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AFGHANISTAN: Mohammad Israyel, ‘I blame the government as much as the drought – there are no jobs’ | IRIN Asia

SAMANGAN, 5 October 2011 (IRIN) – Northern Afghanistan has been experiencing drought-like conditions in recent months which have hit crops, livestock and the livelihoods of farmers and their families. Two farmers from Khoram Sar Bagh District in Samangan Province told IRIN they feared they would soon have nothing to eat, and were so desperate that they had begun selling their ...

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OPT: Bracing for Palestinian statehood bid fallout | IRIN Middle East

GAZA CITY, 4 October 2011 (IRIN) – As reports come in that the USA may be preparing to cut a substantial portion of the aid it gives to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the Palestinian statehood bid is successful, people in the occupied Palestinian territory are bracing for possible consequences. Still branded a “terrorist” organization by the Quartet (European Union, ...

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Learn about the men who crashed the world in ‘Meltdown’ | Al Jazeera English

In the first episode of Meltdown, we hear about four men who brought down the global economy: a billionaire mortgage-seller who fooled millions; a high-rolling banker with a fatal weakness; a ferocious Wall Street predator; and the power behind the throne. The crash of September 2008 brought the largest bankruptcies in world history, pushing more than 30 million people into ...

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KENYA: ‘Perfect storm’ brewing among urban poor | IRIN Africa

NAIROBI, 22 August 2011 (IRIN) – The food crisis that is devastating lives and killing children throughout the Horn of Africa is not restricted to the arid lands where media attention and donor dollars are now focused. In informal urban settlements, malnutrition affects thousands of children but remains largely overlooked. Over the past five months, Concern Worldwide has recorded a ...

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America In Decline | Noam Chomsky, In These Times (update)

Corporate power’s ascendancy over politics and society—by now mostly financial—has reached the point that both political organizations, which at this stage barely resemble traditional parties, are far to the right of the population on the major issues under debate. For the public, the primary domestic concern is unemployment. Under current circumstances, that crisis can be overcome only by a significant ...

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‘A Declaration of War on the Poor’: Cornel West and Tavis Smiley on the Debt Ceiling Agreement | Democracy Now

The veteran broadcaster Tavis Smiley and the author and Princeton University Professor Cornel West are in the midst of a 15-city, cross-country trek they have dubbed “The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience.” The tour comes on the heels of last week’s deficit agreement, which has been widely criticized for excluding a tax hike on the wealthy, as well as ...

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America’s Real Job Creators are Broke | Jim Hightower via OtherWords

Despite the GOP’s ideological claptrap about corporate executives being “job creators,” it’s ordinary Americans who actually create jobs by spending from their paychecks. This is why our obtuse policymakers need to quit pampering the rich and fussing over budgets. Instead, they should launch a national, FDR-style jobs program that will immediately increase paychecks, perk up consumer spending, and generate grassroots ...

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Protesters Spotlight Corporate Influence in State Politics at ALEC Annual Meeting | Common Dreams via PRWatch

A group of 100 or so protesters, who on Friday afternoon marched on the Marriott hotel in New Orleans, LA, where corporate lobbyists were voting with state lawmakers on “model” legislation at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 38th Annual Meeting. The protest, organized in part by LSU’s Student Labor Action Project, the Defend Ohio Campaign, and activists from across ...

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KENYA-SOMALIA: Security risks overshadow aid delivery | IRIN Africa

MANDERA/BULO HAWO, 1 August 2011 (IRIN) – Mandera town, on the border between Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, is the hub for aid operations in the drought-affected Mandera district in Kenya. It could have been a possible logistics base for sending help by road to the famine-affected areas in south-central Somalia, but the security risk is high. About four months ago, ...

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