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Another $33 Billion for War in Afghanistan Today? | Institute for Public Accuracy

A news release from the Institute for Public Accuracy reports: Political director of Peace Action West, Griffin said today: “It’s happening now. After weeks of stalling and amidst growing dissent from the public and Congress, the House will vote on $33 billion for escalating the war in Afghanistan. “The McChrystal debacle has fueled a larger debate about the failing counterinsurgency ...

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Climate science: An erosion of trust? | Nature.com

Many climate researchers worry that scepticism about global warming is on the rise. Jeff Tollefson investigates the basis for that concern and what scientists are doing about it. Last November, a catchy music video popped up on YouTube and attracted thousands of fans. Called ‘Hide the Decline‘, the video featured a caricature of climate researcher Michael Mann admitting that he ...

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Aquino Is Sworn In as Leader of the Philippines – NYTimes.com

MANILA — Promising to end the Philippines’ intractable corruption, Benigno S. Aquino III took office as the nation’s 15th president on Wednesday to face a welter of urgent challenges, from a swelling budget deficit to the iron grip of regional clans that have not hesitated to resort to brutality. “You are the reason why, today, the suffering of the people ...

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Israeli flotilla inquiry will question PM Netanyahu – Toronto Star

JERUSALEM—The Israeli commission of inquiry into last month’s deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla will summon the country’s prime minister to testify, the chief investigator announced Monday as the five-member panel officially began work. Alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s defence minister and military chief of staff will also face the commission investigating the events leading up to the ...

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Why Immigrants Can Drive the Green Economy

By Richard Herman and Robert L. Smith Raymond Spencer, an Australian?born entrepreneur based in Chicago, has a window on the future–and a gusto for investing after founding a high?technology consulting company that sold for more than $1 billion in 2006. “I have investments in maybe 10 start?ups, all of which fall within a broad umbrella of a ‘green’ theme,” he ...

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Naomi Klein: The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit

As thousands protested in the streets of Toronto, inside the G20 summit world leaders agreed to a controversial goal of cutting government deficits in half by 2013. We speak with journalist Naomi Klein. “What actually happened at the summit is that the global elites just stuck the bill for their drunken binge with the world’s poor, with the people that ...

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One Year After Coup, Honduras Repression Continues

June 28, 2010, marked the one-year anniversary of the military coup that overthrew the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. A year later, the coup’s repressive legacy continues, with ongoing reports of killings, disappearances, torture and impunity. We speak with Gerardo Torres, a member of the National Front of Popular Resistance in Honduras. One Year After Coup, Honduras Repression Continues | ...

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Obama ‘confident’ in climate change bill’s passage – CNN.com

Washington (CNN) — President Obama met Tuesday with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to discuss passing an energy and climate change bill this year. “The president said that there was a strong foundation and consensus on some key policies and the president urged the senators to come together based on that foundation,” according to a White ...

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Burma election: Are activists the new Third Force in politics?

Rangoon, Burma —  Inside a humid room, rows of neatly dressed Burmese students are quizzing their guest lecturer. The class is Social Entrepreneurship and the topic is the European Union, where the lecturer comes from. Why is Switzerland not in the EU? Why is marijuana legal in some countries but not in others? “Good questions,” the teacher nods. The class ...

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Why Petraeus won’t salvage the war in Afghanistan

As Gen. David Petraeus prepares for his next command, his supporters are hoping he can rescue a failing war for the second time in just a few years. But both the dire state of the war effort in Afghanistan and his approach to taking command in Iraq in early 2007 suggest that Petraeus will not try to replicate an apparent ...

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