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Friday, March 30, 2007
Anger as UK's Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reach 10-Year High
A six-million-ton question mark was placed over Britain's climate change strategy yesterday with the release of figures showing that UK greenhouse gas emissions, which the Government has pledged to cut radically, are actually soaring. Emissions of the principal greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, from power stations, motor vehicles and homes, amounted to 560.6 million tonnes last year, 6.4 million tons higher than the 2005 figure. The increase of 1.15 per cent means that Britain's emissions are now at the highest level since Labour came to power a decade ago, nearly 3 per cent above 1997.
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Developing Countries are Awash in E-Waste
BANGALORE, India -- Once considered a problem that affects only industrialized nations, e-waste -- pollution from the disposal of unwanted electronic and electrical equipment -- is fast becoming a bane of developing countries.Most e-waste in India is dumped in landfills or incinerated, releasing toxins into the air and soil that can cause cancer, birth deformities and arrested brain development, health experts say. http://www.commondreams.org/archive/wp-content/photos/0330_01.jpg " onclick="pp_image_popup(' http://www.commondreams.org/archive/wp-content/photos/0330_01.jpg ',350,310); retu
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Thursday, March 29, 2007
New Hampshire House Stands Behind Single-Payer Plan
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - The lack of federal action in finding solutions to the multitude of problems that have led to the national health care crisis has frustrated states suffering from the results of that crisis. Nowhere is that more evident than in New Hampshire, where no less than 250 individual pieces of legislation were filed this year in an attempt to address various aspects of the problem.
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Castro Criticizes U.S. Biofuel Policies
HAVANA -- Fidel Castro lashes out against U.S.
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US Income Gap Is Widening Significantly, Data Shows
Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans - those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 - receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows.The top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression.
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New Israeli Film Raises Questions about Israel's Use of Military Power
TEL AVIV, Israel - In the opening minutes of Joseph Cedar's new film " Beaufort ," three Israeli soldiers hunker down behind concrete blast walls and talk about what brought them to an isolated mountaintop fortress in Lebanon."If you are here, you are here by mistake," one doomed soldier says to a new arrival sent to defuse a roadside bomb. "I wanted to be here.
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Czech President Vaclav Klaus: 'Environmentalism As Bad As Communism'
BUDAPEST - Czech President Vaclav Klaus has offered fresh warnings that environmentalism and measures to curb climate change are a threat to human freedom.
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Retreating Himalayan Icefields Threatening Drought in Bangladesh
Notorious for its annual floods, Bangladesh may seem the last place in the world to worry about a drying up of the rivers that flow from the Himalayas. But the country is as much at risk from drought as it is from flooding. Already farmers who used to grow rice have turned to farming prawns because the water in their fields has turned so salty nothing will grow there.
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Berkeley Woman's Iraq Quest
Sleeping Bag in Tow, She Hopes to Embed with Army and Blog
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Antiwar Theme Plays Well to Labor Group
Builders Union Cheers Remarks by Democrats
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Climate Change: Coastal Mega-Cities in for a Bumpy Ride
NEW YORK - About 643 million people, or one-tenth of the world's population, who live in low lying coastal areas are at great risk of oceans-related impacts of climate change, according to a global research study to be released next month.The study, by researchers at Columbia University's Center for International Earth Sciences Information Network and the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development , is the first of its kind.
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Judge Lamentably Dismisses Lawsuit Against Rumsfeld
WASHINGTON -- Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld cannot be tried on allegations of torture in overseas military prisons, a federal judge said Tuesday in a case he described as "lamentable." U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan threw out a lawsuit brought on behalf of nine former prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said Rumsfeld cannot be held personally responsible for actions taken in connection with his government job.
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Code Pink Dogs Clinton on 2008 Trail
An anti-war group, Code Pink, is hounding Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) at almost every stop she makes on the campaign trail, hitting her again yesterday as she joined other candidates in seeking a union endorsement.
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FBI Didn't Mean to Break the Law, Mueller Says
WASHINGTON - The FBI didn't deliberately break the law by improperly obtaining thousands of Americans' phone, e-mail and financial records, Bureau Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
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Guantanamo Illegal Despite Guilty Plea: Critics
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A guilty plea by Australian David Hicks to terrorism charges should not be seen as legitimizing U.S. military tribunals taking place at Guantanamo Bay, human rights groups said on Tuesday. Lawyers met to work out details of the plea after Hicks, a farmhand turned al Qaeda trainee, stunned many in the court at the U.S. naval base on Monday night by pleading guilty to a charge of providing material support for terrorism.
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U.S. Base Revives Cold War Feelings
BUDAPEST - The U.S. missile defense system to be deployed in Eastern Europe is becoming a matter for concern in all of Europe. Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France are now worried and demand talks.
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'Food Not Lawns': Organic Gardens vs. Chem-Fed Lawns
SAN DIEGO - Sandalistas are on the march here to create a homegrown organic food movement, encouraging gardeners to tear up their lawns for healthier, more natural alternatives. In doing so, they're advocating the re-greening of the urban landscape for the sake of food security and social justice.
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San Francisco First City to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags
SAN FRANCISCO - Paper or plastic? Not anymore in San Francisco. The city's Board of Supervisors approved groundbreaking legislation Tuesday to outlaw plastic checkout bags at large supermarkets in about six months and large chain pharmacies in about a year.
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Saudi King Slams 'Illegitimate Occupation' of Iraq
Saudi King Abdullah, whose country is a close US ally, on Wednesday slammed the "illegitimate foreign occupation" of Iraq in an opening speech to the annual Arab summit in Riyadh.
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Inhofe Vows to Put Brakes on Gore's 'Live Earth' Concert at the Capitol
WASHINGTON - Fresh from his face-to-face tussle with former Vice President Al Gore, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is vowing to stall Gore's hotly anticipated Capitol concert to draw attention to global warming.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
NATO's Potty Rules Shut out Afghans
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — Under a bizarre policy that echoes the days of segregation in the United States, Afghans who work at the NATO base at Kandahar Airfield must use separate toilets marked "local nationals only."Several Afghans told The Globe and Mail the practice is insulting, but they are dependent on NATO for their livelihoods and reluctant to speak out.
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Aides to Bush Told not to Destroy E-Mails
The Republican National Committee and chairman of George W. Bush's 2004 campaign have been ordered to preserve all e-mails related to White House business because they might be relevant to multiple congressional investigations.
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Republican Sees Iraq Pullout Passing then Vetoed
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush is likely to lose a first-round fight with Democrats over a critical funding bill that sets a date for American troops to withdraw from Iraq, the U.S. Senate's Republican leader said on Monday. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky predicted legislation similar to that already passed by the House of Representatives would eventually get through the Senate, which is more narrowly controlled by Democrats.
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Cheney Speech at BYU Causes Outcry
At BYU -- in the heart of what has been called the reddest county in the nation -- the mere possibility of Vice President Dick Cheney coming to campus is getting some blue blood boiling.
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Gonzales Aide to Invoke the Fifth in Testimony
WASHINGTON - A key aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than answer lawmakers' questions about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, her lawyer said Monday. The decision by Monica Goodling to protect herself against self-incrimination marks the first instance in which a Bush administration appointee involved in the probe has signaled concerns about possible criminal repercussions. Goodling, 33, has taken leave from her job as counsel to the attorney general and as the Justice Department's liaison to the White House.
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Film on "Radical Islam" Tied to Pro-Israel Groups
WASHINGTON - A controversial documentary on the threat of radical Islam, promoted by the two most-watched U.S. cable news networks, was marketed and supported in part by self-described "pro-Israel" groups, according to an IPS investigation.
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Global Warming Study Warns of Vanishing Climates
By the end of the century up to two fifths of the land surface of the Earth will have a hotter climate unlike anything that currently exists, according to a study that predicts the effects of global warming on local and regional climates.
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Monday, March 26, 2007
French Scientists Rebut U.S., Muslim Creationism
With creationism now coming in Christian and Muslim versions, scientists, teachers and theologians in France are debating ways to counteract what they see as growing religious attacks on science. Bible-based criticism of evolution, once limited to Protestant fundamentalists in the United States, has become an issue in France now that Pope Benedict and some leading Catholic theologians have criticized the neo-Darwinist view of creation.
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Three Fired U.S. Attorneys Balked At Seeking Death Penalty
Prosecutors in California, Michigan and Arizona Share a Reluctance to Pursue The Ultimate Punishment.
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Fighting For Air: Frontline of War on Global Warming
Progress Comes at a High Price For China and India, But There Are Grounds For Hope
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Greens Hail Landmark Victory In Fight To Save Amazon Rainforests
One of the world's largest agribusiness giants was forced to close a soy export terminal in Brazil's Amazon region this weekend, marking a major victory for environmentalists who have argued for years that the plant was built illegally and became a significant cause of rainforest depletion. Brazilian police and environmental officers swooped on the Cargill terminal in Santarem, a deep-water port in the lower Amazon about 850 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. They said they met no resistance as they set about closing operations.
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Senate GOP Says No to Al Gore-Global Warming Concert at Capitol
You probably didn't notice it (since readers of The Crypt have actual lives), but late Friday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tried to get Senate Republicans to allow former Vice President Al Gore to stage a global warming concert on Capitol grounds. But Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected to Reid's request, and the resolution authorizing the concert, for now, remains stuck in the Rules and Administration Committee.
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City Asks Court Not to Unseal Police Spy Files
Lawyers for the city, responding to a request to unseal records of police surveillance leading up to the 2004 Republican convention in New York, say that the documents should remain secret because the news media will "fixate upon and sensationalize them," hurting the city's ability to defend itself in lawsuits over mass arrests. In papers filed in federal court last week, the city's lawyers also say that the documents could be "misinterpreted" because they were not intended for the public.
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Sunday, March 25, 2007
We Failed, Says Pro-War Iraqi
Kanan Makiya, an Iraqi exile under Saddam and a key intellectual inspiration for the US policy of 'regime change' in Iraq, has admitted he failed to foresee the consequences for his country of the invasion four years ago.
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Cheney: Early Iraq Pullout Won't Be Allowed
US Vice President Dick Cheney has assured political allies that an early withdrawal of US forces from Iraq would not be allowed, despite efforts by Congress to impose a deadline on US combat operations there.
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Actor Penn, Rep. Lee Appear at Town Hall Meeting on Iraq War
Hundreds gather in Oakland to discuss how to get U.S. troops home OAKLAND -- Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn was the star attraction at a town hall meeting today in Oakland, where hundreds of people gathered to denounce the war in Iraq and call for an immediate withdrawal of American troops.
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And They Call It Peace: Inside Iraq, Four Years On
In a personal diary to mark the fourth anniversary of the war, our award-winning correspondent Patrick Cockburn journeys through a country riven with violence and chaos Sunday 18 March. Khanaqin
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NYC City Police Spied Broadly Before GOP Convention
For at least a year before the 2004 Republican National Convention, teams of undercover New York City police officers traveled to cities across the country, Canada and Europe to conduct covert observations of people who planned to protest at the convention, according to police records and interviews. From Albuquerque to Montreal, San Francisco to Miami, undercover New York police officers attended meetings of political groups, posing as sympathizers or fellow activists, the records show.
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Justice Department Tugged to the Right
Under Bush, the department has been tainted by politics, many say.
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Activists Remember a Different Romney
Advocates for gay and abortion rights and the environment say the GOP candidate misled them on his positions.
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Saturday, March 24, 2007
Iraq Vote Angers Anti-War Wing
WASHINGTON, DC- House Democrats voted Friday to continue paying for the war in Iraq but set deadlines for withdrawal. The $124 billion spending bill eked by on a near party line vote of 218 to 212 with no "ayes" to spare.
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Iraqi Medical Crisis as Doctors Flee
For the people of Iraq, it may be the ultimate nightmare. The ordeal continues for victims of Iraq's violence when they are taken to hospital. Most of the best medical staff have left after being targeted by insurgents. Many have fled the country just in the last few months.
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Documents Show Gonzales Approved Firings
WASHINGTON -- Last week, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he was not involved in any discussions about the impending dismissals of U.S. attorneys. On Friday night, however, the Justice Department revealed Gonzales' participation in a Nov. 27 meeting where such plans were discussed.
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Play About Iraq War Divides a Connecticut School
WILTON, Conn. — Student productions at Wilton High School range from splashy musicals like last year's "West Side Story," performed in the state-of-the-art, $10 million auditorium, to weightier works like Arthur Miller's "Crucible," on stage last fall in the school's smaller theater.
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Worldwide, Communities Demand Access to Water
UNITED NATIONS - Holding scores of rallies and sit-ins around world, environmental and community groups Thursday made fresh calls for drastic actions to protect the world's rivers and other water resources from the devastating impact of global warming, pollution, and toxic waste.
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Iran & Iraq: US and UK Fail to Find Smoking Gun
Although British and US military and diplomats often complain of Iranian support for insurgents in Iraq, there is no "smoking gun" to prove it, a senior British officer in Basra admitted yesterday. Lt Col Justin Maciejewski said he could not prove Iranian interference in the southern Iraqi city, where UK troops come under regular mortar and rocket attack. But community leaders had told him Iranian agents were paying Iraqis $500 a month (£254) to carry out attacks.
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New U.S. Attorneys Seem to Have Partisan Records
WASHINGTON - Under President Bush, the Justice Department has backed laws that narrow minority voting rights and pressed U.S. attorneys to investigate voter fraud - policies that critics say have been intended to suppress Democratic votes. Bush, his deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, and other Republican political advisers have highlighted voting rights issues and what Rove has called the "growing problem" of election fraud by Democrats since Bush took power in the tumultuous election of 2000, a race ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Friday, March 23, 2007
MoveOn Moves In with Pelosi
The netroots group's support proved crucial to passage of the Democrats' Iraq spending plan. But antiwar activists say MoveOn has been co-opted by its access to power.
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Police Tell Anti-War Protesters to Take Down 'Camp Pelosi'
Anti-war protesters in their 11th day of a round-the-clock vigil in front of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Pacific Heights home were ordered by San Francisco police Thursday night to remove protest signs, banners and canopies that adorned what they called Camp Pelosi.
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Global Shipping Must Curb 'Unchecked' Pollution: Study
Ocean-going vessels now belch out more of the major air pollutant sulfur dioxide than all of the world's cars, trucks and buses combined, according to a study released Thursday. The group behind the report, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), also said the shipping industry...
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California Sues Navy Over Use of Sonar
A commission acts after rejection of its bid to further protect sea mammals. A vice admiral says current precautions are enough.
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Antarctic Melting May be Speeding Up
HOBART (Australia) - Rising sea levels and melting polar ice-sheets are at upper limits of projections, leaving some human population centers already unable to cope, top world scientists say as they analyze latest satellite data.
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Congressman Trades Iraq Vote for Spinach
SAN FRANCISCO - A liberal Congressman who represents California's picturesque central coast region is under fire for trading his vote on the Iraq war for spinach. Rep. Sam Farr, a Democrat from the hippy college town of Santa Cruz, originally voted against the Iraq war and has voted against proposals to fund it each of the last four years. This time, though, he's singing a different tune -- and critics say his change of heart has more to do with the spinach industry than anything else.
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U.S. Nukes Plan Viewed as Provocative
WASHINGTON - The announcement earlier this month that the United States will pursue the design and construction of new nuclear weapons has not been warmly embraced by the rest of the world.
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Saturday, December 9, 2006
Maricopa County female inmates march for chain gang duty in Phoenix, Arizona in this file photo. Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton US Has the Most Prisoners in the World
WASHINGTON - Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts. A U.S. Justice Department report released...
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Thursday, August 24, 2006
Why Air Con is Ruining Our Environment
Our love of air con is making the world even hotter
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Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Red apples (Braeburn) in tray for transport and display in European Union. (Photo: Soren Breiting) What Not to Eat: the Truth about Food
Low-fat is good, butter is bad; buy free-range, not battery; tofu's terrific, lard's a killer... Messages about what we should and shouldn't eat bombard us on a daily basis. So what are we to believe? And what about the cost to the planet? Rose Prince unravels the myths and explains what we need to...
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Monday, April 17, 2006
People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing the remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide, during a commemoration in Kigali, Rwanda April 7, 2006. Three films in two years about Rwanda's genocide have shocked Western audiences with the scale and savagery of the slaughter, but many survivors in the tiny central African nation are unimpressed with the big-screen's wrong depictions of the carnage. Picture taken April 7, 2006. To match feature Rwanda-Genocide REUTERS/Themistoc Rwanda Survivors Say Hollywood Has Got It Wrong
Three films in two years about Rwanda's genocide have shocked Western audiences with the scale and savagery of the slaughter, but many survivors in the tiny central African nation are unimpressed. They say the big-screen depictions of the carnage, when about 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate...
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Monday, March 20, 2006
Oakland Nears Final Payouts for Protesters Hurt by Police
OAKLAND, California - A clash between the police and antiwar protesters here nearly three years ago will cost the City of Oakland more than $2 million, including dozens of payouts to people injured when officers fired wooden dowels, bean bags and rubber pellets. The Oakland City Council is scheduled Tuesday to approve the final payments related to the incident, which was the most violent of many protests nationwide in the early weeks of the Iraq war. At least 58 people were injured, including nine longshoremen who were caught in the crossfire on their way to work.
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Sunday, March 12, 2006
Hillary Clinton Feels Heat Over Wal-Mart Ties
NEW YORK -- With retailer Wal-Martunder fire for its labor and healthcare policies, one Democrat with ties to the company, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, has started feeling her share of the political heat. Clinton served on Wal-Mart's board of directors for six years when her husband was governor...
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Thursday, January 26, 2006
More Americans Favor Impeaching Bush, Poll Says
Today's topic: Domestic spying
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Friday, December 30, 2005
President Bush's "Brownie" Quote Wins Award
LOS ANGELES - Call it the wrong phrase at the wrong time but "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" was named on Thursday as U.S. President George W. Bush's most memorable phrase of 2005. The ill-timed praise of a now disgraced agency head became a national punch line for countless jokes and pointed...
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Friday, November 18, 2005
The Man Who Sold the War
The road to war in Iraq led through many unlikely places. One of them was a chic hotel nestled among the strip bars and brothels that cater to foreigners in the town of Pattaya, on the Gulf of Thailand. On December 17th, 2001, in a small room within the sound of the crashing tide, a CIA officer...
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Sunday, October 30, 2005
Elizabeth Harper and Dennis Kucinich How Kucinich Found Love
On May 4, Elizabeth Harper walked with her boss into Dennis Kucinich's Capitol Hill office for a meeting and immediately noticed three things. In the reception area, she saw a visiting nun in white robes. In his inner office sat a shelf bearing an illustration depicting "light consciousness" and a...
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Barges often were piled high with one-ton steel containers of mustard gas to be thrown into the ocean in the 1940s and 1950s. More than a dozen such as this were unloaded off the coast of South Carolina. U.S. Army photo The Deadliness Below
Weapons of mass destruction thrown into the sea years ago present danger now - and the Army doesn't know where they all are
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Friday, October 7, 2005
George Bush believes he is on a mission from God, according to the politician Nabil Shaath. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP Bush: God Told Me to Invade Iraq
President 'revealed reasons for war in private meeting'
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Thursday, September 8, 2005
Old-Line Families Escape Worst of Flood And Plot the Future
NEW ORLEANS - On a sultry morning earlier this week, Ashton O'Dwyer stepped out of his home on this city's grandest street and made a beeline for his neighbor's pool. Wearing nothing but a pair of blue swim trunks and carrying two milk jugs, he drew enough pool water to flush the toilet in his home...
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Friday, September 2, 2005
Stadium Hurricane Refuge Like a 'Concentration Camp'
Dirty, fearful and exhausted, they pressed their faces against the metal gates, begging and pleading for the chance to board a bus and get away from a refuge that had become a nightmare. After five days in the stinking, crowded and sweltering confines of the New Orleans Superdome, the thousands of...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
US Selling More Weapons to Undemocratic Regimes That Support 'War on Terror'
The United States has ramped up arms sales to some of the world's most repressive and undemocratic regimes in a misguided attempt to bolster counter-terrorism efforts since the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil, says a new report from leading arms trade researchers. The report, from the Arms Trade...
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Thursday, May 19, 2005
Galloway: The Man Who Took on America
How did one maverick MP manage to outgun a committee of senior US politicians so successfully? And did he make any lasting impact?
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Thursday, March 10, 2005
WAR CRIMES: US TERROR ATTACK ON TOKYO This 1945 photo shows the industrial section of Tokyo along the Sumida River. Some 16 square miles of the city were razed by incendiary and other strikes by U.S. warplanes March 9-10, 1945. The Tokyo attack was aimed in part at demolishing Japanese morale and hastening a surrender. Planners also wanted to wipe out small factories and drive away their employees as a way of choking the economy. (AP Photo) 1945 Tokyo Firebombing Left Legacy of Terror, Pain
TOKYO -- For decades, Teruo Kanoh never revealed the terror locked in his heart the night in 1945 when American bombs turned Tokyo into a raging fireball. Then, three years ago, he slowly began releasing his demons in oil and watercolor. In his vivid, unsparing paintings, U.S. warplanes shower the...
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Thursday, February 10, 2005
Pierre Martineau, left, and Patrice Bergeron, two of the Wal-Mart workers who initiated the unionization, stand in front of their workplace, a Wal-Mart department store, Tuesday Sept. 28, 2004 in Jonquiere, Que. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday, Feb. 9, 2005, it will close the Canadian store. (AP Photo/CP PHOTO/Jacques Boissinot) As Union Nears Win, Wal-Mart Closes Store
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will close one of its Canadian stores, just as some 200 workers at the location are near winning the first-ever union contract from the world's largest retailer. Wal-Mart said it was shuttering the store in Jonquiere, Quebec, in response to unreasonable...
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Tuesday, February 8, 2005
An effigy of US President Bush holds a cross as a weapon on a carnival float during the traditional rose Monday parade in Dusseldorf, western Germany, on Monday, Feb. 7, 2005. (AFP/DDP/Volker Hartmann) Western German Streets Fill Up as Carnival Pokes Fun at Bush
COLOGNE, Germany -- Hundreds of thousands of Germans, many dressed as jesters or fools, have flooded Rhineland streets for the traditional "Rose Monday" procession, the highlight of the Catholic carnival season. In Cologne, where the biggest parade got underway at 11 minutes to 11:00, around 10,000...
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Scottie & Me: February 1, 2005
White House Press Briefing with Scott McClellan
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Saturday, November 6, 2004
Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked
When I spoke with Jeff Fisher this morning (Saturday, November 06, 2004), the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 16th District said he was waiting for the FBI to show up. Fisher has evidence, he says, not only that the Florida election was hacked, but of who...
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Thursday, October 28, 2004
Two Years Before 9/11, Candidate Bush was Already Talking Privately About Attacking Iraq, According to His Former Ghost Writer
HOUSTON -- Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned...
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Thursday, October 21, 2004
Consumption of Resources Outstripping Planet's Ability to Cope
GENEVA - People are plundering the world's resources at a pace that outstrips the planet's capacity to sustain life, the environmental group WWF said Thursday. In its regular Living Planet Report , the World Wide Fund for Nature said humans currently consume 20 percent more natural resources than...
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
So, Did Saddam Hussein Try to Kill Bush's Dad?
WASHINGTON - Now that President George W. Bush's allegations about former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's ties to al-Qaeda and ambitious weapons programs have been thoroughly discredited, another outstanding charge remains to be resolved. During a campaign speech in September 2002, Bush cited a...
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Monday, July 19, 2004
Naked women protestors shout slogans against the alleged rape, torture and murder of Thangjam Manorama by paramilitary soldiers in Imphal, capital of northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Thursday, July 15, 2004. In a highly unusual protest, some 40 women stripped naked and staged an angry demonstration outside the Assam Rifles base to protest the death in custody of 32-year old Manorama. (AP Photo/Str) Women Rage Against 'Rape' in Northeast India
IMPHAL (Manipur), - After torching government buildings and parading naked to protest the suspected custodial rape and killing of a woman by federal soldiers, women in Manipur vow to intensify their fight against frequent atrocities in the restive northeast Indian state. An indefinite curfew is in...
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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
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Thursday, April 1, 2004
'Blood Diamonds' Still Sold by U.S. Retailers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Major U.S. and international retailers that sell diamond jewelry are failing to follow through on promises to prevent the trade in so-called 'conflict diamonds' that have fueled civil war and violence in several African nations, according to a new report released at this week's...
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Friday, March 19, 2004
Karina Lau, 20, had won a four-year music scholarship to the University of the Pacific. High School Senior Class Photo Death Leaves Family with Grief, Questions
Daughter who left college to join Army killed in Iraq attack
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Thursday, March 4, 2004
Dasani is nothing but tap water Coca - Cola Admits That Dasani is Nothing But Tap Water
LONDON - It made for great headlines, but the fact that the UK version of Coca-Cola's Dasani brand bottled water comes out of the London public supply should hardly have come as a surprise. "Coke's in hot water," "Eau dear" and "The real sting" were three good examples of the newspaper headline...
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Wednesday, December 24, 2003
US Companies Moving More Jobs Overseas
NEW YORK - U.S. corporations are picking up the pace in shifting well-paid technology jobs to India, China and other low-cost centers, but they are keeping quiet for fear of a backlash, industry professionals said. Morgan Stanley estimates the number of U.S. jobs outsourced to India will double to...
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Friday, December 19, 2003
Fight to the Death: The Iraqis Who Hated Saddam Hate the Americans More
In Khaldiyah, it's a war of nerves. A three-meter-deep crater marks the explosion point of a careering car bomb that the local police knew was inevitable. Just across and down a highway that cuts through this small town west of Baghdad is the home of a man the US suspects could help bring an end to...
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FTAA Protests: Amnesty Says Miami Police May Have Broken UN Laws
MIAMI - Police in Miami may have violated various international laws and covenants on civil rights and use of force when they crushed protests against a free trade meeting last month, rights group Amnesty International said. In a letter to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, dated Dec. 16 and made public on...
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Rumsfeld's '84 Visit was to Reassure Iraqis
Trip Followed Criticism Of Chemical Arms' Use
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Rights, Liberties Groups Hail Court Defeats for Bush Anti-Terror War
U.S. civil liberties and human rights groups Thursday hailed the one-two punch delivered by two federal appeals courts against the Bush administration's refusal to recognize basic due-process rights of alleged U.S. and foreign detainees held as "enemy combatants" in Washington's "war on terrorism...
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Battle Rages with Ecuador Indians Over Jungle Oil
QUITO - In a steamy jungle of winding laurel trees and sprawling palms, a battle is raging between Ecuadorean Indians trying to protect land rights and oil companies who want to drill in the Amazon. In the northern Amazon, Indians are suing a U.S. oil company over environmental damage they say...
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Thursday, December 18, 2003
Foes Say Bush Plan Would Create 'Debating Society Over Science'
Health, environmental rules could be buried in peer reviews, critics fear
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Is the Search for WMDs Over?
After Eight Months with No Discoveries, Mission Chief Quits
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Earth Warming at Faster Pace, Say Top Science Group's Leaders
Statement by American Geophysical Union's council warns temperature change is real and human-caused
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Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Despite the Hype, Bottled Water is Neither Cleaner nor Greener than Tap Water
"You drink tap water? Are you crazy?" asks a 21-year-old radio producer from the Chicago area. "I only drink bottled water." In a trendy nightclub in New York City, the bartender tells guests they can only be served bottled water, which costs $5 for each tiny half-pint container. One outraged...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Scottie & Me: October 14, 2003
White House Press Briefing with Scott McClellan
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Thursday, October 2, 2003
Scottie & Me: October 2, 2003
White House Press Briefing with Scott McClellan
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Tuesday, September 2, 2003
Scottie & Me: September 2, 2003
White House Press Briefing with Scott McClellan
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Thursday, August 28, 2003
Voting Machine Controversy
COLUMBUS - The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." The Aug. 14 letter from Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. - who has...
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Monday, July 14, 2003
Bush 'Bundlers' Take Fundraising to New Level
As chairman, president and chief executive of Safeway Inc., the world's 11th-largest grocery chain, Steven Burd is the nexus of a wide network of subordinates and suppliers, as well as friends in corporate suites. And that is why he will play a critical role in President Bush's effort to raise the...
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Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Russell Mokhiber questions White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer Ari & I: May 27, 2003
Russell Mokhiber questions White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
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Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Russell Mokhiber questions White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer Ari & I: May 14, 2003
Russell Mokhiber questions White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
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