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Americans are honoring the memory of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a federal holiday marking his birthday.

King was a Baptist preacher who fought discrimination and racism in the 1950s and 1960s, mainly in the southern United States, where blacks were subjected to unequal treatment in society and at times the target of violence.

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As rhinos again fell to poachers in record numbers in 2011, there was one bright-spot: Nepal. Not a single rhino was killed by poachers in the Himalayan nation, home to an estimated 534 greater one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis), categorized as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. Conservationists celebrated at Chitwan National Park, which holds the vast majority of the country’s rhinos.

“This is the first time in 29 years that Nepal has gone an entire year without a single poached rhino, and it’s a testament to the efforts of the Government of Nepal, WWF and many partners,” said Barney Long, Asian species expert at WWF. “We hope the new year will bring additional good news from other countries like South Africa as they continue to crack down on rhino poaching.”

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The seeds of a better food system. In Our Hands explores a quiet revolution that is transforming the way our food is produced and distributed. Our current industrial food system is a vast and wheezing giant that is only upheld by a stilted subsidy regime that pays out to landowners and leaves many farmers by the wayside. But from the hedge-rows and by-roads, the fields and furrows can now be heard the stirring of change! Stories from the global South have inspired farmers and food workers in our snug little island, with the idea of food sovereignty and a global movement to take back control of the food system. From the grazier reviving the art of pasture, to the grower erecting a poly-tunnel in the heart of East London or the farmer saving a handful of ancient grain, a new agricultural landscape is emerging. Here rural traditions meet modern innovations in a new food system that will bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato! Throughout the tumultuous summer of the Brexit referendum the Landworkers’ Alliance joined forces with two film-makers, to unearth the farms and faces that are making this change happen. We stand on the brink, the future is uncertain, but the seeds of a better food system are In Our Hands! Contact the In Our Hands team at inourhandsfilm@gmail.com or go to inourhands.film. Credits Producer – Humphrey Lloyd Producer – Holly Black Director – Jo Barker Director – Sylvie Planel Editor – Jo Barker Camera – Jason Brooks Additional Camera – Nick Street Additional Camera – Matthias Ashford Illustrations – Rosanna Morris Animator – Tashina Alam Grade – Jason Brooks Original Score – Ben Osborn Sound Mix and Design – Gary Fawle Archive – Shutterstock Archive – La Via Campesina Archive – The Landworkers’ Alliance

John Kavanaugh is homeless, living on the streets of West Chester. But his lack of income and home has not affected Kavanaugh’s principles.

The homeless man stepped on an envelope on the ground last week and saw a pile of $50 and $100 bills spill out. He immediately turned the $1,440 in to West Chester Police.

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One of America’s first viral videos of 2011 has propelled a homeless man, who was filmed begging for money with a baritone-rich radio voice, to national attention and job offers.

Ted Williams, a 53 year-old former radio announcer who became homeless after battling drugs and alcohol, attracted millions of YouTube hits after The Columbus Dispatch newspaper posted a video last Monday.

By Thursday, Williams appeared on morning news programmes including The Today Show to talk about new voice-over job offers with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and foodmaker Kraft and his stunning instant rise from begging on the streets.

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Public canteens were set up to feed people during World War One – and they proved hugely popular. Could today’s food banks learn from them, asks Adam Forrest.

A bowl of soup, a joint of meat and a portion of side vegetables cost 6d – just over £1 in today’s money. Puddings, scones and cakes could be bought for as little as 1d (about 18p).

These self-service restaurants, run by local workers and partly funded by government grants, offered simple meals at subsidised prices.
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Steve Eggleston reports:

Hippity Hip Hooray for Seed Sovereignty

Sandwiched between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, a wonderful thing happened. On December 17, 2018, 121 members of the United Nations showed some courage and foresight: they approved (over 8 nays and 52 abstentions) the Declaration of the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas.

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Thanks to the support of hundreds of trustees since the launch of Mission LifeForce just a few weeks ago, Polly Higgins and a top legal team will be speaking on ecocide at the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of State Parties (ASP) starting next week at the United Nations in New York. Also speaking with Polly will be human rights judge Baltasar Garzón (responsible for the arrest and prosecution of General Pinochet). 

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The scheme will focus on helping people in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia cope with the effects of climate change

The Scottish government has unveiled a £3m initiative to help people in the world’s poorest countries adapt to the impact of climate change. The climate justice fund, launched in Edinburgh on Thursday, will disburse the money in equal instalments over the next three years to support water projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.

The scheme, which provides new funding rather than drawing on Scotland’s existing overseas aid budget, was announced by Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister, and the former Republic of Ireland president Mary Robinson. Both called on rich nations to reduce carbon emissions, arguing that the developing world bears the brunt of flooding, drought and other natural disasters, despite doing little to cause such events.

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Money doesn’t grow on trees, but apparently it does sometimes fall from the ceiling.

According to the Guardian, builders working to renovate a building at a former French winery were suddenly showered with hundreds of gold coins as they broke through old layers of plaster.

The discovery was made in an old grape-drying facility that had been converted to housing for seasonal workers.

According to the report, builders found 497 coins, likely produced between 1851 and 1928.

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Thanks to the persistent and ingenuity of two doctors, Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, victims of cataract in the Third world now move toward a future of regaining sight.

Cataract, which is the clouding of the crystalline lens in the eyes, gradually impairs sight and eventually causes blindness. In the developed world the disease is easily curable through a surgical procedure. However, in the Third world the victims often faces a dark future of blindness, due to the lack of educated professional in the remote areas of the world.

The Himalayan cataract project, headed by Dr. Geoff Tabin, has developed a simple and inexpensive technique to cure cataract. It involves a sutureless procedure with mass produced inexpensive high-quality intraocular lenses. As well as providing training and education techniques for replication to ensure that the growing population of blind people in the Third world will be served.

High up in the mountains of Nepal the two doctors were recently featured in a BBC show called Human Planet, were a camera team ventured up 13,000ft. since airing in February 2011 the show has brought light to the work of the two doctors, which have been flooded by support from an global audience. Due to the work of two men, who made it their goal to eradicate world blindness caught by a BBC film team, exposing them to millions of viewers, their goal is now closer than ever.

Thanks to  www.greatnewsnetwork.org for this story

Somewhere deep in the Pacific Ocean, seventy million reef sharks are saying thank you in their own sharky language.

A number of Chinese luxury hotels and popular restaurants have decided to take shark fin soup off the menu to help keep the species from becoming extinct.  The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, parent company of The Peninsula Hotels chain, said that it will stop serving shark fin on Jan 1 at all of its eight hotels globally, including one in Shanghai, one in Beijing and one in Hong Kong.

The culinary industry’s move has been lauded by animal protection organizations, China Daily reported on Monday.

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