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Hundreds in Mexico protest telecommunications reform they say will allow for censorship 23.4.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Bangladesh's sweatshops: A boycott is not the answer 23.4.2014 LA Times: Commentary
How can you tell if your clothes were manufactured in reputable factories? You can't. But two groups are trying to make a difference.

One year ago this week, the eight-story Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka, killing 1,129 people. The building's top floors had been added illegally, and their weight caused the lower stories to buckle. Many of the victims were young women who had been sewing low-priced clothes for Western brands, earning a minimum wage of about $9 a week. It was the worst disaster in garment industry history.
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In India's Schools, Discrimination Drives Dropouts 23.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: World
Roughly half of all Indian public-school students drop out before eighth grade, and most of the dropouts are from lower caste, Muslim or tribal communities, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch.
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Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of  TransCanada 's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. American Petroleum Institute (API)  deployed one of its paid consultants -- former Obama Administration National Security Advisor General  James "Jim" Jones  -- to deliver an Earth Day address in the home state of the presidential caucuses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. James Jones used his time on the podium to promote the Keystone XL  tar sands pipeline, which another James -- retired NASA climatologist James Hansen -- once called a "fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet." "General James Jones... will discuss the benefits of the pipeline initiative, including more jobs, less dependence on foreign oil, and cheaper energy costs for Americans," explained an April 15 Drake University press release  promoting the ...
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The Civic Role of Higher Education 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Throughout American history, colleges and universities have provided leadership on the social and political issues of the day. One criterion of the health of our democracy is the active role of higher education in civic dialogue and as a catalyst for change based on prevailing values and advances in knowledge. The issue of our day is not simply an issue of the day, it is the greatest challenge to life on this planet in human history: climate change. The debate about fossil fuel divestment on higher education's campuses and boardrooms suggests that there is an illogical division between the academy's commitment to empiricism and the willingness of trustees and presidents to combat the forces that lead us to self-destructive action. Climate change, influenced by our dependence on fossil fuels and increased carbon in the atmosphere, is deleterious to the health of our planet and the future of humankind. In respectable halls of learning, we acknowledge that this is more than a theoretical assertion. To ...
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If We Don't Raise Our Voice About Climate Change, No One Will Do It For Us 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"The facts are known, but our leaders seem immune to them." CliMates is an international, student-led think-and-do-tank working on climate change. Since one of our strengths is to unite young people from very diverse places, we wanted to tell the same story from two different corners of the world: we are Aglaé Jézéquel, 22, a French climatologist-to-be and Noella Nsamwa, 23, a Congolese paralegal student currently living in the U.S. Both of us are committed to giving climate change the importance it deserves in international debates. For me, Aglaé, climate change was, at first, a physics story. During most of my life, it was stored in some corner of my mind as a vague, distant menace to humanity. It was not until I took a course on the subject - discovering the full and brutal magnitude of it -- that I understood how humanity became a geological force which could completely destabilize our environment. I also understood that I had my part to play in trying to tackle it. I decided to study climatology. In ...
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Antonin Scalia Seems Confused By HBO 23.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may know a lot... but does he know about HBO? It appears not , according to a transcript from Tuesday's Supreme Court discussion over the case of ABC Inc. v. Aereo . Scalia apparently thought HBO is free over the airwaves. pic.twitter.com/db1YQSVBiO — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) April 22, 2014 Scalia lumped the pay-cable channel HBO in with over-the-air networks like ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, which reach customers over broadcast signals. (Read more on the Supreme Court case from HuffPost's Gerry Smith here. ) Parker Higgins, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told HuffPost Live he thinks "in some cases, the sophistication isn't there" on the Supreme Court to properly rule on cases like ABC Inc. v. Aereo. Watch a video of the interview ...
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A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left 23.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There are certain subjects that progressives tend to shy away from for their own ideological reasons. Concerned lest it provide ammunition to the right, the left downplays many retrograde practices associated with political Islam. In a sense, such a development is hardly surprising: for years the left has criticized U.S. foreign policy and American sponsorship of Israel, and doesn't want to encourage Washington to launch more foreign adventures. In light of recent history, including U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, such concerns are not altogether misplaced. However, by adopting such a rigid mindset, the left becomes a bit vulnerable and sets itself up for criticism. Recent controversy involving a woman speaker on the campus of Brandeis University, a liberal arts college in Massachusetts, underscores the left's dilemma. When Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a campaigner for women's rights and a fierce critic of Islam, was invited to speak at the university and to receive an honorary degree, a chorus of groups ...
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Farm to Fork Across America: Technology and Healthy Food for Emotional Well Being, Google and Adobe Style 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post is co-authored by Lee Glenn "We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human nature." -- John Naisbitt At least that is how he phrased the concept of High Tech/High Touch as a minor thought in his 1982 futurist manifesto Megatrends. By 1999, the idea had blossomed into a complete book, High Tech/High Touch, Technology and Our Search for Meaning, elaborating on the growing distinction between the two and its importance to our emotional well being. By 2014 we found the concept real and present at Adobe and Google on Seattle's Lake Union. We were there to meet to Buzz Hofford, District Manager for Bon Appétit Management Company (BAMCO) and Chef Seth Caswell, Executive Chef for Google's Kirkland Campus. The rain was incessant, drumming on the window panes, as we sat first with Buzz in Adobe's employee cafeteria. Bamco has been the manager of Adobe's food services since 2012. Setting them apart is a commitment to fresh and seasonal ingredients and ...
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S.C. college production highlights political battle between lawmakers, public universities 23.4.2014 Washington Post
CHARLESTON, S.C. — More than 750 people packed into a city auditorium here this week for a sold-out production of “Fun Home,” a musical by a New York-based troupe about a woman coming to terms with her closeted gay father’s suicide. The crowd rose in a standing ovation before the show even ...
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Celebrating Earth Day in 2014 23.4.2014 EcoTone
Me and milkweed fruit - my #NatureSelfie for #EarthDay. Nash Turley, a naturalist, photographer, musician, and PhD student in evolutionary ecology at the University of Toronto, snapped this shot in Ithaca, NY, in 2011. He tweeted, "Everyday is Earth Day; the fact that the calendar says today is 'Earth Day' doesn't really mean anything to me. Sort of like how aboriginal cultures don't have a word for 'nature' because they didn't see themselves as separate from nature….the fact that we have a day for the Earth shows how disconnected modern societies are from 'nature'." Earth Day started as a grassroots protest movement in 1970 and has solidified into an annual event. What does Earth Day mean in ...
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Students Sit-In, Rally to Get Washington University to Cut Ties With Peabody Coal 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you're looking for clean energy inspiration, we've had lots of it this past week, courtesy of a phenomenal group of Washington University (St. Louis) students who are holding a sit-in until the school cuts ties with Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company. For almost two weeks now, students have been holding a sit-in outside the school's admissions office, and then over the weekend more than 400 students , alumni, and community members rallied on campus as well . Here is a first-hand account from Caitlin Lee, a WashU student, in her own words: For the last week, a group of students at Washington University in St. Louis have challenged the presence of Big Coal on their campus and raised a critical question: "Can Wash U maintain its sustainability profile while being so closely affiliated with polluters like Peabody Energy?" In a true show of student power, Wash U Students Against Peabody have held a sustained demonstration outside of their schools' admissions office for the past week, calling ...
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5 Black Environmentalists Worth Celebrating On Earth Day 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Green is the new black. Environmentalists are true superheroes, literally saving the the world one sustainable cause at a time. In honor of Earth Day, here are five black environmentalists you can spread the word about today, and every day. Majora Carter When it comes to saving the planet, Majora Carter’s speciality, is urban planning. She has established two non-profit organizations, Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All , focused primarily on revitalizing infrastructure. She has received countless awards and honorary degrees for her dedication to bettering urban policy and unlocking the economic potential of impoverished communities. To learn more about her vision and passion, watch her Ted Talk “Greening The Ghetto” or check out her thoughts on sustainability . Beverly Wright Dr. Wright is the founder and director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) , and is also a professor of Sociology at Dillard University in New Orleans. She has veteran advocate for environmental ...
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Headlines for April 22, 2014 22.4.2014 Democracy Now!
Obama Admin to Widen Clemency Eligibility for Drug Offenders, Court Orders Release of Memo Justifying Targeted Killings, Toll from U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen Tops 55, U.N.: Hundreds Killed in South Sudan Rebel Attack, Ukraine Truce Falters as Armed Groups Remain, U.N. Warns Assad Against New Elections, Report: Admin Mulls Limiting Deportations for Immigrants Without Criminal Records, Plaintiffs Challenge GM Bid to Evade Liability for Ignition Defect, UAW Drops Challenge to Failed Unionization Vote, Intel Director Issues Broad Ban on Media Contact, Oklahoma Prisoners Win Stay of Execution over Drug Secrecy, Prison Officials Fired After Kentucky Inmate Starves to Death, Twin Memorials Held for Gabriel García Márquez in Mexico, Colombia
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Citizen participation: blessing turned curse? 22.4.2014 MinnPost
Lately, we’ve seen a succession of community groups shoot down developments — or modify them into infeasibility. In February, the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood association prodded the Minneapolis City Council to veto developer Kelly Doran’s bid to raze an old one-story building in Dinkytown because it might be historic. The decision killed his project — a $25 million five-story boutique hotel. In March, an apartment and theater complex that would have spiffed up the Franklin and Lyndale intersection met with so many objections from the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association that it is off the table, for this year anyway. Similarly, the Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association has pushed developer Trammell Crowe to reduce an 11-story luxury apartment building to be erected on the site of Tryg’s restaurant site near Lake Calhoun to six stories . Whether developers can charge luxury prices for what will now be nonluxury views is an open question. And let’s not overlook the mother of them all: the Southwest ...
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Sweeping global survey registers progress, and declines, on environment 22.4.2014 MinnPost
This being Earth Day, I call your attention to the 2014 edition of the  Environmental Performance Index , a massive inventory of global progress, stasis and backsliding on all things environmental. Issued biennially by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the EPI ranks 178 countries of the world in ways that may test some of your preconceptions. The top-ranked nation is Switzerland, and No. 2 is Luxembourg. Both fit the notion that exemplary environmental stewardship is the prerogative of wealthy Western nations possessing not only the means but also the cultural mores and advanced economies that make it easier to be green. But Singapore — populous, cramped, port-oriented, Southeast Asian Singapore? Or Australia — with its horrific wildfires and retreat from initially aggressive policies on climate change? And the Czech Republic — just a couple of generations into its post-Soviet history? Yet those are the countries rounding out the top five, for reasons I'll come back to in a moment. No ...
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Did the environmental movement start in the suburbs? (Book Review) 22.4.2014 TreeHugger
The Crabgrass Crucible by Christopher Sellers tells a different story than the one we usually hear on Earth Day.
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Momina Yari: "I am most worried about the lack of security" 22.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Momina Yari is a member of the Loya Jirga Commission for the US-Afghanistan Agreement and has also worked as a member of the Independent Elections Commission for the past seven years. Photo : Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA / Matthieu Hackière Can you share with us some memories of times when your rights have been violated? The main thing that comes to my mind for me is that we were forced to migrate to Pakistan because of the war, like millions of our fellow compatriots. The communists came to arrest my father. We were extremely lucky, because he was not home when they came. The next day, we fled to Pakistan. What are the important achievements of today's Afghanistan? I am pleased at the increasing role women are playing in society. We have female Members of Parliament, and nearly eight million female students. In some educational institutions, women make up 50% of the student population. We have never had so many female students. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech as well as women's participation in ...
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Mark Prothero, attorney for Green River killer, dies at 57 22.4.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Attorney Mark Prothero, a well-regarded defense attorney who represented serial killer Gary L. Ridgway, has died.
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Mark Prothero, attorney for Green River killer, dies at 57 22.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Attorney Mark Prothero, a well-regarded defense attorney who represented serial killer Gary L. Ridgway, has died.
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