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U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right | Threat Level | Wired.com

U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right | Threat Level | Wired.com | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law. The report ra
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May not be the best source but an interesting read-- INTERNET IS A HUMAN RIGHT!

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Gereon Ryssel's comment, October 30, 2013 9:12 AM
Considering the true Factors a human needs and the true human rights, this makes me loose confidence in the UN and the Human rights. Yes it may be good to have the Internet a human right, meaning that no one can stop you from using it, but it is not a MUST for the Human life. As a article in the New York Times explains very well it says "technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself." water my be a human right, but the pipes to it are not. It was shown that the Internet is a very good tool to have mass awareness about human rights. As a report by the UN special repporteur came out about the situation in North Africa and the Middle East after the Arab spring describes the internet as "an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights." But even if the Internet is that for a lot of people, it still is not a mandatory survival need. When looking at water it shows that we need water to live, as well as food. We also need freedom and peace, but the internet (even with the success) is only a tool to spread the word. Apart from that, the feeling comes up of prioritizing something that is important now but may not be relevant for us in the future. The New York Times Article "Access to the internet is not a human right" explains this fairly well. it states " at one time if you didn’t have a horse it was hard to make a living. But the important right in that case was the right to make a living, not the right to a horse. Today, if I were granted a right to have a horse, I’m not sure where I would put it." This sums up the idea of the Internet not being needed for a human to survive, it is still a luxurie for life, and in my opinion a luxurie can not be a human right. The UN should Focus more on the future of the population and the survival of people, rather in the wanted comfort of people in the act of surviving. While other things should get more attention like the lack of food and that everyone has food, because as a matter of fact not everyone has the access to food or water, and not everyone has a house to live in, and now the list should get longer by adding the internet to a list of human rights that is already struggling to be kept in place in the nations that joined. The major things should be dealt with first like water and food and avoiding deaths rather than having a right put in place that is not necessary to survive and may not be relevant to life in the future.
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Government Shutdown: What It Means for Nonprofits

Government Shutdown: What It Means for Nonprofits | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
How charities are responding, what it means for groups with federal grants—like those that pay for AmeriCorps workers—tips for coping, and more.

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US hopes for Myanmar constitution in time for vote

US hopes for Myanmar constitution in time for vote | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
The United States voiced hope on Thursday that Myanmar will reform its constitution in time for elections in 2015 after opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi appealed for an overhaul.
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Myanmar, a fragile state is renewing its constitution, hopefully in time for the next elections in 2015. This is probably done to ensure LEGITIMATE POWER and INTERNAL SOVEREIGNTY.

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Gunshots erupt near US Capitol - CNN International

Gunshots erupt near US Capitol - CNN International | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
Gunshots erupt near US Capitol
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Washington (CNN) -- Police near the U.S.
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Hope all will be resolved soon. The US Govt shutdown has effects all over. Maybe this will put a re-evaluation of the second amendment on the table again.

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Surplus plan responsible - Cameron

Surplus plan responsible - Cameron | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
David Cameron challenges other parties to follow his lead and aim for a budget surplus by 2020, rejecting suggestions it will lead to more cuts.
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A budget surplus really is a responsible thing to aim for. The US is in huge **** now because of a debt celing they cannot handle. Back to basics, one should not spend if he does not have the means to afford it. There seems to be a conservative trend here-- rightists wish for a lower debt celing/ budget surplus.

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Shanghai free-trade zone launched

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A free-trade zone in Shanghai, China's economic hub, launches as the world's second-biggest economy prepares to test economic reforms.
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Something to keep an eye on.

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A continuing war on the continuing resolution - Politico

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A continuing war on the continuing resolution
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Monday marked the Senate's first skirmish in what will be a long, protracted battle this week over keeping the government running and defunding Obamacare.
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We all know Obama is a left wing democrat. However is Obamacare truly liberal or stepping into the boundary of Socialism? - [Topic 1] POLITICAL SPECTRUM

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Cambodian Police Clash With Opposition; 4 Wounded

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Riot police in Cambodia's capital fired smoke bombs and water cannons at rock-throwing opposition supporters Sunday, as protesters kicked off a new wave of demonstrations against Prime Minister Hun Sen's government with a vow to go on until the...

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Atypical protest. While their cause is noble, taking it out on the police is not helping anyone. In fact it makes it less credible as force has to be used. Nevertheless I hope this gets resolved soon, especially that the King is offering to meditate.

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Cambodia's King Invites Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy to Talks - Radio Free Asia

Cambodia's King Invites Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy to Talks - Radio Free Asia | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
Cambodia's King Invites Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy to Talks Radio Free Asia Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni has invited Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks this week aimed at resolving a standoff over recent elections as Sam...
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I hope this would be a peaceful resolution to the power issue now- disputed elections. The King of Cambodia is an icon to the people and he is widely loved. He oftens bring people together at times of conflict and I hope this get solved quickly.

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Cambodian political rivals meet for second day

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met his main rival for a second straight day Tuesday in an attempt to resolve a political crisis that descended into violence at the weekend.
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Following disputed elections, Cambodia has erupted into chaos as demonstrators take it out to the street. The article also talks of people who have travelled from outer provinces to be at the protest.
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Jimmy Carter: Today's Middle Class Resembles Yesterday's Poor

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White...

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"Tax breaks and low min. wage are at fault"-- these are both signs of government intervention. Government intervention is a "left wing" thing., is it?

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Niger Delta oil spills: the real cost of crude - video

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A series of oil spills have devastated the Niger Delta. John Vidal and Noah Payne-Frank visit the region to find out what can be done to improve the situationJohn VidalNoah Payne-Frank

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Man seen on fire on National Mall dies from injuries - CNN

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Washington (CNN) -- A man who set himself on fire at the National Mall has died from his injuries, police said Saturday.
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Self immolation in the US, probably first of its kind.

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The government shutdown in the United States...

The government shutdown in the United States... | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
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We are going to stop working because we can't agree on how to spend the imaginary money we don't have.

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Teachers’ strike - Peterborough school closure list

Teachers’ strike - Peterborough school closure list | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
Monday 2pm: A number of schools across Peterborough are set to close as teachers strike tomorrow (Tuesday, 1 October).
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My friend in the UK had just passed by a strike, in which she recognised most of the strikers- they were her teachers. Isn't really the best situation to be in, is it. Education is one of the most underfunded sectors in the economy, which it shouldn't be because the next generation depends on it.

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Heavy rains kill 36 in Vietnam, Cambodia

Heavy rains kill 36 in Vietnam, Cambodia | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
Heavy monsoon rains exacerbated by Typhoon Usagi have pounded parts of Vietnam and Cambodia killing at least 36 people, authorities said on Tuesday, with many swept to their deaths in floods.
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Thoughts and prayers out to those affected by Usagi. Thyphoon Usagi affects all of the nothern region of southeast asia. But why is it that Hong Kong and Macau is doing much better than Vietnam and Cambodia? --Poverty. Poverty puts people at disadvantage in dealing with natural disasters (compare Haiti and Christchurch earthquakes).

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Cambodian MPs reappoint Hun Sen despite poll row

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Cambodia's parliament on Tuesday approved a new five-year term for Prime Minister Hun Sen following weeks of political turmoil over his disputed election win.
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Well this may as well be the end of the conflict. Question of the day -is the new year 5 year term just storing up trouble for the future?

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Cambodian Leader Agrees to Explore Election Reforms Amid Protest - Wall Street Journal

Cambodian Leader Agrees to Explore Election Reforms Amid Protest - Wall Street Journal | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal Cambodian Leader Agrees to Explore Election Reforms Amid Protest Wall Street Journal PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Prime Minister Hun Sen, Cambodia's longtime strongman, agreed Monday to explore reforms for the country's election...
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Hun Sen has been in power for 28 years (he's in his 60s this year), he hopes to be in power till hes 74. In class we learn that LEGITIMATE POWER has to be renewed every so often. Reforms should be a good thing.

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Cambodian dies in anti-Hun Sen clash | Bangkok Post: news - Bangkok Post

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Cambodian dies in anti-Hun Sen clash | Bangkok Post: news Bangkok Post PHNOM PENH - Violent clashes erupted in the Cambodian capital on Sunday, leaving one protester dead and several wounded as thousands gathered to challenge strongman premier Hun...
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An issue of power- people are not happy with those in power and are taking it out to the streets, killing one. This is not what a united country looks like.

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North Korea's Leader Silent at Military Parade - ABC News

North Korea's Leader Silent at Military Parade - ABC News | Global Politcs- Current Events | Scoop.it
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This article from the AP/ ABC suggests progress in co-operation on the Korean peninsula. Dennis Rodman can be said to be America's top diplomate to North Korea. There also seems to be much progress under the new Mr Kim, who I've heard recently unveiled smartphones for citizens.

 

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