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

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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).

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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

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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.

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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."

Comment: Hysterization Via Racism in the Trayvon Martin Case


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Profit Motive Drives Surgery Patients Home Too Early

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The desire of hospitals to make a buck is driving some surgery patients home before they're ready, a new study finds. The study finds a link between readmission rates - someone who has to check back in after being sent home - and how full the hospital was when the surgery patent was discharged. That suggests patients went home before they were healthy enough, the researchers say.

"Discharge decisions are made with bed-capacity constraints in mind," said University of Maryland Professor Bruce Golden, who conducted the research with Ph.D. student David Anderson and other colleagues.

"Patient traffic jams present hospitals and medical teams with major, practical concerns, but they can find better answers than sending the patient home at the earliest possible moment," Golden adds.

The findings are detailed in the journal Health Care Management Science.

The research examined patient movement at a large, academic U.S. medical center. They found that patients discharged when the hospital was busiest were 50 percent more likely to return for treatment within three days.

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Marissa Alexander gets 20 years for firing warning shot after Stand Your Ground defense fails

Marissa Alexander, whose case brought allegations that Florida's Stand Your Ground law is being unfairly applied, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after being convicted of three counts of aggravated assault after firing a warning shot during a dispute with her husband.

The case sparked a confrontation between a congresswoman and the prosecutor after the sentencing in Jacksonville, Fla., WJXT-TV reported.

Alexander, 31, claimed she fired a shot from a handgun into the wall to protect herself during a confrontation with her husband, who she said had abused her, WJXT reported. Two children were with him when she fired a shot in his direction, and she was charged with three counts of aggravated assault.


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Linda Clappison Convicted Of Enslaving Her Children After Fortune Teller Told Her To

Children enslaved by mother after fortune teller
Shortly after a meeting with a fortune teller, a British woman locked her children in their rooms, confiscated their lightbulbs, toys and mattresses and later made two of them work as slaves for Roma people, otherwise known as gypsies, prosecutors said. The abuse apparently lasted for six years.

Linda Clappison, of Keyingham Marsh, East Yorkshire, was convicted of two counts of child cruelty. She was sentenced to three years in prison, according to the Telegraph. Before a fortune teller told her to submit her children to this abuse, Clappison was a fine mother, her children testified.

But after the meeting, her son Andrew Clappison, now 18, told the court, "We were treated like dogs."