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Report: World Bank Fails to Address Poverty

A new report by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group criticizes the international lending organization for failing to alleviate global poverty with programs that focus too single-mindedly on growth. The bank estimates that 1.1 billion people subsisted on less than $1 per day in 2001. (h/t: Common Dreams)

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Study Group: Pentagon Conceals Iraq Violence

Despite all the attention focused on the Iraq Study Group’s report, one of its more damaging allegations has largely escaped media scrutiny: The Pentagon and intelligence agencies are drastically underreporting acts of violence in Iraq.  The panel said that one day the U.S. reported 93 acts of violence when in fact there were more than 1,100. (h/t: Randi Rhodes)

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Feingold: Iraq Report a ‘Washington Inside Job’

Sen. Russ Feingold critiques the Iraq Study Group report and argues for a more holistic approach to counter-terrorism: “The Iraq Study Group essentially sees Iraq the same way that most of official Washington does—as the be-all and end-all of our foreign and national security policy. Nothing could be further from the truth….”

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Foley Scandal: Ethics Committee Chastises to No Avail

Having just finished its investigation of the Mark Foley coverup, the House Ethics Committee said lawmakers behaved inappropriately, but that no rules were broken: “In all, a pattern of conduct was exhibited among many individuals to remain willfully ignorant of the potential consequences of former Representative Foley’s conduct with respect to House pages.”

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Alive in Baghdad: Iraq Through the Eyes of Iraqis

Founded by Brian Conley, a 26-year-old American journalist, and coordinated in Iraq by 21-year-old Iraqi Omar Abdullah, the website Alive in Baghdad features short films by Iraqis documenting daily life in their war-ravaged country. You must see this site. (BBC story, AiB site)

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


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Pelosi Mulls Smoking Ban

D.C. may be smoke-free, but Congress gets to set its own rules.  Unfortunately for nicotine-craving lawmakers (25% of Congress), the Democrats’ victory may lead to change for more than Iraq and the minimum wage—Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi is considering a ban on smoking in the U.S. Capitol.

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Saudi Links to Iraq Insurgency

Private Saudi Arabians have allegedly donated millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq, according to the Iraq Study Group and Iraqi officials. It’s an open secret that Iran has supported Shiite militants, causing some to worry that Iraq’s sectarian strife could develop into a regional quagmire.

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South Korean Olympians
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Koreas Hope to Reunite for Olympics

Despite the fact that the two countries are still officially at war, North and South Korea will make a joint bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, where they hope to compete as one country. While the rest of the world has a meltdown over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the South seems determined to resolve its differences peacefully.

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Hillary the Panderer

Arianna Huffington takes Hillary Clinton to task for continuing her vote-hungry triangulating campaign against video game indecency.  In case you missed it, last year Hillary got all bent out of shape over a hidden sex scene in a game called “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”  She didn’t seem to mind the initial release of the game, which allowed players (17 and older) to commit mass murder in graphic detail.

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How to Beat Wal-Mart

Stacy Mitchell chronicles the successful campaigns of community activists around the country who’ve taken on retail giants and won.  The key to victory is “getting people to see themselves not just as consumers, but as workers, producers, business owners, citizens, and stewards of their community.”

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