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Monsanto GMOs Linked To Organ Failure.m4v
The website Food Freedom reports that researchers, in what is being described as the first ever and most comprehensive study of the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, have positively linked organ damage with consumption of Monsantos GM maize.
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Pat Tillman: Iraq War Illegal and Unjust
Pat Tillman was the poster boy for the US war in Iraq. President Bush heralded him in life as a hero when the young American football player walked away from a multimillion dollar contract to serve in Iraq after the 9/11 attacks, and an even greater hero in death when Tillman was killed in Afghanistan two years later - until it came out that the Pentagon had lied to cover up that his death was from friendly fire. What Bush did not know was that Tillman regarded him as a "cowboy" who had led the country in to an "illegal and unjust" war in Iraq.
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France Urged To Repay Haiti Billions
A group of international academics and authors has written to French president Nicolas Sarkozy calling on France to reimburse the crushing "independence debt" it imposed on Haiti nearly 200 years ago. The open letter to the French president says the debt, now worth nearly $21. 7 billion, would cover the rebuilding of the country after a devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people seven months ago.
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Netanyahu Admits He Deceived U.S.
The contents of a secretly recorded video threaten to gravely embarrass Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Obama administration. The film was shot, apparently without Netanyahu's knowledge, nine years ago. In it, he boasts that he deceived the US president at the time, Bill Clinton, into believing he was helping implement the Oslo accords, the US-sponsored peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, by making minor withdrawals from the West Bank while actually entrenching the occupation. He brags that he thereby destroyed the Oslo process.
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U.S. Toxic Legacy In Fallujah 'Worse Than Hiroshima'
According to a new study, dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Fallujah was bombarded by US Marines in 2004. Iraqi doctors there have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They say they are also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.
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Millions of Unemployed Americans Will Not Find Jobs
The Chicago Tribune reports that while the U.S. economy will eventually rebound from the Great Recession, millions of American workers will not. What some economists now project — and policymakers are loath to admit — is that the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 9.6% in August, could remain elevated for years to come.
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C.I.A. Pushed Limits on Sleep Deprivation
CIA operatives used severe sleep deprivation tactics against a detainee in late 2007, keeping him awake for six straight days with permission from government lawyers. The State Department regularly lists sleep deprivation as a form of torture in its annual report on human rights abuses.
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F.D.A. Scientists Complain to Obama of 'Corruption'
In an unusually blunt letter, a group of federal scientists is complaining to the Obama transition team of widespread managerial misconduct in a division of the Food and Drug Administration.
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Air Force To Launch All-Seeing Drone
This winter, the U.S. Air Force is set to deploy to Afghanistan what it says is a revolutionary airborne surveillance system called Gorgon Stare, which will be able to transmit live video images of physical movement across an entire town.
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Indonesian Army Implicated In Activists' Assassinations
Journalist Allan Nairn reports that according to senior Indonesian officials and police and details from government files, the US-backed Indonesian armed forces, now due for fresh American aid, assassinated several activists last year.
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Pollution Causes Male Fish to Carry Eggs
Scientists and activists reported this past week that more than 80% of the male bass fish in Washington DCs major river are now exhibiting female traits such as egg production because of a "toxic stew" of pollutants. Intersex fish probably result from drugs, such as the contraceptive pill, and other chemicals being flushed into the water and have been found across the US. And there is evidence that the anomaly is not confined to the Potomac. A report last year by the US geological survey found intersex fish in a third of 111 sites tested around the country.
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Chiquita Faces New Suit Over Colombia Terrorism
Nearly 250 Colombians who say they and relatives were victims of violence by Colombian right-wing paramilitaries have filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion in damages from the Chiquita banana company, which has admitted making payments to paramilitaries.
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Pfizer Promotes Drugs For Unapproved Uses
In 2004, lawyers for Pfizer, the worlds largest drug company, promised it wouldnt break the law again. The attorneys were negotiating with federal prosecutors over charges that the corporation had been engaging in health-care fraud. But Bloomberg news now reports that Pfizer managers were breaking that promise even before the ink was dry on their plea.
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Tap Water Pollution Castrates Frogs
A new study has revealed that an herbicide that contaminates the tap water consumed by millions of Americans has been found to produce gender-bending effects in male frogs, chemically castrating some and turning others into females.
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Toxic Chemical Found in Most Canned Goods
A new test conducted for Consumer Reports magazine found toxic bisphenol A leaching into food from nearly all canned goods, even those labeled as being "BPA-free" and "organic." The magazine tested items such as canned corn, chili, tomato sauce and corned beef, and found BPA levels varied widely, but some BPA was found in nearly all of them.
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Israel Offered Nukes to Apartheid South Africa
Secret South African documents have revealed that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing official documentary evidence of Israel's possession of nuclear weapons.
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Army Embeds PSYOPS Soldiers At Local TV Stations
The U.S. Army has used local television stations in the U.S. as training posts for some of its psychological-operations personnel, according to Yahoo! News blog The Upshot. Since at least 2001, both WRAL, a CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., and WTOC, a CBS affiliate in Savannah, Ga., have regularly hosted active-duty soldiers from the Army's 4th Psychological Operations group as part of the Army's Training With Industry program.
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Israel Stations Nuclear Missile Subs Off Iran
Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline.
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Feds Wrongly Deport Citizen Living in N.C.
U.S. immigration officials confirmed this week that they wrongly deported a man in December after finding him in a North Carolina prison. Mark Lyttle, whose family says is mentally ill and suffers from mild retardation, was deported first to Mexico, then Mexican officials deported him to Honduras, and Honduras deported him to Guatemala - even though he is a North Carolina-born U.S. citizen who speaks no Spanish.
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U.S. Students Warned Against Accessing Wikileaks
The US government's panic over the WikiLeaks revelations extended to American campuses, with Columbia University warning students they risked future job prospects if they download any of the material.
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Shell Pays $15.5 Million Over Saro-Wiwa Killing
The oil giant Shell has agreed to pay $15.5 million in settlement of a legal action in which it was accused of having collaborated in the execution of the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other leaders of the Ogoni tribe of southern Nigeria.
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Blair Warned By 27 Lawyers Iraq War Was Illegal
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was warned two months before the invasion of Iraq that it would be illegal to go to war without the backing of the United Nations. Senior government lawyers in the UK told the official Chilcott inquiry into the Iraq War that they had advised the military invasion led by the United States had no legal basis in international law. Every one of the 27 lawyers in the department had advised Blair that the war was illegal.
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Ex-Soldiers Arrested For Guatemalan 1982 Massacre
Two former Guatemalan soldiers have been arrested for the 1982 massacre of more than 200 villagers during the country's civil war. Aura Farfan of the Association of Missing Relatives of Guatemala says two former sergeants who belonged to a military squad commanded by soldiers trained by the United States were arrested last week. During the massacre, the squad, known as the Kaibiles, raped women and girls, and ripped fetuses from the bodies of pregnant women. A United Nations-backed Truth Commission also found soldiers threw babies against trees and walls and tossed their bodies into a well.
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Ex-Blackwater Chief Turns Up In Somalia
Erik Prince, the American founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, has cropped up at the center of a controversial scheme to establish a new mercenary force to crack down on piracy and terrorism in the war-torn East African country of Somalia.
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Hundreds of Afghanistan Contractor Deaths Unreported
In one of the least examined aspects of President Obama's escalation of the Afghan war, armed private security contractors are being killed in action by the hundreds -- at a rate more than four times that of U.S. troops, according to a previously unreported congressional study.
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Live Earth 'Greenwashes' Dow Chemical Co.
Al Gores environmental organization Live Earth has taken money to raise awareness about the need for clean water from a controversial chemicals company involved in the aftermath of one of the world's worst pollution disasters. Dow Chemical, the US firm which now owns the leaking pesticides factory responsible for thousands of deaths in Bhopal, India, sponsored Live Earth events in 150 cities this past week. The event aimed to raise money for clean water programs. Research by environmental organizations has found dangerous levels of highly toxic chemicals in rivers, lakes and other water supplies close to several other factories owned by Dow and its subsidiaries in countries including the United States, Brazil and South Africa.
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Two Iraq Vets Kill Loved Ones, Themselves
A Former Hawaii National Guardsman and a Wisconsin National Guard soldier, both veterans of the Iraq War, shot and killed their wives and children before turning the guns on themselves this past week.
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F.B.I. Provocateur 'Journalist' Called for McKinney Lynching
It's been revealed that incendiary blogger and radio host Hal Turner was an FBI informant and agent provocateur. Turner is being charged with making death threats against Connecticut legislators and Illinois judges and he is to claim that his actions were legal because he did the same when employed by the FBI. Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations. But Turner went much further than spying. He also called for former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney to be lynched. Turner called McKinney a "violent, black, racist, bitch" whose lynching would teach other Blacks that "white people are tired of your bullshit, behave or die."
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Chemo May Be Killing Health Workers
A new report from the Seattle Times suggests that chemotherapy might be killing health workers.
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Shell Blamed for 'Cover-Up' of Nigeria Oil Spills
According to a leading human rights group, the Shell Corporation has been covering up catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta by blaming them on sabotage by local people. Amnesty International says those living there are suffering a "human rights tragedy" inflicted by decades of environmental damage caused in large part by Royal Dutch Shell. Independent auditors estimate that up to 13 million barrels of oil have been spilled in the Delta, an amount equivalent to an Exxon Valdez disaster every year for 40 years. Nigeria's own watchdog reports that there are 2,000 current spills, the majority of them from Shell operations.
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Over 27,000 Abandoned Oil Wells In Gulf
An investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that the Gulf of Mexico is packed with abandoned oil wells from a host of companies, including BP. The AP describes the area as "an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades." There are more than 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf of Mexico, of which 600 belonged to BP.
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Food Prices Spark Deadly Riots
The UN has called an urgent meeting on rising global food prices in an attempt to head off a repeat of the 2008 crisis that sparked riots around the world. Seven people, including two children, were killed in Mozambique this past week during three days of protests triggered by a rise in the cost of bread.
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Banana Growers Clash With Panamanian Police
Striking Panamanian banana workers rioted this past weekend, after holding four police officers hostage in escalating labor protests that have left one person dead, according to authorities.
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Over $5 Billion U.S. Tax Dollars Wasted In Iraq
A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets. The U.S. is leaving behind hundreds of abandoned or incomplete projects. More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted.
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Most Power Plants Still Spewing Toxic Mercury
A new report from the nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project found that many of America's coal-fired power plants lack widely available pollution controls for the highly toxic metal mercury, and mercury emissions recently increased at more than half of the country's 50 largest mercury-emitting power plants.
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French Workers Resort to Kidnapping Bosses
In France, mass layoffs blamed on the financial crisis have seen a protest movement splinter into spontaneous hostage-taking at plants and factories around the country. Chief executives arriving from Paris to announce redundancies find themselves barred from leaving. One union leader said it is "our only remaining bartering tool." The country is now braced for a wave of such "bossnappings", as desperate staff take desperate action.
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Haiti's Rich Left Largely Unscathed by Quake
From the Washington Post: Although Haitis 7.0-magnitude earthquake destroyed many buildings in Port-au-Prince, it mostly spared the upper class homes and businesses up the mountain in the cool, green suburb of Petionville, home to former presidents and senators.
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Brazil, Spain Challenge U.S. Bases in Colombia
Brazil, Chile and Spain are challenging the United States' decision to use and expand military bases in Colombia, saying they feared the move could heighten simmering tensions in Latin America. President Lula da Silva of Brazil and Michelle Bachelet of Chile say they plan to voice their concerns at a meeting for an emerging South American Defense Council in Ecuador.
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Dead Zones Dramatically Increase
According to a sweeping new report by the US federal Office of Science and Technology Policy, dead zones have increased dramatically in U.S. waters over the past 50 years, threatening ecosystems and fisheries nationwide. The multiagency assessment says that incidents of hypoxia — a condition in which oxygen levels drop so low that fish and other animals are stressed or killed — have risen nearly 30-fold since 1960 due in part to man-made pollutants.
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Spike In BP Oil-Damaged Endangered Species
US officials recorded a big jump in the numbers of dolphins, endangered brown pelicans and sea turtles injured or killed by the BP oil geyser over the past week, at the same exact time as officials were proclaiming that the oil was rapidly disappearing from the Gulf.
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C.I.A. Role Is Faulted In Air Crash Over Peru
Central Intelligence Agency officers involved with a secret counternarcotics mission in the Peruvian jungle routinely violated agency procedures, tried to cover up their mistakes, and misled Congress immediately after a missionary plane was accidentally shot down in 2001, according to a blistering C.I.A. internal report which was just released.
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Death Squad Leader Was Top C.I.A. Agent
According to Belgrade Radio B92, late President Slobodan Milosevic's secret police chief and organizer of Serb death squads during the genocidal ethnic cleansing of disintegrating Yugoslavia was the United States' top CIA agent in Belgrade.
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Coca-Cola Asked To Pay Millions For Pollution
Coca-Cola has been asked to pay $47 million in compensation for alleged environmental damage caused at a bottling plant in southern India. The plant, one of its largest in India, was forced to close in 2005 after massive nationwide protests against the company.
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War Crimes Defendant Says C.I.A. Assisted Him
Charles Taylor's career from rebel leader to Liberian president, diamond dealer and despotic warlord, still holds many mysteries. But this week in a court in The Hague, where he is on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, he seemed eager to lift the veil on one of them. Part of the lore surrounding Taylor is that he broke out of jail in Plymouth, Mass., while awaiting extradition on charges of embezzling $900,000 in Liberia. He told his judges that he did not escape on his own; rather, he said, he was helped by the CIA.
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TVA Sends Toxic Coal Ash to Poor Black Communities
The Tennessee Valley Authority has begun shipping toxic coal ash from the massive spill that occurred last December at its Kingston power plant in East Tennessee to landfills in the neighboring states of Georgia and Alabama as part of a test to determine a final resting place for the waste. The counties where the ash is going have large black populations and high poverty rates, raising questions about environmental justice.
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Blackwater Escapes Charges for Sudan Sanctions Busting
Blackwater Worldwide tried for two years to secure lucrative defense business in Southern Sudan while the country was under U.S. economic sanctions. The Obama administration, however, has decided for now not to bring criminal charges against Blackwater.
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Sudan Police Crack Down On Protesters
Sudanese police have beaten and arrested students as protests broke out throughout Khartoum demanding the government resign, inspired by the popular uprising in neighboring Egypt.
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Researchers Find 'Alarming' Bumblebee Decline
Four previously abundant species of bumblebee are close to disappearing in the United States, according to researchers in a new study confirming that the agriculturally important bees are being affected worldwide. They documented a 96 percent decline in the numbers of the four species, and say their range had shrunk by as much as 87 percent.
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Taliban Kills Top Afghan Intelligence Official
Afghanistan's deputy chief of intelligence has been killed in a suicide bombing in Laghman province. Abdullah Laghmani and at least 22 other people were killed in the attack on a mosque in the town of Mehtar Lam. Another 35 were reported wounded. Laghmani was the second in command in the National Directorate of Security, the country's CIA-mentored intelligence service. He was also the CIA's most reliable Afghan expert on al-Qaida.
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Diplomat: Canada Complicit in Civilian Torture.m4v
In a damning indictment of how Canada handled prisoners early in its mission in Afghanistan, a government whistleblower says all captives that Canadian soldiers transferred to local authorities ended up being tortured even though many were likely innocent.
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