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Exxon Spends Millions To Cast Doubt On Warming Data collated by a Brussels-based watchdog reveals that ExxonMobil is still funding projects that criticize the Kyoto treaty and question the findings of scientific groups. (12-07-2006)

Mission Accomplished: Thanks For The Burden Quentin Riegel, a lawyer with the National Association of Manufacturers, said dealing with climate change required a global response that was enforced fairly. "It's not a problem you can solve unilaterally," he said. "We want a system where everyone shares the burden." (11-28-2006)

Environment In China Seriously Degraded Rapid industrialisation over the past two decades had transformed China into one of the world's most polluted countries, with local governments and industries shunning ecological protection in the pursuit of short-term gains. (11-13-2006)

Will Net Neutrality Survive Lame Duck Senate? Confronted with his failure to gain popular support for his telecom bill, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens is determined to force the bill to the floor after votes are counted on Nov. 7 (11-08-2006)

Contractor Leaves Iraq In Ruins Bechtel, a subsidiary of Dick Cheney's Halliburton, announced it will leave Iraq despite having failed to accomplish the reconstruction it was paid $2.3 billion to conduct. (11-02-2006)

654,000 Deaths Tied To Iraq War Johns Hopkins researchers now estimate that more than a half-million Iraqis have died as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and its bloody aftermath. (10-11-2006)

Ice Cap Melting Fast The vast ice cap that covers Greenland nearly three miles thick is melting faster than ever before on record, and the pace is speeding year by year, according to global climate watchers gathering data from twin satellites that probe the effects of warming on the huge northern island. (08-11-2006)

U.S. Soldier Confesses Rape And Murder In an interview with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Division in June, Spec. James P. Barker, 23, said that he held the girl down while she was raped by another soldier, Sgt. Paul Cortez, during an incident in March in Mahmoudiya, according to testimony from CID Special Agent Benjamin Bierce. (08-08-2006)

Israelis Apparently Using Illegal Weapons Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has repeatedly accused Israel of using phosphorus bombs in its offensive. Human Rights Watch has accused the Israeli army of using cluster bombs in populated areas of southern Lebanon. (07-26-2006)

Widespread Destruction of Lebanese Public Infrastructure According to a UN spokesman the situation in Lebanon is "very bad, and deteriorating by the day." He described the bombing of south Beirut as "a violation of humanitarian law." (07-25-2006)

Bush Blocked Wiretap Enquiry Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that President Bush personally blocked Justice Department lawyers from pursuing an internal probe of the warrantless eavesdropping program that monitors Americans' international calls and e-mails when terrorism is suspected. (07-18-2006)

Israel Violaties Arms Laws Israel is in violation of Section 4 of the (U.S.) Arms Export Control Act for deploying U.S.-made fighter planes, combat helicopters and missiles to kill civilians and destroy Lebanon's infrastructure in the ongoing six-day devastation of that militarily-weak country. (07-18-2006)

Chairman Overseeing Internet Changes Misunderstands Basic Issues In a speech during a committee meeting regarding sweeping changes to Internet protocols, Senator Stevens demonstrated he knows little about Internet technology. Software specialists note that his "personal experience," regarding delayed email, was not due to bandwidth constraints, as he believes. (07-16-2006)

British Poll: Americans Ignorant and Uncaring A majority of the Britons questions described Americans as uncaring, divided by class, awash in violent crime, vulgar, preoccupied with money, ignorant of the outside world, racially divided, uncultured and dominated by big business. (07-04-2006)

Decarbonization A Key To Clean Energy Oil and electricity consumption across the world could easily be cut by half, with major benefits for the environment, if clean energy technologies that are currently available were applied, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. (06-24-2006)

Confirmed: Earth Unusually Hot Earth's average temperature has been hotter over the last quarter century than during the previous four centuries and possibly much longer, the National Academy of Sciences said in a report Thursday that substantially supports the findings of a controversial 1998 climate study. (06-23-2006)

Calls To End Iraq War Increase California senator Dianne Feinstein says the U.S. commitment in Iraq is unsustainable. She plans to introduce a resolution with two other Democrats, Carl Levin of Michigan and Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, with the aim of bringing American troops home. (06-19-2006)

Affordable Housing Unavailable in New York City The number of New York City apartments considered affordable to hundreds of thousands of moderate-income households ... plunged by 17 percent between 2002 and 2005, according to a new report by researchers at New York University .... The researchers found that the number of apartments affordable to households earning about $32,000 a year, or 80 percent of the median household income in the city, has dropped by 205,000 in just three years. (06-16-2006)

Global Public Opinion: US Worse Than Iran George Bush's six years in office have so damaged the image of the US that people worldwide see Washington as a bigger threat to world peace than Tehran, according to a global poll. (06-16-2006)

Jesse Jackson: We Need Change Now "The nation, the president says, is addicted to oil. But his energy plan is based on subsidies to Big Oil and scorn for conservation. He has simply refused to launch a concerted drive for energy independence -- to invest in alternative energy and energy efficiency..." (06-13-2006)

Net Neutrality: YES In this opinion article, Craig Newmark of Craig's List makes the case that the COPE legislation passed by the U.S. House is bad legislation. Now, as the U.S. Senate is taking up the issues, the general public should get involved to stop the disinformation and lobbying of big telephone companies from wrecking one of the things that is good about the Internet. (06-11-2006)

Suicide Now an Act of War "They have no regard for human life, neither ours nor their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation but an act of asymmetric warfare against us." — Comments from Navy Rear Admiral Harry Harris after three Guantanamo prisoners held without charge for four years finally committed suicide. (06-11-2006)

Victims of Agent Orange Sue Chemical Companies Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange finally have a chance to obtain redress. A lawsuit against the US manufacturers of Agent Orange to be heard in the US courts is generating unprecedented support, nationally and internationally. (04-02-2006)

American Surveillance Regime Using Advanced Software According to an NSA whistleblower, American phone conversations are being filtered for keywords and the information netted from these searches is used to develop graphs that resemble spiderwebs, linking one suspect's phone number to hundreds or even thousands more. (01-12-2006)

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