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From now on property seized from drug-traffickers will be sold to raise money for prisons, so criminals will in effect be paying for their internment.

The government says it will build 15 new prisons over the next 10 years, financed in the main by drug-traffickers...

March 23, 2011

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan for one more year so that it can continue to assist the Government as it assumes greater responsibility for ensuring the country’s security and development. In a unanimously...

March 23, 2011

When all you have is bombs, everything starts to look like a target. And so after years of providing Libya’s dictator with the weapons he’s been using against the people, all the international community – France, Britain and the United States – has to offer the people of...

by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis
March 22, 2011

NAIROBI, 21 March 2011 (IRIN) - With the escalation of fighting across Somalia since January, armed groups have reportedly recruited more child soldiers to their ranks, some even forcing teachers to enlist pupils.

In a recent offensive against rebel groups in Bulo...

March 21, 2011

(Jerusalem) - Hamas authorities in Gaza should punish those responsible for attacks on peaceful demonstrators calling for Palestinian political reconciliation, Human Rights Watch said today.

Hamas police violently dispersed several peaceful demonstrations in Gaza...

March 19, 2011

An Afghan warlord backed by US special forces faces persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, desecration of mosques and mutilation of corpses. Yet, despite repeated warnings about the atrocities...

March 18, 2011

An Afghan warlord backed by US special forces faces persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, desecration of mosques and mutilation of corpses. Yet, despite repeated warnings about the atrocities...

March 18, 2011

This piece also appears on Global Exchange's People-to-People blog and...

by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis
March 17, 2011

PHNOM PENH, 17 March 2011 (IRIN) - Investigations by NGOs in Cambodia have found that companies are recruiting girls as young as 13 to work in Malaysian households, confining them in overcrowded and unhygienic “training centres”, forging birth certificates to raise their...

March 17, 2011

Despite numerous false media reports that Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been shelved, yet another report remind us that it is still very much alive:

The controversial Anti Homosexuality bill is one of several bills that Members of Parliament on...

Jim Burroway
March 17, 2011

Buildings at the Chevron oil refinery in Burnaby, B.C., would not withstand an earthquake according to a recent seismic assessment conducted by the company, CBC News has learned.

Internal documents obtained by the CBC show key facilities like the on-site firehouse...

Staffwriter
March 16, 2011

"Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of US military forces in Afghanistan, asserted during a recent US Senate hearing that American troops had made sufficient progress against Islamic militants to proceed with a plan to hand over responsibility for security to the Afghan...

March 16, 2011

RAMALLAH, 16 March 2011 (IRIN) - The next generation in the Gaza Strip may be less educated, less professional and perhaps more radical because an Israeli blockade has restricted educational and employment opportunities, say UN and other sources.

The four-year...

March 16, 2011

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March 10, 2011

GULU, 8 March 2011 (IRIN) - Women and girls returning to northern Uganda from forced conscription into the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) struggle to resettle in their home communities because of stigma and a severe shortage of reintegration facilities tailored to their...

March 8, 2011

Bill to punish anti-Israel boycotters passes first Knesset hurdle
According to proposal, Israelis would face harsh punitive measures for such actions; controversial bill also calls for imposing sanctions on foreign nationals and groups and on states that give...

Jonathan Lis
March 7, 2011

Washington (CNN) -- The protests sweeping the Middle East appear to be entirely indigenous, borne of discontent with unemployment and the lack of personal freedoms, but that hasn't stopped top U.S. officials from suggesting Iran has a part and trying to send a message to...

Elise Labott, CNN Senior State Department Producer
March 5, 2011

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March 3, 2011

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by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis
March 2, 2011

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As any one who has pulled up to a gas pump knows, the unrest...

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March 1, 2011