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Chile’s Dictatorship: Were Soldiers Victims, too?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In a modest hilltop home off of a long, winding road that leads out of Santiago into the Andean mountains, Anastasio Palma and Carlos Ortega recall life in the Armed Forces. But this isn’t your typical soldier reunion, filled with tales of camaraderie.  Palma and  Ortega were conscripted during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, and are part of a growing movement demanding reparations from the Chilean government for alleged human rights violations.  Read More

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Could France’s empty buildings ease its homeless crisis?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

In a brazen move to help homeless families endure the cold winter, activists have taken over empty Paris office buildings and moved dozens of people in. Property-owners are alarmed. But the government’s response has been surprising.  Read More

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Former French Colony Marks Break with Brutal Past

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Marking their 50th anniversary of independence, Algerians have been looking back at the triumphs and tragedies that finally led to their pyrrhic victory. In the uprising against French rule that began in 1954, some 150,000 Algerians and 18,000  French troops died. But one thing kept the Algerian nationalists going.  Read More

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It’s not just guns that kill…it’s Inequality

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The only thing that rivals the blood-thirst of a killer is the ideological iniquity of those who allow the killing to continue. Thanks to the NRA and their Republican sycophants America is awash with weapons – but the reason why the US has the most homicides in the industrialised world is not due to guns alone. Read More  Read More

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CHILD MORTALITY: A strategy that could help arrest its rise

Not far from the beaches and cafés of seaside Cape Town, is the township of Du Noon, where children play in rubbish-strewn streets near pools of stagnant water and lop-sided rows of outdoor toilets. “They play and eat without washing their hands, so it’s not healthy,” says local health care worker, Nontuthuzelo Debesse, who is […]

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Chile’s Dictatorship: Were Soldiers Victims, too?

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In a modest hilltop home off of a long, winding road that leads out of Santiago into the Andean mountains, Anastasio Palma and Carlos Ortega recall life in the Armed Forces. But this isn’t your typical soldier reunion, filled with tales of camaraderie.  Palma and  Ortega were conscripted during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, and are part of […]

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