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While environmentalists and opponents of foreign oil may have found common cause in the use of biofuels, a new, confidential World Bank report estimates that the recent increase in plant-based fuel production has actually contributed to a 75 percent rise in global food prices, sparking riots across the world and pushing millions beneath the poverty line.

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The International Monetary Fund, the darling lending institution of neoliberal capitalists, believes that the US's current mortgage crisis is dragging down the world economy The IMF is predicting at least a two-year global economic downturn, led by the U credit crunch, that also has a gambling chance of turning into a "global recession".

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Al Gore and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their crusade against global warming. Now, just imagine what would happen if the Nobel laureate applied himself with equal intensity to ending the war in Iraq. That could be the beginning of a thrilling presidential campaign.

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Much of the world still likes our movies, and what used to be called American ingenuity -- the scientific and technological genius that cures disease and connected the world through the Internet. But there's not much else to admire about the United States.

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This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes GOP senators grilling Condi on Bush's troop escalation plan; a brutally ironic film reminding us that Saddam Hussein was a 40-year CIA asset; and "The Simpsons" on global warming.

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