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09.11.2013

U.S. Loses Vote at UNESCO After Halting Funds over Palestine Membership

U.S. Loses Vote at UNESCO After Halting Funds over Palestine Membership

The United States lost its voting rights today at the global cultural agency UNESCO after failing to pay its dues for three years in protest over the agency’s recognition of Palestine. U.S. law compels the automatic withholding of funds from U.N. agencies that accept Palestine as a member, which UNESCO… »

06.11.2013

US Health Professionals Designed and Participated in Torture of Detainees

US Health Professionals Designed and Participated in Torture of Detainees

According to Research carried out by the Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers and published on the Institute on Medicine as a Profession website “Medical, Military, and Ethics Experts Say Health Professionals Designed and Participated in Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Treatment and Torture… »

06.11.2013

Hundreds of New York Immigrants Take to The Polls in Mock Election

Hundreds of New York Immigrants Take to The Polls in Mock Election

While hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers took to the polls to cast their votes for various city offices and ballot measures, in one corner of Queens a different sort of election unfolded. Organizers from the New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights (NYCEVR), a group dedicated to… »

06.11.2013

Bill de Blasio and Immigrant Political and Civic Engagement, Part II

Bill de Blasio and Immigrant Political and Civic Engagement, Part II

By Arturo Ignacio Sánchez. Published in the hardcopy edition of QueensLatino.com In a previous column, I suggested that the incoming de Blasio administration would be well served to include immigrant New Yorkers as full members in the post-electoral governing coalition. By doing so, mayor de Blasio… »

02.11.2013

A Year on from Malala’s Attack: Keeping Education out of the Battle

A Year on from Malala’s Attack: Keeping Education out of the Battle

October 8, 2011. Article forwarded by the Réseau International Humaniste, member of the GCPEA, (New York) – One year ago tomorrow, school girl Malala Yousefzai was attacked by the Pakistani Taliban. This somber anniversary is a reminder of the perils that students, teachers, and professors face in areas of conflict… »

29.10.2013

Occupy inspiring ripples of new economics thinking in academia

Occupy inspiring ripples of new economics thinking in academia

[divide][clear] The challenge to the pervading (and failing) economic system that began as a discussion in the Occupy/Indignados demos has been reaching deep into some Universities amongst students of Economics, but not exclusively. Soon after Occupy Wall Street set base in Zuccotti Park several US Universities set up discussions in… »

27.10.2013

US spying row continues to grow

US spying row continues to grow

Germany, France Seek “No-Spying” Pledge from U.S. Germany and France are demanding a “no-spying” agreement with the United States following new revelations of National Security Agency espionage. Leaks from Edward Snowden this week show the NSA tapped into the cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and collected French phone records… »

26.10.2013

EU-US free trade deal may be delayed by spying row

The new proposed EU/US Free Trade Agreement was never going to be about promoting prosperity for all, rather it is a a way for big corporations to avoid regulation. E.g, the UK National Health Service radical changes being implemented have been both promoted and fought as a national issue. However,… »

21.10.2013

The Military-Industrial Pundits: Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Who Urged Syrian War

The Military-Industrial Pundits: Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Who Urged Syrian War

New research shows many so-called experts who appeared on television making the case for U.S. strikes on Syria had undisclosed ties to military contractors. A new report by the Public Accountability Initiative identifies 22 commentators with industry ties. While they appeared on television or were quoted as experts 111 times,… »

18.10.2013

Bill de Blasio and Immigrant Political and Civic Engagement

Bill de Blasio and Immigrant Political and Civic Engagement

Published in Queenslatino.com Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign has struck a positive note with political progressives and immigrant New Yorkers. In a city divided by growing economic and social inequalities, the metaphor of a tale of two cities brings to the fore a sense of change… »

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