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Wednesday, April 9, 2008
As Prices Rise, Farmers Spurn Conservation
Out on the farm, the ducks and pheasants are losing ground. Thousands of farmers are taking their fields out of the government's biggest conservation program, which pays them not to cultivate. They are spurning guaranteed annual payments for a chance to cash in on the boom in wheat, soybeans, corn...
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Memo Proves Detention Is Illegal, Attorneys Say
An accused "enemy combatant" told an appellate court yesterday that a controversial Justice Department memorandum exploring the legal boundaries of military interrogations proves that his detention was illegal. Attorneys for Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a Qatari national the government calls an al-...
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US President Gets An Earful From Afghan Governors
WASHINGTON - Eight Afghan governors met Tuesday with US President George W. Bush to tell him a few unpleasant truths about the plight of their country as coalition forces fight terrorists and the Taliban. While grateful for the overthrow of the Taliban regime and the changes taking place since 2001...
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Venezuela Outlaws Trawl Fishing
CARACAS - Trawl fishing is on its way out in Venezuela, amid demonstrations by artisanal fisherfolk who support the new law as amended by President Hugo Chavez. "Trawling is killing off fish species. In our case, we fish with hooks, catch a pargo (sea bream), try again, catch a mero (grouper), and...
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Drilling Proposed For Whale Habitat
The Bush administration has proposed allowing oil and gas drilling in an area of the Bering Sea considered important for the recovery of the world's most endangered whale. The proposal opening up 5.6 million acres off the Alaska coast to energy development was published Tuesday in the Federal...
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Irish Anti-War Activist Refused Entry Into The United States
An anti-war activist, who was acquitted of causing damage to a US military jet at Shannon Airport in 2003, has been deported from the United States. 27 year old Damien Moran, an English teacher and former seminarian originally from Co Offaly, was refused entry to the US by Homeland Security agents...
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Palestine's War of Words
Since Hamas took over control of the Gaza Strip the political schism between the main Palestinian parties has had clear geographical boundaries. The Listening Post's Salah Kadr looks at the equally fierce propaganda battle taking place on the airwaves and presses of the media. When Hamas forces...
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Former Bush Administration Lawyer Asked to Testify Before Congress
The Bush administration lawyer who provided a legal basis for the brutal interrogation tactics used by the US military and CIA was called to account today by congressional Democrats. John Yoo, now a law professor at the University of California, was asked to appear before the judiciary committee in...
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In Justice Shift, Corporate Deals Replace Trials
WASHINGTON - In 2005, federal authorities concluded that a Monsanto consultant had visited the home of an Indonesian official and, with the approval of a senior company executive, handed over an envelope stuffed with hundred-dollar bills. The money was meant as a bribe to win looser environmental...
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Protesters Drawn To Olympic Flame In San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- - It was supposed to be on a "Journey of Harmony," but the Olympic torch celebrating the Beijing Summer Games slinked into the city before dawn Tuesday, dogged by controversy both here and abroad. As activists and police readied for a chaotic torch relay expected to produce mass...
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008
At Justice, New Pressure To Release Documents
At his confirmation hearing last October, attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey assured senators that "there isn't going to be any stonewalling" over congressional requests on his watch. Key lawmakers are now calling on the Justice Department to live up to that promise. The release last week...
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Scientific Models Show Dire Effects From Nuclear War (Even A 'Small' One)
With India and Pakistan both holding arsenals of nuclear weapons, and the two nations locked in seemingly endless hostility over disputed Kashmir, a team of U.S. experts warns that even a limited nuclear war between them could cause a near-global threat to the Earth's atmosphere and the human life...
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Government Sued After Approving 4 Pesticides
Environmental and farmworker advocates have sued the Bush administration for allowing the continued use of four pesticides, saying the government brushed aside its own findings that the chemicals are dangerous to workers, children and wildlife. The suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in San...
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Challenges Arise to Border Fence Project
Securing the nation's borders is so important, Congress says, that Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, must have the power to ignore any laws that stand in the way of building a border fence. Any laws at all. Last week, Mr. Chertoff issued waivers suspending more than 30 laws he said...
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Iranian Public Sees Reduced US Threat
WASHINGTON - While still distrustful of U.S. intentions, the Iranian public believes that the threat posed by Washington has diminished over the past year and favours increased exchanges between the two countries, including direct talks on stabilising Iraq and other issues, according to a major new...
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Oil PeakTheorist Warns of Chaos, War
WASHINGTON -- Matt Simmons sounds the alarm like the Cassandra of the oil industry, warning that crude production has peaked and that looming energy shortages could derail global growth and even spark armed conflict. As a prominent "peak oil" theorist, the veteran oil industry financier paints a...
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UN Peace Missions Falter in Africa
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations remains virtually crippled as two proposed peacekeeping missions -- one in Darfur and the other in Somalia -- are making little or no progress. Since 2004, the Security Council has adopted seven resolutions related to Darfur, where the ongoing conflict has...
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Secret US Plan For Military Future In Iraq
A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country. The draft strategic framework agreement between the US and Iraqi governments, dated March 7 and marked "secret" and...
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UN Expert On Israel/Palestine Stands By Nazi Comparison
The next UN investigator into Israeli conduct in the occupied territories has stood by comments comparing Israeli actions in Gaza to those of the Nazis. Speaking to the BBC, Professor Richard Falk said he believed that up to now Israel had been successful in avoiding the criticism that it was due...
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US Lawmakers Invested in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars
WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers have a financial interest in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a review of their accounts has revealed. Members of Congress invested nearly 196 million dollars of their own money in companies that receive hundreds of millions of dollars a day from Pentagon...
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CIA Rendered 14 Prisoners to Jordan: Report
The CIA secretly transported at least 14 war on terror detainees to Jordan between 2001 and 2004, making it the top "rendition" destination at that time, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. "While a handful of countries received persons rendered by the United States during this period, no other...
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Monday, April 7, 2008
Blackwater Contract Renewal Not Approved by Iraq: Maliki
BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said the the US State Department had renewed the contract of private security company Blackwater USA without the approval of the Baghdad government. Blackwater is the most controversial of several private security firms tasked with protecting high-...
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Foreclosures Come To McMansion Country
LEESBURG, Virginia - Million-dollar fixer-upper for sale: five bedrooms, four baths, three-car garage, cavernous living room. Big holes above fireplace where flat-screen TV used to hang.The U.S. housing crisis has come to McMansion country. Just as the foreclosure crisis has hollowed out poorer...
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Food Riots Fear After Rice Price Hits A High
A global rice shortage that has seen prices of one of the world's most important staple foods increase by 50 per cent in the past two weeks alone is triggering an international crisis, with countries banning export and threatening serious punishment for hoarders. With rice stocks at their lowest...
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Execution By Lethal Injection Under Renewed Scrutiny
Most US states that permit lethal-injection executions prevent veterinarians from using the same method to put animals down, according to a new study. One of the three drugs injected into condemned prisoners, the one that causes paralysis, has been banned from use in animals by at least 42 states,...
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Navy Sonar Blamed For Death of Beaked Whales Found Washed Up In The Hebrides
Anti-submarine sonar may have killed a group of whales found dead in the Hebrides in one of Britain's most unusual strandings, scientists believe. Five Cuvier's beaked whales, a species rarely seen in British waters, were discovered on beaches in the Western Isles on succeeding days in February...
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Petraeus Testimony to Defend False "Proxy War" Line
WASHINGTON - A key objective of the Congressional testimony by Gen. David Petraeus this week will be to defend the George W. Bush administration's strategic political line that it is fighting an Iranian "proxy war" in Iraq. Based on preliminary indications of his spin on the surprisingly effective...
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Iraqi Widows, Orphans Left Stranded
The car exploded near a popular ice cream parlor, sending flames and shrapnel through the busy square and killing 17 people. It was another deadly explosion quickly forgotten by the outside world. But Aug. 1, 2007, changed the life of 28-year-old Maysa Sharif. It was the day she became one of...
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Evicted Chagos Islanders Get Blueprint For A Longed-For Future
It is nearly 40 years since the Chagos islanders were evicted by the British government from their Indian Ocean home, but the legal battle aimed at giving them the right to return is still continuing. This week, in the House of Lords, a resettlement plan for the islanders will be symbolically...
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Climate Target Is Not Radical Enough - Study
One of the world's leading climate scientists warns today that the EU and its international partners must urgently rethink targets for cutting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere because of fears they have grossly underestimated the scale of the problem. In a startling reappraisal of the threat, James...
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Sunday, April 6, 2008
Army Faces New Torture Claims Over Arrest of Shia Leader
The testament of a respected Shia elder, aged 70, suggests brutal treatment of civilians is still continuing
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Tom Lewis, One of 'Catonsville Nine,' Dies After Life of Activism
Forty years ago next month, Tom Lewis and eight other Vietnam War protesters strode into the offices of U.S. Selective Service Board 33 in Catonsville and left a mark on history. The "Catonsville Nine" emptied file cabinets, hauled 600 draft records into the parking lot and burned them with...
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Gaza Running on Near Empty
GAZA CITY - Ayman Eid stands as motionless as his orange Hyundai taxi. Never mind taking a passenger somewhere, Ayman has no idea how he will ever get home. The queue at the petrol station seems endless. Drivers have run out of petrol even to queue up in their cars; they just queue up themselves,...
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Saturday, April 5, 2008
Questions in Portugal About CIA Flights to Guantánamo
LISBON - Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates and his predecessor José Manuel Barroso should answer "clearly and transparently" questions about secret CIA flights transporting prisoners to Guantánamo, says British lawyer and activist Clive Stafford Smith. Speaking to the press in Lisbon...
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US Military Charges Civilian Contractor in Iraq
BAGHDAD - The United States military announced on Saturday it had charged a civilian contractor in Iraq under U.S. military law for the first time. Alaa Mohammad Ali is accused of stabbing another contractor, the military said in a statement. It did not specify his nationality. The statement said...
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New Heat on Bush Environment Chief
SAN FRANCISCO - Amid new calls for the resignation of George W. Bush's top environment official, 12 states and 11 non-profit groups went to court this week accusing the Bush administration of refusing to comply with an environmental order handed down a year ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. "It has...
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Iraqis Angered by Renewal of Blackwater Contract
BAGHDAD - Iraqis expressed anger on Saturday at news the United States had renewed the contract of Blackwater, a private security firm blamed for killing up to 17 people in a shooting incident last year. "Renewing this contract means we will see this sort of thing again in the streets," Abbas...
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Friday, April 4, 2008
Marchers Prepare to Honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on 40th Anniversary of Assassination
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - On the 40th anniversary of his assassination, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is to be honored as a champion of peace in the city where he died. "Here was a man who understood nonviolence at a depth that I had never known before," said C.T. Vivian, a former King associate...
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Chevron Could Pay Billions In Ecuador Suit
A court-appointed expert in Ecuador has recommended that Chevron Corp. pay $7 billion to $16 billion if it loses a marathon lawsuit over oil-field contamination in the Amazon rain forest. The estimate, contained in a report filed Tuesday in an Ecuadoran court, marks the latest twist in a bitterly...
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Hu Jia: Human Rights Activist Jailed As Struggle Resonates
As far as Hu Jia was concerned, the door to his apartment was always open to fellow Chinese who shared his desire for greater freedom, foreign friends, or activists with issues to discuss. But it was always a question of when, not if, the Communist Party would lock up Mr Hu, China's most famous...
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American Songbirds Are Being Wiped Out by Banned Pesticides
The number of migratory songbirds returning to North America has gone into sharp decline due to the unregulated use of highly toxic pesticides and other chemicals across Latin America. Ornithologists blame the demand for out-of-season fruit and vegetables and other crops in North America and Europe...
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Super Fund Blacklists Cluster Bomb Makers
The Government's New Zealand Superannuation fund has turned its back on investing in companies which make cluster bombs, the fund's guardians said today. This follows the signing at a Wellington conference in February of the draft of an internationally binding treaty banning the use of cluster...
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Tortoises Give Way To Tanks in Desert
Reptiles must be moved to allow Army training
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Wanted - Homes For Small Island People
BANGKOK - A rapidly warming planet may soon create a new class of refugees -- those fleeing climate change in their homelands. Tuvalu is showing signs of such a dire prospect. The Pacific island nation of some 12,000 people has already appealed to the governments of Australia and New Zealand to...
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2 Groups to Help Defend Detainees at Guantánamo
WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union and one of the country's leading lawyers' groups, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said Thursday that they had assembled experienced teams of lawyers to defend some of the most notorious detainees at Guantánamo, including Khalid...
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Somalia Called 'World's Most Neglected Crisis'
UNITED NATIONS - A leading humanitarian group is calling for the United Nations Security Council to take additional measures to help about 1 million Somalis who have been rendered homeless by the ongoing armed conflict in their country. In releasing a new report this week, the U.S.-based Refugees...
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Study: U.S. Droughts Endanger Canada's Water
OTTAWA - Increasing droughts in the United States and American unhappiness over NAFTA mean Canada could one day be forced to allow bulk shipments of water to its giant neighbor, a left-leaning think tank said on Thursday. The Polaris Institute demanded that Canada pass a law banning the bulk export...
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The Great Carbon Con: Can Offsetting Really Help To Save The Planet?
It all started with Sting, this fad for owning one's very own patch of tropical rainforest, though it is probably unfair to blame him entirely for creating the boom industry that buying up forests piecemeal has become. It is 20 years since the musician first set foot in Brazil and pledged to fight...
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Landmines In Pakistan Ruin Lives, Leave Hundreds Dead
PESHAWAR, 4 April 2008 (IRIN) - Palvasha Ahmed and her two younger sisters know all too well the risks posed by landmines. "Our cousin, Maryum Ahmed, 19, was injured by a landmine nearly a year ago in her village in South Waziristan. She lost her right foot and now goes around on a crutch. No one...
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Thursday, April 3, 2008
Another KBR Rape Case
Editor's Note: Lisa Smith is a pseudonym used on request. Additional reporting by Te-Ping Chen. Research support provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute. Houston, Texas It was an early January morning in 2008 when 42-year-old Lisa Smith*, a paramedic for a defense contractor in...
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Blame Pollutants For Hike in Breast Cancer: Scientist
Culprits could be in water, air, detergents, pesticides, plastics, epidemiologist says
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Clinton on The Sidelines of Efforts To End The Iraq War
WASHINGTON - Seeking to convince voters that she can end the Iraq war, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has touted her role in the congressional effort to force President Bush to bring the troops home. "I've been working day in and day out in the Senate to provide leadership to end this war," Clinton...
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Media Wrong on Rev. Wright, Critics Say
NEW YORK - Amid the explosive controversy over remarks made in sermons by Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor, critics are charging that the U.S. mainstream media has distorted his comments, failed to understand the African American church, and sought to punish the Democratic Party presidential...
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UN Poverty Goals Face New Threats
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aimed primarily at reducing poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy, are being undermined by a rash of new problems threatening to cripple the ongoing efforts by developing nations to reach their targets by 2015. With less than seven...
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Bush's Border Fence Destroys Wilderness
The Bush administration is pushing ahead with what critics say is a final act of environmental vandalism in casting aside more than 30 laws and regulations to complete a 670-mile stretch of fence along the US-Mexico border by the end of this year. The remaining 350-mile section of the planned anti-...
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As Guantanamo Trials Near, Pentagon Limits What Can Be Reported
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba - A defense lawyer lets slip at the war court convening here that a battlefield commander changed an Afghanistan firefight report in a way that seemed to help a U.S. government murder case. Reporters hear the field commander's name but are forbidden to report it. In...
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Iraq's Sadr Calls Million-Strong March Against US
BAGHDAD - Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Thursday for 1 million Iraqis to march against U.S. "occupation" next week after his Mehdi Army militia battled U.S. and government troops. The government said it would not attempt to block the march if it was peaceful although Prime Minister Nuri...
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Oil Politics Alleged in Polar Bear Decision
Washington - California Sen. Barbara Boxer accused the Bush administration Wednesday of delaying a decision on whether to list the polar bear as an endangered species so it could finish its oil lease sales in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, where one-fifth of the world's polar bears live. "The administration...
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Memo On Illegal Searches Comes To Light
Disavowed Justice Dept. Memo Justified Warrantless Domestic Surveillance Long After 9/11
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UN Appeals For Help To Rid Iraq of Landmines
The United Nations on Thursday urged more efforts to clear Iraq of landmines, which it said threaten the population and complicate reconstruction and development projects. "In addition to insecurity, Iraqis live amidst one of the greatest concentrations of landmines, unexploded ordnance and other...
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Takes 32 Years to Answer Petition
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The nuclear energy watchdog group New England Coalition has been waiting a long time, a very long time, for the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to pay attention to its concerns. The agency has just replied to a petition concerning safety and radiation exposure that the...
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Centers Tap Into Personal Databases
Intelligence centers run by states across the country have access to personal information about millions of Americans, including unlisted cellphone numbers, insurance claims, driver's license photographs and credit reports, according to a document obtained by The Washington Post. One center also...
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Rights Advocates Press Olympic Committee
NEW YORK - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has drawn fire from one of the world's most prominent rights advocacy groups for not speaking out about the human rights situation in China. "The IOC should articulate human rights standards for host countries to end the moral void in which it...
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Environmental Rules Waived For Mexican Border Fence
Homeland Security says it will go around state and federal laws in a push to finish 670 miles along the boundary with Mexico this year.
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Torture Memo Gave White House Broad Powers
Declassified Memo Outlined Justification for Interrogation Tactics, Presidential Authority
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Gaza 'Bombshell' Took a Year To Fall
US Coup Backfires, But Most Media Outlets Unwilling to Investigate, Cover Story
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Paramilitarism Alive and Well In Colombia
BOGOTA - "If their slogan was land, dignity and peace, this time it will be terror, murder and hell," said a threat sent to human rights defenders and trade unionists who took part in a Mar. 6 march in homage to the victims of Colombia's far-right paramilitary groups. Since the march, four of the...
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Medical Chaos, Delays Cost Ill Gazans' Lives
JERUSALEM - Dozens of Gaza residents have died waiting for medical treatment because of delays in obtaining permits to enter Israel, combined with a crumbling health system in Gaza, the World Health Organization said yesterday. The UN agency listed 32 cases since October in which Gaza residents,...
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Despite Huge Media Campaign, Facts Show Massive Failure In Iraq
'Handed Over' to a Government Called Sadr
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ACLU: Military Skirting Law to Spy
NEW YORK - The military is using the FBI to skirt legal restrictions on domestic surveillance to obtain private records of Americans' Internet service providers, financial institutions and telephone companies, the ACLU said Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union based its conclusion on a...
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Duke Power Protesters Arrested, Stunned With Tasers
Rutherford County, N.C. - Some environmental activists used the April 1 holiday to try to prove a point, and some of them were arrested and stunned with Taser guns in the process. Activists nationwide refer to April 1 as Fossil Fools Day, and they protested the use of fossil fuels in several...
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Ecuador Sues Colombia to Stop Anti-Coca Herbicide Spray
THE HAGUE, The Netherlands- The government of Ecuador today filed suit at the International Court of Justice against the government of Colombia, in an effort to stop or restrict aerial anti-coca spraying that has allegedly sickened people on the Ecuadorean side of the border and harmed livestock,...
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Bedouin Resist Israeli Plan to Build Jewish Towns on Ancestral Lands
WADI SA'AWA, Israel - There's no street sign on the dirt road leading to Hassan al Finesh's corrugated tin shack in Israel's rolling southern desert, only a large concrete block with a spray-painted warning: "Danger - Firing Area. Entrance Forbidden." Finesh and his extended Bedouin family didn't...
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Poor Nations Fear Being Left In Cold On Global Warming
BANGKOK - Outraged poor nations bearing the brunt of global warming have become increasingly bold in UN-led climate talks, but some worry that recent meetings of large countries are sidelining their voices. A grouping of 192 countries under the United Nations is leading the way in negotiating a...
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USA 2008: The Great Depression
Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US. In the era of the credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive a sure sign the world's richest country faces economic crisis
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Doctors Support Universal Health Care: Survey
WASHINGTON - More than half of U.S. doctors now favor switching to a national health care plan and fewer than a third oppose the idea, according to a survey published on Monday. The survey suggests that opinions have changed substantially since the last survey in 2002 and as the country debates...
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A 'Perfect Storm' of Hunger
The U.N.'s World Food Program is struggling as costs of food and fuel skyrocket while the numbers of people needing help surge across the globe. Millions are in danger.
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Demands For Crackdown On Biofuels Scam
US 'splash and dash' loophole undermines climate change fight
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Embarrassed US Starts to Disown Basra Operation
WASHINGTON, Mar 31 (IPS) - As it became clear last week that the "Operation Knights Assault" in Basra was in serious trouble, the George W. Bush administration began to claim in off-the-record statements to journalists that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had launched the operation without...
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Corporate Hall of Shame: A Contest for the Biggest Loser
NEW YORK - Toyota, the world's largest automaker, is facing the wrath of U.S. green groups and corporate watchdogs for its constant opposition to legislative proposals aimed at increasing fuel efficiency standards in California and other states. "Toyota could be a real dark-horse contender in this...
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'Fossil Fools' Protests Target Oil Industry
NEW YORK, Mar 31 - Green groups are planning to celebrate April Fools Day Tuesday with a variety of actions designed to embarrass oil industry bosses gathering in Washington. "Our political and corporate leaders have been fooling around with our future by refusing to take the bold action needed to...
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Monday, March 31, 2008
More Than 1,500 March For Immigrants
Day of celebration honors Cesar Chavez, as participants call for changes in immigration law, respect for workers
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Killing Fields Photographer Dith Pran dies
The Cambodian photographer whose life story under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime was recreated in the film The Killing Fields has died in New Jersey. Dith Pran, 65, had been ill with pancreatic cancer. His death was announced yesterday by Sydney Schanberg, a former New York Times correspondent who...
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Czech PM Says US Radar Deal Almost Ready: Paper
PRAGUE - An agreement on building part of a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic is almost ready for signing, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek was quoted as saying on Monday. The United States wants to build a radar in the Czech Republic and place interceptor rockets in Poland as...
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"Kyoto II" Climate Talks Open in Bangkok
BANGKOK - The first formal talks in the long process of drawing up a replacement for the Kyoto climate change pact opened in Thailand on Monday with appeals to a common human purpose to defeat global warming. "The world is waiting for a solution that is long-term and economically viable," U.N...
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Mike Hayden, Just A Regular Guy, Thinks Iran Developing Nuclear Weapon
CIA Director Joins List of Administration Officials Who Publicly Contradict NIE, IAEA Reports
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Iranian General Played Key Role in Brokering Iraq Cease-Fire
BAGHDAD - Iraqi lawmakers traveled to the Iranian holy city of Qom over the weekend to win the support of the commander of Iran's Qods brigades in persuading Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr to order his followers to stop military operations, members of the Iraqi parliament said. Sadr ordered the halt...
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Gore Launches Ambitious Advocacy Campaign on Climate
Former vice president Al Gore will launch a three-year, $300 million campaign Wednesday aimed at mobilizing Americans to push for aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, a move that ranks as one of the most ambitious and costly public advocacy campaigns in U.S. history. The Alliance for...
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British Human Rights Watchdog Questions 42-day Terror Law
The government's own human rights watchdog threatened last night to launch a legal challenge to Labour's plan to introduce a law that would let police detain terror suspects without charge for 42 days. The Equality and Human Rights Commission says the key part of the counter-terrorism bill goes...
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Divided Arabs Deliver Little To Iraqis
DAMASCUS - The Arab summit held in Damascus over this weekend has convinced many Iraqis that Arab leaders do not speak for them. More than anything done or not, the very absence of many Arab leaders at the summit has left displaced Iraqis here angry. "It was a disappointment to us that some Arab...
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Anti-Landmine Campaigners Target War Robots
Campaigners says deploying autonomous murderous robots is not a smart idea
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Sunday, March 30, 2008
Civilians Killed In Air Strike, say Iraqi Police
BAGHDAD-A U.S. warplane strafed a house in the southern city of Basra, killing eight civilians, including two women and a child, Iraqi police said Saturday. The U.S. military had no immediate comment on the report, which came a day after the first American airstrikes were launched in Basra during a...
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"Earth Hour" Goes Global
LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO - The Sydney Opera House to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge went dark as people switched off lights in their homes and skylines dimmed around the world on Saturday to show concern with global warming. Up to 30 million people were expected to have turned off their lights for...
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Trapped In Their Homes, Families Fall Victim To Sickness and Hunger
It took eight years for Nur Muhammad, 35, finally to fall pregnant with the child she desperately wanted. Last week, Ali, her pride and joy, became the youngest victim of the upswing in violence. The four-month-old baby boy fell ill last Monday with a fever, the day fighting broke out in Basra, the...
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Ex-Terror Detainee Says US Tortured Him
A German resident held by the U.S. for almost five years tells 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley that Americans tortured him in many ways - including hanging him from the ceiling for five days early in his captivity when he was in Kandahar, Afghanistan.Even after determining he was not a...
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Police Arrest Anti-War Protester, 80, At Mall
An 80-year-old church deacon was removed from the Smith Haven Mall yesterday in a wheelchair and arrested by police for refusing to remove a T-shirt protesting the Iraq War. Police said that Don Zirkel, of Bethpage, was disturbing shoppers at the Lake Grove mall with his T-shirt, which had what...
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Colombian Troops Kill Farmers, Pass Off Bodies as Rebels'
SAN FRANCISCO, Colombia -- All Cruz Elena González saw when the soldiers came past her house was a corpse, wrapped in a tarp and strapped to a mule. A guerrilla killed in combat, soldiers muttered, as they trudged past her meek home in this town in northwestern Colombia. She soon learned that the...
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Saturday, March 29, 2008
Embracing A Clean Green Dream
Copenhagen aims to become the world's 'Eco-Metropole' – the lowest-emitting city on the planet, with harnessed winds, a pristine harbour and cyclists ruling the roads
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Merkel Says She Will Not Attend Opening of Beijing Olympics
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, yesterday became the first world leader to decide not to attend the Olympics in Beijing. As pressure built for concerted western protests to China over the crackdown in Tibet, EU leaders prepared to discuss the crisis for the first time today, amid a rift over...
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Charges Dropped Against Marine In Haditha Case
LOS ANGELES - Military prosecutors dropped all charges on Friday against a Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children at Haditha in 2005, abruptly dismissing the case on the eve of trial with little explanation. Lance Cpl Stephen B. Tatum became the fifth Haditha defendant out of...
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