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New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%

Source: Theguardian.com Published: Monday, 19 January 2015 Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%. Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in …


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HOW GUANTÁNAMO DIARY ESCAPED THE BLACK HOLE AND GOT PAST THE CENSORS (MOSTLY)

Source: The Intercept The first word of Guantánamo Diary is a black bar. The book, in which Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi tells of his odyssey through overseas prisons and his torture and abuse by the US and its counterterrorism allies, is pockmarked with redactions left by military censors. The diary was finally published last week, more than nine years …


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Breaking Taboos, BDS Gains Ground Among Academics

Source: thenation.com By David Palumbo-Liu Most academic organizations have been wary of discussing, much less endorsing, the academic boycott of Israel. But things have changed since April 2013, when the Association of Asian American Studies became the first academic organization to answer the call for solidarity from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) emanating out of Palestinian civil society. …