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New Dawn for Kenya (3:18) In what many are calling the beginning of a new era, Kenyans went to the polls today to elect a new leader.President Daniel arap Moi is stepping down after 39 years of what human rights activists call dictatorial rule.Uhuru Kenyatta is the handpicked successor of Moi, and the son of Kenya's founding president, Jomo Kenyatta. The only real opposition to Kenyatta is 71-year-old Mwai Kibaki. With the polls now closed in Kenya we go to human rights activist, journalist,...
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Around 15-hundred Palestinian political prisoners started an open-ended hunger strike in four Israeli jails yesterday. The prisoners say they are subject to unnecessary strip searches, want more access to family visits and telephones, and improve overall living conditions. Today Israeli prison authorities declared psychological war against the inmates. They threatened to force-feed the prisoners and began barbequing outside the walls of the prisons. The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says...
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Topics: EU, UN, afghanistan, bush, death penalty, elections, iraq, israel, kurds, military, palestine,...
Democrats Waver on War On Terror The war in Afghanistan intensifies in Gardez, 96 miles south of Kabul. US troops killed hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaida fighters last weekend and eight U-S soldiers died. Some members of Congress began to speak out against the Bush administration's handling of the war. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle criticized the direction of the war. However, Daschle is now spearheading a Congressional Resolution to reiterate congressional support for...
Topics: afghanistan, al-qaeda, bush, chemical weapons, democratic party, disease, india, islam, military,...
UN Envoy Killed in Bomb in Iraq - Susan Wood Randi Zimmerman Speaks with Ahmed al rawi in Bagdad Hugo Chavez Recall Campaign Begins - Greg Wilpert Internet Campaign to Nix Same Sex Marriage - Mitch Jeserich RFID/Surveillance technology RFID - Kellia Ramares US DOJ Report Says 1 in 3 blacks Will Go to Prison ? Ian Forest Mass Deportation From NY (3:47) According to reports by the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Immigration and...
Topics: detainees, immigration, india, iraq, israel, military, palestine, privacy, rights, suicide
Another View from Baghdad (4:04) Even as US military reports indicate control over Baghdad, violence is still widespread throughout the country.According to reports from the red cross inside Iraq, there is rampant looting and lawlessness in Baghdad as the central hospital was ransacked this afternoon.This as Iraqi Shia Muslim leader Abdul Majid al-Khoei and another cleric were found murdered in the central Iraqi town of Najaf. The BBC is reporting that an unconfirmed number of US marines have...
Topics: NSA, UN, communism, iraq, islam, korea, military, nuclear power, nuclear weapons, rumsfeld, suicide
President George W. Bush will be surrounded by a huge security operation keeping him from protestors in Ireland as he makes his way to a European Union summit. Maeve Conran reports from Dublin. Dozens of journalists in Tijuana, Mexico marched to raise awareness of the slaying of yet another collegue. Aura Bogado has more. New York City officials plan to evict public housing residents if they are arrested on serious drug charges with or without a conviction.Geoff Brady reports from New York. The...
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Congress Authorizes Force Against Iraq(3:46) Iraq today again invited the United States to inspect sites the White House says are used to house weapons of mass destruction. The White House says inspections should only proceed after the UN passes a new resolution with tough conditions on the Iraqis. Iraq accuses the US of seeking a pretext for war, and threatens to teach the US an "unforgettable lesson" if the US pursues its stated goal of "regime change" in Iraq.Meanwhile in...
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Cincinnati Coroner Rules Nathaniel Jones Death a Homicide ? Evan Davis The cause of death in the case of an Ohio man beaten by police over the weekend has been ruled a homicide. Evan Davis has more from Cincinnati. Attica Settlement ? Leslie George In New York, the families of Attica prison guards killed by state troopers 32 years ago are saying a proposed multi-million dollar settlement falls short. From WBAI, Leslie George has more. Healthy Forest Initiative ? Leigh Robartes President Bush...
Topics: EU, bush, california, christmas, environment, israel, palestine, riots, wal-mart
Special 9-11 Coverage Part of our marking of today's anniversary, will include short segments from reporters who participated in making the news for you on September 11 last year.You will hear both what it was like for them to gather the information and personally what the experience they were feeling. Throughout the program you will hear from Miranda Kennedy, Gareth Schweitzer, and Robert Knight. Voices For Peace Montage Two planes went into the twin towers this day last year. The world has...
Topics: 9-11, bush, india, iran, kennedy, palestine, pentagon, wtc
Thousands in UK Demostrate Against Iraq War (3:52) As many as 400,000 people marched through central London this weekend to protest against plans for a war on Iraq, and to demand justice in Palestine. This, as Baghdad rejected the draft US sponsored UN resolution requiring Iraq to comply within 30 days or face military action. But while President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair seek international backing for their Iraq resolution, the British public took to the streets to protest...
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People in the Netherlands are voting today on whether to support the European Union constitution.Only the Parliament may actually approve or reject adoption of the document.However, most political parties pledged to vote along with the majority of today?s Dutch voters, as long as 30-percent of the population goes to the polls.At deadline, more than 31-percent voters in the Netherlands cast their ballot.Historically most votes are cast after work. Political leaders in Palestine are trying to...
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Features White House Judicial Nominee Oversaw DOJ Memo on Torture (4:20) The Wall St. Journal reported on Monday that the Pentagon's top civilian lawyer, William Haynes, is the person in charge of a team of lawyers that created a memo suggesting that President Bush did not have to abide by international and domestic anti-torture laws when security is at risk. William Haynes is also President Bush's judicial nominee for the 4th Circuit court of appeals in Virginia, which commonly hears anti...
Topics: NATO, bush, detainees, disease, environment, france, iraq, kurds, pentagon, rebellion, torture
The Israeli attorney general recommends that his government should finally refer to operations in the Palestinian territories as an occupation and fall in line with international law. Laila El-Haddad has more from Gaza. Activists gathered today to raise awareness that the vestiges of slavery still exist and that reparations are the answer. Grace Anderson reports from D.C. 17-hundred health care workers are on strike at the nation?s oldest HMO in Washington. Sarah Turner with the Workers...
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As a major rewrite of corporate tax law advanced closer to passage today, a provision that would allow government regulation of tobacco products was stripped from the measure. The tax package will now go to the House and Senate where it may pass this week -- prior toCongress closing up shop to campaign for the election. However, supporters of FDA regulation of tobacco are considering a filibuster in the Senate over the tobacco issue. Gaza Attacks Continue -- Laila el Haddad Israeli occupation...
Topics: 9-11, EU, NATO, bush, california, cheney, china, elections, immigration, india, iraq, israel, john...
The Lives of Iraqi-Americans This half-hour long documentary explores the trials and tribulations of being an Iraqi-American.What is it like for them to live with the prospect of a war between their country of origin and the country they now call home?Tune in and find out.
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ETA Ceasefire The Basque separatist group, also known as Eta, has declared a permanent ceasefire with the Spanish government. For four decades Eta has been involved in an armed struggle for the independence of the Basque region of northern Spain and south-west France. In a statement the group said its objective now was "to start a new democratic process". Spanish socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the government was cautious but hopeful about the announcement....
Topics: attorney general, bush, disease, elections, ethnic, france, hamas, iraq, islam, israel, kurds,...
Pro-Life Court Nominee Seeks To Overturn Roe vs.Wade As Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld came to Capitol Hill today to testify and try and sway lawmakers to push for war in Iraq, an important nomination hearing for 10th circuit court of appeals began. President Bush's nominee to the court has drawn fire from both pro-choice and church/state separation advocates, some of whom came together yesterday in Washington to express their opposition to Michael McConnell's nomination. McConnell endorsed...
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Israeli Palestinian Talks(3:28) Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas yesterday for a three hour meeting, ahead of a regional summit with President Bush next week. Inside Israel and the Occupied Territories there iscautious optimism about restarting a dormant peace process as Irris Makler reports from Jerusalem. Venezuelan Peace Deal(3:11) Yesterday, after seven months of negotiations that were facilitated by the secretary general of the...
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Six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray U.S. Supreme Court finally takes up same-sex marriage Court strikes down law to gag prisoner speech as Mumia Abu Jamal’s health deteriorates Search and rescue efforts continue after massive earthquake in Nepal Indonesia grants temporary reprieve to Filipino worker convicted of drug smuggling New Zealand city to divest from fossil fuels Women in Los Angeles wrap up Fast for $15 call for citywide wage hike Download Audio Six...
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41 Bodies Discovered in Iraq At least three Iraqi civilians died this morning when a suicide bomber detonated a garbage truck rigged with explosives in central Baghdad. David Enders reports from Baghdad. Indigenous Bolivians Continue to Challenge Mesa Bolivian Indians blocked roads today and vowed a "face-to-face battle" against President Carlos Mesa, whose quickly withdrawn resignation offer failed to ease turmoil. Luis Gomes reports from La Paz that Mesa now faces a new social...
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In pre-dawn session, Senate advances Trump agenda Reproductive rights fight takes shape under GOP control of federal government Sanctions and military raid follow travel ban by executive order Six dead after attack on mosque in Quebec City For Muslim women fighting for equal rights, perseverance is key Washington state jury refuses to convict first “valve-turner” in four state tar sands pipeline action In pre-dawn session, Senate advances Trump agenda Before the sun even rose over the U.S....
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Bastille Day attack in Nice kills at least 84 Trump taps Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as VP candidate Funerals for officers slain continue through the week Funeral for Philando Castile draws hundreds to Minnesota’s St. Paul Cathedral Demonstrations swell across the country calling for police reform August recess starts two weeks early for the U.S. Congress Theresa May replaces David Cameron as UK Prime Minister More than 30 dead as protests escalate in Kashmir Los Angeles fights for immediate...
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A Florida soldier, who filed for conscientious objector status, is being called a deserter according to a National Guard spokesperson. Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia walked inside the Florida National Guard building today after being absent from his military unit for more than 30 days. Mejia served 5 months in Iraq as part of the occupation forces and said during his time there he became increasingly convinced that the U.S. military action was unjust. Military officials say Mejia had a bit of...
Topics: NSA, UN, bush, disease, environment, iraq, mexico, military, rights, scotus, washington
?WEF Protests in NYC (3:38)?Labor and the WEF (3:46)?South Korea; "Yankees go Home" (4:16)?Bush Says Healthcare for Fetuses, Abstinance for Adults (3:18)?NATO Protests in Munich (4:24)
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Colombian President-Elect Visits Washington(3:00) Colombia's president-elect Alvaro Uribe was in the US this week asking Washington for help fighting the drug trade. Uribe was elected in May with a hard-line mandate to end the country's drug-fueled civil war, which has killed 40,000 people in the last ten years. Among the greatest recipients of US aid, Colombia follows only Israel and Egypt. And now the US looks ready to commit to new and more violent forms of assistance. Joshua Chaffin reports...
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Aung San Suu Kyi Free The Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been released from nearly 20 months of house arrest by the military junta who has power in Burma. Thousands of cheering supporters mobbed her as she arrived at the headquarters of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). According to Suu Kyi herself, in a statement made hours ago, her release is unconditional and she is free to go anywhere she wants. Inside the Church of the Nativity The Director of the...
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Israeli Human Rights Groups Sue Over Human Rights (4:08) As secretary of state Colin Powell arrived in Morocco at the start of a mission that will also take him to Egypt and Spain, the death toll in the Palestinian territories continus to rise. In the Jenin refugee camp, Israeli forces fired about 20 missiles overnight and continued the heavy bombardment throughout the morning. Fighting continued in Nablus, the largest Palestinian-ruled city in the West Bank, where cars crushed by tanks...
Topics: bush, california, france, israel, military, palestine, rights, washington
To download just the documentary, without the intro, click here. Collatoral Voices: A Report from the Frontlines of Iraq Ever since the September 11th attacks on the World TradeCenter And Pentagon, The Bush Administration has publicly threatened to attack Iraq.Bush has labelled the country as part of an axis of evil and has vowed to bring down Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.And some analysts say that this week could be a breaking point. Talks are now underway in Vienna, between the United Nations...
Topics: 9-11, UN, bush, iraq, pentagon, saddam hussein, washington
Gay Marriage In Portland, Oregon today, officials issued the state's first marriage licenses to same-gendered couples after county officials determined the state constitution required them to do so. In Georgia, a Constitutional ammenment banning gay marriage was defeated largely by the Black Caucus -- legislators who's constiuents largely support the measure. The ammedment may come back up as early as tommorw. And in NY -- lesbians and gays continue to tie the knot. Ama Buadi has more from NYC....
Topics: NATO, afghanistan, al-qaeda, biological weapons, elections, individuality, iraq, islam, john kerry,...
US Troops Abusing Iraqi Prisoners Images on a network television news magazine confirm what Amnesty International and others have been reporting for months ? some US soldiers have been abusing Iraqi prisoners. One picture shows a prisoner who was told to stand on a box with his head covered while wires were attached to his hands. According to the CBS report, the prisoner was told that he would be electrocuted if he fell off the box.In many of the pictures US soldiers appear to be laughing or...
Topics: 9-11, NATO, UN, bush, california, cheney, iraq, israel, military, nuclear power, nuclear weapons,...
Still No UN Mission to Jenin The UN Security Council remains deadlocked today over Israel's rejection of a fact-finding mission to the Jenin refugee camp, as Palestinians reject a U.S.-backed proposal for an international peace conference on the Middle East. Susan Wood reports from the United Nations. What Now for the United Nations? We go now to Phyliss Bennis who is a fellow for the New Internationalism Project at the Institue for Policy Studies in Washington DC. She has been studying the...
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More Kidnapings in Iraq Yesterday in Baghdad four people working for nongovernmental organizations affiliated with the Italian peace movement were kidnapped by a group that has not yet been identified. Nora barrows-freeman reads for Manuela Aldabe in Rome. Geneticall Modified Food Approved In Europe For the first time ever, the European commission has approved genetically modified seeds for planting and sale across the European union. The commission authorized 17 different strains of corn...
Topics: 9-11, EU, FEMA, NGO, NSA, UN, bush, cheney, democratic party, elections, environment, france,...
ELECTIONS IN UGANDA Voters in Uganda went to the polls today in the country's firstmulti-party elections in 25 years. The twenty-year long rule ofPresident Yoweri Museveni is being challenged by his former doctor,Kizza Besigye. Dr. Besigye returned from exile after announcing hispresidential aspirations...but was later arrested and made to standtrial for what he says are politically-motivated charges. If neitherof the top contenders wins an absolute majority in the first round, arun-off vote...
Topics: EU, FEMA, NATO, bush, cartoons, elections, environment, evacuees, hurricane, india, iraq, islam,...
Violence in Ivory Coast Peace must be ?imposed? on the Ivory Coast according to the French Foreign Minister if the people of the Ivory Coast are unable to stop hostilities. Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved an arms embargo over the African nation.France, the former colonizer, presented the proposal.Officials with the Gbagbo government immediately condemned the vote and said they were unable to present their perspective on the situation to the council. However,...
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Video evidence of police shooting in South Carolina revives debate over body cameras Somali refugees in Kenya brace for backlash after Garissa attack Afghan refugees repatriated from Pakistan after deadly Peshawar school attack Thailand’s military ends martial law, grants sweeping power to Prime Minister Turkish prosecutor recommends acquittal in case against Dutch journalist Seal and sea lion pups wash up on California beaches in record numbers If you can’t tax ‘em, troll ‘em; Hedge...
Topics: police shooting, South Carolina, Somalian refugees, Kenya, Garissa attack, Afghan refugees,...
CLUSTER BOMBS AND FOOD PACKETS 3:26 The World Food Program warned today its only been able to deliver eight percent of food aid urgently needed to sustain half a million starving Afghans through the looming winter. They are the most desperate of more than six million Afghans dependant on international aid but the World Food Program says even the luckier ones -- about two million people -- have enough food to last just one month. Meantime, Pentagon radio broadcasts into Afghanistan warn...
Topics: 9-11, afghanistan, china, courage, immigration, india, israel, mexico, military, palestine, pentagon
FOOD-FOR-OIL REPORT Over 2000 companies have been implicated in wrongdoing during the Food for oil program. This, according to a report presented today at the United Nations. The program allowed the Saddam Hussein regime to sell oil in order to purchase humanitarian items during the years of economic sanctions. Today's report - the result of an exhaustive probe - found that the Hussein regime received approximately 1.8 billion dollars in kickbacks and surcharges during the Food-for-Oil program....
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Trump signs revised executive order banning immigration from Muslim majority countries Russia probe is elephant in the room at confirmation hearings for Deputy and Associate Attorneys General ACA repeal advances through two committees; next stop Budget Committee Arkansas bill would ban Howard Zinn’s writings from classrooms UN representative meets with various Native American tribes about indigenous rights Indian acid attack survivors strip away stigma while serving up orders at...
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Trump orders military action against Syrian government air base Rep. Nunes steps down from Russia probe while under i nvestigation for ethics violations Senate Majority leader presses nuclear option button; Gorsuch confirmed Refugee​ ​facing​ ​deportation​ ​in​ ​Australia​ ​highlights criticisms of systematic​ ​'miscarriage​ ​of​ ​justice' Athens initiative aims to raise funds and break down stigma with tours to meet city’s homeless LA explores legalizing...
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Colombian State of Emergency(3:51) Colombia's new President, Alvaro Uribe, has declared a state of emergency in Colombia in an attempt, his administration says, to quell the violence of both the left wing guerillas and the right wing para-militaries that has seen dozens dead since last Wednesday's inauguration. Correspondent Steven Dudley joins us with the latest from Bogot. Clemency Plea for Mexican scheduled to be executed in Texas(4:11) This Wednesday, the state of Texas is set to execute...
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Liberian Situation Remains Volatile(3:31) After a five day sustained military attack on the Liberian capital of Monrovia, approximately 4500 American troops are headed towards the region. However, America, and indeed the rest of the world, have been reluctant to send troops to enforce a ceasefire. As Brendan Sweeney reports, despite a slight break in hostilities, the situation remains volatile? AIDS cause concern in Bagdad(4:21) US Central command in Iraq confirmed this afternoonthat Saddam...
Topics: NSA, bush, india, iran, iraq, islam, kennedy, military, pakistan, saddam hussein, suicide
CIVILIANS DIE IN AFGHANISTAN At least 76 people have been killed and more than a hundred have been wounded in four days of U-S/British air-strikes on Afghanistan. This according to Afghanistan?s state-run AIP news agency. AIP reported 25 of those killed were residents of the capital city Kabul, and 28 were residents of the Southern City of Khandahar. Fariba Nawa has more from Islamabaad. ISLAMIC CONFERENCE IN QATAR The world?s largest islamic body expressed concern at the prospect of civilian...
Topics: UN, afghanistan, bush, india, islam, pakistan, rights, washington
Report from the Carnage of JeninMichael Learner, Cornell West Arrested at State DepartmentYugoslav Leader Kills Self Rather Than Go to The HagueBush Adminsitration Wants More $$ More Arms in ColombiaLAPD Cheif Let Go, Black Leaders Charge RacismThe FBI Presents Its Case in Earth First! Trial
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As Ahmed Al-arawi reports from Baghdad, charges by the U.S. military that the armed resistance is coming from Saddam Hussein loyalists are false. Fewer U.S. workers will be eligible to collect overtime cash once new legislation, promoted by the Labor Department goes into effect.Pamela Barnett reports from D.C. The Florida Supreme Court struck down a law requiring minors seeking abortions to notify their parents first, saying it violated the teens' right to privacy.Mitch Perry reports from...
Topics: UN, arms trade, bush, elections, iraq, military, palestine, privacy, rights, saddam hussein,...
The Turkish Military Finalizing Troops to Iraq Plans -- Ezgi Saritas Child Combatants in Colombia -- Nicole Karsin UN Children?s Fund Reports Gross Child Abuse in the Industrialized World -- Haider Risvi Bush's Imported Steel Tariffs Hurt Industry -- Mitch Jeserich Mobile Phones Users Boycott in Nigeria -- Sam Olukoya South Korean Soldiers to Iraq? Families of a Minnesota National Guard company plan to meet with state Guard officials this weekend for what they characterize as an "angry...
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"Anti Terrorism" Efforts Increased in UK Police stops and searches under the new anti-terrorism law in Britain have dramatically increased according to government numbers released today. Searches of Asians alone have increased a startling 302-percent. Naomi Fowler has more from London. NAACP Banned at Catholic University, DC Students at Catholic University in D.C. marched to protest University officials? decision to ban a chapter of the NAACP from campus. Ingrid Drake was there....
Topics: 9-11, NATO, california, death penalty, democratic party, elections, iraq, islam, mexico, palestine,...
Hurricane Ivan Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Hurricane Ivan is bearing down on the island nation of Jamaica in the southern Caribbean.Some rains and winds have touched the island but the full force is expected overnight.Half a million people have been asked to evacuate lower lying areas because the center of the storm is expected to pass over the crowded capitol of Kingston and roads on the eastern side of the island are expected to be flooded over.Since yesterday, the storm has been down graded...
Topics: 9-11, bush, china, communism, elections, genocide, hurricane, islam, mexico, military, pentagon,...
UN General Assembly Continues -- Susan Wood World leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly are condemning the unilateral use of force and calling for the UN to play a greater role in resolving political conflicts.Susan Wood has more from the UN. White House Proposes Cuts to Housing Assistance -- Leigh Ann Caldwell The Bush administration has proposed a decrease in the value of vouchers for subsidized housing for the poor in some areas of the country. FSRN's Leigh Ann Caldwell...
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SECRET PRISONS European Union Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini announced today that any EU nation found to be hosting a CIA secret prison may have its voting rights suspended. Meanwhile, the US is facing charges that it has been running a Guantanamo-like prison at an American military base in Kosovo. Jackson Allers reports from Pristina. In an interview published last Friday in the French paper, LE MONDE, the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner, Alvaro Gil Robles, said the...
Topics: EU, UN, al-qaeda, brazil, censorship, china, dance, environment, india, individuality, iraq,...
Syria Warns the US: No Sanctions Syria hit back at the United States today saying it is further degrading its reputation in the Middle East after the U.S. Congress yesterday took a step towards slapping sanctions on Syria. The Syrian Accountability Act passed a House Committee, and appears to also have support in the Senate and White House. Sponsors of measure, numbering more than 275, accuse Syria of sponsoring terrorism, occupying Lebanon, and seeking weapons of mass destruction. Syrian...
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AI Condemns Abuses in Haiti Amnesty International is condemning what they are describing as summary executions and serious human rights abuses in Haiti.Following an 18-day investigation, a spokesperson for the organization is urging the United Nations peacekeeping force to implement a program of disarmament and investigate the police.U.S. installed Prime Minister Gerard Latortue has not commented on the report.But, they have said that supporters of President Jean Bertrand Aristide and the...
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TEN MARINES KILLED NEAR FALLUJAH U.S. military sources today confirmed the deaths of 10 Marines - killed yesterday by a roadside bomb near Fallujah. The incident is the deadliest attack on Marines in Iraq since an improvised explosive device killed 14 in August. Eleven marines were injured in yesterday's attack. Seven have since returned to duty. UK PROPOSAL TO STRIP CITIZENSHIP The British government is proposing new powers to deport even their own citizens if the Home Secretary considers...
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Karzai Could Remain President in Afghanistan (4:30) The Reuters news agency is reporting that interim leader Hamid Karzai has declared himself the President Elect of Afghanistan. Reuters quotes Karzai as saying ?It is finished. The assembly has voted for me?. Karzai emerged as the only serious candidate today after former King Zahir Shah and Northern Alliance Head Burhanuddin Rabbani withdrew themselves as candidates for president from the Loya Jirga process to select Afghanistan's new leader....
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Iraq Update Witnessed say missiles dropped from a US warplane killed four children and two adults today in Fallujah where more than 1,000 joint forces have encircled the city for the past week. US military officials say the house struck in today?s attack was one of two "terrorist safe houses" linked to Al-Qaeda operative Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. Two Egyptian men held hostage since September 23rd were freed today and will return to Cairo tomorrow. And following yesterday?s abduction of...
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Saudis Meet with Bush about Iraq (4:13) The Associated Press is reporting that there were more air strikes today by US and British warplanes in the no-fly zones over Iraq. The US-European Command says two strikes were carried out while an American aircraft struck an air defense command and control facility in southern Iraq, in response to what the US called "recent Iraqi hostile acts." This as Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US visited President Bush's ranch in Crawford Texas...
Topics: EU, bush, death penalty, disease, greenpeace, iraq, south africa, unions
Iranian Woman Wins Peace Prize The first woman judge in Iran is now the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Shirin Ebadi, according to the Nobel Committee, earned the award "for her efforts for democracy and human rights," particularly for women and children in her country. In a press conference, she said, "The fight for human rights is conducted in Iran by the Iranian people and we are against any foreign intervention in Iran.? Red Cross Criticizes...
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BUSH IN LONDON ? BRENDAN SWEENEY Protests continue throughout London today in response to the Official State visit of President George Bush. Brendan Sweeney reports from London. MEXICO SACKS UN AMBASSADOR ? HAIDER RISVI Mexico fired it?s ambassador to the United Nations ? Haider Risvi reports from the UN SRI LANKA HOUSE REOPENS ? PONNIAH MANIKAVASAGAM The house reopened today amid uproar after a suspension of two weeks by the hostile president as part of her power grab action during the first...
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2005, HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD: NASA An analysis performed by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies has concluded that 2005 was the hottest year on record. The previous record holder was 1998. The study found a clear trend of global warming, as the top five hottest years include 2002, 2003, and 2004. The NASA report states that the rapid warming "gives urgency to discussions about how to slow greenhouse gas emissions". GRAND JURY HEARING FOR BAY AREA ACTIVISTS Bay area activists...
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British Military Must Investate Iraqi Civilian Death An Iraqi civilian?s death while being held by British troops in Iraq must be thoroughly and independently investigated according to a landmark ruling. The British judges ruled that the European Convention on Human Rights applies to cases of civilians killed or tortured in detention in Iraq.The Ministry of Defense is still considering whether they will appeal the ruling.However, officials said they were pleased that the 5 other families were...
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UK Report on Gulf War Syndrome An independent inquiry in Britain has concluded that thousands of Gulf War veterans were in fact made ill by their service.Anastasia Kershaw reports from London. Banks Bombed in Buenos Aires Three Banks in Buenos Aires were bombed today in a series of explosions. Mat Goldin reports. Russia Develops New Type of Nuke Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with military leadership today that Russia is testing a new type of nuclear missile and plans to...
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Baghdad Peace Vigil As Iraqis anxiously await Friday's UN Security Council briefing by chief inspectors Hans Blix and Mohammed el Baradai, fears are increasing in Iraq that war is inevitable. As people throughout the country begin to brace themselves, they worry that US forces will attack the country's civilian infrastructure. Today in Baghdad, dozens of international activists held a vigil in front of an electrical plant that was bombed during the 1991 Gulf War. From the Iraqi capital, FSRN...
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Photos Tell Gruesome Tale US forces have begun a major attack on the outskirts of Baghdad today, this comes as early in the day US marines today shot dead another unarmed driver and badly wounded his passenger at a roadblock in the southern town of Shatra, south of Baghdad. Meanwhile yesterday 33 are reported to have died when US helicopter gunships hit a residential neighborhood in the city of Hilla. And today, reports from Baghdad say US-UK aircraft have bombed a Red Crescent maternity...
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More on Liberia UN Security Council on Iraq - Haider Risvi Israel/Palestine Peace Process - Mohammed Ghalayini Caste Clashes in N. India - Miranda Kennedy Union Talks With Verizon- Mitch Perry Pentagon?s New Bomb Reports are emerging today that the Pentagon is planning a new device that would blur the distinction between nuclear and conventional weapons. Antiproliferation activists say the new bomb could start another arms race - and would increase the likelihood that the US would deploy...
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Military families launch a campaign to "Bring Them Home Now" The American Bar Assoc. calls for changes to miltary tribunals Rep. Senators in Texas vote to fine Dems. in exile UN Security Council to Vote on Acknowleging Interim Iraqi government GAO Report on Medicaid Funding Formula Recall Election ? Step Backwards for Diversity While attention in the California recall election has focused primarily on the close to two-hundred fifty candidates running to replace Governor Gray Davis,...
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Cease Fire Agreement in Mideast Talks between India and China Binu Alex reports. Bush Vs. Overtime John Hamilton reports. Soft Money Campaign Ellen Ratner reports. NYC School Funding Affects People of Color Ama Buodi. Medicare Bill Before Conference Committee 11 Democrats this morning voted against a Medicare prescription drug bill saying that it held only ?empty promises? for senior citizens. This as the Medicare bill is now behind closed doors in Congress, having passed through both chambers...
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Chaos in Baghdad (1:56) Tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad today following morning prayers to protest the US occupation as the United states works to install an interim military government. The Guardian reports that Iranian President Mohammad Kahatmi accused the United States of ?taking an aggressive stance? saying that Tehran ? will not recognize a US installed administration in Iraq.? This, on the heels of a discovery of a mass grave, containing at least 1500 bodies...
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Turkish role in Iraq (3:03) US military officials today announced they have secured all of Northern Iraq?s main oil facilities.The oil under the city of Kirkukk inNorthern Iraq,is estimated to be some of the most valuable and untapped resources in the world.British Petroleum estimates its worth to be $100 billion U-S dollars. This as Turkish Nationalist Protesters hit the streets in Ankara demanding the Turkish Army invade Iraq to oust Kurdish fighters who took North Iraq?s two largest cities,...
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Argentine official extradicted to Spain on charges of genocide and terrorism Nigerian general strike Musharraf calls on Pakistani's to recognize Israel UN calls for international force in Liberia Middle East Weekend Developments(3:59) After intensive discussions between Israelis and palestinians over the weekend with US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, an agreement was reached between the twoparties involving the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza and Bethlhem. Meanwhile,...
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DOD Ordered to Stop Anthrax Vaccine The Department of Defense must immediately stop involuntarily administering the anthrax vaccine, according to a judge?s ruling. Heather Buckheim reports from D.C. Non-Lethal Crowd Control Kills The Seattle Police Department announced they will stop using a particular piece of equipment referred to as non-lethal crowd control while investigations are pending into the death of a Boston Red Sox fan. According to a report released yesterday the officers in Boston...
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Kosovar Prime Minister Indicted for War Crimes Kosovo's ethnic Albanian Prime Minister was indicted for war crimes today.Kata Mester has this report from United Nations headquarters in Pristina,Kosovo. Senate Faces Abortion Showdown Over Bankrupcy Bill The Senate faced it's first abortion battle of the new Congress today when they defeated a controversial ammendment to thebankruptcy bill.They then voted to limit debate on the full measure and forcing a vote in the next few days. The President...
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Security in Gaza Another Palestinian child dies as Israeli and Palestinian leaders negotiate control of and security for the area. Laila El-Haddad reports from Gaza City. NAACP Rejects IRS Investigation The NAACP is refusing to cooperate with an IRS investigation triggered by anti-Bush remarks made by the chairman of the civil rights organization. Reporting from D.C., is Linley Smith. African Union on Sudan Peace talks in Nigeria continue over the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan while a United...
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Gitmo Prisoners Released from British Questioning Four Britons returned from Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday have now been released by British police after questioning -- three years after being held without charge or trial by the U.S military. From London, Naomi Fowler reports. 2-Thousand in Guatemala March Against Mining Two thousand people marched today in the city of San Marcos, Guatemala to protest gold and silver mining that they say threatens the country's natural resources.Jill Replogle...
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CT Closer to Same Sex Unions State supported same-sex unions may be legal in Connecticut soon. The proposal, which has moved out of a legislative committee, will create civil unions for gays and lesbians but stops short of granting marriage licenses. Political analysts say the bill has bipartisan support in the legislature and at the moment looks like it will pass before they let out in June. Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell says that she wants to review the language before she comments on...
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