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Friday, July 27, 2007
5 Years Later, Cameraman Still Held at Guantanamo
KHARTOUM, Sudan - He's all but unknown in the United States, the country of his jailers, but in his homeland of Sudan, Sami al Hajj is a national hero. The president has spoken out about him, demonstrations have been held in his name, and a bakery in Khartoum has printed his picture on its...
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Russia's Gorbachev Says US is Sowing World Disorder
Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the United States, and current President George W. Bush in particular, on Friday for sowing disorder across the world by seeking to build an empire. Gorbachev, who presided over the break-up of the Soviet Union, said Washington had sought to...
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Teens March Across US to Protest War
MONTEZUMA, Iowa - Two teens from opposite coasts are marching across the country for peace, hoping to gain followers and attention with each step. Ashley Casale, 19, of Clinton Corners, N.Y., and Michael Israel, 18, of Jackson, Calif., had hoped others who oppose the war in Iraq would join them on...
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Dozens of Afghan Civilians Die in Air Raids: Residents
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Dozens of civilians, including women and children, have been killed in two foreign air strikes in southern Afghanistan, residents and a local member of parliament said on Friday. One of the raids by NATO hit houses in the Girishk district of Helmand province on Thursday...
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US Peace Groups Hail Vote on Iraq Bases
SAN FRANCISCO - Peace advocates in the United States are welcoming a Congressional vote Wednesday that may be a political stepping stone to ending U.S. participation in the war in Iraq. "It's a first step for Republicans who have thus far been raising questions about the war, but not voting against...
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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Obama Says Clinton Has foreign Policy Like Bush's
WASHINGTON - - Democrat Barack Obama accused Hillary Clinton on Thursday of backing a foreign policy toward hostile nations no different than U.S. President George W. Bush's in an escalation of their war of words this week. Obama, an Illinois senator, fired back at New York Sen. Clinton for calling...
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Waiting for Good Dough
The click of heels against the marble floors echoes through the halls as staffers hurry to happy hour, yoga or home. It's 6:30 p.m., and the entire Dirksen Senate Office Building is rushing. Everyone except Hans Scheltema, who leans against the wall in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee room...
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Iraq Envoy Slams US Over Arms Supplies
WASHINGTON - Iraq's ambassador to the United States Wednesday launched a withering attack on what he said was US slowness to provide basic weaponry to his country's ill-equipped armed forces. Samir Sumaidaie said the foot-dragging was inexplicable given President George W. Bush's oft-stated desire...
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Iraq Warns of War Refugee 'Humanitarian Crisis'
Iraq warned of a humanitarian crisis on Thursday as it appealed to the international community to help hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have taken refuge from war in neighbouring countries. "The Iraqi government calls on the international community, in particular neighbouring countries, to...
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Bush's Attorney General Faces Threat of Perjury Probe
WASHINGTON - A senior US senator is threatening to request a perjury inquiry into President George W. Bush's attorney general amid accusations his sworn testimony before Congress contradicted an account from a top intelligence official. The threat comes amid an escalating battle between Congress...
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Bush Line Distorts Iran's Real Interest in Iraq
WASHINGTON - As U.S. and Iranian diplomats met in Baghdad Tuesday for a second round of talks on Iraq, the domestic U.S. political climate appears decidedly more supportive of an aggressive U.S. posture toward Iran than just a few months ago, reflecting the apparent triumph the George W. Bush...
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Huge Farm Bill Offers More of Same for Agribusiness
WASHINGTON - A prominent San Francisco patron of the arts, Constance Bowles -- heiress of an early California cattle baron, widow of a former director of UC Berkeley's Bancroft library and a resident of Pacific Heights -- was the largest recipient of federal cotton subsidies in the state of...
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Eight Americans Graduate in Boost for Cuban Health Care
Eight American students have graduated from a Cuban medical school after six years of free tuition, giving a fresh boost to the reputation of the communist government's health care system. The first class of US graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine, a Fidel Castro brainchild on...
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
House Panel Cites Bush Aides for Contempt of Congress
WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee voted contempt of Congress citations Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush's former legal counselor, Harriet Miers. The 22-17 party-line vote -- which would sanction the pair for failure to comply with subpoenas on...
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Tiny Town Demands Justice in Dioxin Poisoning
BOSTON -- A U.S. health agency has made research subjects of people in tiny Mossville, Louisiana by repeatedly monitoring dangerously high levels of dioxin in their blood while doing nothing to get the community out of harm's way, residents say. Further, the agency failed to release important test...
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US 'Ignored' UK Rendition Protest
British concerns did not appear to "materially" affect US actions in its "war on terror", the UK's intelligence and security committee has said. The committee, which reports to the prime minister, was probing possible UK involvement in rendition flights. It said America's "lack of regard" for UK...
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Clinton, Obama Camps Battle Over talking to Castro, Chavez
WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has seized on Sen. Barack Obama's debate assertion that he'd meet with Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as evidence that her top rival isn't ready for the diplomatic stage. In one of the sharpest exchanges of the Democratic...
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To Fund Children's Health Plan, House Would Pay Insurers Less
Bush threatens veto.
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Hot Offices in NYC Find a Green Solution
Massive blocks of ice cool floors, cut energy use
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Bringing Moos and Oinks Into the Food Debate
WATKINS GLEN, NY -- The first farm animal Gene Baur ever snatched from a stockyard was a lamb he named Hilda. That was 1986. She's now buried under a little tombstone near the center of Farm Sanctuary, 180 acres of vegan nirvana here in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Back then, Mr...
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China's Environmental Crisis: Hard Cash Beats Clean Air
BEIJING -- From a public relations standpoint, it didn't look good. In the space of less than a month, China quashed two potentially embarrassing environmental reports that would have said what most people already know: the country is facing a costly and increasingly deadly environmental crisis...
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India's First Woman President Vows Fight for Women, Unborn Girls
NEW DELHI - India's first woman president was sworn into office Wednesday and promised to fight for the rights of women and an end to the widespread practice of aborting female fetuses. Pratibha Patil, 72, also said the country's hundreds of millions of poor should reap the benefit of India's...
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Experts Question US Strategy in Pakistan
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's strategy for pursuing al-Qaida in Pakistan's tribal region could stoke support for the Islamic militants who are protecting the terrorist network's leaders and battling Pakistan's U.S.-backed military regime, some U.S. diplomatic and defense officials and...
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US 'Brand Identity' Tarnished
Study says 'show of force' model marketed by military should have been `we will help you'
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Iraqis Blame US Depleted Uranium for Surge in Cancer
CAIRO -- Iraq's environment minister blamed Monday the use of depleted uranium weapons by U.S. forces during the 2003 Operation Shock and Awe for the current surge in cancer cases across the country. As a result of "at least 350 sites in Iraq being contaminated during bombing" with depleted uranium...
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Pressure Builds to Ban Plastic Bags in Stores
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Paper or plastic? It is a question that has long dogged grocery shoppers. But the debate may soon be settled for this maritime city, where a bill aimed at protecting marine life would ban plastic bags from all retail stores. San Francisco enacted a ban in April, but it applies just...
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Hazard Warning on Home Cleaners
Study says many use chemicals linked to fertility problems
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Takoma Park City Council Strongly Backs Bid to Impeach Bush, Cheney
Over the years, Takoma Park has declared itself a nuclear-free zone, established an immigrant sanctuary law and written a 5,000-word manual for its trash and award-winning recycling programs. Last night, its City Council voted to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney...
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Iraq War Has Made Australia Less Safe: Poll
Most Australians believe their government's involvement in the Iraq war has made the country less safe, an opinion poll showed Tuesday. Just six percent of those polled said they felt more safe, according to the Newspoll survey for GetUp, a political pressure group that claims nearly 190,000...
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After Carnage, U.S. and Iraqi Authorities Compete for Control
BAGHDAD - It was just another car bomb, this time an old, blue Volkswagen Passat that blew up in a busy shopping district of Baghdad, one of four that killed and maimed Iraqi civilians Monday. But the array of first responders who descended on the smoke-filled scene exemplified how militants aren't...
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Candidates Hop Aboard the Iran Sanctions Bus
WASHINGTON - Last Thursday afternoon, in a tightly packed press room of the U.S. Capitol building, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi stood at the podium and smiled heartily as she pointed to two columns of U.S. postal boxes stacked behind her. "Since Iran funds death," she told the crowd, her lobby group --...
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Rights Groups Dismiss Bush's Rules for Secret Prisons
SAN FRANCISCO - Human rights organizations are reacting coldly to President George W. Bush's executive order forbidding the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from torturing, humiliating, or abusing detainees in its once-secret interrogation program. "It's incredibly vague to the point of being...
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Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan Arrested at Congress
WASHINGTON - Calling for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, Cindy Sheehan and 45 fellow Iraq war protesters were arrested on Monday after they refused to leave a U.S. lawmaker's office and adjoining hallway, authorities said. Before police escorted her...
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Monday, July 23, 2007
Injured Iraq War Veterans Sue Bush's VA Head for Poor Care, Cheating
WASHINGTON -- Frustrated by delays in health care, a coalition of injured Iraq war veterans is accusing VA Secretary Jim Nicholson of breaking the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment. The class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, filed Monday...
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Global Warming has Already Changed World's Rainfall Patterns: Study
PARIS -- A study has yielded the first confirmation that global warming is already affecting world's rainfall patterns, bringing more precipitation to northern Europe, Canada and northern Russia but less to swathes of sub-Saharan Africa, southern India and Southeast Asia. The changes "may have...
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Unlikely Adversary Arises to Criticize Detainee Hearings
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Stephen E. Abraham's assignment to the Pentagon unit that runs the hearings at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, seemed a perfect fit. A lawyer in civilian life, he had been decorated for counterespionage and counterterrorism work during 22 years as a reserve Army intelligence officer...
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US Won't Rule Out Force in Pakistan
Push Against Al Qaeda May Backfire, Some Say
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Senator Calls For Censure Against Bush
Feingold says the measures aim at 'misconduct' of the war and 'attack' on laws, but top Senate leaders predict the effort will fail.
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Turkey: Islamic Party Wins in Landslide
ISTANBUL - Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), with its roots in Islam but professing to be secular and conservative, won a landslide victory in general elections Sunday. What it does in coming days will determine how long it stays in office. As some 42 million voters cast their...
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Low-Key Recall of AIDS Drug Hits World's Poor
ROME - A total recall of an important AIDS drug widely used in developing countries has disrupted treatment for tens of thousands of the world's poorest patients, with no clear word from the manufacturer on when shipments will resume. The recall of the drug, Viracept, by Roche Pharmaceuticals of...
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New Poll: Globalization Backlash in Rich Nations
A popular backlash against globalization and the leaders of the world's largest companies is sweeping all rich countries, an FT/Harris poll shows. Large majorities of people in the US and in Europe want higher taxation for the rich and even pay caps for corporate executives to counter what they...
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Sunday, July 22, 2007
US Force-Feeds Guantanamo Hunger Strikers
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Twice a day at the U.S. military prison, Abdul Rahman Shalabi and Zaid Salim Zuhair Ahmed are strapped down in padded restraint chairs, and flexible yellow tubes are inserted through their noses and throats. Milky nutritional supplements, mixed with water and olive...
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Drug Safety Critic Hurls His Darts From the Inside
CLEVELAND - Back in the '60s, when University of Michigan students were holding protests over civil rights and the Vietnam War, an undergraduate named Steven E. Nissen was at the center of the political dissent. Four decades later, that former campus activist is now Dr. Nissen, who is shaking up...
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Australian Chief Lashes US on Iraq
AUSTRALIA'S Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, has taken a swipe at the US military's strategy at the outset of the Iraq war, expressing disbelief that it has taken so long for commanders to realize the merits of engaging with the local population and winning their trust. Visiting a...
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US Choppers Kill ... Who? Enemy or Innocents?
BAGHDAD, Iraq - This much is agreed upon: at least six Iraqis died overnight Saturday when American attack helicopters pounded a cluster of homes in a dusty, nondescript neighborhood on the northern outskirts of Baghdad. But the story of why those homes were targeted and who was killed depends on...
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With Iraq on Fire, Rest of World on Hold
WASHINGTON - Two months ago, President Bush enthusiastically accepted an invitation to visit Singapore in September. But he abruptly changed plans, and his summit with Southeast Asian leaders is off. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is skipping an Asian meeting, too, and tossed out plans to...
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US Bending Rules on Colombia Terror?
WASHINGTON - For more than a decade, leftist guerrilla and right-wing paramilitary groups in Colombia have kidnapped or killed civilians, trade union leaders, police and soldiers by the hundreds and profited by shipping cocaine and heroin to the United States. In that time, several American...
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Welcome to Richistan, USA
The American Dream of riches for all is turning into a nightmare of inequality. But a backlash is brewing.
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
DeFazio Asks, But He's Denied Access
Classified info - The congressman wanted to see government plans for after a terror attack
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Human Peace Sign
Portland Peace Festival Eastern Promenade Portland, Maine July 14, 2007
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Pelosi Takes Heat for OK of Farm Bill
Legislation heavy on subsidies draws Bay Area activists' fire
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Environmental Protester Slain in Siberia
MOSCOW -- Attackers dressed in dark clothes and wielding metal pipes raided a camp of environmental protesters in Siberia early Saturday, leaving one dead and several injured, a spokeswoman for the local administration said. Eight demonstrators were hospitalized after the attack, one of whom later...
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Court Grants Evidence to Guantanamo Lawyers
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners should have access to nearly all government evidence so they can challenge detainees' designation as "unlawful enemy combatants." The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington was a...
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Bush Bars CIA from Using Torture, but Details Remain Cloudy
WASHINGTON - President Bush signed an executive order Friday barring the CIA from using torture, acts of violence and degrading treatment in the interrogation and detention of terrorism suspects, but human rights experts questioned its scope. The order "interprets the meaning and application" to...
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Blood and Guts: Pakistan's 'Gutsiest' Woman
Lunchtime yesterday, and a gaggle of lawyers in black suits crammed into a small room in the sweaty bowels of Pakistan's Supreme Court. Balancing cigarettes and cups of tea, they savored the moment. An epic struggle was nearing its climax. The court was about to deliver its verdict on a battle that...
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Bribery Network to Bloat War Costs Is Alleged
Federal investigators have uncovered what they describe as a sweeping network of kickbacks, bribes and fraud involving at least eight employees and subcontractors of KBR, the former Halliburton subsidiary, in a scheme to inflate charges for flying freight into Iraq in support of the war, according...
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Friday, July 20, 2007
Will U.S. Finally End Cluster Bomb Exports?
WASHINGTON - At the end of June, a few members of the U.S. Congress made a discreet move to limit this country's exports of cluster bombs, a weapon that has been used around the world since the Second World War to devastating humanitarian consequences. Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont,...
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Army Wife and Mother in Oregon Battles War
BEAVERTON, Oregon - An army travels on its stomach. So Chop! Marlene Schaffer attacks vegetables as she grills T-bone steaks for her husband's farewell party. Chop! She shreds lettuce for chicken Caesar salads for a midweek meal. With her husband Howard Schaffer's deployment this morning, the...
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Blind Loyalty Latest US War Casualty
PEMBERTON, New Jersey, is a military town, but it emerges from the highway like a vision of an older, simpler, idealised America conceived by Norman Rockwell. This is not a holiday, yet Pemberton's historic main street is dressed in national flags, the Stars and Stripes lifting from every lightpole...
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Musharraf Rocked by Judge Ruling Amid Fresh Bloodshed
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, battling a wave of Islamist violence, suffered another blow Friday when the supreme court gave a victory to his political nemesis, the country's top judge. Musharraf ousted independent-minded chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in March, but...
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Disarmament in Colombia: The Meltdown Begins
UNITED NATIONS - It was gesture to pave the way. A meltdown took place last week, but it wasn't the collapse of a government or institution -- rather the destruction of nearly 14,000 small arms and light weapons in Colombia on International Gun Destruction Day. Organised by the U.N. Office on Drugs...
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Famous Women Give Voice to Slain Student's Legacy
Michelle Gardner-Quinn wanted to make protecting the environment her life's work. As a young college student, she traveled to Costa Rica, Brazil, and South Africa to study nature in its purest forms. She was an avid supporter of Al Gore and his warnings about global warming. And last October, as a...
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Blast Shows Age of US Infrastructure
NEW YORK - With a blast that made skyscrapers tremble, an 83-year-old steam pipe sent a powerful message that the miles of tubes, wires and iron beneath New York and other U.S. cities are getting older and could become dangerously unstable. The steam conduit that exploded beneath a Manhattan street...
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General in Iraq Awaits November Assessment
For months September has been cast as a pivotal time for determining the course of the war in Iraq, yet a top general now says a solid judgment on the U.S. troop buildup there may not come until November. Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno told he would need beyond September to tell if improvements in Iraq...
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Broader Privilege Claimed In Firings
WASHINGTON - Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials...
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Thursday, July 19, 2007
A German City's Long Focus on the Sun
FREIBURG, Germany -- Rolf Disch has harnessed the sun in his city of Freiburg, starting with his own house. It looks like an upside-down Apollo spacecraft and serves as a testing ground for ideas dreamed up by the 63-year-old solar architect. The home slowly turns with the sun to charge a billboard...
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Huge Underground Lake Could End Darfur Conflict: US Scientist
SUDAN - The recent discovery of a huge underground lake in Sudan could spell an end to four years of conflict in the drought-stricken region of Darfur, a US geologist said Wednesday. More than 200,000 people have been killed and some two million displaced in the conflict, sparked in part by...
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Advocating Peace, Granny D, Pink Ladies Descend on Market Square
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Barbara Hilton said she had not gotten involved with CODEPINK until recently simply because she didn't like the color. But when she went to Washington, D.C. and saw the power the women-led grassroots peace and social justice group yielded she decided to learn more. "I had been on...
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El Salvador: Spectre of War Looms After 15 Years of Peace
SAN SALVADOR - Violent clashes between the police and demonstrators are sounding alarm bells for the peaceful coexistence that was achieved in El Salvador in the 1990s after 12 years of civil war, say human rights lawyers, analysts and activists. The armed conflict that broke out in 1980 came to an...
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US Threatens Action in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - An ambush of a military convoy that killed 17 troops near the Afghan border Wednesday pushed the death toll in a series of attacks to at least 101 Pakistanis in the past five days - and brought President Pervez Musharraf, according to a local newspaper headline, to a "Moment...
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Native Peoples Renew Call for U.N. Recognition
UNITED NATIONS - Leaders of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples are reiterating their calls for the 192-member U.N. General Assembly to recognise their sovereignty over ancestral lands and resources. "It is now time for the General Assembly to adopt the declaration by vote, if necessary,"...
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Closed Crossings Pushing Gaza into Disaster, Says UN
GAZA CITY - UN officials issued warnings yesterday about the dire collapse of Gaza's economy and called on the international community to open crossing points for trade. At least 68,000 Palestinians have lost their jobs in the past month since Israel closed the crossings out of the narrow, highly...
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Gore: Human Species in a Race for its Life
ASPEN, Colo. - "There's an African proverb that says, 'If you want to go quick, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' We have to go far quickly," former Vice President Al Gore told a packed, rapt house at the Benedict Music Tent Wednesday. With many scientists pointing to a window of less...
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Lawmakers Decry FDA Plans to Close Labs
Importers have learned to evade close federal scrutiny of the food they ship into the United States, putting consumers at increasing risk, congressional investigators said Tuesday. Lawmakers also criticized the Food and Drug Administration's plan to close half of its laboratories. They called that...
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Bush Middle East Plan Starts to Unravel
WASHINGTON - George Bush yesterday encountered the weakest of welcomes for his call for an international peace conference on the Middle East. A day after he unveiled his plan for a conference of Israelis, Palestinians and Arab governments in the autumn, there were few signs of optimism that such a...
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160 Top US Corporations: Act Now on Global Warming
WASHINGTON -- The chief executives of 160 largest United States companies released a new policy statement on climate change here, Tuesday, warning that ''the consequences of global warming for society and ecosystems are potentially serious and far-reaching'' and asserting that ''the time for action...
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Bush Told Iraq War Has Helped al-Qa'eda
WASHINGTON - President George W Bush was facing increasingly blunt criticism of his Iraq policy last night as a US intelligence report suggested that the war has made al-Qa'eda attacks on American soil more likely. Senator George Voinovich, a close ally of Mr Bush, delivered a withering assessment...
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Nuclear Power No Panacea, Critics Say
UNITED NATIONS - The nuclear mishap caused by Monday's earthquake in Japan has unleashed another wave of environmental concerns about the use of nuclear technology to meet the world's energy needs. "Nuclear power is hardly the safe panacea its supporters claim it to be," said Norman Dean of Friends...
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Mandela and 'The Elders' Aim to Save the World
JOHANNESBURG -- The Elders, a new alliance made up of an elite group of senior statesmen dedicated to solving thorny global problems, unveiled itself today in Johannesburg. The rollout coincided with founding member Nelson Mandela's 89th birthday. After a grand entrance, Mandela, the former South...
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Amid Reports of Progress, a Massacre Shatters Village
BAGHDAD - They arrived early yesterday morning in a straight line of official-looking vehicles, about 125 men dressed in Iraqi Army fatigues and carrying standard-issue weapons. Aziza Abdul Jabbar and her relatives ran out of her home, believing the military had arrived to protect their village in...
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Dust, Waste and Dirty Water: The Deadly Price of China's Miracle
Hundreds of millions of people are being made ill every year or dying prematurely from pollution caused by China's breakneck economic growth, a leading economic thinktank has concluded following an 18-month investigation. The OECD study, prepared at China's request, draws on work by the government...
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Democrats Attack Bush on Women's Health Issues
WASHINGTON - In a rousing indictment of the Bush administration and the Supreme Court it created, Senator Barack Obama told a Planned Parenthood convention here on Tuesday that the next election would decide a fundamental question: "What kind of America will our daughters grow up in?" The speech by...
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Bush Aides See Failure in Fight With Al Qaeda in Pakistan
WASHINGTON - President Bush's top counterterrorism advisers acknowledged Tuesday that the strategy for fighting Osama bin Laden's leadership of Al Qaeda in Pakistan had failed, as the White House released a grim new intelligence assessment that has forced the administration to consider more...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Pat Tillman Investigators Want Rumsfeld
House panel hopes to ask him about Ranger's death
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First Atomic Bomb Test Exposed U.S. Civilians to Radiation
The world's first atomic bomb test might have exposed unaware civilians in New Mexico to thousands of times the recommended level of public radiation exposure, according to reconstructed data in a new study. The research, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that...
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Japan Quake Triggered Dozens of Faults at Nuclear Plant
KASHIWAZAKI, Japan - Japanese authorities are Tuesday investigating a second nuclear scare and dozens of other problems discovered at a massive power plant following a deadly earthquake. Fires, leakages of water and oil, misplaced duct pipes and broken equipment, have been recorded since the 6.8...
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DEATH PENALTY-US: Inmate Gets Rare Last-Minute Reprieve
SAVANNAH, Georgia - Troy Anthony Davis, a death row inmate in the U.S. state of Georgia whose guilt has been challenged by new evidence, won a 90-day stay of his sentence Monday, just hours before his scheduled execution. "I'm exhausted but elated," Martina Correia, Davis's sister, told IPS. "They...
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Just Another Day in Iraq: 100 More Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters Killed
KHANAQUIN, DIYALA PROVINCE, Iraq - The United States surge, the use of the American troop reinforcements to bring violence in Iraq under control, is bloodily failing across northern Iraq. That was proved again yesterday when a suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives in Kirkuk...
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CIA Dissenters Aided Secret Prisons Report: Author
BRUSSELS - Dissident U.S. intelligence officers angry at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped a European probe uncover details of secret CIA prisons in Europe, the top investigator said on Tuesday. Swiss Senator Dick Marty, author of a Council of Europe report on the jails, said senior...
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Monday, July 16, 2007
Hundreds of Iraqis Protest Draft Oil Law
About 300 oil industry workers gathered in Iraq's main oil port of Basra on Monday to protest a draft law that they said would allow foreigners to pillage the country's wealth." To compensate for the military and political failure of the US administration in Iraq, this administration is trying to...
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Depleted Uranium Holds Fast In Colonie
British Researcher Finds Traces Years After Weapons Plant Closed
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General Pace: Another Troop Buildup Possible
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military's top general said Monday that the Joint Chiefs of Staff is weighing a range of possible new directions in Iraq, including, if President Bush deems it necessary, an even bigger troop buildup. Making no predictions, Marine Gen. Peter Pace revealed that he and the chiefs...
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Robot Air Attack Squadron Bound for Iraq
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq - The airplane is the size of a jet fighter, powered by a turboprop engine, able to fly at 300 mph and reach 50,000 feet. It's outfitted with infrared, laser and radar targeting, and with a ton and a half of guided bombs and missiles. The Reaper is loaded, but there's no one on...
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Bush Administration Accused of Putting Ideology Above Science
WASHINGTON - Testimony from President George W. Bush's former surgeon general last week has fueled charges that his administration has trumped science in favor of its political and religious ideologies. The administration has been at loggerheads with scientists since it came to power in 2001 on...
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Radioactive Water 'Leaked' from Japan Nuke Plant after Quake
KASHIWAZAKI, Japan - Water containing some radioactive materials leaked from a nuclear power plant in Japan after a strong earthquake Monday, a spokesman for the firm running the facility said. "We have confirmed that water containing a slight amount of radioactive materials leaked out of the...
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Despite Rhetoric, Obama Pushed Lobbyists' Interests
Away from the bright lights and high-minded rhetoric of the campaign trail, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has quietly worked with corporate lobbyists to help pass breaks worth $12 million. In his speeches, Obama has lambasted lobbyists and moneyed interests who "have...
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Cheney Pushes Bush to Act on Iran
WASHINGTON - The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned. The shift follows an internal review involving the White House, the Pentagon and the state...
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Sunday, July 15, 2007
Air Force Quietly Building Iraq Presence
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Away from the headlines and debate over the "surge" in U.S. ground troops, the Air Force has quietly built up its hardware inside Iraq, sharply stepped up bombing and laid a foundation for a sustained air campaign in support of American and Iraqi forces. Squadrons of attack...
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Hillary Clinton: Why is She Hated by Progressives and Right-Wingers Alike?
America's anti-Hillary Clinton alliance is growing by the day
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Homage To '72 Antiwar Hopeful
Veterans of George McGovern's campaign gather and draw parallels to the effort to end the Iraq conflict.
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