On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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Pete Seeger celebrates 90th birthday with fundraiser and help from Native Musicians 11.4.2009 NFIC News Feed
By Sandra Hale Schulman News From Indian Country 4-09 An American songwriting legend and longtime advocate for human, civil and Native rights, Pete Seeger turns 90 in May with a star-studded, one night only concert event celebrating Read more... (http://indiancountrynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6170&Itemid=99999999)
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Can Environmental CSR Initiatives Stimulate Economic Growth? 10.4.2009 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
 Image by weirdvis. See original at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1162176

The economic downturn brings with it new wrinkles for large corporations to address as part of their corporate social responsibility planning.

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Avoid "blood chocolate" for a sustainable Easter celebration 9.4.2009 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
You’ve probably heard of "blood diamonds." But unfortunately diamonds aren't the only commodity that is produced with slave labor. Many African cocoa farms produce "blood chocolate," at the cost of cruel labor practices and child abuse.
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Avoid "blood chocolate" for a sustainable Easter celebration 9.4.2009 Environmental News Network
You’ve probably heard of "blood diamonds." But unfortunately diamonds aren't the only commodity that is produced with slave labor. Many African cocoa farms produce "blood chocolate," at the cost of cruel labor practices and child abuse.
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TreeHugger Becomes Ford Fiesta Agent 9.4.2009 TreeHugger
My new car With the global economy in shambles, fuel prices likely to increase with demand, and automakers searching for the holy grail that will pull their fat from the fire, bailout-free Ford is trying something the Big Three should have done a long time ago, looking overseas for some inspiration. Next year, Ford is bringing the extremely popular fuel-sipping (German-built) Fiesta stateside. But before that happens they decided to run an online contest to giveaway 100 Fiestas to drive for 6 Months as a social media buzz generator. I entered the contest and was selected as a " " from over 4,0... ...
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Vanity Fair Spikes the Green Issue 7.4.2009 TreeHugger
Vanity Fair Green Issue 2008 Some have always questioned the point of big glossy magazines doing celebrity-filled so-called green themed issues. Others thought that the more exposure that environmental issues got, the better. We certainly were excited in 2006 with Vanity Fair's first green issue, complete with our Graham Hill We all pretty much agreed that it nuked the fridge last year with . Now we learn that Graydon Carter has spiked the green themed ... ...
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Vanity Fair Scraps Annual "Green Issue" 6.4.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For the first time in three years, Vanity Fair won't print a "green" issue dedicated to the environment, The Independent reports. Conde Nast, the publisher...
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Ecological Emergency 3.4.2009 Truthout.com

    The head of the Green Party's list for the next European elections has just published his book, "Que faire?" ["What to Do?"]. A dialogue with the pioneer of environmental politics, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, as well as Edgar Morin.

    Le Nouvel Observateur: Edgar Morin, do you recognize yourself in the "politics of civilization" as they are developed by Daniel Cohn-Bendit in his new book?

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Change How the World Works? Yes, We Can 2.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Robin Hahnel

In The Times last week Hugo Rifkind threw down the gauntlet to demonstrators protesting at the G20 summit to "formulate a coherent argument" and "propose some sort of feasible alternative to the world economy instead of just bitching about it and blowing your bloody whistles".

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David Doniger: "First Read" of the Waxman-Markey Energy and Climate Discussion Draft 2.4.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The "discussion draft" of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is a bold starting point for passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation through Congress this year.
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Green Business Plan: Start with Elephant Dung... 27.3.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, Mar 27 (OneWorld.net) - Karl Wald's "waste paper" is getting some serious attention. His business, "Mr. Ellie Pooh," sells recycled paper and other products handcrafted primarily out of elephant dung by Sri Lankan artisans.

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Jay Coen Gilbert and the Search for the Beneficial Corporation (Part One) 27.3.2009 TreeHugger
Good business or just good marketing? Green business or greenwashing? Even the most hawk-eyed, label-scouring consumer can’t always know. 's mission is to replace the guessing game with rigorous standards to judge what makes a truly “beneficial” company. To date, 179 companies representing almost a billion dollars have become certified B Corps. Jay Coen Gilbert, one of three veteran entrepreneurs behind B Corporation, tells TreeHugger how it all works. Listen to the podcast of this interview via , or just ...
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Wild Bees Can Be Effective Pollinators 25.3.2009 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
Over the past few years, honey bee keepers have experienced problems due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has hurt honey bee populations, causing some growers of fruits, nuts and vegetables to wonder how their crops will be pollinated in the future.
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"Extreme" Performance Art By Sheep in LED Clothing (Video) 25.3.2009 TreeHugger
(From on Youtube) Giving a new twist on environmental art and creative marketing (for Samsung LEDs, apparently), the artistic collective BaaaStuds took to the Welsh hills with cameras and what seems like a truckload of LEDs to create this hilarious but amazing piece of performance art, starring a flock of lovely shee... ...
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No More Freebies at EPA 24.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views

After eight years in which the EPA was the Environmental Pass Agency, new administrator Lisa Jackson last week sent a new signal that polluters cannot pass "Go." In a memorandum, she stopped the agency's nearly decade-old "Performance Track" program where corporations set voluntary environmental goals.

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SoleRebels: Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly Shoes With Plenty of Soul 22.3.2009 TreeHugger
Photo credit: SoleRebels Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu started SoleRebels with her husband and brother in her native village of Zenabwork, Ethiopia, to fill a pressing need—creating jobs where there were almost none. Today, less than four years later, the footwear company employs 40 full-time workers and 100 part-timers who hand-spin and hand-loom the shoes' and turn used tires into meticulously formed soles. ... ...
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A fair bargain 21.3.2009 Gristmill
By Guest author This is a guest post by Michael A. Livermore, Executive Director of the at New York University School of Law and the coauthor, along with Richard L. Revesz, of . As a climate change policy, President Obama's carbon cap is a winner. It gets greenhouse reductions at the lowest possible cost and spurs the innovation and invention that will drive us to a clean-energy economy. But if folks are eyeing the carbon cap as a way to raise money to pay for clean energy programs, they are barking up the wrong tree. Unless these funds are returned to the American public, the cap will have severely regressive effects on lower-income Americans. And in the end, it would come back around to bite us by sapping support for environmental ...
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Friday music blogging: K'naan 21.3.2009 Gristmill
By David Roberts Listen Play "ABCs (f. Chubb Rock)," by K'naan K'naan is a hip-hop MC out of Toronto, Ontario. (That's in Canada!) He was born and raised in Somalia, in truly horrific conditions of war and deprivation. He learned to rap -- before he even learned English -- by imitating the flow of American rappers on bootlegged CDs. His 2008 debut album, , created a minor sensation, for good reason (even outside the personal backstory) -- it contained a lively mix of styles, some funky live instrumentation, and truly impressive flow. It won Canada's prestigious (quit giggling) for rap album of the year. I've noticed that his recently released second album, , is producing a bit of grumbly backlash in some quarters. It's ...
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Not Taking Part in Earth Hour? How About 'Human Achievement Hour'? 21.3.2009 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Possibly the most bizarre announcement to cross my inbox in days if not weeks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has developed an anti-Earth Hour campaign to celebrate humankind's marvelous achievements.

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Merrell Wants You To Get Outside And On The Road to Rothbury 19.3.2009 TreeHugger
Photo Credit: Dave Vann of Rothbury Crowd, 2008. The Black Crowes, Ani Difranco are just a couple of the myriad artists booked to perform at the Rothbury Festival in early July of 2009. Some dude called Bob Dylan, and another, known as Willie Nelson, are apparently on the playlist too. We’ve mentioned before, but it was the 2009 event’s sponsor, Merrell, who alerted us to a full run down of the festival’s green ambitions. Get yourself a cup of organic Rooibos tea and settle down - it’s a long list. With prizes too.... ...
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