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No Wonder the Poker Game is Ending: The Wealthiest Have Taken All of the Chips

A new report by University of California, Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez concludes that income inequality in the United States is at an all-time high, surpassing even levels seen during the Great Depression.

The report shows that:
  • Income inequality is worse than it has been since at least 1917
  • "The top 1 percent incomes captured half of the overall economic growth over the period 1993-2007"
  • In the economic expansion of 2002-2007, the top 1 percent captured two thirds of income growth."
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Historian Frederick Töben imprisoned for "thought crimes" in Australia

Fredrick Toben is a historian and free speech activist in Australia who runs an organization called the  Adelaide Institute, which has been accused of promoting holocaust denial and anti-semitism. In 1999  Töben  was convicted of  "offending the memory of the dead" in Germany and was imprisoned for nine months. In 2008 he was detained in London's Heathrow Airport, while flying from the Unites State to Dubai, under an attempt by German authorities to extradite him for material on his website.

Töben  rejects the label "holocaust denier". He believes that mass murders did accour, however he questions the numbers and other aspects.

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British Leaders Defend Their Health Service

Responding to attacks on Britain’s National Health Service by opponents of health insurance reform in the United States, British political leaders from the left and the right have taken to the airwaves, the blogwaves and the twitwaves to defend the government-run health care system known as the NHS.

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Canada court says its officials knew U.S. abused detainee

Canada must seek the immediate return of Toronto-born Guantanamo captive Omar Khadr rather than await the outcome of his U.S. military trial because American troops mistreated the alleged teen terrorist and Canadian officials knew about it, Canada's appeals court ruled Friday

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Anti-healthcare lobbyists duped us, say Katie Brickell and Kate Spall

TwoBritish women who have become the unwitting stars of a campaign to derail Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms yesterday said that their views on the NHS had been misrepresented.

Katie Brickell and Kate Spall said that they strongly supported state-funded healthcare, but their descriptions of poor treatment at the hands of the NHS form the centrepiece of an advertising campaign against the proposed reforms in America. Both appear in adverts for Conservatives for Patients’ Rights (CPR), a lobby group that opposes Mr Obama’s plans for universal medical insurance, which have caused a transatlantic rift over the merits of the NHS.

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Gaza white flag deaths probe call

Israel must investigate the "unlawful" killing of 11 civilians carrying white flags during its Gaza operation earlier in 2009, Human Rights Watch has said.

Five women and four children were among those killed in seven incidents detailed by the US-based rights group.Researchers said the soldiers at best failed to protect civilians, and at worst deliberately shot at them.Researchers said the soldiers at best failed to protect civilians, and at worst deliberately shot at them.

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Whistle-blower: Health care industry engaging in PR tactics

The former vice president of corporate communications at insurance giant Cigna, who left his post, says the industry is playing "dirty tricks" in an effort to manipulate public opinion.

"Words matter, and the insurance industry is a master at linguistics and using the hot words, buzzwords, buzz expressions that they know will get people upset," he told CNN Wednesday.

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Myths And Facts About al-Qaeda

There is no real evidence that bin Laden or al-Qaeda had any connection to the Ugandan and Tanzanian embassy attacks or any of the numerous attacks for which they have been blamed. Pro-Israel propagandists like Daniel Pipes or Matthew Levitt needed an enemy for their war against Muslim influence on American culture more than random explosions in various places needed a central commander. By the time the World Trade Center was destroyed, the Arab fighters surrounding Osama bin Laden were just a dwindling remnant living on past glories of Afghanistan's struggle against Communism. Al-Qaeda has never been and certainly is not today an immensely powerful terror organization controlling Islamic banks and charities throughout the world.

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Stephen Hawking Enters U.S. Health Care Debate

In an editorial on July 31, Investor's Business Daily warned of end-of-life counseling in health care reform by saying people like Stephen Hawking "wouldn't have a chance" in the such a system.

n fact, Professor Hawking lives in England, where he has been treated by their National Health Service. And by his own account, it saved his life. "I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS," he told The Guardian. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."

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