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Sexual Violence 'a Tactic of War,' UN Council Says
In Sudan, girls as young as four are raped by rebel forces and government-backed militias. In Democratic Republic of Congo, women are sexually mutilated by roving gangs. In Burma, they are systematically raped as part of a military offensive. Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council agreed...
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Scarcity in an Age of Plenty
As food and fuel prices continue to increase the world must look to new patterns of consumption and production
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Activists Forced Out of 'Peaceland'
"We have already sent a letter to U.S. authorities requesting that they start negotiating with us instead of the Czech government."
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From Microcredit to Social Entrepreneurship
Call him the Gandhi of our times. The Mahatma ended colonialism using non-violence. Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus is lifting millions out of poverty with microcredit (lending small amounts to the neediest). Now he's onto another revolutionary idea, "social entrepreneurship" (you invest not to make...
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Obama Could Set an Earthquake Under the Established Electoral Map
The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has a compelling personal and political biography. One of eight children, he could not read until he was 10, left school soon after and by the age of 12 was working as a shoeshine boy. Lula was instrumental in setting up his own leftwing political...
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The Iran Trap
The failure by Barack Obama to chart another course in the Middle East, to defy the Israel lobby and to denounce the Bush administration's inexorable march toward a conflict with Iran is a failure to challenge the collective insanity that has gripped the political leadership in the United States...
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Collateral Damage
What It Really Means When America Goes to War
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The Corporate State and the Subversion of Democracy
Note: Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in Furman University's Younts Conference Center. The address was part of the protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college's decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address. When...
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The Way to Peace Can Be Paved With Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Negotiation
Peace activists are often accused of being naíve dreamers when it comes to dealing with conflict or dangerous enemies. So what is the alternative? Usually it's to fight fire with fire (i.e., revenge and retaliation). The very nature of peacemaking, however, is not to fight but rather to confront "...
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New Roadblocks Delay Tribunals at Guantánamo
Guantánamo, Cuba - When military officials announced war crimes charges against six detainees for the Sept. 11 attacks two months ago, the move was part of an effort to accelerate the Bush administration's sluggish military commission system, which has yet to hold a single trial. But the Sept. 11...
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