Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Truthout 7/28

Wednesday 28 July 2010

Document Reveals Military Was Concerned About Gulf War Vets' Exposure to Depleted Uranium
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: "For years, the government has denied that depleted uranium (DU), a radioactive toxic waste left over from nuclear fission and added to munitions used in the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, poisoned Iraqi civilians and veterans."
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Omar Khadr and the Still-Black Hole of Guantanamo
Lisa Hajjar, Truthout: "At 23, Omar Khadr is the youngest of the 176 people still imprisoned at the US military's detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has been there for eight years, one third of his life. A Canadian, he is the only citizen of a Western country remaining in detention, although one British resident, Shaker Aamer, is also still locked up there. Of the 779 people brought to Guantanamo since 2002, only 36 have been charged or designated for prosecution. "
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Judge Blocks Key Provisions of Arizona Immigration Law
Andrea Nill, Think Progress: "This afternoon, in a long-awaited decision, 9th Circuit Judge Susan Bolton enjoined several major provisions of Arizona's immigration law, SB-1070. While it was speculated that Bolton would block parts of SB-1070 relating to warrantless arrests and document requirements, the judge also ended up striking down the law's most controversial and significant provision: the requirement that police check immigration status."
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Beck's Incendiary Angst Is Dangerously Close to Having a Body Count
Eric Boehlert, Media Matters: "On his Monday radio show, Glenn Beck highlighted claims that before he started targeting a little-known, left-leaning organization called the Tides Foundation on his Fox News TV show, 'nobody knew' what the non-profit was."
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Jim Hightower | Truth and Irony in Agriculture Fiascos
Jim Hightower, Truthout: "The Shirley Sherrod Story started innocently. It was a beautiful anecdote of redemption and personal growth, which she related last year at a meeting of the Georgia NAACP. The story told by this black Agriculture Department official would have ended there, unnoticed by the rest of us. But it was caught up by a malicious political wind that swept it all the way to Washington."
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News in Brief: Justice Department Probes Relationship Between Oil Companies and Federal Regulators, and More ...
DOJ announces criminal probe into oil-industry connections to federal regulators; legacy of racism swamps Gulf Coast cleanup efforts; nearly 20,000 barrels of oil spill into Michigan River; New York City agrees to pay more than $7 million to settle police abuse case; Palestine to reject talks with Israel, for now; Massachusetts legislature joins growing chorus of states demanding electoral college reform.
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House Passes Emergency Spending Bill to Continue Funding Afghanistan Occupation
Jason Leopold, Truthout: "A treasure trove of classified documents released Sunday by WikiLeaks, which sheds new light on the catastrophic failure of the nine-year war in Afghanistan, did not derail congressional efforts Tuesday to pass a $33 billion emergency supplemental bill to continue funding the occupation."
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Obama Halt to Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Slammed
James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers: "Congress was warned Tuesday that the failure to build the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada could delay licensing of the country's first new nuclear power plants in a generation."
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Tom Tomorrow | This Modern World
Award-winning political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow outlines the mechanics of conservative media provocateur scandals.
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Nested Truths, Cascading Problems
Tom H. Hastings, Truthout: "The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday to provide $59 billion to continue financing America's two wars, but the vote showed deepening divisions and anxiety among Democrats over the course of the nearly nine-year-old conflict in Afghanistan. (New York Times, 28 2010)"
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"Anti-Islamic" Bus Ads Appear in Major Cities
Stephanie Rice, The Christian Science Monitor: "A group called 'Stop Islamization of America' is promoting ads on major city public transportation that urge people to leave the Muslim faith. The anti-Islamic campaign is sparking thought about the religion's place in American society."
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Combating Human Trafficking in the Western Hemisphere
Kelsey Cary, Council on Hemispheric Affairs: "Human Trafficking is a global industry that transcends borders, regions, and cultures. Within the Western Hemisphere trafficking is an important issue that arguably helps to shape relations between Latin American and the United States. In June 2010, the State Department Report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) included, for the first time, in its ten year existence, a ranking allocated to the United States as well as 177 other countries."
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African Union Summit Boosts Force in Somalia
Gregory Branch, GlobalPost: "The terrorist violence spreading from Somalia dominated this week's African Union summit, resulting in a decision to boost the number of troops it deploys in the war-torn country. Meeting just two weeks after the Somali extremist group Al Shabaab's three bombings killed 76 people in Kampala on July 11, the African Union leaders meeting in this city found it difficult to discuss anything else."
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