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Third Intifada imminent as multiple Palestinian hunger strikers on verge of death

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Palestinian men protest in solidarity with hunger strikers at the International Committee of the Red Cross HQ in Gaza.

Tony Blair urges action and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas fears potential 'disaster that no one could control'

Demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza in support of about 2,000 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike are escalating amid efforts by Egyptian mediators to broker a deal to avoid protests spiralling out of control if a detainee dies.

Two prisoners, who have refused food for 77 days, are thought to be close to death with another six in a critical condition, say Palestinian groups. The Israeli prison service (IPS) says no one's life is at risk.

In an unusual intervention, Tony Blair, the representative of the Middle East quartet, urged Israel to "take all necessary measures to prevent a tragic outcome that could have serious implications for stability and security conditions on the ground". He said he was "increasingly concerned about the deteriorating health conditions" of hunger strikers.

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New left leader Tsipras tells Greek status quo to shove EU-IMF deal where the sun don't shine

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The Greek president, Carolos Papoulias, centre, with (left to right) the Pasok leader, Evangelos Venizelos; the New Democracy leader, Antonis Samaras; and the Syriza leader, Alexis Tsipras.
Alexis Tsipras says he will not be 'partner in crime' with mainstream leaders, who criticise his stance as irresponsible

Hopes of producing a government to end the political deadlock in Greece were dashed on Sunday as last-ditch talks between the president and party leaders became mired in rancour and mutual recrimination.

Efforts to fill the increasingly worrying power vacuum floundered as leaders rounded on Alexis Tsipras, head of the radical leftist party Syriza, whose anti-austerity coalition emerged from inconclusive elections as the most popular force in the country. He was accused of being more interested in party politics than a way out of the quagmire.

"Syriza doesn't accept the formation of a viable government, or even to agree to support a government which would undertake to renegotiate the terms of the loan agreement," said Antonis Samaras, the conservative New Democracy leader, after discussions at the neo-classical presidential palace ended abruptly.

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Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld Convicted of War Crimes in Absentia

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Kuala Lumpur - It's official; George W Bush is a war criminal.

In what is the first ever conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were yesterday (Fri) found guilty of war crimes.

Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia.

The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They included testimony from British man Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee and Iraqi woman Jameelah Abbas Hameedi who was tortured in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.


Over 200,000 to lose unemployment benefits in US this weekend

This weekend, more than 200,000 unemployed workers in eight US states will be abruptly cut off from extended federal unemployment benefits, the result of an agreement between President Barack Obama and the Republican Party earlier this year. Many of these workers will be thrown directly into poverty, without even minimal cash assistance.

These ruthless actions occur amidst a continued jobs crisis in the US, with near-record long-term unemployment and stagnating job growth. While the official unemployment rate has fallen - which has been used to justify the elimination of extended benefits - this is due largely to the fact that hundreds of thousands of long-term unemployed are no longer counted as part of the labor force.

The biggest cuts will take place in the country's most populous state, California, where 95,300 people will lose their benefits, according to an estimate produced by the National Employment Law Project. Other states cutting off extended benefits include Texas (22,700), Illinois (26,100), Florida (29,400), Pennsylvania (20,000), North Carolina (20,100), Colorado (11,100) and Connecticut (10,700).


We Live to Survive: One Week with Lakota People on an American 'Reservation'

"We live to survive." That is what many of them say. In the 19th century, the Lakota people were among the most successful fighters for freedom in the USA. But their land was eventually stolen, their language for years was forbidden to be taught in schools, and their freedom existed only on paper. This story was filmed during the first week of August in 2011 on the territory of Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. This is official land of the Oglala Lakota Nation nowadays.

Every year in August, Lakota people come to Pine Ridge from all over the world to celebrate their culture and traditions at the annual powwow. On the contrary of joy and happiness even during holiday there is a place for grief and misery. Many people have alcohol problems, there are no jobs or good housing. Lakota people are still fighting for their rights. But that gets harder to do every year.

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Thousands of Israelis protest against social inequalities


A protester speaks slogans into a megaphone during a protest march in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) against the high costs of living and social inequality, Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Israel to protest against the high costs of living and social inequalities.

About 5,000 protesters gathered at central Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening in the largest demonstration held since last summer.

At least nine people were arrested for blocking roads in Tel Aviv.

Similar demonstrations were also held in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), Haifa, Eilat, and other major cities.

Some 1,000 protesters converged in an intersection near Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in East al-Quds, marched toward his residence and protested in front of the gate of the compound.

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South Korean media workers on strike over censorship

In South Korea, thousands of media and non-media workers have taken part in a rally against what they call media censorship, demanding their right to freedom of expression, Press TV reports.

Protesters rallied from the KBS to MBC broadcasters' headquarters in Seoul to bring attention to South Korea's pro-government media bias.

This is while media workers as well as unionists continue a national strike against censorship.

Those on strike have called for the resignation of the three CEOs of South Korea's major broadcasters, KBS, MBC, and YTN. The protesters say the three are close associates of South Korean president Lee Myung-bak.

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'Devil's Breath' Chemical Blocks Free Will, Wipes Memory and Kills

A drug that eliminates free will while leaving the victim completely articulate is currently being dealt on the streets of Colombia.

The drug is called scopolamine, but is colloquially known as 'The Devil's Breath,' and is derived from a particular type of tree common to South America.

Stories surrounding the drug are the stuff of urban legends, with some telling horror stories of how people were raped, forced to empty their bank accounts, and even coerced into giving up an organ.

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Spain's indignados return to the streets amid fears of crackdown

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Demonstrators occupy Puerta del Sol in Madrid last year in May.
Protesters plan four-day campaign to mark the anniversary of Madrid's 'occupy' movement

The exhibition at Madrid's Ateneo cultural centre is full of precious artefacts carefully conserved to tell the story of a remarkable event in Spanish history; a moment when the world looked on in amazement at the eruption of a new utopian movement for change.

But this is no tribute to the distant past. The nylon tents, hand-painted cardboard signs and posters telling people to share their "dreams of a better world" are only a year old. They come from Spain's indignado movement as it marks its first birthday by reclaiming the streets and defying a rightwing government that has pledged to stop it reoccupying Madrid's Puerta del Sol square.

Police helicopters clattered overhead as indignado marches headed towards the square. Several thousand people were taking part in a good-humoured demonstration that included a loud birthday party and chants of "the people united will never be defeated". There were similar demonstrations in Barcelona and other cities around the country.


George Zimmerman's lawyer outraged over Trayvon Martin shooting target hoodie prints

Seller claims they sold out in 2 days

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An anonymous entrepreneur seeking to profit off Trayvon Martin's death was selling these prints online.
The attorney for George Zimmerman says he's disgusted by the Trayvon Martin-inspired targets that recently surfaced for sale on a gun website.

"This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility," Mark O'Mara told WKMG Local 6, a CNN affiliate in Florida.

"It's this type of hatred - that's what this is, it's hate-mongering - that's going to make it more difficult to try this case."

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