'During the months since FSRN went offline, Israeli settlers have escalated their campaign against Palestinian farmers'

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 19:18

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News from the West Bank is often ignored by the main stream media. FSRN's long-time correspondent from the region is Ghassan Bannourra, who hopes to bring you the news from his homeland again soon.

During the months since FSRN went offline, Israeli settlers have escalated their campaign against Palestinian farmers. During the October-November olive season, settlers uprooted nearly 500 olive trees. The olive harvest makes up 30% of farmers income in the Palestinian areas. Army attacks also escalated, in the past months with three children among those gunned down by Israeli army fire.

In December, many Palestinians mark Christmas. This year, as in years before,  Israeli walls and policies that block tourists from visiting Bethlehem continue to lower incomes for local businesses who would otherwise welcome holiday tourists, resulting in another sluggish season.

Sending you Season's Greetings and wishing you a happy New Year.

Ghassan Bannoura, Bethlehem, Palestine.

Co-operative gardeners face eviction in Harare

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 10:26

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Garikai Chaunza, FSRN reporter in HarareThe members of the Evergreen Garden co-op are mainly people living with HIV, orphaned children, care givers, and the elderly. They have earned a small income growing vegetables on the nearly 25-acre garden since 2008. The site is on state-owned land that is administered by the Harare city council. Earlier this month, the local District Administrator's office served the co-op with a notice of eviction. Garikai Chaunza reports.

Headlines for Friday, September 27, 2013

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:59

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  • Sudan fuel subsidy demonstrations continue amid protester deaths
  • Bomb blast in Peshawar targets government workers
  • Pakistan makes case against drones at UN, while protesters gather outside
  • California governor signs domestic workers bill of rights
  • Court rules same-sex marriages legal in New Jersey

As international leaders address Syria, Iran at UN’s General Assembly, advocates call for protections for domestic workers

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:58

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The international group at the Hague that oversees the treaty banning chemical weapons said today it could send inspectors to Syria as early as next week. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is also considering a proposal from the US and Russia that calls for the completion of inspections and the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria by November. This comes after the five permanent members of the UN Security Council agreed Thursday on a draft resolution on Syria.

IPCC climate change report calls for “substantial” cuts to emissions, charts record warming

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:57

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A major climate change report released today by UN scientists has found that human influence is the dominant cause of climate change and calls for “substantial and sustained reductions” in greenhouse gas emissions in order to avert serious consequences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report outlines alarming trends in warming oceans, increasing droughts and heat waves and rapid sea level rise. For more, we’re joined by Meena Raman, the climate change negotiations expert with the Third World Network.

Lawmakers seek to delay health care reform as government shut down looms

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:56

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Today in Washington, the Senate narrowly passed a bill to keep the government funded through mid-December and restore funding to the Affordable Care Act that had been stripped out by the House earlier this week. Now, the House will either take up this bill or a competing one over the weekend. As the threat of a government shutdown looms next week, some lawmakers are still attempting to attach riders to the bills including deep cuts to government spending, the weakening of environmental protections and a one-year delay to the health care reform.

In Argentina, transgender people continue fight for rights more than a year after landmark bill

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:55

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More than a year after Argentina passed a bill allowing transgender people to change their legal names and genders, many still experience obstacles to voting, health care and education. In Buenos Aires, Eilís O’Neill reports on the ongoing fight for these basic rights.

Headlines for Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 14:59

4:45 minutes (4.34 MB)
  • Florida judge grants Marissa Alexander retrial
  • Colorado health insurance providers offer coverage to transgender people
  • Greenpeace activists to wait in jail without charge while piracy investigation carried out
  • Guardian investigation finds Nepalese workers held in modern slavery conditions in Qatar
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