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Turkey’s Ruling Party Has Its LGBTI Supporters, As Well

AK Party LGBT: Of course, as LGBT people, we do not endorse the Justice and Development Party’s (Turkey’s ruling party, AKP or AK Party- AK means “white, clean”) attitude towards LGBT people. We started the AK LGBT group to make AKP authorities and those who vote for AKP say, “there are LGBT people who support AKP”, “LGBT people can have various political views outside of parties like the Republican People’ ...

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Italy: path of spiritual inspiration for modern times

  This new initiative consists of a walking trail starting from Grotte Santo Stefano to the recently inaugurated Park of Study and Reflection, Attigliano, and leads pilgrims through the beauties of Italy's natural scenery in its rolling countryside following a historical trail of inspiration and regard for what has gone before and what is yet to come! The walk, taken as a pilgrimage towards a sacred sp ...

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The Commons: People power beyond the state

The activist and author David Bollier tells Deutsche Welle why what he calls the Commons will change the way we live our lives and our system of politics. DW: Can you define in a nutshell what you mean by the Commons? David Bollier: The Commons is a system for managing shared resources or a system of governance when a community decides they want to manage a shared resource for the collective benefit outside ...

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Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

By Christopher Soghoian.- The 2011 Arab Spring captured the attention of the world. It also captured the attention of authoritarian governments in other countries, who were worried that revolution would spread. To respond, they ramped up surveillance of activists, journalists and dissidents who they feared would inspire revolution in their own countries. One prominent Bahraini activist, who was arrested and ...

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Philippines: A Day with Yolanda Victims

Recalling typhoon Yolanda that hit the Philippines so severely, Pressenza revisits the scene with a letter of appreciation to all those who helped out in those very difficult days and to remind the world that the plight on many continues today. We also gain insight into how it feels to be among the victims and to be a family member away from the scene. A Day with Yolanda Victims by:  Niday R. Mayor          ...

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Peace, disarmament, active nonviolence. Interview with Alex Zanotelli

www.shekina.it Alex Zanotelli is an Italian priest and a Comboni missionary, the founder of several movements that promote peace and justice in solidarity. He is also one of the promoters of the Arena of Peace and Disarmament which will take place on April 25 in Verona and which will bring together the entire peace and nonviolence movement, both secular and religious, and those promoting solidarity and volu ...

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Rwanda 1994-2014: a million of reasons to remember

Twenty years after the Genocide that killed off up to a million of people in few months, is important to remember and to convert the memory in a positive force able to converge the past to the present to seed a new courage and new contagious hopes. We talk about the courage to push the world in the direction of the safeguard of human rights and at the same time to make aware people and powers in order to mo ...

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As Planet Warms, Clean Energy Investments Take a Dive

By Samuel Oakford for Inter Press Service UNITED NATIONS, Apr 7 2014 (IPS) - Policy uncertainty and plummeting solar prices led to a 14-percent decrease in investment in renewable energy in 2013, according to a report released Monday. Investment fell across the globe, even in high growth regions like China, India and Brazil. But it was severe cuts in Europe – until recently a pace-setter for the rest of the ...

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Noam Chomsky Lecture: Security and State Policy

Prof. Noam Chomsky delivered the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 13th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future on February 28, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. A leading principle of international relations theory is that the highest priority of states is to ensure security.  As George Kennan formulates the standard view, government is created “to assure order and justice internally and to provid ...

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Japan’s ‘Research Whaling’ Ruled Illegal by International Court of Justice

By Tom Ganderton, Greenpeace The Government of Japan has officially cancelled plans to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean this coming year. Whales everywhere will be jumping for joy today. Why? Japan’s sham ‘scientific whaling’ program me has just been declared ILLEGAL in an international court! At 10am, the judges of the International Court of Justice handed down its long-anticipated decision on whether Jap ...

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