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News :: Labor
LA raises minimum wage, but at snail’s pace
29 Jun 2015
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Commentary :: International
The Fateful Triangle: Russia, Ukraine and the Jews (and Israel)
28 Jun 2015
A thorough examination of Jewish-Ukrainian-Russian-Israeli affairs. Some points:

Israel wishes to remain neutral in the Ukraine crisis

Putin is personally friendly to Israel

Jews in eastern Ukraine support the general pro-Russian trend

Fringe Israeli right-wingers are supportive of Russia and are courting it for support of right-wing Zionism

Russia’s support for Palestine, opposition to war on Syria and Iran precludes it from winning support in Ukraine crisis in Israel and among American Jews
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News :: Human Rights
'The US is a surveillance superpower spying on enemies and allies alike' – Julian Assange - Wikileaks
28 Jun 2015
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News :: Globalization
Paraphysique du taulard
28 Jun 2015
Le capitalisme est la prison qui contient toutes les autres...
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LOCAL News :: Human Rights
Fenway Health Commends Supreme Court For Upholding Federally-Run Insurance Exchanges
28 Jun 2015
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Interview :: Human Rights : Police and Prisons : Race
Healing Our Wounds: Restorative Justice Is Needed For Albert Woodfox, The Black Panther Party & The Nation --An Interview With Law Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell
27 Jun 2015
On Monday, June 8, 2015, US District Court Judge James Brady ruled that the Angola 3's Albert Woodfox be both immediately released and barred from a retrial. Among those who communicated with Albert during that emotional week was Southern University Law Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell. In the days following Judge Brady's ruling, she was a featured guest on several television and radio shows that focused on Albert's case, including National Public Radio. In this interview with Angola 3 News, Prof. Bell discusses her new law journal article and reflects upon the latest developments in Albert's fight for freedom. She argues that recent Angola 3-related media coverage in the US is becoming "more substantive," and that this month "the media got bolder and began digging deeper than just a soundbite."
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LOCAL Announcement :: Organizing
The Boston Olympic Bid, Communities of Color, and the Future of Our City
27 Jun 2015
RESEARCH PARTY SAVE THE DATE NAACP BOSTON URBAN.jpgIn a few weeks, Boston NAACP, in collaboration with URBAN Boston (Urban Research-Based Action Network), will host its first public conversation on, and extending beyond, Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
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LOCAL Announcement :: Human Rights
Free Video - Naomi Wolf's Ideas - Sun 28 June 2pm Watertown Public Library 123 Main St.
27 Jun 2015
Movie: 'The End Of America'
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News :: International
Nepal Post Earthquake Aid Falls Short of Goals No Debt Relief Pledged at Nepal Recovery Conference
26 Jun 2015
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News :: International
International Monetary Fund Offers No Debt Relief‎ for Nepal
26 Jun 2015
Modified: 11:58:23 AM
International Monetary Fund (IMF) spokesperson Gerry Rice announced Nepal will not receive debt relief from a special IMF trust fund that helps poor countries when they face natural disasters. The IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust cancelled nearly $100 million in debt owed by Ebola-impacted West African nations. Jubilee USA Network, a religious development organization, advocated for the trust fund and debt relief for West Africa and Nepal. A powerful earthquake struck Nepal April 25, killing more than 8,600 people and destroying over 500,000 homes.

"This is troubling news," said Eric LeCompte, a United Nations debt expert and executive director of Jubilee USA Network. "Given the devastation in Nepal, it's hard to believe that the criteria was not met."

Nepal is one of 38 low-income countries eligible for relief from the new fund. To qualify for that relief after a natural disaster, an eligible country must meet certain criteria. The disaster must impact at least one-third of the country's population and either destroy 25% of the nation's productive capacity or cause damage equal to the size of the country's economy. According to Rice, Nepal met the first condition but the earthquake did not cause enough total economic damage. Nepal's earthquake and its aftershocks caused $5-10 billion in damage, about one-third of the country's total economy. However, Rice did not comment on whether or not Nepal's productive capacity met the the threshold to trigger debt relief under the trust.

"This fund was created for situations just like this and debt relief in Nepal could make a significant difference," said LeCompte.‎ "Beyond the IMF, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank who hold about $3 billion of Nepal's debt have unfortunately not announced any debt relief plans yet."
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