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Haiti's Elections: 'Beat the Dog too Hard...'
(Port-au-Prince) Today was the final round of elections for a third of the Senate in Haiti. I woke up with a start as several UN helicopters zoomed to and from downtown from uphill. Given this week's events, I feared the worst. As it turns out, it was nothing. I went out this morning around 9:30,...
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Trade Agreement Kills Amazon Indians
The recent clash between indigenous peoples and Peruvian national police sends a powerful message from the Amazon jungle straight to Washington: The enormous social, political, and environmental costs of the free-trade model are no longer acceptable. Using a combined offensive of helicopter and...
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Obama's Bulldozer Risks Turning the Taliban into Pakistan's Khmer Rouge
Unless the US president can break his hardline posture, the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan could prove his Vietnam
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Ezra Nawi: An Activist in Need
Every so often someone comes along who is so brave and so inspiring that you just can't sit by and remain silent when you learn they need your help. We're writing to you today about one of these rare people. His name is Ezra Nawi . You've probably never heard of him, but because you may know our...
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Water Stress, Ocean Levels to Unleash 'Climate Exodus'
BONN, Germany - Tens of millions of people will be displaced by climate change in coming years, posing social, political and security problems of an unprecedented dimension, a new study said on Wednesday. "Unless aggressive measures are taken to halt global warming, the consequences for human...
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Grief and Solidarity on the Road to Gaza
The opening announcement at our first CodePink and Coalition of Women for Peace meeting was stunning and sobering: a 35 year-old Palestinian father of two children, with another child on the way, was killed at a nonviolent demonstration in Ni'lin . He had been shot in the chest by Israeli Defense...
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U.S. Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, patrol through a poppy field during Operation Lariat in the Lui Tal district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 16, 2012.  (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Ismael E. Ortega/Released) Views
Make the Afghanistan War Supporters Hear Us – At the Polls
Is it Polyanna-ish to look for hopeful signs in the congressional votes that overwhelmingly supported President Obama’s supplemental appropriations request for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Perhaps, nonetheless there were a couple. For one, with debate on the Iraq War largely frozen by the...
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Obama's Prison
Fyodor Dostoyevsky argued that the “degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” What does it mean when certain prisons are located on occupied territory and the treatment of prisoners are reminiscent of torture techniques used during the Spanish Inquisition?...
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The Cure for Layoffs: Fire the Boss!
In 2004, we made a documentary called The Take about Argentina's movement of worker-run businesses. In the wake of the country's dramatic economic collapse in 2001, thousands of workers walked into their shuttered factories and put them back into production as worker cooperatives. Abandoned by...
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Israel Hands Over Lebanon Cluster Bomb Maps - UN
BEIRUT - Israel handed over to U.N. peacekeepers on Tuesday maps of where it dropped cluster bombs in Lebanon during the 2006 war with Hezbollah guerrillas, the UNIFIL peacekeeping force said. The United Nations and the Lebanese government have repeatedly called on Israel to hand over the maps of...
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