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Sunday, August 19, 2007
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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Code Pink: Hungry for End to War, Activists Set Up Camp
Marghi Dutton is 90 and losing her eyesight, but nothing was going to stop her from trekking to midspan of the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday with the anti-war group Code Pink: Women for Peace . She joined a crowd of about 100 demonstrators dressed in hot pink hats, shirts and scarves and fought the...
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US Tumbles Down the World Ratings List for Life Expectancy
A combination of expensive health insurance and an ever-increasing rate of obesity appear to be behind a startling fall by the US in the world rankings of life expectancy. Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, America has dropped from 11th to 42nd place in 20 years, according to...
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Bush's Political Guru Karl Rove to Resign at End of Month
WASHINGTON -- Top White House adviser Karl Rove, who has often been called George W. Bush's political guru and linked to the most controversial decisions of his presidency, said in an interview published Monday that he will resign at the end of this month. The White House confirmed his impending...
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Sunday, August 12, 2007
US Doles Out Millions For Street Cameras
Local Efforts Raise Privacy Alarms
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Suddenly, the Hunt Is On for Cage-Free Eggs
The toy industry had its Tickle Me Elmo, the automakers the Prius and technology its iPhone. Now, the food world has its latest have-to-have-it product: the cage-free egg. The eggs, from chickens raised in large, open barns instead of stacks of small wire cages, have become the latest addition to...
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Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years
DES MOINES, Aug. 11 - Even as they call for an end to the war and pledge to bring the troops home, the Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the United States engaged in Iraq for years. John Edwards , the former North Carolina senator, would keep troops in...
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People in 41 Nations Are Living Longer Than Americans
WASHINGTON -- Americans are living longer than ever, but not as long as people in 41 other countries. For decades, the United States has been slipping in rankings of life expectancy, as other countries improve healthcare, nutrition and lifestyles. Countries that surpass the United States include...
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At World Bank, Climate Change Isn't Part of The Equation
WASHINGTON -- At the World Bank -- heavily influenced by its largest shareholder, the United States -- the effect of projects on climate change is not even calculated. Bank environment officials pressed to account for emissions in the mid- to late-'90s and again in an unpublished paper in 2002, and...
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Fatigue Cripples US Army In Iraq
Exhaustion and combat stress are besieging US troops in Iraq as they battle with a new type of warfare. Some even rely on Red Bull to get through the day. As desertions and absences increase, the military is struggling to cope with the crisis Lieutenant Clay Hanna looks sick and white. Like his...
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Saturday, August 11, 2007
American Bar Association Criticizes Bush Terror Policies
SAN FRANCISCO - President Bush's recent order on CIA interrogations of terror suspects should be overturned because it still allows harsh treatment in violation of international treaties, two American Bar Association committees say. The CIA should follow the same rigorous standards adopted by the...
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Police To Use Terror Laws On Heathrow Climate Protesters
Government has encouraged use of stop and search and detention without charge
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Guantánamo Man's Family Release 'Torture' Dossier
· Relatives of UK resident publicise allegations· Family of Libyan national release detailed dossier
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Bush, Congress Could Collide On Iran
WASHINGTON - Taking military action against Iran could put President Bush on a collision course with Congress, leading Democrats and a Republican lawmaker cautioned Friday following Bush's threat of unspecified consequences for alleged Iranian meddling in Iraq. It's been the consensus for months...
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Bush War Adviser Says Draft Worth a Look
WASHINGTON (AP) - Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft , President Bush's new war adviser said Friday. "I think it makes sense to certainly consider it," Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute...
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Friday, August 10, 2007
The Crisis Under The Ice
Global Warming Enabled Russia's Arctic Land Grab, and Now It Could Get Worse.
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Analysts See 'Simply Incredible' Shrinking of Floating Ice in the Arctic
The area of floating ice in the Arctic has shrunk more this summer than in any other summer since satellite tracking began in 1979, and it has reached that record point a month before the annual ice pullback typically peaks, experts said yesterday. The cause is probably a mix of natural...
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Anbar "Turnaround" Undercuts War Rationale
WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (IPS) - In hailing what he has called an "almost breathtaking" turnaround in Anbar Province that has weakened al Qaeda as a triumph for his new military strategy in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus has put a favourable spin on a development which actually challenges the central rationale...
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Cheney Urging Strikes On Iran
WASHINGTON - President Bush charged Thursday that Iran continues to arm and train insurgents who are killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and he threatened action if that continues. At a news conference Thursday, Bush said Iran had been warned of unspecified consequences if it continued its alleged...
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Canadian Military Keeping Tabs on Peace Activists?
VANCOUVER - Steven Staples, a prominent Canadian peace activist, is accusing the Canadian military of subtle surveillance after the military sent an officer to take notes on him at a conference at Dalhousie University in 2006.The story came to light a few weeks ago after freedom of information...
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Thursday, August 9, 2007
States Feel Left Out Of Disaster Planning
A decision by the Bush administration to rewrite in secret the nation's emergency response blueprint has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago. State...
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Study: Outlook Bleaker for Migrants
WASHINGTON - Migrants from Mexico and Central America are finding it harder to get jobs and are living under a dramatically increased sense of siege, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Bendixen polling firm, demonstrates for the first...
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HEALTH-INDIA: Novartis Patents Case Far From Dead
NEW DELHI - Cancer patients in India have reason to be relieved at a high court ruling this week which dismissed a petition by Swiss pharmaceuticals multinational corporation (MNC) Novartis challenging an Indian law which denies patents for minor or trivial improvements to known drugs. At immediate...
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UN Staff Oppose Proposed Iraq Resolution
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Staff Council, representing 25,000 staff members, unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling on Secretary General Ban Ki-moon not to deploy any additional staff members to Iraq and to remove those currently serving at the duty station in Baghdad. The resolution cites...
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Attitudes on Gays in Military Shifting
When Bill Clinton proposed dropping the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, Army Gen. Colin L. Powell, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was vehement in his opposition. "The presence of homosexuals in the force would be detrimental to good order and discipline for...
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US Political Climate Ripe for Grassroots Groups
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kansas -- Jennifer Roe considers herself a typical American mom -- juggling a part-time writing job with the needs of two young daughters, volunteer work at a children's museum and her church. Indeed, the "Proud to be a Liberal" button on the visor of her minivan is one of the few...
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PACs and Lobbyists Aided Obama's Rise
Using campaign appearances, e-mails to supporters, and Iowa TV ads, Illinois Senator Barack Obama has repeatedly reminded voters that his presidential campaign does not accept contributions from lobbyists or political action committees, casting his decision as a noble departure from the ways of...
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Nonwhites Becoming More of a Majority
WASHINGTON -- Whites are now in the minority in nearly 1 in 10 US counties. And that increased diversity, fueled by immigration and higher birth rates among blacks and Hispanics, is straining race relations and sparking a backlash against immigrants in many communities. "There's some culture shock...
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British Criticize US Air Attacks in Afghan Region
SANGIN, Afghanistan - A senior British commander in southern Afghanistan said in recent weeks that he had asked that American Special Forces leave his area of operations because the high level of civilian casualties they had caused was making it difficult to win over local people. Other British...
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Wild Weather a Taste of Things to Come
A MONSOON dropped 35 centimetres of rain in one day across many parts of South Asia this month. Germany had its wettest May on record, and April was the driest there in a century. Temperatures reached 45 degrees in Bulgaria last month and 32 degrees in Moscow in late May, shattering long-time...
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US Bombs Shiite Gang as Baghdad Pilgrimage Begins
BAGHDAD - American jets and helicopters bombed Baghdad's largest Shiite slum on Wednesday, in a deadly strike targeting Iranian-backed militia, as thousands of pilgrims thronged the streets of the city. The US military said 30 "terrorists" were killed in the overnight strike on Sadr City, but...
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Humans Drive Rare Dolphin to Extinction
THE Yangtze River dolphin, until recently one of the most endangered species on the planet, has been declared officially extinct after an intensive survey of its natural habitat. The freshwater marine mammal, which could weigh up to a quarter of a tonne, is the first large vertebrate forced to...
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Poll: Iraqis Oppose Oil Privatization
SAN FRANCISCO - A new public opinion poll has found nearly two thirds of Iraqis oppose plans to open the country's oilfields to foreign companies. The poll found a majority of every Iraqi ethnic and religious group believe their oil should remain nationalized. Some 66 percent of Shi'ites and 62...
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Trappings of Modern Life Bring an Early Death to Valley of the Immortals
VILCABAMBA, Ecuador - For centuries Vilcabamba was a South American idyll. The valley boasted a lush and tranquil setting in remotest Ecuador, a year-round balmy climate, pristine mountain water, abundant fruits and grains. The inhabitants lived long and healthy lives. So long and so healthy that...
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1.4 Million Iraqis Push Syria to Edge
DAMASCUS, Syria - The flood of more than 1.4 million Iraqi refugees, with as many as 10,000 pouring over the border each week, is pushing Syria to the edge, most observers say. "The situation is starting to scare a lot of people," said Samir Taqqi, a political analyst at the Orient Center for...
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Pakistan Leader Says Talk of US Strikes Hurts Terror Fight
KARACHI, Pakistan - President General Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that suggestions the United States might carry out unilateral attacks against Al Qaeda fighters on Pakistani soil were counterproductive. The Pakistani leader's comments, his first public expression of displeasure on the subject...
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In Case of Apocalypse Later, a Plan to Ensure America's Regreening
NEW YORK - The botanists forged through a thicket and crossed a rocky ravine bed. Their quarry, Polygonatum pubescens, was proving elusive. But they would not rest. They had promised a shipment of its seed to their partners in a bunker across the ocean. Just beyond a derelict chain-link fence, a...
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Iraq Power System 'Near Collapse'
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's national power grid is on the brink of collapse, the country's electricity ministry has warned. Water supplies to Baghdad have also been cut off for days at a time, with summertime pressures on key systems said to be more intense than ever. The ministry blamed poor maintenance,...
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NYPD Surveillance Files of RNC Protests Ordered Released
NEW YORK -- The city must release hundreds of pages of documents related to police surveillance of protesters prior to the 2004 Republican National Convention, but they will be allowed to black out some information, a judge ruled Monday. The city had sought to keep secret field intelligence reports...
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Gore: Polluters Finance Research to Cast Doubt on Global Warming
SINGAPORE - Research aimed at disputing the scientific consensus on global warming is part of a huge public misinformation campaign funded by some of the world's largest carbon polluters, former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday. ''There has been an organized campaign, financed to the tune of...
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Hillary Clinton Aide's PR Firm is Under Attack
WASHINGTON -- As she presses for a coveted endorsement from organized labor, presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a backlash over the business ties of a top campaign aide who has angered the labor movement. Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) and her rivals for the Democratic presidential...
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The Bloody Failure of 'The Surge': A Special Report
It was supposed to mark a decisive new phase in America's military campaign, but six months after George Bush sent in 20,000 extra troops, Iraq is more chaotic and dangerous than ever. In a special dispatch, Patrick Cockburn reports on the bloody failure of 'the surge.' The war in Iraq passed a...
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Universal Peace Day: Activists Warn of Ongoing Nuclear Threat
NEW YORK -- Sixty-two years ago Monday, the U.S. bomber "Enola Gay" descended from the skies above the Japanese city of Hiroshima to drop an atomic bomb, ironically nicknamed "Little Boy", to devastating effect. Three days later, on Aug. 9, 1945, the city of Nagasaki became victim to the same fate...
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Polls Find Broad Support for Greater Altruism
WASHINGTON - The U.S. public rejects the idea that the United States should revert to a more isolationist foreign policy, but expresses dissatisfaction with the current role of the U.S. in the world and the destabilising effect it is having, concludes a compilation of recent public opinion polls. "...
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Bush Climate Meeting Draws Doubts About Action
WASHINGTON - A U.S. summit in September on climate change, one of at least four international meetings set for this year, is already raising doubts about any action being taken before President George W. Bush leaves office. The big question is what will replace the Kyoto Protocol when that...
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Monday, August 6, 2007
Hiroshima Peace Declaration 2007: Aim for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World
Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba gave the city's 2007 Peace Declaration early Monday morning, the 62nd anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack. An English translation of Akiba's declaration is reproduced in full below: That fateful summer, 8:15. The roar of a B-29 breaks the morning calm. A...
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Human Error May Have Led to Hoof and Mouth Outbreak
Government officials believe human error at the private pharmaceutical firm Merial Animal Health is the most likely source for the return of foot and mouth disease, it emerged last night. As health and safety inspectors began examining the firm's laboratories at Pirbright in Surrey, Whitehall...
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Veterans' Rare Cancers Raise Fears of Toxic Battlefields
WASHINGTON - In the wake of an Iraqi official last month blaming America's use of depleted uranium munitions in its 2003 "Shock and Awe" campaign for a surge in cancer there, the Defense Department is facing an October deadline for providing a comprehensive report to Congress on the health effects...
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A Veteran General Hears Echoes from Vietnam in Iraq
WASHINGTON - Volney Warner thinks big. A retired Army four-star general who helped craft counterinsurgency doctrine during the Vietnam War, he's made a career out of thinking about how U.S. military strategy should advance America's global interests. How does domestic politics shape military...
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Power Cuts Worsen as Iraqi Grid Nears Collapse
BAGHDAD - Iraq's power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the national grid, according to officials. Aziz al-Shimari, an electricity ministry spokesman, said at the weekend that...
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A Blaring Call for Impeachment
HAMPSTEAD, Md. - At a busy intersection in the bucolic and conservative town of Hampstead yesterday morning, seven people waved signs calling on Carroll County drivers to honk for President Bush's impeachment -- and yelled "thank you" to those who cursed at them. The honks and horn blasts from cars...
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Sunday, August 5, 2007
'Obama Targeted Pakistan To Get Boost In Polls'
LAHORE: Barack Obama was trying to give a boost to his poll ratings when he declared on Wednesday that he was prepared to unilaterally send US troops into Pakistan to get terrorists, states Pramit Pal Chaudhuri of the Hindustan Times. Chaudhuri says Obama was not trying to warn President General...
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US Arms Sales Preserve Israel's Edge
UNITED NATIONS - When the United States sells state-of-the-art weapons systems to Arab nations, it invariably provides even more lethal and sophisticated arms to its steadfast ally, Israel, in order to help counter the firepower of its neighbours. So, when Egypt gets the M60A3 and M1A1 Abrams...
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5 Arrested While Protesting Nuke Plant
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Five protesters were arrested Saturday at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant during a demonstration marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. The five were arrested on charges of obstructing a roadway at the entrance of the plant in Oak Ridge, where...
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Democratic Party Is Growing More Liberal
CHICAGO - The Democratic Party is growing more liberal for the first time in a generation. It's more antiwar than at any time since 1972. Support is growing for such traditionally liberal values as using the federal government to help the poor. And 40 percent of Democrats now call themselves...
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Saturday, August 4, 2007
Hillary Faces Boos from Bloggers
Hillary Clinton has been derided for her decision to skip a forum for Democratic presidential hopefuls being hosted today by Left-wing bloggers. Boos greeted the news that Mrs Clinton would be the only main candidate not to attend the forum. It highlighted the suspicion she faces among the "...
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Pakistani Official Urges NATO to Quit Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD - BRITAIN and the US have been urged to prepare a strategy for leaving Afghanistan by sources within the Pakistani Government as the number of fatalities among NATO forces fighting the Taliban grows. The remarks, by a senior Foreign Ministry official, reflect the growing belief in...
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Lawmaker Calls for Registry of Drug Firms Paying Doctors
WASHINGTON - An influential Republican senator says he will propose legislation requiring drug makers to disclose the payments they make to doctors for services like consulting, lectures and attendance at seminars. The lawmaker, Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Senate...
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