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News :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Politics : Social Welfare
South America's largest squatted highrise building is under threat.
13 Feb 2006
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The "Prestes Maia", by far the largest squatted highrise building on the South American continent, is under threat of eviction. With its 468 families, accounting for more than 1600 previously homeless people, including children, elderly and disabled, the building will shortly be returned to its 'lawful' owner, Mr. Hamuche & Co., who in the last 15 years of 'ownership' accumulated a debt in municipal taxes of some 5 million reais (approx. 2.2 million dollars / 2.1 million euros), which is more than the building is worth. This enormous debt, together with long years of abandonment, should well justify (even according to law) a claim for the building to become public property by the local municipality, but nevertheless will be returned to its owner, putting hundreds of people back onto the streets.

The 468 families, united in the Downtown Roofless Movement (Movimento Sem Teto do Centro or MSTC) of São Paulo, have lived in the 22-storey highrise since 2002. The building had simply been closed down for years and left in deplorable condition, serving as shelter for rats and cockroaches, as is the case of many buildings in downtown São Paulo. The new residents cleaned out tonnes of rubbish and litter (200 trucks to be exact!), organized it, expelled drugs and other criminal bosses always there to take advantage, turning it into an exciting and lively human dwelling.
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Announcement :: Social Welfare
Bush budget targets 141 programs for elimination or drastic cutbacks
13 Feb 2006
The Bush administration released a detailed list Thursday of the federally funded programs it wants to cut or eliminate outright from its proposed 2007 budget. The White House has embarked on a public relations campaign to promote its budget plan, which must be approved by Congress.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) list includes 91 programs to be killed off altogether and another 50 slated for major cutbacks. The administration aims to trim an estimated $15 billion in spending on these “discretionary” programs, i.e., programs which must be funded by Congress every year.
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Commentary :: Politics
If Stupidity Were Impeachable, Cheney'd be History
13 Feb 2006
Modified: 08:30:59 AM
Cheney misfired and bagged a GOP donor instead of a quail. And there are some big questions about the official story about this vice presidential shooting incident.
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Commentary :: Human Rights : International : Labor : Politics
Some Thoughts On Communing Manifestly
13 Feb 2006
Modified: 03:15:52 AM
Along the way, I learned that many people say things so assuredly that other people naturally follow, believing incorrectly all the while that the speaker must know something they don't. Such is the case that follows, wherein the author had no idea that people have different values, and thus value things differently:
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Commentary :: GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Simply Answer Yes or No
13 Feb 2006
Modified: 02:56:21 AM
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Thou shalt not blaspheme my name, or even think of publishing cartoons that mock me, lest you reduce your realm of free speech to a prison cell.
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News :: Politics
Bureaucrash Inside CPAC '06, the Conservative Political Action Conference
12 Feb 2006
BC@CPAC.jpg(...they're even worse when they think they're among friends.)
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News :: International
breaking... fbi attacks on puerto rican towns
12 Feb 2006
fbi assaulting independentista communities in puerto rico
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News :: Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Dahr Jamail's Dispatch Feb. 12, 2006
12 Feb 2006
** Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches **
** Visit the Dahr Jamail Iraq website http://dahrjamailiraq.com **
** Website by http://jeffpflueger.com **
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News :: International
An urgent appeal to people everywhere!
12 Feb 2006
For some time, now, the US/UK leadership has had plans to attack Iran as part of their overall strategy of extending their control over the Middle East and, ultimately, the world. It looks like this attack may now be about to happen. The launching of the Iranian Euro spot-market in oil on the 20th March may well be a factor in precipitating this aggression. The consequences of such an attack are incalculable but it could certainly bring about a wider, even global war. There are also strong indications that the US/UK plan to use nuclear weapons.
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Commentary :: Human Rights
loyalty an oped
12 Feb 2006
duty, honor, country god
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