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Documentary: 101 East – Indonesia’s Rock Governor (Video)

info-pictogram1 We go behind the scenes with the man tipped to become Indonesia’s next president — governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo. Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, is a man on a mission. Since he was elected governor of Jakarta in October 2012, he has undertaken a gruelling daily schedule in his efforts to make the city more liveable for its 10 million residents. The 52-year-old’s seemingly bottomless reserves of energy have been put to the test – Jakarta has no shortage of pressing issues – but his efforts are paying dividends. Everywhere Jokowi goes, people swarm around him. His popularity has risen so rapidly that he is tipped to become Indonesia’s next president when elections are held in July.
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Rain floods exacerbate life for embattled Gaza residents

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Source: worldbulletin.net

Moataz Sukkar no longer runs to his home’s balcony in the Gaza Strip to welcome the year’s first autumn rain.

The Palestinian young man had to carry out an urgent chore after rainwater spread through the floor of his house: fix the fragile spread of nylon sheets and cloth rags he had installed to cover the roof after it was blown off by Israeli warplanes during the latter’s recently-ended devastating offensive on the coastal enclave.

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Mini-Documentary: Earthrise – Fog Nets (Video)

info-pictogram1 Harvesting water from thin air in the foothills of the Andes. More than a million residents living in Peru’s capital Lima do not have access to running water. But in the arid hillsides surrounding the capital – the second driest in the world – farmers are using simple fog nets to catch moisture in the air.

The area’s thick fog condenses on specially erected mesh nets, and drips onto a plastic gutter before collecting in a storage tank. The water is then used to irrigate crops on once barren land.

Russell Beard travels to the foothills of the Andes to see landscapes and communities transformed by these simple fog catchers.
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Gaza rebuild hindered by limited supplies (Video)

info-pictogram1 Residents continue to struggle with a lack of power and sewerage facilities a fortnight after the conflict ended. Andrew Simmons reports.

Gaza Residents Share Allegations of Abuse, Claim Israeli Soldiers Used Them as Human Shields

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Israel killed his son, destroyed his home, and bombed his son’s car.

Source: http://www.alternet.org

By: Max Blumenthal

Mahmoud Abu Said could hardly speak about what happened to him when the soldiers first arrived to his neighborhood. His eyes filled with tears, the muscles in his face began to twitch, and his voice faltered. As the baby-faced, 19-year-old resident of Rafah in Southern Gaza recounted how Israeli soldiers used him as a human shield, torturing and then kidnapping him, he collapsed into a plastic chair.

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Reports of Israeli massacres against Gazan families surface

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By:  Max Blumenthal

Sourcehttp://www.alternet.org/

As the five-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on August 15, residents of Shujaiya returned to the shattered remains of their homes. They pitched tents and erected signs asserting their claim to their property, sorting determinedly through the ruins of their lives.

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Cutting the Grass – A bloody ritual in the Israeli Palestinian conflict: Israelis watch the ‘spectacle’ of the bombardment of Gazans (Video)

info-pictogram1 On a hill on the Western neighbourhood of Sderot, many residents come to look over the Gaza strip, to watch the lunching of rockets from Gaza to Israel, and the attacks, of airplanes and canons of the Israeli army. The views expressed in this video are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of PassTheKnowledgeLet your opinion know below in the comments:

Gazans return to flattened homes (Video)

info-pictogram1 Residents of a town in the southern Gaza strip have returned home to find much of their belongings lying under piles of rubble. Khuzaa was devastated by Israeli bombardment, as the military levelled whole streets and flattened mosques. Hamas is insisting Israel pay the reconstruction costs, as the town’s displaced wait for help. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Khuzaa.

Detroit runs dry (Video)

What will it take for Detroit to turn on the tap for thousands of residents facing water shutoffs?

Denied access to water. That’s the reality for thousands of residents in the US city of Detroit who have had their water shutoff because of unpaid bills. The Detroit Water and Sewage Department says it has more than $90 million in overdue payments, but residents claim they’ve been unable to keep up with the 120 per cent increase in water costs. So, is water a basic human right and should it be turned back on for those residents? And in a city where 83 per cent of the population is black, what role does race play in the shutoffs?

Detroit’s water system serves 700,000 residents within the city and approximately 4 million others in southeastern Michigan, but the city-owned water department is $6 billion in debt. As of July 1, more than $90 million was owed in overdue water bills.