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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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UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo says UK has ‘sexist culture’

According to the BBC, Ms Manjoo whilst on a visit to the UK, said the "sexism was worse in the UK than in other places, and warned that the government's austerity measures were having a "disproportionate impact" on women's risk of violence. "The government said it wanted to end violence against women, and had ring-fenced £40m for support services. "Ms Manjoo made her comments as she presented her preliminar ...

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Ukraine: UN – minority rights guarantees to defuse tensions

GENEVA (16 April 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, has urged all parties to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine and take immediate steps to ease tensions and step back from further violence. “Minority rights protections should be strengthened as part of a process of confidence building and to achieve stronger unity in Ukraine’s diversity,” stated Ms. ...

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London Tube Workers Plan 5 Days Strike

London, 17 Abr (Prensa Latina) London Tube workers are due to stage a 5 days strike, because almost one thousand workers will loose their jobs. Commuters in London face a further period of heightened transport misery after tube workers announced five days of strikes. Members of the RMT union will strike for 48 hours from the evening of Monday 28 April and again for 72 hours from the following Monday, 5 May. ...

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Snowden Questions Putin on Mass Surveillance

Edward Snowden was a surprise questioner today at a televised call-in show hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin spent much of the broadcast fielding questions on the crisis in Ukraine. But Snowden asked Putin if Russia is engaged in the same mass surveillance practices that Snowden exposed in the United States. Edward Snowden: "Now, I’ve seen little public discussion of Russia’s own involvement ...

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Chrystia Freeland at TED: The rise of the new global super-rich

See the TED lecture here Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds — and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays ou ...

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War Tax Resisters Mark April 15 with Call to Stop Military Spending

Millions of Americans are rushing to file their federal and state taxes today by the midnight deadline. But others are using the day to protest the use of tax dollars to fund war. The War Resisters League estimates at least 45 percent of the 2015 federal budget would be used for current and past military expenses, as well as interest on the national debt, some 80 percent of which stems from military spendin ...

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Still not loving ISDS: 10 reasons to oppose investors’ super-rights in EU trade deals

By the Corporate Europe Observatory, April 16th 2014 At the end of March, the European Commission launched a public consultation over its plan to enshrine far-reaching rights for foreign investors in the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated. In the face of fierce opposition to these investor super-rights, the Commission is trying to convince the public that these do not endanger democracy and public ...

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Missile Frigate Abu Bakr visits Hong Kong

The BNS Abu Bakr, a Bangladesh navy missile frigate, was in transit Hong Kong for a couple of day 13 April to 15 April 2014, on its way to Qingdao for the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) and Multilateral Maritime Exercise (MMEx) held in this port city in China's Shandong province. In Hong Kong a friendly get-together and party was held on board the Abu Bakr, organised by the Consulate and the ship’s ...

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Peace in Mindanao – the Hard Work Starts Now

By Marte Hellema* and Augusto Miclat Jr.** On 27 March a historic agreement was signed in the Malacanang Grounds in the Philippines. The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) promises to bring peace, stability and prosperity to a region that has been terrorized by violent conflict for decades. But those wh ...

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