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Icelanders tell government to take in more Syrian refugees | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 01, 2015 05:28 PM
"Prime Minister Sigmund David Gunnlaugsson now says a special council comprised of several ministers will map Iceland's resources to see how many refugees could be taken and said the government now had no fixed number."

The link address is: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/09/01/uk-europe-migrants-iceland-idUKKCN0R145K20150901

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Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 01, 2015 03:10 PM
"The Fair Elections Act strips Elections Canada, the nonpartisan government body responsible for administering elections, of its authority to actively encourage citizens to vote – a matter, we’re told, that is the responsibility of political parties to promote. And on voting day, incumbent candidates and not Elections Canada will appoint polling supervisors. This hardly smells like democracy."

The link address is: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/28/canada-stephen-harper-harder-to-vote

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Kiev Death Toll Rises After Monday’s Clashes Between Security Forces, Protestors | The Wall Street Journal

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 01, 2015 11:24 AM
"[P]olice said that the man suspected of throwing a grenade during the demonstration was a volunteer fighter on leave from a unit fighting Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east."

The link address is: http://www.wsj.com/articles/kiev-death-toll-rises-after-mondays-clashes-between-security-forces-protestors-1441113264

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Jacobin and “The War on Syria”

by JBB last modified Aug 31, 2015 06:13 PM
by Louis Proyect | CounterPunch publishes an op-ed whose position is quite different from that of the article below.

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/31/jacobin-and-the-war-on-syria/

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Whitewashing the IMF’s Destructive Role in Greece

by JBB last modified Aug 31, 2015 06:11 PM
by Michael Hudson | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/31/whitewashing-the-imfs-destructive-role-in-greece/

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The War on Syria | Jacobin

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 31, 2015 04:43 PM
"[I]t must be said that while international connivance against Syria — one involving varying degrees of coordination between the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and other parties — has played in important role in the tragedy before us, the ruin of Syria is really a product of these powers’ relationship with reactionary forces in Syria and elsewhere. To be more specific, Saudi Arabia, which has intervened with sectarian propaganda years in advance of 2011 and also with arms and funds, has certainly accelerated the sectarianism seen now among opposition ranks"

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/syria-civil-war-nato-military-intervention/

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Guardsman killed in protests as Ukraine MPs back more autonomy for rebel regions | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 31, 2015 12:18 PM
"Protesters led by the populist Radical Party and the ultra-nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party - who fear the loss of the east to Russian-backed separatists ... protesters tried to pull the policemen away from their lines. They beat them and took their shields and helmets. Soon about a dozen young men were almost as well-equipped as the police. ... then the explosions began"

The link address is: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34105925

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Alarm sounded as TransCanada set to drill in Bay of Fundy

by JBB last modified Aug 30, 2015 02:19 PM
‘No consent for Energy East’: New Brunswick groups say they weren’t consulted or warned

The link address is: https://ricochet.media/en/569/alarm-sounded-as-transcanada-set-to-drill-in-bay-of-fundy

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Chavista theory of transition towards the communal state

by JBB last modified Aug 30, 2015 02:08 PM
by Frederick B. Mills | OpenDemocracy | If the Maduro administration steps up the counter-offensive against speculation, such measures might well result in the retention of a Chavista majority in the National Assembly this December.

The link address is: https://www.opendemocracy.net/frederick-b-mills/chavista-theory-of-transition-towards-communal-state

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