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IOPS is setting its first steps on the way to becoming truly self-managed.  Reaching decisions to make this possible, which we did in the September 2016 poll on the makeover proposals, was one thing. Now, IOPS is beginning to implement these decisions.  First Financial Team selected  Last week saw the selection of our first financial team, consisting of Ashim Jain, Caragh -, and David Sevilla González. The team has a mandate for one year, at the end of which a new selection…

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Pipe And Protest, Chicago’s NoDAPL

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BY @BOXCROWS, @Anarchimedia and The Chicago Chapter ON SATURDAY, THE 12TH OF NOVEMBER, CHICAGO saw a great intersectional protest. There were Feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, LGBT activists, Libertarians, Socialists, Anarchists, Revolutionaries, Mass media and concerned citizens. The protesters’ objective was to curb the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline and to show solidarity and support the often overlooked and fetishized Native American people. The question I ask…

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Four candidates for the financial team

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Till a late moment it was uncertain if we were going to have enough volunteers for the financial team when the selection process was to start, on Saturday 5th November. But in the last three days before voting opened, four new candidates volunteered: first Caragh -, followed by Rod, David Sevilla González, and Ashim Jain. All are long-time members, having joined IOPS in 2012.Claire Bruhn had initially volunteered, reluctantly, to serve on the team in case there were not enough other candidates.…

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Good article (extract) on Trump and fascism

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Here's a link to an extract from an interesting article by Australian commentator Don Watson on the possible connections between Trump, Trump followers and fascism (sorry, can't figure out how to get that link to hyper-link since that option seems to be disabled when I cut and paste into the box...): (OK, now it is linked, great...)               http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/don-watson-trump-and-fascism-20160822-gqy85o.html

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Something From Basic Income Earth Network

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A couple of articles from the Basic Income Earth Network news letter - http://basicincome.org. http://basicincome.org/news/2016/10/us-president-obama-calls-ubi-debate-well-coming-decades/ http://basicincome.org/news/2016/10/germany-single-issue-political-party-founded-promote-ubi/

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Peace activist Tom Hayden dies

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Peace activist Tom Hayden died 23 October 2016 at the age of 76. Hayden will mainly be remembered for his enduring opposition to the Vietnam war, which helped to mobilize for the anti-Vietnam War protests and make them grow into a mass movement But before that, he was active in the civil rights movement as a Freedom Rider, while he was also an initiator of the North American student activist movement Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), of which he served as president from 1962 to 1963. Hayden…

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Little Appetite for Iraq Inquiry ‘Down Under’

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Debate over the Iraq War regained significant interest around the world with the release of the Chilcot report in the United Kingdom. In Australia, the reading of the core findings was broadcast live on the government-funded ABC. But this news failed to generate much interest in the role of the Howard Government (1996-2007) and its decision to help invade.  Former Prime Minister John Howard made a public statement in which he said, “There was no lie. There were errors in intelligence,…

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Cholera in Haiti and the UN Link

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In September Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Professor Philip Alston advised the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the UN’s role in introducing cholera to one of the world’s poorest countries. According to his report, a Nepalese contingent of UN peacekeepers brought the disease to Haiti after their arrival in October 2010 as part of Minustah’s (UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti) response to the Earth Quake that had devastated…

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