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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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Dilma wins the most disputed elections in Brazil

Dilma Rousseff was re-elected as President in the most fiercely fought contest in Brazilian history.  The President-elect who managed to unite the support of social movements, parties of the left, ex-militants, academics and celebrities, is the first woman to be elected to office until 2018. The election has divided the country and although there was little difference between the candidates there was a clea ...

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Understanding and Defeating Resurgent Fascism

As fascism is being intruded more widely and deeply into key areas of world politics, it is important to identify this trend, to explain the psychology of fascism and to nominate key elements of any strategy to defeat it. By Robert J. Burrowes Fascism is best known for its rise in Italy under Benito Mussolini and its Nazi manifestation in Germany under Adolf Hitler. However, despite the enormous cost in hum ...

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We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and ISIS. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes — but not in the Middle East. We need tens of thousands of boots on the ground dealing with Ebola: boots of doctors, nurses, health professionals, dealing with this wholly preventable global health disaster. Ebola is a small virus that is re ...

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Unasur is creating a “bank of prices for medicines” and a roadmap to produce them in the region

The General Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur in Spanish), Ernesto Samper, and the director of the South American Institute of Governance in Health (ISAGS), José Gomes Temporao signed these two commitments. The implementation of these commitments that were signed today in Quito will require an investment of $ 300,000, which will come from the "Common Initiatives Fund” we have in UNASU ...

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Tomás Hirsch speech in “Peace Paths for the Israel/Palestine conflict”

Words of Tomas Hirsch at the Providencia Forum in Santiago de Chile, seeking peaceful ways to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict "Good afternoon to everyone. To begin, I want to clarify where I am coming from: I am speaking from the point of view of Universalist Humanism. Its main points are: 1. Placing the human being as the central value and concern, so that there is nothing above the human being an ...

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Palestinian stories: the wise Lebdewah

Damaged houses at Nahr el-Bared Camp «In Nahr el-Bared we lost our house, in Palestine our home» Nahr el-Bared is a magical place. I felt a strong connection with it as soon as I stepped foot there, or even before, when I was asking for a permit to enter and I couldn’t understand why it was so complicated. At the end I got it, and after I entered I kept asking myself why. Nahr el-Bared is surrounded by the ...

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Appeal to both India and Pakistan to immediately stop ceasefire violations.

PAKISTAN INDIA PEOPLES’ FORUM FOR PEACE & DEMOCRACY - INDIA C/o: F-10/12, (Basement), Malviya Nagar, New Delhi Contacts: 09811081240, 09818407882, 011-26687725 Website: www.pipfpd.org Email: pipfpd.india@gmail.com PRESS RELEASE October 8, 2014 PIPFPD appeals to both India and Pakistan to immediately stop ceasefire violations. The ceasefire violations and firing taking place on the Line of Control (LoC) ...

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Biden Apologizes for Saying Mideast Allies Funded Extremist Syrian Rebels

Democracy Now! Vice President Joe Biden has apologized after saying U.S. allies in the Middle East funded and armed extremist rebels in Syria. Biden made the comments in a speech at Harvard University last week. Vice President Joe Biden: "Our biggest problem is our allies. Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria. The Turks were great friends, and I have a great relationship with Erdogan, ...

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An Additional 1.4 Million Teachers Needed to Achieve Universal Primary Education by 2015

  Human Wrongs Watch Investing in teachers is urgently needed to provide the best possible opportunities for millions of children, youth and adults worldwide, the heads of various United Nations agencies on  5 October 2014 said in a joint statement marking World Teachers’ Day. “An education system is only as good as its teachers,” the agency chiefs said, calling for more rigorous training, better condi ...

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