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UN votes for rules to stop vulture funds

Jubilee Debt Campaig The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution to create new legal rules to stop financial speculators like vulture funds from undermining debt restructurings. The motion, passed by 124 votes to 11, has decided that the UN will create “a multilateral legal framework for the sovereign debt restructuring processes”. At present, there are no rules regarding how to restructure ...

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Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action

A new report finds many talking heads who have been fanning the flames of war in the news media have ties to Pentagon contractors. Reporting for The Nation, Lee Fang details how television analysts including retired generals Jack Keane and Anthony Zinni and former Department of Homeland Security official Frances Townsend have appeared on television recently, but their ties to military contractors were not d ...

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Cooperatives Get Down to a Win-Win Business

  Human Wrongs Watch By ILO*, 15 September 2014 — Together, cooperative enterprises constitute a major part of the world’s economy. Latest research suggests that the largest 1,500 or so cooperative firms have a combined turnover of US$2.5 trillion. And in the business world, cooperative enterprises are flexing their executive muscle. Perhaps the most significant example comes from Australia, where the  ...

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Myanmar’s Muslim “Rohingya” — What’s in a Name?

  Human Wrongs Watch Bangkok, 15 September 2014 (IRIN)* — Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community s ...

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Happy Nuclear-Free Birthday to the People of Japan

  Human Wrongs Watch By Kendra Ulrich*, 15 September, 2014 Greenpeace — Every birthday is special – but today Japan is celebrating something unique. Japan has been nuclear-free for one year. Nuclear-free – a phrase that in its simplicity carries a devastating message for the worldwide nuclear industry, and an inspiring lesson for people across the globe. The future can indeed be free of the threat of a ...

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Sharks, Manta Ray, Protected — International Trade, Regulated

  Human Wrongs Watch Beginning Sunday 14 September, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally, as new United Nations-backed trade protections go into effect. “Regulating international trade in these shark a ...

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U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria

Analysis by Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Sep 12 2014 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine. A sharply divided UNSC has watched the slaughter of Palestinians by Israel, the genocide and war c ...

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Chile Marks Anniversary of Its Own 9/11

The United States marked the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on Thursday with solemn ceremonies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Chile, meanwhile, marked the 41st anniversary of its own 9/11. On September 11, 1973, democratically elected President Salvador Allende died in the palace in a U.S.-backed coup, ushering in 17 years of brutal dictatorship under Augusto ...

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Ebola: a Disease Associated with Poverty

By Vivian Collazo Montano* Havana (Prensa Latina) More than six months ago in Guinea Conakry began an outbreak of Ebola, which quickly spread to other West African nations. Since then, 2,473 people got ill, 1,350 of them died because of it. In just two days, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 106 deaths, 95 of them in Liberia, where the situation is more serious and is considered vital to contain ...

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Drop Your Weapons. When and Why Civil Resistance Works

By Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan for  Foreign Affairs via Waging Nonviolence Over the past three years, the world has witnessed a surge of nonviolent resistance movements. Pictures of huge demonstrations in public squares have become a staple of international news broadcasts, and Time named “the protester” as its Person of the Year for 2011. These days, it seems that at any given moment, thousands of ...

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