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Headlines for May 22, 2015 22.5.2015 Democracy Now!
ISIL Seizes Last Government-Run Border Crossing in Syria, U.S. Admits Strike in Syria Killed 2 Children, Yemen: Saudi Shells Kill 5 Ethiopian Refugees, Report: Both Sides in Ukraine Committing War Crimes, TPP Fast-Track Bill Clears Hurdle in the Senate, Senate Scrambles to Act on Bulk Phone Spying Before It Expires, Ireland Holds Historic Same-Sex Marriage Referendum, Boy Scouts President Calls for End to Ban on LGBT Scout Leaders, Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts 6 Officers in Freddie Gray's Death, "Say Her Name" Protests Nationwide Honor Black Women Killed by Police, Akai Gurley's Partner Sues New York City over Police Shooting Death, Washington: Cop Shoots 2 Unarmed Men Accused of Trying to Steal Beer, Thousands Call for $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage at McDonald's HQ, Guatemalan President Fires Top Officials amid Corruption Scandal, El Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero, Killed by U.S.-Backed Death Squad, to Be Beatified
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Be a game-changer. Take the Rock the Vote Summer Challenge! 22.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Jade Helm 15 Is Not a Federal Takeover: It's Domestic Military Expansion 22.5.2015 Truthout.com
US Army paratroopers prepare to board a C-130 Hercules during Operation Toy Drop at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, December 8, 2007. (Photo: The US Army ) As military officials begin to notify the public of this summer's upcoming military training exercise in rural counties in Texas, conspiracy theories have run wild about the Obama administration's "plot" to invade the state. While the training isn't a federal coup attempt, it does fit into a larger pattern of an expanding domestic military footprint. US Army paratroopers prepare to board a C-130 Hercules during Operation Toy Drop at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, December 8, 2007. (Photo: The US Army ) Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! Some of the conspiracy theories being offered about this summer's eight-week US Special Operations Command (SOCOM)-led "Jade Helm 15" military training exercise seem stranger than fiction. The general suspicion is that the exercise is an ...
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Why We Divest 22.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Even Republicans Aren't Happy With The New GOP-Led Congress 22.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Democrats and Republicans alike are unhappy with the GOP-led Congress. Fox looks to the polls to narrow down contenders in the GOP debate, which could present some problems. And a new case of survey fraud underscores the need for greater transparency. This is HuffPollster for Friday, May 22, 2015. AMERICANS OF BOTH PARTIES ARE UNSATISFIED WITH THE NEW REPUBLICAN CONGRESS- Pew Research: "The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public – including most Republicans….Unlike after some previous partisan turnovers on Capitol Hill, negative assessments of the new Congress now cross party lines. Today, just 41% of Republicans approve of the job their party’s leaders in Congress are doing. By comparison, in April 2011, 60% of Republicans approved of GOP leaders’ job performance and in April 1995, 78% approved of GOP leadership’s policies and proposals….their party’s leaders at the 100-day mark in 2007, when 60% said Democratic leaders were keeping their campaign promises. Currently, ...
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Hundreds Protest Washington Police Wounding Of 2 Unarmed Suspects 22.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds marched peacefully in Washington state's capital city to protest a police shooting that wounded two unarmed stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store. The officer reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard early Thursday before the shooting that left a 21-year-old man in critical condition and a 24-year-old man in stable condition. Both were expected to survive. The stepbrothers are black, and the officer is white, but Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts said, "There's no indication to me that race was a factor in this case at all." Protesters who turned out Thursday evening held signs that read "Race is a Factor" and "We Are Grieving." The two men were identified as Andre Thompson, 24, and Bryson Chaplin, 21, both of Olympia. "It was terrible," the young men's mother, Crystal Chaplin, told KIRO-TV. "It's heartbreaking to see two of my babies in the hospital over something stupid." The shooting is being investigated by a team of detectives ...
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Clinton speeches raised at least $12 million for foundation 22.5.2015 Yahoo: Politics
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The Clinton Foundation said Thursday that Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have raised at least $12 million to support the family's philanthropy since 2002 by delivering paid speeches to an assortment of corporations, universities and foreign ...
Genentech unveils eco-friendly office building 22.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Sun-blocking fins that look like DNA were just one of the unusual aspects that stood out Thursday when Genentech unveiled Building 35, a 255,000-square-foot office structure that will be the most eco-friendly on its South San Francisco campus. The building was the first to be tested at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Flexlab, where workers built a 600-square-foot model of the new building that allowed them to test lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and other energy use. Normally, designers would build computer models to simulate a building’s energy efficiency. In the lab, for instance, designers modeled the sun’s trajectory to determine how many sun-blocking fins to install on the building’s sides for optimal efficiency — the north side of the building, where there is less sunlight, has no fins, but several jut from the sides of the windows on the building’s east side. “Reducing our environmental impact is a top priority for us,” said Carla Boragno, Genentech's vice president ...
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I'm ripping up my degrees if Queen's and Dalhousie don't divest from fossil fuels 22.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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First evidence that dinosaurs laid colourful blue-green eggs 22.5.2015 New Scientist: Living World
It should be raptor egg blue instead of robin egg blue. Some modern birds lay colourful eggs, but now we know it's a trick their dinosaur ancestors used ...
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Keep a Strong FENSA: Safeguard WHO's Independence From Private Interests 22.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by KM Gopa Kumar (Third World Network), Sandeep Kishore (Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network), Tim Reed (Health Action International), and Rachel Kiddell-Monroe (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines) We are writing from the 68th World Health Assembly, where a drafting group of Member States are discussing the Framework of Engagement With Non-State Actors (FENSA). This process aims to determine the rules of engagement between WHO and non-State actors (NSAs), a moniker encompassing academia, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, and the private sector. Many from civil society view this process as a way of safeguarding WHO's independence from private interests. One might say that FENSA is meant to be a "fence" protecting the public's health from undue influences. In the context of policy making, holes in the fence provide new opportunities for the interests of industry to overtake those of the public. It is well known that in recent years tobacco firms, ...
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The end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission brings hard facts about residential schools 21.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) will hold its closing events in Ottawa between May 31 and June 3, 2015. The TRC was established in 2008 as a part of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement in order to inform Canadians about the history and legacy of such schools. For more than 130 years, the institutions were operated by the government and by Canadian churches on the government's behalf. A second portion of the TRC mandate is to inspire a process leading toward reconciliation within Aboriginal families, and between Aboriginal peoples and non-Aboriginal communities, churches, governments -- and Canadians in ...
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McDonald’s Workers Deliver 1.4 Million Petition Signatures to Company’s Annual Shareholder Meeting Calling for $15, Union Rights 21.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Plastic Pollution: A Social Justice Perspective 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Plastic Pollution Movement is very new. The problem developed within our lifetimes with the explosion of single use plastics thanks to mankind's acceptance of a fossil fuel based economy and increasingly disruptive extraction methods for petroleum and natural gas such as fracking, off shore drilling, and tar sands extraction that have produced a glut of petrochemicals we have used for both energy and products that harm our climate, wildlife, oceans, food chain and poison us. I am a child of activists, it's in my blood, and this gives me hope that through education we are producing a whole new generation of environmental and health activists to carry on the mission after us. My parents were civil rights activists. They attended Duke University for graduate school in 1960's and were horrified to come face-to-face with segregation. They organized to desegregate Durham. For a time, I thought Civil Rights was my calling as well, but I've always been an avid nature lover, and when I discovered about ...
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Say Her Name: Families Seek Justice in Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women 21.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As the Black Lives Matter movement grows across the country, the names of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray have become well known. All died at the hands of local police, sparking waves of protest. During this time, far less attention has been paid to women who have been killed by law enforcement. Today, a vigil under the banner of Say Her Name is being organized in New York to remember them. We are joined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia University, founder of the African American Policy Forum and co-author of the new report, "Police Brutality Against Black Women." TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As the Black Lives Matter movement grows across the country, the names of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray have become household names. All died at the hands of local police, sparking waves of protest. During this time, far less attention has been paid to women who have been killed by ...
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Headlines for May 21, 2015 21.5.2015 Democracy Now!
Islamic State Captures Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra; U.S. Targets ISIL in Ramadi, Malaysia, Indonesia Offer Shelter to 7,000 Stranded Migrants, U.N. to Chair Meeting of Rival Yemeni Factions, 5 Top Banks to Pay $5B Penalty for Rigging Foreign Exchange, Nebraska Lawmakers Voted to End Death Penalty, Sen. Paul Stages Filibuster-Style Action Against NSA Bulk Data Surveillance, California Declares State of Emergency as Oil Spill Grows, Obama: Climate Change an "Immediate Risk to National Security", Thousands of Workers Seek $15 Wage, Unionization at McDonald's Meeting, New Cellphone Video Challenges Police Account in Freddie Gray Case, Gyrocopter Pilot Who Landed on Capitol in Campaign Finance Protest Is Indicted, Navy Whistleblower Who Exposed U.K. Nuclear Risks Arrested, Protesters Call on Food Giant Nestlé to Stop Bottling Water in Drought-Stricken California
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VocalEssence names Shoultz associate conductor; History Center sets '9 Nights of Music' lineup 21.5.2015 MinnPost
Let’s agree not to call them Phil 1 and Phil 2. VocalEssence and its artistic director and founder, Philip Brunelle , have announced that G. Phillip Shoultz III has been named associate conductor, a newly created full-time position. Originally from Georgia, Shoultz is pursuing his doctorate in conducting at the U of M, where he leads two choral ensembles. He earned his undergraduate degrees at the University of Georgia and his Master’s at Georgia State. While in Atlanta, Shoultz directed adult and youth community choirs, founded the Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble, sang with the Grammy-winning Gwinette Young Singers and earned Teacher of the Year honors three times for his work in public schools. He sings professionally and believes that every person can experience great joy through singing. Shoultz is currently working with the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Program; his first official appearance as associate conductor will be at a concert in October. He starts his new full-time job in July. Brunelle suggests we ...
Chinese University Denies Involvement in 'Economic Espionage' 21.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: World
A Chinese state-run university named in a U.S. indictment as being linked to suspected economic espionage has denied being involved in inappropriate activity, calling the allegations an attempt by American authorities to politicize a technical dispute.
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Chicago Just Became the First US City to Pay Reparations to Victims of Police Torture 21.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
For nearly 20 years, officers of the Chicago Police Department tortured more than 100 people. How survivors and their lawyers won a decades-long fight.  In 2005 Standish Willis, a lawyer from Chicago, was home with a broken ankle. He was working on the case of a man who claimed that, years ago, he had been tortured by police. On the radio in the background, President George Bush argued that the U.S. military's actions in Abu Ghraib did not constitute torture. That's when Willis had an idea: "We could make the torture case international, and embarrass the United States." On May 6, after decades of lobbying, international intervention, and grassroots organizing, Chicago became the first U.S. city to offer reparations to victims of police violence. From 1972-1991 more than 110 mostly African American men were tortured into confessions by Jon Burge, a police lieutenant, and his subordinates.  Last week's success comes 21 years after Burge was fired for his misconduct. "The city had lived so comfortably with ...
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Scientists reveal top 10 newly discovered species 21.5.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
In 2014, scientists discovered an estimated 18,000 species (past and present) — among them, a cartwheeling spider, a fish that creates ‘crop circles,’ and a giant walking stick ...
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