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Experiments with truth: 9/24/09

UC Davis graduate student Kurt Vaughn, right, joined other minimally clothed students as they protest a plan to raise fees. The rally's goal was to get other students to join in a walkout today, the first day of classes.

UC Davis graduate student Kurt Vaughn, right, joined other minimally clothed students as they protest a plan to raise fees. The rally's goal was to get other students to join in a walkout today, the first day of classes.

  • The World Bank has announced it will not provide any more loans to oil palm companies until it can guarantee the loans are not causing social and environmental harm. The announcement comes after years of protests by indigenous people and NGOs against the social and environmental destruction caused by oil palm plantations.
  • Moroccan police violently intervened against a peaceful demonstration in Western Sahara calling for the exercising of the Saharawi people’s inalienable right to self-determination, detaining three people and injuring others.
  • Protesting the leasing of land to the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) staged a sit-in demonstration on Tuesday in front of the Meghalaya Additional Secretariat.