Water Wars

Water Wars: Land snatched from Syria supplies third of Israel’s H2O

Published on 7 Jan 2014
Water is life, so they say, but rivalry over supplies can lead to bitter conflicts. You can see here that, since the mid-20th century, the planet’s seen nearly 180 conflicts connected to water resources. These include both small and large-scale clashes – a lot of them in the Middle East and Africa. So, it might surprise you to hear that it’s water – rather than oil – that could be what’s fought over in the coming years in the region.

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Bahrain is the scene of yet another anti-government rally

Published on 3 Jan 2014
Bahrain is the scene of yet another anti-government rally. The protest west of Manama was joined by the leader of the main opposition bloc Al-Wefaq.

Sheikh Ali Salman attended the rally in the village of Shakhora to condemn the jailing of photographers and activists by the Al Khalifa regime. The protest comes as Manama continues its brutal crackdown against opposition leaders and activists calling for democratic change in the Persian Gulf Kingdom. The Al Khalifa regime has detained hundreds of opposition activists since the revolution started in 20-11. Scores of protesters have died in the crackdown and many others have been given lengthy jail sentences for attending anti-regime protests.

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Australians protest government’s new medicare plan

Published on 4 Jan 2014
Australia’s health care system is believed to be one of the best in the world. But things could take a turn for the worst if plans to alter the current Medicare scheme are put into practice.

The Abbott government recently announced plans to re-introduce a six-dollar fee for every visit to the doctor, with the potential of expanding this to emergency room visitations. A large number of people turned up at a protest outside Sydney’s Town Hall to rally against these changes, which will allegedly affect those Australians who need medical assistance the most Although the government has said that pensioners and students will be exempt from the fee, groups such as the National Union of Students aren’t buying into this. The Liberal Party claims that these changes are necessary to relieve pressure on the health budget and make health care more sustainable and manageable. However, other political parties, such as the Greens, say this is false information.

The rally made its way through Sydney CBD, collecting public support along the way. Hundreds of Aussies representing different groups each bound together in defense of a long-loved health care system. While a formal decision is yet to be made, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has strictly said that he will not rule out plans to introduce Medicare reforms.

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Korean railroad workers against privatization

Published on 28 Dec 2013
More than one hundred thousand people (estimated by host) gathered in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, 28th Dec local time to protest against government’s privatization. Dozens of families, Students as well as labors hold a parade. An anti-government rally against privatization, rigged/fraudulent election of the president Park Geun-hye.

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Welcome to Mediastan

Published on 29 Dec 2013
RT discusses WikiLeaks road movie ‘Mediastan’ with a special panel of guests, including film creator Julian Assange, journalist and director Johannes Wahlstrom, and Enayat Najafizada – a young Afghan journalist and one of the heroes of the movie. Our guests raise many questions about the film, including Snowden’s revelations, Glenn Greenwald’s role in the story, and the NSA’s global surveillance program.

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Stop nukes in Tokyo

Published on 22 Dec 2013
Thousands of people rallied at Hibiya Outdoor Theater in Tokyo to protest the Japanese governent’s intent to resume the nuclear reactors and export nuclear power to other countries. Contrary to Priminister Shinzo Abe’s remark, Fukushima is not “under control” at all. Lots of people are against nukes and ask for the nuclear-free world.


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