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Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Deserve the Black Vote 12.2.2016 Truthout.com
Former Gov. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in McAllen, Texas, in 1992. (Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com ) Hillary Clinton loves black people. And black people love Hillary - or so it seems. Black politicians have lined up in droves to endorse her, eager to prove their loyalty to the Clintons in the hopes that their faithfulness will be remembered and rewarded. Black pastors are opening their church doors, and the Clintons are making themselves comfortably at home once again, engaging effortlessly in all the usual rituals associated with "courting the black vote," a pursuit that typically begins and ends with Democratic politicians making black people feel liked and taken seriously. Doing something concrete to improve the conditions under which most black people live is generally not required. Hillary is looking to gain momentum on the campaign trail as the primaries move out of Iowa and New Hampshire and into states like South Carolina, where large pockets of black voters can ...
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Obama Downplays Fears After Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action 12.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ATHERTON, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court's decision to delay implementation of his administration's Clean Power Plan "unusual" and expressed confidence that the White House would prevail. "We’re very confident that we’re on strong legal footing here," he told a group of Democratic donors in California in his first public remarks about the move. Obama said the Supreme Court had in fact required the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act if they were shown, as scientists had, to be harmful to public health. The initiative is central to Obama's plans to curb climate change and to meet U.S. commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as pledged in a multi-national agreement reached last year in Paris. Obama said some people had commented to him in recent days that the Supreme Court's decision had struck down the Clean Power Plan. "That's not true. So don't despair, people," he said. The plan was designed to ...
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Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials 11.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: ____ Feb. 9 The Dallas Morning News on the results of the New Hampshire primary: Most Read StoriesWith Marshawn Lynch retired, what will Seahawks do with money they save?Police: Ohio newborn appears to have died from dog biteSale of Weyerhaeuser’s Federal Way campus […]
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Flint Isn’t the Only Place with Racism in the Water 11.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Danyelle Solomon, Tracey Ross

Last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) delivered his fifth State of the State address, a ceremonious speech that typically presents the governor’s legislative priorities and vision for the year ahead. But instead of talking about pressing priorities—such as the need to reform the state’s public education system, improve its job market, or invest in its infrastructure—Gov. Snyder was forced to apologize for his government’s failure to provide clean, safe water to the people of Flint, Michigan.

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Fighting food insecurity with increased income 10.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Factbox: What is in Obama's final budget proposal? 10.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, his final year in office. But since the Republican-controlled Congress controls the purse strings, much of Obama's plan likely will be shelved and so it is primarily a political document. The following are some of Obama's proposals: PENTAGON The Pentagon asked for $7.5 billion to fight Islamic State, up 50 percent from the amount received in the previous year's budget, and wants a fourfold increase for military training and exercises in Europe to support NATO allies. ...
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A look at Obama's final budget proposal 10.2.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department:...
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A Serious Response Is Needed, But Let's Not "Wage War" on Zika 9.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Susan Sered

The emergence and spread of the Zika virus is worrisome on many levels: it highlights the impact of global warming on the spread of infectious and mosquito-borne diseases and the reality that the poorest families in Brazil and other countries disproportionately bear the burdens of global warming.

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Worms that burrow through skin 9.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
It takes is a snail, a worm and some freshwater to become infected and once you are, it can last for decades -- and prove fatal.
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Uganda's presidential hopefuls campaign on promises of better land rights 9.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Evelyn Lirri KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As candidates canvass for votes in Uganda's Feb. 18 presidential election, contenders are promising sweeping reforms to resolve land conflicts, one of the country's hottest political issues. Elton Joseph Mabirizi, an independent candidate hoping to unseat President Yoweri Museveni, says he would set up a tribunal to settle land conflicts, particularly in the north of the country, where millions have been displaced by an insurgency, and in western oil frontier districts. "We've gone to every part of Uganda and the stories are the same," Mabirizi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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How Morocco Is Harnessing Solar Power To Achieve Energy Independence 9.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Morocco is on the way to dramatically cutting  its dependence on imported oil after successfully launching Noor 1 -- the first phase of what will eventually become the world's largest concentrated solar plant.  The country has historically relied almost entirely on imports from abroad for its energy. Now it has found a way to transform its abundance of sunlight into an economic asset.  When the project is completed in 2018, it's expected to reduce Morocco's fossil fuel reliance by two and a half million tons of oil  and provide enough leftover energy to export to Europe. Morocco's King Mohammed VI inaugurated the first installment of the new thermodynamic project on Thursday in the desert city of Ouarzazate, flanked by famous guests like French Energy Minister Ségolène Royal and balloonist Bertrand Piccard .  Five hundred thousand curved mirrors now line the Moroccan desert in rows, spanning a surface area that is visible from space . The project is funded by the World Bank, African Development Bank, ...
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Why Is Cornell University Hosting a GMO Propaganda Campaign? 8.2.2016 Truthout.com
(Photo: Microbiology Lab via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) The founders of Cornell University, Andrew D. White and Ezra Cornell, dreamed of creating a great university that took a radical approach to learning. Their revolutionary spirit, and the promise to pursue knowledge for the greater good, is said to be at the heart of the Ivy League school their dream became. It is difficult to understand how these ideals are served by a unit of Cornell operating as a public relations arm for the agrichemical industry. Yet that is what seems to be going on at the Cornell Alliance for Science (CAS), a program launched in 2014 with a $5.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a goal to "depolarize the charged debate" about GMOs. A review of the group's materials and programs suggests that beneath its promise to "restore the importance of scientific evidence in decision making," CAS is promoting GMOs using dishonest messaging and PR tactics developed by agrichemical corporations with a long ...
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Displaced by fighting, Kurdish residents call for peace 8.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) — Azize Calis is pleading for peace. The 70-year-old Kurdish woman is among tens of thousands displaced by fighting raging between Turkish security forces and militants in the southeast after a peace process collapsed in the summer. Calis and her family fled from their home about two months ago with only the […]
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Capitalism, Slavery, Racism and Imprisonment of People of Color Cannot Be Separated 7.2.2016 Truthout.com
Dennis Childs, author of Slaves of the State, discusses how a clause within the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution ushered in a system of "neoslavery," in the form of the mass incarceration of Black people, by allowing for enslavement as "punishment for a crime." The punitive exception clause within the 13th amendment ushered in a system of neoslavery that continues to submit prisoners to conditions that amount to a collectivized situation of "living death" under the prison industrial complex. (Photo: Prison fence via Shutterstock) The following is an interview with Dr. Dennis Childs, author of Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration From the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary. Mark Karlin: Can you summarize the tragic irony of the 13th Amendment's "exception clause"? Dennis Childs: Yes, what I describe in the book along these lines is something that prisoners, activists and scholars from Angela Davis to Assata Shakur have spoken about for years - the fact that what is indisputably the most progressive ...
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Grocer is green but unions see red 6.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

New Seasons’ store plans draw opposition; benefits of investment deal for the state is promoted.
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Regrowing Rain Forests May Help Curb Climate Change More Than We Thought 6.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Scientists have long promoted rain forest preservation as a way to mitigate climate change, but now it turns out that regrowing forests is just as important. Newly grown tropical forests can capture harmful carbon from the atmosphere at a rate up to 11 times faster than older forests, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. The study includes a map of Latin America (pictured below) that shows the regions with the greatest potential for carbon capture. "It is about reducing carbon loss by reducing deforestation, and increasing carbon uptake by allowing young forests to regrow," Dr. Lourens Poorter, professor of functional ecology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and lead author of the study, told The Huffington Post. "It is time to appreciate and value the role that these secondary forests can play in highly fragmented human-modified landscapes." The researchers examined the biomass recovery of young "secondary" tropical forests, which are less than 100 years old , ...
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The World Pledged Billions In Aid To Syrians, But Millions Can't Get It 6.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of stories that made news in recent days. Did you notice the media forgot all about another story's basic facts? Tweet @TheWorldPost or let us know on our Facebook page . As countries pledged record amounts of aid to Syrians at a London conference on Thursday, bombs rained down on northern Syria , making it even harder for aid organizations to reach those trapped by the country's war. The battles raging around Aleppo have added thousands more Syrians to the 4.5 million people already cut off from aid as the war nears its sixth year. The fighting is increasing the urgency -- and difficulty -- of U.N.-sponsored peace talks and the effort to deliver aid to Syrians. On Thursday, a day after the fledgling peace talks collapsed in Geneva, some 60 nations met in London to pledge aid to Syrians and Syrian refugees. The conference was heralded as a historic success. Countries committed to give $6 billion in aid in 2016, and $5 billion more over the next four years, ...
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Recalling Hillary Rodham Clinton's Defiant Defense of Women in Beijing, 1995 6.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Millennial voters who grew up during, or born after, the Bill Clinton Presidency, have understandably found the Boomer loyalty to and support of our former First Lady, New York Senator and Secretary of State, to be utterly inexplicable. But to the many Baby Boomers supporting her, there is little if any mystery, given that it is Hillary Rodham Clinton's history itself that we share and compels us to be loyal and even nostalgic. Amid that history, perhaps no moment epitomizes Clinton's courage, activism, brilliance and defiance of convention than her challenge posed to the Chinese government when she spoke before the United Nation's 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing on 5 September 1995. It was a moment I was reminded of when Clinton took on Senator Bernie Sanders in Thursday Night's Debate in New Hampshire. It was in particular the moment that Clinton finally confronted one of the nagging complaints that the Left has had about her ever since she cast her 2002 Senatorial vote sanctioning US entry ...
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Corporations Killed Medicine. Here’s How to Take It Back. 6.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Fran Quigley

Along the path toward the creation of a global capitalist system, some of the most significant steps were taken by the English enclosure movement.

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Contaminated Water Requires a National Public Health Mobilization 5.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The Clean Up The Mines! team gathers at Riley Pass, South Dakota. Activist Charmaine White Face is in the foreground. (Photo: Ellen Davidson) As physicians, we are concerned about the future of our water supply. The Flint water crisis should provoke a national public debate about the best ways to protect clean water, including what type of water infrastructure is required and how water is owned and managed. The Clean Up The Mines! team gathers at Riley Pass, South Dakota. Activist Charmaine White Face is in the foreground. (Photo: Ellen Davidson) It's hard to miss the water contamination that residents in Flint, Michigan, are experiencing. Television footage shows family members holding bottles of yellow, orange or brown water. They could see and taste the change in their water quality shortly after Gov. Rick Snyder ordered the switch to supply water from the polluted Flint River, rather than Lake Huron, without adding anti-corrosives to prevent leaching from lead pipes in early 2014. Thanks to a few ...
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