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After 50 years of struggle, 10 years of physical occupation and over 11,000 canisters of tear gas, that rarest of things happened to one of France’s most infamous social movements: they won. In January 2018, plans for the Gran Ouest airport, in the making for half a century, were cancelled. The 4,000-acre territory known as […]

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Turkish Forces Begin Syria Patrols As Part Of Deal With Russia

March 9, 2019           |                                       

Turkish forces have begun patrolling in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib as part of a deal struck with Russia and Iran in the war-torn country. State-run Anadolu news agency on March 8 said the patrols range from Idlib’s north along the Turkish border to the southern countryside of Aleppo Province. Turkey’s defense minister, Hulusi […]

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Death and Disappearance: Inside the World of Privatized War

February 8, 2019           |                                       

Meet Fellow Worker Gritty, the Anti-Fascist Mascot Trump Has Bigger Legal Problems Than Mueller Campaign to Defend Mexico’s Sacred Lake Changes Global Activism Trump Moves to End Consumer Protections From Payday Lenders With Top Officials Embroiled in Scandal, Democrats May Lose Virginia Death and Disappearance: Inside the World of Privatized War Man Bahadur Thapa had […]

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Proposal Seeks to Give New York’s Private Trash Industry Watchdog Sharper Teeth

January 9, 2019           |                                       

City Councilman Antonio Reynoso, center, calls for reform alongside Teamsters members and others at the doorstep of the city’s Business Integrity Commission in April 2018. (David “Dee” Delgado for ProPublica) A number of the city’s major trash haulers have The chairman of the New York City Council’s Sanitation Committee introduced a bill Wednesday that would […]

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Study: 22 Percent Of Russians Live In Poverty, 36 Percent In 'Risk Zone'

November 21, 2018           |                                       

More than one-fifth of the Russian population now lives in poverty, according to a new study by a research institute with ties to the Kremlin. The November 21 report by the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration says 22 percent of Russians fall into the “poverty zone,” meaning they are unable […]

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Iran Hails 'Responsible Diplomacy' After Turkey, Russia Agree On Idlib Plan

September 18, 2018           |                                       

Iran and Syrian opposition groups have welcomed an agreement between Russia and Turkey to avert an assault on Syria’s last major rebel stronghold in the northwestern province of Idlib. “Intensive responsible diplomacy” between Russia, Turkey, and Iran succeeded in “avert[ing] war” in Idlib, “with a firm commitment to fight extremist terror,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad […]

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Borderline Problem: Kaliningrad Flats Behind Barbed Wire

September 6, 2018           |                                       

After Lithuania declared independence in 1990, new borders appeared between the country and the neighboring Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Residents of one apartment block in the Kaliningrad town of Sovetsk found themselves living inside the border zone, cut off from their neighbors by customs and passport control.

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Heavily damaged buildings in Sur’s restricted area in Diyarbakir, Turkey on 19/4/16. Uygar Onder Simsek/ Press Association. All rights reserved. Kadikoy, Istanbul: Anna Rebrii (AR): What were your expectations for these elections and were they met? Sibel Guler (SG): Actually, we did not have big expectations, but we intended to pass the threshold because it […]

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In a move condemned by human rights advocates as another of the Israeli government’s “genocidal policies of collective punishment” in Gaza, Israel has announced stringent new import rules for the territory’s main cargo crossing. As Israel and Egypt have maintained a naval, aerial, and land blockade of the occupied territory for more than a decade, […]

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Prime Minister Says 'Don't Worry,' But Scientists Concerned About Chernobyl Wildfires

June 6, 2018           |                                       

Scientists have been concerned for decades about potentially catastrophic wildfires inside the exclusion zone around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine — the site in 1986 of the world’s worst nuclear accident. That’s because trees and brush in the zone have absorbed radioactive particles that can be released into the air by the […]

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Wildfire Breaks Out At Chornobyl But No Radiation Increase Detected

June 5, 2018           |                                       

Ukrainian authorities said a wildfire has broken out in the exclusion zone around Chornobyl, where the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred in 1986, but radiation levels remained within safe limits. “Radiation levels have not risen either inside the exclusion zone or in adjoining areas,” the zone’s administration said in a statement on June 5. Prime […]

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