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Mobility solutions for marginalized communities: The urban cable car 28.1.2015 THE CITY FIX
Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these population-drained rural areas accelerated the flow of rural migrants ...
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Overpopulation: The Environmental Movement's Third Rail 28.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In 2014, our planet added approximately 80 million new Earthlings . That equates to the population of California, New York and Florida added to a world with depleting natural resources, unprecedented water scarcity and citizens with a "throwaway" mentality. As scientists predict that Earth's population will only continue to grow, our fate will be determined by strides toward sustainable life now and in the future. Population growth is an issue that transcends age, race, religion and borders. It touches on every environmental issue facing our planet -- clean water, energy usage , public lands and wilderness use, endangered species, raw materials and food. And yet, it is the one issue that most major environmental organizations are not mentioning, let alone addressing. Humankind needs to become more educated on this topic. It's vital to the survival of our species. Take a second to think about the following statistics: • 1 billion people are added to the planet every 12 years. • Today, nearly 1 billion ...
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MLK's Vision and the Right to Healthcare 25.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Audit of Peoples Gas pipe replacement program hidden from public 23.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
An audit of a multibillion-dollar program to replace natural gas pipes in Chicago is being withheld from public scrutiny, raising the ire of consumer advocates and the Illinois attorney general's ...
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France tackles inequalities, extremism after attacks 23.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
As France's prime minister kicks off a new plan to fix troubled schools and restive suburbs, the people he's trying to help are more skeptical than hopeful. They've heard these promises before.
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France tackles discrimination, inequalities after attacks 22.1.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The French government launched a new effort Thursday to heal social and religious fractures by better teaching children about secular values and steering them away from extremist propaganda, after French-born Islamic radicals shocked the nation in three days of terrorist attacks.
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State of the Black Union: The Shadow of Crisis Has Not Passed 22.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
December 14, 2014: Activists at the Millions March NYC, in New York City. (Photo: The All-Nite Images ; Edited: LW / TO) Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That’s Truthout’s goal - support our work with a donation today! 2014 was a year that saw profound injustice, and extraordinary resilience. Homicides at the hands of police sparked massive protests, meaning that America could no longer ignore bitter truths of the Black experience. Gabriella Naverez, a queer Black woman was killed at 22 years old, unarmed. 37 year old Tanisha Anderson’s family dialed 911 for medical assistance. Instead, Cleveland police officers took her life. Anyia Parker, a Black trans woman was gunned down in East Hollywood. This brutal attack was caught on camera, yet her murder, like so many murders of Black trans women, have gone unanswered. This country must abandon the lie that the deep psychological wounds of slavery, racism and structural oppression are figments of the Black imagination. The time to ...
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Asia at a crossroads 22.1.2015 Oxfam International RSS main feed
asia at a crossroads

Asia at a crossroads

Rising inequality poses a dire threat to continued prosperity in Asia, where an estimated 500 million people remain trapped in extreme poverty, most of them women and girls.

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The Quiet Horrors of House Arrest, Electronic Monitoring, and Other Alternative Forms of Incarceration 22.1.2015 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. On January 27th, domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander will walk out of Florida's Duval County jail—but she won't be free. Alexander, whose case has gained some notoriety, endured three years of jail time and a year of house arrest while fighting off a prison sentence that would have seen her incarcerated for the rest of her life —all for firing a warning shot that injured no one to fend off her abusive husband. Like many black women before her, Alexander was framed as a perpetrator in a clear case of self-defense. In November, as her trial date drew close, Alexander accepted a plea deal that will likely give her credit for time served, requiring her to spend "just" 65 more days in jail. Media coverage of the development suggested that Alexander would soon have her "freedom," that she would be "coming home." Many accounts of the plea deal, however, missed what Alexander will be coming home to: she'll return to "home detention"—house arrest—for ...
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City Wifi: Fast, Cheap, and No You Can't Have It 22.1.2015 Mother Jones
It's Friday afternoon in San Francisco and, to be honest, I'm sick of being in the office. So I've slipped out and headed over to Union Square Park, where I'm sitting on a bench watching Japanese tourists taking selfies on the ice rink. But before you call me a slacker, you should know I'm also online and working, courtesy of the free wireless internet service the city provides. Since October , visitors to most San Francisco parks as well as a stretch of Market Street, the city's main business corridor, have been able to access to the city's fast-growing municipal broadband network. City-owned networks have been gaining popularity nationwide as a way to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor, foster competition with cable companies, and provide high-speed internet in underserved areas. Last week, President Barack Obama talked them up as a way to promote "better products and cheaper prices." In Tuesday's state of the union speech, he pledged to bring the internet to "every community and help ...
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Jon Stewart Gives 'Implodey' Award For Worst State Of The Union Response 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
After Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the Republicans delivered their response . And their response . And their response . And their response . So many Republicans who represent the Tea Party wing of the GOP delivered responses that "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart wondered aloud, "How many fucking people are at this Tea Party?" On Wednesday night's broadcast, Stewart presented his "Implodey" award "for outstanding achievement in unforced response speech errors." The nominees: Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Curt Clawson, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz. And the winner ...
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The Past, Present, And Future of High-Stakes Testing 22.1.2015 NPR News
Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why are Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.
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Republicans Really Don't Like Obama Taking Credit For Anything 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- After spending the past six years laying the blame for most of the nation's ills on President Barack Obama and his policies, Republicans sure weren't happy that he offered some new proposals and claimed some credit for the country's rebounding economy Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. Obama touted millions of new jobs added on his watch, an economy that's finally growing and a deficit that's shrinking. But Republicans did not want to hear about the successes of what they've derided for years as the "Obama economy." Even before the president spoke, potential 2016 GOP candidate Carly Fiorina declared in an interview that Obama deserves only blame, not credit. "He will apparently declare victory on the economy tonight, but of course, whatever life there is in the economy is not due to his policies, it's in spite of his policies," the former Hewlett-Packard head honcho told Newsmax . Not longer after, another possible 2016 contender, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), went even further, ...
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21 Inspirational Images Of Women Standing Up For The Right To Choose 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a woman's choice to have an abortion was a fundamental right under the Constitution. In the 42 years since then, a woman's right to safe, legal abortion has been threatened again and again. In the last year alone, "personhood" ballot initiatives in North Dakota and Colorado threatened legal abortion. The number of abortion clinics in Texas has been reduced by half , severely restricting abortion access for the state's low-income women . Anti-abortion "protestors" continue to verbally abuse and intimidate women at abortion clinics as buffer zones crumble , and so-called "pregnancy crisis centers" mislead women looking for information about termination. As their options become more and more limited, women are increasingly forced to turn to back-alley abortions . Clearly, there is a lot of work to be done to ensure that all women have access to this fundamental right. The anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a time to look back at the activists who ...
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Lawmakers Continue Pushing For Iran Legislation, Despite Obama's Veto Threat 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Less than twelve hours after President Barack Obama directly warned lawmakers against nudging their way into talks over Iran’s nuclear program, members of Congress made clear that they weren’t planning to heed his cautions. “I have met no one that believes that us weighing in would do anything to destabilize these negotiations,” newly-minted Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said at a Wednesday hearing. “Not a single one of [our negotiating partners] has any concerns whatsoever with Congress having the ability to vote up or down on a final deal. Many of them believe it strengthens our hand.” Obama promised in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that he would veto any new sanctions legislation that makes it to his desk. His administration has been insistent that it does not consider Congress' approval necessary for signing a deal capping Iran's nuclear program. In more than two hours of adversarial exchanges, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and ...
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Religious Freedom Advocates Offer To Take Lashes For Imprisoned Saudi Blogger 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Seven religious freedom advocates have offered to personally receive 100 lashes each in the place of Raif Badawi, a liberal Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for "insulting Islam through electronic channels." Badawi, who has said he identifies as Muslim , was arrested in 2012 for promoting secular government on his blog site, Saudi Free Liberals Forum . The blogger received the first of 20 weekly sets of 50 lashes on Friday while activists and politicians around the world descried the government's "barbaric" choice of punishment. Seven members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), including Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett and Vice Chairs Dr. Robert P. George and Dr. James J. Zogby, sent a letter to the Saudi Ambassador to the United States on Tuesday urging the kingdom to overturn Badawi's sentence. If not, the signers state, they will each take 100 lashes in the blogger's place. "Raif Badawi is being made to suffer for exercising basic human ...
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President Obama Could Have Talked More About Ferguson And Racial Politics In His State Of The Union Address 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last night's State of the Union address was largely celebrated for invoking issues plaguing minority groups, but to some, the speech served as a "missed opportunity" to dig deeper into issues directly impacting the lives of African-Americans. Such is the opinion of Ifeoma Ike , Co-Creator & Campaign Director of Black and Brown People Vote, who had hoped that Obama would've given racial equality more than just a fleeting mention. "I understand that it's the State of the Union address, but it's really frustrating at times when the issues that actually impact you on a daily basis are just mushed into one run-on sentence of really different issues," she lamented in a HuffPost Live conversation on Wednesday. She elaborated: He talked about Ferguson and Staten Island, which deals with the police brutality towards the black community, and then you go into the unfortunate violence that occurred with officers that were killed in New York City, and then you lump that in with the decrease in crime rates. And so, in ...
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Maternity Leave, Equal Pay And Affordable Childcare Spotlighted In President Obama's State Of The Union Speech 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama's State of the Union address last night seemed to promise a renewed commitment to issues related to women and gender equality, specifically policies regarding maternity leave, equal pay and affordable childcare. According to blogger Anushay Hussain, of Anushay'sPoint.com , feminists had high hopes for the president's speech, which Hussain feels were largely met. "Leading up to it, so many feminist writers were talking about what our kind of wish list was that he would bring up, so it was amazing to finally hear him make a point about the fact that the U.S. is one of the few industrialized countries in the world that doesn't have mandated paid maternity leave, so I just thought it was amazing," she told HuffPost Live in a conversation on Wednesday. Obama also addressed reproductive rights and increased access to contraception . But making a public declaration to prioritize maternity leave, Hussain says, was especially exciting. "[For] The State of the Union to discuss paid maternity leave, ...
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State Of The Union Watchers Give Obama High Marks In Instant Poll 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Americans who watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address largely approved, giving him better marks than they did for last year's speech, according to instant polling conducted by CNN. . @CNN / ORC instant poll of Obama's State of the Union #CNNSOTU http://t.co/mJt5gcOFun http://t.co/ysvz10tlsA — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 21, 2015 Positive ratings from State of the Union watchers are the rule, not the exception. CNN found Obama getting high marks in all five annual State of the Union speeches they previously polled (the network didn't conduct a post-State of the Union poll in 2012). Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also received largely positive ratings. Eighty-one percent of viewers had a somewhat positive or very positive opinion of the 2015 State of the Union, according to CNN -- up from 76 percent in 2014, and in line with ratings for Obama's speeches in 2011 and 2013. The speech also increased watchers' confidence the president's policies ...
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Dreamers At State Of The Union Hope Obama Continues To Push Forward On Immigration 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- One year ago, during the 2014 State of the Union, undocumented immigrant and activist Cristian Avila sat in the House of Representatives gallery as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama. Avila, now 24, is a Dreamer, one of the young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. At the time of Obama's speech, Avila had completed a weekslong fast on the National Mall to call for immigration reform as part of his work with the advocacy group Mi Familia Vota. His goal was shared by President Barack Obama, who said in his 2014 speech : "Let’s get immigration reform done this year." That, of course, did not happen -- at least not through Congress, which did not pass any immigration reform bills in 2014. Instead, the year in immigration was marked first by gridlock and later, in November, by Obama's announcement of sweeping executive actions seeking to shield millions from deportation. Obama's decision to act alone on immigration set a new tone, which was on display during the 2015 ...
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