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Internet governance must be truly democratic

The Delhi Declaration The Internet has become a vitally important social infrastructure that profoundly impacts our societies.  We are all citizens of an Internet-mediated world whether as the minority who uses it or the majority who does not.  The Internet must advance human rights and social justice.  Internet governance must be truly democratic. The Internet is reorganising public institutions, including ...

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Spanish Left Presents ZunZuneo Case to European Union

Madrid, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The United Left (IU) has requested that the European Union (EU) denounce the U.S. ZunZuneo program for its attempts at destabilizing Cuba, Spanish member of the European parliament, Willy Meyer, said today. Interviewed by Prensa Latina, Meyer stated that as part of the IU position calling for U.S. authorities to be held politically and criminally liable for their illegal actio ...

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The third flaw in the economic system

Over the last few days, Daily Pickings highlighted two of the fundamental flaws in the economic system, exclusive land ownership rights and interest on money. The third fundamental flaw is that the means to life is conditional on paid employment. The industrial revolution drove people from the land into factories, depriving them of the means to life provided by access to land. As mechanisation and computeri ...

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Ukraine Truce Falters as Armed Groups Remain

The international deal to contain the conflict in eastern Ukraine is in jeopardy with both sides trading blame. Pro-Russian separatists remain in control of several government buildings they have seized over the past two weeks. The United States says it will hold Russia responsible and impose new sanctions "within days" if the separatists don’t withdraw. In Washington, a State Department spokesperson said S ...

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India’s Women Lose the Election

By Manipadma Jena for IPS NEW DELHI, Apr 21 2014 (IPS) - “Men just do not want to give up their seats, it’s as simple as that,” says 67-year-old candidate in the Indian election Subhhasini Ali, voicing a gloomy view across women’s groups in India. Ali, a two-time member of Parliament and key functionary of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), an arm of the Communist Party of India-Marxists ...

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Exclusive: 4 Years After BP Disaster, Ousted Drilling Chief Warns U.S. at Risk of Another Oil Spill

Four years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded and killed 11 workers, causing more than 200 million gallons of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, the Environmental Protection Agency has lifted a ban that excluded BP from new federal contracts. In a broadcast exclusive, we speak with Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was director of the Minerals Management Service in the Interior Department at th ...

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UK Environmental Agency warns of risk to nuclear dump

According to a report by The Guardian "Britain's nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by the Environment Agency (EA). "The document suggests that in retrospect it was a mistake to site the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) on the Cumbrian coast becaus ...

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Multilingualism in Bangladesh

We belong to an age where global distances are decreasing rapidly. To be an active part of the global village, co-operation through exchanging our various diversities is a continuous necessity. Diversities exist at all levels of life, and in every nook and corner of the world. Among the components, language is undoubtedly the most marked. Language allows understanding of each other and can unite different t ...

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“He Gave Us Back Our History”: Isabel Allende on Gabriel García Márquez in Exclusive Interview

Read the full interview and watch the video at the Democracy Now! site In an exclusive interview, Chilean novelist Isabel Allende remembers the life and legacy of late writer Gabriel García Márquez. She reads from his landmark novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and talks about how García Márquez influenced generations of thinkers and writers in Latin America and across the world. "He’s the master of mast ...

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The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy

 By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan for Democracy Now! Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Kan. As he was hauled away in a police car, he shouted “Heil H ...

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