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Tuesday News Round-up: March 26, 2013

  • The U.S. Supreme Court is debating the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California gay-marriage ban. As a treat to our radical queer readers, here’s a video made by someone who was a little upset after Bash Back! disrupted services at Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan in 2008, “Bash Bask – Gay Anti-Christian Terrorists.”
  • Banks in Cyprus will remain closed until Thursday, when they will open with restrictive measures to guard against an expected run.
  • North Dakota approves the harshest abortion ban in the U.S.
  • The Red Cross has arrived at the permanent U.S. military detention camp at Guantanamo, Cuba, in order to monitor a growing hunger strike by detainees.
  • Brazil’s Awá tribe are being threatened by illegal loggers who are destroying their land.
  • Opponents of the Highway 101 Bypass project in Willits, California, in Mendocino County, smashed windows at the California Transportation Department offices in Eureka, over the environmental impacts of the project.
  • 400 people from the James Bay Cree band at Whapmagoostui, Quebec arrive in Ottawa after a 1,600-kilometer walk, which started in January. The march was in conjunction with protests during Canada’s Idle No More.
  • Financial backers pull out of the proposed Grove Hotel in Chinatown. Lead developer David Gold had circulated a letter late last year saying that a lack of interest in the project from potential ground-floor tenants was due to the presence of Right 2 Dream Too, the houseless encampment on West Burnside and plead with the city to forcibly remove the camp. The Portland Development Commission, a publicly-owned bureau, has spent $3.7 million on the project thus-far and asked funders for an additional $900,000, after an appraisal downgraded the value of the project, due to declining rent estimates.
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