FSRN will be back to work February 11th

On February 11th, FSRN will roll out a new website and begin publishing content again, but in a different way. In addition to traditional FSRN audio segments, we'll add photo essays and print articles. We'll also keep you up to date on FSRN's progress toward getting back to a full newscast.

FSRN Relaunch Coming Soon

Thanks to the generosity of year-end donors, FSRN is on the way to emerging from the silence. A newsletter bringing you up to date is in the works.  If you'd like to find out more about what's been happening and what's to come, please sign up for our newsletter. Stay tuned!

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At FSRN, we're renewing our commitment to unbiased, independent news. We have been busy these past weeks, exploring options to best transition FSRN to get back to work distributing the independent, grass-roots news you seek.

Here's how it's been going. Here's how you can help. In the meantime, FSRN's archives remain open.

'During the months since FSRN went offline, Israeli settlers have escalated their campaign against Palestinian farmers'

News from the West Bank is often ignored by the main stream media. FSRN's long-time correspondent from the region is Ghassan Bannourra, who hopes to bring you the news from his homeland again soon.

During the months since FSRN went offline, Israeli settlers have escalated their campaign against Palestinian farmers. During the October-November olive season, settlers uprooted nearly 500 olive trees. The olive harvest makes up 30% of farmers income in the Palestinian areas. Army attacks also escalated, in the past months with three children among those gunned down by Israeli army fire.

In December, many Palestinians mark Christmas. This year, as in years before,  Israeli walls and policies that block tourists from visiting Bethlehem continue to lower incomes for local businesses who would otherwise welcome holiday tourists, resulting in another sluggish season.

Sending you Season's Greetings and wishing you a happy New Year.

Ghassan Bannoura, Bethlehem, Palestine.

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Co-operative gardeners face eviction in Harare

Garikai Chaunza, FSRN reporter in HarareThe members of the Evergreen Garden co-op are mainly people living with HIV, orphaned children, care givers, and the elderly. They have earned a small income growing vegetables on the nearly 25-acre garden since 2008. The site is on state-owned land that is administered by the Harare city council. Earlier this month, the local District Administrator's office served the co-op with a notice of eviction. Garikai Chaunza reports.

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Headlines for Friday, September 27, 2013

  • Sudan fuel subsidy demonstrations continue amid protester deaths
  • Bomb blast in Peshawar targets government workers
  • Pakistan makes case against drones at UN, while protesters gather outside
  • California governor signs domestic workers bill of rights
  • Court rules same-sex marriages legal in New Jersey

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As international leaders address Syria, Iran at UN’s General Assembly, advocates call for protections for domestic workers

The international group at the Hague that oversees the treaty banning chemical weapons said today it could send inspectors to Syria as early as next week. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is also considering a proposal from the US and Russia that calls for the completion of inspections and the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria by November. This comes after the five permanent members of the UN Security Council agreed Thursday on a draft resolution on Syria.

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