German universities scrap all tuition fees

The Times UK

All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge.

Tuition fees are socially unjust,” said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, which scrapped charges in 2012. “They particularly discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”

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US targets Syria infrastructure rather than militants: Sabrosky

(Like I said, Obama is a terrorist)

from Press TV

The United States’ airstrikes in Syria often target militants with “no military value” and actually aim at the country’s infrastructure, says a US Marine Corps veteran.

Alan Sabrosky (Ph.D, University of Michigan) made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on Washington-led coalition airstrikes in Syria that began last week.

“What I can see happening is that the targets they’re selecting are those that have, in many cases, no military value at all to ISIS or any other rebel group but really are intended to break whatever infrastructure the Syrian government will have when the fighting is over,” Sabrosky said.

Washington intends to inflict “such damage to the economic and industrial infrastructure within Syria that any Syrian government after the fighting will be so weakened that it will be vulnerable to further attacks.”

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Drones (HBO)

US Military Considering Libyan Type No-Fly Zone Over Syria to Protect Their Extremists

by Scott Creighton

Well, that didn’t take long.

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A 91-Year-Old Man Gives Incredibly Moving Speech on the Importance of Universal Health Care

from Truth Dig

Speaking at the Labour Party’s conference in Manchester, England, on Wednesday in what seems like poetic verse, the nearly century-old Harry Smith recalls his youth in the tenements of Britain, the “desperation of poverty” and the horrors of life before the National Health Service was implemented, all of which inspired him to vote for the first time. Though Smith starts off with a joke about the BBC show “Downton Abbey,” the rest of his speech is gut-wrenching as he recounts the preventable death of his 10-year-old sister due to lack of funds and the cries of a neighboring woman dying of cancer without being able to afford morphine. In the middle of his talk, the 91-year-old British citizen received a standing ovation from an emotional crowd.

Smith also highlighted the importance of keeping the NHS free for all, and warned that if it wasn’t, “Your future will be my past.” And when he eventually concluded by urging everyone to shout at any chance, “Mr. Cameron, keep your mitts off my NHS!” he was cheered on by an auditorium filled with, one can hope, people who will do just that in their struggle to keep the promise of universal health care alive.

Also read: British PM Cameron Enabling Wall Street’s Takeover of National Health Service

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Cop Freaks Out Shoots Unarmed Man for Getting His License from Car – Pulled Over for Seat-belt Violation (video)

by Scott Creighton

It took less than 4 seconds for a cop in South Carolina to pull over and shoot an unarmed man as he complied with the officer’s order to produce his license.

The man pulled into a gas station and was getting ready to get out and get gas when the cop figured it was an easy mark for a seat-belt violation ticket.After all, he was a working class black guy.

He swoops his cruiser up to the man in line for gas, swings open his door demanding the driver’s license. The driver feels his back pocket for the wallet, remembers it’s in the car, turns to get it and the officer freaks out and starts shooting.

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Terror laws clear Senate, enabling entire Australian web to be monitored and whistleblowers “and bloggers” to be jailed

(Australia is turning into full on Nazi fascism)

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Ben Grubb, Sydney Morning Herald

The new bill (PDF)

Australian spies will soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet with just one warrant, and journalists and whistleblowers will face up to 10 years’ jail for disclosing classified information.

The government’s first tranche of tougher anti-terrorism bills, which will beef up the powers of the domestic spy agency ASIO, passed the Senate by 44 votes to 12 on Thursday night with bipartisan support from Labor.

The bill, the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, will now be sent to the House of Representatives, where passage is all but guaranteed on Tuesday at the earliest.

Anyone – including journalists, whistleblowers and bloggers – who “recklessly” discloses “information … [that] relates to a special intelligence operationfaces up to 10 years’ jail.

Any operation can be declared “special” by an authorized ASIO officer.

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