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Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Baghdad Merchants Astounded at McCain's Claims of Security
They say the market he saw, surrounded by GIs and humvees, wasn't real life
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The Botched US Raid that Led to the Hostage Crisis
A failed American attempt to abduct two senior Iranian security officers on an official visit to northern Iraq was the starting pistol for a crisis that 10 weeks later led to Iranians seizing 15 British sailors and Marines.
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Poll Finds Bay Area Democrats Like Gore Best
SAN FRANCISCO - Al Gore, though not a candidate in the 2008 presidential race, enjoys the highest favorable ratings among those likely to vote in the Democratic primary in California and is the leading choice of voters in the Bay Area, a new Field Poll shows.The Field Poll released today shows that of announced Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York leads the pack with 41 percent support among those who identified themselves as likely to cast Democratic primary ballots in February. She is followed by Sen.
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Monday, April 2, 2007
Supreme Court Rules Against Bush in Global Warming Case
WASHINGTON - In a defeat for the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a U.S.
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Britons Unwilling to Change Despite Climate Threat
Few people are making significant changes to their lifestyle to counter climate change despite a widespread acceptance of its dangers, according to new research.
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Martin Sheen Cited again for Nuke Site Trespass
MERCURY, Nev. - Martin Sheen was among a group of peace activists cited during an anti-nuclear protest Sunday at the Nevada Test Site, authorities said.Dozens of people took part in the rally sponsored by the Nevada Desert Experience outside the test site, 70 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
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Nader Drops by, Praises Vermont
BRATTLEBORO -- After a two-hour film about his life had finished, the subject of "An Unreasonable Man" was suddenly there, in real life, standing on the stage.
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'US Ready to Strike Iran on Good Friday'
The United States will be ready to launch a missile attack on Iran's nuclear facilities as soon as early this month, perhaps "from 4 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 6," according to reports in the Russian media on Saturday. According to Russian intelligence sources, the reports said, the US has devised a plan to attack several targets in Iran, and an assault could be carried out by launching missiles from fighter jets and warships stationed in the Persian Gulf.
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Iraqi Returns to Britain after Guantanamo 'Nightmare'
LONDON - Bisher al-Rawi, an Iraqi held at the US base at Guantanamo Bay for nearly five years, said Sunday his "nightmare is finally at an end" in a statement issued after he returned to Britain, where he lives.He also spoke of the "hopelessness" and "extreme isolation" suffered by detainees and asked to be granted time with his family to come to terms with his "horrific experience".
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Taliban Deploy Thousands of Suicide Bombers: Commander
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan - Thousands of Taliban suicide bombers have been deployed across Afghanistan to attack Western troops and the government, the group's military chief said on Monday.Following last year's violence, the worst since the Taliban's ouster in 2001, this year is regarded as the crunch period both for the Taliban and U.S.-led Western troops.
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Sunday, April 1, 2007
Iraq Military Victory No Longer Possible, says Henry Kissinger
FORMER US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who helped engineer the US withdrawal from Vietnam, said Sunday the problems in Iraq are more complex than in the Vietnam War, and military victory was no longer possible.He also said he sympathised with the troubles facing US President George W. Bush.
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Media Watchdog Aims to Expose Flaws of Cable News
JEFF Cohen likes to say he's been to the belly of the beast and lived to talk about it.In fact, the Saugerties resident has written a book about the experience: "Cable News Confidential - My Misadventures in Corporate Media."
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Guantanamo Trial Would Have Done Stalin Proud - Lawyer
THE secret agreement that resulted in David Hicks facing only nine more months in prison may do fatal damage to an already discredited system of dealing with terrorism suspects, legal experts say.The combination of a sentencing deal arranged behind closed doors and the conditions imposed on Hicks, including a year-long gag order and a declaration that he was never tortured, has shown the process to be a political and not legal one, Australian and US observers say.
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Wars of the World: How Global Warming Puts 60 Nations at Risk
As scientists deliver a detailed report on the impact of climate change this week, an 'IoS' investigation shows it will spark a major rise in conflicts
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Climate Report Maps Out 'Highway to Extinction'
WASHINGTON-A key element of the second major report on climate change being released Friday in Belgium is a chart that maps out the effects of global warming, most of them bad, with every degree of temperature rise.There's one bright spot: A minimal heat rise means more food production in northern regions of the world. However, the number of species going extinct rises with the heat, as does the number of people who may starve, or face water shortages, or floods, according to the projections in the draft report obtained by The Associated Press
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Bush Again Pushes 3 Nominees Seen as Pro-Industry
The president could skirt the Senate by using recess appointments
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Ex-Aide Says He's Lost Faith in Bush
AUSTIN, Texas - In 1999, Matthew Dowd became a symbol of George W. Bush's early success at positioning himself as a Republican with Democratic appeal. A top strategist for the Texas Democrats who was disappointed by the Bill Clinton years, Mr. Dowd was impressed by the pledge of Mr. Bush, then governor of Texas, to bring a spirit of cooperation to Washington. He switched parties, joined Mr. Bush's political brain trust and dedicated the next six years to getting him to the Oval Office and keeping him there. In 2004, he was appointed the president's chief campaign strategist.
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Saturday, March 31, 2007
US Rice Industry Opposes Plan to Grow Genetically Modified Rice in US
WASHINGTON - The U.S. rice industry wants the federal government to reject a plan to grow genetically modified rice in the Midwestern state of Kansas, saying the country's growers would suffer "financial devastation" if modified crops contaminate the commercial supply.
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Southern Clout in Congress Hits 50-Year Low
When he was in Congress, Rep. Howard "Judge" Smith routinely frustrated the Washington establishment by leaving town when House leaders tried to push bills he did not like through his Rules Committee.Once in 1957, the Virginia Democrat blocked President Eisenhower's civil rights legislation by saying a barn burned down on his farm and he needed to tend to it.
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New Research Shows Path to Reverse Fish Declines
NEW YORK - For those in the United States and Canada who stand for sustainable modes of production and consumption of natural resources, including seafood, there is good news from the oceans this week.Though fish stocks continue to decline despite years of efforts to overcome the problem, new scientific evidence shows there exists a clear pathway to reversing the course. "Fishery collapses are not inevitable," says Brian Halweil, a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute, one of the leading independent environmental think tanks in the United States.
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Afghan War May Be Lost: Experts
Taliban are back in force, MPS hear. Contradicting military chief's optimism
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Detainee Says He Confessed to Stop US Torture
The terrorism suspect contends he was forced to admit to a role in the Cole bombing. A military law expert isn't surprised.
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Friday, March 30, 2007
Lack of Ice Kills Thousands of Seals but Cull Will Continue
Thousands of harp seal pups are assumed dead in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence due to the lack of ice floes, which mother seals require to nurse their pups successfully.
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Persons with Disabilities: Objects of "Charity and Pity" No More
UNITED NATIONS Copyright - A new treaty designed to promote and protect the rights of the world's 650 million persons with disabilities opens for signature at the United Nations on Friday.
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Fate of Five Detained Iranians Unknown
WASHINGTON - As the Western media turns its attention to the fate of 15 Britons detained for allegedly trespassing into Iranian waters over the weekend, the status of five Iranian officials captured in a U.S. military raid on a liaison office in northern Iraq on Jan. 11 remains a mystery.
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Residents of Fallujah Fear a US 'Genocidal Strategy'
FALLUJAH - Iraqis in the volatile al-Anbar province west of Baghdad are reporting regular killings carried out by U.S. forces that many believe are part of a 'genocidal' strategy. Since the mysterious explosion at the Shia al-Askari shrine in Samara in February last year, more than 100 Iraqis have been killed daily on average, without any forceful action by the Iraqi government and the U.S. military to stop the killings. U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces working with them are also executing people seized during home raids and other operations, residents say.
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Immigrants Stage Week-Long Boycott in Colorado
SAN FRANCISCO - Immigrant rights activists in Colorado have launched a week-long economic boycott, saying they want to show how big an impact immigrants have on the economy."Immigrants have substantial buying power that is often taken for granted," Julien Ross of the Denver-based Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) told OneWorld.
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Anger as UK's Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reach 10-Year High
A six-million-ton question mark was placed over Britain's climate change strategy yesterday with the release of figures showing that UK greenhouse gas emissions, which the Government has pledged to cut radically, are actually soaring. Emissions of the principal greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, from power stations, motor vehicles and homes, amounted to 560.6 million tonnes last year, 6.4 million tons higher than the 2005 figure. The increase of 1.15 per cent means that Britain's emissions are now at the highest level since Labour came to power a decade ago, nearly 3 per cent above 1997.
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Developing Countries are Awash in E-Waste
BANGALORE, India -- Once considered a problem that affects only industrialized nations, e-waste -- pollution from the disposal of unwanted electronic and electrical equipment -- is fast becoming a bane of developing countries.Most e-waste in India is dumped in landfills or incinerated, releasing toxins into the air and soil that can cause cancer, birth deformities and arrested brain development, health experts say. http://www.commondreams.org/archive/wp-content/photos/0330_01.jpg " onclick="pp_image_popup(' http://www.commondreams.org/archive/wp-content/photos/0330_01.jpg ',350,310); retu
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Thursday, March 29, 2007
New Hampshire House Stands Behind Single-Payer Plan
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - The lack of federal action in finding solutions to the multitude of problems that have led to the national health care crisis has frustrated states suffering from the results of that crisis. Nowhere is that more evident than in New Hampshire, where no less than 250 individual pieces of legislation were filed this year in an attempt to address various aspects of the problem.
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Castro Criticizes U.S. Biofuel Policies
HAVANA -- Fidel Castro lashes out against U.S.
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US Income Gap Is Widening Significantly, Data Shows
Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans - those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 - receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows.The top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression.
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New Israeli Film Raises Questions about Israel's Use of Military Power
TEL AVIV, Israel - In the opening minutes of Joseph Cedar's new film " Beaufort ," three Israeli soldiers hunker down behind concrete blast walls and talk about what brought them to an isolated mountaintop fortress in Lebanon."If you are here, you are here by mistake," one doomed soldier says to a new arrival sent to defuse a roadside bomb. "I wanted to be here.
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Czech President Vaclav Klaus: 'Environmentalism As Bad As Communism'
BUDAPEST - Czech President Vaclav Klaus has offered fresh warnings that environmentalism and measures to curb climate change are a threat to human freedom.
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Retreating Himalayan Icefields Threatening Drought in Bangladesh
Notorious for its annual floods, Bangladesh may seem the last place in the world to worry about a drying up of the rivers that flow from the Himalayas. But the country is as much at risk from drought as it is from flooding. Already farmers who used to grow rice have turned to farming prawns because the water in their fields has turned so salty nothing will grow there.
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Berkeley Woman's Iraq Quest
Sleeping Bag in Tow, She Hopes to Embed with Army and Blog
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Antiwar Theme Plays Well to Labor Group
Builders Union Cheers Remarks by Democrats
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Climate Change: Coastal Mega-Cities in for a Bumpy Ride
NEW YORK - About 643 million people, or one-tenth of the world's population, who live in low lying coastal areas are at great risk of oceans-related impacts of climate change, according to a global research study to be released next month.The study, by researchers at Columbia University's Center for International Earth Sciences Information Network and the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development , is the first of its kind.
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Judge Lamentably Dismisses Lawsuit Against Rumsfeld
WASHINGTON -- Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld cannot be tried on allegations of torture in overseas military prisons, a federal judge said Tuesday in a case he described as "lamentable." U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan threw out a lawsuit brought on behalf of nine former prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said Rumsfeld cannot be held personally responsible for actions taken in connection with his government job.
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Code Pink Dogs Clinton on 2008 Trail
An anti-war group, Code Pink, is hounding Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) at almost every stop she makes on the campaign trail, hitting her again yesterday as she joined other candidates in seeking a union endorsement.
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FBI Didn't Mean to Break the Law, Mueller Says
WASHINGTON - The FBI didn't deliberately break the law by improperly obtaining thousands of Americans' phone, e-mail and financial records, Bureau Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
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Guantanamo Illegal Despite Guilty Plea: Critics
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A guilty plea by Australian David Hicks to terrorism charges should not be seen as legitimizing U.S. military tribunals taking place at Guantanamo Bay, human rights groups said on Tuesday. Lawyers met to work out details of the plea after Hicks, a farmhand turned al Qaeda trainee, stunned many in the court at the U.S. naval base on Monday night by pleading guilty to a charge of providing material support for terrorism.
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U.S. Base Revives Cold War Feelings
BUDAPEST - The U.S. missile defense system to be deployed in Eastern Europe is becoming a matter for concern in all of Europe. Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France are now worried and demand talks.
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'Food Not Lawns': Organic Gardens vs. Chem-Fed Lawns
SAN DIEGO - Sandalistas are on the march here to create a homegrown organic food movement, encouraging gardeners to tear up their lawns for healthier, more natural alternatives. In doing so, they're advocating the re-greening of the urban landscape for the sake of food security and social justice.
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San Francisco First City to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags
SAN FRANCISCO - Paper or plastic? Not anymore in San Francisco. The city's Board of Supervisors approved groundbreaking legislation Tuesday to outlaw plastic checkout bags at large supermarkets in about six months and large chain pharmacies in about a year.
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Saudi King Slams 'Illegitimate Occupation' of Iraq
Saudi King Abdullah, whose country is a close US ally, on Wednesday slammed the "illegitimate foreign occupation" of Iraq in an opening speech to the annual Arab summit in Riyadh.
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Inhofe Vows to Put Brakes on Gore's 'Live Earth' Concert at the Capitol
WASHINGTON - Fresh from his face-to-face tussle with former Vice President Al Gore, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is vowing to stall Gore's hotly anticipated Capitol concert to draw attention to global warming.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
NATO's Potty Rules Shut out Afghans
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — Under a bizarre policy that echoes the days of segregation in the United States, Afghans who work at the NATO base at Kandahar Airfield must use separate toilets marked "local nationals only."Several Afghans told The Globe and Mail the practice is insulting, but they are dependent on NATO for their livelihoods and reluctant to speak out.
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Aides to Bush Told not to Destroy E-Mails
The Republican National Committee and chairman of George W. Bush's 2004 campaign have been ordered to preserve all e-mails related to White House business because they might be relevant to multiple congressional investigations.
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Republican Sees Iraq Pullout Passing then Vetoed
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush is likely to lose a first-round fight with Democrats over a critical funding bill that sets a date for American troops to withdraw from Iraq, the U.S. Senate's Republican leader said on Monday. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky predicted legislation similar to that already passed by the House of Representatives would eventually get through the Senate, which is more narrowly controlled by Democrats.
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Cheney Speech at BYU Causes Outcry
At BYU -- in the heart of what has been called the reddest county in the nation -- the mere possibility of Vice President Dick Cheney coming to campus is getting some blue blood boiling.
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Gonzales Aide to Invoke the Fifth in Testimony
WASHINGTON - A key aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than answer lawmakers' questions about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, her lawyer said Monday. The decision by Monica Goodling to protect herself against self-incrimination marks the first instance in which a Bush administration appointee involved in the probe has signaled concerns about possible criminal repercussions. Goodling, 33, has taken leave from her job as counsel to the attorney general and as the Justice Department's liaison to the White House.
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Film on "Radical Islam" Tied to Pro-Israel Groups
WASHINGTON - A controversial documentary on the threat of radical Islam, promoted by the two most-watched U.S. cable news networks, was marketed and supported in part by self-described "pro-Israel" groups, according to an IPS investigation.
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Global Warming Study Warns of Vanishing Climates
By the end of the century up to two fifths of the land surface of the Earth will have a hotter climate unlike anything that currently exists, according to a study that predicts the effects of global warming on local and regional climates.
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Monday, March 26, 2007
French Scientists Rebut U.S., Muslim Creationism
With creationism now coming in Christian and Muslim versions, scientists, teachers and theologians in France are debating ways to counteract what they see as growing religious attacks on science. Bible-based criticism of evolution, once limited to Protestant fundamentalists in the United States, has become an issue in France now that Pope Benedict and some leading Catholic theologians have criticized the neo-Darwinist view of creation.
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Three Fired U.S. Attorneys Balked At Seeking Death Penalty
Prosecutors in California, Michigan and Arizona Share a Reluctance to Pursue The Ultimate Punishment.
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Fighting For Air: Frontline of War on Global Warming
Progress Comes at a High Price For China and India, But There Are Grounds For Hope
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Greens Hail Landmark Victory In Fight To Save Amazon Rainforests
One of the world's largest agribusiness giants was forced to close a soy export terminal in Brazil's Amazon region this weekend, marking a major victory for environmentalists who have argued for years that the plant was built illegally and became a significant cause of rainforest depletion. Brazilian police and environmental officers swooped on the Cargill terminal in Santarem, a deep-water port in the lower Amazon about 850 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. They said they met no resistance as they set about closing operations.
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Senate GOP Says No to Al Gore-Global Warming Concert at Capitol
You probably didn't notice it (since readers of The Crypt have actual lives), but late Friday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tried to get Senate Republicans to allow former Vice President Al Gore to stage a global warming concert on Capitol grounds. But Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected to Reid's request, and the resolution authorizing the concert, for now, remains stuck in the Rules and Administration Committee.
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City Asks Court Not to Unseal Police Spy Files
Lawyers for the city, responding to a request to unseal records of police surveillance leading up to the 2004 Republican convention in New York, say that the documents should remain secret because the news media will "fixate upon and sensationalize them," hurting the city's ability to defend itself in lawsuits over mass arrests. In papers filed in federal court last week, the city's lawyers also say that the documents could be "misinterpreted" because they were not intended for the public.
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Sunday, March 25, 2007
We Failed, Says Pro-War Iraqi
Kanan Makiya, an Iraqi exile under Saddam and a key intellectual inspiration for the US policy of 'regime change' in Iraq, has admitted he failed to foresee the consequences for his country of the invasion four years ago.
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Cheney: Early Iraq Pullout Won't Be Allowed
US Vice President Dick Cheney has assured political allies that an early withdrawal of US forces from Iraq would not be allowed, despite efforts by Congress to impose a deadline on US combat operations there.
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Actor Penn, Rep. Lee Appear at Town Hall Meeting on Iraq War
Hundreds gather in Oakland to discuss how to get U.S. troops home OAKLAND -- Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn was the star attraction at a town hall meeting today in Oakland, where hundreds of people gathered to denounce the war in Iraq and call for an immediate withdrawal of American troops.
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And They Call It Peace: Inside Iraq, Four Years On
In a personal diary to mark the fourth anniversary of the war, our award-winning correspondent Patrick Cockburn journeys through a country riven with violence and chaos Sunday 18 March. Khanaqin
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NYC City Police Spied Broadly Before GOP Convention
For at least a year before the 2004 Republican National Convention, teams of undercover New York City police officers traveled to cities across the country, Canada and Europe to conduct covert observations of people who planned to protest at the convention, according to police records and interviews. From Albuquerque to Montreal, San Francisco to Miami, undercover New York police officers attended meetings of political groups, posing as sympathizers or fellow activists, the records show.
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Justice Department Tugged to the Right
Under Bush, the department has been tainted by politics, many say.
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Activists Remember a Different Romney
Advocates for gay and abortion rights and the environment say the GOP candidate misled them on his positions.
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Saturday, March 24, 2007
Iraq Vote Angers Anti-War Wing
WASHINGTON, DC- House Democrats voted Friday to continue paying for the war in Iraq but set deadlines for withdrawal. The $124 billion spending bill eked by on a near party line vote of 218 to 212 with no "ayes" to spare.
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Iraqi Medical Crisis as Doctors Flee
For the people of Iraq, it may be the ultimate nightmare. The ordeal continues for victims of Iraq's violence when they are taken to hospital. Most of the best medical staff have left after being targeted by insurgents. Many have fled the country just in the last few months.
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Documents Show Gonzales Approved Firings
WASHINGTON -- Last week, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he was not involved in any discussions about the impending dismissals of U.S. attorneys. On Friday night, however, the Justice Department revealed Gonzales' participation in a Nov. 27 meeting where such plans were discussed.
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Play About Iraq War Divides a Connecticut School
WILTON, Conn. — Student productions at Wilton High School range from splashy musicals like last year's "West Side Story," performed in the state-of-the-art, $10 million auditorium, to weightier works like Arthur Miller's "Crucible," on stage last fall in the school's smaller theater.
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Worldwide, Communities Demand Access to Water
UNITED NATIONS - Holding scores of rallies and sit-ins around world, environmental and community groups Thursday made fresh calls for drastic actions to protect the world's rivers and other water resources from the devastating impact of global warming, pollution, and toxic waste.
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Iran & Iraq: US and UK Fail to Find Smoking Gun
Although British and US military and diplomats often complain of Iranian support for insurgents in Iraq, there is no "smoking gun" to prove it, a senior British officer in Basra admitted yesterday. Lt Col Justin Maciejewski said he could not prove Iranian interference in the southern Iraqi city, where UK troops come under regular mortar and rocket attack. But community leaders had told him Iranian agents were paying Iraqis $500 a month (£254) to carry out attacks.
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New U.S. Attorneys Seem to Have Partisan Records
WASHINGTON - Under President Bush, the Justice Department has backed laws that narrow minority voting rights and pressed U.S. attorneys to investigate voter fraud - policies that critics say have been intended to suppress Democratic votes. Bush, his deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, and other Republican political advisers have highlighted voting rights issues and what Rove has called the "growing problem" of election fraud by Democrats since Bush took power in the tumultuous election of 2000, a race ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Friday, March 23, 2007
MoveOn Moves In with Pelosi
The netroots group's support proved crucial to passage of the Democrats' Iraq spending plan. But antiwar activists say MoveOn has been co-opted by its access to power.
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Police Tell Anti-War Protesters to Take Down 'Camp Pelosi'
Anti-war protesters in their 11th day of a round-the-clock vigil in front of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Pacific Heights home were ordered by San Francisco police Thursday night to remove protest signs, banners and canopies that adorned what they called Camp Pelosi.
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Global Shipping Must Curb 'Unchecked' Pollution: Study
Ocean-going vessels now belch out more of the major air pollutant sulfur dioxide than all of the world's cars, trucks and buses combined, according to a study released Thursday. The group behind the report, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), also said the shipping industry...
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California Sues Navy Over Use of Sonar
A commission acts after rejection of its bid to further protect sea mammals. A vice admiral says current precautions are enough.
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Antarctic Melting May be Speeding Up
HOBART (Australia) - Rising sea levels and melting polar ice-sheets are at upper limits of projections, leaving some human population centers already unable to cope, top world scientists say as they analyze latest satellite data.
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Congressman Trades Iraq Vote for Spinach
SAN FRANCISCO - A liberal Congressman who represents California's picturesque central coast region is under fire for trading his vote on the Iraq war for spinach. Rep. Sam Farr, a Democrat from the hippy college town of Santa Cruz, originally voted against the Iraq war and has voted against proposals to fund it each of the last four years. This time, though, he's singing a different tune -- and critics say his change of heart has more to do with the spinach industry than anything else.
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U.S. Nukes Plan Viewed as Provocative
WASHINGTON - The announcement earlier this month that the United States will pursue the design and construction of new nuclear weapons has not been warmly embraced by the rest of the world.
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Saturday, December 9, 2006
Maricopa County female inmates march for chain gang duty in Phoenix, Arizona in this file photo. Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton US Has the Most Prisoners in the World
WASHINGTON - Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts. A U.S. Justice Department report released...
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Thursday, August 24, 2006
Why Air Con is Ruining Our Environment
Our love of air con is making the world even hotter
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Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Red apples (Braeburn) in tray for transport and display in European Union. (Photo: Soren Breiting) What Not to Eat: the Truth about Food
Low-fat is good, butter is bad; buy free-range, not battery; tofu's terrific, lard's a killer... Messages about what we should and shouldn't eat bombard us on a daily basis. So what are we to believe? And what about the cost to the planet? Rose Prince unravels the myths and explains what we need to...
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Monday, April 17, 2006
People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing the remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide, during a commemoration in Kigali, Rwanda April 7, 2006. Three films in two years about Rwanda's genocide have shocked Western audiences with the scale and savagery of the slaughter, but many survivors in the tiny central African nation are unimpressed with the big-screen's wrong depictions of the carnage. Picture taken April 7, 2006. To match feature Rwanda-Genocide REUTERS/Themistoc Rwanda Survivors Say Hollywood Has Got It Wrong
Three films in two years about Rwanda's genocide have shocked Western audiences with the scale and savagery of the slaughter, but many survivors in the tiny central African nation are unimpressed. They say the big-screen depictions of the carnage, when about 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate...
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Monday, March 20, 2006
Oakland Nears Final Payouts for Protesters Hurt by Police
OAKLAND, California - A clash between the police and antiwar protesters here nearly three years ago will cost the City of Oakland more than $2 million, including dozens of payouts to people injured when officers fired wooden dowels, bean bags and rubber pellets. The Oakland City Council is scheduled Tuesday to approve the final payments related to the incident, which was the most violent of many protests nationwide in the early weeks of the Iraq war. At least 58 people were injured, including nine longshoremen who were caught in the crossfire on their way to work.
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Sunday, March 12, 2006
Hillary Clinton Feels Heat Over Wal-Mart Ties
NEW YORK -- With retailer Wal-Martunder fire for its labor and healthcare policies, one Democrat with ties to the company, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, has started feeling her share of the political heat. Clinton served on Wal-Mart's board of directors for six years when her husband was governor...
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Thursday, January 26, 2006
More Americans Favor Impeaching Bush, Poll Says
Today's topic: Domestic spying
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Friday, December 30, 2005
President Bush's "Brownie" Quote Wins Award
LOS ANGELES - Call it the wrong phrase at the wrong time but "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" was named on Thursday as U.S. President George W. Bush's most memorable phrase of 2005. The ill-timed praise of a now disgraced agency head became a national punch line for countless jokes and pointed...
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Friday, November 18, 2005
The Man Who Sold the War
The road to war in Iraq led through many unlikely places. One of them was a chic hotel nestled among the strip bars and brothels that cater to foreigners in the town of Pattaya, on the Gulf of Thailand. On December 17th, 2001, in a small room within the sound of the crashing tide, a CIA officer...
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Sunday, October 30, 2005
Elizabeth Harper and Dennis Kucinich How Kucinich Found Love
On May 4, Elizabeth Harper walked with her boss into Dennis Kucinich's Capitol Hill office for a meeting and immediately noticed three things. In the reception area, she saw a visiting nun in white robes. In his inner office sat a shelf bearing an illustration depicting "light consciousness" and a...
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Barges often were piled high with one-ton steel containers of mustard gas to be thrown into the ocean in the 1940s and 1950s. More than a dozen such as this were unloaded off the coast of South Carolina. U.S. Army photo The Deadliness Below
Weapons of mass destruction thrown into the sea years ago present danger now - and the Army doesn't know where they all are
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Friday, October 7, 2005
George Bush believes he is on a mission from God, according to the politician Nabil Shaath. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP Bush: God Told Me to Invade Iraq
President 'revealed reasons for war in private meeting'
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Thursday, September 8, 2005
Old-Line Families Escape Worst of Flood And Plot the Future
NEW ORLEANS - On a sultry morning earlier this week, Ashton O'Dwyer stepped out of his home on this city's grandest street and made a beeline for his neighbor's pool. Wearing nothing but a pair of blue swim trunks and carrying two milk jugs, he drew enough pool water to flush the toilet in his home...
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Friday, September 2, 2005
Stadium Hurricane Refuge Like a 'Concentration Camp'
Dirty, fearful and exhausted, they pressed their faces against the metal gates, begging and pleading for the chance to board a bus and get away from a refuge that had become a nightmare. After five days in the stinking, crowded and sweltering confines of the New Orleans Superdome, the thousands of...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
US Selling More Weapons to Undemocratic Regimes That Support 'War on Terror'
The United States has ramped up arms sales to some of the world's most repressive and undemocratic regimes in a misguided attempt to bolster counter-terrorism efforts since the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil, says a new report from leading arms trade researchers. The report, from the Arms Trade...
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Thursday, May 19, 2005
Galloway: The Man Who Took on America
How did one maverick MP manage to outgun a committee of senior US politicians so successfully? And did he make any lasting impact?
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Thursday, March 10, 2005
WAR CRIMES: US TERROR ATTACK ON TOKYO This 1945 photo shows the industrial section of Tokyo along the Sumida River. Some 16 square miles of the city were razed by incendiary and other strikes by U.S. warplanes March 9-10, 1945. The Tokyo attack was aimed in part at demolishing Japanese morale and hastening a surrender. Planners also wanted to wipe out small factories and drive away their employees as a way of choking the economy. (AP Photo) 1945 Tokyo Firebombing Left Legacy of Terror, Pain
TOKYO -- For decades, Teruo Kanoh never revealed the terror locked in his heart the night in 1945 when American bombs turned Tokyo into a raging fireball. Then, three years ago, he slowly began releasing his demons in oil and watercolor. In his vivid, unsparing paintings, U.S. warplanes shower the...
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Thursday, February 10, 2005
Pierre Martineau, left, and Patrice Bergeron, two of the Wal-Mart workers who initiated the unionization, stand in front of their workplace, a Wal-Mart department store, Tuesday Sept. 28, 2004 in Jonquiere, Que. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday, Feb. 9, 2005, it will close the Canadian store. (AP Photo/CP PHOTO/Jacques Boissinot) As Union Nears Win, Wal-Mart Closes Store
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will close one of its Canadian stores, just as some 200 workers at the location are near winning the first-ever union contract from the world's largest retailer. Wal-Mart said it was shuttering the store in Jonquiere, Quebec, in response to unreasonable...
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Tuesday, February 8, 2005
An effigy of US President Bush holds a cross as a weapon on a carnival float during the traditional rose Monday parade in Dusseldorf, western Germany, on Monday, Feb. 7, 2005. (AFP/DDP/Volker Hartmann) Western German Streets Fill Up as Carnival Pokes Fun at Bush
COLOGNE, Germany -- Hundreds of thousands of Germans, many dressed as jesters or fools, have flooded Rhineland streets for the traditional "Rose Monday" procession, the highlight of the Catholic carnival season. In Cologne, where the biggest parade got underway at 11 minutes to 11:00, around 10,000...
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