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Uruguay's David and Goliath Fight With the Tobacco Industry

Simeon Tegel GlobalPost
Smoking is on course to kill up to 1 billion worldwide this century, most in poor nations. Uruguay, which has highest proportion of smokers in Latin America, is locked in what Uruguayan President Jose Mujica calls a "fight for life" with the Philip Morris conglomerate to reduce the toll smoking is having on his people. Lung cancer is the leading killer of men in Uruguay, and if trends continue, it will soon be the leading killer of women as well.

Saudi Arabia's Role in the Conflict Between Shia and Sunni

Patrick Cockburn CounterPunch
The U.S. and its Western allies have turned a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's longstanding and substantial support for the most extreme elements of the Sunni opposition in both Syria and Iraq. Support from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States has fueled the rise of the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), fostered anti-Shia extremism, and encouraged the suppression of the moderate Sunni opposition to the al-Maliki and al-Assad regimes .

Fifty Years of Get-Tough

Alex Elkins Urban History Association
Remembering Harlem and the Urban Street Justice of the 1960s Riots

Our Wretched Jewish State

Gideon Levy Haaretz
Now we know: In the Jewish state, there is pity and humane feelings only for Jews, rights only for the Chosen People. The Jewish state is only for Jews.

Murder on Abortion Row

In 1994, John Salvi, a radical young Catholic abortion opponent, opened fire on two clinics in Brookline, Mass., just outside Boston, and killed two women: Shannon Lowney, a 25-year-old receptionist at Planned Parenthood, and Lee Ann Nichols, who worked as a receptionist at PreTerm, the clinic down the street.

The killings ignited a fierce debate about the intersection of free speech, abortion and religion, a debate reignited by the recent Supreme Court decision overturning a buffer space around clinics in Massachusetts. For the first time, the 1996 Frontline documentary Murder on Abortion Row is streaming online.

Reggae Got Soul

Toots Hibbert, Taj Mahal, Ernest Ranglin and many many more musicians to contribute to this worldwide reggae anthem. As Toots sings, "listen to the beat, move your dancing feet..." Turn it up, spread it around and support Playing For Change by purchasing the new album, "PFC 3: Songs Around The World", and sharing it with everyone you can!