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‘Spanish revolution’ in full swing | RT

Thousands of protesters are gathering in cities across Spain daily to show their discontent with the current economic situation. They claim the government has failed to tackle the recession and high unemployment rates in the eurozone. A huge crowd gathered on Madrid’s Sol Square on Sunday, after many had marched for weeks from every corner of the country declaring it. ...

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The Military as a Jobs Program: There are More Efficient Ways to Stimulate the Economy | Global Research

Why is the military’s half of the pie sacrosanct? Wasteful and unnecessary military programs get a pass from legislators because the military is also our largest and most secure jobs program, one that has penetrated into the nooks and crannies of Every Town U.S.A. If it were disbanded, the economy would be crippled by soaring unemployment, plant closures, and bankruptcies. ...

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IRAQ: Preparing for a possible returnee influx | IRIN Middle East

The Iraqi authorities are bracing for a possible influx of returnees from neighbouring countries affected by violent protests, especially Syria, and say hundreds have already returned from Libya. “Although there has been no major threat against Iraqi families until now. We are closely monitoring the developments and are ready for any emergencies,” said Iraq Migration and Displacement Minister Dendar Najman ...

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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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ZIMBABWE: Desperate measures in times of hunger | IRIN Africa

“Between 220,000 and 250,000 rural households in Zimbabwe live in extreme poverty and are food insecure. These households include between 620,000 and 700,000 vulnerable children,” according to a joint report by UNICEF and the government called “A Situational Analysis on the State of Women’s and Children’s Rights in Zimbabwe: 2005-2010.” Nationwide about 3.5 million children were living below the poverty line. Read ...

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In Brief: Drought threatens hydropower in Vietnam | IRIN Asia

BANGKOK, 9 March 2011 IRIN – Low water levels in reservoirs opened in January to irrigate rice fields in Vietnam are threatening to undermine hydropower-fuelled electricity, warn experts. Approximately 2.7 billion cubic metres of water, equivalent to 500 million kilowatts of electricity, were discharged to irrigate more than 635,000 hectares of crops, according to Nguyen Tri Ngoc, head of the ...

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Ralph Nader: Obama’s Puzzling Silence | CounterPunch

Mr. Obama knows that nonprofits have been overwhelmed by the demands for their services during this Great Recession. Legal services for the poor, nonprofit day-care centers, and many other types of groups strain to keep up with people knocking on their doors for aid. Yet, though he rhetorically urges more volunteerism, as all presidents do, in his travels around the ...

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A Modest Proposal: Psychosocial Toolkit for Advocates of Bold Climate Action | postcarbon.org

Would a “psychosocial toolkit” help advocates of bold climate action to better cope with anger, sadness, or loss they may be feeling about accelerating changes to the climate system and the lack of mobilization among the general public and policy makers? Contents of a psychosocial toolkit would include: Notes from the frontlines – anecdotes and quotes from climate advocates on ...

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VIETNAM: Struggling to cope with rising prices | IRIN Asia

HO CHI MINH CITY, 1 March 2011 (IRIN) – Vietnam’s inflation rate is among Southeast Asia’s highest and its population is struggling to keep up with sharp increases in food, fuel and electricity prices. On 1 March the government increased electricity prices by a record 15 percent to an average 1,242 dong (US 6 cents) per kilowatt per hour. The ...

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The Security Budget vs. the Necessities of Americans. How does military spending impact Americans? | Global Research

President Obama and the Congress have taken 66% of discretionary spending in the federal budget off the table –the SecurityBudget – while proposing a freeze to the rest of the budget and deep cuts to some programs that provide necessities for the American people. His budget crystalizes a choice that U.S. presidents have been making since President Eisenhower warned of ...

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