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- Kenyan Domestic Workers’ Doomed Voyages to the Gulf
Distress calls from vulnerable Kenyan women in Saudi Arabia experiencing mistreatment and torture at the hands of their employers went from 88 in 2019/2020 to 1,025 just one year later. And this fear is all too familiar for 28-year-old Wanjiku Njoki. The young woman’s whose search for greener pastures in the Gulf landed her in
- Fully Ready to Kill, Shockingly Unprepared to Save Lives
While absolutely ready to kill, with the biggest military powers spending in 2020 nearly two trillion US dollars on weapons, the world is shockingly unprepared to save the lives of millions of unarmed, innocent civilian victims of wars… and other man-made catastrophes. The military spending data come from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI),
- Democracy Under Assault
There is no doubt that the building the magnificent Women’s Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo 2020 deserves unconditional praise and admiration, a bold landmark that projects the concept of gender empowerment and gender equality. Yet at the same time I am wondering why the organizers of the World Expo didn’t come up with a
- Senate Finance Chair Accuses Rich Developers of Exploiting Trump Tax Break
Sen. Ron Wyden is investigating developers' abuse of Trump tax breaks that purported to benefit poor communities.
- Thousands of Students Stage Walkouts, Protest In-Person Classes Amid COVID Surge
Students are demanding a return to remote learning until cases go down and increased COVID protections in schools.
- Southern States Largely Excluded from Historic Minimum Wage Increases
Eight Southern states have minimum wages equal to the current federal minimum of $7.25.
- They Promised Quick and Easy PPP Loans. Often, They Only Delivered Hassle and Heartache.
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- Reps for Casino Developer Defend the Destruction of Nearly 600 Housing Units in Reno
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- Senate Finance Chair to Billionaire Developers: Explain How Opportunity Zone Tax Break Is Helping the Poor
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- Glenn Youngkin attempts to ban critical race theory on day one as Virginia governor
Newly elected Republican unveils sweeping conservative orders, including loosening public health mandates during the pandemicVirginia’s newly elected Republican governor has immediately passed a swath of conservative orders – ranging from attempts to alter local school curriculums to loosening public health mandates during the pandemic – after being sworn into office on Saturday.Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity CEO who has never served in public office before, became the state’s first Republican governor since 2010 after a closely watched gubernatorial election last year. Continue reading...
- The Guardian view of Joe Biden: he needs to face opponents within – and without
If the president can’t build better he won’t be back. Instead Donald Trump might returnThe US president, Joe Biden, suffered his worst day in office – so far – last Thursday. Mr Biden had begun that morning hoping to convince his party to support his push to change Senate rules to pass two voting rights bills. Even before he got a chance to make his case, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a rightwing Democrat, rejected the president’s plan. At a stroke, two key parts of Mr Biden’s agenda – racial justice and democracy – appear stalled. On the same day, the US supreme court struck down the Biden administration’s requirement for businesses to make employees either be vaccinated against Covid-19 or test weekly and wear a mask at work. […]
- Recruitment of veterans by extremists may increase, top Democrat warns
Chair of House veterans affairs committee holding hearings on issue highlighted by veterans’ participation in US Capitol attackA top US lawmaker who heads a congressional committee investigating the targeting of veterans by extremist groups has warned that the problem is a serious one and could get bigger unless it is effectively combated.In an interview with the Guardian Mark Takano, a Democratic congressman from California, said he was concerned about the recruiting strategy being deployed by violent rightwing extremist groups, especially in America’s increasingly fraught political climate in the wake of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol. Continue reading...
- Joe Biden’s first year: Covid, climate, the economy, racial justice and democracy
How has the president fared on the four big issues he outlined at his inauguration – and the one he couldn’t ignoreOne year ago on Thursday, Joe Biden took the oath of office as the 46th president at the US Capitol in an inauguration ceremony devoid of the usual crowds due to pandemic restrictions.Biden identified four crises facing America: the coronavirus, the climate, the economy and racial justice. He could have added a fifth: a crisis of democracy in a divided nation where, just two weeks earlier, the Capitol had been overrun by insurrectionists. Continue reading...
- The Next Civil War and How Civil Wars Start reviews – US nightmare scenarios
How far will America’s disintegration into irreconcilable factions go? Two authors gaze into the near future of a failed state, at times enjoying their doomsday prophecies a little too muchZonked on patriotic zeal, Americans believe that their country is an exception to all historical rules. The land of the free, however, is currently hurtling towards a predetermined, apparently unavoidable crack-up. Its governmental institutions are paralysed, and a constitution devised for an agrarian society in the 18th century obstructs reform; its citizens, outnumbered by the guns they tote, have split into armed, antagonistic tribes. Given these conditions, the riot at the Capitol last January may have been the rehearsal for an imminent civil […]
- Energy Department slammed for funding ‘false’ plastics solutions
Advocates say the agency’s efforts to develop chemical recycling are a “waste of tax dollars.”
- Biden is ending Trump’s war on green appliances — but not very quickly
The Department of Energy reversed Trump’s rules on dishwashers, washers, and dryers, but is behind on reviewing more than 30 standards.
- The boreal of Minnesota could look like Kansas if CO2 emissions remain ‘business as usual’
From Minnesota to the Northwest Territories, researchers are studying dramatic changes in the vast northern forests.
Inside Climate News
- Heading for a Second Term, Fed Chair Jerome Powell Bucks a Global Trend on Climate Change
Many of the questions Jerome Powell faced at his Senate confirmation hearing last week would have been familiar to any Federal Reserve chair on Capitol Hill: Where is the economy heading? What about inflation? How fast could interest rates rise? But Powell, who is seeking his second term, also confronted a question that underscored the
- Warming Trends: Americans’ Alarm Grows About Climate Change, a Plant-Based Diet Packs a Double Carbon Whammy, and Making Hay from Plastic India
CULTURE The Growing Alarm About Climate Change The number of Americans alarmed about global warming now outnumbers Americans who are dismissive of it three to one. That’s according to a twice-yearly public opinion polling by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. The latest poll,
- Egg white protein is ubiquitous in foods and pharmaceuticals. What if we replaced it with fungus?
A recent analysis found we could cut greenhouse gases associated with egg farming by more than half—and land use by almost 90%.
- Mathematicians Clear Hurdle in Quest to Decode Primes
Paul Nelson has solved the subconvexity problem, bringing mathematicians one step closer to understanding the Riemann hypothesis and the distribution of prime numbers. The post Mathematicians Clear Hurdle in Quest to Decode Primes first appeared on Quanta Magazine
The Real News Network
- Battleground Baltimore: Making sense of the Marilyn Mosby indictment
In this week’s round-up of Baltimore news, Baltimore City State’s Attorney indicted, a devastating report about Baltimore police misconduct, and how it all connects.
- Striking workers at Columbia University built a more democratic union and won big gains
After striking for 10 weeks, student workers at Columbia University have a tentative agreement that members will vote on, but they also have a stronger, more democratic union.
- Ossoff unveils bill to ban stock trading by lawmakers, immediate family
The legislation is among a number of proposals to rein in lawmakers' stock transactions.
The Marshall Project
- “Wild: Bird of Paradise” Envisions a World Without Prisons or Police
The final installment of Jeremy McQueen’s dance film explores the challenges and fears of being a young Black man in New York City.
- People You Meet: the Motherway Family and Mr. D’s Food Center
“Why we came back is not, at first, a story of joy,” said Michelle Motherway about her and her brother Joe’s return to work in the family’s grocery store. “What brought us back is that a corporation tried to kill our business.” A nationwide grocery chain built its flagship store in Lander, Wyoming, a town The post People You Meet: the Motherway Family and Mr. D’s Food Center appeared first on The Daily Yonder.
- Q&A: Why is the Government Losing Rural America’s Trust?
Editor’s Note: This interview first appeared in Path Finders, an 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 your inbox each week. The post Q&A: Why is the Government Losing Rural America’s Trust? appeared first on The Daily Yonder.
- The Good, the Bad, and the Elegy: Once Upon a Time in Rural America…
Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in The Good, the Bad, and the Elegy, an email newsletter from the Daily Yonder focused on the best, and worst, in rural media, entertainment, and culture. Every other Thursday, it features reviews, recommendations, retrospectives, and more. Like what you see here? You can join the mailing The post The Good, the Bad, and the Elegy: Once Upon a Time in Rural America… appeared first on The Daily Yonder.
- Who’s willing to change for climate change?
Would you alter the way you do things to help reduce the severity of climate change? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey of individuals in 17 “advanced economies” found that 80% of respondents were willing to modify some aspects of their work and lifestyle to help mitigate the threat. The survey, conducted in early 2021, assessed the opinions of 16,254 individuals from 16 “advanced […]
- Terrorism Charges for Mass Shooters? Experts Are Divided.
The 15-year-old student accused of fatally shooting his classmates at Michigan’s Oxford High School in November is inching toward a trial to determine his guilt on 24 felony charges. One of them — committing an act of terrorism — has rarely been applied in the context of mass shootings, so the move has reignited a The post Terrorism Charges for Mass Shooters? Experts Are Divided. appeared first on The Trace.
- New York AG Subpoenas Susan LaPierre in NRA Corruption Case
The attorney general of New York State issued a subpoena last week to Susan LaPierre — the wife of National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre — in connection with its lawsuit that seeks to dissolve the NRA for an alleged pattern of self-dealing. The subpoena, dated January 5th, is lengthy and wide-ranging, and covers revelations The post New York AG Subpoenas Susan LaPierre in NRA Corruption Case appeared first on The Trace.
- How a Newark Program Is Pushing Police and Community Members to Heal Old Wounds Together
NEWARK — Khalil Odom’s interactions with police started early. Years ago, officers scoured his neighborhood to find a shooting suspect. Odom, then a teenager, saw the police, got scared, and ran. When the officers caught him minutes later, one grabbed him by the back of his neck. “The cop picked me up by the hood like The post How a Newark Program Is Pushing Police and Community Members to Heal Old Wounds Together appeared first on The Trace.
Yale Environment 360
- Berlin Looks to Create Car-Free Zone Larger Than Manhattan
Berlin's regional parliament is considering creating a car-free zone in the German capital in response to a concerted push from a local advocacy group. The car ban would apply to the space ringed by the S-Bahn train line, which circles the city center, an area larger than Manhattan.Read more on E360 →
- How St. Paul Became The Twin Cities’ Leader On Justice Reform
The post How St. Paul Became The Twin Cities’ Leader On Justice Reform appeared first on The Appeal.
- Thinking Of Those Who Can’t Be Home For The Holidays
The post Thinking Of Those Who Can’t Be Home For The Holidays appeared first on The Appeal.
- Reps Bought Pipeline Stocks Before Passing the Infrastructure Bill
Congressional Democrats aimed to address the climate crisis last year in their signature Build Back Better Act (BBB). But while a physical infrastructure bill was signed into law in November that showers funding on roads and fossil fuel infrastructure projects, the fate of the BBB this year and its much larger investments in reducing greenhouse
- Democracy Now! 2022-01-14 Friday
Advocates are calling for more aid to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, where conditions in hospitals are deteriorating; The documentary "Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America" follows former ACLU deputy legal director Jeffery Robinson as he confronts the enduring legacy of anti-Blackness in the United States. Get Democracy Now! delivered right to your inbox. Sign up for the Daily Digest: democracynow.org/subscribe
- Biden Urged to Fire Covid Response Chief Over 'Damning' Failures
"Zients has failed to provide the materials necessary to improve the U.S. response, or the guidance necessary to keep the pandemic under control," argued one critic.
- P5 Pledge to Avoid Nuclear War Is a Step in the Right Direction
With this statement, five of the world's most powerful nations came together for the first time in a pledge to avoid nuclear war, and this should still be celebrated.
- To Advance Racial Justice, Cancel Student Debt
Presidential executive action to cancel up to $50,000 in student debts would increase Black wealth by 40 percent.
- As Omicron Rages, Teachers and Students Fight for Safety Measures in Chicago and Elsewhere
Author(s): Barbara MadeloniChicago Teachers Union members voted by 77 percent on January 4 to go fully remote until effective Covid mitigations to protect educators and students were approved by members and enacted, or until the current Covid surge subsided. Within a week they had a tentative agreement on mitigation measures. Members ratified it January 12 by 56 percent and returned to in-person teaching.As Omicron Rages, Teachers and Students Fight for Safety Measures in Chicago and Elsewhere January 13, 2022 / Barbara Madeloni
- Racial Justice On the Ballot for New York City Voters This Fall
Led by Chair Jennifer Jones Austin, members and staff of the NYC Racial Justice Commission arrive at the Office of the City Clerk to submit the commission’s ballot proposals for voter approval in the November 2022 general election. (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello)If the municipal government of New […]
- Economics in Brief: Tallahassee Starbucks Joins Six Other Stores that Have Filed for Unionization
Alexis Rizzo, a Starbucks employee, unveils an agreement employees want the company to sign during a press conference after their union-election viewing party Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. Starbucks workers at the store in Buffalo, voted to unionize in December, a move that prompted […]
- Fare Caps Might Get Transit Out of the Pandemic Slump
(MTA)For years “pay as you go” systems, which give riders the freedom to choose when and how often they travel without being locked into a contract, have been seen by cities as the fairest ticket for public transit payment. But a growing number of urban transit authorities are […]
The World – PRI
- Massive sinkholes appear in farmers’ fields in central Turkey due to climate change and drought
The recent uptick in sinkholes is largely attributed to rapid groundwater loss as farmers tap deep underground wells to irrigate fields during a nearly three-yearlong drought.
- Seemingly small shifts in global temperatures have huge consequences for the planet
The year 2021 was once again one of the hottest on record. And what may seem like a slight temperature increase has actually caused devastating effects across the globe, with natural disasters becoming stronger and deadlier.
- Health care workers in the Philippines reject new COVID-19 rules as 'inhumane'
Many front-line workers and organizations immediately condemned the new rules, calling them “not safe, not fair” and not a solution to the “chronic and accurate problem of understaffing.”
- The Elusive Freedom of Juan Castillo
Juan Castillo left war-torn El Salvador when he was only 12. After struggling to find his footing in Reno, Nevada,... The post The Elusive Freedom of Juan Castillo appeared first on Latino USA.
- Selling the Fantasy With José Hernandez
When Tyra Banks taught us all to smize, a young José Hernandez was taking notes. Years later, José would pose... The post Selling the Fantasy With José Hernandez appeared first on Latino USA.
- Tango Resiste
While tango is usually pictured as a dance between a white man in an elegant black suit and a white... The post Tango Resiste appeared first on Latino USA.
- Massive outage of digital gradebook hampers NYC schools as marking period ends
New York City is contending with an outage of digital platforms that manage everything from teacher gradebooks to contact tracing. | Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in ActionIn the first week of school after […]
- Newark families, educators prepare for schools to reopen Jan. 18
Newark schools told families to prepare for classrooms to reopen on Jan. 18, Students spent the first two weeks of 2022 learning remotely due to a surge in COVID cases. | Erica Seryhm Lee for ChalkbeatUpdated: Newark families and educators are […]
- In dramatic turnaround, most Philadelphia schools will be in-person next week
Most district schools in Philadelphia are heading back to in-person learning after almost half were shifted to virtual this week due to staffing shortages. | Johann Calhoun / ChalkbeatAfter shifting nearly half of its schools to remote learning this […]
- Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: 5 things I've learned curating the MLK Collection at Morehouse College
In his brief life, Martin Luther King Jr. had a variety of interests that informed his work as leader of the civil rights movement. His alma mater has collected some objects that tell his story.
- What Supreme Court's block of vaccine mandate for large businesses will mean for public health: 4 questions answered
A legal scholar explains what the ruling means for other vaccine mandates and the government’s ability to protect public health.
- What made Bob Saget's Danny Tanner so different from other sitcom dads
A contrast to the bumbling and immature fathers commonly found on sitcoms, Bob Saget’s character on ‘Full House’ reflected a shift in expectations of fatherhood that began in the late 1970s.
- The #BettyWhiteChallenge highlights the growth of animal philanthropy and the role of rescues
Fans of the late actress are calling on Americans to donate $5 or more to animal charities on Jan. 17, 2022, which would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday.
- Colleges accused of conspiring to make low-income students pay more
A scholar weighs in on a new lawsuit that accuses several elite schools of price fixing and conspiring to lower the amount of financial aid offered to low-income students.
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- Thousands Strike in Colorado for Better Labor Practices at Local Grocery Chain
More than 8,000 employees at Kroger’s King Soopers stores, and a few City Markets, are on their third day of striking for better labor practices in Colorado. Unicorn Riot spoke with Gigi Jones, a union captain at a King Soopers in Denver, about reasons for… The post Thousands Strike in Colorado for Better Labor Practices at Local Grocery Chain appeared first on UNICORN RIOT.
- Becoming a centaur
The horse is a prey animal, the human a predator. Our shared trust and athleticism is a neurobiological miracle - by Janet Jones Read at Aeon
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