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India and Pakistan agree to ease visa rules
Foreign ministers of two nations announce historic pact "aimed at easing travel of businessmen, tourists, and pilgrims".
Dozens of cancer victims settle tainted groundwater suit in Florida.
More than three dozen former factory workers have settled their multimillion-dollar five-year legal battle against Siemens Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. over trichloroethene and other toxic chemicals they allege the companies carelessly dumped into drinking water, causing them to develop cancer.
Black 9/11: Mark Gaffney on GRTV
As America prepares itself for the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, some of the most vital questions about the financing of those attacks and the monetary anomalies of that day remain unanswered. In a new book on the subject entitled Black 9/11: Money, Motive and Technology, author Mark H. Gaffney tries to shine a light on these important aspects of the day that changed the world forever. Find out more in this week’s GRTV Feature Interview.


Most Ass-Kickinest Speech of the 2012 DNC: Jennifer Granholm's
There were a lot of pretty impressive speeches at this week's Democratic National Convention. Many of the very smart headline speeches, such as Michelle Obama's, Bill Clinton's, and Joe Biden's, received plenty of coverage. Some of the shorter, but very noteworthy rallies, like Deval Patrick's and Ted Strickland's and Lilly Ledbetter's, also, deservedly, received a fair bit of notice. But for pure
Both CNN and Glenn Beck's 'News' Site, Smear Former FL Gov. Charlie Crist as 'Turncoat'
On Thursday, Florida's fairly progressive former Republican Governor Charlie Crist spoke in support of President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Crist became an independent during his failed 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, after it became clear that his party was likely to nominate Marco Rubio for the seat instead. All of that had come about after Crist had demonstra
NZ Justice shows courts are useless in a science debate
The NZ court case of skeptics versus NIWA has come down against the skeptics. The National Business Review does tabloid-style sensational namecalling in the headline (does it consider itself to be a proper newspaper?) “Climate change deniers shot down in NIWA court challenge” Judge Geoffrey Venning threw out claims by the NZ Climate Science Education Trust that the Crown Research Institute known a
The Triumph of Liberal Internationalism?
Robert Golan-Viella reflects on a tectonic shift in partisan foreign-policy debate, i.e., the fact that the Democrats have the upper hand. He chalks this up to campaign politics: the key to a Republican victory runs through the economy. I agree that there are "strong critiques" of Obama foreign policy and that "leading Republicans aren't making them." But I don't think




Cove Monitors Arrive in Taiji, Japan to Document Dolphin Hunting
Days are long for the team committed to protecting dolphins
Proposed Gold Mine Threatens Fresh Water in Papua New Guinea
Villagers on Kairiru Island torn between quality of life and potential financial gains
Eat Organic: It’s Good for Other People’s Health
By choosing organic, you’re reducing the amount of pesticides in agricultural communities


Barack Obama Speech Text: Read The President’s Democratic Convention Remarks
Huff Post Posted: 09/06/2012 10:26 pm President Barack Obama delivered his Democratic National Convention speech at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday night. Below, his prepared remarks as prepared for delivery. Michelle, I love you. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, you make me so proud…but don’t get any ideas, you’re st
Bill Clinton’s 2012 DNC Speech – FULL TEXT & VIDEO
Being Liberal 9/5/12 Here is the  text of President Bill Clinton’s speech to the Democratic National Convention as prepared for delivery and released by the convention’s press office: We’re here to nominate a President, and I’ve got one in mind. I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. A man who ran for President to change the course of an alr
This Seat’s Taken…
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The Corbett Report
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Corbett Report Radio 214 – Israel’s Nuclear Smuggling with Grant F. Smith
Grant F. Smith, Research Director for the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy at IRmep.org, joins us to discuss the secret Israeli espionage program that smuggled nuclear materials out of the United States to help start the Israeli nuclear program in the 1960s. We go over the declassified documents tying Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to the smuggling ring, and explore Smith’s book, Diver
Interview 539 – Mark Gaffney on Black 9/11
Mark Gaffney joins us once again to discuss the financial aspects of 9/11 explored in his book, Black 9/11: Money, Motive and Technology. We also touch on the anomalies of Building 6 and the prospects for achieving 9/11 justice as we approach the 11th anniversary of the attacks.
Interview 538 – James Corbett on Ground Zero Radio
James joins Clyde Lewis of GroundZeroRadio.com and James Evan Pilato of MediaMonarchy.com on their nationally-syndicated radio program to discuss the latest news on the alleged raid on the Osama Bin Laden compound in Abbottabad last year. We discuss the Osama Bin Laden myth and how Al Qaeda is used as the spear for NATO aggression around the world, as well as take calls on the topic.
EFF vs. TPP: Battle for the Internet
Maira Sutton of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) joins us tonight to break down the Intellectual Property law ramifications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a multi-national trade agreement that is currently being negotiated behind closed doors. We discuss the potential dangers of this trade agreement and what people can do to resist these changes. Resources: EFF’s Resourc

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Pakistan Science Foundation and Ministry of Science and Technology to Collaborate with EU in Innovative Research
On September 12, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) along with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) will collaborate with European Commission Delegation in Islamabad to arrange a one-day seminar on “EU Funding under Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)”. The aim of the seminar is to promote high-quality research projects in Pakistan and to provide a better opportunity for researchers from Pa
Pakistan Academy of Sciences Proposes Video-Link Science Lectures to India
The Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) recently proposed to the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) to collaborate in sharing advance knowledge and expertise of Indian scientists and their science lectures delivered at various institutions across India through video-link. The vice versa has also been propounded from the Pakistani scientific and academic institutions. The students will be given
Pakistan-United States Sciences and Technology Cooperation Program Announced Grants worth $4 Million
At the Phase-V of Pakistan-United States Sciences and Technology Cooperation Program held at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the US Charge d’ Affaires Ambassador, Richard Hoagland, recently announced new grants  of $4 million (approximately Rs.378 million) for Pakistan-US cooperation in joint projects in science and technology. Around 70 joint projects have been funded during the last four
Pakistan Far Ahead of India in Its Nuclear Technology
The director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, Hans M. Kristensen, and Senior Research Associate at Natural Resources Defence Council Inc. in Washington, Robert S. Norris, both have expressed their expert opinion about the South Asian nuclear technology and capability. According to their report in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, India is far behind in

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Your Season of Abundance Friday open thread
lj doesn't seem to have anything in the pipeline, so I'll put this up. Yesterday I went to the CSA to get this week's pick-your-own. I went out to the green bean field, lowered myself creakily to sit between the rows, and picked green beans by just taking what I could reach. I only had to scoonch on my butt to the next set of plants once to have a gallon of beans. So last night I put the DNC on

The Angry Black Woman
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[Trigger Warning] Laurie Mann shows her ass by excoriating fandom over the horrible treatment of Rene Walling
Due to a discussion on Facebook started by Scott Edelman, I’ve spent the last couple of days arguing with people about Rene Walling and what constitutes “real” sexual harassment. I have a lot to say on this subject, but it’s going to require a longer blog post and a lot of crafting. In the mean time, I’d like to point you to the blog of Laurie Mann, who posted a stunningly ridiculous and stupid p

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Going nowhere with bells on.
If the idea behind this morning's announcement of a temporary relaxation of some of the planning rules was to ensure it stayed at the top of the news agenda all the day, then it singularly failed. Admittedly, this is somewhat down to the tragic news from France, but it's also down to it failing to set the world alight. A policy always ought to be seen as in trouble when it's announced from the s
On the road to nowhere.
I can't say that Hopi Sen is someone I always find myself in agreement with, but his analysis of the state of the Tories after the reshuffle is pretty much spot on. It has to be kept in mind that to a ridiculous extent David Cameron and George Osborne based their rebranding of the Conservatives on that process Labour went through after the death of John Smith, with the difference being that they

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Ramping up the fight for our "right to know"
What’s in our food and how is it grown? That’s what many Californians are asking as they consider voting for Proposition 37, the ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food. In conjunction with our statewide coalition — Californians for Pesticide Reform — and Communities for a New California, PAN is working hard to promote our fundamental right to know. read more
Organic food study "missed the point"
This week’s controversy surrounding a Stanford study claiming to have established that organic food is no more nutritious than non-organic illustrates the pitfalls of talking about food issues in a consumer frame. And people all around the country are saying so. Food issues are never solely or even mainly about individual consumer choice — our food and farming system connects us with each other an
Docs say corporate power threatens public health
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Stupid Inspection Games
The CIA has declassified a retrospective report on what went wrong in its assessment of Saddam Hussein’s WMD capabilities. Even now, a great deal of the released document is classified and blanked out.It’s worth looking at to see if there is a parallel to today’s back and forth with Iran. Not so much in the details: the question in 2003 was whether Hussein had WMD, including biological, chemic
The Only Coverage To Watch Of The Democratic National Convention
The Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday through Thursday this week. Angry Black Lady (ABL, Imani Gandy) and John Cole are driving from Cole's home in West Virginia to the convention. I think their purpose is to act as journalists.You can follow their adventures on Balloon Juice.

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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Wild Seafood Sustainability Certification Remains Best In Class
Gland, Switzerland – A new independent, global analysis of wild-capture seafood sustainability certification schemes, released today at the 10th International Seafood Summit in Hong Kong, found that the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) remains most compliant with international sustainability criteria. These criteria not only measure the status of the stocks but also the environmental footprint o
WWF monitored brown bear in Romania falls victim to poaching
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“The Formation of Alawite Militias in the Kassab region,” by Mohammad D.
The Formation of Alawite Militias in the Kassab region By Mohammad D. For Syria Comment, Sept 5, 2012 There are important new developments in Lattakia and its surrounding recently.  The violence that started a few months back in the East and North of the city itself has not subsided.  Yesterday a rumor spread that the FSA had shelled al-Qurdaha, something its leaders have been wishing to do from d
Flood of Refugees Underlines the Spreading Sectarian War
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The Button
Is that a plastic model of Obama with his hand on the proverbial button? Turns out, it is a little red phone.  The product is an “Obama 3 am Phone Call Squeezable Figure.” It reminds my of my favorite Onion headline in recent years: Obama Makes It Through Another Day Of Resisting Urge To Launch All U.S. Nuclear Weapons At Once. Let’s have a little Randy Newman after the jump.

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The crack in globalism starts in the Middle East.
by Mark Vogl:    Nationalism is out of vogue, rejected in academia, and thought to be a thing of the past...except for Israel.
How government policy can improve the U. S busienss environment!
by Mark Vogl:    The following is part of discussion between alumni of THE CITADEL about the real ability of government to shape our economy!

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Cyberwarfare – new arms race
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Jess Kingham Topless Snow in White Costume
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2012 NFL Season Preview—Concussions, Fans Ripped-Off, Scab Referees
With the NFL starting up this Sunday, here is my season preview. I predict— 1. Life-shortening concussions 2. Ripoff taxpayer built stadiums 3.Unaffordable ticket prices 4. Scab referees. It is going to be another great NFL season. Folks should enjoy the upcoming NFL season because it won’t be long until there is serious talk about banning the sport because of the head injuries to players. The lin
The RR On Mitt Romney’s Jet Stands For Redefining Rape
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When I was in Cincinnati recently I saw Mitt Romney’s jet at Lunken Airport in
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Obama Socialism Sign In Public Space—All You Need Is Some Black Tape
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In the Twilight of Empire
Historians who look back to our time will surely conclude that our problem was not that we didn’t know where we were headed, it was that we didn’t act on what we knew. Before the financial crash of 2008-2009 and the Great Recession that followed, there was ample warning. Whether you were a journalist who reported the news, a politician who made the news, or a citizen who read or watched the ne
Exiling the Poor
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In Praise of Being Daring
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The Democrats are going to sorely miss Barack Obama when he’s gone. Obama wasn’t anywhere to be found at the Democratic National Convention’s kickoff last night, but his fingerprints were all over it. It was high-energy. It was focused. And it went right for the jugular. Obama may not know how to sell his policies, once elected, but he sure knows how to campaign. Karl Rove must have looked on

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100 Year Starship Symposium Next Week
The 100 Year Starship 2012 Public Symposium begins next week, with the recently announced news that former president Bill Clinton will serve as honorary chair for the event. I’m not sure whether a US president has ever spoken about starships before, but what Clinton said was this: “This important effort helps advance the knowledge and technologies required to explore space, all while generating th
Space Imperative: Building Closed Ecologies
Long journeys by spaceship are a staple of science fiction, but we know all too little about how to sustain a human habitat in a hostile environment. Experiments in closed ecosystems simply reveal how much work will have to go toward this subject before we can talk about moving out into the Solar System, much less sending missions outside of it. One experiment in this direction was Bios-3, conduct

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The Assange case
Many thanks indeed to “Me in Us” for this transcript. 00:12 ONN: Hello. We’re here today at the home of Craig Murray, the whistleblower and former ambassador to Uzbekistan. Craig, thank you for being here with us on ON today. On Sunday you spoke out publicly defending Julian Assange in giving a speech in front of the Ecuadorean assembly. What made you want to stand up and be counted as among his s
Anna Ardin’s Police Statement
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Statement of Irmeli Krans
This statement was written by Irmeli Krans, a Swedish police officer, on 20 August 2010 and amended on 26 August 2010. It purports to be the record of an interview with Sofia Wilen, but Sofia Wilen refused to sign the statement and has not done so to this day. It is nevertheless this unsigned statement which the British High Court stated contains an allegation which would, if true, amount to rape
Shootings in France
Let me be upfront: none of my usual contacts, so far, has any knowledge about the very clinical murders in France of the Iraqi origin British Hilli family. I have seen various internet reports of the links of Mr Hilli to the defence industry and that the French cyclist victim was linked to the nuclear industry. I am not immediately concerned that the other cyclist who raised the alarm was ex-RAF

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