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Monday, November 26, 2007
Global Campaign Vows to Fight Corporate Drug Monopoly
BANGKOK - Public health and HIV/AIDS activists from the developing world are seeking to break the monopoly over drugs held by pharmaceutical giants through a new global campaign designed to influence international debate over the issue. Formulated at the end of a three-day meeting, last week, which...
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Sunday, November 25, 2007
UN: Tasers Are A Form Of Torture
"Stun Guns" Are Under Fire After Six Deaths This Week; Rallies Held Demanding They Be Banned
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Disasters Quadruple Over Last 20 Years: Oxfam
LONDON - Weather-related disasters have quadrupled over the last two decades, a leading British charity said in a report published on Sunday. From an average of 120 disasters a year in the early 1980s, there are now as many as 500, with Oxfam attributing the rise to unpredictable weather conditions...
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Archbishop's Assault On US Foreign Policy
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a stinging attack on the United States, comparing it unfavourably with the British Empire at its peak. Dr Rowan Williams criticised America for intervening overseas with a "quick burst of violent action" and claimed its foreign policy had created the "worst...
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Saturday, November 24, 2007
Vermonters Help Ease Life on the Outside
Towns trying to keep ex-cons on right path
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The World Continues to Look Away. Don't.
Some stories, as horrific as they are, need to be read by everyone. This is one of them.
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'US Politics Turning Communities Against Each Other'
ATHENS - "As long as the U.S. troops stay in Iraq there will be violence," warns Gilbert Achcar, professor of development studies and international relations at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. Achcar -- a vehement critic of U.S. policy in the Middle East since Sep...
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COMMONWEALTH: 'Get Rid of Your Agricultural Subsidies' - McKinnon
KAMPALA - The political crisis in Pakistan and global trade negotiations are amongst issues set to dominate the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that starts Friday in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The Nov. 23-25 event is expected to bring together leaders from the 53 member states...
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Dog's Best friend: Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is looking to become dog's best friend. The country music star has filmed a television spot supporting an anti-dogfighting bill that is moving through the Georgia Legislature. In the ad, Nelson looks into the camera while "Georgia on My Mind" plays in the background. "Dogfighting is...
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The New Key Question: How Happy Are You?
WASHINGTON - Is it time to offer day care for ailing older parents to give their care-giving children a break? Time for much bigger incentives for carpooling? Time to extend maternity and paternity leave substantially? The answer's yes to all three if you accept the findings of a new kind of public...
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Political Crisis Deepens in Lebanon
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon awoke to a republic without a president Saturday amid mounting worries over a power vacuum that has intensified the nation's yearlong political turmoil. The capital was calm and shops opened for business as usual the morning after a tumultuous day that saw President Emile...
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Australia's Opposition Leader Rudd Wins Landslide Election Victory
SYDNEY - Centre-left leader Kevin Rudd stormed to victory in Australia's election Saturday, ending conservative Prime Minister John Howard's 11-year rule with pledges to change course on climate change and the Iraq war. Howard, US President George W. Bush's closest ally in the Iraq war, conceded...
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Friday, November 23, 2007
Eco-Friendly Consumption? Critics Don't Buy It
What's the green approach to the holidays? If you listen to the marketers, manufacturers and retailers, it's all about buying environmentally sensitive products -- biodegradable cards, gift wrap made from wastepaper and glass objets d'art fashioned from old beer bottles. Some critics are quick to...
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Democrats' Bill on Iraq Wouldn't End War for Decades
WASHINGTON -- The Democrats' flagship proposal on Iraq is aimed at bringing most troops home. Yet if enacted, the law would still allow for tens of thousands of US troops to stay deployed for years to come. This reality - readily acknowledged by Democrats, who say it's still their best shot at...
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'Body of War': Unsold Iraq Film Could Be Oscar Contender
Former talk show host Phil Donahue got gratifying news this week when " Body of War ," a movie he produced and co-directed, was placed on the short list of 15 films that will now compete for the five nominee spots in the Academy Awards' full-length documentary category. But what he and co-director...
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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Fighting Fractures Families in Somalia
Children Lost to Hunger, Chaos
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Afghanistan 'Falling into Hands of Taliban'
The Taliban has a permanent presence in 54% of Afghanistan and the country is in serious danger of falling into Taliban hands, according to a report by an independent thinktank with long experience in the area. Despite tens of thousands of Nato-led troops and billions of dollars in aid poured into...
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Saudis and Libyans Top Foreign Fighters in Iraq: Report
BAGHDAD - About 60 percent of the foreign militants fighting in Iraq have come from U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Libya, unidentified U.S. military officials said in a newspaper report on Thursday. The New York Times said the information was found in documents uncovered in a U.S. military raid on an...
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History Shows Climate Changes Led to Famine and War
HONG KONG - Global warming is one of the most significant threats facing humankind, researchers warned, as they unveiled a study showing how climate changes in the past led to famine, wars and population declines. The world's growing population may be unable to adequately adapt to ecological...
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Plight of the Huddled Masses: A Hard Time for Thanksgiving
Gertrude Winter, a char lady in her sixties who works at a government office, will have a turkey after all this Thanksgiving. At one stage yesterday, it seemed a close run thing. As she sat in the hallway of the Bread for the City charity a rumour swept the place that they were out of turkeys...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Clean Energy's Best-Kept Secret: Waste Heat Recovery
Recycling the heat that spews from industrial smokestacks may be one of the biggest opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, yet not many climate-savvy entrepreneurs are aware of it. When it comes to energy conservation, "[b]y and large, the world ignores the biggest, single most cost-...
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US Labor Activists Petition to Stop Free Trade Push
NEW YORK - Labor rights activists in the United States are trying to organize a nationwide campaign to push Congress to oppose the Bush administration's plans to promote new free trade agreements. "U.S. trade policy is not working for the majority of Americans," said campaigners in a petition...
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Border Fence Work Raises Environmental Concerns
LOS ANGELES - The Department of Homeland Security is ahead of schedule in building some 700 miles of fencing along the Mexican border, but some environmental groups, elected officials and local Indian tribes say too little attention is being paid to the environmental consequences of the barriers...
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Birth Control Crisis Hits Colleges
New patients flood Planned Parenthood
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Former Press Secretary Blames Bush, Cheney for Misstatement About Leak
Ex-White House press secretary writes in his new book that top administration officials let him unknowingly pass on false information.
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Students Wear Confederate Flag Shirts To Oppose Peace-Shirt Group
COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- Students at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School are waging a war on peace.Recently, sophomore Skylar Stains decided to hold Peace Shirt Thursdays at the school. Skylar and her friend, Lauren Lorraine, started wearing peace shirts and soon recruited more friends to wear them. Now,...
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Group: Churches Sell Sweatshop Crosses
NEW YORK - A labor rights group alleged Tuesday that crucifixes sold in religious gift shops in the U.S. are produced under "horrific" conditions in a Chinese factory with more than 15-hour work days and inadequate food. "It's a throwback to the worst of the garment sweatshops 10, 20 years ago,"...
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Annapolis Watchers Fear Zero-Sum Game
WASHINGTON - With formal invitations to a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian leaders finally sent out Tuesday, many doubts and uncertainties linger about the substance of the conference and its potential effectiveness as a step towards lasting peace in the Middle East. The official invitations from...
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Palestine Protests Biased UN Reporting
UNITED NATIONS - The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations has lodged a formal protest against the continued "misrepresentation" of facts in recent U.N. reports on the Israeli-occupied territories. "There has been a tendency in several reports to portray the prevailing...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Paper Cranes Fly For Peace 62 Years After Hiroshima
Pupils continue bomb victim's project
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Protesters Arrested at Gonzales Speech
In his first appearance at a university since resigning in August, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was met at UF on Monday with a mixture of cheers, boos and scattered interruptions by protesters, two of whom were arrested. Gonzales, who resigned from his position after a...
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US War Contracts Top $25 Billion: Study
US contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan more than doubled from 2004 to 2006 to over 25 billion dollars but government oversight of the firms involved has slackened, a watchdog group said Monday. "While the billions of dollars involved and the complexity of these war-related contracts has only grown,...
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SF Program Recycles Restaurants' Cooking Oil For Use As Fuel
San Francisco officials are giving the city's old grease a new career - one that should mean cleaner air, cleaner sewers and Muni buses that smell like fried zucchini one day and fried chicken the next. Today the city launches SFGreasecycle, a free program in which the city will pick up used...
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Fallujah Now Under a Different Kind of Siege
FALLUJAH - Three years after a devastating U.S.-led siege of the city, residents of Fallujah continue to struggle with a shattered economy, infrastructure, and lack of mobility. The city that was routed in November 2004 is still suffering the worst humanitarian conditions under a siege that...
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California Sues 20 Companies For Toys With Unlawful Amounts of Lead
California Attorney General Jerry Brown has sued 20 companies, including Mattel Inc. and Toys R Us, accusing them of selling toys that contain unlawful amounts of lead and failing to warn the public of the health dangers. Brown's lawsuit, filed Monday in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges that...
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FBI Says Hate Crimes Rose 7.8 Percent In '06
WASHINGTON - Hate crime incidents in the United States rose last year by nearly 8 percent, the FBI reported yesterday, as racial prejudice continued to account for more than half the reported instances. Police across the nation reported 7,722 criminal incidents in 2006 targeting victims or property...
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Greens and Governments Condemn Whale Hunt
An uneasy alliance of governments and environmental groups have united in condemning Japan for going ahead with its largest-ever whale hunt, in which it plans to slaughter more than 1,000 whales. Greenpeace intends to shadow the fleet as it sails from Japan to Antarctic waters, while the more...
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Too Much Aid to Afghanistan Wasted, Oxfam Says
KABUL - Too much aid to Afghanistan is wasted -- soaked up in contractors' profits, spent on expensive expatriate consultants or squandered on small-scale, quick-fix projects, a leading British charity said on Tuesday. Despite more than $15 billion of aid pumped into Afghanistan since U.S.-led and...
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Emergency Brakes Needed to Stop Climate Crash
TORONTO - In the end, governments accepted evidence from the world's top scientists that climate change impacts could be abrupt and irreversible, and that they require urgent action. "The threat is real," said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. "I have seen the impacts of climate change...
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Israel's Syrian Airstrike Was Aimed at Iran
WASHINGTON - Until late October, the accepted explanation about the Sep. 6 Israeli airstrike in Syria, constructed in a series of press leaks from U.S. officials, was that it was prompted by dramatic satellite intelligence that Syria was building a nuclear facility with help from North Korea. But...
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Massive Sweep Creates Havoc for Workers' Families
NEW YORK - Families are still scrambling to get information about their loved ones a week after U.S. immigration agents arrested over 1,000 workers at meatpacking plants in six states in a massive operation targeting people working with false documents. "A lot of people still don't know where they...
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Soldier Decries AWOL Arrest at Hospital
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A soldier facing his second tour of duty in Iraq said in a jailhouse interview he was at a hospital seeking mental help when he was arrested in the middle of the night for allegedly being absent without leave. Spc. Justin Faulkner insists his superior officers at Fort Campbell knew...
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Monday, November 19, 2007
Oil Leaders' Private Debate Televised by Mistake
'Kill the cable, kill the cable,' shouted the security guard as he burst through the double doors into the media room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Riyadh, followed by Saudi police. It was too late. A private meeting of Opec leaders, gathered this weekend in Riyadh for the cartel's third meeting...
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Greenpeace Slams 'Unsustainable' New Tuna Quota
An international commission designed to protect bluefin tuna stocks has effectively increased the fishing quota for 2008 from what was already an "unsustainable" level, Greenpeace said Sunday. "Countries are approving a bigger quota for a species that is on the verge of collapse instead of acting...
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Bombed, Banned, and Ridiculed - But Al-Jazeera Goes English and Hits 100 Million Homes
Stepping out of his studio at Al Jazeera English and striding purposefully on to the street, Sir David Paradine Frost seems impervious to London's winter chill, as he briefly adjourns from filming and heads up Knightsbridge to the Library Bar of the Lanesborough hotel, where the staff nod to him in...
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Prison System a Costly and Harmful Failure: Report
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans in prison has risen eight-fold since 1970, with little impact on crime but at great cost to taxpayers and society, researchers said in a report calling for a major justice-system overhaul. The report released on Monday cites statistics and examples ranging from...
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Some Cleared Guantanamo Inmates Stay in Custody
Lawyers call US system of hearings a sham
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The Most Dangerous War in The History of Journalism
Three times more journalists have been killed in Iraq than in both world wars – many deliberately targeted by militias. Kim Sengupta reports on a forgotten death toll that is still rising
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War on Terrorism Leads to Rights Abuses: Watchdog
KAMPALA - Torture, beatings, executions, racist stereotyping and intrusive surveillance are among the abuses countries are committing in the name of fighting terrorism, a rights watchdog said on Monday. The Commonwealth Human Rights Commission said since the 9/11 attacks, many nations had been...
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Sunday, November 18, 2007
America "Recycle's" Electronic Waste Overseas
SAN FRANCISCO -- Most Americans think they're helping the earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cell phones. But chances are they're contributing to a global trade in electronic trash that endangers workers and pollutes the environment overseas. While there are no precise...
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Hundreds Rally in Olympia to Back Port Demonstrators
About 350 people marched Saturday through downtown Olympia to protest the war in Iraq and show support for demonstrators who for 11 days tried to prevent shipments of military equipment from leaving the Port of Olympia. Demonstrators carried signs calling for an end to the war and chanted as they...
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Thousands Protest U.S. Army's "School of Torture, Murder"
ATLANTA -- Thousands of people demonstrated outside a big U.S. Army base on Sunday to demand the closure of a defense department training school they say promotes torture and murder in Latin America. Long-shot Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich joined the annual protest outside the...
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'Safe' Uranium That Left a Town Contaminated
They were told depleted uranium was not hazardous. Now, 23 years after a US arms plant closed, workers and residents have cancer - and experts say their suffering shows the use of such weapons may be a war crime. It is 50 years since Tony Ciarfello and his friends used the yard of a depleted...
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A World Dying, but Can We Unite to Save It?
Pollution in the seas is now speeding global warming, says a devastating new climate report.
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Saturday, November 17, 2007
Brothers, Bad Blood and the Blackwater Tangle
BALTIMORE — They were smart, scrappy brothers who rose from modest circumstances in Baltimore to become lacrosse stars at Princeton, succeed in business and land big government jobs. Now the Krongard brothers — who have carried childhood nicknames, Buzzy and Cookie, through long careers — are tied...
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Friday, November 16, 2007
Israel's Economic Blockade Stops Gaza's Strawberry-Farmers Selling Their Crop
Almost all of Gaza's turbulent story is bound up with Jamil Abu Hmaideh's strawberry fields here in the far north of the strip. Between two wispy clouds high in the blue sky above us, two Israeli Apache helicopters hover on the look-out for the Qassam rocket-launching crews as we bite into the...
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Police Arrest 3 In Scuffle with Berkeley Tree-Sitters, Supporters
Three people were arrested early Thursday during a scuffle with UC Berkeley police near Memorial Stadium, bringing to five the number of arrests this week in connection with a long-running protest by tree-sitters camped out in a grove. Protesters and their supporters have been engaged in a waiting...
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No Easy Answers to Pakistan Crisis
WASHINGTON - Amid growing polarisation between President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan's civilian opposition forces, U.S. hopes of salvaging a power-sharing accord that would marry the military dictator to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto are fading fast. Indeed, Bhutto's public break with...
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Hunger Stalks World's Wealthiest Country
WASHINGTON - More than one in 10 people in the United States go hungry, according to new official figures that suggest government food programmes are falling short in the world's wealthiest country. More than 35 million people in a country of some 294 million went hungry last year, 390,000 more...
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Panel Drops Immunity From Eavesdropping Bill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 - Reflecting the deep divisions within Congress over granting legal immunity to telephone companies for cooperating with the Bush administration's program of wiretapping without warrants, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a new domestic surveillance law on Thursday that...
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Video of Taser Death in Canada Sparks Probe
VANCOUVER, Canada - A video of a Polish man dying while being restrained with a taser by Canadian policemen sparked a diplomatic protest and controversy on Thursday over the use of stun guns. Canada's public safety minister ordered a review of Taser stun guns one day after the release of a tourist'...
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China Powers Ahead on Renewable Energy
WASHINGTON - China is well on its way to acquiring fully 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020, while the United States is dragging its feet on transitioning away from fossil fuels, according to a pair of reports released here this week. Nations across the globe invested...
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Truck, SUV Mileage Standards Thrown Out by US Appeals Court
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a federal transportation agency on Thursday to rewrite its fuel economy standards for many SUVs, minivans and light trucks, arguing that the new rules are inadequate in part because they fail to properly assess the risk of global warming. The decision...
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Biofuels Bonanza Facing 'Crash'
The biofuels bonanza will crash unless producers can guarantee their crops have been produced responsibly, the UN's environment agency chief has said. Achim Steiner of the UN Environment Programme (Unep) said there was an urgent need for standards to make sure rainforests weren't being destroyed...
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Sudan: Civilians Driven Into Camps, Then the Bush
WASHINGTON - Sudan's government is seeking to dismantle displaced person camps in Darfur that house thousands of people ahead of the arrival of a joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force, according to a Darfuri physician and human rights advocate honoured here this week by the Robert F...
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Red Cross Monitors Barred From Guantánamo
A confidential 2003 manual for operating the Guantánamo detention center shows that military officials had a policy of denying detainees access to independent monitors from the International Committee of the Red Cross. The manual said one goal was to "exploit the disorientation and disorganization...
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US Power Company Linked to Bush Is Named in Database As a Top Polluter
An American power company with close financial links to President George Bush has been named as one of the world's top producers of global warming pollution. The first-ever worldwide database of such pollution also reveals the rapid growth in global-warming emissions by power plants in China, South...
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US Deserters Lose Bid for Canada Refugee Status
OTTAWA/TORONTO - Two Americans who deserted the U.S. Army to protest against the war in Iraq lost their bid for refugee status in Canada on Thursday, and the Canadian government made it clear they were no longer welcome. The Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear appeals from the two men, Jeremy...
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Thursday, November 15, 2007
'Green Mortgages' Taking Root
First came green homes. Now comes a mortgage to match. So-called green mortgages are the latest innovation in the push to promote more energy-efficient houses, whose owners enjoy lower utility costs thanks to solar panels, improved insulation, thermopane windows, and other money-saving products...
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US Tribal Allies in Iraq Angry Over Airstrikes
BAGHDAD - U.S. forces said they had killed 25 suspected insurgents in operations targeting al Qaeda militants near the capital, but Sunni Arab tribal leaders accused them on Thursday of killing pro-U.S. fighters. The head of a Sunni Arab tribal group that has turned against al Qaeda and joined...
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North American Flora Can't Absorb Continent's Greenhouse Gas Output
The outpouring of greenhouse gases from North America far outstrips the ability of the continent's fields, forests and wetlands to absorb all the carbon in the atmosphere, and the United States alone remains the world's largest emitter of climate-warming carbon dioxide, scientists reported...
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Greenpeace Blocks Shipment of Indonesian Palm Oil
JAKARTA - Greenpeace has blocked a tanker carrying more than 30,000 tonnes of palm oil from leaving an Indonesian port to protest against forest destruction blamed on plantations, the environmental group said on Thursday. The protest came less than three weeks before a U.N. climate change meeting...
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Rendition Victim Appeals Ruling Barring Suit
NEW YORK - Maher Arar, arguably the world's best-known victim of "extraordinary rendition", went back to court last week to reverse a previous ruling barring him from suing the U.S. government for shipping him off to Syria, where he was jailed and tortured for close to a year. The Syrian-born...
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The Big Thirst: The Great American Water Crisis
The US drought is now so acute that, in some southern communities, the water supply is cut off for 21 hours a day. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, a once-lush region where the American dream has been reduced to a single four-letter word: rain. On Dancing Fern Mountain, in the hills above Chattanooga,...
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America and The World's Executioners Join Efforts to Block UN Moves to End Death Penalty
In China, a death sentence means a bullet in the back of the head. In Iran, it means death by hanging. In Saudi Arabia, the victim is beheaded by the sword. World public opinion has been so outraged by the continued use of the death penalty in the 25 countries that carried out executions last year...
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No Free Ride for Mega-Rich Heirs, Billionaire Urges
WASHINGTON - The world's third-richest man called on lawmakers Wednesday to maintain the estate tax, levied on wealth passing between generations, or risk replacing U.S. democracy with 'dynastic plutocracy'. 'A meaningful estate tax is needed to prevent our democracy from becoming a dynastic...
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Greenhouse Gases Rising Faster Than UN Forecasts: Report
SYDNEY -- Greenhouse gas emissions are rising faster than worst-case predictions by the United Nations' top climate change body, said a new Australian report issued Thursday. The report by the independent Climate Institute found emissions were rising faster than forecast by the UN's...
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Imran Khan's Message to UK: 'My Life Is In Danger' Imran Khan's Message to UK: 'My Life Is In Danger'
Imran Khan, the Pakistani opposition leader and former cricketer, was arrested yesterday, less than 48 hours after sending a desperate text message to his solicitor saying that he feared for his life.
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Researchers Name the World's Dirtiest Power Plants, Introduce Website
NEW YORK -- A new study by an independent think tank names and shames the power companies responsible for high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States and abroad. Releasing its findings Wednesday, the Washington, DC-based Center for Global Development (CDG) said that...
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Chiquita Sued In NY Over Killings In Colombia
NEW YORK - The largest U.S. lawsuit to date against top banana producer Chiquita Brands International was filed on Wednesday, claiming the company funded and armed a Colombian paramilitary organization accused of killing banana growers. The civil lawsuit seeks a total of $7.86 billion on behalf of...
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Anti-Bush Sign Has Bridge World in an Uproar
In the genteel world of bridge, disputes are usually handled quietly and rarely involve issues of national policy. But in a fight reminiscent of the brouhaha over an anti-Bush statement by Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks in 2003, a team of women who represented the United States at the world...
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President Pervez Musharraf &  Imran Khan Pakistan's Khan To Face Anti-Terror Charges
LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistani police arrested cricket legend Imran Khan and said he would be charged under anti-terrorism laws after he emerged from hiding to join a student protest Wednesday. His detention came as former premier Benazir Bhutto hammered the phones from under house arrest in an attempt to forge a united opposition front against a state of emergency imposed by President Pervez Musharraf.
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Sentenced To Death For Crimes They Did Not Commit: The Men Who Lived To Tell The Tale
Ex-prisoners recount their stories ahead of UN meeting to discuss a global ban on capital punishment
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Top Democrats Balk on Contempt Resolutions
House Democrats have postponed a vote until December on contempt resolutions against White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers, delaying for now any constitutional showdown with the White House over the president's power to resist congressional subpoenas...
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CIA Admits to Recording Interrogations of Top al Qaida Captives
WASHINGTON - The CIA has three video and audio recordings of interrogations of senior al Qaida captives but misled federal judges about the evidence during the case against terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, federal prosecutors revealed in a Nov. 9 court filing that was made public Tuesday. The...
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Outrage in a Time of Apathy
SAN FRANCISCO - Unlike most U.S. journalists who went to Iraq to cover a war, Dahr Jamail went to try to stop it.In his new book, ' Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq ', Jamail writes of volunteering as a rescue ranger at a Denali National Park in the U...
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Ruling Restores Sonar Ban Off Coast
Navy is told to devise new safeguards for marine mammals for its next training missions.
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FBI Says Guards Killed 14 Iraqis Without Cause
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 - Federal agents investigating the Sept. 16 episode in which Blackwater security personnel shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians have found that at least 14 of the shootings were unjustified and violated deadly-force rules in effect for security contractors in Iraq, according to...
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FCC Chief Tweaks Media-Owner View
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to eliminate a ban on radio and television broadcasters owning newspapers, but only in the nation's largest media markets, including Seattle. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin opted to focus on the newspaper ban only and...
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Key Bishop Voices Alarm Over Iraq
Exiting Leader Calls Situation 'Unacceptable'
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Making Connections: Activist Sets Up Telephone Talks Between US, Iranian Citizens
A Somerville peace activist with a knack for political theater set up a display yesterday with a simple proposition: Let anyone who passed by pick up the phone and talk to Iranian citizens, giving regular citizens in both countries a chance to do what the activist said the country's leaders have...
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Democrats' Anti-Yucca Mountain Stances Complicated by Records
LAS VEGAS - The leading Democratic presidential candidates are united on the government's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage plan: They'd scrap it. Their vigorous opposition to the project reflects Nevada's importance as one of a handful of states that will lead off voting in January for the...
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IPCC: The Worst Can Still Be Avoided
MADRID - Climate change is not inexorable, if measures are adopted immediately, said scientists and government officials as the 27th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began Monday in Spain. The meeting in the Mediterranean city of Valencia, which will end Saturday, has...
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Iraq, Afghan War Costs Are $1.6 Trillion
The economic costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are estimated to total $1.6 trillion - roughly double the amount the White House has requested thus far, according to a new report by Democrats on Congress' Joint Economic Committee. The report, obtained by The Associated Press and scheduled to...
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Gagged at Home, Pakistanis Take to Cyberspace
WASHINGTON - Pakistanis officially gagged by emergency rule are voicing grievances and mobilising resistance in a place beyond their military rulers' writ: cyberspace. Lawyers -- the vanguard of the uprising -- have been rounded up and detained in the thousands, as have opposition politicians and...
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World Body Warns Over Ocean 'Fertilization' To Fix Climate Change
LONDON -- Countries gathered under an international accord on maritime pollution have warned against offbeat experiments to tackle climate change by sowing the sea with chemicals to help soak up airborne carbon dioxide (CO2). Parties to the London Convention and London Protocol declared that they...
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Amnesty Urges NATO to End Afghan Prisoner Transfers Amid Torture Fears
BRUSSELS - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International urged NATO-led forces in Afghanistan Tuesday to stop transferring prisoners to the Afghan authorities, saying it feared they could be tortured. In a new report, Amnesty said the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) could be...
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Lobbying Stalls Generic Drug Legislation
WASHINGTON - Legislation aimed at speeding the availability of cheaper generic drugs has stalled in Congress in the face of major lobbying by the drug industry. The Senate bill would ban most settlements known as "reverse payments," in which a brand-name company pays a generic manufacturer to delay...
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RNC Protest Plans Already Under Way
MINNEAPOLIS - Shrouded in black, with a bandanna masking her face, a self-proclaimed anarchist slips into her combat boots and dashes through town, tossing a Molotov cocktail here, launching a bowling ball there. The YouTube video is more parody than threat: The flaming cocktail ignites a charcoal...
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US Food Companies Accused of 'Cooking the Climate'
NEW YORK - Major U.S. companies are adding to the impending threat of global warming as they drive the production of palm oil in Indonesia's tropical forests, says a new study by an international environmental organization. According to the study released by Greenpeace International this week,...
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