By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | November 11, 2005
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For a quarter-century, environmentalists have succeeded in blocking efforts to drill for oil in what they consider a pristine, cherished patch of tundra in an Alaska wildlife refuge.
But with sky-high fuel prices and a wider Republican majority in Congress, their long fight to keep oil companies out of the refuge looked to be in trouble. Then they got some help from an unexpected place: House Republicans angry over cuts to social programs.
By PHILIP SHENON | The New York Times | Nov 10, 2005
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 - The lobbyist Jack Abramoff asked for $9 million in 2003 from the president of a West African nation to arrange a meeting with President Bush and directed his fees to a Maryland company now under federal scrutiny, according to newly disclosed documents.
I was dropped at Paradiso, the last middle-class area before barrio La Vega, which spills into a ravine as if by the force of gravity. Storms were forecast, and people were anxious, remembering the mudslides that took 20,000 lives. "Why are you here?" asked the man sitting opposite me in the packed jeep-bus that chugged up the hill. Like so many in Latin America, he appeared old, but wasn't. Without waiting for my answer, he listed why he supported President Chavez: schools, clinics, affordable food, "our constitution, our democracy" and "for the first time, the oil money is going to us." I asked him if he belonged to the MRV, Chavez's party, "No, I've never been in a political party; I can only tell you how my life has been changed, as I never dreamt."
Mon Sep 12 2005 | By Helen Fallding
TWO researchers accuse the University of Manitoba of blocking for three years the release of their video exploring the risks of genetically modified crops, while at the same courting funds from biotech companies. The case is being compared to a University of Toronto scandal over the suppression of drug research concerns.
Aljazeera | 14 November 2005
The world's forests are still being destroyed at an alarming rate despite a slowing down in the net rate of forest loss because of new planting and natural growth, a UN agency says.
The number of cars torched overnight in France climbed slightly over the previous night to 502 in a 16th night of unrest that took its heaviest toll on the French provinces. Arson attacks were counted in 163 towns around France.
Security was boosted in the capital with some 3,000 police officers fanning out around strategic points to counter feared weekend attacks targeting Paris.
By SOFIRI PETERSIDE, PATTERSON OGON, MICHAEL WATTS and ANN ZALICK
There are a number of lessons to be learned from of the events of September 11th and the carnage in Iraq that followed. One is that oil politics is a violent, corrupt and authoritarian business. Another is that life in the oil states is often nasty, brutish and short. The life and memory of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Nigerian social activist, entrepreneur and acclaimed novelist is being celebrated this week, ten years to the day after he was hung by the Nigerian military tribunal on trumped up charges. Saro-Wiwa rose to international prominence precisely because he sought to expose, and to democratize, the sordid realities behind the quest for oil, money and power.
By ED JOHNSON | Associated Press
LONDON (AP) - In a political blow to Prime Minister Tony Blair, British lawmakers on Wednesday rejected tough anti-terrorism legislation that would have allowed suspects to be detained for 90 days without charge.
The House of Commons vote was the first major defeat of Blair's premiership and raises serious questions about his grip on power. Blair had staked his authority on the measure and doggedly refused to compromise.
By DOUG THOMPSON | Capitol Hill Blue | Nov 10, 2005
A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders [...] lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could "validate" the President’s war on terror and allow Bush to "unite the country" in a "time of national shock and sorrow."
Last night, Seattle Police killed yet another person for no apparent reason. At 70th NE and Roosevelt Way, in the University District last night, a car of people were chased and then one of them was killed, for some macho police chase that makes no sense. Apparently running a stop sign is now cause for deadly force in Seattle. This car was NOT stolen, NO weapons were involved…the only thing that caused this was the Police behaving irresponsibly, yet again.
George Monbiot | Guardian | Nov 8, 2005
The press has been minimising the death toll in Iraq
We can expect the US and UK governments to seek to minimise the extent of their war crimes. But it’s time the media stopped collaborating.
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Simon Assaf reports from Paris as days of rioting have engulfed French
The slums of France have risen in revolt.
Young people have burned cars, and attacked police and government buildings. Their rebellion has engulfed towns and cities from the Mediterranean coast to the German borderand now threatens the survival of the government.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An animal rights activist who freed thousands of mink from Midwestern fur farms and then dodged authorities for years was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday after urging his supporters in the courtroom to raid more farms.
By ANDRÉ PICARD | Globe and Mail | November 9, 2005
The results [of a recent study] show that despite [eating organically, living on Saltspring Island etc, Robert] Bateman's body [similar to everyone else] is a repository for 48 different toxic substances. These include heavy metals; PCBs (...now banned); PBDEs, PFOs, pesticides and insecticides.