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  • US ends ban on 'domestic propaganda' — RT USA about 4 hours ago
    • US ends ban on 'domestic propaganda'     

    • It’s being branded by proponents as an attempt at transparency, but critics of a new law say the United States government just got the green-light to use propaganda made for foreign audiences on the American public.
    • Until earlier this month, a longstanding federal law made it  illegal for the US Department of State to share domestically the  internally-authored news stories sent to American-operated  outlets broadcasting around the globe. All of that changed  effective July 2, when the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)  was given permission to let US households tune-in to hear the  type of programming that has previously only been allowed in  outside nations.

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  • National Women's Studies Association joins Israel boycott movement | Inside Higher Ed about 5 hours ago
    • Another Association Backs Israel Boycott


      The National Women's Studies Association becomes the latest scholarly group to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.

    • December 1, 2015



      The National Women’s Studies Association is the newest scholarly group to back the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.


      In a vote that involved 35 percent of the association’s total membership, 88.4 percent, or 653 individuals, voted in favor of a boycott measure. Members of the NWSA’s executive committee then took their own vote on Friday to approve the membership’s recommendation that the association support BDS.


      The NWSA measure does not limit itself to a boycott just of Israeli academic institutions, but rather affirms the association's endorsement of "the 2005 call by Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of economic, military and cultural entities and projects sponsored by the state of Israel."

    • Simona Sharoni, one of the co-founders of Feminists for Justice in/for Palestine, an ad-hoc group that sponsored the pro-boycott measure, described the NWSA vote in support of BDS as significant in positioning Palestinian solidarity as a “feminist issue.” The text of the recommendation approved by the membership states, in part: “As feminist scholars, activists, teachers and public intellectuals we recognize the interconnectedness of systemic forms of oppression. In the spirit of this intersectional perspective, we cannot overlook the injustice and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, perpetrated against Palestinians and other Arabs in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, within Israel and in the Golan Heights, as well as the colonial displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the 1948 Nakba.” (“Nakba” is the term used by Palestinians to describe their displacement by the creation of the state of Israel.)


      “We’re basically redefining feminism and putting solidarity with Palestine into that definition of what it means to be a feminist,” said Sharoni, a professor of gender and women’s studies at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. “Or, to put it differently, the vote of almost 90 percent of the members of the National Women’s Studies Association in support of this resolution underscores the fact that boycott, divestment and sanctions can be or is seen by members of our association as an example of expressing feminist solidarity.”

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  • Students In India Held A Massive Celebration to Honor Bill Gates On His Birthday | TIME about 12 hours ago
    • On Bill Gates' 60th birthday, school children in India honored the philanthropist by holding a big celebration.


      Bill Gates, philanthropist and cofounder of Microsoft, turned 60 years old on Oct. 28. Gates is the wealthiest man in the world, and he along with his wife Melinda have put their fortunes towards starting numerous campaigns aimed at making the world a better place. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation runs various programs that seek to improve global health, eliminate poverty, and provide easier access to education among solving other issues impacting the world. In these photos, school children in Chennai, India honored Gates’ birthday by holding portraits of him during a celebration

  • Coca-Cola-funded nonprofit to address obesity is discontinuing - Business - CBC News about 21 hours ago
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      Coca-Cola-funded nonprofit to address obesity is discontinuing


      The Global Energy Balance Network also donated money to at least 2 universities


          By Candice Choi, The Associated Press    Posted: Nov 30, 2015

    • A nonprofit funded by the Coca-Cola Co. to combat obesity is disbanding following revelations about the beverage maker's involvement with the group.


      The Global Energy Balance Network said on its website Monday night that it is "discontinuing operations due to resource limitations." The decision was effective immediately.


      The group had previously said that it received an "unrestricted gift" from Coke and that the Atlanta-based soft drink giant had "no input" into its activities.

    • Last week, The Associated Press reported on emails showing that Coke helped with the selection of the group's leaders, edited its mission statement and suggested content for its website. When contacted about the exchanges, Coke CEO Muhtar Kent said in a statement there wasn't enough transparency regarding the company's involvement.


      Coke also told the AP that it accepted the retirement of Rhona Applebaum, its chief health and science officer who initially managed the relationship with the group. The company said it was no longer working with the Global Energy Balance Network.


      The Global Energy Balance Network, led by a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, initially came under fire in August after The New York Times reported on the group's funding by Coke. On Nov. 6, the University of Colorado said it was returning a $1 million US donation from the company because of the distraction it was creating.

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  • OAS to observe general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines | Caribbean News Now on Dec 01, 15
    • OAS to observe general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines
      Published on December 1, 2015  Email To Friend    Print Version

      WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will send an electoral observation mission (EOM) to the general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines on December 9, according to the agreement signed on Monday by representatives of the Organization and the Caribbean country.
       The secretary general of the OAS, Luis Almagro, recalled that the mission will be the 14th deployed in 2015 to various countries of the hemisphere. He noted that the mission will focus on issues of electoral organization and gender equality, and respect for conditions of equality and transparency in the electoral competition.
       For his part, the interim representative of St Vincent and the Grenadines to the OAS, Omari Seitu Williams, recalled the significance of the presence of an electoral observation mission for his country. This will be the fifth mission that the OAS has deployed to the Caribbean country, after the general elections of 2001, 2005 and 2010 and the 2009 referendum on constitutional reform.
       The mission in St Vincent and the Grenadines will be led by the chief of staff of the secretary general, Ambassador Jacinth Henry-Martin, and will include observers from different nationalities who will be deployed in all 15 constituencies of the country before, during and after the electoral process.
  • Letter: Why the IMF chemotherapy in Grenada will fail | Caribbean News Now on Dec 01, 15
    • Letter: Why the IMF chemotherapy in Grenada will fail
      Published on December 1, 2015
    • Dear Sir:

       In its narrow medical definition, chemotherapy is defined as the treatment of disease by means of chemicals that have a specific toxic effect upon the disease producing microorganism or that selectively destroy cancerous tissue.
    • In Grenada, in collaboration with the government of Grenada, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) has undertaken to administer medication to a sick, cancerous economy in an effort to selectively destroy the causative agents of the country’s disease, albeit a form of chemotherapy.
       The dangers of chemotherapy are well documented and well known. Bad enough, of course, are the dangers of chemotherapy administered badly or administered by the wrong hands. Worse is where the agency administering the medication has no interest in whether the patient lives or dies.
       Even worse is where the agency administering the drug makes no provision for the sustainability of the patient while he undergoes this severe life threatening process.
       There are several areas of the current arrangement that were omitted from the contractual agreement, the absence of any one of which can possibly kill the patient during the period of treatment.
       The arrangement did not put in place the required set of injections for economic growth. To obtain economic growth measures would have had to be put in place to increase the capacity of the economy to produce goods and services from one year to another. Countries where sustained economic growth has impacted on the wider population have had to produce at least 6% to 8% of economic growth per annum. Growth rates of 1% and 1.5% just wouldn’t cut it.

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  • Trinidad court of appeal allows election challenge to proceed | Caribbean News Now on Dec 01, 15
    • Trinidad court of appeal allows election challenge to proceed
    • By Caribbean News Now contributor
       PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In a majority decision, the Trinidad and Tobago Court of Appeal has allowed the election petition brought by the United National Congress (UNC) to proceed.
       The ruling was handed down on Monday, with Justices Peter Jamadar and Allan Mendonca ruling to uphold the decision of the High Court to grant leave and Chief Justice Ivor Archie ruling against.
       On September 18, High Court Justice Mira Dean-Armorer granted the UNC leave to proceed with the petitions to challenge the election results, agreeing that the UNC had presented an arguable case with a realistic prospect of success.
    • However, the EBC and the members of parliament for the six affected constituencies appealed the High Court decision.
       The UNC have challenged the action taken by the Election and Boundaries Commission to extend voting by an hour on Election Day (Monday September 7, 2015), a move the EBC said it made as a result of torrential rain. The UNC has also argued that the late notice was not properly communicated to voters.
       The UNC argued that the constitution does not give the EBC the authority to extend the mandated voting hours of between 6 am and 6 pm by an additional hour due to inclement weather.
       It asserts that the EBC only had the power to adjourn the voting process to the following day in the event of election violence.
       The UNC claims that the additional hour worked in favour of the People's National Movement (PNM), resulting in that party winning the general election by 23 seats to 18.

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  • Faculty challenge Moore as chancellor on Dec 01, 15
      • Faculty challenge Moore as chancellor 



          Samantha WRIGHT ALLEN    /   Prince George Citizen
        November 30, 2015

    • Faculty, alumni and students are calling on the University of Northern B.C. to reverse its decision to make retired Conservative MP James Moore its next chancellor in May.


        Catherine Nolin, geography chair and associate professor, was one of almost 900 to sign the petition by Monday evening, launched last week after Moore's appointment was announced.


        The move was a surprise to Nolin and struck a chord with the community, she said.


        "People want to protect what we've built here: equity excellence, support of diversity," said Nolin, who has been vocal online about her disappointment with the university's sixth chancellor choice, alongside open letters from alumni and students echoing those objections.


        Both Nolin and the petition point to the university's description for the role of chancellor as one who "exemplifies and symbolizes the university by (his) conduct and the standards (he) sets."

    • "In this appointment I see someone who can actually harm the reputation of our university and the long term welfare of the university," said Nolin.


        "He embodies the opposite the values and beliefs that are at the core of our university in terms of academic freedom, the pursuit of knowledge, through science the undermining of federal scientists...some of the poor relations with aboriginal communities in Canada and discounting the need for federal inquiry around missing and murdered women."


        The UNBC Faculty Association also sent an email to its members in support of the petition, saying Moore is "closely associated with many anti-progressive policies that negatively impact the operations of Canadian universities."


        The letter, signed by association president Stephen Rader and vice-president Matt Reid, said the appointment was especially disturbing "as it comes at a time of tense labour relations and negotiations, an important arbitration leading to a first collective agreement, and a strategic academic planning initiative."

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  • US Congresswoman Introduces Bill To Stop "Illegal" War On Assad; Says CIA Ops Must Stop on Nov 30, 15
    • US Congresswoman Introduces Bill To Stop "Illegal" War On Assad; Says CIA Ops Must Stop

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      Last month, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard went on CNN and laid bare Washington’s Syria strategy.  Repeatedly she has laid out simply, clearly and with experience the reality in Syria. 

        Sat, Nov 28
    • In a remarkably candid interview with Wolf Blitzer, Gabbard calls Washington’s effort to oust Assad “counterproductive” and “illegal” before taking it a step further and accusing the CIA of arming the very same terrorists who The White House insists are “sworn enemies.” 

      In short, Gabbard all but tells the American public that the government is lying to them and may end up inadvertently starting “World War III.”

      For those who missed it, here’s the clip:

    • That was before Paris.

      Well, in the wake of the attacks, Gabbard has apparently had just about enough of Washington vacillating in the fight against terror just so the US can ensure that ISIS continues to destabilize Assad and now, with bi-partisan support,the brazen Hawaii Democrat has introduced legislation to end the “illegal war” to overthrow Assad. 

      Gabbard, who fought in Iraq - twice - has partnered with Republican Adam Scott on the bill. Here’s AP:

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  • London Anti-War Protest Demands: Don't Bomb Syria on Nov 30, 15
    • London Anti-War Protest Demands: Don’t Bomb Syria

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    • Thousands of people took to the streets of London to protest against a proposed bombing campaign in Syria.

      The demonstration was organized by the Stop The War Coalition in response to Prime Minister David Cameron’s Thursday address to the House of Commons where he laid out his case for air-strikes in Syria.

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      A recent survey conducted for the Daily Mirror by Survation showed 59 percent of people believed sending warplanes to bomb key Isis targets in the war-torn country will increase the risk of terrorist attacks in the UK.

      While 48 percent of people said they backed air raids on the extremists, but 30 percent want Britain to stay away and a further 21 percent are undecided.

    • ‘The proposed vote in parliament on bombing Syria by British forces is likely to take place within the next week,’ Stop the War Coalition said in a statement.

      ‘Yet this bombing will not stop terror attacks.’

      ‘The UK has been bombing countries for a decade and a half, at the cost of millions of lives.

      ‘Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results meets Albert Einstein’s definition of madness.’

      ‘We are calling on all our groups to organize protests in their towns and cities on the same day.’

      ‘We need to resist this brutalizing and dehumanizing spiral of violence.’

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