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Monday, February 21, 2011

“Democracy Uprising” in the U.S.A.?: Noam Chomsky on Wisconsin’s Resistance to Assault on Public Sector, the Obama-Sanctioned Crackdown on Activists, and the Distorted Legacy of Ronald Reagan.

AMY GOODMAN: That was a question from Ryan Adserias in Madison, Wisconsin, where more than 10,000—some say tens of thousands of people, teachers, students, are protesting in the Capitol building, schools closed, as Ryan said. So, from Manama to Madison, from Manama, Bahrain, to Madison, Wisconsin, Noam Chomsky?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Scarce food in 2011?

aston79suara | February 15, 2011 - Cost of staple food expected to rise due to bad weather, bad commodity futures trading, bad Government policies & Natural disaster.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Children and families face increasing challenges in aftermath of 2010 Pakistan floods.

unicef | February 07, 2011 - UNICEF's Malcolm Brabant reports on children and families in Pakistan who survived massive floods in 2010 but are at risk from harsh winter conditions.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jobless struggle in South Africa

AlJazeeraEnglish | February 10, 2011 - With unemployment at 40 per cent, jobs will be a key issue when Jacob Zuma, the country's president, delivers his 'State of the Nation' address to parliament.The government has promised to create five million jobs by 2020.Crime, corruption and education are also likely to be addressed in Thursday's speech.

Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports from Bloemfontein.

Young Egyptians Risk their Lives for Political Change

VOAvideo | February 10, 2011 - The uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is being called a "revolution of the young," with many Egyptians risking their lives to transform their country. Jerome Socolovsky reports.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Birmingham protest ruins cabinet minister's job centre visit.

Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s visit to a job centre in Birmingham today didn’t go as he’d planned it. He arrived at the Sparkhill job centre in Sparkbrook to find some 30 protesters blocking the road.

Shouts of “Tory scum out of Brum” and “IDS go to hell, take your Tory cuts as well” filled the air as protesters made their anger at benefit cuts and the scapegoating of the poor clear.

Protesters occupied the road, blocking the entrance to the car park as the ministerial jaguar arrived. Protesters claim that the car didn’t stop and that one woman had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit.

“This is an area of some 20 percent unemployment,” one person told Socialist Worker. “The Tories are throwing more people on the dole and cutting our benefits—how dare Duncan Smith show his face here?”

A number of people who had come to sign on joined the demonstration and one came out to tell protesters that he had refused to shake Duncan Smith’s hand.

Birmingham Right to Work called the demonstration. Local people, PCS civil service union members and Birmingham Against the Cuts campaigners joined the protest as did Sparkbrook councillor Salma Yaqoob.

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Southeast Asia Looks to Nuclear Power

VOAvideo | February 02, 2011 |- Southeast Asian economies are growing fast and need more energy to fuel that growth. As a result, almost every country in the region is considering nuclear power. But, as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Bangkok, there are numerous challenges to the idea.