movement and the Democratic Party...
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Flooded Village Files Suit, Citing Corporate Link to Climate Change
The eroding village of Kivalina in the Northwest Arctic is suing Exxon Mobil and 23 other energy companies for damage related to global warming. The suit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of the Native village's federally recognized tribe and its city...
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Drug Giants Warned: Tell The Truth on Medicines
The pharmaceutical industry came under assault from senior figures in medical research yesterday over its practice of withholding information to protect profits, exposing patients to drugs which could be useless or harmful. Experts criticised the stranglehold exerted by multinational companies over...
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
US Defense Chief in India to Push Arms Sales, Military Ties
NEW DELHI - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates plunged into one of the world's hottest arms market Tuesday, saying rapidly expanding US-Indian defence ties were in both countries' interests. His arrival coincided with news that India successfully tested its first nuclear capable missile from a...
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Feed The World? We Are Fighting a Losing Battle, UN Admits
The United Nations warned yesterday that it no longer has enough money to keep global malnutrition at bay this year in the face of a dramatic upward surge in world commodity prices, which have created a "new face of hunger". "We will have a problem in coming months," said Josette Sheeran, the head...
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Dodd Endorses Obama
Sen. Christopher Dodd endorsed one-time presidential rival Barack Obama on Tuesday and said it is time for Democrats to join forces to defeat the Republicans in the fall campaign. "I don't want a campaign that is divisive here, and there's a danger in that," Dodd said, although he denied he was...
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Farms May Be Exempted From Emission Rules
Under pressure from agriculture industry lobbyists and lawmakers from agricultural states, the Environmental Protection Agency wants to drop requirements that factory farms report their emissions of toxic gases, despite findings by the agency's scientists that the gases pose a health threat. The...
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Study Finds Immigrants Commit Less California Crime
SAN FRANCISCO - Immigrants are far less likely than the average U.S.-born citizen to commit crime in California, the most populous state in the United States, according to a report issued late on Monday. People born outside the United States make up about 35 percent of California's adult population...
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Iraq Condemns Turkish Incursion and Wants Troops Out
BAGHDAD - Iraq on Tuesday condemned Turkey's incursion into northern Iraq to fight Kurdish guerrillas in the strongest terms so far and demanded an immediate end to what it called a violation of its sovereignty. The Turkish troops crossed the border last Thursday to root out PKK fighters who have...
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Neo-cons Fine-Tune Iran Angle
WASHINGTON - A new report published by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) think-tank purports to show the reach and scope of Iranian influence across the Middle East, but stops short of drawing conclusions about Tehran's intentions or grand strategy. Co-written by AEI fellows Fred Kagan and...
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Renditions Clothed in State Secrets Mantle
NEW YORK- As the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency acknowledged it had erroneously denied using British territory to transport victims of "extraordinary rendition", a federal court bowed to pressure from the George W. Bush administration to dismiss a case against a Boeing subsidiary being sued for...
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FCC Tackles Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON - The FCC came to the Boston area, the birthplace of the Internet and the cradle of the American Revolution, on Monday to begin a serious examination of network neutrality, one of the most vexing free speech questions facing policymakers. The dispute pits open-Internet advocates against...
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Anti-War Groups Target Vulnerable Republicans
WASHINGTON - Anti-war groups launched a nationwide drive Monday to unseat Republican members of Congress by linking the multi-billion-dollar costs of the Iraq conflict to the flagging US economy. Failed Democratic presidential contender John Edwards said that Americans felt "great concern and...
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Arctic Oil Bonanza Worries Alaska Natives
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Modern technology and surging oil prices have suddenly made the prospect of drilling in the remote, icy Chukchi Sea irresistible to the world's oil giants -- and that is worrying the Inupiat people who have lived at the sea's edge for centuries. With drilling opportunities...
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Monday, February 25, 2008
Black Owners Lose Grasp on Family Farms
ENFIELD, N.C. - If a man's life could be summed up in numbers, then Roland Hardy's amounted to this: 294 acres. This land where he was born, and where he died, was to be his legacy - a guarantee that his heirs would never know the poverty that his enslaved ancestors did. Instead, less than a year...
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Protesters Say They Have Bugged Japanese Whalers
CANBERRA - Anti-whaling activists said on Monday they had chased the flagship of Japan's whaling fleet out of waters near Antarctica after tracking it with high-tech bugs planted by two protesters who boarded the vessel last month. Captain Paul Watson of the hardline Sea Shepherd group said he was...
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Energy Storage Nears Its Day in The Sun
MONACO - Energy storage is an unglamorous pillar of an expected revolution to clean up the world's energy supply but will soon vie for investors attention with more alluring sources of energy like solar panels, manufacturers say. "It's been in the background until now. It's not sexy. It's the...
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Obesity More Dangerous Than Terrorism: Experts
World governments focus too much on fighting terrorism while obesity and other "lifestyle diseases" are killing millions more people, an international conference heard Monday. Overcoming deadly factors such as poor diet, smoking and a lack of exercise should take top priority in the fight against a...
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Obama Slams Smear Photo
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accused the Clinton campaign Monday of "shameful offensive fear-mongering" by circulating a photo as an attempted smear. Plouffe was reacting to a banner headline on the Drudge Report saying that aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) had e-mailed a photo...
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US Military Plan for Africa Panned
NEW YORK - While in Africa this week, George W. Bush drew fire for his plans to expand the United States' military presence on the resource-rich but economically strapped continent. "AFRICOM is driven by U.S. interests in preserving access to African resources," said Gerald LeMelle, executive...
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Climate Protesters Arrested After Scaling Heathrow Jet
A Metropolitan police investigation is under way after four Greenpeace protesters burst through a poorly secured door at Heathrow to scale a British Airways jet today. The four campaigners boarded the 8.15am flight from Manchester to Heathrow carrying high visibility vests and a banner stating "...
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Gazans Form Human Chain Along Israeli Border In Protest at Blockade
Palestinians today formed a human chain in protest at Israel's blockade of Gaza as Israel deployed thousands of troops and police officers along the border. About 5,000 people, many of them women, schoolchildren and university students, joined the chain outside the town of Beit Hanoun, about four...
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Grim Legacy of Exxon Still Haunts Alaska
WASHINGTON - When a federal jury in Alaska in 1994 ordered Exxon to pay $5 billion to thousands of people who had their lives disrupted by the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, an appeal of the nation's largest punitive damages award was inevitable. But almost no one could have predicted the...
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Nader Raises Specter of 2000 with Fresh White House Run
The veteran consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader has formally declared an independent run for the United States presidency, further complicating a contest that has become one of the most hard-fought - and hard to predict - in modern political history. The decision by Mr Nader, 73, once more to...
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Arctic 'Doomsday Vault' Filled With World's Seeds Comes to Life
AN Arctic "doomsday vault" filled with samples of the world's most important seeds will be inaugurated in Norway today. The vault aims to provide humankind with a Noah's Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Nobel Peace Prize winning...
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The Most Expensive Air Crash in History
Nobody was seriously hurt and no damage was done on the ground. But the crash of a B-2 stealth bomber on the Pacific island of Guam yesterday - the first involving this type of aircraft - was the world's worst air disaster by one measure: money. Only 22 B-2s have ever been made. The cost of...
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Fairtrade Profits Rise, but is the Small Farmer Missing Out?
Once, people laughed at the notion that fair trade could infiltrate the profit-hungry world of retail. Yet new figures from the Fairtrade Foundation will reveal tomorrow that UK consumers take the issue very seriously, spending half a billion pounds on Fairtrade-branded products last year. However...
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Saturday, February 23, 2008
Make Foreign Aid 'Smarter,' Next President Told
SAN FRANCISCO -- Humanitarian workers are calling on the major presidential candidates to invigorate U.S. efforts to end global poverty by reforming the way foreign aid is allocated. "We're concerned that none of the presidential candidates to date have tackled how to make our foreign aid more...
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US "Agent Orange" Ruling Disappoints Vietnamese; Pleases Monsanto, Dow Chemical
HANOI -- Vietnamese victims of wartime "agent orange" were disappointed by a U.S. court's dismissal of a lawsuit against chemical companies but believe they have gathered more support for their cause, an official said on Saturday. "We anticipated this because it is not easy suing big and powerful U...
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GM Exec Stands by Calling Global Warming a "Total Crock of Shit"
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has defended remarks he made dismissing global warming as a "total crock of shit," saying his views had no bearing on GM's commitment to build environmentally friendly vehicles. Lutz, GM's outspoken product development chief, has been under fire...
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Friday, February 22, 2008
Boycotting NCLB: In Effort To Protect Students Illinois District Will Refuse Test
Dist. 93 Against Giving Tests To Kids Still Learning English
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UN Says World Fisheries Face Collapse
MONACO - A deadly combination of climate change, over-fishing and pollution could cause the collapse of commercial fish stocks worldwide within decades, said Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Program. "You overlap all of this and you see you're potentially putting a death nail...
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Canada's Polar Bears Beset on All Sides
VANCOUVER - Melting sea ice caused by climate change and government inaction is putting polar bears at extreme risk in Canada as a species over the next 50 years, according to local environmental groups. In northern Canada and Alaska, drilling for potential oil and gas is also drawing criticism...
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British Troops Executed 20 Captives in Southern Iraq, Say Lawyers
British troops may have executed up to 20 captives in southern Iraq in 2004, human rights lawyers claimed today. A dossier of evidence from men taken captive after a gun battle near the Iraqi town of Majat-al-Kabir in May 2004 also suggested soldiers tortured and mutilated captives. Lawyers for...
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Snake Oil Sellers of the Christian Right?
WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (IPS) - The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs came under heavy criticism earlier this month from Muslim and religious freedom advocacy groups after it invited to a conference three self-professed "former terrorists" with strong links to the Christian right. Collectively...
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Crack Offenders Set for Release Mostly Nonviolent, Study Says
Most of the more than 1,500 crack cocaine offenders who are immediately eligible to petition courts to be released from federal prisons under new guidelines issued by the U.S. Sentencing Commission are small-time dealers or addicts who are not career criminals and whose charges did not involve...
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Gray Wolves To Lose Endangered Status; Critics Call Decision Short-Sighted
Gray wolves will be fair game for hunters in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains after federal officials announced Thursday that they would be taken off the endangered species list. The decision, which is expected to face lengthy litigation, comes after a 20-year effort to reestablish gray wolf...
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Bulk of States Back Cluster Bomb Ban, Organisers Say
A key conference on cluster bombs ended Friday in Wellington with most of the 122 governments represented backing a draft treaty banning the deadly weapons, organisers said. However, major countries such as China, Russia and the United States -- the main manufacturers of the munitions -- remain...
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Satellite Shootdown Fuels Fears of New Space Race
WASHINGTON - Independent arms-control critics here say that Wednesday's successful strike by a missile launched from a U.S. warship in the Pacific Ocean of a dying spy satellite will add to growing fears in Russia and China that Washington is determined to assert military dominance in space. They...
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Beef Plant Video Spurs Calls for New Protections
NEW YORK - Graphic images of animal cruelty and this week's record recall of U.S. beef have spurred fresh demands to expand a ban on killing sick animals for food consumption. "Legislation is in play with the Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act. It's time to enact it," said Julie Janovsky...
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Iraq's Unemployment Epidemic
BAQUBA- For a few, salaries have soared. For the rest, unemployment has. Many Iraqi workers enjoyed huge salary increases following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. But unemployment rose more sharply under policies introduced by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). CPA head L...
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A Peace of History Turns 50
A familiar icon has reached a milestone. The peace symbol turns 50 today.Before it was a hippie fashion accessory, before it became the emblem of the Vietnam era anti-war movement, the peace symbol stood for nuclear disarmament. The British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament details the origins of...
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Florida Schools To Teach Evolution as 'Scientific Theory'
Florida's Board of Education approved a new set of science standards to be taught in public schools that mandate, teaching the `scientific theory of evolution.'
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How Labour Used The Law to Keep Criticism of Israel Secret
The full extent of government anxiety about the state of British-Israel relations can be exposed for the first time today in a secret document seen by the Guardian. The document reveals how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) successfully fought to keep secret any mention of Israel contained...
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Nobel Peace Laureate Says US Trying to Stall Cluster Bomb Agreement
Wellington, New Zealand - Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams accused the United States on Wednesday of trying to stall negotiations on an international agreement to ban cluster bombs - without even attending talks on the treaty. Delegates from more than 120 countries are negotiating a...
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China Accuses US of Hypocrisy in Space
BEIJING - A leading Chinese newspaper has accused the United States of hypocrisy in criticizing other nations' space ambitions while rejecting a proposed space treaty and firing a missile to destroy one of its own satellites. The United States hit one of its own dying spy satellites with a missile...
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Miliband Admits US Rendition Flights Stopped on UK Soil
Britain acknowledged today for the first time that US planes on "extraordinary rendition" flights stopped on British soil twice. The admission came from the foreign secretary, David Miliband, who apologised to MPs for wrong information given by his predecessor Jack Straw and former prime minister...
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Blackwater Inquiry Turns to Baghdad
WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities investigating Blackwater Worldwide contractors are returning to Baghdad this week to revisit the scene of a deadly September shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. The two-week trip, by eight prosecutors and FBI agents, marks the latest phase in an inquiry...
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Rigged Trials at Gitmo
Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding. Indefinite detention. The litany of complaints about the legal treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is long, disturbing and by now familiar. Nonetheless, a new wave of shock and criticism greeted the Pentagon's...
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Obama Trounces Clinton in Wisconsin and Hawaii to Make It Ten in a Row
Barack Obama last night swept aside Hillary Clinton in the Wisconsin primary and Hawaii caucuses, extending his winning run in the Democratic presidential race to ten consecutive victories. The campaign now heads towards a crunch date on March 4 when Mrs Clinton needs to win both Texas and Ohio to...
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Keeping The Peace? The El Al Flight and The Israeli Army Officer
Heathrow airport, September 2005. An Israeli general accused of war crimes flies in. Waiting for him is a team of Met police officers. Would they dare to arrest him and risk provoking an international incident? To the average Heathrow traveller, it must have looked like just one of those...
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Meat Recall Prompts Call for USDA Reform
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's twin mandates of promoting the nation's agriculture and monitoring it for safety are being questioned in the wake of a beef contamination scare that prompted the nation's largest-ever meat recall. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who chairs the House...
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Climate Change Threatens Human Rights of Millions: UN
GENEVA - Climate change threatens the human rights of millions of people who are at risk of losing access to housing, food and clean water unless governments intervene early to counter its effects, experts said on Tuesday. At a conference on climate change and migration, United Nations officials...
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