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Taking from the poor to feed US defence

Unemployment levels are hovering around 8 per cent, forcing many to rely on government assistanceby Kimberly Halkett 

Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Thursday voted to cut a government subsidy programme known as “food stamps” that allows many low income Americans to eat. They also approved cuts to federal worker benefits and help for the elderly. Why? To avoid cuts to defence spending scheduled to take effect in 2013.

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Activism for Justice

BahrainActivism has many forms. OWS protesters want long denied social change. Palestinians want to live free. So do Bahrainis.

Imprisoned former Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) president Abdulhadi Alkhawaja risks death for freedom. Current president Nabeel Rajab matches his commitment. As a result, he's been repressively targeted.

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Darkness at the end of the tunnel

NakbaOn the 64th Nakba anniversary, Palestinians lose hope of statehood
by Khalid Amayreh

As a clear extreme right trend continues to shape Israeli politics and society, and as the international community proves powerless to prevent Israel from killing the last vestiges of hope for a workable and dignified settlement to the Arab- Israeli conflict, many Palestinians are losing hope for the creation of a true, viable state, one that would have East Jerusalem as its capital.

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Israel: Profile of a Police State

Police StatePolice states are defined by lawlessness, injustice, and contempt for democratic values.

Merriam Webster calls them "political unit(s) characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police and especially secret police in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures."

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NHRC Head and the State of Judiciary in India

JudiciarySupreme Court moves for removal of ExCJI Balakrishnan as NHRC Head the retirement of SCICJ Konakuppakatil Gopinathan Balakrishnan 2 years ago has opened the stinking Pandora’s Box of corruption even at the highest level in Indian judiciary.

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