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Monday, November 12, 2007
Water Privatization - Boon or Multinational Corporate Conspiracy?
MANILA - Supporters call it a model for the future. But critics say it is a conspiracy by multilateral financial institutions to privatise water supplies and open the floodgates for multinational corporations (MNCs) to reap profits from Asia's poor. Manila Water, a private company with...
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Iraq: A Tale of One City, Now Two
Beneath Rosey Assessments Bitter Truths
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Experts: Danger of Nuclear-Armed Iran Hyped
WASHINGTON - A hostile country led by anti-American ideologues appears close to developing its first nuclear weapon and, as a U.S. election approaches, the president and his advisers debate a pre-emptive military strike. Newspaper columnists demand action to stop the nuclear peril. The country was...
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More Bear Species Threatened With Extinction
Six of the world's eight species of bear are threatened with extinction, according to a report from the World Conservation Union (IUCN).The smallest species of bear, the sun bear, has been included on the list for the first time, while the giant panda remains endangered, despite comprehensive...
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18 Veterans Arrested in Antiwar Protest
More than a dozen members of an antiwar veterans group were arrested yesterday as they protested the exclusion of their message from Boston's Veterans Day parade. Members of Veterans for Peace lined up in front of a podium at City Hall Plaza holding antiwar placards, as color guards from...
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Countries Lagging In Clearing Landmines - Report
GENEVA - Almost half of the 29 countries bound under an international treaty to clear landmines from territories under their control by 2010 are likely to miss the target, the body monitoring the pact said on Monday. But the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) also found there had been...
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Intel Official: Expect Less Privacy
As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy. Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it...
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Sunday, November 11, 2007
UN's Ban Says Global Warming Is "An Emergency"
EDUARDO FREI BASE, Antarctica - With prehistoric Antarctic ice sheets melting beneath his feet, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for urgent political action to tackle global warming. The Antarctic Peninsula has warmed faster than anywhere else on Earth in the last 50 years, making the...
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Murder Trial Sniper Says US Used 'Bait' For Suspect Iraqis
A trial opening in Baghdad today will shed new light on a secret Pentagon programme in which US snipers allegedly planted fake weapons as 'bait' to lure their Iraqi enemies to their deaths. Sergeant Evan Vela is accused of murdering an unarmed Iraqi man and an attempted cover-up. He has admitted...
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Iraqi Fighters 'Grilled for Evidence on Iran'
Interrogator says US military seeks evidence incriminating Tehran
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Protesters Arrested at Washington Port
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- At least a dozen people were arrested as demonstrators rallied to protest military cargo shipments arriving from Iraq at the port in the state capital. The arrests Saturday came a day after protesters were able to stop two trucks from removing military equipment that had been...
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Clinton Campaign Admits Planting Questions
Hillary Clinton stopped at a biodiesel plant in Newton, Iowa, last week to see alternative fuels in the making and to drive home the week's campaign theme of her energy plan. After a tour, the candidate took questions from the crowd. She called on a young woman. "As a young person," said the well-...
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Anti-War Veterans In Veterans Day Parade Jeered, Cheered
DENVER - Antiwar veterans passed out leaflets and carried signs opposing the war in Iraq yesterday after winning a last-minute right to march in this city's annual Veterans Day parade.About 50 marchers displayed peace signs and banners with messages like "Iraq is Just Vietnam in the Desert," "Bring...
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Saturday, November 10, 2007
FCC Democrats Rally Consolidation Foes in Seattle
Copps, Adelstein Rip Into FCC, Chairman Martin at Media-Ownership Hearing
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2007 Deadliest for US in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan - Six U.S. troops were killed when insurgents ambushed their foot patrol in the high mountains of eastern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday. The attack, the most lethal against American forces this year, made 2007 the deadliest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the 2001...
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Norman Mailer Brawled With Bush to the Bitter End
There is much, much to be said of Norman Mailer, the Pulitzer-prize winning author and world-class rabble-rouser who has died at age 84. But the pugilistic pensman would perhaps be most pleased to have it known that he went down swinging. The chronicler of our politics and protests in the 1960s...
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Friday, November 9, 2007
Iraq: Fewer Deaths Bring No Reassurance
BAGHDAD - Despite claims by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Bush administration officials that violence in Iraq is decreasing, residents in the capital tell a different story. Attacks by Iraqi resistance groups against the U.S. military continue in Baghdad and Iraq's al-Anbar province,...
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Washington Tells EU Firms: Quit Iran Now
Multinational companies are coming under increasing pressure from the US to stop doing business with Iran because of its nuclear programme. European operators are facing threats from Washington that they could jeopardise their US interests by continuing to deal with Tehran, with increasing evidence...
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Burma: Keeping the Flame Alive Over Radio, Internet
BANGKOK - International media interest in Burma seems to have cooled down after images of the violent dispersal of pro-democracy demonstrators were splashed on TV screens and newspapers late September. But exiled Burmese journalists are determined to keep the flame going over radio and the Internet...
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Protest Greets Police Plan to Map Muslim Angelenos
A plan by the counterterrorism bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department to create a map detailing the Muslim communities in that city, an effort described as a step toward thwarting radicalization, has angered civil rights groups, which say it is no better than racial profiling. At least three...
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Parents, Activists Rip School Board
Officials Overreacted To Protest, They Say
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18 Peacemakers Busted at Giuliani and Hillary Offices and No Original Reporting From The Register
Eighteen peace activists were arrested in Des Moines, Iowa Thursday for trespassing inside the campaign offices of presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, according to the Associated Press. Both the New York Times and the Huffington Post picked up the AP story. The protest is the...
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Stanford Students Protest Rumsfeld Appointment
STANFORD, California - More than 100 Stanford University students demonstrated on Thursday against a decision to make former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution amid campus discontent over a symbol of U.S. failings in the Iraq war. To date, nearly 4,000...
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Cheney Tried to Stifle Dissent in Iran NIE
WASHINGTON -- A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran has been held up for more than a year in an effort to force the intelligence community to remove dissenting judgments on the Iranian nuclear program, and thus make the document more supportive of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's militarily aggressive policy toward Iran, according to accounts of the process provided by participants to two former Central Intelligence Agency officers.
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Violence Erupts After Bhutto's Arrest
Pakistani Police Barricade Opposition Leader In Her House; Explosion At Minister's Home Kills 4
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Hawaii War Objector Wins Round Against Retrial
A federal judge has blocked the Army from conducting a second court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada of Honolulu, an Iraq war objector based at Fort Lewis, Wash., saying it's likely the second trial would violate his constitutional rights. "This is an enormous victory, but it is not yet over,"...
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Thursday, November 8, 2007
Anti-war Vets Slam Parade Ban
LONG BEACH - Iraq veteran Jason Lemieux might not be marching in the 11th annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade on Saturday. The Marine, who served three tours of duty in Iraq and is now against the war, was hoping to march as a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, a national organization that...
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Aid "Dismally Slow" in Reaching Poorest
WASHINGTON - Aid strategies must be retooled and bigotry stamped out if a rising tide of global wealth is to reach the poorest of the poor, says a new report. Developing countries have raised large numbers of their people above the international community's dollar-a-day poverty line but few of the...
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Corruption Blamed For Tabasco Floods
Funding for prevention measures in the Mexican state was squandered, say critics, who also point to overbuilding and deforestation.
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Big Food Companies Accused of Risking Climate Catastrophe
The rush to palm oil and biofuels threatens to release 14 billion tonnes of carbon from Indonesia's peatlands
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US Fears Israeli Strike Against Iran Over Latest Nuclear Claim
A claim by President Ahmadinejad that Iran has 3,000 working uranium-enriching centrifuges sent a tremor across the world yesterday amid fears that Israel would respond by bombing the country's nuclear facilities. Military sources in Washington said that the existence of such a large number could...
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Gov't Pillories Avant-Garde Academics
NEW YORK- A week after 20-year-old charges were dropped against the last two defendants in the longest-running federal prosecution in U.S. history -- the so-called "L.A. Eight" -- another case threatens to take its place.And critics of the Justice Department are charging that the newest case is a...
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West Coast City Formally Rejects Iran Attack
OAKLAND, California - The eight-member city council of Oakland, home to nearly half a million people, unanimously passed a symbolic resolution opposing any U.S. attack against Iran Tuesday, in a bid to pressure lawmakers in Congress to reestablish their constitutional authority over U.S foreign...
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Bell Tolls for Bush's "Freedom Agenda"
WASHINGTON- If George W. Bush's "freedom agenda" is to be his presidential legacy, then his six-year "global war on terror" has been his own worst enemy. As lawyers in Pakistan are being beaten and arrested by authorities for protesting against the imposition of de facto martial law, Bush has opted...
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Many In Bay Area Call Anti-Bias Measure An Act of Betrayal
National civil rights organizations are celebrating the passage by the House of legislation that would add "sexual orientation" to a list of federally protected classes, but some San Francisco groups refuse to take part in the party. The vote Wednesday on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, also...
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Iraq War Protesters To 'Block' Military Shipment In Olympia, WA
OLYMPIA - About 150 Iraq War protesters took to the streets of downtown Olympia on Tuesday as the Army announced it would begin transporting Stryker vehicles and other military equipment from the Port of Olympia to Fort Lewis on Interstate 5 today. An announcement from Fort Lewis said the convoys...
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Judge Allows Abu Ghraib Lawsuit Against Contractor
A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that a civil lawsuit alleging abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq can go forward against a U.S. military contractor, setting the stage for what could be the first case in a U.S. civilian court to weigh accountability for the notorious...
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Dash to Convert Food into Fuels Is 'Recipe for Disaster'
UNITED NATIONS - A long-held basic human right, the right to adequate food for the world's 854 million hungry people, is being threatened once again -- this time by the conversion of wheat, sugar, palm oil and maize into agricultural fuel. "It is a crime against humanity to convert agricultural...
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Removal of Bush, Cheney Images Doesn't Quell Debate Over Exhibit
The Kennebunk Free Library removed images of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday from an exhibit of collages made from old American flags. Library Director Janet Cate ( jcate@kennebunk.lib.me.us ) said the works did not meet "normative community standards" because of the...
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Zinn Renews Call To End 'Sham' War
Former Boston University professor and political activist Howard Zinn last night said Americans need to "withdraw our obedience from our government" in response to what he called government deception surrounding modern wars. "The war on terrorism is a sham," Zinn said at Morse Auditorium. "...
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Students Call Protest Punishment Too Harsh
CHICAGO - A school superintendent's decision to suspend, and perhaps expel, about two dozen students who took part in a protest against the Iraq war at a suburban high school drew criticism Tuesday from the students and their parents, who demanded that their children be allowed to return to classes...
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Battle Over 'Natural' Food Designation
It's a fight that has the nation's largest chicken producers squabbling, Big Sugar and Big Corn skirmishing and Sara Lee mixing it up with Farmer John. Lawmakers, too, have joined the fray, which already is thick with dueling petitions and at least one lawsuit. Meanwhile, government food regulators...
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Ex-Worker at AT&T Fights Immunity Bill
WASHINGTON - When Mark Klein, then an AT&T technician in San Francisco, stumbled on a secret room apparently reserved for the National Security Agency inside an AT&T switching center, he hardly expected to be caught up in a national debate over the proper balance between American civil...
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Peruvian Mercenary In Iraq: A Year in Hell for 1,000 Dollars a Month
LIMA - Former Peruvian noncommissioned army officer Norman Alfonso Solano is happy because he has once again been recruited to work as a private security guard in one of the most dangerous places in the world: Iraq. Although he saw fellow security guards killed by the Iraqi resistance when he was...
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Dole Must Pay farmworkers $3.2 Million
A Los Angeles jury on Monday awarded $3.2 million to six Nicaraguan farmworkers who had sued Dole Food Co. Inc., arguing they had been rendered sterile some three decades ago by the international corporate giant's application of a banned pesticide on the plantations where they worked. Jurors return...
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West Bank Settlements 'Expanding'
Construction is continuing in dozens of Jewish settlements in the West Bank despite Israel's pledge to freeze their expansion, an campaign group has said. Peace Now says Jewish population growth is three times higher in the area occupied in 1967 than in Israel itself. It says settlers are bypassing...
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007
House Tied In Knots Over Resolution To Impeach Cheney
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is trying to impeach Vice President Cheney for what he describes as "high crimes and misdemeanors" before the invasion of Iraq. Right after the proposal was read on the House floor this afternoon, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer stepped forwarded and tried to...
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Cheney Impeachment Ready For A Vote: To Table It
It now looks as if Rep. Dennis Kucinich's effort to impeace Vice President Dick Cheney will finally come to a vote today - but not the vote for which supporters have been hoping. With Democrats averse to opening an intramural debate on an issue that divides their base, party leaders are expected to...
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Global Warming Is Biggest Security Threat
WASHINGTON - Global climate change, if left unaddressed, is likely to pose "as a great or a greater foreign policy and national security challenge than any problem" the United States currently faces, according to a major new report released here Monday by two influential Washington think tanks...
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Revealed: How Multinational Companies Avoid The Taxman
· Elaborate structures to move profits offshore· International investigation into banana firms
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Some War Protestors Jailed; Others Set Free
As Desiree Fairooz sat with her Code Pink colleagues waiting for lawmakers and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to arrive for a recent House committee hearing, she had no plans, she said, to get arrested. "I already had a case pending." But she couldn't resist the opportunity when Rice walked in...
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Air Strikes First, Questions Later
WASHINGTON - More than two months after Israeli warplanes conducted a mysterious raid in northeast Syria, there is a growing consensus among U.S. government and independent analysts that the suspicious target was a nuclear facility. But the evidence they are relying upon -- a series of satellite...
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World Toilet Summit: Sanitation Beyond Septic Tanks and Sewers
NEW DELHI - To meet one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and halve the number of people without basic sanitation by 2015, the world must make a radical shift away from septic tanks and sewers, say experts and activists. Gathering in New Delhi for the just concluded four-day World Toilet...
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Antitorture Protesters in DC Act Out Waterboarding
WASHINGTON - Protesters staged a waterboarding yesterday outside the Department of Justice, calling for a Senate committee to reject attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey because of his reluctance to define the interrogation tactic as torture. The demonstration came shortly before Senator...
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Bush Turns Civil Rights Commission Into 'Conservative Rights' Commission
WASHINGTON - The US Commission on Civil Rights, the nation's 50-year-old watchdog for racism and discrimination, has become a critic of school desegregation efforts and affirmative action ever since the Bush administration used a controversial maneuver to put the agency under conservative control...
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2007 Is Deadliest Year for US in Iraq
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military on Tuesday announced the deaths of five more soldiers, making 2007 the deadliest year for U.S. troops despite a recent downturn, according to an Associated Press count. At least 852 American military personnel have died in Iraq so far this year - the highest annual toll...
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US GMO Rice Caused $1.2 Billion In Damages - Greenpeace
CHICAGO - Trace amounts of genetically modified varieties of rice that were found commingled in the U.S. rice supply in 2006 caused more than $1.2 billion in damages and additional costs, the environmental group Greenpeace International said on Monday. U.S. rice exports fell sharply after Bayer...
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Monday, November 5, 2007
Portland, Oregon: Cultivating a Culture of Two Wheels
PORTLAND, Ore. - Susan Peithman did not have a job lined up when she moved here in September to pursue a career in "nonmotorized transportation." No worries, she figured; the market here is strong. "In so many ways, it's the center," Ms. Peithman, 26, explained. "Bike City, U.S.A." Cyclists have...
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Brazilian Land Activist Killed In Dispute Over Experimental GM Farm
When a Brazilian peasant organiser led a group of landless farmers on to a European-owned farm last month he was making an environmental protest as well as seeking farmland for about 20 families to cultivate. Within hours, Valmir Mota de Oliveira, 42, and known as "Keno" would be dead, killed...
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Echoes of Iraq Invasion Arguments: White House Turns Up Heat On Iran
WASHINGTON-The screws are tightening, the warnings becoming more stark. The autumn of 2007 in the U.S. capital is beginning to take on some unnerving parallels to the autumn of 2002, when the foundation was being laid for the invasion of Iraq. Now it is Iran thumbing its nose at a Bush...
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Copps, A Liberal Voice on The FCC, Knows How To Get His Message Out
He speaks bluntly to the industry and rouses the grass roots.
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Rich Nations Must Cut GHGs Fast, Deep - UN Experts
NEW DELHI - The world's richest countries must drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to mitigate climate change impacts, says the lead author of a United Nations report, due for release later this month, that focuses on impacts of global warming on the developing world. To have a...
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New 'Disaster' Movie Warns World of Oil Apocalypse
The latest gloves-off documentary to hit screens predicts a global meltdown as vital fuel runs out
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Most Would Pay Higher Bills To Help Climate: poll
LONDON - Millions of people around the world are willing to make personal sacrifices, including paying higher bills, to help redress climate change, a global survey said on Monday. The survey found 83 percent of those questioned believed lifestyle changes would be necessary to cut emissions of...
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Climate Wars Threaten Billions
More Than 100 Countries face Political Chaos and Mass Migration in Global Warming Catastrophe
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Sunday, November 4, 2007
Experts: No Evidence of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program
WASHINGTON -- Despite President Bush's claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger "World War III," experts in and out of government say there's no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program. Even his own administration appears divided about the...
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Musharraf Tightens His Grip on Pakistan After 'Coup'
Hundreds of political activists were arrested in Pakistan today as President Pervez Musharraf tightened his grip on the country after imposing emergency rule, threatening elections due early next year. Police raided a meeting of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in eastern city of Lahore...
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Saturday, November 3, 2007
Condoleezza Rice Forced to Testify in AIPAC's Lobbyists' Spy Trial
The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and 14 other Bush administration officials will be compelled to testify in the espionage trial of pro-Israel lobbyists, a judge in Washington ruled yesterday. The ruling threatens to expose how officials used calculated leaks to the American Israel...
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Nationwide Climate Rallies to Demand Action from Candidates
NEW YORK -- Encouraged by the positive response to their call for demonstrations last April, environmental activists have planned another round of nationwide rallies today to demand decisive actions on global warming. "November 3 represents a new move towards political accountability," said Bill...
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Musharraf Imposes Emergency Rule; Suspends Pakistani Constitution
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has declared emergency rule and suspended the country's constitution. Troops have been deployed inside state-run TV and radio stations, while independent channels have gone off air. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who condemned the moves, has reportedly been...
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Friday, November 2, 2007
Calling the Question -- In the House -- on Impeaching Cheney
Broadcast media's gate-keeping "stars" have done just about everything in their power to keep the matter of presidential accountability off the radar of the American people. That was evident during the most recent Democratic presidential debate, when NBC anchors Brian Williams and Tim Russert...
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Orders From The Top:
Retired General Dunlavey: Guantanamo Mission Came Straight From Bush, Rumsfeld
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'USAF Struck Syrian Nuclear Site'
The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force, the Al-Jazeera Web site reported Friday. The Web site quoted Israeli and Arab sources as saying that two strategic US jets armed with tactical nuclear weapons carried out an attack on a nuclear site under construction. The sources...
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Neighbors: Code Pink Quiet
Members of an antiwar group with a penchant for dramatic and faux-bloody protests in the halls of Congress have proved to be model citizens a few blocks away in their Capitol Hill town house. Code Pink - a mostly female protest group best known for their pink costumes - has taken up residence in a...
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Iraqi Deaths Up In October In Blow to US 'Surge' Policy
BAGHDAD - The number of Iraqis killed in insurgent and sectarian attacks rose in October, according to government figures obtained on Thursday, in a blow to a nine-month-old US troop surge policy. At least 887 Iraqis were killed last month, compared to 840 in September, according to the data...
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Toxins Threaten to Uproot Entire Town
TAMPA, Florida - The quiet village of Tallevast in Florida's Manatee County traces its roots back to the 1890s, when a community of shacks was built there for African-American labourers who worked tapping sap from the local pine forests to make turpentine and grew sugarcane, celery and strawberries...
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Push To Build "Green" Homes Picks Up Steam
LOS ANGELES - Soaring energy costs and increased concern about the environment are spurring builders to step up building homes that use less energy and water. More than 30 affordable homes being built this week during a Habitat for Humanity project in Los Angeles include materials designed to...
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Obama Introduces Iran Measure In Senate
Democrat Barack Obama introduced a Senate resolution late Thursday that says President Bush does not have authority to use military force against Iran, the latest move in a debate with presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton about how to respond to that country's nuclear ambitions.Clinton's...
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Groups Seek Stop to Comcast Net Meddling
A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars on Thursday formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to stop Comcast Corp. from interfering with its subscribers' file sharing. Two of the groups are also asking the FCC to fine Comcast $195,000 for every affected subscriber. The...
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Iraq: Where Better Security Brings No Reassurance
BAQUBA - The much touted "surge" of U.S. troops in Baquba has caused more problems that it has solved, residents say.Baquba, capital city of Iraq's Diyala province located 65 km northeast of Baghdad, has long been a volatile city plagued by rampant violence and administrative chaos. In January this...
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Israel Urged to Aid Oil-Stained Lebanon
UNITED NATIONS - When the Israeli Air Force destroyed a slew of oil storage tanks and a key power station in Lebanon in July 2006, the environmental damage was described as devastating. And now, more than 15 months later, the United Nations has released a report detailing the extent of the...
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Thursday, November 1, 2007
Poll: Most OK Birth Control for Schools
WASHINGTON - People decisively favor letting their public schools provide birth control to students, but they also voice misgivings that divide them along generational, income and racial lines, a poll showed. Sixty-seven percent support giving contraceptives to students, according to an Associated...
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47 Million Americans Lack Health Insurance: Report
NEW YORK - The number of Americans lacking health insurance rose by nearly 8.6 million to 47 million from 2000 to 2006, with children and workers from every income level losing coverage, a new report said on Thursday. The increase was "driven primarily by the continued erosion in employer-provided...
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Disappointed With Farm Bill Subsidies, Reformers To Step Up Fight
As the 2007 farm bill takes final shape in Congress, an unprecedented wave of Bay Area activism aimed at forcing substantial change finds itself washing up on the shores of political reality. "I think we had a chance to make it a really great farm bill, and it turned out to be the same old pork-...
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Did Blackwater Sneak Silencers Into Iraq?
Security firm under investigation for allegedly sidestepping export controls
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Poll Shows Vermonters In Favor of Impeachment
This year's Town Meeting Day addressed an issue far broader than the local school budget -- should Vermonters call for the impeachment of the president and vice president? Thirty-seven towns voted yes. A poll conducted for Channel 3 News posed the same question to 400 likely voters. 61% said they...
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In Nicaragua At-Risk Pregnancy Means Death or Prison
MANAGUA - Nearly 90 women have died in Nicaragua as a direct or indirect result of the repeal, one year ago, of the legislation permitting abortion in cases of risk to the mother's health, according to women's and human rights groups. Ana María Pizarro, the head of the non-governmental...
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Nordic Nations Sound Alarm Over Melting Arctic
OSLO - Nordic nations sounded the alarm on Wednesday about a quickening melt of Arctic ice and said the thaw might soon prove irreversible because of global warming.Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland also urged all governments to agree before the end of 2009 a broader U.N. plan to curb...
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Whalers and Surfers Tussle At Sea
TOKYO - Japanese fishermen tussled with over 30 anti-whaling protesters in waters off the country's eastern coast this week as the activists tried to stop the killing of thousands of pilot whales. A group of mostly Australian and American activists, some on surfboards, left flowers at sea off Taiji...
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Waterboarding Is Torture - I Did It Myself, says US Advisor
When the US military trains soldiers to resist interrogation, it uses a torture technique from the Middle Ages, known as "waterboarding". Its use on terror suspects in secret US prisons around the world has come to symbolise the Bush administration's no-nonsense enthusiasm for the harshest...
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US Anti-War Activist Ordered Out of Canada, Barred For Two Years
VANCOUVER - An anti-war activist who has cast herself as a political victim in a battle with the Canada Border Services Agency was ordered to leave the country yesterday after an Immigration Board hearing concluded she had misled officials. Alison Bodine, whose cause has generated street rallies,...
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Wis. Teacher Protests No Child Left Behind Law by Sitting Out Testing; Discipline Threatened
MADISON, Wis. - A middle school teacher is protesting the federal No Child Left Behind law by refusing to administer a standardized test to his eighth-grade students. David Wasserman, a middle school teacher in Madison, began his protest Tuesday. Instead of giving students the Wisconsin Knowledge...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thousands of Kids Will Give Chocolates Back Tonight, With a Message
NEW YORK - Traditionally, it's the kids who receive sweets from the elders on Halloween, but that years-old ritual is getting a makeover this year in hundreds of communities across North America. Anti-poverty activists say thousands of children will go door-to-door tonight handing out chocolates to...
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Americans Oppose Media Market Concentration: Survey
WASHINGTON-- More than half of Americans surveyed said it should be illegal for a company to own both a newspaper and a television station in the same market, a coalition of consumer and telecommunications advocacy groups said on Wednesday. The Media and Democracy Coalition released its survey the...
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SOA Protest Draws Scant Support From Candidates
Heading into its eighteenth annual protest at Georgia's Fort Benning, the movement to close the US Army's School of the Americas has continued to show signs of progress. The House nearly voted to eliminate funding for the SOA this session, with newly elected Democrats tightening the roll-call count...
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Is US Stuck in Internet's Slow Lane?
The United States is starting to look like a slowpoke on the Internet. Examples abound of countries that have faster and cheaper broadband connections, and more of their population connected to them. What's less clear is how badly the country that gave birth to the Internet is doing, and whether...
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Kucinich Questions Bush's Mental Health Over Iran
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich on Tuesday mockingly questioned President George W. Bush's mental health for saying Iran's nuclear ambitions might trigger World War III. "I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health," Kucinich, a...
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Nader Sues Democrats, Saying They Sabotaged His '04 Campaign
WASHINGTON - Even as the 2008 Democratic presidential candidates prepared to debate Tuesday night, Ralph Nader, a controversial figure from the last two presidential campaigns, sued the Democratic Party, the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign and affiliated groups for allegedly sabotaging his 2004...
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Jailed Rice Protester Surprised by Dearth of Security at Hearing
An Iraq war protester who got within inches of Condoleezza Rice at a hearing last week said she was shocked that tighter security did not prevent her from coming so close to the secretary of state. If there had been more security at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, protester Desiree...
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Code Pink Punks 'Politico' in Blackwater Hoax
NEW YORK - With all of the news about Blackwater USA's problems, it wasn't a surprise that a fake story about the company creating a "Department of Corporate Integrity" would make it on to several valid news sites. CBS News and Politico.com were among the victims of the fraud, reportedly...
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