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Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Beit Jala Christmas Tree Lighting
Society & Culture  (tags: Christmas celebrations 2014, Palestinian Christian community, West Bank, Gaza, occupation, freedoms of movement-religion, tourism, Holy Land, Beit Jala, Bethlehem, Beit Sahourworld, society )

Jess
- 3 hours ago - maannews.net
Hundreds of Palestinians attended a Christmas tree lighting festival in the Bethlehem-area village of Beit Jala
Paradise Lost: The Hippie Refugee Camp
Society & Culture  (tags: environment, forests, GoodNews, habitat, healthconditions, humans, nature, Sustainabililty, trees, activists, politics, rights, society )

Marjolein
- 4 hours ago - worldwidehippies.com
By MessyNessy at messynessychic.com - Let me tell you about a place called Taylor Camp, a tropical ocean-front utopia without rules, politics or bills to pay. Anti-establishment all the way, clothing was optional and decisions were made according to t...
The British Undercover Cop Who Went Too Far
Society & Culture  (tags: spying, police agents, agents provocateurs, surveillance, spies, British Intelligence, betrayal, protest groups, animal rights in Britain )

BMutiny
- 4 hours ago - newyorker.com
A British Police Officer had insinuated himself into an Animal Rights group in the 1980's, leading a double life under an alias, having a son by one of the members, then completely disappearing from their lives on another assignment.. emotional havoc.
Israel Grants Palestinian Christians Travel Visas for Christmas
Society & Culture  (tags: Christmas, Christians, Israel, Palestinians )

David
- 6 hours ago - jns.org
700 Palestinian Christians living in Gaza will be able to visit family members in Israel or the West Bank. 500 Palestinian Christians from the West Bank will be allowed to travel to Gaza to visit family. Christmas visas are "confidence-building measures"
How It Feels to Be a Kid on Welfare
Society & Culture  (tags: welfare, public dole, children, poverty, food stamps, SNAP )

Freya
- 8 hours ago - yahoo.com
While most political comments don't hit me very hard (we all have a right to our opinion), I have a difficult time with those that group any set of people into a section and blame and berate them.
Pakistan Hangs Two Terrorists in Response to Peshawar Attack
Society & Culture  (tags: terrorism, jihad, Pakistan, massacre, school children, Taliban )

Beatrice
- 14 hours ago - telegraph.co.uk
Pakistan hanged two convicted terrorists late on Friday night in what is expected to be a series of overnight executions in response to widespread revulsion and anger at the massacre of 141 pupils and teachers by Taliban assassins in Peshawar earlier
Will Religion Ever Disappear?
Society & Culture  (tags: religion )

Glenn
- 22 hours ago - bbc.com
Not completely. Like it or not, religion will remain with us.
Virunga
Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, corruption, crime, ethics, environment, humans, politics, animals )

Barry
- 22 hours ago - virungamovie.com
VIRUNGA IS THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF A GROUP OF BRAVE PEOPLE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE IN A PART OF AFRICA THE WORLD'S FORGOTTEN AND A GRIPPING EXPOSE OF THE REALITIES OF LIFE IN THE CONGO. Watch the movie and spread the word.
50 Years of Gentrification: Will All Our Cities Turn Into Deathly Canberra? | Art and Design | The Guardian
Society & Culture  (tags: urban design, gentrification, canberra, best cities, planning, desirable, community )

Kathryn
- 1 day ago - theguardian.com
What makes a liveable city? Having lots of nice parks, you might think, a decent public transport system, good schools and hospitals, great architecture, exciting nightlife, easy access to the countryside.
Juvenile Justice System Still a Hotbed of Sexual Assault on Children: DOJ Study
Society & Culture  (tags: children, crime, culture, government, rights, society, violence, corruption )

Bonni
- 1 day ago - takepart.com
"Juvenile inmates are 35 percent more likely to be sexually assaulted than the rest of the prison population." It's time to take notice and demand change related to what happens to our children in the U.S. justice system.
7 Common Misconceptions About the Hebrew Bible
Society & Culture  (tags: history, archaeology, ancient, history, religion, bible )

Glenn
- 1 day ago - huffingtonpost.com
This is something Fundamentalists can think about.
George Clooney on the Sony Hack and the Demise of 'The Interview': 'The World Just Changed'
Society & Culture  (tags: sony, film, the interview, cancellation, attack, George Clooney, americans, arts, corruption, culture, ethics, freedoms, humans, movies, rights, society, usa, world )

Lone
- 1 day ago - ca.movies.yahoo.com
The most powerful people in Hollywood were so fearful to place themselves in the cross hairs of hackers that they all refused to sign a simple petition of support
'Il Silenzio' - Melissa Venema (13 Yo)
Society & Culture  (tags: Il Silenzio, dutch, holland, concert, trumpet, liberation day, arts, child, culture, ethics, freedoms, humans, rights, society, world )

Lone
- 1 day ago - flixxy.com
Annually, on "Liberation Day," memorial services are held for "the men who died to liberate Holland." The day concludes with a concert. The final piece is always "Il Silenzio," a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch
Israel's Marriage Police: An Aberration From Jewish Tradition
Society & Culture  (tags: halakha, mamzer, Judaism, Rabbinical courts, civil rights, human rights, racism-discrimination, apartheid israeli state, family, religion, world, freedoms )

Jess
- 1 day ago - 972mag.com
From interrogations to blacklists to computerized databases, Israel's rabbinical authorities have adopted a coercive system of oversight that punishes violators of Jewish law's bans on 'certain' kinds of relationships.
PHOTOS: Army Fires Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets at Commemoration March for PA Minister
Society & Culture  (tags: Ziad Abu Ein, commemoration march, Israeli forces-violence, peaceful protest-demonstration, IDF abuses, tear gas, assault on right to assembly, arrests, intimidation-harassment, apartheid Israeli state terrorism-oppres, freedoms, usa, news )

Jess
- 1 day ago - 972mag.com
Hundreds of demonstrators arrived Friday at the West Bank village of Turmus Aya to mark one week since the death of Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein.
Will Cuba Now Embrace U.S. Technology?
Society & Culture  (tags: world, usa, cuba, technology, government, Castro, telecommunications, services, gadgets )

Darren
- 1 day ago - scientificamerican.com
The president is offering Cuba something the Castro government never asked for: access to U.S.-backed telecommunications services and gadgets
8 Ways Facebook Is a Cult Just Like Scientology
Society & Culture  (tags: Facebook, Internet, Scientology, cults, control, privacy, surveillance, contracts, stalking )

Freya
- 1 day ago - alternet.org
We all know Scientology is a cult. But Facebook, everyone's favorite social network, has plenty of cultish qualities too.
PTS Veterans' With "Other Than Honorable" Can Upgrade
Society & Culture  (tags: military, troops, war, government, healthcare, healthcare, housing, violence, world, society )

James
- 1 day ago - vato21stcentury.blogspot.com
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who were discharged under "other than honorable" conditions can apply on a new webpage to have their discharge upgraded if it was due to PTSD.
Two Unequal Worlds in Israeli-Occupied Jerusalem
Society & Culture  (tags: Israeli illegal occupation, Issawiyeh East Jerusalem Samer Issawi, collective punishment, Hebrew University, skunk water, tear gas, Maale Adumim, Israeli settlements, Muhammad Abu Khudair, opression-terrorism )

Jess
- 1 day ago - electronicintifada.net
Muhaisen suggested that Israel's strategy in blocking access to Issawiyeh was to drive a wedge between different generations of Palestinians.
Swedish Far-Right Leader: Jews Must Abandon Religious Identity to Be Swedes
Society & Culture  (tags: violence, society, government, culture, education, religion, freedoms )

Annamaria
- 1 day ago - theguardian.com
Jewish community leader condemns remarks by Sweden Democrats politician as 'good old rightwing...
   

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