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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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Rev. Jesse Jackson: Congress Ignores Nation’s Job Crisis

Some 300,000 teachers face layoffs this coming year, writes civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson. Congress hasn’t even had a vote on legislation that would keep them employed. Teenage employment was at record lows last year — when the stimulus bill funded some summer jobs. It is June, the school year is ending, and a $1.4 billion bill to provide ...

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No Money for Afghanistan escalation! Stop the Attack on Kandahar!

This month, Congress will decide whether to fund continued escalation of the war, even as the Obama administration faces a turning point in Afghanistan strategy. President Hamid Karzai of Afghan istan will be in Washington May 10-13 to seek U.S. permission to negotiate with the Taliban and other armed insurgents. But the U.S. plans instead to fight the insurgents in ...

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Soldier in Iraq Loses Home Over $800 Debt

Capt. Michael Clauer’s homeowners’ association foreclosed on his family’s $300,000 house and sold it for $3,500. — By Nick Baumann Michael Clauer is a captain in the Army Reserve who commanded over 100 soldiers in Iraq. But while he was fighting for his country, a different kind of battle was brewing on the home front. Last September, Michael returned to ...

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AFP: One thousand protest against Israel in London

LONDON — More than a thousand pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated outside the Israeli embassy in London Monday to denounce Israel’s storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which left at least nine people dead.Waving Palestinian flags and placards saying “Disarm Israel” and accusing Israel of “war crimes”, the protesters had earlier marched through the capital and stopped outside the prime minister’s Downing ...

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Kucinich: White House Assassination Policy Is Extrajudicial | The Nation

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, 2004 Gandhi Peace Award recipient, demonstrates the vision and courage needed to restore peace policies consistent with international law and the US Constitution. His opposition to targeted drone assassinations by the CIA points to the policies needed to establish peaceful and just systems in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. There has been almost universal silence among Congressional Democrats ...

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