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Unrest in Hong Kong

Hong Kong was promised universal suffrage by 2017 under the Basic Law, a mini-constitution in effect since the official handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. 399 more words

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Celebrating the negotiation of a ceasefire announced yesterday

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge has seen more than 2,100 Palestinians killed, most of them civilians, and 69 people on the Israeli side, all but five of whom were soldiers. 394 more words

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Desmond Tutu's plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine.

Alison Williams and Ricken Patel of Avaaz both sent a link to this Haaretz article by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.To read the whole article go to… 488 more words

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Pro-peace Tel Aviv rally, postponed for a week by police

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Thousands gather at a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, on day 40 of Operation Protective

Ten thousand demonstrators gathered on Saturday evening for a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv under the slogan, “Changing direction: toward peace, away from war.” 317 more words

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Kibbutzim anger building against the Israeli government and military

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Will public feeling intensify and stop the military action?

 John Reed writes from Ein HaShlosha, a kibbutz in Southern Israel.

Ein HaShlosha is one of several border communities that have been on the front line in Israel’s military operation against Hamas and have suffered from its ground invasion of Gaza and the incoming mortars and rockets fired from the other side. 455 more words

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Quakers urge recognition of Palestine

Amid faltering ceasefires and talks, Quakers in Britain are calling for urgent action on Gaza.

They urge the UK Government to recognise Palestine as a nation state; they call for a comprehensive arms embargo on all sides in the conflict and for an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza and occupation of Palestine. 296 more words

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The Military and the Environment – 3

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First time readers: earlier posts on Louise Say’s thesis may be read in: http://civilisation3000.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/the-military-and-the-environment/ and: http://civilisation3000.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/military-and-the-environment-2/
 

Chapter 1 presents evidence indicating the substantial destructive impact of military operations on environmental conditions. 491 more words

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