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Coup in Thailand While Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Visits United Nations Shocks Foreign Governments

Coup in Thailand While Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Visits United Nations Shocks Foreign Governments

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Early this morning military leaders in Thailand conducted a coup ousting Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra while he was in New York delivering a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. General Sondhi Boonyaratkalin staged the coup and named himself acting Prime Minister while declaring martial law.

The country and world news media didn’t seemed fazed. An Associated Press report said residents of Bangkok awoke to see army personnel on the corners and tanks blocking off the government district. The city of more than 10 million was calm and most residents appeared unfazed. An editorial in the Houston Chronicle said that even the tourists “strolled about indifferent or oblivious to the tanks and police vehicles in the streets.”

The coup was not the first story on the major networks and very few details were given in their reporting. Evidently coups in Thailand are commonplace with the last one taking place in 1991. Because the coup was bloodless and without any resistance, the Chronicle said it appears “democracy has not put down deep roots there” yet.

Will Yucca Mountain Ever Hold Nuclear Waste?

Will Yucca Mountain Ever Hold Nuclear Waste?

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Over the past 24 years, each time your house or business consumed a nuclear-generated kilowatt-hour of electricity, you were billed – by mandate of the U.S. government – one-tenth of one penny to pay for the storage of nuclear waste. And those pennies add up. Since 1982, the Nuclear Waste Fund has grown to more than $28 billion. The plan back then was to safely dispose of the nuclear waste left over after providing 20 percent of the nation’s electricity through nuclear energy. Instead, like a ticking time bomb, about 40,000 metric tons of spent fuel rods are chilling out in 141 concrete cooling ponds never intended for long-term use. Many are within a few dozen miles of large cities, such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Miami.

Now, at least nine states are heating up over the localized nuclear waste issue. On September 13th, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined state attorneys general in California, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin in calling on Congress to reject legislation enabling the federal government to designate nuclear waste storage facilities in all states with nuclear power plants, superceding objections by the state’s governor or state and local zoning and environmental laws.

Some Muslim Fear Actions Could Prove Pope Correct – Pontiff Apologizes with Mixed Results

Some Muslim Fear Actions Could Prove Pope Correct – Pontiff Apologizes with Mixed Results

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The Pope’s recent remarks have brought outrage from around the world, and now Al-Qaida in Iraq has called for a war on "worshippers of the cross." Protesters burned the pope in effigy. The Iraqi militant group posted their comments on a website typically used by Al-Qaida.

Although President Bush has said the apology was sincere, many Muslims insisted Monday that Pope Benedict XVI did not go far enough in his apology. The anger and the apology stemmed from a quote the pope made last Tuesday. The quote called the Muslim religion “evil and inhumane”.

Abuse and Neglect of Elderly Rampant In Nursing Home Industry

Abuse and Neglect of Elderly Rampant In Nursing Home Industry

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In 1987, Congress passed landmark legislation aimed at improving nursing home care for the nation's vulnerable elderly population. However, a recent investigation by Consumer Reports found poor care in nursing homes is still extremely common, especially in the for-profit chains that have become the dominant force in the industry.

The Nursing Home Reform Act requires nursing homes to comply with federal regulations for quality of care and specifically states that "a nursing facility must care for its residents in such a manner and in such an environment as will promote maintenance or enhancement of the quality of life of each resident."

Prisoner Detainee Bill Set For Showdown – Republican Senators Propose Legislation that Competes with President’s

Prisoner Detainee Bill Set For Showdown – Republican Senators Propose Legislation that Competes with President’s

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Some Republican Senators will be opposing the President’s legislation concerning military tribunals and the Geneva Convention. Even Collin Powel, former Secretary of State under President Bush, has asked congressional leaders to kill the bill. Republican Senators John McCain, John Warner and Lindsey Graham are bringing their own competing measure to the table.

Next week will likely be the showdown in Congress over these two competing bills. While both pieces of legislation allow for the detention of people from around the world as enemy combatants, the President’s bill goes further. The Administration’s bill would allow “outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment.”

This concerns John McCain, a former POW during the Vietnam War. McCain believes that this may open the door to other nations doing the same thing to American prisoners. If America mistreats its prisoners, American soldiers are in danger of the same, or worse. An Editorial in the New York Times suggests that what the President really wants is Congressional authority to keep on doing things to prisoners in C.I.A. jails that are clear violations of international rules. Comment on this Article at our Forum

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