All News Articles

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Judge Calls for Data on Telecom Lobby
Privacy Group Sought Information on Warrantless Surveillance
Read more
A Fifth of UN Carbon Credits May Be Bogus
LONDON - One in five carbon credits issued by the United Nations are going to support clean energy projects that may in fact have helped to increase greenhouse gas emissions, environmental group WWF said on Thursday. The United Nations runs a scheme under the Kyoto Protocol that allows rich nations...
Read more
Consensus Against Neoliberal Washington Consensus
DAR ES SALAAM- One thing is clear from debates at the third Helsinki Process conference , underway here: there is agreement among economic development experts, civil society representatives and government officials attending the meeting that the neoliberal Washington consensus is not a solution to...
Read more
A Fund-Raising Rainmaker Arises Online
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - They may not inhabit the traditional world of high-dollar campaign fund-raising, but two youthful computer whizzes are quietly and behind the scenes trying to change how campaigns raise money, netting millions of dollars for Democrats in the process. Operating from an office just...
Read more
Probes Find Interference, Bias by Former Interior official
WASHINGTON - Julie A. MacDonald entered the Bush administration ready for war. She left it badly wounded, a case study in how political influence can backfire. A civil engineer from California's Sacramento Valley, MacDonald served five tumultuous years as a top Interior Department official handling...
Read more
EPA Is Sued by 12 States Over Reports on Chemicals
Twelve states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, sued the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday for weakening regulations that for two decades have required businesses and industries to report the toxic chemicals they use, store and release. The suit, filed in the Federal District...
Read more
Mileage Figures Go Downhill For 2008
New EPA testing criteria mean retuned fuel economy stickers
Read more
Klein: In War on Terror, Are You Next?
You shouldn't be sure you'll never end up in a damp, tiny cell in Guantanamo Bay, said best-selling author Naomi Klein to the NYU students and faculty gathered last night in Hemmerdinger Hall. "We think we don't fit the profile," she said. "If we feel safe, we are banking on the racism of our...
Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Washington Teachers Under Fire For War Protest Participation
TUKWILA, Wash. - Students in Tukwila are rallying around a group of teachers in trouble with the school district for taking part in an anti-war protest. That war protest turned into a full-fledged controversy at Foster High School in Tukwila. Should teachers have encouraged students to walk out of...
Read more
Afghans: US Airstrikes Kill 14 Workers
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S.-led coalition troops killed 14 road construction workers in airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan after receiving faulty intelligence, Afghan officials said Wednesday. The coalition said it was looking into the incident in Nuristan province, but did not immediately comment...
Read more
Bill Clinton Flatly Asserts He Opposed War at Start
During a campaign swing for his wife, former President Bill Clinton said flatly yesterday that he opposed the war in Iraq "from the beginning" - a statement that is more absolute than his comments before the invasion in March 2003. Before the invasion, Mr. Clinton did not precisely declare that he...
Read more
Democrats' Health Plans Echo Nixon's Failed GOP Proposal
WASHINGTON - Even before Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton unveiled her new health-care plan, Republicans attacked it as socialized medicine. They neglected to mention, however, that her plan bears a striking resemblance to changes that were proposed in 1974 - by the late President...
Read more
Report: VA's Performance on Benefits Slips Or Is Unchanged
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs fell farther behind this year in its attempts to give veterans timely decisions on their disability claims, new records show. The latest numbers are in an annual report the VA prepares for Congress detailing a range of short- and long-term goals for...
Read more
Much Ado About Annapolis
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - The Middle East peace conference that began and ended here on this crisp, sunny Tuesday was lean on specifics for a lasting peace deal between Israel and Palestine and the formation of a Palestinian state. Dealing with a timeline for continued talks on "final status" issues,...
Read more
Does the Media Incite Religious Tensions?
UNITED NATIONS - When Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi addressed the United Nations General Assembly last September, he rejected the argument that religion was responsible for disputes between nations. Providing a political perspective, he declared that the primary cause of conflicts...
Read more
Civil Libertarians Warn of 'Patriot Act Lite'
NEW YORK - Civil libertarians are worried that a little-known anti-terrorism bill now making its way through the U.S. Congress with virtually no debate could be planting the seeds of another USA Patriot Act, which was hurriedly enacted into law after the al Qaeda attacks of Sep. 11, 2001. The...
Read more
Reporters Say Baghdad Too Dangerous Despite Surge
WASHINGTON - Nearly 90 percent of U.S. journalists in Iraq say much of Baghdad is still too dangerous to visit, despite a recent drop in violence attributed to the build-up of U.S. forces, a poll released on Wednesday said. The survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center showed that many U.S...
Read more
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Fair Trade Labels Ensure Returns For Farmers
KANDY, SRI LANKA - Organic farmers in this hilly, central region of Sri Lanka are convinced that they have a simple fair trade model that could be replicated in other parts of the world."What we have created is the most sustainable model of fair trade and organic food in the world,'' insists Sarath...
Read more
Petraeus Sought to Prevent Release of Iranians
WASHINGTON - Recent statements by the U.S. military that Iran had pledged to stop supplying weapons to Shiite militias in Iraq and that this alleged flow of arms may have stopped in August were part of a behind-the-scenes struggle over whether the George W. Bush administration should make a gesture...
Read more
Bush Commits Troops to Iraq For The long Term
· Deal to provide mandate for military beyond 2008· US oil companies likely to benefit from proposals
Read more
Justices Uphold Welfare Home Searches
The ACLU had challenged a San Diego County policy, saying its warrantless inspections violated privacy rights. The Supreme Court refuses to hear it.
Read more
Clinton's 'Fiscal Responsibility' A Sham, Critics Say
WASHINGTON - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton vows that as president, she'd return the country to "fiscal responsibility," but critics charge that her proposals could blow a hole worth hundreds of billions of dollars in the deficit and even would provide a tax cut to some of America's richest people...
Read more
Seven Killed by American Fire As Iraq Lets US Troops Stay
BAGHDAD - Seven Iraqis, among them three women and a child, were on Tuesday reported killed by the US military, a day after Washington and Baghdad agreed to keep American forces in Iraq beyond 2008. The deaths of more civilians come as Iraqis begin reassessing the controversial role of the US...
Read more
Political Hacks Find Ascendency In Bush's Iraq
No Second Acts, Except in Iraq
Read more
Gaza Fears Israeli Push to Smash Hamas
Big Israeli armoured bulldozers, guarded by a stationary escort of tanks and armoured personnel carriers half-hidden in the adjacent sandbanks, were operating all along the exposed walk south on the Palestinian side of the hi-tech Erez terminal separating Gaza from Israel yesterday. As the great...
Read more
World Must Fix Climate In Less Than 10 Years: UN
BRASILIA - Unless the international community agrees to cut carbon emissions by half over the next generation, climate change is likely to cause large-scale human and economic setbacks and irreversible ecological catastrophes, a United Nations report says on Tuesday. The U.N. Human Development...
Read more
Presidential Hopeful Pushes Impeachment At Dartmouth Forum
Hanover, NH - A month ago, a Channel 3 News poll found Vermonters favor the impeachment of the president and vice president by a margin of nearly two to one. Monday night, the leader of that initiative in Congress spoke at Dartmouth. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, is running for...
Read more
Monday, November 26, 2007
Bush's Nuclear 'Reprocessing' Plan Under Fire
NEW YORK - The Bush administration is pushing for plans to reuse spent nuclear fuel in power reactors across the United States, but key senators and nuclear analysts have raised economic and security concerns about reusing the weapons-grade fuel. "We have serious concerns about the implications of...
Read more
Pressure for Results: The Politics of Tallying the Number of Iraqis Who Return Home
BAGHDAD - At a row of travel agencies near the highway to Syria, the tide of migration has reversed: the buses and GMC Suburban vans filled with people heading to Damascus run infrequently, while those coming from the border appear every day.By all accounts, Iraqi families who fled their homes in...
Read more
Study: Kids Will Eat Healthy School Food
Maybe getting schoolchildren to eat healthy foods isn't a hopeless struggle.Bucking some common notions, a University of Minnesota study has found that school lunch sales don't decline when healthier meals are served, and that more nutritious lunches don't necessarily cost schools more to produce...
Read more
Groups Will Use Holocaust Day To Highlight Mass Murder in Darfur
Britain's official day to mark the Holocaust will be dedicated to highlighting the mass murder taking in place in Darfur today, to increase pressure on the Sudanese government to stop the killing there. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust will use its national day on 27 January to demand tougher...
Read more
Minorities Hit Hardest by Housing Crisis
LOS ANGELES - In May, Alvin Clavon received a foreclosure notice on the simple, Spanish-style house in South Los Angeles that he shares with his wife and three boys. Clavon bought the place in 2003 with a fixed-rate loan. They painted the walls, fixed the yard and made friends with the neighbors,...
Read more
Global Campaign Vows to Fight Corporate Drug Monopoly
BANGKOK - Public health and HIV/AIDS activists from the developing world are seeking to break the monopoly over drugs held by pharmaceutical giants through a new global campaign designed to influence international debate over the issue. Formulated at the end of a three-day meeting, last week, which...
Read more
Sunday, November 25, 2007
UN: Tasers Are A Form Of Torture
"Stun Guns" Are Under Fire After Six Deaths This Week; Rallies Held Demanding They Be Banned
Read more
Disasters Quadruple Over Last 20 Years: Oxfam
LONDON - Weather-related disasters have quadrupled over the last two decades, a leading British charity said in a report published on Sunday. From an average of 120 disasters a year in the early 1980s, there are now as many as 500, with Oxfam attributing the rise to unpredictable weather conditions...
Read more
Archbishop's Assault On US Foreign Policy
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a stinging attack on the United States, comparing it unfavourably with the British Empire at its peak. Dr Rowan Williams criticised America for intervening overseas with a "quick burst of violent action" and claimed its foreign policy had created the "worst...
Read more
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Vermonters Help Ease Life on the Outside
Towns trying to keep ex-cons on right path
Read more
The World Continues to Look Away. Don't.
Some stories, as horrific as they are, need to be read by everyone. This is one of them.
Read more
'US Politics Turning Communities Against Each Other'
ATHENS - "As long as the U.S. troops stay in Iraq there will be violence," warns Gilbert Achcar, professor of development studies and international relations at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. Achcar -- a vehement critic of U.S. policy in the Middle East since Sep...
Read more
COMMONWEALTH: 'Get Rid of Your Agricultural Subsidies' - McKinnon
KAMPALA - The political crisis in Pakistan and global trade negotiations are amongst issues set to dominate the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that starts Friday in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The Nov. 23-25 event is expected to bring together leaders from the 53 member states...
Read more
Dog's Best friend: Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is looking to become dog's best friend. The country music star has filmed a television spot supporting an anti-dogfighting bill that is moving through the Georgia Legislature. In the ad, Nelson looks into the camera while "Georgia on My Mind" plays in the background. "Dogfighting is...
Read more
The New Key Question: How Happy Are You?
WASHINGTON - Is it time to offer day care for ailing older parents to give their care-giving children a break? Time for much bigger incentives for carpooling? Time to extend maternity and paternity leave substantially? The answer's yes to all three if you accept the findings of a new kind of public...
Read more
Political Crisis Deepens in Lebanon
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon awoke to a republic without a president Saturday amid mounting worries over a power vacuum that has intensified the nation's yearlong political turmoil. The capital was calm and shops opened for business as usual the morning after a tumultuous day that saw President Emile...
Read more
Australia's Opposition Leader Rudd Wins Landslide Election Victory
SYDNEY - Centre-left leader Kevin Rudd stormed to victory in Australia's election Saturday, ending conservative Prime Minister John Howard's 11-year rule with pledges to change course on climate change and the Iraq war. Howard, US President George W. Bush's closest ally in the Iraq war, conceded...
Read more
Friday, November 23, 2007
Eco-Friendly Consumption? Critics Don't Buy It
What's the green approach to the holidays? If you listen to the marketers, manufacturers and retailers, it's all about buying environmentally sensitive products -- biodegradable cards, gift wrap made from wastepaper and glass objets d'art fashioned from old beer bottles. Some critics are quick to...
Read more
Democrats' Bill on Iraq Wouldn't End War for Decades
WASHINGTON -- The Democrats' flagship proposal on Iraq is aimed at bringing most troops home. Yet if enacted, the law would still allow for tens of thousands of US troops to stay deployed for years to come. This reality - readily acknowledged by Democrats, who say it's still their best shot at...
Read more
'Body of War': Unsold Iraq Film Could Be Oscar Contender
Former talk show host Phil Donahue got gratifying news this week when " Body of War ," a movie he produced and co-directed, was placed on the short list of 15 films that will now compete for the five nominee spots in the Academy Awards' full-length documentary category. But what he and co-director...
Read more
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Fighting Fractures Families in Somalia
Children Lost to Hunger, Chaos
Read more
Afghanistan 'Falling into Hands of Taliban'
The Taliban has a permanent presence in 54% of Afghanistan and the country is in serious danger of falling into Taliban hands, according to a report by an independent thinktank with long experience in the area. Despite tens of thousands of Nato-led troops and billions of dollars in aid poured into...
Read more
Saudis and Libyans Top Foreign Fighters in Iraq: Report
BAGHDAD - About 60 percent of the foreign militants fighting in Iraq have come from U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Libya, unidentified U.S. military officials said in a newspaper report on Thursday. The New York Times said the information was found in documents uncovered in a U.S. military raid on an...
Read more
History Shows Climate Changes Led to Famine and War
HONG KONG - Global warming is one of the most significant threats facing humankind, researchers warned, as they unveiled a study showing how climate changes in the past led to famine, wars and population declines. The world's growing population may be unable to adequately adapt to ecological...
Read more
Plight of the Huddled Masses: A Hard Time for Thanksgiving
Gertrude Winter, a char lady in her sixties who works at a government office, will have a turkey after all this Thanksgiving. At one stage yesterday, it seemed a close run thing. As she sat in the hallway of the Bread for the City charity a rumour swept the place that they were out of turkeys...
Read more
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Clean Energy's Best-Kept Secret: Waste Heat Recovery
Recycling the heat that spews from industrial smokestacks may be one of the biggest opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, yet not many climate-savvy entrepreneurs are aware of it. When it comes to energy conservation, "[b]y and large, the world ignores the biggest, single most cost-...
Read more
US Labor Activists Petition to Stop Free Trade Push
NEW YORK - Labor rights activists in the United States are trying to organize a nationwide campaign to push Congress to oppose the Bush administration's plans to promote new free trade agreements. "U.S. trade policy is not working for the majority of Americans," said campaigners in a petition...
Read more
Border Fence Work Raises Environmental Concerns
LOS ANGELES - The Department of Homeland Security is ahead of schedule in building some 700 miles of fencing along the Mexican border, but some environmental groups, elected officials and local Indian tribes say too little attention is being paid to the environmental consequences of the barriers...
Read more
Birth Control Crisis Hits Colleges
New patients flood Planned Parenthood
Read more
Former Press Secretary Blames Bush, Cheney for Misstatement About Leak
Ex-White House press secretary writes in his new book that top administration officials let him unknowingly pass on false information.
Read more
Students Wear Confederate Flag Shirts To Oppose Peace-Shirt Group
COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- Students at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School are waging a war on peace.Recently, sophomore Skylar Stains decided to hold Peace Shirt Thursdays at the school. Skylar and her friend, Lauren Lorraine, started wearing peace shirts and soon recruited more friends to wear them. Now,...
Read more
Group: Churches Sell Sweatshop Crosses
NEW YORK - A labor rights group alleged Tuesday that crucifixes sold in religious gift shops in the U.S. are produced under "horrific" conditions in a Chinese factory with more than 15-hour work days and inadequate food. "It's a throwback to the worst of the garment sweatshops 10, 20 years ago,"...
Read more
Annapolis Watchers Fear Zero-Sum Game
WASHINGTON - With formal invitations to a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian leaders finally sent out Tuesday, many doubts and uncertainties linger about the substance of the conference and its potential effectiveness as a step towards lasting peace in the Middle East. The official invitations from...
Read more
Palestine Protests Biased UN Reporting
UNITED NATIONS - The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations has lodged a formal protest against the continued "misrepresentation" of facts in recent U.N. reports on the Israeli-occupied territories. "There has been a tendency in several reports to portray the prevailing...
Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Paper Cranes Fly For Peace 62 Years After Hiroshima
Pupils continue bomb victim's project
Read more
Protesters Arrested at Gonzales Speech
In his first appearance at a university since resigning in August, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was met at UF on Monday with a mixture of cheers, boos and scattered interruptions by protesters, two of whom were arrested. Gonzales, who resigned from his position after a...
Read more
US War Contracts Top $25 Billion: Study
US contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan more than doubled from 2004 to 2006 to over 25 billion dollars but government oversight of the firms involved has slackened, a watchdog group said Monday. "While the billions of dollars involved and the complexity of these war-related contracts has only grown,...
Read more
SF Program Recycles Restaurants' Cooking Oil For Use As Fuel
San Francisco officials are giving the city's old grease a new career - one that should mean cleaner air, cleaner sewers and Muni buses that smell like fried zucchini one day and fried chicken the next. Today the city launches SFGreasecycle, a free program in which the city will pick up used...
Read more
Fallujah Now Under a Different Kind of Siege
FALLUJAH - Three years after a devastating U.S.-led siege of the city, residents of Fallujah continue to struggle with a shattered economy, infrastructure, and lack of mobility. The city that was routed in November 2004 is still suffering the worst humanitarian conditions under a siege that...
Read more
California Sues 20 Companies For Toys With Unlawful Amounts of Lead
California Attorney General Jerry Brown has sued 20 companies, including Mattel Inc. and Toys R Us, accusing them of selling toys that contain unlawful amounts of lead and failing to warn the public of the health dangers. Brown's lawsuit, filed Monday in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges that...
Read more
FBI Says Hate Crimes Rose 7.8 Percent In '06
WASHINGTON - Hate crime incidents in the United States rose last year by nearly 8 percent, the FBI reported yesterday, as racial prejudice continued to account for more than half the reported instances. Police across the nation reported 7,722 criminal incidents in 2006 targeting victims or property...
Read more
Greens and Governments Condemn Whale Hunt
An uneasy alliance of governments and environmental groups have united in condemning Japan for going ahead with its largest-ever whale hunt, in which it plans to slaughter more than 1,000 whales. Greenpeace intends to shadow the fleet as it sails from Japan to Antarctic waters, while the more...
Read more
Too Much Aid to Afghanistan Wasted, Oxfam Says
KABUL - Too much aid to Afghanistan is wasted -- soaked up in contractors' profits, spent on expensive expatriate consultants or squandered on small-scale, quick-fix projects, a leading British charity said on Tuesday. Despite more than $15 billion of aid pumped into Afghanistan since U.S.-led and...
Read more
Emergency Brakes Needed to Stop Climate Crash
TORONTO - In the end, governments accepted evidence from the world's top scientists that climate change impacts could be abrupt and irreversible, and that they require urgent action. "The threat is real," said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. "I have seen the impacts of climate change...
Read more
Israel's Syrian Airstrike Was Aimed at Iran
WASHINGTON - Until late October, the accepted explanation about the Sep. 6 Israeli airstrike in Syria, constructed in a series of press leaks from U.S. officials, was that it was prompted by dramatic satellite intelligence that Syria was building a nuclear facility with help from North Korea. But...
Read more
Massive Sweep Creates Havoc for Workers' Families
NEW YORK - Families are still scrambling to get information about their loved ones a week after U.S. immigration agents arrested over 1,000 workers at meatpacking plants in six states in a massive operation targeting people working with false documents. "A lot of people still don't know where they...
Read more
Soldier Decries AWOL Arrest at Hospital
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A soldier facing his second tour of duty in Iraq said in a jailhouse interview he was at a hospital seeking mental help when he was arrested in the middle of the night for allegedly being absent without leave. Spc. Justin Faulkner insists his superior officers at Fort Campbell knew...
Read more
Monday, November 19, 2007
Oil Leaders' Private Debate Televised by Mistake
'Kill the cable, kill the cable,' shouted the security guard as he burst through the double doors into the media room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Riyadh, followed by Saudi police. It was too late. A private meeting of Opec leaders, gathered this weekend in Riyadh for the cartel's third meeting...
Read more
Greenpeace Slams 'Unsustainable' New Tuna Quota
An international commission designed to protect bluefin tuna stocks has effectively increased the fishing quota for 2008 from what was already an "unsustainable" level, Greenpeace said Sunday. "Countries are approving a bigger quota for a species that is on the verge of collapse instead of acting...
Read more
Bombed, Banned, and Ridiculed - But Al-Jazeera Goes English and Hits 100 Million Homes
Stepping out of his studio at Al Jazeera English and striding purposefully on to the street, Sir David Paradine Frost seems impervious to London's winter chill, as he briefly adjourns from filming and heads up Knightsbridge to the Library Bar of the Lanesborough hotel, where the staff nod to him in...
Read more
Prison System a Costly and Harmful Failure: Report
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans in prison has risen eight-fold since 1970, with little impact on crime but at great cost to taxpayers and society, researchers said in a report calling for a major justice-system overhaul. The report released on Monday cites statistics and examples ranging from...
Read more
Some Cleared Guantanamo Inmates Stay in Custody
Lawyers call US system of hearings a sham
Read more
The Most Dangerous War in The History of Journalism
Three times more journalists have been killed in Iraq than in both world wars – many deliberately targeted by militias. Kim Sengupta reports on a forgotten death toll that is still rising
Read more
War on Terrorism Leads to Rights Abuses: Watchdog
KAMPALA - Torture, beatings, executions, racist stereotyping and intrusive surveillance are among the abuses countries are committing in the name of fighting terrorism, a rights watchdog said on Monday. The Commonwealth Human Rights Commission said since the 9/11 attacks, many nations had been...
Read more
Sunday, November 18, 2007
America "Recycle's" Electronic Waste Overseas
SAN FRANCISCO -- Most Americans think they're helping the earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cell phones. But chances are they're contributing to a global trade in electronic trash that endangers workers and pollutes the environment overseas. While there are no precise...
Read more
Hundreds Rally in Olympia to Back Port Demonstrators
About 350 people marched Saturday through downtown Olympia to protest the war in Iraq and show support for demonstrators who for 11 days tried to prevent shipments of military equipment from leaving the Port of Olympia. Demonstrators carried signs calling for an end to the war and chanted as they...
Read more
Thousands Protest U.S. Army's "School of Torture, Murder"
ATLANTA -- Thousands of people demonstrated outside a big U.S. Army base on Sunday to demand the closure of a defense department training school they say promotes torture and murder in Latin America. Long-shot Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich joined the annual protest outside the...
Read more
'Safe' Uranium That Left a Town Contaminated
They were told depleted uranium was not hazardous. Now, 23 years after a US arms plant closed, workers and residents have cancer - and experts say their suffering shows the use of such weapons may be a war crime. It is 50 years since Tony Ciarfello and his friends used the yard of a depleted...
Read more
A World Dying, but Can We Unite to Save It?
Pollution in the seas is now speeding global warming, says a devastating new climate report.
Read more
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Brothers, Bad Blood and the Blackwater Tangle
BALTIMORE — They were smart, scrappy brothers who rose from modest circumstances in Baltimore to become lacrosse stars at Princeton, succeed in business and land big government jobs. Now the Krongard brothers — who have carried childhood nicknames, Buzzy and Cookie, through long careers — are tied...
Read more
Friday, November 16, 2007
Israel's Economic Blockade Stops Gaza's Strawberry-Farmers Selling Their Crop
Almost all of Gaza's turbulent story is bound up with Jamil Abu Hmaideh's strawberry fields here in the far north of the strip. Between two wispy clouds high in the blue sky above us, two Israeli Apache helicopters hover on the look-out for the Qassam rocket-launching crews as we bite into the...
Read more
Police Arrest 3 In Scuffle with Berkeley Tree-Sitters, Supporters
Three people were arrested early Thursday during a scuffle with UC Berkeley police near Memorial Stadium, bringing to five the number of arrests this week in connection with a long-running protest by tree-sitters camped out in a grove. Protesters and their supporters have been engaged in a waiting...
Read more
No Easy Answers to Pakistan Crisis
WASHINGTON - Amid growing polarisation between President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan's civilian opposition forces, U.S. hopes of salvaging a power-sharing accord that would marry the military dictator to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto are fading fast. Indeed, Bhutto's public break with...
Read more
Hunger Stalks World's Wealthiest Country
WASHINGTON - More than one in 10 people in the United States go hungry, according to new official figures that suggest government food programmes are falling short in the world's wealthiest country. More than 35 million people in a country of some 294 million went hungry last year, 390,000 more...
Read more
Panel Drops Immunity From Eavesdropping Bill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 - Reflecting the deep divisions within Congress over granting legal immunity to telephone companies for cooperating with the Bush administration's program of wiretapping without warrants, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a new domestic surveillance law on Thursday that...
Read more
Video of Taser Death in Canada Sparks Probe
VANCOUVER, Canada - A video of a Polish man dying while being restrained with a taser by Canadian policemen sparked a diplomatic protest and controversy on Thursday over the use of stun guns. Canada's public safety minister ordered a review of Taser stun guns one day after the release of a tourist'...
Read more
China Powers Ahead on Renewable Energy
WASHINGTON - China is well on its way to acquiring fully 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020, while the United States is dragging its feet on transitioning away from fossil fuels, according to a pair of reports released here this week. Nations across the globe invested...
Read more
Truck, SUV Mileage Standards Thrown Out by US Appeals Court
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a federal transportation agency on Thursday to rewrite its fuel economy standards for many SUVs, minivans and light trucks, arguing that the new rules are inadequate in part because they fail to properly assess the risk of global warming. The decision...
Read more
Biofuels Bonanza Facing 'Crash'
The biofuels bonanza will crash unless producers can guarantee their crops have been produced responsibly, the UN's environment agency chief has said. Achim Steiner of the UN Environment Programme (Unep) said there was an urgent need for standards to make sure rainforests weren't being destroyed...
Read more
Sudan: Civilians Driven Into Camps, Then the Bush
WASHINGTON - Sudan's government is seeking to dismantle displaced person camps in Darfur that house thousands of people ahead of the arrival of a joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force, according to a Darfuri physician and human rights advocate honoured here this week by the Robert F...
Read more
Red Cross Monitors Barred From Guantánamo
A confidential 2003 manual for operating the Guantánamo detention center shows that military officials had a policy of denying detainees access to independent monitors from the International Committee of the Red Cross. The manual said one goal was to "exploit the disorientation and disorganization...
Read more
US Power Company Linked to Bush Is Named in Database As a Top Polluter
An American power company with close financial links to President George Bush has been named as one of the world's top producers of global warming pollution. The first-ever worldwide database of such pollution also reveals the rapid growth in global-warming emissions by power plants in China, South...
Read more
US Deserters Lose Bid for Canada Refugee Status
OTTAWA/TORONTO - Two Americans who deserted the U.S. Army to protest against the war in Iraq lost their bid for refugee status in Canada on Thursday, and the Canadian government made it clear they were no longer welcome. The Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear appeals from the two men, Jeremy...
Read more

Pages