Pipeline protests: The fight goes on against project that could jeopardize Native lands in the Midwest...

Aug 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The pipeline will cross hundreds of rivers, creeks and tributaries, potentially compromising water supplies VIDEO Alli Joseph   SALON.COM Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota participate in a rally to protect water and land from the Dakota Access Pipeline, August 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Getty/Alex Wong) Kayla Lookinghorse-Smith set out from New York to Washington, D.C. late Tuesday night, driving six hours to attend her first protest on the East Coast against the looming Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.78 billion, 1,100-mile oil project being built by a group of firms led by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Her two young sons, 19 months and 5 years old, slept in the backseat. “I didn’t know what to expect,” she said, as she drove into the early morning hours. “I just knew that I...

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Rights group blasts U.S. “hypocrisy” in “vast flood of weapons” to Saudi Arabia, despite war crimes...

Aug 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Amnesty International condemns Obama’s “astonishing,” unprecedented arms deals with repressive Middle East regimes Ben Norton  SALON.COM Barack Obama (Credit: Getty/Brendan Smialowski) Amnesty International has accused the U.S. of “deadly hypocrisy” for its massive arms deals with Middle East governments that have carried out war crimes and other violations of international law. “One of the unspoken legacies of the Obama administration is the extraordinary uptake in the amount of U.S. weapons and military aid that are provided to major U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt that have terrible records when it comes to human rights,” explained Sunjeev Bery in an interview with Salon. Bery, the advocacy director for Middle East and North Africa issues at Amnesty International USA, called on the Obama administration to “do an about-face on its current policy of...

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Nestlé Just Gained Control Over This Town’s Water for the Next 45 Years...

Aug 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] News Nathan Wellman Tea Party Republican Governor Paul LePage of Maine helped Nestlé secure a contract that gives Poland Springs, a Nestlé subsidiary, permission to take the small town of Fryeburg’s groundwater for the next 25 years for their own profit. The deal could stretch to 45 years due to built-in extensions. Today that deal was upheld by Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court, essentially cutting off activists’ last attempts to scuttle the deal. There has never been a contract that ties up local water resources for such a long period of time in American history. Water activists worry that this could set a precedent for future corporate attempts to take water from rural towns for extended periods of time. Nickie Sekera, the co-founder of Community Water Justice, talked to US Uncut today about the water deal. “Contracts of this length...

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National Lawyers Guild Statement of Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Posted on August 29, 2016 Categories: Environmental Human Rights Committee, Indigenous Peoples Rights Committee, International Committee, News, Statements No comments yet The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest human rights bar association in the United States, by its International Committee, its Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee and its Environmental Human Rights Committee, as well as the NLG’s Environmental Justice Committee, stands in solidarity with the sovereign Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great Sioux Nation), the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and its people in their just opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across their sacred and ancestral lands. The United States has failed to respect the national sovereignty and interests of the Tribe and its people, has failed to respect the nation-to-nation relationship with the Tribe established by treaties, and has failed to...

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New Material Transforms Your Windows Into Flexible ‘Smart Windows’...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Industrial Rev 2.0 Cockrell School of Engineering A team of engineers found a way to operate smart windows in a low temp, low cost process, to control heat and light from the sun. When compared to other systems, this new material is much more flexible and twice as energy efficient. Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, led by associate professor Delia Milliron, have invented a new flexible smart material that, when incorporated into windows, sunroofs, or even curved glass surfaces, can control both heat and light from the sun. The windows are made from electrochromic materials, which can change their properties under the influence of small electrical charges of about 4 volts. Capable of being applied with a new low-cost, low-temperature process, the new tech is aimed at saving on cooling and heating...

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Immediate Congressional Hearings on CDC Fraudulent Pediatric Vaccine Research...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 15,455 Letters Sent So Far It has come to the public’s attention that scientists involved in as many as 8 epidemiological studies focused on the link between ethyl mercury in vaccines and increased risk of autism have omitted data, repeated analyses until the desired result of no association is forced, watered down the significance of positive findings of results showing association, and pressured co-workers to do the same. Dr. William Thompson stepped forward via his legal representatives to issue a statement confirming that he, and co-workers. In the statement, he wrote: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for...

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Mothers fighting Chicago gun violence one block at a time...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Sher Watts Spooner  DAILY KOS Tamar Manasseh started a mothers’ community group to combat gun violence in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. A year later, there hasn’t been one shooting on the block where the group is active. RSS REBLOGGED BY Daily Kos Barriers and Bridges Support the Dream Defenders DK GreenRoots Protest Music Street Prophets DKOMA Subversive Agitation Team Action Network Chicago Kossacks Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism Daily Kos Liberation League It’s no secret that gun violence on Chicago’s South and West sides has reached horrific proportions. This is the story of how one mother organized a group to fight back. The neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side, where Tamar Manasseh grew up, has high crime rates. A year ago, a friend trying to break up a fight...

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Good News In The Reported Collapse of U.S.-Europe Trade Talks...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Isaiah J. Poole  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE News out of Germany that U.S. trade negotiations with Europe similar to the one that produced the Trans-Pacific Partnership have collapsed is another sign that an organized grassroots is successfully putting the multinational corporate trade agenda on its heels. Britain’s Independent, in an article published Monday, quotes Germany’s Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel as saying free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have failed, but that “nobody is really admitting it.” The trade deal is called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. It is being negotiated between the U.S. and the members of the European Union. Discussions have been going on at the same time the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal that includes several Asian countries as well as Western Hemisphere nations,...

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This Woman Is Trying to Make the World a Better Place, One Community Center at a Time...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Local Peace Economy Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Janet Wilson is helping transform vacant buildings into thriving community centers. By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet Photo Credit: Pueblo House Five years ago, Janet Wilson was one of thousands of people who flocked to New York’s Zuccotti Park to participate in the Occupy Wall Street movement that would eventually sweep the country and the world. “It was life-changing to see people come together and pay attention to what was going on,” Wilson told AlterNet. “Young and old people were organizing together, and people were actually talking to each other. It gave me chills.” Like countless others, Wilson sought to take the lessons she learned with her after she left New York. For her, this was buying an RV and traveling to 160 Occupy camps across...

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UNDER THREAT IN TANZANIA

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Mambo Rafiki, Last year, I had the privilege of working for six months on the elections in Tanzania.  I worked with the opposition party Chadema and we had some success, despite the government’s cooking the books. Tanzania is a beautiful country with wonderful people, and the folks at Chadema were the most courageous I have ever worked. So, I ask you to read this short piece(link provided) on what’s currently happening,  pass around, and get the word out. The piece is already a little dated as this evening in Tanzania the government arrested many of the top leaders of Chadema. I was taught much more in Tanzania and Nigeria than anything I was ever able to impart. Politics in America continues its deterioration and as we approach our era of “Big Man”(and their...

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One of the sickest examples of vaccine industry corruption – Wyeth internal memo....

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE REFURBISHED ROGUE *see bottom for all links. “In 1978-79, eleven babies (all in Tennessee) were found to have died within eight days of a DPT vaccination. Nine of the eleven had been vaccinated with the same lot of pertussis vaccine, Wyeth #64201 and five (four from the same lot) had died within twenty-four hours of vaccination.” *Now will you please take another look at the memo.. “read closely — a series of SIDS deaths in Tennessee is …prompting Wyeth officials to make sure that vials from a single lot don’t get distributed to a single state, county or health department.” *SICK. Spread the death out so no one will know.   “The statistical evidence in favor of a connection between the deaths and the DPT shot was strong. Would the medical authorities...

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Mandatory Vaccination in CA: Let’s School a Federal Judge...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Judge Sabraw: here’s something you didn’t know about the DPT shot… Jon Rappoport | Infowars.com – August 27, 2016 726 Comments I’ll repeat myself a bit here, in case you missed my last article. Then I’ll get into something else, something dangerous that a Federal Judge knows nothing about… Federal Judge Dana Sabraw is overseeing a lawsuit against mandatory vaccination in California. So far, Sabraw has denied a petition to suspend mandatory vaccination for school children while the case moves forward. He believes tradition and history are on the side of forced vaccinations. That’s because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Or he’s just making it up out of thin air. As the LA Times reports: ““U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego wrote that state Legislatures have ‘a long history...

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BBC and World Media Ignore Rocket Attacks on Israel, but Report on IDF Responses...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Author: Hadar Sela  ALGEMEINER.COM Tags: Gaza Rockets israel Israel Media Bias Israel Rocket Attacks Israel Terrorism Israel victim Israel victim terrorism A factory in Sderot hit by Hamas rockets. Photo: IDF. At around 2:30 on the afternoon of August 21, terrorists based in the Gaza Strip fired a missile at the Western Negev town of Sderot. According to one report, “The rocket landed between two homes, near a college and the local train station. Locals said it was ‘a miracle’ that nobody was injured.” The IDF responded with strikes on Hamas infrastructure in Beit Hanoun, and later carried out additional strikes. The BBC News English-language website did not provide any coverage of the missile attack against Israeli civilians. The BBC Arabic website, however, produced two reports — here and here — about the Israeli response to the missile fire. The second report...

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One School District Turned Away 145 Students On The First Day Of School...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   No one is exempt anymore. Vaccines Credit: Shutterstock According to reports, one school district in Sacramento refused to admit 145 unvaccinated students on the first day of school. The kids in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District were sent home for lack of immunization records, as a result of the new state law in California which took effect in July 1, eliminating personal/religious belief exemptions for vaccines. New Law Credit: Shutterstock According to the Sacramento Bee, the new new law mandates that students entering the two “checkpoint years” of kindergarten and seventh grade must now provide full vaccination records. And notifications are sent home, reminding parents of the need for their vaccination records to be...

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GREAT LAKES WATER TO BE SOLD TO CHINA AS HALF OF U.S. FACES EXTREME WATER CRISIS...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Great Lakes Water To Be Sold To China As Half Of U.S. Faces Extreme Water Crisis Uncategorised, On The Water, Extra   NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC If you found your way to this article recently, you may have discovered it on Snopes or another mythbuster page.  We added a feature for a period of time where users could add articles to our site.  The glitch that went un-noticed was that some articles went live without review…. automatically.  For this reason, some highly opinionated personal viewpoints with a mix of facts and phobia were published for fear’s sake on our site.  I have removed the content that was here, and replaced it with this great review on the topic by National Geographics’ Lisa Borre.  Check out her link at the bottom for comments and questions on the...

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“NOT TO BE ALARMIST” A RUSSIAN WARNING...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] “not to be alarmist…” A Russian warningWe, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Cohen, Philip Giraldi, Ray McGovern and many others have been issuing warnings of a looming a Third World War. But their voices have been all but lost among the din of a mass media that is full of deceptive and inaccurate stories that characterize the Russian economy as being in shambles and the Russian military as weak—all based on no evidence. But we—knowing both Russian history and the current state of Russian society and...

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LIBYA: TEN THINGS THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT GADAFFI...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] This is what NATO Obama and Hillary did: Unilaterally attacked Libya with 9600 Cruise Missiles…whilst supporting radical Islamists there to overthrow Quadaffi..then Quadaffi was captured and sodomized to death with a knife..about which Hillary, famously and Psychopathically , on National TV, laughing while saying it “We came, we saw…he Died”…ha ha ha IN WHICH UNIVERSE IS THIS OK? Libya: Ten Things About Gaddafi They Don’t Want You to Know Libya: Ten Things About Gaddafi They Don’t Want You to Know This article was first published by Global Research in...

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Climate Change Pledges Not Nearly Enough to Save Tropical Ecosystems...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Jeremy Hance, Mongabay | News Analysis US Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Paris Agreement at the UN in New York while holding granddaughter Dobbs Higginson on his lap. Scientists warn that the agreement is insufficient to prevent disastrous climate change. (Photo courtesy of US Department of State) The Paris Agreement marked the biggest political milestone to combat climate change since scientists first introduced us in the late 1980s to perhaps humanity’s greatest existential crisis. Last December, 178 nations pledged to do their part to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels — adding on an even more challenging, but aspirational goal of holding temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). To this end, each nation produced a pledge...

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Here’s Why the Navajo Nation Is Suing the EPA Over Colorado’s Mining Catastrophe...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Madeleine Thomas PACIFIC STANDARD The San Juan River is one of the most sacred and agriculturally important areas to the Navajo Nation. It’s also the site of a three-million-gallon toxic mine spill.   Residue from the release of mining chemicals sits on rocks in the Animas River in Durango, Colorado. (Photo: Theo Stroomer/Getty Images) This time last year, images of Colorado’s Animas River were going viral, leaving many mystified or downright disturbed by the waterway’s Willy Wonka-esque shade of golden orange. The culprit of the bizarre phenomenon: a slurry of mining chemicals which had burst from a sealed entryway to a defunct gold mine, the Gold King Mine, located upstream. The images were met with outrage: In the last year, there have been Congressional hearings and an ongoing criminal investigation into causes of...

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Noam Chomsky: How Obama Has Ushered in ‘a New Era of International Terrorism’...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Grayzone Project Chomsky and Emran Feroz talk Obama’s political legacy in the Middle East, the deal with Iran and the refugee crisis. By Emran Feroz / Qantara   VIA ALTERNET Noam Chomsky. Photo Credit: screenshot via Democracy Now! The following is a recent interview with Noam Chomsky on the Middle East and the Obama Administration’s policies towards Syria, Egypt and Iran, and the rise of right-wing extremism and nationalism in Europe. Emran Feroz: Barack Obama’s presidency is coming to an end. With reference to the political situation in the Middle East, what remains of his historical speech in Cairo and what of his Middle East policy in general? Noam Chomsky: At the time I felt that the speech was pretty vacuous. I didn’t expect anything from it, so I wasn’t disappointed. One positive aspect of...

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The Scandal of EpiPens Runs Deeper Than Most of Us Realize...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Personal Health There’s a method to the madness of Big Pharma’s prioritizing profit over human life. By Martha Rosenberg / AlterNet Photo Credit: CNBC/YouTube It has been two years since Gilead Sciences Inc. rolled out its $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, priced at $84,000 for a course of treatment and met with disbelief from patients, insurers and health care professionals. After an 18-month investigation the Senate Finance Committee concluded prices did not reflect Gilead’s development costs and that the drug maker cared about “revenue” not “affordability and accessibility.” The committee also found that Sovaldi and a related pill, Harvoni, cost taxpayers $5 billion in 2014. It’s been one year since Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. hiked the price of a once-daily form of Wellbutrin, a 30-year-old antidepressant, to $1,400 a month despite the existence of...

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A doctor’s take on pot: Marijuana shouldn’t be grouped into the same category as more dangerous drugs...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] We rarely worry about marijuana. So why is it still a Schedule I drug? Nathaniel P. Morris, Scientific American (Credit: AP/Seth Perlman) This article was originally published by Scientific American. On August 11th, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced its decision to keep marijuana classified as a Schedule I drug. The federal government has historically referred to this category as the “most dangerous” group of substances, including drugs like heroin and bath salts. As a resident physician specializing in mental health, I can’t make much sense of this. Every day, I talk to patients about substance abuse. Whether evaluating patients in clinic, in the emergency department or on inpatient units, my colleagues and I screen patients for substance use. It’s a vital component of any clinical interview, particularly in mental health care, and helps us understand patients’ habits and their risks for medical complications....

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A “failed policy based on failed research”: The destructive legacy of Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform act...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The 1996 welfare reform bill has subjected a generation of families to increased poverty and poor health outcomes Eesha Pandit   SALON.COM onal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act into law, August 22, 1996. (Credit: Reuters/Stephen Jaffe) Twenty years ago this week, President Bill Clinton signed a historic welfare reform bill formally known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. With this legislation, Clinton promised to “end welfare as we know it.” Ten years ago, he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times declaring it a success. Now, 20 years on, the transformation of the welfare system is complete, but the question remains: What kind of transformation has it been, and what has it meant for poor families in the U.S.? A new report from the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at...

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Is blue the new green? Wave power could revolutionize the renewable-energy game...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] There’s enough wave energy in the oceans to power the world, and scientists are finally close to harnessing it. Diane Stopyra   SALON.COM   A 30 MegaWatt “wave farm” of Pelamis Wave Energy Converters (Credit: Business Wire)   Unless you’re a surfer, a sailor or the owner of beachfront property during hurricane season, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the power of waves. That may be changing soon. Like a large, slowly building swell miles from shore, the wave-power revolution has quietly and gradually gained momentum. And this month it began the crest: The Department of Energy announced it would allocate as much as $40 million in funding to develop of the nation’s first open-water wave-energy-testing facility in a location to be determined. When it comes to tapping the commercial viability of this renewable resource,...

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Why can’t our economy promote equality and shared prosperity?...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Take On Wall Street is a grassroots movement aiming to create a fair finance system that works for all Jim Hightower  SALON.COM (Credit: Richie Chan via Shutterstock/Salon) Instead of griping about the greed-heads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they’ve hung around our necks, why don’t we take on wall street? You don’t have to be in “Who’s Who” to know what’s what. For example, if tiny groups of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires and puppets will profit from those rules. That’s exactly why our land of opportunity has become today’s land of inequality. Corporate elites have bought their way into the policymaking backrooms of Washington, where they’ve rigged the rules to...

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Signs Of Autism in Babies and Toddlers...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By: Bhav Patel   BABYGAGA When you give birth and watch your baby develop, you want everything to be fine, for your baby to grow up healthily and live a normal life. You don’t even want to contemplate the fact that there might be something not quite right with your baby, a mental condition that initially might not be entirely obvious but which might manifest itself a year or two down the line. About 1% of the world’s population has autism – that equates to about 1 in every 68 births in the United States. So if you think your baby has autism, you may consider yourself and your little one incredibly unfortunate, but noticing the signs and catching the disorder early will benefit your baby a lot. Autism is a mental disorder...

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Immediate Congressional Hearings on CDC Fraudulent Pediatric Vaccine Research...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 14,863 Letters Sent So Far It has come to the public’s attention that scientists involved in as many as 8 epidemiological studies focused on the link between ethyl mercury in vaccines and increased risk of autism have omitted data, repeated analyses until the desired result of no association is forced, watered down the significance of positive findings of results showing association, and pressured co-workers to do the same. Dr. William Thompson stepped forward via his legal representatives to issue a statement confirming that he, and co-workers. In the statement, he wrote: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for...

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Under Threat in Tanzania

Aug 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] World A new president is preventing Tanzania’s move to multi-party democracy, free elections and economic development. By Akintayo Ayara, Joe Costello, Joe Trippi / AlterNet Photo Credit: Jose Costello September 1 is an important day for democracy in Tanzania. The political opposition party Chadema (Party of Progress and Democracy) will hold demonstrations across the nation against the growing dictatorial tendencies of the ruling government party CCM (Party of Revolution). Since last fall’s controversial elections, Tanzania’s new president, John Magufuli, has undertaken a series of crackdowns on political activities increasingly threatening Tanzania’s move to multi-party democracy, free and fair elections and economic development. Tanzania is popularly known for its wonderful landscapes including beautiful white beaches and the snow-capped majesty of Mount Kilimanjaro. It also contains some of the earth’s greatest remaining wild areas including...

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