by on February 3, 2018
Pro-democracy activists (L-R) Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, who were nominated by U.S. lawmakers for a Nobel Peace Price China’s foreign ministry hit out on Friday at the nomination of three former student leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy movement for the Nobel Peace Prize, calling on member of the U.S. Congress to “stop meddling” in its internal affairs. Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith of Washington’s Congressional-Executive Commission on China (...
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by on November 24, 2017
"As Indigenous Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people, we are entitled to flaunt our survival." There are too many reasons why this Thanksgiving is the most difficult for me as a queer, nonbinary, Indigenous person. As the not-so-distant memories of #NoDAPL linger, my people in Puerto Rico still recover after Hurricane Maria, and 14-year-old Native boy Jason Pero lies cold after being killed by police; colonialism has never felt so raw. With little recourse, I find hope ...
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by on February 3, 2018
STRIP CLUB DANCERS, WORKERS, AND SUPPORTERS MARCH IN IN NEW ORLEANS ON FEBRUARY 1, 2018, TO PROTEST THE RECENT POLICE RAIDS Community activists, strippers, and service workers protested Thursday in New Orleans, in response to police raiding eight strip clubs in the city’s French Quarter over the past two weeks. Police say the raids were meant to combat human trafficking, but haven’t made any arrests from the raids and police have not provided evidence of human trafficking to the publ...
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by on February 1, 2018
With U.S. President Donald Trump now in office, the campaign rhetoric that created anxiety and uncertainty around the globe is giving way to actual presidential policies. While candidate Trump did not elaborate much on his foreign policy agenda, he was very vocal about a few things: in addition to obliterating the self-proclaimed Islamic State and getting tough with China on trade, one of his highest priorities would be to “dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.” The 2015 agreement that ...
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by on February 2, 2018
A rescued miner gestures out a bus window A rescue operation is underway to release 955 workers from a gold mine in South Africa after a power cut left them trapped. A spokesman for the mine's operating company said on Friday morning that power had been restored to a lift to release them. The miners have been trapped underground since Wednesday night. South Africa is a leading gold producer, but safety in the industry is often questioned. The Beatrix mine is in Welkom town, ab...
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by on November 26, 2017
From urban planning and tech corners, there's resistance to a proposed streetcar that would otherwise seem to make transportation easier and faster. om Grech, President, CEO of Queens Chamber of Commerce with Lawrence Simmons, outreach director at Friends of BQX. (Photo by Gerri Hernandez, courtesy of Friends of the BQX) Last week the the group Friends of the BQX showed off a prototype of a streetcar the organization hopes could be the newest form of transportation for the Brooklyn ...
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by on February 2, 2018
Dive Brief: The Smart Cities Council has announced nine finalists for its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants: Albuquerque, NM; Aurora, IL; Birmingham, AL; Cary, NC; Fairfax County, VA; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Louisville-Jefferson County, KY and the state of Virginia. The grants are awarded to cities (or a state) the council views as ready to take action on their smart cities visions. The council expanded the standard program to award Puerto Rico with a special humanitarian...
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by on February 3, 2018
Devin Nunes appears on Fox News, Friday February 2, 2018.  Devin Nunes, the congressman who authored a disputed memo alleging improper surveillance of Trump associates by the FBI and the Department of Justice, admitted he didn't view the underlying intelligence on which he based the memo. Nunes made that assertion during an interview on Fox News Friday, hours after the memo was released to the public. Nunes' remark confirms statements made by his Democratic counterpart on the...
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by on February 3, 2018
16-year-old Bresha Meadows, a teen symbol for domestic abuse survivors punished for self-defense, will be released from a mental health facility on Sunday, according to her supporters’ Twitter account @freebresha. She has been spared from a system which arbitrarily imprisons domestic abuse victims who act in self defense. As part of a plea deal, Meadows pled “true” (essentially guilty) to shooting her allegedly abusive father at age 14, after spending ten months in Trumbull County...
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by on November 30, 2017
As NBC News fires Matt Lauer after accusations of “inappropriate sexual behavior,” our guest Heather McGhee, president of Demos, makes the connection between patriarchy and abuses of power in media and government, from the White House and its endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, to the GOP tax plan that Republicans are pushing toward a vote in the Senate.   Heather McGhee president of Demos and Demos Action.
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by on February 3, 2018
Once a participant completes their treatment program, their case is dismissed and sealed, according to the Law Journal. A new program run by the Bronx Criminal Court in New York City is hoping to prioritize recovery for people charged with low-level, non-violent offenses. The Bronx’s Overdose Avoidance and Recovery (OAR) program is just over two months old, but has so far helped 50 defendants access treatment in lieu of jail, according to the New York Law Journal. “It’s not being so...
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by on February 3, 2018
Social media giant Facebook has taken action against a group who aimed to sabotage the Rotten Tomatoes audience score for “Black Panther.” Facebook has removed the Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys page, which was led by a professed member of the alt-right. The group created a Facebook event called “Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes” with the intention of falsely deflating the movie score on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoe...
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