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The Lamp Beside the Golden Door: Protecting Refugee Children at our Borders 28.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Nelson Mandela once said, "We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." That phrase from the Noble Prize-winning global beacon should be our only mandate as we address the incendiary situation along the border as desperate droves of children fleeing violence in Central America for the refuge of the United States are met with an often impenetrable fence of antipathy.  Conversely, America has had a recent history of empathy for refugees fleeing. But that was then... This isn't 1980 when the Refugee Act signed by President Jimmy Carter welcomed more than 3 million mostly Central Americans to be provided with protection and the opportunity to establish a life in America after escaping violence in their home countries.  And this isn't 1997 when the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) led by Republican Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart under Speaker Newt Gingrich provided amnesty to 150,000 Nicaraguans, 5,000 Cubans, 200,000 El ...
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Family of 5 shot dead in Maine, gun recovered 28.7.2014 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial
SACO, Maine (AP) — A family of five, including three children ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, were found shot to death Sunday inside a southern Maine apartment, authorities ...
Amid Gaza Ceasefire, No Sign of Calm to Come 27.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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UN Bodies Sound Alarm on Looming Famine 27.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Police: Gunman fatally shoots 5-year-old son, shoots child's mother then self 27.7.2014 Philly.com News
A 5-year-old boy was shot to death late Saturday night and his mother seriously injured in what Ridley Township police said was a shooting rampage by the child's father, who then shot himself in the head.
One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents 27.7.2014 NPR: Sunday
Nora Sandigo is the legal guardian of hundreds of American-born children whose parents are here illegally. Without a guardian, they'd face foster homes or adoption if their parents are deported.
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How I Became Interested In The Death Penalty And Why I'm Against It 27.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Since I wrote my last piece on the death penalty, " Hey, Arizona, Next Time Try Scaphism ," I've been asked why I care so much about it and why it angers me so much. I am angry because I have lived in a country that abolished it without descending into anarchy, and met Americans who transcended the violence of it even though they were the relatives of murder victims. I first got involved while writing a script for Warner Brothers. It had been inspired by, and was intended for, Al Pacino, who wanted to do a modern version of Othello. I suggested making the antagonists lawyers on opposite sides of a death penalty trial. Jealousy would so undermine one that he'd be incapable of saving his client. I suppose the very fact that this was the story I wanted to tell (and did tell, though the film never got made) suggests I was already opposed to execution. How can flawed human beings take on the work of "God"? But despite this seeming bias, I went into the research with only a mild bias. It was not something I'd ...
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Rocket kills four children in Egypt near Gaza border -sources 27.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
Four children were killed and five other people were injured when a rocket landed near their homes in Rafah, an Egyptian town in Sinai near the border with Gaza, security officials said on Saturday. Three security sources said the rocket was likely fired by Islamist militants operating in the Sinai peninsula, which borders Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip. The state news agency MENA said security officials were still investigating where the rocket had come from. The three security sources said the rocket fired on Saturday had been targeting an army compound or check point but had fallen instead by mistake near civilian homes.
Jamal Hunter's jail abuse case shakes Denver law enforcement offices 27.7.2014 Denver Post: Local
Jamal Hunter wasn't the first person whose treatment at the hands of Denver police or sheriff's deputies over the past 12 years sparked community outrage, but he stands apart from the others in one significant way: He's ...
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Scene of the crime: 'It's spreading, spreading more over here' - Chicago Tribune 27.7.2014 check 21 - Google News
Scene of the crime: 'It's spreading, spreading more over here' Chicago Tribune “You'll get checked nowadays if you're dressing like this, like casual,” 21-year-old Ramon Gutierrez said just before midnight Friday, leaning against an iron fence that surrounds Gunsaulus Elementary Scholastic Academy in Brighton Park. He wore ...
Parolee arrested after Vallejo woman slain, child injured 27.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
An early morning attack inside a Vallejo home early Saturday left a woman dead, a young child badly injured and a parolee in custody, a Vallejo Police Department spokesman said.
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Mortar attack kills four children in Egypt's Sinai 26.7.2014 World
Four children were killed on Saturday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula when a mortar round hit their home, in an apparent attack by militants targeting soldiers, security officials said. The attack took place in the northern Sinai town of El-Joura, believed to be a bastion of Islamist militants who have killed scores of police and soldiers over the past year. Soldiers and police had been combing the area a day after militants shot dead two senior army and police officers as they were driving home. Militant attacks have surged since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and cracked down on his supporters from July ...
Rocket kills four children in Egypt near Gaza border: sources 26.7.2014 World
Four children were killed and five other people were injured when a rocket landed near their homes in Rafah, an Egyptian town in Sinai near the border with Gaza, security officials said on Saturday. Three security sources said the rocket was likely fired by Islamist militants operating in the Sinai peninsula, which borders Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip. The state news agency MENA said security officials were still investigating where the rocket had come from. The attacks surged after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last year and the militants extended their reach to Egypt's mainland with a series of bombings, prompting the army to intensify its attacks on them in Sinai.
Smart Aid for the World's Poor 26.7.2014 Wall St. Journal: Asia
How can rich countries best help poor ones? Matt Ridley identifies five priorities that provide the biggest benefits for every dollar spent.
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House votes to boost child tax credit for high-income families, restrict it for immigrants 26.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Killer of Marines tried and convicted in Afghanistan as a juvenile; Marine family outraged 26.7.2014 Washington Post

It was one of the most shocking insider attacks in the war in Afghanistan: Four U.S. Marines were cut down in a hail of gunfire while working out in a base gym in Helmand province. The ambush killed three of them, while a fourth sustained five gunshot wounds and survived.

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Could kids fleeing Central America be sent back to face more gang violence? 26.7.2014 Washington Post
Violence, poverty, unemployment and Obama’s immigration policy have all been blamed for the massive arrival of unaccompanied children from Central America at the U.S. southern border. Some immigration experts and advocates suggest another factor: U.S. policies of the 1990s and 2000s that deported thousands of gang members back to Central ...
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173 Undocumented Central American Kids Living In MN 26.7.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: John Moore/Getty Images)New numbers say 173 undocumented kids are living in Minnesota. That number represents a fraction of the thousands of children who have come to the U.S. from Central America, where gangs are recruiting young members and murders are commonplace.
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A Mississippi Freedom Summer Pilgrimage: An Atrocity We Must Never Forget 26.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
JULIA CASS (CO-AUTHOR) The site in the photograph below, along a back road near Philadelphia, Mississippi, was the final stop on our step-by-step journey through the final tragic day of Freedom Summer volunteers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Our guide was Leroy Clemons, a longtime local leader and activist whose family was involved in the civil rights movement in Neshoba County and who is prominently featured in the excellent documentary “Neshoba: The Price of Freedom.” We both took this journey on June 25 with a group of about 400 young people, including young women participating in the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)’s summer leadership institute for young Black women from rural Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, part of CDF’s Southern Rural Black Women’s Institute for Economic and Social Justice. Other young people who were in Jackson, Mississippi for the 50th anniversary commemoration of Freedom Summer joined our group too, as did Freedom Summer organizer and leader Dave Dennis; ...
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House votes to boost child tax credit for some 26.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.
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