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Miami: 'Ground Zero' of U.S. housing crisis

As the Bush administration unveiled a publicly-financed plan to "save" mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, local residents at a town hall forum in Miami were calling for criminal prosecutions of the loan-shark mortgage brokers and investment firms that profited from poor people's housing despair.

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Safe Third Country ruling overturned on appeal

On June 27, 2008 the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal reversed the earlier landmark Federal Court decision that had struck down the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States. The Agreement with the U.S. severely restricted refugee claimants from seeking protection in Canada if they first had entered the United States.

The Court of Appeal upheld the "Safe Third Country Agreement," with the United States and implemented in December 2004. The agreement was designed to put an end to "asylum shopping" by individuals who had entered the United States or were failed U.S.

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French lessons for the North American Left?

Today is Bastille Day in France, a national holiday that marks a key event of the French Revolution. It's the perfect time, especially in this year marking the 40th anniversary of les événements âe" Franceâe(TM)s most recent near-revolution âe" in the summer of âe(TM)68, to look across the Atlantic for some political inspiration for North Americaâe(TM)s beleaguered political Left.

On one level, France is suffering under a rather familiar conservative regime.

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'Blood cell phones' worsen crisis in the Congo

Your shiny new 3G iPhone may be helping fuel the deadliest conflict since World War II.

Lots of people know about "blood diamonds" such as those highlighted in the 2006 hit movie of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio. These are diamonds that help fuel wars in the countries they come from as warring parties fight over control of the diamond mines.

Very few people, however, know that their cell phones may be doing the very same thing.

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A plan for peace-ing it all together

Jazz singer Tony Bennett served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He wrote of this experience in his memoir:

âeoeThe main thing I got out of my military experience was the realization that I am completely opposed to war. Every war is insane, no matter where it is or what it's about. Fighting is the lowest form of human behavior.

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It's the end of tourism as we know it

A new paper released last month presents a summary from the Business Travel Coalition, âeoeBeyond the Airlines $2 Can of Coke, Catastrophic Impact on the U.S. Economy From Oil Price Trauma in the Airline Industry.âe Itâe(TM)s about the impacts of high aviation fuel prices and the imminent impact on airlines. The associated trickle-down economics seem pretty clear.

It will affect everything.

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TILMA makes pariahs out of Alberta and B.C.

When B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein signed the B.C.-Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) in 2006, they had a grand vision for Canada.

TILMA was going to finally rid the country of so-called inter-provincial trade barriers and create a single economic space from coast to coast to coast. The agreement was said to be so appealing that others would naturally want to sign it, and the two westernmost premiers would be recognized as pioneers of a new 21st Century vision for Canada.

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Paralyzed woman sues chiropractic for half billion

An Alberta woman, paralyzed after her neck was manipulated by a chiropractor, has launched the biggest-ever class action suit against chiropractic in Canada.

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RFK Jr. warns Canadians about corporate media

When U.S. President Ronald Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine in 1988, he killed a piece of American democracy, says Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The duty to inform was taken from the media and replaced with the aims of corporations, to deliver people to advertising and to hell with balance, fairness and critical thinking.

Kennedy, who founded the environmental group Waterkeepers in the 1980s, was the keynote speaker at the International Association of Great Lakes Research conference in Peterborough, Ont. at Trent University May 22.

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Historic vote in Parliament for war resisters

Canadian MPs âe" the majority opposition representing the majority of Canadians âe" stood in support of Iraq war resisters when they voted to pass an asylum motion yesterday in Parliament.

Liberal, NDP and Bloc MPs (137 in total) stood in favour âe" literally stood up to vote as procedure dictates, though for a second the line of MPs could be confused for a makeshift honour guard of sorts âe" of the "war resister" motion. From the ranks of the Conservative Party, 110 MPs stood against. They did not look happy.

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