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Monday, April 28, 2008
Burger King Exec Uses Daughter's Online ID To Chide Immokalee Coalition
As the Coalition of Immokalee Workers prepares to deliver more than 60,000 petitions to Burger King headquarters in Miami today, the daughter of Burger King's vice-president Stephen Grover confirmed her father is responsible for online postings vilifying the coalition. The Immokalee-based group is...
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Sunday, April 27, 2008
Studies on Chemical in Plastics Questioned
Congress Examines Role of Industry in Regulation
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Bicycle-Sharing Program to Be First of Kind in US
WASHINGTON - Starting next month, people here will be able to rent a bicycle day and night with the swipe of a membership card. A new public-private venture called SmartBike DC will make 120 bicycles available at 10 spots in central locations in the city. The automated program, which district...
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Groups Wrangle With CIA Over 'Ghost Prisoners'
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has refused to release more than 7,000 documents related to its programs of secret detentions, renditions, and torture, and is asking a federal judge to dismiss a Freedom of Information lawsuit demanding disclosure. The refusal came last week in the...
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Guantánamo Drives Prisoners Insane, Lawyers Say
Next month, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni who was once a driver for Osama bin Laden, could become the first detainee to be tried for war crimes in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. By now, he should be busily working on his defense. But his lawyers say he cannot. They say Hamdan, already the subject of a U.S...
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Orangeburg Survivors Call for 'Historical Reckoning'
Many legislators cool to independent inquiry into civil-rights-era tragedy ÂÂ
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Saturday, April 26, 2008
A Deadly Harvest of Cluster Bombs in Laos
Viengkeo Kavongsone had lived in fear of such a catastrophe all his life - in the jungle, in the paddy fields, on the mountain - but never in his own back yard. It was late afternoon when it happened, and his wife, Van, and three young children were at home in their village in the province of Xieng...
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'Neglect of Farming Led to Rice Crisis'
BANGKOK - The headlines screaming about a global food shortage have not aroused surprise in a leading non-governmental organisation (NGO) working with farming communities across Asia. To its members, warnings of hunger on a biblical scale are hardly news. After all, the Asia-Pacific arm of the...
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Bringing Iraqis to the Table
UMass-Boston's O'Malley gathers 36 sectarian leaders in hunt for common ground
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Iraq: Poverty Gets the Survivors
DAMASCUS - More than a million Iraqis were lucky enough to flee into Syria. But in this relatively safe haven, there is no getting away from poverty. Mohammad Saleem ran a successful supermarket in Baghdad. "I was leading a comfortable life with my family, despite the 13 years of UN sanctions,"...
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Friday, April 25, 2008
Gallup Poll: Many Americans OK With Increasing Taxes on Rich
PRINCETON, NJ -- Slightly over half of Americans believe the government should redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich. The percentage holding this view, similar to that found in Gallup polling last year, is up from 1998 and in particular is higher than was found in a Roper poll conducted...
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Iran Says No Confrontation With US in Gulf - Reports
TEHRAN - Iran on Friday denied there had been any confrontation between its forces and a U.S. ship in the Gulf, Iranian media reported, after a U.S. official said a ship contracted by the U.S Military Sealift Command fired on an Iranian vessel. Some media suggested that, if there had been an...
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US-Contracted Ship Fires Toward Iranian Boat
A cargo ship hired by the U.S. military fired warning shots at boats suspected to be Iranian, the U.S. Navy said on Friday, underscoring tension in the Gulf as the Pentagon sharpened its warnings to Tehran. According to American defense officials, the Westward Venture cargo ship chartered by the U...
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Education 'Lesson' Targets Politicians Worldwide
WASHINGTON, Apr 24 - Recording artist Shakira and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined forces this week with millions of students and teachers around the globe calling for redoubled efforts to allow children to attend school. In 2000 global leaders made a commitment to provide education for all...
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US Jews Create New Lobby to Temper Israel Policy
WASHINGTON - Several prominent American Jews have formed a new pro-Israel lobby as an alternative to traditional organizations that, they assert, often impede progress in the Middle East because of their generally reflexive support of Israel. Officials of the new group, called J Street, say they...
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'Day of Silence' Spurs Protest
A one-day school boycott is urged to counter support for bullied gay students
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Is US Trying To Force Nuke Standoff?
U.S. claims that North Korea may have assisted in developing a covert nuclear reactor in Syria could be a bid by White House hardliners to derail talks with Pyongyang and force confrontation, says CNN's Christiane Amanpour. The network's chief international correspondent, who spoke with Pyongyang's...
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Rev. Jeremiah Wright Appears On PBS' 'Bill Moyers Journal'
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright tells PBS' Bill Moyers that snippets from his sermons at Trinity United Church of Christ, on the South Side, have been taken out of context and offer a faulty picture of his views. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright tells PBS' Bill Moyers that snippets from his sermons at Trinity...
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Terror Talk: No More Islamist Jihads
With less than a year left in office, the Bush administration is rewriting its "war on terror" lexicon. Documents obtained by the Associated Press news agency show officials in federal agencies have been asked not to use the terms jihadists and mujahideen, describe al-Qaida as a movement, or refer...
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IAEA Slams US On Syria Bombing; Will Probe Reactor Report Carefully
VIENNA, Austria - The head of the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency angrily criticized Israel on Friday for bombing an alleged Syrian nuclear facility, and chastised the U.S. for withholding information on the site. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei also...
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Israel Rejects Gaza Ceasefire
Israel today dismissed a proposal by Hamas for a six-month truce inside the Gaza Strip, saying the Palestinian group would use the period to prepare for more fighting rather than peace. The Hamas offer, issued yesterday after talks with Egyptian mediators, departed from previous demands by the...
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Face Scans For Air Passengers To Begin In UK This Summer
Airline passengers are to be screened with facial recognition technology rather than checks by passport officers, in an attempt to improve security and ease congestion, the Guardian can reveal. From summer, unmanned clearance gates will be phased in to scan passengers' faces and match the image to...
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Canada, US, Mexico Accused of Interference with NAFTA Watchdog
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada - An international coalition of academics, environmental, and conservation groups today called on the governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada to "stop interfering" with the tri-national Commission for Environmental Cooperation, CEC, particularly its core...
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Al-Sadr Calls For End To Iraqi Bloodshed
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for an end to clashes between his militia fighters and Iraqi troops, saying Friday that his threat of an "open war" applied only to U.S.-led foreign forces. In a sermon read by an aide during Friday prayers in Baghdad's militia stronghold of Sadr City, the...
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Senate Panel Moves Against FCC Media-Ownership Rules
WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission defied some in Congress last year by easing a ban on ownership of a newspaper and a broadcast station in the same city. On Thursday, the lawmakers took the first step toward getting even. The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved a rare "...
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Thursday, April 24, 2008
WWF Warns Arctic Ice Melting Faster than Predicted
Arctic sea ice is melting "significantly faster" than predicted and is approaching a point of no return, conservation group the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned in a new study. The volumes of the Greenland Ice Sheet and ice in the Arctic Ocean were estimated at 2.9 million and 4.4 million cubic...
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EPA Scientists Complain About Political Pressure
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency scientists say they have been pressured by superiors to skew their findings, according to a survey released Wednesday by an advocacy group. The Union of Concerned Scientists said more than half of the nearly 1,600 EPA staff scientists who...
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Town in the Andes Face Crisis as Glaciers Melt
EL ALTO, Bolivia - An abandoned alpine lodge is all that remains of Bolivia's renowned Chacaltaya ski resort, the world's highest at 17,388 feet above sea level. Today, the expansive 150-foot thick glacier, which once attracted thousands of tourists, has been reduced to a lone patch of ice about 9-...
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Molly Ivins' Library Finds a Home on Texas State's Shelves
AUSTIN, Texas -- The personal library of legendary Texas journalist Molly Ivins has been opened to the public at Texas State University in San Marcos. The collection of more than 3,560 books was donated to the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State by her brother, Andrew Ivins. The library...
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Experts Fear Nation's Waterways Need Rescuing - From Us
ALONG THE SANTA FE RIVER, N.M. -- Rosemary Lowe scoops up a shovel of dirt and dumps it into a hole around the base of a slender cottonwood tree. One down, thousands more to go. Lowe and dozens of volunteers spent a recent day planting native trees along a half-mile stretch of the Santa Fe River...
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Petraeus Promotion Frees Cheney to Threaten Iran
WASHINGTON - The nomination of Gen. David Petraeus to be the new head of the Central Command not only ensures that he will be available to defend the George W. Bush administration's policies toward Iran and Iraq at least through the end of Bush's term and possibly even beyond. It also gives Vice...
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Climate a "Life and Death" Issue for Native Peoples
UNITED NATIONS - Leaders of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples are calling for the United Nations to include their voices in its future talks on climate change. "Both the climate change and its solutions are concerns for indigenous peoples," said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, chairperson of the U...
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Fuel Shortage Forces UN to Halt Food Handouts in Gaza
The UN is to halt food handouts for up to 800,000 Palestinians from today because of a severe fuel shortage in Gaza brought on by an Israeli economic blockade. John Ging, the director of operations in Gaza for the UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports Palestinian refugees, said there had been...
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Shops Ration Sales of Rice as US Buyers Panic
The global food crisis reached the United States yesterday as big retailers began to ration sales of rice in response to bulk purchases by customers alarmed by rocketing prices of staples. Wal-Mart's cash and carry division, Sam's Club, announced it would sell a maximum of four bags of rice per...
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Canada Declares Chemical in Plastic Water Bottles Toxic
NALGENE: Company Says It Will Phase Out Production of Product Containing BPA.
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Climate Change 'May Put World at War'
Climate change could cause global conflicts as large as the two world wars but lasting for centuries unless the problem is controlled, a leading defence think tank has warned. The Royal United Services Institute said a tenfold increase in research spending, comparable to the amount spent on the...
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Food Crisis Needs Aid on Scale of Tsunami to Avert Famine
Pressure for international action to combat the "silent tsunami" of the global food crisis intensified amid warnings that spiraling prices meant more than 100 million people could be plunged into hunger. A Downing Street food summit called by Gordon Brown heard calls for the World Bank and...
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Zimbabwe Intervention Calls Mount as Church Fears Genocide
HARARE - Calls for international intervention to defuse Zimbabwe's post-election crisis mounted on Tuesday as the US urged China to call back a ship loaded with weapons for President Robert Mugabe's regime. As church leaders in the troubled southern African nation warned rising violence could reach genocidal levels, the government in Beijing defended its sales of arms but hinted the cargo might not be delivered.
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Biofuels Starving Our People, Leaders Tell UN
The leaders of Bolivia and Peru have attacked the use of biofuels, saying they have made food too expensive for the poor. Speaking at the United Nations, the Bolivian president, Evo Morales, said the increased use of farmland for fuel crops was causing a "tremendous increase" in food prices. The...
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Bush Appears on US Game Show as Approval Ratings Hit Record Low
Final confirmation that George Bush has too much time on his hands came last night. Well into the lame-duck stage of his presidency, with his duties at the White House increasingly minimal, Bush found time to put in an appearance on the popular game show 'Deal or No Deal'. Bush, who according to a...
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Inmate Count in US Dwarfs Other Nations'
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners. Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment...
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Chump Change to Halt Climate Change
WASHINGTON - Pennies a day. That's all it would cost the United States to significantly reduce the emission of gases that contribute to global warming. What's more, the cost to businesses, families, and overall economic growth would be minimal, according to a new study released this week. "We can...
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UN Warns Darfur War Worsening, with Perhaps 300,000 Dead
UNITED NATIONS -- The conflict in Darfur is deteriorating, with full deployment of a new peacekeeping force delayed until 2009 and no prospect of a political settlement for a war that has killed perhaps 300,000 people in five years, U.N. officials said Tuesday. In grim reports to the Security...
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Outspoken War Critic Poised for Green Party Run
ATLANTA - With media attention focused almost exclusively on the dramatic contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, millions of U.S. voters probably have no inkling that there is a ballot option beyond the Democratic and Republican Parties. "There needs to be room for a lot of policy...
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Clinton's Victory Doesn't Do Much for Her Odds
The Same Crucial Questions Remain for Her -- and for the Superdelegates Expected to Decide the Nomination.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Food for Thought on Earth Day
SAN DIEGO, California - As Earth Day celebrations kicked off around the world last weekend, the event has evolved from teach-ins on park lawns into a multi-day media extravaganza replete with corporate sponsorship. In 1970, when the idea of Earth Day was first born in the United States, global...
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Arctic Ice Melting Fast in Summer Sun
Last Year, Only 13% of New Layer Survived Melt
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Is Earth Day Still Relevant 18 Years On?
As Corporate Sponsors Mount, Some Activists Believe the Charity Strayed from Its Purpose
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Principles - and Principal - at Work
Students Go on a Real Field Trip
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Japan's Hunger Becomes a Dire Warning for Other Nations
Mariko Watanabe admits she could have chosen a better time to take up baking. This week, when the Tokyo housewife visited her local Ito-Yokado supermarket to buy butter to make a cake, she found the shelves bare. "I went to another supermarket, and then another, and there was no butter at those...
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Trials of Muslim Charities Likened to a Witch-hunt
NEW YORK - The U.S. government's anti-terrorist financing programmes are based on the "guilt by association" tactics of the McCarthy era and have had a widespread negative impact on U.S. charities, critics say. That is the view of Kay Guinane, director of the Nonprofit Speech Rights Programme for...
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New Doubts About Health Care for US War Vets
SAN FRANCISCO - About 300,000 U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or major depression. Another 320,000 veterans likely suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI), a type of physical brain damage often caused by explosions from roadside...
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Amnesty Unveils Shock 'Waterboarding' Film
An American expert in torture techniques has denounced his government for allowing "waterboarding" to be practised against terror suspects, just as a graphic advertisement showing the brutal reality of the technique is unveiled to British cinema-goers. Malcolm Nance, who trained hundreds of US...
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Pay Up or Risk Long Battle, Obama Told
Barack Obama has been warned that his refusal to pay the traditional "street money" to local operatives to help get the vote out in Philadelphia today could cost him the crucial percentage points needed to knock Hillary Clinton out of the race for the White House. In many of the city's poorer wards...
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Clinton Would 'Obliterate' Iran
Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton has threatened to "obliterate" Iran if it launches a nuclear attack against Israel as she fights for her own political survival. "I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran," Senator Clinton told ABC News, asked what she would...
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Millions of Children Falling Through the Cracks
UNITED NATIONS - A significant proportion of the world's 2.2 billion children, many of whom are victims of violence, sexual abuse, labour exploitation and preventable diseases, are from the crisis-plagued African continent. As the United Nations points out, too many of the world's children, largely...
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Double Number of Ex-Cons Join the US Army
The US army doubled its use of "moral waivers" for enlisted soldiers last year to cope with the demands of the Iraq war, allowing sex offenders, people convicted of making terrorist threats, and child abusers into the military, new records released yesterday showed. The army gave out 511 moral...
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Monday, April 21, 2008
Push on to Make Buildings Grow Green
LOS ANGELES - As the super who keeps new state offices purring, Peter Cho is shepherding the green movement's latest offensive: cleaning skylines an entire building at a time. The planet's biggest energy hogs are the buildings where many people work and live. Structures that are at least four...
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Maryland Joins Effort to Put Local Food in School Cafeterias
DELMAR, Md. - The strawberries just turning red on one Eastern Shore field here could end up on plates almost anywhere -- except on cafeteria trays just down the road. That's because schools aren't set up to accept local produce, leading to a Byzantine national food distribution grid where apples...
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Afghans Bear Mental Scars from Decades of Turmoil
Scarred by decades of turmoil and grief, two in three Afghans suffer from depression or some form of mental disorder, and an increasing number are turning to illegal drugs, a top health official said. Afghan deputy health minister for technical affairs Faizullah Kakar said mental illness and drug...
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Rising India Cannot Shake Its Bias for Boys
Gender Imbalance Widens in 2nd Most Populous Country
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Farm Bill Complicates Plight of Honeybees
WASHINGTON - The hand of nature, usually unseen and unappreciated, is coming down hard on California agriculture. The honeybees that pollinate its $21 billion bounty of almonds, avocados, berries, melons and other produce that make it the nation's farming giant are disappearing from an unexplained...
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Gov'ts Must Act to Replace Oil, Poll Finds
WASHINGTON - Global public opinion believes that the world is running out of oil and that governments should be doing more to replace it as humanity's main source of energy, according to a major international survey released here Sunday by WorldPublicOpinion.org. Confidence that governments are...
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Food Crisis Set to Get Worse - Experts
NEW YORK - The current food crisis causing hunger and starvation for millions of people across the world is not going to end as long as those who dominate the international grain markets remain unwilling to change their behavior, according to experts specializing in international trade and...
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Sadr Threatens 'Open War' as Iraqi Army Attacks Base
Iraqi government forces, with US and British support, have moved into the Mehdi Army stronghold in Basra and have surrounded its main bastion in Baghdad as the Shia militia's leader Muqtada al-Sadr threatened "open war". The Iraqi army, supported by US air strikes and British artillery, was able to...
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The Great Migration Crisis
Many of the birds that migrate to Britain and Europe from Africa every spring, from the willow warbler to the cuckoo, are undergoing alarming declines, new research shows. The falls in numbers are so sharp and widespread that ornithologists are waking up to a major new environmental problem - the...
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Torture Victim's Records Lost at Guantánamo, Admits Camp General
The former head of interrogations at Guantánamo Bay found that records of an al-Qaida suspect tortured at the prison camp were mysteriously lost by the US military, according to a new book by one of Britain's top human rights lawyers. Retired general Michael Dunlavey, who supervised Guantánamo for...
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Sunday, April 20, 2008
Anti-US Cleric al-Sadr Threatens New Uprising in Iraq
BAGHDAD - Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gave a "final warning" to the government Saturday to halt a U.S.-Iraqi crackdown against his followers or he would declare "open war until liberation." A full-blown uprising by al-Sadr, who led two rebellions against U.S.-led forces in 2004,...
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10 People Killed in Zimbabwe Election Violence: Opposition
JOHANNESBURG - Ten people have been killed in violence in the wake of the March 29 general election in Zimbabwe, the secretary general of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said on Sunday. "Ten people have so far been killed in Zimbabwe since March 29. The situation in...
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Working Life (High and Low)
WHEN Jean Capobianco was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer, her doctors ordered a mastectomy. She first contracted the disease three years earlier and suffered through seven months of chemotherapy. After her cancer came back, her husband walked out on her. "He told me he wasn't...
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Exposed: The Great GM Crops Myth
Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis. The study - carried out over the past three years at the University of Kansas...
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Why Flowers Have Lost Their Scent
Pollution is dulling the scent of flowers and impeding some of the most basic processes of nature, disrupting insect life and imperilling food supplies, a new study suggests. The potentially hugely significant research - funded by the blue-chip US National Science Foundation - has found that gases...
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Clashes Kill 6 in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraqi Officials Say
BAGHDAD -- Clashes spread from the Sadr City district to another Shiite militia stronghold in Baghdad on Sunday as fighting left at least six people dead, including two children, officials said. The gunbattles occurred hours after anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr warned he would declare war if the...
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Afghans to Probe Whether U.S. Used Depleted Uranium
KABUL - The Afghan government plans to investigate whether the United States used depleted uranium during its invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and if it might be linked to malformed babies born afterwards. Parts of Afghanistan, particularly the mountainous region of Tora Bora in the east -- the...
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Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand
In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay. The detention center had just been branded "the gulag of our times" by Amnesty International, there were new allegations of abuse from United Nations human rights experts and calls were mounting...
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Saturday, April 19, 2008
Green Product Seals Are Gray Area
Arm & Hammer is selling fabric softener sheets that it says are "more sensible for the environment." Gillette makes cans of shaving gel that carry a little icon of a globe and promise "no CFCs." Even giant Wal-Mart has an "Earth friendly" section of its Web site, offering organic cotton...
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President Is Rebuffed on Program for Children
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration violated federal law last year when it restricted states' ability to provide health insurance to children of middle-income families, and its new policy is therefore unenforceable, lawyers from the Government Accountability Office said Friday. The ruling...
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Probe Sought of Whether Israel Targeted Media Crew
NEW YORK - A leading human rights group called on Friday for an independent investigation into the death of a Reuters cameraman and other civilians in Gaza this week, saying Israeli forces may have targeted the media. Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana, a 23-year-old Palestinian, was killed in the Gaza...
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Top Bush Aides Pushed for Guantánamo Torture
Senior Officials Bypassed Army Chief to Introduce Interrogation Methods
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Friday, April 18, 2008
Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Hunger bashed in the front gate of Haiti's presidential palace. Hunger poured onto the streets, burning tires and taking on soldiers and the police. Hunger sent the country's prime minister packing. Haiti's hunger, that burn in the belly that so many here feel, has become...
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University Crowd Cheers Sheehan
SAN MARCOS - Disillusioned but not discouraged, peace activist turned congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan last night took her fight against the Iraq war and the Washington establishment to Cal State San Marcos, where she received a standing ovation. Sheehan, the mother of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan...
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Iraqi Troops Abandon Position
BAGHDAD -- A company of government troops in Sadr City retreated when they came under attack from Shiite militiamen who used the cover of a sandstorm, police said Friday. The clashes overnight killed two people and injured nine, a police commander said. The officer, who spoke on condition of...
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Democratic Debate Sparks Viewers' Own Angry Debate
Things may have gotten nasty on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, but Barack Obama saw the "gotcha" tenor of the Democratic presidential debate as a preview of what is in store for the general election campaign. And thousands of viewers, for their part, considered it an outrage. For nearly an hour,...
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Tank Shell That Sprays Deadly Darts Killed Cameraman in Gaza, Say Doctors
GAZA - Bordered by lemon trees on one side and an olive grove on the other, the country lane leading to Joher Al Dik, where Fadel Shana was killed doing his job, was all but deserted yesterday afternoon. But two teenage boys from the Nusseirat refugee camp displayed half a dozen of the dull, black...
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Ottawa Told US Khadr Transfer 'Inappropriate'
Canada Asked Americans Not to Place Accused Teen Terrorist in Guantanamo Prison Because of his Age
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But What Is Good About Biofuels?
BERLIN - The German government decision two weeks back against increased use of biofuels was based on technical reasons -- more than three millions vehicles cannot burn biofuels without risking engine breakdown. But this reason might be the least important of all. Environmental experts have been...
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Petraeus Hid Maliki Resistance to US Troops in Basra
WASHINGTON - In testimony before Congressional committees last week, Gen. David Petraeus portrayed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's late March offensive in Basra as a poorly planned effort that departed from what U.S. officials had expected. What Petraeus did not reveal is that al-Maliki was...
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Carter Calls Gaza Blockade a Crime and Atrocity
CAIRO - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter called the blockade of Gaza a crime and an atrocity on Thursday and said U.S. attempts to undermine the Islamist movement Hamas had been counterproductive. Speaking at the American University in Cairo after talks with Hamas leaders from Gaza, Carter said...
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Pentagon Institute Calls Iraq War 'a Major Debacle' with Outcome 'in Doubt'
WASHINGTON - The war in Iraq has become "a major debacle" and the outcome "is in doubt" despite improvements in security from the buildup in U.S. forces, according to a highly critical study published Thursday by the Pentagon's premier military educational institute. The report released by the...
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Report Faults US Strategy on Pakistan
Sees Failure to Curb Havens for Terrorists
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
White House Delay on Ship Speed Limit Endangers Whales
The North Atlantic right whale, one of the most endangered mammals, is in danger of extinction because the Bush administration has, so far, refused to impose measures to protect the creatures from being hit by ships near busy US ports. Plans for a speed limit on shipping during the whales'...
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Coca-Cola, Other Corporations Face Critics For Olympics Support
It is getting tougher to be a global brand these days. Just ask Coke. As one of the most prominent sponsors of the Olympics, Coca-Cola found itself on the hot seat on Wednesday at its annual shareholder meeting in Wilmington, Del. Outside, protesters chanted and waved picket signs. Inside, they...
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McCain's Vietnam Lessons Unlearned?
WASHINGTON - Throughout a long career in politics, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain has had his foreign policy shaped by his and the United States' experience in the Vietnam War. But that shaping has been very dynamic -- not beholden to any one particular lesson of the...
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Israel Doesn't Want to Know Carter Any More
JERUSALEM - Three decades after he brokered the first-ever peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has become persona non grata in the Jewish state. Both Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defence Minister Ehud Barak refused to meet with him during his four-...
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Fair Trade Is Not Easy
BRUSSELS - From its humble beginnings in the 1950s, the fair trade movement has gone from selling coffee at left-wing political meetings to having whole sections devoted to its fruit and chocolate products in European supermarkets. The last five years have been especially buoyant; after witnessing...
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US Forces Release Iraqi Photographer After Two Years Without Charge
US forces yesterday released an Iraqi photographer who had been held without charge for two years on suspicion of aiding insurgents in a case that highlighted the dangers facing the media in a war zone. Bilal Hussein, 36, who works for the Associated Press news agency, had been in US custody since...
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Virgin CEO Calls Net Neutrality 'Bollocks'; Boycotts Threatened
Virgin Media is facing a possible boycott after its chief executive Neil Berkett described net neutrality as "a load of bollocks" and appeared to suggest that companies could pay for a stronger internet presence. Berkett said in an interview in Television magazine that the company is already in...
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Cleric Sadr Key Player In Helping Poor Iraqis: Report
The anti-U.S. movement of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is now Iraq's main humanitarian organization helping needy Iraqis, a relief group said in a report that is certain to cause concern in Washington. In the report published on Tuesday, Refugees International said Sadr's Mehdi Army militia as...
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Executions Resume In US After Supreme Court Lethal Injection Ruling
The US supreme court yesterday cleared the way for executions to resume when it ruled that the lethal injection procedure used in Kentucky does not violate the American constitution's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment". The 7-2 ruling means that an informal moratorium on executions in place...
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Pentagon Records Detail Prisoner Abuse by US Military
Military interrogators assaulted Afghan detainees in 2003, using investigation methods they learned during self-defense training, Pentagon documents released Wednesday show. Detainees at the Gardez Detention Facility in southeastern Afghanistan reported being made to kneel outside in wet clothing...
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