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Inter Press Service

  • Palestinians are Suffering from Hunger, Poverty, Conflict & a Global Pandemic

    The Trump administration’s decision to cut off assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) caused considerable hardship for Palestinian refugees during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those in Gaza where a majority of the population are refugees and poverty is rampant due to Israel’s blockade, Khaled Elgindy, a Senior Fellow at the Middle The post Palestinians are Suffering from Hunger, Poverty, Conflict & a Global Pandemic appeared first on Inter Press Service.

  • Rohingya Children Find Refuge in Education

    Cox’s Bazar Rohingya Refugee Camp had one of highest rates of primary and secondary age children out of school. Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the multilateral global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises, immediately allocated millions to urgently scale up learning spaces for displaced Rohingya children. ECW is preparing an additional multi-year allocation to support continuous learning opportunities for Rohingya children in 2021 and beyond The post Rohingya Children Find Refuge in Education appeared first on Inter Press Service.

  • In the Secretive World of Government-to-Government Lending, 100 Chinese Debt Contracts Offer a Trove of New Information

    Is Chinese financing good for developing countries? This has become a provocative question, freighted with ideology, geopolitics, and commercial rivalries. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying to answer factually and empirically. Yet, taking stock of China’s lending activities has long been hindered by the lack of publicly available data on dimensions like loan volumes The post In the Secretive World of Government-to-Government Lending, 100 Chinese Debt Contracts Offer a Trove of New Information appeared first on Inter Press Service.

Truthout

ProPublica

The Guardian

  • Matt Gaetz: Liz Cheney ‘sickened’ but stops short of calling for resignation

    Nancy Pelosi says Republican in ‘clear violation’ of House rules‘Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump attacks McConnellTwo of the most powerful women in Congress on Sunday called allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican representative Matt Gaetz “sickening” and in “clear violation” of House rules – but stopped short of calling for him to resign. Related: Arkansas governor who vetoed anti-trans law defends other anti-trans bills Continue reading...

  • Clyburn offers Manchin history lesson to clear Senate path for Biden reforms

    Majority whip faces up to West Virginia senator on filibusterGeorgia voting law is ‘new Jim Crow’, congressman insists‘Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump attacks McConnellJim Clyburn, the House majority whip, said on Sunday he intends to give Joe Manchin a lesson in US history as he attempts to clear a path for Joe Biden on voting rights and infrastructure. Related: Pelosi and Cheney critical of Gaetz but stop short of calling for resignation Continue reading...

  • ‘Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump attacks McConnell in Republican donors speech

    At Mar-a-Lago, former president also goes after Fauci and Chao … and claims party ‘can’t have these guys that like publicity’What’s Trump up to? I tried to find out via InstagramDonald Trump devoted part of a speech to Republican donors on Saturday night to insulting the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell. According to multiple reports of the $400,000-a-ticket, closed-press event, the former president called the Kentucky senator “a dumb son of a bitch”. Related: Arkansas governor who vetoed anti-trans law defends other anti-trans bills Continue reading...

  • Arkansas governor who vetoed anti-trans law defends other anti-trans bills

    State legislature overturned Asa Hutchinson’s block on law banning gender-confirming treatment for young people‘Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump attacks McConnellAsa Hutchinson, the Republican governor of Arkansas, has defended his decision to veto a state law banning gender-confirming treatments for transgender youth – a veto the state legislature immediately overturned. Related: 'Trans kids are not new': a historian on the long record of youth transitioning in America Continue reading...

  • Ramsey Clark, attorney general who represented Saddam Hussein, dies at 93

    Second-youngest AG championed civil rights movementAttorney came to criticise US policy and represented foesRamsey Clark, who was attorney general in the Johnson administration before becoming an outspoken activist for unpopular causes and a harsh critic of US policy, has died. He was 93. Related: Ray Lambert, US army medic wounded on D-Day, dies aged 100 Continue reading...

Grist

Inside Climate News

Anthropocene

Quanta Magazine

  • New Genomic Study of Placenta Finds Deep Links to Cancer

    A patchwork of genomic differences in the placenta may explain the organ’s “live fast, die young” strategy and its connections to cancer. The post New Genomic Study of Placenta Finds Deep Links to Cancer first appeared on Quanta Magazine. The post New Genomic Study of Placenta Finds Deep Links to Cancer first appeared on Quanta Magazine

The Real News Network

  • Battleground Baltimore: Freedom?

    In this week’s roundup of Baltimore news: A controversial security deposit bill, Amazon donates what Bezos makes in four seconds to a local community garden, and a Prince George's County mayor calls out the governor. The post Battleground Baltimore: Freedom? appeared first on The Real News Network.

  • Charges dropped in multiple cases after PAR investigative reports

    PAR has three positive updates on cases we've recently covered. We update the case of an Ohio cab driver who was tasered while waiting for a customer, a Texas resident arrested for drugs found in a car he just purchased from a police auction, and the activist grandmother who faced two years in prison for allegedly using a counterfeit $100 bill. The post Charges dropped in multiple cases after PAR investigative reports appeared first on The Real News Network.

  • Amazon workers in Bessemer have overthrown decades of anti-union culture

    We will soon know the results of the historic Amazon union election in Bessemer, Alabama. Whatever the outcome, though, workers and organizers have already achieved a remarkable feat by breaking the grip of anti-unionism in the South. The post Amazon workers in Bessemer have overthrown decades of anti-union culture appeared first on The Real News Network.

The Marshall Project

Daily Yonder

  • Rural Queer History: Hidden in Plain Sight

    For decades, the majority of people studying, recording, and even living queer lives believed that “rural queer life” was virtually nonexistent.  “We take for granted that rural areas and small towns are inhospitable to queer life, and always have been,” said Dr. Colin Johnson, a professor of Gender Studies and History at Indiana University, Bloomington. The post Rural Queer History: Hidden in Plain Sight appeared first on The Daily Yonder.

  • Q&A: Artist KT Taylor on Building Community Connection for Rural Queers

    Editor’s Note: This interview first appeared in Path Finders, a new email newsletter from the Daily Yonder. Each week, Path Finders features a Q&A with a rural thinker, creator, or doer. Like what you see here? You can join the mailing list at the bottom of this article and receive more conversations like this in The post Q&A: Artist KT Taylor on Building Community Connection for Rural Queers appeared first on The Daily Yonder.

  • Commentary: Covid-19 and Long-Term Care in Rural America – One Administrator’s Reflections

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Timothy J. Reeves has witnessed the pandemic on the front lines of the rural American health-care system. What follows are his personal reflections on that experience. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s views only and do not in any way reflect the views and opinions of the medical center, The post Commentary: Covid-19 and Long-Term Care in Rural America – One Administrator’s Reflections appeared first on The Daily Yonder.

Fair Observer

  • How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan

    Sudan has been at the center of the diverging interests of wealthy Gulf states for many years. Having been close allies of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar had longstanding business, military and political interests in the country prior to the Gulf crisis in 2017. In June of that … Continue Reading "How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan" The post How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan appeared first on Fair Observer.

  • The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains

    The risk that we will wake up on May 1 to find we have a no-deal Brexit after all has not disappeared. The deadline for the ratification by the European Parliament of the trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom was due to be February 28. But Parliament postponed the deadline to … Continue Reading "The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains" The post The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains appeared first on Fair Observer.

  • What the End of the Gulf Crisis Means

    The Gulf Cooperation Council’s al-Ula summit in January was a historic moment in relations between Gulf Arab states. Antonino Occhiuto of Gulf State Analytics discusses the factors that led to the lifting of the blockade on Qatar and geopolitical implications for the wider region. The post What the End of the Gulf Crisis Means appeared first on Fair Observer.

Ensia

  • Green space in cities can bring considerable health benefits for communities, but access is unequal

    With the arrival of spring, Platte Farm Open Space, located in the diverse, working-class neighborhood of Globeville in north Denver, comes alive with native grasses, pollinator gardens that attract bees and butterflies, and wildflowers, such as Mexican hat, asters, poppies, and Gaillardia. “This is a beautiful amenity — a beautiful piece of space that was previously being abused,” says Jan […]

The Trace

  • Biden’s ATF Pick Is an Agency Veteran With an Eye Toward Reform

    On April 8, President Joe Biden topped off a series of executive actions on guns by tapping  David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman, a former ATF special agent turned gun violence prevention advocate, would be the bureau’s first permanent, full-time director since 2015, and his nomination reflects the The post Biden’s ATF Pick Is an Agency Veteran With an Eye Toward Reform appeared first on The Trace.

  • Major Online Marketplaces Allowed the Sale of Pistol Braces, Despite Bans on Gun Parts

    Major online marketplaces that have policies forbidding the sale of gun parts and accessories are still hosting listings for pistol-stabilizing braces. Until Thursday, several braces were listed for sale on Google Shopping, the tech company’s commerce portal, despite a policy prohibiting the sale of parts or components that “enhance the functionality of a gun.” Google The post Major Online Marketplaces Allowed the Sale of Pistol Braces, Despite Bans on Gun Parts appeared first on The Trace.

  • Criminal Justice Advocates Criticize Biden Appointee Over Federal Gun Prosecutions

    Some criminal justice reform advocates are criticizing a Biden appointee’s backing of a Trump-era initiative to shift some Washington, D.C., gun possession cases into federal court — a move they call a disappointing deviation from the new administration’s stated goal of reducing mass incarceration. At the center of the controversy: Washington, D.C., residents with existing The post Criminal Justice Advocates Criticize Biden Appointee Over Federal Gun Prosecutions appeared first on The Trace.

Fair Warning

  • FairWarning Signing Off; Statements by Our Board and Editor

    The board of FairWarning, a nonprofit devoted to alerting the public to hazardous consumer products and unjust corporate practices, has decided to dissolve the charitable nonprofit as of Feb. 20, 2021. This step is taken with regret as the small journalism nonprofit has devoted the last 11 years to protecting the public from harms to their health and safety.

Yale Environment 360

  • Are Huge Tree Planting Projects More Hype than Solution?

    High-profile programs aimed at planting billions of trees are being launched worldwide. But a growing number of scientists are warning that these massive projects can wreck natural ecosystems, dry up water supplies, damage agriculture, and push people off their land.Read more on E360 →

The Appeal

Sludge

  • Military Equipment Transfers to Police Have Picked Back Up

    After dipping in the back three quarters of 2020 amid a nationwide focus on policing, the transfer of military weapons and equipment to civilian police has picked back up in the first quarter of 2021.  An analysis of data from the Defense Logistics Agency by Stephen Semler, co-founder of the Security Policy Reform Institute, found that the

WhoWhatWhy

  • McConnell to Corporate Donors: Keep Your Politics out of My Money

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has done more than anyone to marry money and politics, helping free companies to spend as much as they please to influence elections. But when some CEOs came out against Republican-sponsored voter suppression laws he cried foul. The post McConnell to Corporate Donors: Keep Your Politics out of My Money appeared first on WhoWhatWhy.

Democracy Now!

  • Democracy Now! 2021-04-09 Friday

    As the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 tops 560,000 and Brazil records over 4,200 deaths in a single day, we look at how Cuba has successfully fought the pandemic despite the U.S. embargo and is on track to release two new COVID-19 vaccines; How the pandemic has exacerbated inequality across the hemisphere; President Biden announces new executive actions to curb gun violence. Get Democracy Now! delivered right to your inbox. Sign up for the Daily Digest: democracynow.org/subscribe

Common Dreams

Labor Notes

  • How a Janitors Union in San Francisco Got Over Its Fear and Struck

    Author(s): Luis Feliz LeonWith their contract negotiations stalled, hundreds of San Francisco janitors represented by Service Employees (SEIU) Local 87 went on strike March 24. Roughly 3,000 Bay Area janitors were laid off as the pandemic spread last year. Their union is now demanding a return to work for all laid-off workers—but with improvements.How a Janitors Union in San Francisco Got Over Its Fear and Struck April 08, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon

Next City

  • Co-Governing to Build Back Better

    (Photo by Leon on Unsplash)The past year did incredible damage to the American people and to American cities — an unprecedented pandemic, economic aftershocks, dangerous disinformation, and racial justice crises collided — with devastating and deadly impacts. Local and state leaders are […]

  • Economics in Brief: New Study Argues for End of Tipped Minimum Wage

    Demonstrators for One Fair Wage in New York in November 2020 (Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx)New Study Argues for End of Tipped Minimum Wage Ending the subminimum wage for tipped workers such as bartenders, waiters, and hairdressers would decrease poverty and inequality, a new […]

  • Housing in Brief: Evictions May Move Forward in Texas Despite CDC Order

    (Mural artist unknown; photo by Dave R / CC BY-NC 2.0)Texas Courts Could Stop Enforcing CDC Eviction Order State courts in Texas appear to be backing away from enforcement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s federal moratorium on evictions, potentially allowing […]

The World – PRI

Latino USA

  • Rita Indiana’s Pan-Caribbean Rebirth

    Ten years ago, when she was at the peak of her career, Dominican writer and musician Rita Indiana announced she... The post Rita Indiana’s Pan-Caribbean Rebirth appeared first on Latino USA.

  • Birth Control In Times Of Crisis

    At Erasmo Meoz hospital, in the border city of Cúcuta, Colombia, a young woman stands out among the crowd in... The post Birth Control In Times Of Crisis appeared first on Latino USA.

  • How I Made It: Unforgivable

    A few years ago, something unusual happened in a prison in western El Salvador. The prison, San Francisco Gotera, was... The post How I Made It: Unforgivable appeared first on Latino USA.

Chalkbeat

Amnesty International

The Conversation

Indian Country Today

The 19th News

Public Citizen

Unicorn Riot

  • “Brazil is Asking for Help” – Artists and Activists Speak Out

    COVID-19 continues to ravage Brazil, leading to record numbers of daily deaths. For a deeper understanding of some of the impacts the coronavirus pandemic is having on several areas and aspects of life, Unicorn Riot recently heard from four Brazilians across different states. Brazilian Pandemonium:… The post “Brazil is Asking for Help” – Artists and Activists Speak Out appeared first on UNICORN RIOT.

Aeon

  • The case of Norman Douglas

    He was a literary lion and an infamous pederast: what might we learn from his life about monstrosity and humanity?By Rachel Hope ClevesRead at Aeon

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