International Lawyers Seek Justice For Iraqis

Sabah al-Mukhtar is the president of the Arab Lawyers Association and chair of the Iraq Commission. (Photo: Dahr Jamail)

International lawyers and activists converged at a conference titled The Iraq Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, April 16 and 17, with the primary aim of bringing to justice government officials who are guilty of war crimes in Iraq. “Within a few days of this, a lawless atmosphere developed within my unit,” Ross Caputi, a former marine…more »

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Two Men With Cellos Flow


Flow Chello players, Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic, remind us what it means to be alive, to create, to live in flow, as described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [ˈtʃiːksɛntmihaːji ˈmihaːj.] AC/DC’s rock cover of ‘Thunderstruck Tribute to Michael Jackson Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [ˈtʃiːksɛntmihaːji ˈmihaːj] Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is best known for developing the notion of flow, the psychology…more »

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Honoring Anja Niedringhaus: This Brave Woman Gave Her Life To Bring You The News (Truth)

AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus was shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday. She was on the job, and, according to a note from the AP, she may have been targeted. Niedringhaus was an accomplished journalist who, in 2005, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award…more »

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SC Desal Alternatives: Does The Consultant Matter?


Should the City choose the desal engineering consultants to guide the Citizens Water Supply Advisory Committee? Dear Santa Cruz Friends, Tomorrow Desal Alternatives will make what I think is a modest request of the City Council. Tell me if you think it is modest. Tomorrow afternoon around 4pm the City Council will consider whether to…more »

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Support UC Student-Workers Union: Local 2865


For a more detailed account of our strike and the arrests on Wednesday, please read this article: The response to Wednesday’s arrests of UAW members and undergraduate supporters has been overwhelmingly supportive. More than 300 people–graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and supporters from other unions–came to the picket lines on Thursday to show the UCSC…more »

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Protecting Civilians Means Protecting The Environment


Workshop report: Protecting civilians means protecting the environment, 3rd April 2014 The Toxic Remnants of War Project organised a side event during the CCW Protocol V Group of Governmental Experts meeting in Geneva. The aim was to provide delegations and agencies with an overview of the TRW issue and focus in on two topics that…more »

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Appeal to UCSC Administration To Stay Human


On April 2, 2014, UCSC Union Leader Josh Brahinsky peacefully attempted to exercise his legal right to picket. After announcing his affiliation and intention to officers, he then tried to comply with their orders by walking away. Instead, UC Berkeley officers in riot gear arrested him with unnecessary force, while UCSC Chief of Police Nader…more »

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Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years

The droning sound of distopia coming. Photo by Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is also a change to which almost no one is paying attention. I’m talking about the coming obsolescence of the gun-wielding human infantryman as a weapon of…more »

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MEKOROT: An Apartheid Adventure


Say No To Water Apartheid! Support Palestinian Water Rights Today marks the start of the first International Week Against Mekorot, Israel’s state-owned water company that is responsible for implementing “water apartheid” on Palestinians. Mekorot has been responsible for water rights violations and discrimination since the 1950s, depriving Palestinian communities from access to water. It provides…more »

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Screening Of New Military Materials For Toxicity And Environmental Harm


Many substances that are currently used for either civilian or military purposes have been proven to have adverse environmental impacts, or present unacceptable risks to human health. As a result the screening of substances prior to their production and use is now recognised as an important means of protecting environmental and public health. To screen…more »

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