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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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“Women Are Being Driven Offline”: Feminist Anita Sarkeesian Terrorized for Critique of Video Games

Anita Sarkeesian, a prominent feminist critic of video games, was forced to cancel a speech at Utah State University last week after the school received an email threatening to carry out "the deadliest shooting in American history" at the event. The email sender wrote: "feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge." The sender used the moniker Marc Lepine, the name of a man who killed 14 women, ...

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In Detroit, City-backed Water Shut-offs ‘Contrary to Human Rights’ — UN Experts

  Human Wrongs Watch The city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged on 20 October 2014, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic human rights of those residents. Catarina de Albuquerque, the Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation, and Leilani Farha, the Special R ...

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Children want the elimination of violence to be a priority in the post 2015 development agenda

SRSG launches review of consultations with children across regions. More than 800.000 children were involved in the numerous consultations held across the world on the future sustainable development goals. The report just launched by SRSG Santos Pais in New York captures the richness of children's opinions and their recommendations for the future. "The message from the children involved in the consultations ...

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Liberians in US Face Worsening Stigma

  Human Wrongs Watch By Philippa Garson, New York, 17 October 2014 (IRIN)* — Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma.    **Photo: Bobby Digi | In better times – market in Little Liberia selling food ...

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Worldwide, a Trillion Single-use Plastic Bags Are Used Each Year, Nearly 2 Million Each Minute

Human Wrongs Watch By Earth Policy Institute*, 16 October 2014 — Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute. The amount of energy required to make 12 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile.   City, state, and national governments around the world are trying to limit plastic bag litter and waste with bans and fees. The oldest existing plast ...

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Twenty Days Without News of Missing Mexican Students

Mexico, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) After 20 days today of the disappearance of 43 students Ayotzinapa normal, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, the government acknowledged that does not know their whereabouts, while still investigating the Iguala case. The day before President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a message of encouragement to the families of the missing, but acknowledged that the authorities have no idea ...

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An Unprofitable Disease: In the Political Economy of Ebola, Who Lives and Who Dies?

We look at the political and economic circumstances of the spread of Ebola with science writer Leigh Phillips, who calls for a socialization of pharmaceutical research and production. Phillips says that using revenues from profitable drugs to subsidize research for unprofitable drugs would reduce the costs of vaccines and their development. He also argues the decimation of the healthcare infrastructure is l ...

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Addressing domestic violence — together

Victoria Law Given that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ve been thinking about ways in which friends, loved ones and other community members have helped support survivors in their circles. If 75 women are abused every hour, readers most likely know at least one person who is or has been in an abusive relationship. Chances are that most of us, when confronted with abuse in our communities, ma ...

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Two Main Routes of Smuggling of Migrants Generate $7 Billion a Year to Criminal Groups

  Human Wrongs Watch The two main routes of smuggling of migrants to Europe and North America generate nearly $7 billion a year to the smuggling networks, according to an estimate on 6 October 2014 released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “Terrible tragedies are occurring daily as vulnerable women, children and men, place their trust in criminals to smuggle them across national ...

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