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UN Declares Water, Sanitation as Human Rights

Maude Barlow, who previously served as a senior adviser to the United Nations General Assembly on the water issue, said Wednesday that the “historic” passing of a Bolivia-led resolution, on which Canada abstained from voting, has no physical impact on Canadian water supplies. “What it does do is it requires each country’s government to start implementing a program toward this ...

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Participate with Veterans for Peace’s first two web streamed dialogues. One event will feature those who have tortured and another will feature those who are survivors of torture. Not only will you be able to watch in live, but you will be able to submit your questions live to the presenters. Torture: Perspectives & Consequences for the Torturer Streamed live ...

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Brazilian Indians take hostages at Amazon dam site

Brazilian native Indians on Sunday took 100 workers hostage at the construction site of a hydroelectric plant in the southern Amazon region, local media reported. As many as 400 Indians from several different tribes occupied a power plant they say was built on an ancient burial site. via Reuters AlertNet – Brazilian Indians take hostages at Amazon dam site.

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Water as Human Right Threatens to Split World Body – IPS ipsnews.net

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 15, 2010 (IPS) – A long outstanding proposal to recognise the right to water as a basic universal human right is threatening to split the world’s rich and poor nations. Opposition to the proposal is coming mostly from Western nations, says Maude Barlow, a global water advocate and a founder of the Canada-based Blue Planet Project. “Canada ...

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Military Psychologists Face Complaints With Licensing Boards Over Roles at Guantanamo

Two U.S. military psychologists are facing complaints with their state licensing boards over their actions at Guantanamo Bay. The psychologists, Major John Leso and Col. Larry James, are accused of helping perpetrate the abuse and torture of prisoners in violation of standards of professional conduct. We speak with Dr. Steven Reisner, a New York psychologist who filed one of the ...

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Cluster Bombs and Civilian Lives | by Ramzy Baroud via CommonDreams.org

Efficient Killing, Profits and Human Rights. Cluster bombs are in the news again, thanks to a recent report from Amnesty International. The human rights agency has confirmed that 35 women and children were killed following the latest US attacks on an alleged al-Qaeda hideout in Yemen. Initially, there were attempts to bury the story, and Yemen officially denied that civilians ...

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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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