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Saturday, March 29, 2008
Taser Use Soars as Concerns Mount Over Safety
VANCOUVER - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has doubled its use of Taser stun guns since 2005, according to an investigation by CBC and the Canadian Press. The RCMP has also been found to be less than forthright in producing information related to Taser incidents. The use of Tasers by...
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Friday, March 28, 2008
U.K. Admits Breaching Human Rights Convention Over Detainee's Death
The government is to admit "substantive breaches" of the European Convention on Human Rights over the death and torture of Iraqi civilians in the custody of British soldiers, Des Browne, the defence secretary, revealed yesterday. The admission, which could cost the Ministry of Defence millions of...
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Bush Likely to Delay Planned Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq
George Bush signaled yesterday that he was likely to suspend the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq this summer because of fears that the country might return to the levels of violence witnessed last year. Speaking as a three-day curfew was imposed on Baghdad and as fighting continued for a third...
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A Day in a Guantanamo Detainee's Life
Predictability, covert communication and isolation are hallmarks.
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Comcast Changes Tune, Won't Block Large Files; Critics Pleased, But Skeptical
SAN FRANCISCO -- Comcast Corp. promised Thursday that it would not discriminate against specific Internet traffic on its network, ending its controversial practice of targeting and blocking file-sharing technologies from San Francisco's BitTorrent Inc. and others. The nation's largest cable TV and...
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U.S.-Led Coalition Forces Bomb Shiite Militia in Basra
BASRA, Iraq - US-led coalition warplanes dropped bombs on Shiite militia positions in Basra overnight, directly entering the fray for the first time since the Iraqi army launched a crackdown in the southern city, a British military spokesman said on Friday. Two bombing missions were carried out...
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As Uranium Firms Eye New Mexico, Navajos Are Wary
AMBROSIA LAKE, N.M. -- Twenty years after uranium mining ceased in New Mexico amid plummeting prices for the ore, global warming and the soaring cost of oil are renewing interest in nuclear power -- and in the state's uranium belt. At least five companies are seeking state permits to mine the...
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Report: Local Control Saves Forests
NEW YORK - There will likely be fewer wildfires and more trees for future generations if loggers abide by a set of international rules on forest management, says a new study by independent environmentalists. In releasing the 18-page study, the New York-based Rainforest Alliance said minimal...
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Stalled Assault on Basra Exposes the Iraqi Government's Shaky Authority
The Iraqi army's offensive against the Shia militia of the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Basra is failing to make significant headway despite a pledge by the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to fight "to the end". Instead of being a show of strength, the government's stalled assault is...
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Earth Hour Turns Spotlight on Emissions
Earth Hour may see people switch off their lights for just one hour on Saturday night, but organisers believe the environmental message will be everlasting. The event, in which some of the world's major cities will be temporarily plunged into darkness, is hoped to spotlight the global need to...
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Tapes' Destruction Hovers Over Detainee Cases
WASHINGTON - When officers from the Central Intelligence Agency destroyed hundreds of hours of videotapes documenting harsh interrogations in 2005, they may have believed they were freeing the government and themselves from potentially serious legal trouble. But nearly four months after the...
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Governments Ever More Draconian, Group Says
NEW YORK - One of the Arab world's most widely respected non-governmental organizations is charging that at least 14 Middle East and North African governments are systematically violating the civil liberties of their citizens -- and most of them are close U.S. allies in the war on terror. In a...
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Net Neutrality's Quiet Crusader
Free Press's Ben Scott Faces Down Titans, Regulators in Battle Over Internet Control
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
McCain Under Fire Over Environment Record
John McCain's reputation as a fighter against climate change has come under fire from some US green activists who charge the Republican nominee with neglecting his commitment to the environment. Twice in the last three months, the US Senate has come within one vote of overturning $1.7bn in tax...
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Fever Named After Blackwater
FALLUJAH - Iraqi doctors in al-Anbar province warn of a new disease they call "Blackwater" that threatens the lives of thousands. The disease is named after Blackwater Worldwide, the U.S. mercenary company operating in Iraq. "This disease is a severe form of malarial infection caused by the...
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Refugees Fear Return to Afghanistan
PESHAWAR - The countdown has begun for Afghan refugees to vacate the Jalozai camp, 35 km east of this border city in Pakistan. An estimated 88,000-registered refugees, many of whom have lived here for close to three decades, have been told to leave. Pakistani authorities said bulldozers will...
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Gaza: Flowers, Strawberries, and Missiles
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza - Just 300 yards from the hidden eyes in the Israeli tank, Ahmed Felfel picks his strawberries. But it isn't the Israelis in the tank who worry him as much as those others who will not let him sell them. Earlier, it was flowers grown in Gaza and then fed to camels because the...
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Canada's High Court Weighs Guantanamo Detainee Case
Canada's Supreme Court weighed arguments Wednesday from lawyers seeking intelligence documents for the defense of a Canadian terror suspect held at the US Guantanamo Bay prison since he was 15. Lawyers for Omar Khadr, who is now 21, say they need the documents to make their case at the terror...
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At Boston Hearing, Lawyers Press Case of Guantanamo Detainees
Two local lawyers told a congressional subcommittee yesterday at a hearing in Boston that the federal government is unlawfully detaining their clients at the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison facility. "These are detainees who have been cleared for release by the US government - for some, years...
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Angola To Host Landmine Pageant
Landmine victims are to take part in a beauty contest in Angola, where tens of thousands have been injured by mines. The pageant has been organised by Angola's de-mining commission, and aims to restore the confidence of victims and raise awareness of their plight. Millions of mines were planted in...
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West Bank Faces Toxic Waste Crisis
The West Bank has become a dumping site for hazardous waste - which is making residents sick, say Israeli and Palestinian environmental groups. Several weeks ago, villagers from Jima'in in the Nablus district complained that Israeli trucks were again dumping waste on Palestinian land. Ayman Abu...
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Million Acres of Guyanese Rainforest To Be Saved In Groundbreaking Deal
A deal has been agreed that will place a financial value on rainforests - paying, for the first time, for their upkeep as "utilities" that provide vital services such as rainfall generation, carbon storage and climate regulation. The agreement, to be announced tomorrow in New York, will secure the...
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Florida Legislature Makes Formal Apology For Slavery
In a watershed moment in Florida's race relations, a solemn state Legislature on Wednesday apologized for the Florida's long history of slavery, expressing "profound regret for the shameful chapter in this state's history." Described as a bid for "reconciliation and healing," the House this...
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Pakistan's New Leaders Tell US: We Are No Longer Your Killing Field
· Visiting envoys earn cold reception from coalition · PM wants new approach to fight Islamic extremism
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Iraq Implodes As Shia Fights Shia
Another tragedy as the Shia majority turn on each other
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Israel Still Hampering Efforts to Clear Unexploded Ordnance - UNMACC
SOUTH LEBANON: Nearly a year and a half after the 2006 war with Israel came to an end, efforts to clear South Lebanon of unexploded ordnance are still being hampered by Israel's refusal to provide key information to the United Nations, the UN Mine Action Coordination Center's (UNMACC) media and...
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Ice Shrink In Arctic Sea May Attract Oil Firms
OSLO - Winter sea ice around a Norwegian Arctic island has thinned to less than one meter (3 feet) since the 1960s, according to a study on Tuesday of a region that may be more attractive to oil firms because of climate change. The Norwegian Polar Institute said ice around Hopen island southeast of...
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Bush Administration Seeks Libya Waiver For Terror Statute
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is asking Congress to exempt Libya from a law allowing terrorism victims to seize the U.S. assets of state sponsors of the attacks. The law was part of a defense policy bill that President Bush signed in January. The bill's passage had been held up over Bush's...
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Spy-In-The-Sky Drone Sets Sights on Miami
MIAMI - Miami police could soon be the first in the United States to use cutting-edge, spy-in-the-sky technology to beef up their fight against crime. A small pilotless drone manufactured by Honeywell International, capable of hovering and "staring" using electro-optic or infrared sensors, is...
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Land Deal Could Open Alaska Wildlife Refuge To Oil
ANCHORAGE - A controversial land swap proposal could open portions of an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, dividing Alaska natives and stoking opposition from environmentalists seeking to protect the bears, moose and birds that live there. Supporters of the plan to exchange land in the Yukon...
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Oscar Winner Plans Abu Ghraib Photo Site
Since Abu Ghraib first came to the world's attention in 2004, nearly 300 photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse have been shown to the public. But soon an enormous archive of new material - including more than 1,500 other photos, unredacted court papers and interview transcripts - will be posted...
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Cheney Contradicts Facts and Findings Concerning Iran's Nuclear Goals
BEIRUT -- Vice President Dick Cheney charged in an interview released Tuesday that Iran is trying to develop weapons-grade uranium, though international inspectors and U.S. intelligence services have not found evidence of such an effort. "Obviously, they're also heavily involved in trying to...
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Supreme Court Hears War-On-Terrorism Cases
Justices sound as if they will rule on the side of the Bush administration in case of the 'Millennium Bomber' and a US citizen who was arrested by US forces in Iraq.
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Nuclear Power Debate Heats Up
MADRID - French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown are about to agree on a new generation of nuclear power plants in London this week, and plan to export the technology to the rest of the world, according to unconfirmed reports. Downing Street has refrained from...
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Sadr Offensive Shows Failure of Petraeus Strategy
WASHINGTON - The escalation of fighting between Mahdi Army militiamen and their Shiite rivals, which could mark the end of Moqtada al-Sadr's self-imposed ceasefire, also exposes Gen. David Petraeus's strategy for controlling Sadr's forces as a failure. Petraeus reacted immediately to Sunday's...
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Terrified Afghan Civilians Flee NATO Bombings
KABUL - Jumakhan Said Muhammad was working on his land when he first heard the planes. "I looked up," the farmer from Musa Qala, in the southern Helmand province, says. "Suddenly a plane flew by and I saw smoke rising from my house, which was down the road. "Muhammad ran towards his home, where...
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Giant Antarctic Ice Shelf Breaks Into The Sea
A vast hunk of floating ice has broken away from the Antarctic peninsula, threatening the collapse of a much larger ice shelf behind it, in a development that has shocked climate scientists. Satellite images show that about 160 square miles of the Wilkins ice shelf has been lost since the end of...
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
China Slams Jail Door on Olympic Dissent
BEIJING-In the darkest of ironies, as the Olympic torch was lit in Athens yesterday, a court in China sentenced a man to five years in prison after he dared to say the principle of human rights is more important than the Olympic Games. Unemployed former factory worker, Yang Chunlin, 54, gathered...
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US Jaguars Threatened by Mexico Border Fence
SANTA RITA MOUNTAINS, Arizona - Jaguar biologist Emil McCain stoops over a remote-sensing camera attached to a tree in these rugged mountains a few miles to the north of the Arizona-Mexico border. The researcher is checking for images of a handful of extremely rare jaguars that prowl up from Mexico...
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UN: End Abuse of Afghan Women
Jamila was married off when she was seven years old. Subjected to brutal beatings for nine years by her husband, she approached her father-in-law for help. For this "shame," a family member shot her in the leg. During a rare visit to her parental home, she sought a divorce. A jirga, or assembly of...
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Scorned Trash Pickers Become Global Environmental Force
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - As the world scrambles to save dwindling resources and halt global warming, a long-scorned population is becoming the latest hope in the environmental battle. The unsung heroes are the impoverished trash pickers who fill the streets of countless cities around the...
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Is 'Success' of US Surge In Iraq About To Unravel?
BAGHDAD - A cease-fire critical to the improved security situation in Iraq appeared to unravel Monday when a militia loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al Sadr began shutting down neighborhoods in west Baghdad and issuing demands of the central government. Simultaneously, in the...
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Britain Is World's 7th Most Stable and Prosperous Nation; US at 22nd
The United Kingdom has been ranked as one of the most stable and prosperous countries in the world, beating the United States, France and even Switzerland in a global assessment of every nation's achievements and standards. A one-year investigation and analysis of 235 countries and dependent...
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Spike in Iraq Deaths Follows Grim Milestone of Dead US troops
WASHINGTON - Civilian deaths spiked in Iraq over the past week, around the same time the United Stated marked the fifth anniversary of the war and the milestone of 4,000 US troop deaths, a US military official said. There were roughly 480 incidents of violence across Iraq last week, up five percent...
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In Slap To Musharraf, Pakistan Frees Deposed Chief Justice
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Minutes after he was confirmed in office Monday, Pakistan's new prime minister ordered the immediate release of the chief justice, whom President Pervez Musharraf had deposed and held under house arrest since November. Police quickly lifted the barricades and barbed wired...
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Mounties Zap Details From Taser Reports As Firings Soar Across Canada
OTTAWA - The RCMP is stripping crucial details about Taser firings from public reports as use of the controversial stun guns skyrockets across the country. A joint investigation by The Canadian Press and CBC found the Mounties are now refusing to divulge key information that must be recorded each...
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World Food Program Issues 'Emergency Appeal' For Funds
ROME -- With food and fuel prices soaring, the United Nations agency charged with feeding the world's hungry has launched an "extraordinary emergency appeal" to cover costs and avoid having to cut aid, a senior official said Monday. The World Food Program called on donor nations for urgent help in...
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Monday, March 24, 2008
Watchdog Group Names Top Corporate Abusers
NEW YORK - A corporate watchdog group has started a nationwide voting campaign to name and shame companies that run afoul of economic and environmental laws. Opening the polls on its Web site this week, the Boston-based Corporate Accountability International (CAI) organization urged consumers to select the "most abusive" corporations of 2008.
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For Less-Educated Workers, Good Jobs Will Be Harder to Find
WASHINGTON - The steady loss of "good jobs" by less-educated workers has left them more vulnerable to recession than at any time in nearly 30 years, and signs are mounting that a recession is either already here or coming soon. High-school dropouts and even high-school graduates who lack...
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Iraq War Protesters Disrupt Chicago Mass
Six people were arrested at Holy Name Cathedral Sunday after disrupting an Easter mass to protest the Iraq war. The group-whose female and male members identified themselves as Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War-stood up at the beginning of Cardinal Francis George's homily and shouted their...
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Kansas Governor Vetoes Plan For Coal Power Plants
WASHINGTON - In a big win for environmentalists, the Democratic governor of Kansas on Friday vetoed legislation that would have allowed a huge coal-fired power plant to expand in the state and spew 11 million more tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year. The bill, approved by the Republican-...
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Syria Now Home to a Million 'Pillow Drivers'
DAMASCUS - More than a million Iraqis in Syria cannot find work. For their idleness, they have come to be called the "pillow drivers". The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says there are at least 1.5 million Iraqi refugees in Syria. If they seek work, they will lose their...
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US Air Base Tied to Colombian Raid on FARC Camp
MANTA, Ecuador - Military and diplomatic sources see a link between the Manta air base, operated by the United States in Ecuadorean territory, and this month's bombing raid by Colombia on a FARC guerrilla camp in Ecuador. The U.S. air force was granted a 10-year concession in 1999 to use the base,...
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US Authority Failing to List Endangered Species
Bald eagles, wolves, snails, butterflies and many other species native to the US have long been at risk. Many have made it on to the country's endangered species list, but not under the Bush administration over the last two years. Conservation groups claim that Bush appointees have been...
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Echoes of 1968 Return To Haunt The Divided Democrats
Forty years ago, John Froines was a Sixties radical leading anti-war hippie protests to the Chicago Democratic Convention. After the 1968 convention descended into riots and more than 25,000 troops and police were deployed on the streets, Froines became one of the famed 'Chicago Eight'. He was put...
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Peru Tribe Battles Oil Giant Over Pollution
It is a familiar story. Big business moves into a pristine wilderness and starts destroying the environment and by turn the livelihoods of the indigenous people who live there. But in a reversal of plot, there are now cases of people living traditional lifestyles who are now invading the territory...
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Roadside Bomb Takes American Death Toll in Iraq To 4,000
The number of US troops to die in Iraq since the invasion began five years ago hit 4,000 last night after a roadside bomb in Baghdad killed four soldiers.The morbid milestone will likely strengthen calls for US forces to be withdrawn from the country; a contentious topic in this year's Presidential...
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US Heavily Pressed Allies On War, Book Says
UNITED NATIONS - In the months leading up to the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration threatened trade reprisals against friendly countries who withheld their support, spied on its allies, and pushed for the recall of UN envoys that resisted US pressure to endorse the war, according to...
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Rain Can't Dampen Impeachment Protest
On a rainy evening last week, a small group of men and women gathered at a busy intersection in Wayne with a message for passing cars."Impeach them now," one sign proclaimed. That would be President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney - in case anyone is confused about the impeaching. All this may...
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Sunday, March 23, 2008
Gap in Life Expectancy Widens for the Nation
WASHINGTON - New government research has found "large and growing" disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans, paralleling the growth of income inequality in the last two decades. Life expectancy for the nation as a whole has increased, the researchers said, but affluent people...
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India's Debt-Ridden Farmers Committing Suicide
Nashik, India -- On a recent afternoon, Seetabai Atthre heard a faint cry from the edge of a vineyard that her family has cultivated for more than 40 years. Through the furrows, she found her husband, Vishal, smoldering on the ground next to an empty can of kerosene. He had lit himself on fire and...
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Since 2001, Guarding Species Is Harder
With little-noticed procedural and policy moves over several years, Bush administration officials have made it substantially more difficult to designate domestic animals and plants for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Controversies have occasionally flared over Interior Department...
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Saturday, March 22, 2008
McCain's Gaffes Reflect Bush's Iran-Qaeda Myth
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain's confusion in recent allegations of Iranian training of al Qaeda fighters in Iraq is the result of a drumbeat of official propaganda about close Iran-al Qaeda ties that the George W.
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Bush Silent, but Others Speak Out on Tibet Crackdown
WASHINGTON - China's violent crackdown on protesters in Tibet is having powerful political reverberations in Washington, where the White House is weighing how far to go in condemning the Chinese government, even as it defends President Bush's decision to attend the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Mr...
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Water Will Be Source of War Unless World Acts Now, Warns Minister
The world faces a future of "water wars", unless action is taken to prevent international water shortages and sanitation issues escalating into conflicts, according to Gareth Thomas, the International Development minister. The minister's warning came as a coalition of 27 international charities...
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Winter Soldiers Move Toward GI Resistance
SILVER SPRING, Maryland - Hundreds of veterans who gathered outside Washington last weekend to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning to their communities across the country with the goal of stoking resistance to the Iraq war from inside the U.S. military. The so-...
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Friday, March 21, 2008
Dalai Lama: 'I am prepared to face China. I will go to Beijing'
As crisis over Tibet deepens, Dalai Lama makes extraordinary offer to negotiate directly with President Hu Jintao
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Dick Cheney Tour Sparks Iran War Rumours
Dick Cheney, the US vice-president, has triggered speculation that he has been using a tour of the Middle East to prepare Iran's neighbours for a possible war with Tehran. Mr Cheney, whose nine-day tour has included stops in Turkey, the Gulf and Afghanistan, insisted that Iran must not be allowed...
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Watch-List Name Confusion Causes Hardship
A would-be auto buyer described a "revolving-door nightmare" after a sales agent spotted a similar name on a federal most-wanted list. A former California prison employee wrote of being mistaken for a Colombian drug criminal. A Northern Californian sued after his home loan was held up when a credit...
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Dozens of Children In US Face Life In Prison
ALABASTER, Alabama - Underage criminals cannot face the death penalty in the United States but dozens of offenders imprisoned for crimes committed when they were young teenagers will still die behind bars. The U.S. Supreme Court abolished the death penalty for minors in 2005 but 19 states permit "...
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Experts Urge All-Out Toilet Efforts
BANGKOK - New technology, religion, and the market must be harnessed to secure basic toilet facilities for Asia's rural and urban poor, sanitation experts from the region said here Thursday. Currently, over 2.6 billion people across the world have no access to an organized system of toilets, of...
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New Rules In Mexico Pave the Way for Transgenic Crops
MEXICO CITY - After a three-year-long process, Mexico is about to clear the way for legal cultivation of transgenic crops, in spite of resistance from environmentalists and several small farmer associations. The Rules for the 2005 Biosafety Law on Genetically Modified Organisms were published...
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Rights of Protesters Violated, Judge Rules
The Bush administration violated the public's right to free speech by keeping protesters far removed from the 2005 inaugural parade, a judge ruled yesterday. U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman found that the National Park Service violated its own regulations by giving the inauguration's private...
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Blackwater 'Blood Money' Angers Iraqis
Two Iraqi Families of Victims Killed by Blackwater Guards Tell ABC News They've Refused Compensation From the Company
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Larry Lessig: Time To Reject Corporate Influence on Washington
WASHINGTON--Iconic Internet law professor Larry Lessig may have cast off plans for a congressional bid of his own, but he still wants to turn the political process as we know it upside down. No more money from corporate political action committees and lobbyists. No more earmarks to fund pet...
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Thursday, March 20, 2008
States' Data Obscure How Few Finish High School
JACKSON, Miss. - When it comes to high school graduation rates, Mississippi keeps two sets of books. One team of statisticians working at the state education headquarters here recently calculated the official graduation rate at a respectable 87 percent, which Mississippi reported to Washington. But...
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Climate Change Deepening World Water Crisis
UNITED NATIONS - When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last January, his primary focus was not on the impending global economic recession but on the world's growing water crisis. "A shortage of water resources could spell increased...
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2 Towns Weigh Privatizing Libraries
Already, some towns across Massachusetts are charging for school sports, cutting school bus service, and imploring voters to raise property taxes. But now, in an unprecedented move in the state, two communities are considering proposals to privatize their libraries. The separate privatization...
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World's Best-Known Protest Symbol Turns 50
It started life as the emblem of the British anti-nuclear movement but it has become an international sign for peace, and arguably the most widely used protest symbol in the world. It has also been adapted, attacked and commercialized. It had its first public outing 50 years ago on a chilly Good...
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US Protesters Target 'Pillars of War'
NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of people are taking to the streets in major towns and cities across the United States today to express their anger and frustration with the Bush administration's policy on Iraq. On the fifth anniversary of the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, peace groups have...
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Grain Farmer Claims Moral Victory in Seed Battle Against Monsanto
Percy Schmeiser's decade-long legal odyssey has finally come to an end - and he's got a cheque for $660 to prove it. The 77-year-old Saskatchewan farmer and his wife, Louise, became international folk heroes for their legal struggle with agribusiness giant Monsanto Canada Inc., after the company...
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Grannies and Pro-War Activists Clash in Times Square
NEW YORK - Grannies holding a knit-in to protest the war in Iraq clashed in a shouting match with pro-war activists in Times Square on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the start of the conflict. About 30 member of the Granny Peace Brigade, some sitting in rocking chairs and wheelchairs, were...
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US Police Crack Down on Iraq Rallies
More than 200 people were arrested across the United States as protesters marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. There were 32 arrests in Washington on Wednesday night, after demonstrators tried to block entrances to the Internal Revenue Service, while 30 others were arrested outside...
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Penn's War: Media Lap Dogs Backed Iraq Mess
Actor Narrates a New Documentary That Indicts U.S. Involvement in Iraq
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Resistance is Futile - Or Is It?
It was a time without precedent in American history. The commander-in-chief voiced his intention to take the country to war - a voluntary, preemptive war with no clear catalyst, no faraway invasion or Pearl Harbor or sinking of the Maine - and millions of people shouted their opposition. With...
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The Left Was Right
They take no satisfaction in knowing that they were right in opposing this ill-fated Iraq war from the outset. All they want is for people to listen to them now. And what they have to say is this: If we are ever going to get all of our troops out, it will be because of pressure that starts at the...
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Obama Speech Aims to End Race Row with Bold Plea for Harmony
PHILADELPHIA — In a breathtaking speech, delivered before a backdrop of American flags, Barack Obama attempted yesterday to lance the boil of the ugly racial row that threatens to destroy his campaign for the presidency. Delivering what one commentator described as the most personal and extensive...
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Anti-Iraq War US Diplomats Poorer But Proud
SAN FRANCISCO - In 2003, three senior U.S. diplomats abruptly ended prestigious careers and gained international attention by noisily resigning in protest over the U.S. war in Iraq. In interviews on Tuesday on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the invasion, the three said they have lived more...
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Record Glacier Melt Spurs New Calls for Climate Action
UNITED NATIONS - Alarmed by new scientific data showing a continued increase in the melting of the world's glaciers due to global warming, top UN environmental officials are making fresh calls for a new international agreement to cap greenhouse gas emissions." Governments must agree on decisive...
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US Soldiers 'Testify' About War Crimes
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND - Dozens of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans publicly testified this weekend about crimes they committed during the course of battle -- many of which were prompted by the orders or policies laid down by superior officers.Some international law experts have said the soldiers...
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Reforms Failed to Curb FBI Spying
NEW YORK - One of the nation's most respected counterterrorism experts is predicting that Congress will take action to rein in the 'unchecked power' of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to spy on U.S. citizens without court approval -- and then forbid them from publicly protesting the violation...
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Why Did the U.S. Invade Iraq?
The official reasons -- the threat posed to the U.S. and its allies by Saddam Hussein's alleged programmes of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the possibility that he would pass along those arms to al Qaeda -- have long since been discarded by the overwhelming weight of the evidence, or, more...
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Iraq War Protesters Arrested at IRS
WASHINGTON Police arrested more than a dozen people Wednesday morning who crossed a barricade and blocked entrances at the Internal Revenue Service building, the start of a day of protests marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. A crowd gathered outside the IRS headquarters,...
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Liberals Take Back Their Swagger
For much of the 2008 primary season, the Democratic left has been uneasy. At the liberal Take Back America conference two years ago, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was booed for her opposition to a "date certain" troop withdrawal from Iraq. A year ago, her reception was similarly negative. But on...
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A Glacial Vanishing Act
BROOKLIN, Canada- Glaciers, the world's freshwater towers, continue their record-breaking meltdown, a new U.N. report shows. The average rate of thinning and melting more than doubled between 2004 and 2006, reports the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), a centre based at the University of...
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Outrage Over Airlines' Empty 'Ghost Flights'
Airlines that run empty "ghost flights", needlessly pumping hundreds of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, should face heavy fines, environmentalists have demanded. The Government was being urged to clamp down on the practice after it emerged that British Airways had flown three long-...
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Warlords Turn to Ivory Trade To Fund Slaughter of Humans
In Chad, Janjaweed militia from Sudan killed 100 elephants in one afternoon; in Kenya, Somali warlords armed with rocket-propelled grenades killed four wildlife rangers during a bloody raid on herds in the Tana Delta; in Democratic Republic of Congo, a whole host of rebel groups have turned the...
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Chaos In Iraq Sparks Surge in EU Asylum Applications
The number of Iraqis applying for asylum across the EU almost doubled last year, rising from 19,375 to 38,286, reflecting the growing chaos in the country, according to UN figures released today. The resurgence in the number of Iraqis fleeing across Europe comes as the UN's High Commissioner for...
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Rachel Corrie Play Opens in Haifa
An Arabic-language production of My Name is Rachel Corrie, a play based on the writings of a young American woman killed by an Israeli bulldozer, premiered in Haifa, Israel on Sunday. Corrie's parents attended the performance, which took place on the fifth anniversary of her death. "I can't think of any more appropriate place to be... than with all of you. Even when we are back in the United States, our hearts are always very much here," Cindy Corrie, Rachel's mother, told the audience.
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They Paved Paradise and Put Up... A Power Source
BRATTLEBORO -- The secret to saving the world could be hidden in the miles and miles of parking lot in the United States, Dr. Arjun Makhijani said Saturday.Makhijani addressed roughly 65 people at the annual membership meeting for the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution. The author of "...
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