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A new Shenzhen? Poor Pakistan fishing town's horror at Chinese plans

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/04/pakistan-new-shenzhen-poor-gwadar-fishing-town-china-plans

Mega-port will bring five-star hotels and Chinese access to Arabian Sea, as residents in conflict-torn province contend with lack of water and food 

Gwadar is poor. When a house was recently burgled in the fishing settlement on Pakistan’s desert coast, the only items stolen were cans of fresh water – a staple that has soared in value since reservoirs dried up. It lies in Balochistan, a province in the grip of a long-running separatist insurgency and Pakistan’s most neglected...
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Kurds repel fresh ISIS attack south Kobane 

http://aranews.net/2016/02/kurds-repel-fresh-isis-attack-south-kobane/ 

Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled an attack by militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the vicinity of Kobane, northern Syria, military sources reported on Tuesday. ..

RELATED VIDEO: Inside Syria: The farm airstrip that's part of the U.S. fight against ISIS 

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/02/middleeast/syria-isis-us-airstrip/index.html
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Congress Starts to Get Serious About Online Privacy 

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/opinion/congress-starts-to-get-serious-about-online-privacy.html 

Congress could soon vote on a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to get a search warrant from a judge to obtain emails, photographs and other documents Americans have stored online. This important legislation would update the law to reflect how people use the Internet today.

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, government agents need a warrant if they want access to email stored on the servers of companies like Google and Yahoo, but only if the messages are less than 180 days old. For older messages and other digital files, law enforcement officials can issue subpoenas to technology companies without going to a judge...
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New evidence that voter ID laws ‘skew democracy’ in favor of white Republicans 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/04/new-evidence-that-voter-id-laws-skew-democracy-in-favor-of-white-republicans/

Voter fraud is, for all intents and purposes, practically nonexistent. The best available research on the topic, by Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt, found only 31 credible incidents of voter impersonation in an investigation of over 1 billion votes cast.

But that hasn't dampened Republican efforts to pass a spate of strict voter ID laws since 2008. And it hasn't hurt the public's overall enthusiasm for those laws, either...
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We will just have to get people out anyways. But they always look for ways that they can gain an advantage, like changing district boundaries. It's not cheating, but it stinks and says to me that they have only their own best interests in mind.
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On the fifth anniversary of the Wisconsin protests, there are reasons for optimism

http://political-heat.blogspot.com/2016/02/on-fifth-anniversary-of-wisconsin.html

Wisconsinites now understand just how terrible the governing style of Scott Walker really is

Five years ago this month, Gov. Scott Walker dropped a proverbial bomb on Wisconsin...
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Campaign 2016: Hillary Clinton Pitched Iraq As 'A Business Opportunity' For US Corporations  

http://www.ibtimes.com/campaign-2016-hillary-clinton-pitched-iraq-business-opportunity-us-corporations-2121999 

When then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton voted to authorize the war against Iraq in 2002, she justified her support of the invasion as a way to protect America’s national security. But less than a decade later, as secretary of state, Clinton promoted the war-torn country as a place where American corporations could make big money.

“It's time for the United States to start thinking of Iraq as a business opportunity," she said in a 2011 speech...
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Turkish military attacks against Rojava continue 

http://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/turkish-military-attacks-against-rojava-continue 

YPG (People's Defense Units) Press Office has released a written statement reporting ongoing attacks by the Turkish military aiming at the YPG's security positions near Kobanê region borderline since October 24 to the time...

RELATED: Turkish military attacks YPG positions in Girê Spî 

http://www.kurdishinfo.com/turkish-military-attacks-ypg-positions-in-gire-spi 
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[VIDEO] ROZA - The Country Of Two Rivers (2016) TRAILER 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtoPfLlfL-M 

The documentary about revolution in Rojava.
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[VIDEO] Warrior Women of Kurdistan 

https://www.facebook.com/Hevallospage/videos/1282376305112885/ 

These women are sacrificing their very lives for freedom and for the entire world in fighting against ISIS. Turkey shows its gratitude by dropping bombs on them right now.

We may be the children of the lands of Amed and Cizira, Dersim and Colemerg. We may be the hearts of the lands spanning out from Qobane to Qamislo, Halabja, Hewler to Slemani, Mahabad to Urmiya and the skirts of the Zagros Mountains. We may be the daughters of the Sun, children of Kurdistan.

However,We carry the fight of the Women across the World. Thousands of us don't only fight ISIS. We carry on our shoulders the ideological weight of those stoned in Afghanistan or genitally mutilated in Somalia. The Women who are sexually enslaved across the world, discriminated, paid less, not represented, forcibly married, abused and victimised by domestic rape.

We are here to empower Women, break Male patriarchy, represent the silent. The sacrifices of Kurdish Women are for all of you. We are here to stay and to set precedent for the World. Embrace the Revolution.
Rojava is your home. 

RELATED: America's Best Allies Against ISIS Are Inspired By A Bronx-Born Libertarian Socialist 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/syrian-kurds-murray-bookchin_us_5655e7e2e4b079b28189e3df  

RELATED [SWEDISH]: For rebuilding Kobanî. 

http://www.rojavakommitteerna.com/ 

RELATED: Help liberate a changing world 

http://thelionsofrojava.com/
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Amidst north Aleppo chaos, thousands of displaced Syrians pour into ‘relative safety’ of Kurdish-held Afrin 

http://syriadirect.org/news/amidst-north-aleppo-chaos-thousands-of-displaced-syrians-pour-into-%E2%80%98relative-safety%E2%80%99-of-kurdish-held-afrin/ 

Thousands of civilians displaced by a major ongoing regime offensive in the northern Aleppo countryside are seeking refuge in Afrin, a pocket of Kurdish-held territory in the province’s northwest perceived as “comparatively more secure and stable,” an Afrin activist told Syria Direct Thursday...

RELATED: US Confirms Involvement in Syria Airfield Expansion

http://m.voanews.com/a/us-confirms-involvement-in-syria-airport-expansion/3176116.html
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That'll put marzipan in your pie plate, bingo! 

ANGEL - NOT FADE AWAY:

GUNN
What if I told you it doesn't help? What would you do if you found out that none of it matters? 
That it's all controlled by forces more powerful and uncaring than we can conceive, and they will never let it get better down here. What would you do?

ANNIE
I'd get this truck packed before the new stuff gets here. 
Wanna give me a hand?

TWO BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN: 

"We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.
It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. . . .
It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes
me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war,
corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places
will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong
its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth
is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety
of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.
God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."

The passage appears in a letter from Lincoln to (Col.) William F.
Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864.

See: http://www.ratical.org/corporations/Lincoln.html



"These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in
concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got
into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to
appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel."

speech to Illinois legislature, Jan. 1837.
See Vol. 1, p. 24 of Lincoln's Complete Works,
ed. by Nicolay and Hay, 1905)
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