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Young Cuban-American groups emerge as Obama allies 22.12.2014 Yahoo: Politics
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - For a handful of Cuban-Americans, President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy wasn't much of a shocker. For months, they quietly advised the White House in hopes of shaping a new policy towards the communist-run nation. "A lot of what the president announced is what we, and others in Miami, have been doing for a long time," said Felice Gorordo, co-founder of Roots of Hope, a non-partisan group of Cuban-American university students and young professionals. ...
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Gabon's government seeks to calm tensions after deadly demo 21.12.2014 World
Gabon's government sought to douse tensions Sunday, a day after three people died in a demonstration against President Ali Bongo Ondimba according to the opposition. The opposition had called for a new protest on Sunday afternoon but there were no signs of a gathering as security forces fanned out across the seaside capital Libreville. An opposition coalition claimed three people died in Saturday's unrest but the public prosecutor has confirmed only that a 30-year-old male student had ...
NYC Police Union Chief Blames Mayor, Protesters For Police Killings 21.12.2014 Politics on
After the murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday , the outspoken head of the city's primary police union blamed protesters and Mayor Bill de Blasio for the deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. "There's blood on many hands tonight," NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch said Saturday night, ratcheting up already frigid tensions between City Hall and One Police Plaza. Lynch blamed those who "incited violence on the street under the guise of protest," -- a reference to the swell of demonstrations in New York City and across the U.S. in the wake of a grand jury decision to not indict a New York police officer for killing an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, earlier this fall. Lynch then went after Mayor de Blasio: "That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor." He went on to praise the fallen officers, and said that those responsible for the killing will be held responsible. (Video above.) Officers Liu and Ramos were shot dead "execution ...
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When Obama drew a line on immigration, it went straight through their family 21.12.2014 Washington Post
Their TV was showing another rally celebrating President Obama’s long-awaited announcement about immigration reform, but to Marilu Morales it just sounded like more white noise. “Gracias a Presidente Obama!” shouted an anchor on Univision, as Marilu, 29, returned home near dawn after another midnight shift and collapsed onto the couch. Lately, she needed the sound of a TV to help her sleep. She needed Tylenol, blackout curtains and anything else that could numb what her life had become in the 10 weeks since her husband, Javier Flores, was deported.Read full article ...
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Tevlin: When civics, the holidays and fashion collide 21.12.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Univ. of Minnesota bioethicist tests limits of academic freedom 21.12.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Carl Elliott, a bioethics professor at the University of Minnesota, has waged a contentious campaign against the psychiatry department, which he blames for the 2004 death of a mentally ill patient.
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How to fight back at Taliban 21.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
When I saw these words on Twitter, I couldn't help but put down my tablet: "They say the smallest coffins are the heaviest to carry."
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Hundreds attend vigil for policeman injured at protest 21.12.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Hundreds of people including many dressed in police uniform attended a vigil Saturday for a police officer seriously injured during a student march near East High School earlier this ...
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Taking few chances, Macao mildly protests Chinese visit 21.12.2014 L.A. Times - World News
For pro-democracy activists in this former Portuguese colony turned Asia’s gambling mecca, 2014 – the 15th anniversary of the territory’s return to Chinese rule – has been both the best and worst of times.
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Louisville F Harrell ejected vs Western Kentucky 21.12.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Louisville junior Montrezl Harrell has been ejected from the fourth-ranked Cardinals' game at Western Kentucky for throwing an ...
Who's Afraid of Shareholder Democracy? 20.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce , one of biggest corporate trade associations, and ALEC , one of biggest corporate lobbying groups are both startlingly hostile to shareholders. At two recent meetings in Washington DC, these two powerful groups -- who frequently hold themselves out as speaking for the business community -- grumbled about shareholders being too pushy. In particular ALEC and the Chamber don't like that one of the top topics of shareholder resolutions over the past few years has been transparency of political spending both in elections and in lobbying expenditures. Just this year, five public firms witnessed a majority of their shareholders vote in favor of such political transparency. Those firms in case you were curious are Sallie Mae , Lorillard and Valero Energy , where a majority voted for disclosure of lobbying — and Dean Foods and Smith & Wesson , where a majority voted for disclosure of campaign spending. Ownership, as they say, has its privileges. One of the points of buying stock ...
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Okinawa: The Small Island Trying to Block the U.S. Military’s 'Pivot to Asia' 20.12.2014 Views
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The week’s passages 20.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Dec. 20.
NYC Police Violence Protests Compete With Police Supporters 20.12.2014 Politics on
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests. It was one of the first counter-rallies by police supporters since the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man killed when officers were attempting to arrest him in July. The killing set off a wave of protests against the treatment of minority groups by police. On Friday about 100 pro-police demonstrators gathered on a sidewalk in lower Manhattan, separated from dozens of opposing protesters by a metal barricade. A contingent of uniformed officers cast a wary eye over the encounter. There was no violence. Jim and Kathleen Hall, 52 and 56, joined the rally to show support for their sons, one of whom is a New York police officer while the other is attending the Police Academy. "It's just a matter of respect," ...
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Putting the color in Yellowstone's famed thermal springs 20.12.2014 LA Times: Science
They've thrilled visitors to Yellowstone National Park for well over a century -- simmering ponds of brilliant, rainbow colors with unforgettable names like Grand Prismatic Spring and Sapphire Pool.
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James Flacco Is Not An Elite Quarterback But Might Now Be An Enemy Of North Korea 20.12.2014 Politics on
The Baltimore Ravens may want to double check the security of their emails after President Barack Obama sort of named the team's quarterback , Joe Flacco, while discussing an international controversy involving Sony, North Korea, hackers and actor James Franco. "I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco," Obama said during a press conference on Friday, via . For comparison, here is a look at Franco and Flacco: James Franco: And here is what James Flacco might look like: James Flacco...according to President Obama — Jim Rome (@jimrome) December 19, 2014 Obama's comments came one day after Sony canceled plans for the release of "The Interview," a film starring Franco and Seth Rogen. The comedy is about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and is believed to be the cause of a cyberattack that leaked ...
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Troubled By Grand Jury Verdicts, Students Request More Time For Exams 20.12.2014 NPR News
Students at several law schools say events in Ferguson and New York have left them too upset to study. Others are more concerned about how the extra study time will affect the grading curve.
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Mexican student protesters vandalise SUV carrying mayor 20.12.2014 World
Dozens of protesting students vandalised an SUV carrying the mayor of the Mexican coastal city of Acapulco on Friday, demanding justice over the presumed murder of 43 classmates. After half an hour of tension, Mayor Luis Walton Aburto exited his vehicle to speak with the demonstrators, who expressed their grievances and demanded they be allowed to protest freely. Walton Aburto was travelling with a driver and several bodyguards, and was able to leave in another vehicle. Some Acapulco shopping centres, which are expecting hundreds of tourists during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, rushed to place barriers at their main entrances, fearing attacks by the protesters, some of whom were ...
Ferguson wants peace instead of protests, but anger still simmers 20.12.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Carey Gillam FERGUSON, Mo (Reuters) - It is hard to find much healing in Ferguson, Missouri. More than four months after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager and sparked nationwide demonstrations over the way police in the United States interact with the black community, anger still simmers in the city of 21,000 mostly black residents. Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, and the larger St. Louis area want to move from protests to peace, promising programs to build alliances between blacks and whites, and between police and those they are sworn to protect. ...
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'I Can't Breathe' Super PAC Formed To Honor Eric Garner 20.12.2014 Politics on
Eric Garner ’s dying words are now the name of a federal super PAC. The “I Can’t Breathe PAC” received the Federal Election Commission’s stamp of approval this week after New Yorker Tarik Mohamed , a visual communications strategist for Outfront Media and a volunteer for Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, filed paperwork registering the group. The super PAC is named to honor the man whose death in July while in New York City police custody — and captured on video — has sparked nationwide outrage and protests . Mohamed said he got the idea for the super PAC , which may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates, while participating in a recent “die-in” in New York City’s Grand Central Station protesting police mistreatment of minorities. “It’s about capturing that social inertia and giving it a political voice, not just a voice in the street, but a voice in the airwaves come election time,” Mohamed told the Center for Public Integrity . Mohamed said ...
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