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Sunday, September 2, 2007
Death Toll For Iraqis Creeps Up After Dip
Civilian losses top 1,800 despite security plan
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More 'Megafires' To Come, Say Scientists
Fires of unprecedented ferocity are sweeping around the world, fuelled by global warming and misguided environmentalism. Dubbed "megafires", they rage over thousands of miles at 1,000C and create their own weather, even triggering tornadoes. Rapidly increasing in number, they are often unquenchable...
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West Bank Boys Dig a Living in Settler Trash
AD DEIRAT, West Bank - As the truck unloads, the children pounce on the garbage like flies. Some swing aloft on the hydraulic pistons that open the back, then drop onto the mound of trash to grab a piece of metal, a crushed can, a soda bottle or a stinking T-shirt. One boy slips and disappears for...
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Legal Battle Resuming on Guantánamo Detainees
WASHINGTON - The legal battle over the rights of the hundreds of men held as enemy combatants at Guantánamo Bay has lasted more than five years, including two rounds in the Supreme Court . Now, as the parties prepare for their next Supreme Court confrontation later this fall, the arguments have...
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Saturday, September 1, 2007
Palestinians Poorer Than Ever
BRUSSELS - Poverty in the Palestinian territories has reached "unprecedented levels" because they have been held under an "economic siege" for almost seven years, a United Nations body has found. During 2006 the number of Palestinians living in 'deep poverty' almost doubled to more than 1 million...
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Amnesty's Abortion Stance Splits Grassroots Support
LONDON - The Bromley and Orpington Amnesty International Group will conduct its fundraising activities much as normal this autumn. Alongside a sponsored walk in Kent and a street collection in London, a local theatre group will lay on a charity premiere of its production of Arthur Miller's Death of...
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Call to Halt EU Trade with Israel
BRUSSELS - Trade between the European Union and Israel should be halted in protest at human rights violations in the Palestinian territories, a United Nations conference has heard. Under a so-called association agreement, Israel currently enjoys free trade in industrial goods, and preferential...
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Ex-UK General: US Iraq Policy Flawed
LONDON - The head of the British army during the Iraq invasion described former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's approach as "intellectually bankrupt," according to comments published Saturday. Gen. Sir Mike Jackson, who retired in August 2006 as chief of the general staff, said Rumsfeld was "...
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US Poverty Data Raise New Questions About Cost of War
NEW YORK - It is one of the most affluent countries in the world, but still millions of people in the United States find it very difficult to put a nice meal on their dinner table. Nationwide, more than 36 million people, or nearly 13 percent of the total population, lived in poverty last year,...
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Government Secrecy Up Despite Exposure of Issue
Stamping documents 'secret' cost taxpayers $8.2 billion last year
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Friday, August 31, 2007
Dirt Isn't So Cheap After All
Soil erosion is the "silent global crisis" that is undermining food production and water availability, as well as being responsible for 30 percent of the greenhouse gases driving climate change.
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HHS Toned Down Breast-Feeding Ads
Formula Industry Urged Softer Campaign
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NAACP Challenges Louisiana Voter Purge
NEW ORLEANS - The NAACP filed a civil rights lawsuit challenging a purge of Louisiana voters believed to have registered in other states following Hurricane Katrina. In the federal court action, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People contends that the purge has already begun...
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US Cites 'Secrets' Privilege as It Tries to Stop Suit on Banking Records
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 - The Bush administration is signaling that it plans to turn again to a legal tool, the "state secrets" privilege, to try to stop a suit against a Belgian banking cooperative that secretly supplied millions of private financial records to the United States government, court...
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White House Cool on Iraq Report
The Bush administration has challenged a report for the US Congress which says Iraq has met only three of the 18 targets used to measure progress.
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Wind Farm Cash-In for Renewable Energy Companies
Energy companies are cashing in on Government subsidies by building wind farms that will never make any money because they are being constructed on sites with not enough wind, it has been claimed. Despite Britain being the windiest nation in Europe, some farms are proposed for sites where companies...
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Rich Nations Shy Away from Stiff 2020 Goals
VIENNA - Industrial nations were shying away from fixing stiff 2020 guidelines for greenhouse gases cuts at U.N. talks on Friday in what environmentalists said would be a vote for "dangerous" climate change. A draft text at the U.N. talks dropped a demand that developed nations should be "guided"...
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U.S. Says Company Bribed Officers for Work in Iraq
WASHINGTON - An American-owned company operating from Kuwait paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to American contracting officers in efforts to win more than $11 million in contracts, the government says in court documents. The Army last month suspended the company, Lee Dynamics...
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Murky Future for Rights Treaty on Water
A proposed international treaty to guarantee water as a basic human right has received mixed reviews from experts, environmentalists and political activists.
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Greenpeace Blocks Lake Erie Coal Freighter
After spending the past three days anchored off the shore of Port Colborne, the Greenpeace vessel MY Arctic Sunrise went into action on Lake Erie Thursday morning, blocking a freighter loaded with coal from reaching the Nanticoke power generating station. "They're in full action mode right now up...
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Cholera Spreads in Iraq As Health Services Collapse
Lack of clean drinking water and poor sanitation has led to 5,000 people in northern Iraq contracting cholera. The outbreak is among the most serious signs yet that Iraqi health and social services are breaking down as the number of those living in camps and poor housing increases after people flee...
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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Pentagon Won't Make Surge Recommendation to Bush
WASHINGTON - In a sign that top commanders are divided over what course to pursue in Iraq, the Pentagon said Wednesday that it won't make a single, unified recommendation to President Bush during next month's strategy assessment, but instead will allow top commanders to make individual...
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Army Combs for Abuses in Iraq Contracts
The Army will examine as many as 18,000 contracts awarded over the past four years to support U.S. forces in Iraq to determine how many are tainted by waste, fraud and abuse, service officials said Wednesday. Overall, the contracts are worth close to $3 billion and represent every transaction made...
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Climate Flooding Risk 'Misjudged'
Climate change may carry a higher risk of flooding than was previously thought, the journal Nature reports. Researchers say efforts to calculate flooding risk from climate change do not take into account the effect carbon dioxide (CO2) has on vegetation. Higher atmospheric levels of this greenhouse...
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World Facing 'Arsenic Timebomb'
About 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water, researchers believe. Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) annual meeting in London, scientists said this will lead to higher rates of cancer in the future. South and East...
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Mandela Salutes Resistance as Statue Unveiled
Nelson Mandela saluted the heroes of South Africa's struggle against apartheid at the unveiling of his statue at a ceremony in London recognising him as one of the greatest leaders of the age. Mr Mandela, 89, said the statue - which joins those of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill in London's...
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Upbeat Bush Hints at More Troops for Iraq
THE US President, George Bush, has given his strongest indication yet that he intends to continue with plans to increase troop numbers in Iraq after the September 15 report to Congress, when he delivered an upbeat assessment of military progress and a more positive view of the political outlook. He...
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Iran Says IAEA Atom Report Shows US Charges Wrong
VIENNA - Iran's uranium enrichment program is operating well below capacity and is far from producing nuclear fuel in significant amounts, according to a confidential U.N. nuclear watchdog report obtained by Reuters. A senior Iranian nuclear official said the International Atomic Energy Agency's (...
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Soldier Answers a New Call to Battle
Since starting VoteVets.org, Jon Soltz has shaken up the war debate, became a MSNBC regular and challenged the GOP on military issues.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Yolanda Retter, Lesbian Activist and Archivist, Dies
Yolanda Retter, an activist, archivist and scholar who devoted the last four decades to raising the visibility of lesbians and minorities and preserving their history, died Aug. 18 at her home in Van Nuys after a brief illness. She was 59. Widely respected in the Los Angeles lesbian community...
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Bush to Ask Congress for Extra $50 Bln for Iraq: Report
WASHINGTON - US President George W. Bush plans to ask Congress for an extra 50 billion dollars for Iraq following a highly anticipated report on progress in the war-torn country next month, US media reported Wednesday. The request would seek to pay for the current troop "surge" strategy and is a...
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US Refuses All 'Friendly Fire' Inquest Requests
Inquests into "friendly fire" cases will never hear evidence in person from US military witnesses, the Ministry of Defence has disclosed. It is thought that the Pentagon fears that US troops suspected of negligently killing British service personnel may be arrested for manslaughter if they set foot...
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Israel Warned US Not to Invade Iraq after 9/11
WASHINGTON - Israeli officials warned the George W. Bush administration that an invasion of Iraq would be destabilising to the region and urged the United States to instead target Iran as the primary enemy, according to former administration official Lawrence Wilkerson. Wilkerson, then a member of...
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47 Million Americans Are Uninsured
11.7 % Census data fuel attacks by Democrats
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Anti-Govt Protests Planned to Mark Second Anniversary of Katrina Tragedy
NEW YORK - Thousands of protesters are expected to converge on New Orleans Wednesday to raise awareness about what they believe to be the Bush administration's failure to help Americans who lost everything in the wake of a ferocious storm that hit the United States' Gulf Coast some two years ago...
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Bush Threatens to Confront Iran Over Alleged Support for Iraqi insurgents
NEW YORK - George Bush yesterday ramped up the war of words between the US and Iran, accusing Tehran of threatening to place the Middle East under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust and revealing that he had authorised US military commanders in Iraq to "confront Tehran's murderous activities". In a...
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
More Iraqis Flee As Figure Tops Four Million: UNHCR
More than four million Iraqis have fled their homes because of sectarian violence, the largest population movement in the Middle East since Palestinians left the new state of Israel, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. "An estimated 4.2 million Iraqis have been uprooted from their...
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US Most Armed Country with 90 Guns per 100 People
GENEVA - The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said. U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate...
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Iraq Weapons Are a Focus of Criminal Investigations
BAGHDAD - Several federal agencies are investigating a widening network of criminal cases involving the purchase and delivery of billions of dollars of weapons, supplies and other matériel to Iraqi and American forces, according to American officials. The officials said it amounted to the largest...
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Higher CO{-2} May Imperil Grasslands
Scientists warn of dire consequences for grazing areas
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US, Russia 'Must Unite to Fight Weapons of Mass Destruction'
The United States and Russia must unite to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction rather than drifting into a new Cold War, the authors of a project to secure the former Soviet nuclear arsenal said on Monday. While acknowledging that Moscow and Washington disagree over missile defense, human...
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Bush Mideast Peace Plan Met with Scepticism
CAIRO - Last month, U.S. President George W. Bush called for an international summit aimed at reaching a final settlement of the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But while most Arab capitals welcomed the proposal, unofficial reactions to Bush's newfound zeal to revive the Middle East "...
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Monday, August 27, 2007
Poll: Young Voters Disenchanted With Republican Party
Two larger-than-life politicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan, charged into the California governor's office with the help of young voters, many of whom were drawn to the Republican Party by a message of sunny optimism. But what those two very different Republican politicians did to...
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Iraqi Insurgents Taking Cut of US Rebuilding Money
BAGHDAD - Iraq's deadly insurgent groups have financed their war against U.S. troops in part with hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. rebuilding funds that they've extorted from Iraqi contractors in Anbar province. The payments, in return for the insurgents' allowing supplies to move and...
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Protest To Meet Bush At Legion meeting
Scores of anti-war demonstrators are expected to greet President Bush when he arrives Tuesday in Reno to address the American Legion's national convention. Local activists, including some veterans and military families, plan to wave "Support the Troops, End the War" placards outside the Reno-Sparks...
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'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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