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UN agency urges more access to Syria Palestinian camp 29.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics
A UN official visiting Syria has called for greater access to a besieged Palestinian refugee camp outside Damascus, where residents say they have been without water for some 40 days. Speaking to AFP, the deputy commissioner general for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA said increased access to the Yarmuk camp was a priority. "In the conversations we had with the government, we were imploring them, urging them to allow us... to take more food into the camp," Margot Ellis said in the interview in Damascus on Tuesday. Ellis said discussions with the Syrian government on Monday had been positive and that the agency was hoping it would be able to step up ...
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Higher Education and the New Brutalism 28.10.2014 Truthout.com
In any democratic society, education should be viewed as a right, not an entitlement, says Henry A. Giroux. (Image via Shutterstock ) "The crisis of higher education is about much more than a crisis of funding, an assault on dissent, the emergence of a deep-seated anti-intellectualism or its service to the financial elite; it is also about a crisis of memory, agency and politics." In any democratic society, education should be viewed as a right, not an entitlement, says Henry A. Giroux. (Image via Shutterstock ) The support of readers like you got this story published - and helps Truthout stay free from corporate advertising. Can you sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation today? Across the globe, a new historical conjuncture is emerging in which the attacks on higher education as a democratic institution and on dissident public voices in general - whether journalists, whistleblowers or academics - are intensifying with sobering consequences. The attempts to punish prominent academics such as ...
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Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the Links 28.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Big Soda's false populism 28.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
In its $10.5-million spending binge to defeat soda tax measures in Berkeley and San Francisco in November — and to stem the nationwide push to hold Big Soda accountable for epidemic diseases related to sugar overconsumption — the soda industry has positioned itself as a populist...
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How cities can provide universally accessible mobility services: A Q&A with Tom Rickert 27.10.2014 THE CITY FIX
TheCityFix recently interviewed Tom Rickert – Founder and Executive Director of Access Exchange International – to learn more about how cities can improve mobility for disabled persons. Access Exchange International was founded in 1990 to promote accessible public transport for ...
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Five Principles For Taming the Wild West of Beyond the Grid Clean Energy Policy 27.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Misguided and inappropriate safeguards threaten to handicap some of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to ending energy poverty for 1.3 billion people around the world. That the findings of Sierra Club's latest report -- Expanding Energy Access: Beyond The Grid -- which proposes five policy principles to ensure clean energy access markets thrive. If we don't fill the vacuum of safeguards that exist for companies serving those living beyond the reach of the grid, we threaten the long term viability of these beyond the grid clean energy markets. These approaches are already pioneering cutting-edge Machine to Machine (M2M) technology, dynamic financial innovations like pay as you go (PAYG) , and even big data to unlock clean energy for low-income populations. That's all while unlocking tremendous economic opportunity in a $12 billion market . But all of that is threatened if policymakers don't set appropriate rules of the road. Without rules, we all but ensure that those most in need of energy ...
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The Uncertainty of Access: Reproductive Health in the Rio Grande Valley 27.10.2014 Truthout.com
Finally, some good news for Texans. On October 14, the US Supreme Court reinstated the injunction on HB2, allowing 13 Texas abortion clinics shuttered by the omnibus anti-abortion law made famous by the Wendy Davis filibuster to reopen, pending full review by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. "Tonight I let out a shout of joy like I have not done in months!" proclaimed CEO and president of Whole Woman's Health, Amy Hagstrom Miller, via the health-care group's Facebook page. A 2013 protest in the Texas Legislature against HB2, an anti-abortion law that shuttered 13 Texas abortion clinics. On October 14, the US Supreme Court reinstated an injunction on the law, allowing the clinics to reopen pending full review. (Photo: Dru Blood ) Reopen the doors! (...for Now) Finally, some good news for Texans. On October 14, the US Supreme Court reinstated the injunction on HB2 , allowing 13 Texas abortion clinics shuttered by the omnibus anti-abortion law made famous by the Wendy Davis filibuster to reopen, pending ...
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Gritty Santa Ana River is streaming back toward restoration 27.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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We know College Feminists Care About Sexual Assault. But What About Abortion? 24.10.2014 American Prospect
In the past three years, more abortion restrictions have been enacted in the United States than in the entire previous decade . At the same time, 85 colleges and universities are now under federal investigation for their handling of sexual violence. While these two issues are not divergent, campus feminists have devoted much of their energy to challenging their universities’ failure to adequately handle sexual assault cases—often at the expense of abortion rights advocacy. But the growing threats to reproductive justice— like the Texas law that could shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics, and looming ballot measures in Colorado, Tennessee, and North Dakota that could result in women losing their legal right to terminate a pregnancy—have catalyzed the ongoing efforts of national pro-choice organizations to invest in student leaders. Campus activist priorities and national women’s rights goals might finally be aligning—sort of. For many students attending schools in East and West Coast states, the ...
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Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy: The Story Begins in Navajo Country 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Solar panels in the Nevada desert. (Photo: jsmoorman ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition . Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being sacrificed to power the valley here.” In 1970, the Peabody Coal Company began mining on the reservation. Although tribal members were initially enthusiastic about the jobs the mine would provide, over time the relationship grew rocky. The company built a coal slurry ...
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The New Farmers 22.10.2014 Orion Magazine Articles
Young people are flocking to farming as a meaningful and rewarding vocation.
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Water Shutoffs Robbing Detroit Residents of 'Dignified' Life: UN Investigators 21.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study 21.10.2014 THE CITY FIX
Large-scale mass transit projects such as the Delhi Metro Rail often lead to transit-oriented development (TOD) that can enhance quality of life, but also compromise housing affordability. Planning authorities in urban areas around the world have acknowledged the need for ...
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Technology and Inequality 21.10.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why?

The signs of the gap—really, a chasm—between the poor and the super-rich are hard to miss in Silicon Valley. On a bustling morning in downtown Palo Alto, the center of today’s technology boom, apparently homeless people and their meager belongings occupy almost every available public bench. Twenty minutes away in San Jose, the largest city in the Valley, a camp of homeless people known as the Jungle—reputed to be the largest in the country—has taken root along a creek within walking distance of Adobe’s headquarters and the gleaming, ultramodern city hall.

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Everyone in Detroit Should Have Access To Clean Water 20.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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What to know about federally run Indian schools 18.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government finances 183 schools and dormitories for Native American children on or near reservations in 23 states. The schools are some of the nation's lowest ...
Mayoral candidates wave promises across D.C. 18.10.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
“I’d rather give up than give in to this So promise me only one thing, would you? Just don’t ever make me promises, No ...
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Small Scale Food Producers are the Solution to the Global Food Crisis 16.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Hungry being squeezed by climate change, rising commodity costs and land exploitation 14.10.2014 Press releases

Hungry being squeezed by climate change, rising commodity costs and land exploitation

Rising food costs, climate change and dramatic changes in land tenure are increasing the reality of hunger and leaving food-insecure people feeling they “are rated as the cheapest of the cheapest”.

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Public Transit: The Road to Opportunity 14.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I remember years ago, while living in Los Angeles, abandoning a trip to a job interview when after two hours of travel and five bus changes I still was not at the job site. I realized that if I got the job, I could not manage a daily two-hour commute. Serious public transportation challenges are hurting the nation's economy. Qualified workers are not able to get to jobs they could do; would-be workers are not connecting to training; job efficiency is compromised because of lateness, missed work days, and transportation related-distractions due to unreliable, unaffordable and unsafe public transit. Transportation challenges exist in too many locations across the United States. Sadly, for too many residents of these communities, not enough change has come. One of the reasons for this is that transportation dollars in the federal budget are too frequently focused on highways. Public transit has been relegated to a backseat for far too long. But national and local advocates have been insistently pressing ...
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