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Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation

Militants from Islamic State stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces. Fighters from Islamic State have seized three Syrian military bases in the area in recent weeks. This comes as the Pentagon considers…

Our humanist politics – Which world inspires it?

 NOTES OF AN EXCHANGE OF FERNANDO GARCIA WITH FRIENDS OF THE HUMANIST PARTY OF INDIA. India’s Semi-annual Get-together – with friends of the Humanist Movement and Silo’s Message. Madhupur (Jharkhand, India), July, 18-20, 2014. Dear friends, as you all know,…

Zim protests in Tacoma and Seattle / Oakland ship failed to fully unload

The Free Palestine Movement finds this source from within the container shipping community to be in agreement with our sources at the port of Oakland.  While Israeli consul general Andy Davis and the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Israeli ship Zim Piraeus completed…

Over 20,000 fleeing terror in Myanmar

Over 20,000 People Risked Their Lives in Indian Ocean Sea Crossings in Half a Year — Many Are Muslims Fleeing Terror in Myanmar Human Wrongs Watch Over 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the Indian Ocean in the…

Renewed Israeli Assault on Gaza Kills Dozens; Hamas Executes 18 Palestinians

Israel is continuing its military assault on the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports five people have been killed today and at least 38 on Thursday, including three senior Hamas military commanders. Since the offensive began six weeks…

School – 1950s v 2014

 It’s common these days for friends to send jokes to each other over the Internet and at times those jokes hit on some reality that does not otherwise penetrate into daily life. Here is one such instance from Rodney Dawes of…

Stop Attacks on Environmental Campaigners!

Stop Attacks on Environmental Campaigners! Human Wrongs Watch BALI, 20 August 2014 (IRIN)* – Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse.…

East and Southeast Asia, World’s Largest Markets for Synthetic Drugs

East and Southeast Asia, World’s Largest Markets for Synthetic Drugs — Major Drag on Development Human Wrongs Watch 20 August 2014 – East and Southeast Asia remain the world’s largest markets for synthetic drugs, and the methamphetamine problem is showing signs…

From Assad to ISIS, a tale of Syrian resistance

Julia Taleb, August 22, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence In July of 2013, when activists in the Syrian city of Raqqa feared demonstrating in front of the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, Suad Nofel marched…

OPINION: International Relations, the U.N. and Inter Press Service

By Roberto Savio This is the first in a series of special articles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of IPS, which was set up in 1964, the same year as the Group of 77 (G77) and UNCTAD. ROME, Aug 22…

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