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Space Launch Privatization Costing Taxpayers Dearly

An Orbital Sciences Corp. rocket carrying a cargo spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded seconds after liftoff on October 28. The Antares rocket lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. Approximately ten seconds after liftoff, however, an explosion took place at the base of the rocket’s first stage. The rocket fell back to the ground ...

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No to Natural Fruit on Andy’s birthday

Hi Pressenza,   I'm following up on the urgent action we sent you a couple months ago for labor rights activist Andy Hall (below). I'm glad to be able to share an initial victory in this case: Today one of the four charges that Andy Hall faces was dismissed in court due to an unlawful interrogation process! Court proceedings on the next case start tomorrow, on Andy's birthday. Instead of celebrating, he wil ...

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Muhammad, Where Are You?

  Human Wrongs Watch By Uri Avnery*, TRANSCEND Media Service 25/10/14 It sounds like a joke. But it isn’t. About a month ago, on the eve of the Jewish New Year, the government statistical office published a set of interesting items about the population of the state. It is intended as a gift for the citizens. The population is growing, it is getting richer and it is satisfied. **Children returning home ...

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Israelis Picking Palestinian Olives

  Human Wrongs Watch Jerusalem, 28 October 2014 (IRIN)* — It is still dark when the minibus rolls into Jerusalem, picking up Israelis bound for occupied Palestinian land. Their leader, a rabbi, dons a shawl and quietly prays in the back seat.  During the autumn olive harvest, Palestinian villagers are especially nervous about visits from Israelis: Last year the UN recorded 38,532 trees destroyed or dam ...

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Celebrating diversity: Mardi Gras 2014

/ Texts and Photographs: Daniela Quinteros Rosas / Celebrating diversity and tolerance in a party was never as important to the streets of Sydney, Australia as this year. Mardi Gras 2014 was one of the biggest parade ever made submerging one of the main avenues with colors and energy all around. More than 9.400 homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transexuals, transgender and heterosexual where glowing and shi ...

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In Gaza, justice delayed is justice denied

Ahmad Abu Raida (Photo courtesy of DCI-Palestine) Israeli army investigators have not even contacted the teenage victim of one of the few alleged war crimes it says it is probing. More than two months after Israel’s assault on Gaza began, victims of the air, land, and sea invasion continue to have no recourse against their occupiers. It’s been nearly two months since 17-year-old Ahmad Abu Raida says he was ...

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OPINION: Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the Links

By Alicia Ely Yamin  Lecturer on Global Health and Policy Director at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, and Chair of the Center for Economic and Social Rights. CAMBRIDGE, Massachussetts, Oct 27 2014 (IPS) - The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of t ...

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Putney Debate 2014 – 01 – Crash, Cuts. Crisis – Causes, Consequences, Solutions

The New London Putney Debates began with a reflection on the history of activism and its achievements in the UK, followed by reflections on the environment, the economy, the Media and the increasing repression of protest in a so-called Democracy. The invitation circulated by David Dewhurst read: "We know our current system is nonsense, and a lot of the billionaire-owned media (or tax avoiding directed media ...

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World Change and Bitcoins … !

New ways and systems giving everyone more options stemming from a desire for nonviolence, freedom and human rights, underpin the wave of protests currently led by the students in Hong Kong, and that drive may even be extending to the financial sector with a Bitcoin mercantile exchange start-up proving a winner at the recent Slush Pitch night held in the city. By Vonnie Boston It was a TEdx event at Hong Kon ...

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Lebanon: clashes between Army and jihadists rock Tripoli

27/10/2014 - Today is the third day of fighting between the Lebanese forces and the Syrian Jihadists inside the Lebanese city of Tripoli and its suburban areas. The shots broke out Friday night when news was out in Tripoli that  an IS member, Ahmand Salim Mikati, had been arrested by the Army during clashes taking place in the region of Dinnieh. According to the Daily Star, the clashes began in the old Souk ...

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