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Taiwan's ties with China slip as new president fumbles for a formula 20.8.2016 L.A. Times - World News

When a tour bus caught fire in Taiwan in July, killing 24 mainland Chinese visitors, China reacted in fury.

It demanded stronger safety measures for its travelers on the island. Chinese state media warned that tourists might stop going to Taiwan. In response, Taiwan’s Transportation Ministry pledged...

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Movie review: 'Don't Think Twice' finds laughs in making comedy 19.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A movie about people who take being funny very seriously, writer-director-actor Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” deftly manages to be funny and serious in the right combination. It’s a weekend night in New York, which means it’s time for a performance by The Commune, a popular improv-comedy troupe. The six members of The Commune are such good friends that some of them — Miles (Birbiglia), the troupe’s founder, nerdy Allison (Kate Micucci, of Garfunkel & Oates) and high-strung Bill (“Funny or...
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Boosted by real estate, Colorado’s economy ranks fourth in real GDP growth 28.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado had the nation's fourth-highest percent change in real GDP -- behind Arkansas, Oregon and Washington -- in the first quarter of 2016
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Aria Cohousing development in NW Denver breaks ground 27.7.2016 Denver Post: Lifestyles
The Aria Cohousing Community is under construction to remodel the old convent -- 2861 W. 52nd Ave. -- and convert it into 28 condos and community spaces for residents to share.
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This eco-village is designed to be fully self-sufficient, from energy to food to waste 2.6.2016 TreeHugger
RegenVillages aims to create the "Tesla of eco-villages," and its first development is underway outside Amsterdam.
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Seniors consider co-housing alternatives 1.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
With more and more older Americans choosing to co-house, two experts discuss the economic and social benefits of the trend both for the co-habitators and communities overall.
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This eco-village in Panama will be constructed from recycled plastic bottles 10.5.2016 TreeHugger
Plastic Bottle Village demonstrates another approach to repurposing single-use bottles.
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North Korean model farm points to a gleaming future -- the government says 5.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It looked like a farm: Cabbages were growing in neat rows in the dirt. Cucumber vines stretched to the ceiling in a spotless greenhouse, with an orange tractor parked out front. And it smelled, faintly, like a farm.

But in North Korea, master of the Potemkin everything, what looks like a duck and...

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Uncovering the glory and gore of a 1970s South American cult 1.4.2016 Yahoo: Business
Cancer kills Love Israel, founder of troubled commune 31.3.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Love Israel, charismatic communal leader who in 1968 founded the Love Israel Family on Queen Anne Hill that grew to some 350 members, died Feb. 1 of prostate cancer.
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As housing costs soar, commune-style living becomes a business model 18.3.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Jay Standish showed off a three-story house in the leafy neighborhood of Adams Point, pausing at the home's top-floor kitchen.

"That's the second kitchen," he said, motioning toward the refrigerator, stove-top, sink and toaster ovens. "It's good for when there's high traffic in the downstairs kitchen,...

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Four approaches to affordability 12.3.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

As Seattle and the region search for ways to produce and retain affordable housing, these four developments backed by private capital are examples of different strategies that have worked.
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St. Paul religious commune Christ's Household of Faith files for bankruptcy 18.1.2016 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

A St. Paul-based Christian commune has filed for bankruptcy protection in an effort to avoid foreclosure of 30-some properties that could put its 470 members on the street.

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Thoughts on Rojava: An Interview With Janet Biehl 18.1.2016 Truthout.com
Women's assembly near Qamislo on December 6, 2014. (Photo: Janet Biehl ) In this interview, independent filmmaker and journalist Zanyar Omrani talks to Janet Biehl about her late companion Murray Bookchin, her trips to Rojava and the important question of how to build bottom-up power structures without risking the reversal of the process over time. Janet Biehl has traveled to Rojava twice in the past year and has written extensively about her experiences and observations while visiting the autonomous cantons in northern Syria. She is the author of the book Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin . Zanyar Omrani has visited Rojava several times, where he documented life behind the front-lines of the struggle against ISIS. His documentary, Inside Kobane: Keeping Islamic State at Bay, was screened by the BBC. *** Zanyar Omrani: Can you tell us about your first encounter with the Kurdish issue, and explain why it caught your attention? Janet Biehl: After Bookchin died in 2006, several people sent ...
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Climate Change This Week: Record Hot Christmas, Cozy Cohousing, and More! 6.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO This Christmas Shattered Heat Records There was no white Christmas for the eastern half of the U.S. Record hot temperatures in several states -- 86 F in Tampa, FL; 83 F in Houston, TX; 67 F in Boston, MA; 68 F in Burlington, VT and 66 F in New York City, are examples of what will be the globe's hottest year to date. heat added fuel to severe weather in several Southern states, helping create deadly storms. Related Headlines: OO The Warmest Christmas Eve Shatters East Coast Records OO East Coast Heads For Record Christmas Heat Wave As Cold Air Stays Locked In Arctic - under an unusual, long-lasting weather pattern. OO Unusual Winter Has Millennials Concerned About Climate Change and it dominated the conversation on social media for the holidays. * * A GROWING VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES Ecovillage Ithaca members participate in a yearly winter ceremony centered around friendship, not material consumption. Credit Frank Muller at the National Geographic OO US Cohousing: A Growing Model For ...
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Get Smart: Commune and Grow Your Food With Your Neighbors 24.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Food is more powerful than we think it is. Have you ever noticed how your body felt after you stuffed your face with Taco Bell? How about your mind? Were you living in a heavenly state filled with peace and love? Or did you just want to go to sleep and not be active at all, waking up the next morning with a stomach ache from hell? It wasn't until after the Industrial Revolution did growing food become a corporate owned company that chose not to think about the welfare and well being of their customers, but rather make it a for profit business with no compassion or understanding. While attending a byo-dynamics permaculture conference in the hills of Eastern Tennessee, I had the pleasure of communing with some of the most Conscious Farmers in the country. They take their food seriously, from what soil they use, to how it is harvested, to when it is served. Everything they do with food is based on one simple principle: compassion. It wasn't until after the Industrial Revolution did growing food become a ...
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Rojava's Democratic, Feminist Revolution a Source of Hope Among Horror 22.11.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Members of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) converse with each other on August 11, 2015. In the Rojava region of Syria, despite the difficulties, people are organizing communes and women's councils. (Photo: Kurdishstruggle ) Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! Syria can seem an endless black hole of misery, but in the northern, largely Kurdish region of Rojava, it is also the scene of a profoundly democratic and humanist revolution, which places the rights of ethnic minorities and women's liberation at its centre. Ironically, given the horror that surrounds it, Rojava is the site of the most profound experiments on grassroots, participatory democracy outside of the revolutionary projects in Latin America. Like in Venezuela, the ideal of "the commune" is at the heart of Rojava's burgeoning democracy. The Rojavan revolution came to the world's attention largely through the heroic resistance by the fighters of the ...
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In This Abandoned Spanish Village, An Off-The-Grid Ecovillage Thrives 20.10.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As you sit before your laptop, cell phone or other screen of choice, ponder this: Somewhere, in an abandoned Spanish village populated by eco-conscious folks who have dispensed with their former lives, you have to hike for 30 minutes to get cell phone service. Uphill. If you want to update your Twitter or Facebook, you'll have to use the mutual village accounts, which are normally used to update non-villagers on sustainable practices and communal lifestyle. Not many #selfies.  This not quite mythical land, known as Matavenero, is one of hundreds of former ghost towns sprinkled throughout Europe, revamped as eco-friendly meccas with no use for outlets whatsoever. When photographer Kevin Faingnaert heard word of this fairytale land, he was engrossed.  "When I read about Matavenero and their independent lifestyle, I was hooked immediately," Faingnaert explained to The Huffington Post. "They turn away from the way of modern life, based on efficiency and consumption, to live according to their beliefs. They ...
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Pay a Visit to Spain’s Rustic Off-the-Grid Eco Village 24.9.2015 Wired Top Stories
Wander through the remote village of people who abandoned modern life for the ...
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Cohousing: The sharing economy for housing, explained in an infographic 29.7.2015 TreeHugger
It's sometimes hard to get a handle on what cohousing is. This can help.
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