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Monday, August 27, 2007
'Cage Bush, Not Sydney'
A giant banner saying "Cage Bush. Not Sydney" could be slung from the top of Town Hall, under a proposal to be voted on by the City of Sydney tonight. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Chris Harris, from the Greens, has called on councillors to support his motion calling for such a banner, to take a stand...
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Police Tear-Gas Farmers In Clash Over French GM Crops
Growing tensions in France between opponents and supporters of genetically modified crops have led to violent confrontations. Gendarmes used tear gas and batons to prevent pro-GM farmers from invading a picnic for militant opponents of genetically modified maize at the town of Verdun-sur-Garonne in...
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Gonzales Resigns as Attorney General
WACO, Tex. - ­ Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, has resigned. A senior administration official said he would announce the decision later this morning in Washington. Mr. Gonzales, who had rebuffed calls for...
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Sunday, August 26, 2007
Kennebunkport Anti-War Rally: 'Ready for a Change'
KENNEBUNKPORT - A high-spirited but peaceful crowd of about 4,000 protesters marched through the streets of Kennebunkport on Saturday in the largest anti-war rally in town history."I don't know what else to do but march," said Anne Chay, who was carrying a sign that read, "My son is still in Iraq...
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Iran Moves To Assert Power In The Middle East
The Shia-led, non-Arab country has not only challenged the United States and its Arab allies throughout the Middle East, but it also has become the biggest beneficiary of U.S. involvement in Iraq, experts say. By eliminating Saddam Hussein -- Iran's sworn enemy -- and installing a Shia-dominated...
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Working With the Enemy
Once the youngest president of the Sierra Club, Adam Werbach used to call Wal-Mart toxic. Now the company is his biggest client. Does the path to a greener future run through Bentonville?
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11th Hour: Moment Has Come to 'Heal' the Earth, Film Argues
NEW YORK -- Huge fires burning forests, devastating floods, dark clouds of industrial smoke, traffic jams, a million cars, deadly earthquakes, devastating floods, melting ice on mountain tops, traffic noise, and crowded malls. That is what you see when the show starts: it's called "The 11th Hour."...
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Cancer in Iraq Vets Raises Possibility of Toxic Exposure
After serving in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago — and receiving the Bronze Star for it — the Tucson soldier was called back to active duty in Iraq. While there, he awoke one morning with a sore throat. Eighteen months later, Army Sgt. James Lauderdale was dead, of a bizarrely aggressive cancer rarely...
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Saturday, August 25, 2007
Quebec Police defend Rock-Wielding Undercover Officer
MONTREAL - Quebec's police force found itself caught between a rock and some hard questions Friday, as it defended an undercover officer's prop at the Montebello summit earlier this week. "Of course we wish it hadn't happened," Securite du Quebec Insp. Marcel Savard said, as he explained why one of...
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Steep Price Paid by Those Who Blew Whistle on Iraq Fraud
One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted. Or worse. For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security...
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GIs' Morale Dips as Iraq War Drags On
YOUSIFIYA, Iraq - In the dining hall of a U.S. Army post south of Baghdad, President Bush was on the wide-screen TV, giving a speech about the war in Iraq. The soldiers didn't look up from their chicken and mashed potatoes. As military and political leaders prepare to deliver a progress report on...
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US Surge Sees 600,000 More Iraqis Abandon Home
The scale of the human disaster in the Iraq war has become clearer from statistics collected by two humanitarian groups that reveal the number of Iraqis who have fled the fighting has more than doubled since the US military build-up began in February. The Iraqi Red Crescent Organisation said the...
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Friday, August 24, 2007
Liberal Blogger Targets 'Bush Dog' Dems
A leading liberal blogger has declared political war against centrist Democrats - the latest move in an intensifying show of dissatisfaction with the Democratic Congress by the once-friendly blogosphere. Matt Stoller, who blogs at the well-trafficked OpenLeft.com , has compiled a list of 38 House "...
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Role of Telecom Firms in Wiretaps Is Confirmed
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has confirmed for the first time that American telecommunications companies played a crucial role in the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program after asserting for more than a year that any role played by them was a "state secret." The...
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Mutiny Shakes US Food Aid Industry
WASHINGTON -- One of the largest international aid organizations in the world turned the food aid industry on its head recently by declaring that they will turn down 46 million dollars in food subsidies from the U.S. government.The United States budgets 2 billion dollars a year in food aid, which...
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How Iraq War Backers Morphed Into "Critics"
WASHINGTON - Sep. 15 is the deadline for the George W. Bush administration to submit a report to Congress defending its Iraq "surge strategy", an escalation of more than 30,000 U.S. troops designed to increase security in the war-torn nation. Amidst the gruesome attacks that continue to plague...
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World Faces Threat From New Deadly Diseases As Scientists Struggle To Keep Up, Say Experts
· Infectious illness spreads at fastest rate in history· WHO calls for worldwide effort to avoid pandemics
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California Voters Souring on Democratic Congress, Field Poll Finds
California voters, disappointed that Congress has been unable to change policy in Iraq, are now giving federal lawmakers their lowest approval rating of the past decade, according to a Field Poll released today. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also is taking it on the chin. Her popularity with state...
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Democratic Presidential Contenders Trash NAFTA
In Following a Campaign Rite, Scorn Is Heaped on Accord By Some of Those Who Praised Its Creation
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More Iraqis Said to Flee Since Troop Increase
BAGHDAD - The number of Iraqis fleeing their homes has soared since the American troop increase began in February, according to data from two humanitarian groups, accelerating the partition of the country into sectarian enclaves. Despite some evidence that the troop buildup has improved security in...
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
Protesters To Return To Kennebunkport This Weekend
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -- President Bush may have left town, but that won't stop what could be thousands of protesters coming here this weekend for what's been billed as a "Stop the War Rally" and a "Concert for Peace." In the works for nearly a year, the weekend of events has been the brainchild of...
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Grace Paley, Writer and Activist, Dies
Grace Paley, the celebrated writer and social activist whose acclaimed short stories explored in precise, pungent and tragicomic style the struggles of ordinary women muddling through everyday lives, died Wednesday at her home in Thetford Hill, Vt. She was 84 and lived most of her life in Manhattan...
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Police Planted Provocateurs, Protesters Say
OTTAWA -- The Mounties and Quebec provincial police deny using agents provocateurs at this week's Montebello summit, despite incriminating video evidence that suggests undercover cops tried to incite violence.The denials yesterday did nothing to quell mounting outrage over police tactics. Anti-...
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Senator and Filmmaker Take On Fox News
MONTPELIER, Vt. Condemning the Fox News Channel as a warmonger that's agitating for a U.S. attack on Iran, documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced an "online viral video campaign" Wednesday calling on television news organizations "not to follow Fox...
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Code Pink Activist Talks About Iran, Meeting With Joe Lieberman
Wearing her trademark pink attire, including a pink tiara with glittery peace signs, activist Leslie Angeline came to Gateway Community College Wednesday to talk about her 24-day hunger strike to get a meeting with U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman. She wants Lieberman, I-Conn., to stop "making blanket...
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Rule to Expand Mountaintop Coal Mining
The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams.It has been used in Appalachian coal country for 20 years...
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Iraq: The Vanishing Coalition
President Bush Invokes Vietnam As Splits Emerge With Iraq Allies
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Surprise: The Rich Get Richer and The Poor Get More Numerous
Steven Bustin lives with his wife in a four-bedroom, 2,600-square-foot house in Novato. He drives a gray 2006 Audi A4. He earns more than $200,000 a year in salary and commissions from his job as head of sales for Podaddies, an Internet startup that sells online video ads. Tamara Johnson lives with...
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Texas Executes 400th Inmate
Huntsville, Texas - The state of Texas executed a convicted murderer by lethal injection on Wednesday, in its 400th execution since the US Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. Johnny Conner was pronounced dead at 6:20 pm (2320 GMT), eight minutes after he was injected with the...
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Bush Accused of Twisting History Over Iraq, Asia War Links
Experts say that US President George W. Bush may be misrepresenting history when he drew a parallel between the bloody wars Americans fought in East Asia to the current US "war on terror" to back his case for maintaining US troops in Iraq. The US leader on Wednesday likened the "terrorists" who...
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
We Stack Up Poorly as Nation of Readers
WASHINGTON -- There it sits on your nightstand, that book you've meant to read for who knows how long but haven't yet cracked open. Tonight, as you feel its stare from beneath that teetering pile of magazines, know one thing -- you are not alone. One in four adults read no books at all in the past...
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Minnesota Law Sheds Light on Drug Companies
A groundbreaking Minnesota law is shining a rare light into the big money that drug companies spend on members of state advisory panels who help select which drugs are used in Medicaid programs for the poor and disabled. Those panels, most comprised of physicians, hold great sway over the $28...
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Another US Military Operation in Iraq, More Unrest
BAGHDAD - New U.S. military operations across Iraq appear to be worsening the situation. On Aug. 13 about 16,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops began a massive new military operation north of Baghdad. According to the U.S. military, the goal of the operation, named Lightning Hammer, is to "target insurgents...
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White House Manual Details How to Deal With Protesters
WASHINGTON - Not that they're worried or anything. But the White House evidently leaves little to chance when it comes to protests within eyesight of the president. As in, it doesn't want any.A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions...
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Bush Must Release Global Warming Reports
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge ordered the Bush administration to issue two scientific reports on global warming, siding with environmentalists who sued the White House for failing to produce the documents. U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong ruled Tuesday that the Bush administration had...
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Prescribing Surfboards for Peace
JERUSALEM, Aug. 21 - The noted American surfer, Dr. Dorian Paskowitz, has high hopes for Gaza, and like the waves, he will not let anything stop him trying to see them through. On Tuesday, Dr. Paskowitz, 86, a retired Jewish physician from Hawaii popularly known as Doc, personally delivered 15 new...
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Not So Fast, Christian Soldiers
Maybe what the war in Iraq needs is not more troops but more religion. At least that's the message the Department of Defense seems to be sending. Last week, after an investigation spurred by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Pentagon abruptly announced that it would not be delivering "...
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
MIDEAST: When the Occupation Gets Really Filthy
BETHLEHEM - In the orange glow of another sunset, Awad Abu Swai, 36, stands underneath a towering fig tree, a sample of its fruit in his hand. He peels back the bright green skin to expose crimson jelly and seeds inside. "The Israeli military came inside the valley and cut about 50 apricot and...
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Group Finds China Toy Factory Conditions 'Brutal'
HONG KONG -- A U.S.-based workers' rights group said it found "brutal conditions" and labor violations at eight Chinese plants that make toys for big multinationals, and called on the companies to take steps for better standards. China Labor Watch said in a report issued on Tuesday after several...
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Efforts to Crack Down on Lead Paint Thwarted by China, Bush Administration
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration and China have both undermined efforts to tighten rules designed to ensure that lead paint isn't used in toys, bibs, jewelry and other children's products. Both have fought efforts to better police imported toys from China. Now both are under increased scrutiny...
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Iraq War Resisters to Get Boost from Veterans Group
SAINT LOUIS - Members of a leading Iraq war veterans' organization voted this weekend to launch a campaign encouraging U.S. troops to refuse to fight. The decision was made at the group's annual membership meeting, held this weekend in Saint Louis, Missouri alongside the annual convention of the...
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Israel Deports Sudanese Refugees
JERUSALEM - ISRAEL has begun deporting refugees from the massacres in the Sudanese region of Darfur despite claims that the legacy of the Holocaust imposes a special responsibility on the Jewish state to protect fugitives from genocide. On Saturday, for the first time Israel deported African...
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Senate Acts, Bureaucrats Stall on FOIA Requests
Just days after the Senate unanimously passed the OPEN Government Act, a new report asserts that information grants from federal agencies to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) solicitations remain infrequent and limited. "There's always been a tendency for agencies to look at information as their...
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White House Acts to Limit Health Plan for Children
The Bush administration, continuing its fight to stop states from expanding the popular Children's Health Insurance Program, has adopted new standards that would make it much more difficult for New York, California and others to extend coverage to children in middle-income families. Administration...
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Monday, August 20, 2007
US Lawmakers Get No Respite at Home on Iraq Debate
WASHINGTON - Anti-war groups knew U.S. Rep. Timothy Murphy was going home to Pittsburgh for this month's congressional recess, so they baked him a cake. "Rep. Murphy Welcome Home Bring Them Home," was the Iraq troop withdrawal message written in green icing that greeted the conservative Republican...
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ACLU Report Says Few Cities Have Policies on Video Surveillance
Dozens of California cities have begun using video surveillance to fight crime, but few have enacted policies to regulate their cameras and none has comprehensively studied whether the cameras are effective, the American Civil Liberties Union says in a report being released today. The 19-page...
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US Media Curtail Iraq War Coverage: Study
WASHINGTON - U.S. media reporting of the war in Iraq fell sharply in the second quarter of 2007, largely due to a drop in coverage of the Washington-based policy debate, a study released Monday said. Taken together, the war's three major story lines -- the U.S. policy debate, events in Iraq and...
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Protestors Rage Against North America Summit
OTTAWA - A meeting of US, Canada and Mexico leaders on Monday and Tuesday has attracted "an eclectic group" of demonstrators united in opposition to further integration of North America. Hundreds of anti-globalization protestors, environmentalists, peaceniks, and civil rights groups joined to taunt...
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MIDEAST: US Arms Create New Divisions
CAIRO - Last month, Washington approved massive military-aid packages and arms sales to its Arab allies, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and a number of smaller Gulf States. But while U.S. officials say the deals aim to bolster the "forces of moderation" in the region, some local commentators see the...
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US Foreign Policy Experts Oppose Bush's Surge
WASHINGTON -- More than half of top U.S. foreign policy experts oppose President George W. Bush's troop increase as a strategy for stabilizing Baghdad, saying the plan has harmed U.S. national security, according to a new survey. As Congress and the White House await the September release of a key...
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Psychologists Oppose Torture Yet Vote to Attend Terror Interrogations
After a raucous debate about what role - if any - psychologists should play in U.S. government interrogations of terror suspects, the American Psychological Association voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to reject a measure that would have in effect banned its members from those interrogations. Instead...
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Heathrow Protest Reaches its Climax as Peaceful Protest Turns to Clashes with Riot Police
Geoff Lamb had to shout to be heard over the ever-present drone of the police helicopter yesterday afternoon. The 63-year-old former petro-physicist had worked for more than 40 years in the oil industry, but yesterday he was marching next to a banner that read: "It's your great-grandchildren's...
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Sunday, August 19, 2007
Plastic Car Will Be World's Cheapest
THE narrow, pot-holed roads of this boomtown on India's southwestern coast are a sea of humanity on wheels. Here, as in most of India, right of way is accorded by a vehicle's size - motorcycles stop for cars, cars stop for trucks, trucks stop for buses, and buses stop for cows. So, in a country...
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Getting Cold to Spread Global Warming Message
Hundreds of people posed naked on Switzerland's shrinking Aletsch glacier today for US photographer Spencer Tunick as part of a Greenpeace campaign to raise awareness of global warming. Tunick, perched on a ladder and using a megaphone, directed nearly 600 volunteers from all over Europe and...
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Commerce, Treasury Funds Helped Boost GOP Campaigns
WASHINGTON -- Top Commerce and Treasury Departments officials appeared with Republican candidates and doled out millions in federal money in battleground congressional districts and states after receiving White House political briefings detailing GOP election strategy. Political appointees in the...
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Americans are Flocking to a Hi-Tech Creation Museum Where Man and Dinosaurs Frolic Happily Together
Dinosaurs of all kinds abound here, from the stegosaurus silhouettes rearing atop the iron gates as you first reach the parking lot to the numerous and impressively convincing animatronic pterosaurs wagging their giant tails and chewing plastic cud inside. At America's newest public museum...
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US Castoffs Resuming Dirty Career
Old plants, buses are sold to poorer nations
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Military Commanders Tell Brown to Withdraw from Iraq Without Delay
Senior military commanders have told the Government that Britain can achieve "nothing more" in south-east Iraq, and that the 5,500 British troops still deployed there should move towards withdrawal without further delay. Last month Gordon Brown said after meeting George Bush at Camp David that the...
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Saturday, August 18, 2007
Slain Civil Rights Worker's Mother Dies
NEW YORK - Carolyn Goodman, the mother of one of three civil rights workers killed by the Ku Klux Klan in the "Mississippi Burning" case, died Friday. She was 91. Goodman, who lived to see a Klan leader convicted in her son's death two years ago, died at her Manhattan home, her son Jonathan said...
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Singapore and Iraq - Contrasts in Water Management
STOCKHOLM - As the world faces new threats of water scarcity, triggered by phenomena like global warming and bioenergy demands, Singapore and Iraq have been singled out as two political extremes in water management. Singapore, the tiny city-state of 4.5 million people, has been touted as a...
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US Actions Against Iran Raise War Risk, Many Fear
WASHINGTON - As President Bush escalates the United States' confrontation with Iran across a broad front, U.S. allies in Europe and the Middle East are growing worried that the steps will achieve little, but will undercut diplomacy and increase the chances of war. In the latest step, Bush and...
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Padilla Case Offers a New Model of Terrorism Trial
There were two perfectly predictable schools of thought being expressed after the conviction of Jose Padilla on Thursday on terrorism-related charges. Supporters of the Bush administration said the conviction justified the more than three years Mr. Padilla spent in military detention before his...
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Hot Weather Forces Partial Shutdown of TVA Nuclear Plant
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - One reactor at a north Alabama nuclear plant was idle Friday and two others operated at reduced power because of the record-breaking heat wave, an outage that an industry watchdog said could be a sign of trouble for nuclear energy in a warming climate. The Tennessee Valley...
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Peace Camp Stresses Unity in Diversity
'If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children'
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Subtle Songs of Protest Hit a High Note
The Dixie Chicks nearly lost their careers after bad-mouthing President Bush on the eve of the war in Iraq, but today there is a surge in protest songs by popular artists. They're not just penned by the people you'd expect to be topical, such as Neil Young or Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine...
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Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Record Low
WASHINGTON - There was less sea ice in the Arctic on Friday than ever before on record, and the melting is continuing, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported. "Today is a historic day," said Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist at the center. "This is the least sea ice we've ever seen...
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Friday, August 17, 2007
Couple Arrested at Bush Rally Settles Lawsuit for $80,000
The federal government has agreed to pay $80,000 to a Texas couple arrested for wearing anti-President Bush T-shirts at a 2004 event with the president in Charleston. Jeff and Nicole Rank went to Bush's Fourth of July speech at the state Capitol wearing homemade T-shirts with a red circle with a...
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US Paid $1 Million to Ship Two 19-Cent Washers
The U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday that a flawed system designed to rush supplies to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan let a small-parts supplier improperly collect $998,798.38 to ship two 19-cent washers. Loopholes in the automated purchasing system have been fixed and the ill-gotten gains...
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US Democrats Slam 'Political Spin' over Iraq Report
WASHINGTON - Anti-war Democrats on Thursday accused President George W. Bush of plotting to lace a potentially pivotal report on his Iraq troop surge strategy with "White House spin." The attack came as senior congressional aides were reported as saying the White House wanted to block public...
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Climate Change: Deniers Jump on NASA Gaff, While Greenland on Verge of Meltdown
TORONTO - Scientists warn that climate change tipping points are imminent, and will lead to potentially catastrophic events like a seven-metre sea level rise. Meanwhile, conservatives in the North American media are focusing on a NASA admission of a climate calculation error. First the error. U.S...
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Russia's Flag-Planting Ignites Calls for US to Join Sea Treaty
COPENHAGEN - As Russia and certain other countries appear keen to explore natural resources in the seabed of the Arctic north, proponents of sustainable development are urging the United States to join global efforts to promote the responsible use of marine life and resources. "As a non-member of...
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US Food Aid is 'Wrecking' Africa, Claims Charity
WASHINGTON - Critics of US food aid subsidies say they help cause obesity among Americans and starvation among Africans. Now Care, one of the world's biggest charities, has announced that it will boycott the controversial policy of selling tons of heavily subsidised US produced food in African...
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Media Critic Solomon Pushes Limits of Fair-Use in New Documentary
The new documentary " War Made Easy " isn't just a searing critique of how administrations over the past 40 years have manipulated the media to build support for war. The 72-minute film is a media provocation itself - a challenge to federal copyright laws. Based on a 2005 book by Bay Area media...
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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Backlash Over Book on Policy for Israel
" The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy " is not even in bookstores, but already anxieties have surfaced about the backlash it is stirring, with several institutions backing away from holding events with the authors. John J. Mearsheimer, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, and...
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An Early Clash Over Iraq Report
Senior congressional aides said yesterday that the White House has proposed limiting the much-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill next month of Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker to a private congressional briefing, suggesting instead that the Bush administration's progress...
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DOD Stops Plan to Send Christian Video Game to Troops in Iraq
Plans by a Christian group to send an evangelical video game to U.S. troops in Iraq were abruptly halted yesterday by the Department of Defense after ABC News inquired about the program. Operation Start Up (OSU) Tour, an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among soldiers,...
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US Defends Surveillance to 3 Skeptical Judges
SAN FRANCISCO - Three federal appeals court judges hearing challenges to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs appeared skeptical of and sometimes hostile to the Bush administration's central argument Wednesday: that national security concerns require that the lawsuits be dismissed...
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Mounties, CIA Implicated in Arar Torture Scandal
VANCOUVER - The Canadian government released on Aug. 9 previously redacted information regarding the Maher Arar torture scandal, in response to a Canadian court order. The government had argued that the information should be withheld due to "national security" concerns. The new information directly...
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ACLU: Patriot Act, Free Speech Clash
Congress does not have the power to demand silence from people forced to turn over electronic communications such as Internet records used to investigate terrorism, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer argued Wednesday. During oral arguments in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, ACLU lawyer...
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Iran's Revolutionary Guards Scoff At US Blacklist Plan
TEHRAN - Iran's Revolutionary Guards Thursday dismissed US plans to list the elite force as a terror group in order to strangle its growing economic power, warning that its "iron will" would not be deterred. A US official revealed on Wednesday that President George W. Bush was set to issue an...
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Cancer Panel Attacks US Food Subsidies
WASHINGTON - A new presidential report on cancer takes on not only tobacco companies but the food industry while calling on the federal government to "cease being a purveyor of unhealthy foods" and switch to policies that encourage Americans to eat vegetables and exercise. The report, issued on...
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Death Toll From Iraq Bombings Likely To Be Worst of War
BAGHDAD - Officials said Wednesday that as many as 500 people probably died in a series of coordinated truck bombings that devastated two northern Iraqi villages Tuesday and set a record for mass carnage in war-torn Iraq. Residents and rescue workers in Tal al Azizziyah and Sheikh Khadar, two...
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
A Nation's Brutal Approach to Punishment
The persistence of the death penalty is only one way in which the United States stands out from the rest of the Western world on crime and punishment. It also has the highest incarceration rate of any country, with more than two million people behind bars. (China, second in the rankings, has an...
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Higher Standards of Living May Be Behind Europe's Height Advantage
Health care is reason Americans now lag, researcher believes
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Most California Voters Want to Pull US Troops out of Iraq, Field Poll Shows
SAN FRANCISCO - Californians want Congress to move swiftly to end the Iraq war, with nearly 6 in 10 state voters saying lawmakers should set a deadline to start withdrawing U.S. troops by spring, according to a Field Poll released today. The poll also found new signs that even President Bush's base...
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Bush's Lethal Legacy: More Executions
The US already kills more of its prisoners than almost any other country. Now the White House plans to cut the right of appeal of death row inmates...
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Scientists Warn Arctic Sea Ice is Melting At Its Fastest Rate Since Records Began
The sea ice of the Arctic will melt further and faster than at any time since records began nearly 30 years ago, according to the latest data collected by a satellite survey of the polar region. Scientists warned yesterday that the sea ice is already approaching the record minimum set in September...
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We've Been Neglected and Let Down Say Combat Troops
Campaign To Be Launched Over Medical Care, Compensation and Inquests
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World Faces New Threats of Water Scarcity
STOCKHOLM - The world is on the verge of "a new and more serious era of water scarcity" than ever before, is the ominous warning coming out of an international water conference here. The physical availability of water is being endangered by a rash of new threats, including climate change, increase...
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US Tags Iran for Casualties from Its Own Attacks
WASHINGTON - When a top U.S. commander in Iraq reported last week that attacks by Shiite militias with links to Iran had risen to 73 percent of all July attacks that had killed or wounded U.S. forces in Baghdad, he claimed it was because of an effort by Iran to oust the United States from Iraq,...
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Fired US Attorneys: Were There Others?
Could the U.S. Attorneys firing scandal be bigger than Americans know? For months, the Bush administration has declined to directly answer a key question posed by Congress: were more top federal prosecutors targeted for dismissal beyond the nine that have been publicly identified? In a new letter...
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US Weighing Terrorist Label for Iran Guards
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 - The Bush administration is preparing to declare that Iran 's Revolutionary Guard Corps is a foreign terrorist organization, senior administration officials said Tuesday. If imposed, the declaration would signal a more confrontational turn in the administration's approach to...
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
U.N. Web Site Hacked With Anti-War Post
UNITED NATIONS - Computer hackers posted an anti-war message on the U.N.'s official Web site, claiming that U.S. and Israeli policies in the Middle East were taking innocent lives, the United Nations said. The first attack on a U.N. Web page reserved for statements from U.N. Secretary-General Ban...
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Prices for Key Foods Are Rising Sharply
MIDLAND, Va. - The Labor Department's most recent inflation data showed that U.S. food prices rose by 4.1 percent for the 12 months ending in June, but a deeper look at the numbers reveals that the price of milk, eggs and other essentials in the American diet are actually rising by double digits...
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Resolved: Public Corporations Shall Take Us Seriously
The ring tone on Sister Patricia Daly's cellphone is the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's "Messiah," which makes every call sound as if it's coming from God. On the particular May afternoon, however, David Henry, who handles investor relations for the ExxonMobil Corporation, was on the line. Henry...
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Gonzales Could Get Say in States' Executions
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is putting the final touches on regulations that could give Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales important new sway over death penalty cases in California and other states, including the power to shorten the time that death row inmates have to appeal convictions to...
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Study: Half of Nation's Poor Don't Get Food Stamps
WASHINGTON - Half of the nation's eligible poor aren't getting the food stamps to which they're entitled, a study released Tuesday found. The District of Columbia had the highest participation rate in 2004, at 71.8 percent, while Missouri ranked first among the 50 states in getting food stamps to...
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Wolfowitz 'Tried to Censor World Bank on Climate Change'
LOS ANGELES - The Bush administration has consistently thwarted efforts by the World Bank to include global warming in its calculations when considering whether to approve major investments in industry and infrastructure, according to documents made public through a watchdog yesterday. On one...
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Monday, August 13, 2007
US 'Surge' in Iraq 'Likely to Fail': British Lawmakers
LONDON -- The US "surge" of troops in Iraq is likely to fail, a British parliamentary committee said Monday as it delivered a critical report on London's foreign policy in the Middle East. "It is too early to provide a definitive assessment of the US 'surge' but it does not look likely succeed,"...
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Heathrow Eco-Protesters Steal a March on Police
Planes thundering overhead every 55 seconds, just 400 meters away, a motorway even closer and hundreds of police officers to watch over you as your pitch your tent in an old thistle field. It's not everyone's idea of a good campsite. But for aviation activists setting up an instant eco-village at...
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