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“Negro Spring”: Ferguson Residents, Friends of Michael Brown Speak Out for Human Rights

As peaceful protests continued Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in the city to meet with residents and FBI agents investigating the police shooting of Michael Brown. Democracy Now! traveled to Ferguson this week and visited the site where the 18-year-old Brown was killed. We spoke to young people who live nearby, including some who knew him personally. "He fell on h ...

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A Christian Network against Homophobic Campaigning by African Churches

Interview with Nigerian gay rights activist Davis Mac-Iyalla by Steven Hummer and Johanna Heuveling, August 2014 In Nigeria, like in many African countries, homosexual acts are punished with long prison terms or even the death penalty. Christian churches play a crucial role in promoting anti-homosexuality sentiments and mob violence. While in Europe religion plays a minor role in everyday life, churches in ...

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Activist: For a New Generation, Ferguson Marks Historic Nonviolent Resistance to Police Repression

Democracy Now! As protests continue in Ferguson, activists are traveling to Missouri to join the movement in solidarity. We speak with one activist who has just arrived to Ferguson from Florida, Phillip Agnew, the executive director of Dream Defenders, a network of youth of color and their allies who engage in nonviolent civil disobedience and civic engagement to bring about social change. "I came here to b ...

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As fracking expands in the UK, so does resistance

Kate Aronoff, August 5, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence As of last week, energy companies will once again be invited to explore and bid on shale gas reserves in the United Kingdom. Under “exceptional circumstances,” they can even submit applications to drill in national parks and world heritage sites. The decision lifts a three-year, nationwide ban on new licenses, and has prompted a range of responses from Br ...

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Syrian Refugee Women Tell Stories about Sexual Exploitation in Lebanon

01 August 2014 - The Syrian refugee woman huddled in the latest room she calls home, a peeling, run-down place outside a north Lebanese village. The mother of six doesn't know how she'll pay the rent. She's gotten by over the past year by taking a series of lovers who would pay for her housing. But then a few months ago she was arrested for prostitution. That put a scare in her — that and threatening mobile ...

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Experts Discuss in Geneva on Use of Experimental Drugs for Ebola

Geneva, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Experts in medical ethics are meeting in Geneva to set ethical limits on the use of experimental treatments for Ebola, a disease which since March has killed about a thousand people. Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to convene this meeting, which seeks to determine if drugs still in preclinical trials can be used in humans, and in the case of authorizing i ...

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World without Wars and without Violence calls on world governments to put into effect a “Uniting for Peace Resolution (377)” at the UN General Assembly

World without Wars and Violence, Humanist Organisation Press Release Every Israeli and every Palestinian is a sacred being. The recent ceasefire attempted to bring an end to four weeks of fighting that killed nearly 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians were also killed. World without Wars and Violence demands the right for all human beings to live in peace an ...

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Israel: An Emergency Conference of Professionals on Countering Hate Crimes

Press release By Social Workers for Peace and Welfare Last week, Social Workers for Peace and Welfare (SWPW) convened an emergency conference on the battle against hate crimes, in conjunction with the Schools of Social Work at three Israeli universities - Tel Aviv, Haifa and Ben-Gurion (Beersheba) – and two colleges, Sapir and Tel Hai. More than 200 Jewish and Arab professionals from all over the country at ...

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China released human rights lawyer

Gao Zhisheng, a Chinese human rights lawyer, was released today and is now with his brother, Gao Zhiyi, according to unconfirmed reports.  By MISNA Missionary International Service News Agency In July, authorities in Shaya Prison where Gao was detained Gao informed his brother that Gao would be released on August 7, but provided no further information. Social media reported that Chinese Gao was released in ...

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To the Humanist people – Palestine and Israel, the day after Gaza

By Aaron Elberg, from Jerusalem At some point, the fire will cease. Maybe in a couple of days, maybe a couple of weeks, but at some point the uproar of the cannons and the missiles will quiet. Until that time comes, many deaths will sum up to the scene on one faction, many tens of injured people will be added on the other faction, each side trying to inflict more damage to the other until the last moment, t ...

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