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Aquino Is Sworn In as Leader of the Philippines – NYTimes.com

MANILA — Promising to end the Philippines’ intractable corruption, Benigno S. Aquino III took office as the nation’s 15th president on Wednesday to face a welter of urgent challenges, from a swelling budget deficit to the iron grip of regional clans that have not hesitated to resort to brutality. “You are the reason why, today, the suffering of the people ...

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Israeli flotilla inquiry will question PM Netanyahu – Toronto Star

JERUSALEM—The Israeli commission of inquiry into last month’s deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla will summon the country’s prime minister to testify, the chief investigator announced Monday as the five-member panel officially began work. Alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s defence minister and military chief of staff will also face the commission investigating the events leading up to the ...

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Naomi Klein: The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit

As thousands protested in the streets of Toronto, inside the G20 summit world leaders agreed to a controversial goal of cutting government deficits in half by 2013. We speak with journalist Naomi Klein. “What actually happened at the summit is that the global elites just stuck the bill for their drunken binge with the world’s poor, with the people that ...

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One Year After Coup, Honduras Repression Continues

June 28, 2010, marked the one-year anniversary of the military coup that overthrew the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. A year later, the coup’s repressive legacy continues, with ongoing reports of killings, disappearances, torture and impunity. We speak with Gerardo Torres, a member of the National Front of Popular Resistance in Honduras. One Year After Coup, Honduras Repression Continues | ...

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Burma election: Are activists the new Third Force in politics?

Rangoon, Burma —  Inside a humid room, rows of neatly dressed Burmese students are quizzing their guest lecturer. The class is Social Entrepreneurship and the topic is the European Union, where the lecturer comes from. Why is Switzerland not in the EU? Why is marijuana legal in some countries but not in others? “Good questions,” the teacher nods. The class ...

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Death by Gadget in Congo – NYTimes.com Op-Ed

“Blood diamonds” have faded away, but we may now be carrying “blood phones.” An ugly paradox of the 21st century is that some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones, laptops and digital cameras — are built from minerals that seem to be fueling mass slaughter and rape in Congo. With throngs waiting in lines in the last few ...

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U.S. Council Releases Plan to End Homelessness

A new plan created by a coalition of 19 federal agencies aims to end homelessness among veterans and people who are chronically homeless by 2015 and among families, youths and children by 2020. The plan, for the first time, includes a range of programs for people who need different levels of assistance. It also, for the first time, would require ...

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Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Oliver Stone Tackles Latin America’s Political Upheaval in ‘South of the Border’

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone has taken on three American presidents in JFK, Nixon and W. and the most controversial aspects of the war in Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. He looked at the greed of the financial industry in the Hollywood hit Wall Street and its forthcoming sequel. In South of the Border, his latest documentary ...

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Torture is a MORAL issue

An impartial, nonpartisan, and independent Commission of Inquiry is needed to seek the full truth about U.S. torture policies and practices since 9/11. Send an email today. Involve your congregation: Use this petition to gather support for a Commission of Inquiry. Tell your friends about our new video – And that some things are always wrong. Send an email to ...

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Kathy Kelly: Counter Terror, Build Justice

It takes (roughly) $1 million a year to keep one U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, drone strikes and occupation are a way of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and longtime peace activist Kathy Kelly just returned from a trip there to see firsthand the consequences for the people on the ground. Kathy joins Laura Falnders to discuss the consequences of ...

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