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Mark Weisbrot – Honduran Opposition Leaders Being Murdered While US Pours in Money to Repressive Government and Military

Since a 2009 military coup against the democratic government of President Mel Zelaya, Honduras has become the most dangerous country in the world for environmental and human rights activists.

On Oct. 17, two more prominent rural organizers, José Ángel Flores and Silmer Dionisio George, were assassinated in Colón. Flores was the president of the Unified Campesinos Movement of the Aguán Valley (MUCA), and George was a well-known leader from the same organization.

This follows the Oct. 9 assassination attempts against ...

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Spicy ways to unlock food nutrients

I FIND it fascinating to see the depth of information that researchers can learn about the food we eat.

Beyond the nutritional value of meals, scientists are working to uncover how certain foods should be eaten, what they should be combined with and how they are best absorbed. It’s a lot of science to take in, but I’ve waded through the research to uncover these amazing tweaks to make “good-for-you” foods even better at your next meal.

Making curry? Add black pepper

Turmeric, ...

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Meditations and Molotovs – 10.24.16

Today, Vince speaks with author, activist and global citizen Deena Stryker about her book, “Cuba: A Diary of the Revolution” (Tayen Lane).

It has been nearly five decades since Deena Stryker, then Boyer, journeyed to Cuba. Deena, a photojournalist went to revolutionary Cuba to both write and photograph the struggles, the trials and disagreements, the victories, and losses of the Cuban people. There she experienced the revolution first hand and enjoyed numerous conversations and powerful moments with its revolutionary leaders—Castro, Che, ...

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Branko Marcetic – 3 Reasons To Be Worried About Blackstone Group

Buried among the thousands of John Podesta’s emails released over the last week, you’ll find a short, revealing exchange between Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and Clinton advisor-in-waiting.

“I saw Jon Grey [sic] today,” writes Podesta. “We both sang your praises.”

“He’s a really good guy,” she replies. “And given he will take over Blackstone, one to develop a real relationship with.”

Podesta and Tanden were talking about Jonathan Gray, the global head ...

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Juliette Garside – Hundreds of properties could be seized in UK corruption crackdown

Hundreds of British properties suspected of belonging to corrupt politicians, tax evaders and criminals could be seized by enforcement agencies under tough new laws designed to tackle London’s reputation as a haven for dirty money.

Huge amounts of corrupt wealth is laundered through the capital’s banks. The National Crime Agency believes up to £100bn of tainted cash could be passing through the UK each year. Much of it ends up in real estate, and in other assets ...

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Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways To Quit Smoking

Compelling reasons to stop smoking far outnumber effective ways to do so. Even with recent revelations that tobacco is contaminated with the highly carcinogenic radioisotope polonium-210, the addictive hold it maintains on millions of smokers worldwide who already know it causes premature death and cancer is far more powerful than the desire for self-preservation, it would seem.

This is why effective, natural interventions for smoking cessation are so needed today and why we are excited to report on a new ...

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Meaningful Movies Network shows films that make viewers think

Some films simply entertain (or not); others raise awareness.

The Meaningful Movies Network has more than a dozen community-based Seattle-area groups that show social-justice documentary films that can make a positive change in the world. Films that attract viewers with common interests in the principles of peace, justice and non-violence. Discussions are held after the film.

The Network has more than a dozen community-based Seattle-area groups, including Sno-King Meaningful Movies.

“We have topics of concern for social justice and all issues that have ...

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David Attenborough: zoos should use peepholes to respect gorillas’ privacy

Veteran British naturalist David Attenborough has called for gorillas in zoos to be kept behind walls with peepholes rather than glass panels, in order to respect their privacy.

The 90-year-old television presenter spoke out after a gorilla briefly escaped on Thursday from its enclosure in London Zoo. Attenborough said the incident was “hardly surprising” when animals are subjected to intrusion.

He also said people should behave in a more respectful manner in zoos ...

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Drinking Peppermint Tea Boosts Memory

Peppermint tea tested against for memory and cognition

In a release from the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in Nottingham, researchers have found that peppermint tea can immediately increase short- and long-term memory.

The researchers, Dr. Mark Moss, Robert Jones and Lucy Moss from the UK’s Northumbria University, tested 180 healthy people. They were randomly selected to drink peppermint tea, chamomile tea or hot water. Before they consumed the tea, the researchers gave all the subjects questionnaires that rated their moods. Then twenty minutes ...

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Our Giant Experiment With “Greed Is Good” Has Failed

Another day, another example of the disastrous effect Reaganomics has had on our country’s business culture.

Ever since his bank was fined $185 million for illegally opening millions of accounts in its customers’ names to help boost profits, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has insisted that he only discovered what was going on in 2013.

That’s what he said when testifying before Congress, and it’s what he’s said in all public remarks on the scandal.

There’s only one problem: John Stumpf appears to ...

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