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FILM: Cote d’Ivoire: In Search of Stability | IRIN Africa

IRIN Films is pleased to announce the release of Côte d’Ivoire: In Search of Stability, the latest in a series of “primer” documentaries which, through interviews with experts and officials, outlines key issues and challenges faced by various countries. For much of its post-independence history, Côte d’Ivoire was beacon of stability and an economic powerhouse in West Africa. But a ...

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Peace activist Brian Willson on book tour | SFGate

Peace activist Brian Willson is on a tour to promote the autobiography he released this month, “Blood on the Tracks.” It’s a book 24 years in the making – ever since Sept. 1, 1987, when he was run over by a munitions train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station while trying to block it from delivering bombs headed for Central ...

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Mexico ex-gang member works to tackle Juarez violence | BBC News

Ciudad Juarez saw 3,000 drug-related murders in 2010, according to the attorney general’s office in Chihuahua – a dramatic rise since 2007 when 300 killings were registered. Most of the victims were male and most were under 30. “Young people don’t expect to live beyond 22, 23 or 24. Because you may end up in prison, or because you may ...

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FILM: A question of trust – Nepal’s fragile peace | IRIN Global

As public discontent grows, Nepal appears to be on the road to crisis unless its political leaders can succeed in drafting a new constitution soon, experts say. Almost five years since a comprehensive peace agreement was signed between government forces and Maoist rebels – raising hopes of a new era of stability for the impoverished nation – Nepal risks deeper ...

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Slain Writer’s Book Says US-NATO War Served Al-Qaeda Strategy | IPS via Common Dreams

Al-Qaeda strategists have been assisting the Taliban fight against U.S.-NATO forces in Afghanistan because they believe that foreign occupation has been the biggest factor in generating Muslim support for uprisings against their governments, according to the just-published book by Syed Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistani journalist whose body was found in a canal outside Islamabad last week with evidence of having ...

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James Carroll blasts Christian right, Netanyahu | Americans for Peace Now

APN yesterday hosted award winning novelist James Carroll for a conversation about Jerusalem on the occasion of “Jerusalem Day,” a national Israeli holiday marking the so-called “reunification of Jerusalem.” Carroll had strong words about the fundamentalist Christian right’s support for of the most extremist Israeli ultra-nationalists, who reject any territorial compromise with the Palestinians. Carroll’s new book “Jerusalem, Jerusalem” reflects ...

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National Religious Campaign Against Torture Releases ‘Repairing the Brokenness’ | National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Involve your your congregation or organization: Show the video Repairing the Brokenness and use the Discussion Guide to facilitate a discussion. The video includes perspectives from several faith leaders about repentance, redemption and healing the soul of our nation from the brokenness resulting from the use of torture. Within that context, the video addresses the need for accountability for U.S.-sponsored ...

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LEBANON: Cameras for kids initiative in Palestinian refugee camps | IRIN Middle East

A Beirut-based NGO is training children in Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps to take photographs of camp life in the belief that the exercise is cathartic for the children, will benefit the camps financially and lead some of the trainees to work professionally as photographers. The idea of getting children to photograph camp life struck Ramzi Haidar after a visit ...

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Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death | Guernica

It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects ...

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