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Syria Walks Out Of Summit After Egypt's Morsi Takes Assad Regime To Task

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The Syrian delegation walked out of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, after Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi called Bashar al-Assad's government an "oppressive regime" in his speech, Al Jazeera reports.

Speaking to representatives of more than 120 countries, Morsi said: "Our solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against an oppressive regime that has lost its legitimacy is an ethical duty, as it is a political and strategic necessity," adding that "the bloodshed cannot stop without effective interference from all of us."

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from the summit that takes place once every three years, said: "Morsi's comments have caused an unease feeling, especially for the Iranians who are close to Syria."

The crisis in Syria is on the ambitious agenda of the two-day summit, together with the question of human rights and nuclear disarmament.

Morsi is the first Egyptian leader to visit Iran since its Islamic revolution in 1979, Reuters reports, adding that diplomatic relations between Cairo and Tehran broke down after Iran's revolution over Egypt's support for the overthrown Shah and its peace agreement with Israel.

Morsi is transferring leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This 16th NAM summit, which lasts from August 26 to 31, gathers representatives from more 120 countries that consider themselves not aligned with or against any major power bloc.

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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