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Ten-Year-Old Orphan’s Case Wins Rights for Millions | allAfrica.com

Cape Town — A 10-year old orphan who waited for more than five years for a South Africa government grant has changed the way the state will support children in need. In a discussion that epitomised the value of civil society and government working together, participants at “Towards Carnegie III,” a conference aimed at combating poverty and inequality, witnessed a ...

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Barclays makes £500m betting on food crisis | The Independent

Barclays has made as much as half a billion pounds in two years from speculating on food staples such as wheat and soya, prompting allegations that banks are profiting handsomely from the global food crisis. Barclays is the UK bank with the greatest involvement in food commodity trading and is one of the three biggest global players, along with the ...

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U.N. General Assembly 2012: Leaders Spend Millions As Their Citizens Starve | The Huffington Post

By Lili Holzer-Glier, 100Reporters Beneath the 193 fluttering flags representing the United Nations’ member states cruises a glossy Mercedes with tinted windows and diplomatic license plates. Security personnel whisper into their sleeves as a Bentley slips through the United Nations’ gates. Staffers bustle between buildings, making final preparations for visiting prime ministers, presidents and diplomats. Although the General Assembly does ...

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Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war: Desmond Tutu | The Observer

Anti-apartheid hero attacks former prime minister over ‘double standards on war crimes’ Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war. Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the ...

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Chris Hedges: ‘Life Is Sacred’ | Truthdig

All natural resources are being exploited until exhaustion. They will diminish and soon vanish. Droughts are affecting forests in the Northeast as well as the Northwest. The wintertime die-off of pine beetles and other pests—a reduction vital for the health of the forests—is no longer happening as the planet steadily warms. The traditional hardwoods of the northern forests and the ...

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Obama’s justice department grants final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers | Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk

The Obama administration’s aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the “war on terror” crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete. Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closing without charges of the only two cases under investigation relating to the US torture program: one that resulted in the 2002 death of an Afghan detainee at a secret CIA prison near Kabul, ...

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9/11 hearings: Hear no evil | Opinion, Al Jazeera

By Lisa Hajjar, professor of sociology at the University of California The challenge the government faces is how to prosecute people who have been tortured without putting the torturers and those who authorised them on trial, too. Of course, no one responsible for CIA torture has actually been put on trial, but these 9/11 defendants are a weak link in ...

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