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    Pictures forming an ongoing project of the artisans and landscape of Central and Eastern Africa that provide goods for the fair trade organisations.

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    The annual May Day gathering in Ottawa information is available here.

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    LIBERATED PEOPLE Founder, Gbenga Akinnagbe, is being honored at this year’s Care for the Homeless gala at the Edison Ballroom on April 24, 2014. Care for the Homeless is the only health care organization in NYC dedicated exclusively to serving homeless men, women and children of all ages. LIBERATED PEOPLE applauds the work this phenomenal organization is doing and we will continue to support all of our children, women and men struggling with homelessness. http://shop.weareliberated.com/blogs/news/tagged/liberated-people+teeshirts+weareliberated-com+gbenga-akinnagbe

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    Israel Is Forcing Palestinians in East Jerusalem to Demolish Their Own Homes 

    In the Shu’Fat neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Palestinian Iyad Al-Shaer stood inside the gutted interior of a modest breeze block structure. The building, an addition to Iyad’s own home, was set to be a new residence for his brother Baser and his fiancé. But the fully furnished home, complete with a heart-covered bedroom that Baser had designed for his future child, now had three gaping holes punctured in its roof.

    Just days after completing construction, the Israeli-controlled municipality issued Iyad a demolition order for his “illegally” constructed home, built without one of the expensive permits issued by the same set of authorities. Unable to afford the protracted and costly legal battle, he chose to destroy the structure himself.

    Self-demolitions like this began a few years ago and have continued—albeit somewhat under the mainstream media’s radar—ever since, with Palestinians compelled to destroy their own homes in order to avoid the steadily increasing fines leveled by the municipality.

    The demolished roof of Iyad’s brother’s home

    While the Palestinian population in the city has quadrupled to over 300,000 since 1967, municipal authorities have only zoned nine percent of East Jerusalem land for Palestinian construction. Even with this space being set aside, permits are rarely granted, and the result is widespread “illegal” Palestinian construction—which, of course, Israeli authorities can then order to be demolished.

    Tens of thousands of Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents now live under the constant threat of having their homes demolished by Israeli authorities, part of a policy of displacement that has been taking place in Jerusalem with a startling degree of public support for more than four decades.

    “We know that there are some 20,000 ‘illegal’ Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem,” Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) told us. “[That’s] about a third of the Palestinian housing stock.”

    “They don’t consider us citizens, so they push. It’s not a personal thing—I am one of many,” says Iyad. “They push us to go outside of Jerusalem. I call it a soft transfer.”

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    fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    Lakota and allies have vowed to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and not allow it to go through their treaty territory. They are asking for your support to get prepared now! 

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    10 Big Companies That Pay No Taxes (and Their Favorite Politicians) | Mother Jones

    Between 2008 and 2011, 26 major American corporations paid no net federal income taxes despite bringing in billions in profits, according to a new report (PDF) from the nonprofit research group Citizens for Tax Justice. CTJ calculates that if the companies had paid the full 35 percent corporate tax rate, they would have put more than $78 billion into government coffers.

    Here’s a look at the 10 most profitable tax evaders and the politicians their CEOs, employees, and PACs give the most money to.

    Verizon Communications
    Profits: $19.8 billion    Effective tax rate: -3.8%

    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    President Barack Obama: $51,493
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.): $24,450
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $23,700
    Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio): $22,500
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): $15,000

    General Electric 
    Profits: $19.6 billion    Effective tax rate: -18.9%

    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    Mitt Romney: $53,750
    President Barack Obama (D): $30,493
    Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.): $23,900
    Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.): $21,860
    Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.): $19,750

    Boeing
    Profits: $14.8 billion    Effective tax rate: -5.5%
    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.): $31,750
    Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.): $25,000
    Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.): $23,500
    Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.): $23,125
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): $20,986

    NextEra Energy: North America’s largest solar and wind power operator, based in Florida
    Profits: $8.8 billion    Effective tax rate: -2%
    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    George LeMieux (R-Fla.): $9,500
    Mike Haridopolos (R-Fla.): $4,800
    Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.): $2,000
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): $2,000
    Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.): $2,000

    American Electric Power: Electric utility based in Columbus, Ohio
    Profits: $8.2 billion    Effective tax rate: -6.4%
    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio): $34,750
    Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio): $34,050
    Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio): $21,700
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.): $19,750
    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio): $18,450

    Pacific Gas & Electric: California electrical utility
    Profits: $6 billion    Effective tax rate: -8.4%
    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    President Barack Obama (D): $6,250
    Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.): $5,000
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.): $5,500
    Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.): $5,000
    Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.): $3,500

    Apache: Houston-based oil and gas company
    Profits: $6 billion    Effective tax rate: -0.3%
    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    David Dewhurst (R-Texas): $25,000
    Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.): $5,000
    Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.): $2,500 
    Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas): $2,500
    Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas): $2,500
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $2,500
    Brendan Doherty (R-R.I.): $2,500

    Consolidated Edison: New York energy company
    Profits: $5.9 billion    Effective tax rate: -1.3%
    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.): $15,050
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): $8,000
    Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.): $6,650
    Then-Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.): $2,500
    Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.): $1,500
    Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.): $1,500
    Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.): $1,500

    El Paso: Houston-based energy company that operates the country’s largest natural gas pipeline
    Profits: $4.6 billion    Effective tax rate: -0.9%
    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    David Dewhurst (R-Texas): $7,500
    Mitt Romney (R): $5,000
    Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.): $3,000
    Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.): $2,750
    Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.): $2,500 
    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.): $2,500 
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $2,500 
    Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas): $2,500
    Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.): $2,500
    Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.): $2,500

    CenterPoint Energy: Electric and gas utility company based in Houston
    Profits: $3.1 billion    Effective tax rate: -11.3%
    Top recipients, 2011-2012
    David Dewhurst (R-Texas): $22,050
    Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas): $13,458
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $10,299
    Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.): $7,000
    Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas): $4,000

    Giving data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Includes all 2011-12 campaign donations from each company’s employees and corporate PACs.

    (Photo Credit: JD Hancock/Flickr)

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    policymic:

    Police are experimenting with “live Google Earth” surveillance

    Is this next-level law enforcement or another step towards Big Brother?

    That is the question coming out of Los Angeles, where for the past year, the city’s police department has been experimenting with new, state-of-the-art surveillance technology. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, with the help of an Ohio company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, rolled out a test in Compton — flying small civilian aircraft outfitted with high-powered cameras that can record video in real-time.

    Like something straight out of a sci-fi flick, the cameras allow the police to track suspects from the air, pause video, rewind and fast forward — essentially creating a live-updated version of Google Earth.

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    liberalsarecool:

    Voter suppression is a Republican platform foundation.

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    policymic:

    10,000 people marched in Moscow to protest Russia’s state media coverage of Ukraine

    All eyes are on eastern Ukraine as separatists demand to secede from the country and join Russia. But even as Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoys a tide of favorable opinion, he may have some trouble brewing closer to home.

    On Sunday, 10,000 people took to the streets of Moscow to protest the state media’s coverage in eastern Ukraine. Waving the Ukrainian flag, protesters at the anti-Kremlin “March for Truth” demanded greater transparency and objectivity in Russian news, as well as protection for independent journalists who speak out against the state.

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    NYTimes: From Shooting Victim to Prisoner, Not an Uncommon Passage

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