Author Archives: Debra Ellis

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

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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?

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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

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For a more detailed account of our strike and the arrests on Wednesday, please read this article: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/16509/more_than_20_striking_students_arrested_belying_university_of_californias_e 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

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

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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

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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

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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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The Corbett Report – Iymen Chehade Fights For Academic Freedom

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Reclaim Academic Freedom: Reflections from UC Davis On Academic Freedom and Campus Militarization Podcast Interview with Iymen Chehade http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2014-03-13%20Iymen%20Chehade.mp3 Professor Iymen Chehade joins us to discuss the controversy surrounding his course on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at Columbia College and the accusations of bias that have prompted the college to interfere with their course in contravention…more »

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Northeastern University Suspends Students For Justice In Palestine

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URGENT ACTION: Please sign this petition to protect free speech and interrupt rampant Islamophobia sweeping college campuses! With profound disappointment and righteous indignation Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine announces it has been suspended as an organization. SJP is disappointed because Northeastern’s claims of creating a diverse learning environment that encourages the free exchange…more »

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The Senate-CIA Blowup Threatens A Constitutional Crisis

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The allegations of CIA snooping on congressional investigators isn’t just a scandal—the whole premise of secret government is in question. This morning, on C-SPAN, the foundation of the national security state exploded. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chair of the Senate intelligence committee, took to the Senate floor and accused the CIA of spying on…more »

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