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ISAF Data Show Night Raids Killed over 1,500 Afghan Civilians

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Linked on our blogs with Gareth Porter, USA. – Published on ZNet (first on IPS), by Gareth Porter, November 09, 2011.

U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011, analysis of official statistics on the raids released by the U.S.-NATO command reveals. That number would make U.S. night raids by far the largest cause of civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan. The report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan on civilian casualties in 2010 had said the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by insurgents was the leading cause of civilian deaths, with 904.  Continue Reading…

A place that offers help to young women

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Published on China Daily /Europe, November 8, 2011.

Many youths still ignorant about sexual health, He Na and Xie Chuanjiao report from Qingdao, Shandong province. Failed contraception leads to having a baby: That’s the gist of the young man’s sign as university students promote spreading information about preventing pregnancy on World Contraceptive Day, Sept 26, in Qingdao, Shandong province.  Continue Reading…

Opinion: The globalisation of protest

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Protesters around the world say they are part of a generation that played by the rules but has no hope for the future – Published on AlJazeera, by Joseph E Stiglitz, November 6, 2011.

The protest movement that began in Tunisia in January, subsequently spreading to Egypt and then to Spain, has now become global – with the protests engulfing Wall Street and cities across America. Globalisation and modern technology now enables social movements to transcend borders as rapidly as ideas can.    Continue Reading…

While Detroit may be singing the blues a new documentary reveals what is driving its progress

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Published on WorldWatchBlogs, by Graham Salinger, Nov. 5, 2011.

Detroit was once a destination for car companies and youth trying to break into the music industry. Today, it’s now home to entrepreneurs looking to break into the urban farming business. In Detroit, a city that saw half its population move in the wake of economic collapse, many of the hopes of those who stayed behind hinges on urban farming.    Continue Reading…

Greece: Throwing Down the Gauntlet to Austerity

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Published on political affairs PA, by John Case, November 3, 2011.

… Marx and Austerity:

  • Its worth taking a moment to consider the current main social contradictions from a Marxist point of view: that is, from the standpoint of the overall interests of the working class considered in the aggregate, and in terms of progress towards a classless, or at least more classless, society.   Continue Reading…

America’s itch to brawl has a new target – but bombs can’t conquer Iran

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A post-imperial virus has infected foreign policy. We’ve been here before, we know the human cost, and now we must stop – Published on The Guardian, by Simon Jenkins, November 3, 2011.

This time there will be no excuses. Plans for British support for an American assault on Iran, revealed in today’s Guardian, are appalling. They would risk what even the “wars of 9/11″ did not bring: a Christian-Muslim armageddon engulfing the region. This time no one should say they were not warned, that minds were elsewhere, that we were told it would be swift and surgical. Nobody should say that.   Continue Reading…

Lessons From Oaxaca to the Occupy Movement

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A Delegate Reports Back – Published on Dissident Voice, by Reid Mukai, November 2, 2011.

… This will undoubtedly inspire all of us in the delegation to make use of the knowledge passed on to us in our own lives and to share it with others. Given the current political and economic situation in America and most of the world, strategies for food sovereignty, education and community organizing will be increasingly important for all of us.   Continue Reading…

Les Restaveks – Child Slaves

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Watch this video, 25,2 minutes, published on Global Sociology, by SocProf, November 1, 2011.

First published on the english Al Jazeera’s Slavery serie: There are at least 8.4 million child slaves in the world today. Nearly two million of these are forced to work as prostitutes, while almost half a million are child soldiers. But the largest proportion of child slaves – more than five million – are held as forced labour … //  Continue Reading…

Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes le 25 novembre

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Publié dans ActuRank, par Manu, Octobre 30, 2011.

Luttons contre les violences et le harcèlement faits aux femmes: La CGT dans un article de son site internet indique s’associer le 25 novembre 2011, Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes, tous ensemble pour des actions de mobilisation et de préventions dans les entreprises.   Continue Reading…

The new approach to the Responsibility to Protect

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Nature, and human safety and dignity are now almost officially in need of financial advocates to convince countries to act in their favour – Published on open Democracy, by Nazih Sanjakdar, October 31, 2011.

Once you have crossed the idealistic post-adolescence phase of higher values and perfect ideologies, you start to embrace pragmatism with a considerable sense of intelligent and enlightened cynicism. You read the world differently, and you come to accept the rules according to which humans have so far survived since the beginning of time. However, no matter how attached you are to your newfound common-sense, cross a certain line and some things are still able to shock you, and to resuscitate your resentment vis-à-vis the de facto norms of life as it really is … //  Continue Reading…

Update on San Francisco Bay Area Occupations

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… and remembering Chile Sept. 11, 1973 – Published on Dissident Voice, by Shepherd Bliss, October 29, 2011.

Occupy Oakland won a resounding October 26 victory by mobilizing 3000 people to respond to a police riot. They took down the police fence that exiled them from the plaza in front of city hall, set up tents again, and returned to dancing and receiving massage and acupuncture treatments.  Continue Reading…