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New York Mayor Bill De Blasio Says Back-Turning By Police Was 'Really Inappropriate' 1.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops' behavior. While he acknowledged much work remains to repair the hard feelings over the chokehold death of Eric Garner, de Blasio told The Associated Press he has regained the footing to move on to other matters, including an agenda he plans to outline in next week's State of the City address. "It was a perfect storm. It was based on two tragedies. The death of Eric Garner and the murder of these two officers. People felt pain all around," de Blasio said in an interview Friday. "I do believe things are much better. I believe the dialogue is moving forward." It was the biggest crisis of the Democrat's year-old administration. Rank-and-file police had already been distrustful of him over his plans to reform ...
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Must You be a ‘Work Martyr’ to Change the World? 31.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Greece Strikes a Blow to Austerity. What Happens Now? 30.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Mario Seccareccia , a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, has been outspoken in his warnings that austerity policies have the potential to smash economies and spread human misery. In his work supported by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and elsewhere, he has challenged deficit hawks and emphasized the need for strong government investment in things like jobs, education, healthcare, and infrastructure if economies are to prosper. In the following interview, he talks about why what happened to Greece was entirely predictable, why the Greeks were right to reject austerity in the recent election, and what challenges the country faces in forging a sustainable path forward with the left-wing Syriza party at the helm. Lynn Parramore: You have long been warning of problems in the Eurozone.  What do the Greek elections mean to the debate about austerity and how it impacts economies? Mario Seccareccia: I actually began warning about problems in the Eurozone even before they launched the ...
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Venezuela Authorizes Use of Lethal Weapons on Protest Control 30.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Geraldine Moreno was shot to death in her hometown of Valencia during the February 2014 student protests in Venezuela. The painful pictures of the disfigured young demonstrator circled the globe. She was shot in the face at point blank range with rubber pellets fired from a shotgun. The weapon of a national guard. Geraldine's is just one of the many cases that sparked the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act . A law enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Obama in December 2014, which imposed sanctions -- restrictions to travel to the U.S. and asset freezing -- on certain Venezuelan officials involved in the human rights violations that happened during last year's antigovernment protests. Come January 27, 2015. The Ministry of Defense issues resolution 8610 to regulate the role of the armed forces in the control of protests and public gatherings. In Venezuela the armed forces are not allowed to enforce public order. The only component of the military that may act in ...
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Headlines for January 30, 2015 30.1.2015 Democracy Now!
U.S. Rejects Giving Guantánamo Back to Cuba, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Open Travel to Cuba, 35 Die in Bombing of Shiite Mosque in Pakistan, Three U.S. Contractors Killed in Afghanistan as U.S. Moves to Classify War Data, Egyptian Wing of Islamic State Claims Credit for Killing 27 in North Sinai, Apartheid Death Squad Leader "Prime Evil" Granted Parole in South Africa, Republican-Led Senate Approves Keystone XL Pipeline, Girlfriend of Akai Gurley to File $50 Million Lawsuit Against NYPD, Dismissed Professor Steven Salaita Sues University of Illinois, San Francisco Public Defender Arrested Inside Courthouse, CodePink Activists Attempt Citizen's Arrest on Henry Kissinger
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Episode 161: Entrepreneurship under the microscope 30.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rabble_radio_161_social_enterpreneurship.mp3 These days we're hearing a lot of voices encouraging all of us to be entrepreneurs. And it's not just from Chamber of Commerce types these days. Even the progressive community is saying that we all need to create our own jobs. On one hand, being self-sufficient is a good thing. But maybe not entirely. Today we're going to be looking at both sides of the entrepreneurial spirit and how it's practised. Especially in progressive circles where we're likely to hear words like "social enterprise." Things have really changed from the days when everybody had a job that they went to, with job security, benefits, and good pay. We'll also hear how one union is trying to diversify and represent some of those ...
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UVA Sororities Stick To Hated Ban On This Weekend's Frat Parties 30.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
National offices for 16 sororities on Thursday declared they would not back down from their deeply unpopular directive forbidding University of Virginia sorority members from attending this weekend's fraternity parties. Sororities at UVA were told last week they are prohibited from participating in "men's bid night," one of the biggest party events of the year, when fraternities welcome new members. Despite a petition drive, a letter-writing campaign and widespread grumbling on the Charlottesville campus, national offices for the 16 sororities with UVA chapters and the National Panhellenic Conference, an umbrella group representing 26 women's Greek organizations, stuck to their declaration that existing policies prohibit sorority women from participating in fraternity recruitment. "While we value the input our chapter leaders have to offer on this important and ongoing dialogue, our members' safety and well-being must remain our top priority," said a joint statement from the national and international ...
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If Humans Suddenly Disappeared From The Planet, Here's What Could Happen 30.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What would happen if all humans suddenly vanished from the face of the planet ? That freaky thought experiment is explored in a new video from YouTube's AsapSCIENCE (see above). The video details things that might happen -- from shortly after our disappearance to thousands of years after the fact. Cities would be wiped out by fire or other natural disasters, and even the sturdiest buildings and other man-made structures would eventually crumble. Our pets probably wouldn't fare so well either, having a hard time holding their own against wolves and other predators. On the positive side, other remaining species -- even those whose populations have been decimated by human activity -- might bounce back. The atmosphere might bounce back too, although certain pollutants would stick around for a very long time. It’s a sobering thought, ...
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At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together 29.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Kids Caught in Crossfire of Climate Education Battle 29.1.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Headlines for January 29, 2015 29.1.2015 Democracy Now!
Gorbachev: Ukraine Crisis Could Turn into All-Out War, Two Israeli Soldiers, U.N. Peacekeeper Killed in Hezbollah-Israel Clashes , U.N. Condemns Israeli Killing of Spanish Peacekeeper in Lebanon, State Department Questioned over Israeli Occupation of Shebaa Farms, Greek Government Rehires 600 Cleaning Staff Laid Off Due to Austerity, Attorney General Nominee: NSA Surveillance is "Constitutional and Effective", Republican Senators Question Loretta Lynch on Immigration Policy, Supreme Court Stays 3 Oklahoma Executions to Conduct Review of Lethal Injection, Study: Foreign Intervention in Civil War 100x More Likely in Oil-Rich Nations, Snowden Documents Expose Canadian Effort to Monitor Millions of Internet Users, 16 Million Children in the U.S. Now Live in Families on Food Stamps, Raúl Castro: U.S. Must Return Guantánamo Before Normalization of Relations, Chilean Intelligence Officers Sentenced for Killing Americans After '73 Coup, Australian Inquiry Confirms Police Shot Dead Hostage in Cafe Siege, St. ...
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"The Hunting Ground": Film Exposes How Colleges Cover Up Sexual Assault and Fail to Protect Students 29.1.2015 Truthout.com
As a jury in Tennessee has convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of raping an unconscious student in a dorm room, we look at a groundbreaking new documentary about sexual assault on college campuses across the country. Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey could face decades in prison after being convicted of a combined total of 16 felony counts, including aggravated rape. Two other former Vanderbilt football players, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, are awaiting trial over their role in the rape. However, the court cases mark a rare example where students accused of sexual assault have actually faced punishment. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, The Hunting Ground shows how colleges and universities across the nation are covering up sexual assaults and failing to protect students from repeat offenders. We speak with the film’s director, Kirby Dick, and producer, Amy Ziering. Their previous film, The Invisible War, which exposed the epidemic of sexual assault in the ...
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Counter Intelligence: What's the right choice for a kitchen counter? 29.1.2015 TreeHugger
It's one of the few areas where people buying a home have a lot of choices. Here's a Pecha Kucha look at how to make the right one.
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At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together 29.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Pete Seeger with Martin Luther King, Charis Horton, Rosa Parks, and Ralph Abernathy at the Highlander Folk School, a Tennessee training center for activists, in 1957; Seeger (with wife Toshi) at the Selma-to-Montgomery march in 1965; Seeger with Bernice Johnson Reagon at the Poor People's March in Washington in 1968. One of the few missing ingredients in the wonderful new film Selma is the centrality of music during the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama march. A tiny snippet of field recordings from the march can be heard at the very end of the movie's credits, but otherwise the movie ignores the constant singing that emboldened the marchers during the four-day, 54- mile trek. Not surprisingly, Pete Seeger -- who died a year ago at age 94 -- was there to help lift the marchers' spirits, as he did for every progressive crusade during his lifetime. Rev. Martin Luther King invited Seeger to join the March 1965 event that helped draw national attention to the horrors of Jim Crow segregation and the denial of ...
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Hey! Let the kid become an artist 29.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The economy in the USA and Canada is beginning to pull out of the big ole tank, but jobs are still both hard to come by and easy to lose. Which makes it ... the BEST time to stop telling your kid to get a degree in accounting, and instead help her/him become an artist!!! I now pause for you to get your knickers out of that painful twist while I clarify. Being a full time artist is very doable. It is also very different from saying "I want to be a Broadway/Movie Star." It's similar to the difference between, "I want to go into innovative technology" and "I want to be Steve Jobs" Those highly visible, highly specific goals are certainly within a realm of possibility, but they come as the result of hard work, initiative, discipline, and commitment to the practice/career ...
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Tax cuts, income inequality and the NDP small business job plan 29.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Peoples, Palestine, and the Crushing of Free Speech: Steven Salaita 29.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Is this show currently playing? January 29, 2015 Professor Salaita is at the centre of an international protest against academic censorship. He spoke in Vancouver January ...
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What Tahj Blow's Police Encounter Reveals About Student Activism in the #Blacklivesmatter Movement 29.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It has happened more than once. I am stopped in the university dinning hall and asked if I will be bringing out more chicken. The speaker, my classmate, has failed to recognize that I am not wearing a uniform, and takes a moment to realize that I am not a member of the dinning hall staff, but a member of the student body. In that time, I have to decide: should I be upset, or let it roll off my back? There is no reason to be offended by the error. I was not called a racial epithet; I was simply labeled as a member of the dinning hall staff. Yet, in my gut, I feel it would not have happened but for the fact that I am a black student in an elite university. The mistake tells me what my classmate expects to accompany my complexion, both in terms of educational and employment status, as if I were a member of a caste. When I read about Tahj Blow's encounter with a police officer on the campus where I attend school, it became clear to me that instances of profiling youth of color, at school and when ...
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Queer McGill defends safe space after online backlash 29.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Mormon Church's New LGBT Stance Draws Mixed Response From Gay Mormons 28.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Peter Harrison was rushing to class Tuesday morning when he noticed a flurry of activity on his Facebook feed. Senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had just announced support for legislation that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination -- and Harrison’s LDS friends were giddily reposting the news. As a gay Mormon from Logan, Utah, Harrison couldn’t help but share their enthusiasm. But he took the announcement with a grain of salt. “I try to be an optimist,” the 20-year-old Utah State University student told The Huffington Post. “But I’m careful about prematurely celebrating this day.” The problem is that although the church is coming out in favor of protecting LGBT people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation in hotels, restaurants and transportation, it still very much wants the right to be exempt from following those rules. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the ...
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