On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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Giving thanks, expressing hope: presidential wishes at Thanksgiving 25.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

From Washington to Lincoln and beyond, presidents called on the nation to give thanks in messages that reflect the challenges of each era.

Editorial: Oregon voted to end the war on drugs. California should watch and learn 25.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Oregon is the first state to eliminate simple drug possession as a crime and to adopt the policy that drug treatment should be voluntary.

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Vaccine Fundamentalism―War Metaphors in the COVID-19 Response, Vaccine Policy and Public Health, Part 1 25.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The metaphor of war has long been a part of public health. In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s public health agencies mobilized and shut down entire parts of society under the utilitarian goal of stopping the spread of COVID-19.

In America, entire states were locked-down, public schools were dismissed, government public services halted and businesses closed while grim pictures of death were painted, pictures of sick and dying on ventilators were broadcast and vivid dialogue of apparently overwhelmed hospital capacity were plastered on mainstream media. Journals and media outlets played along, streaming out content about the dangers of COVID-19 and the need for continued lock-down. Dissenting views on social media were censored by social media tech companies.

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Vaccine Fundamentalism―War Metaphors in the COVID-19 Response, Vaccine Policy and Public Health, Part 2 25.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

No grievance regarding vaccines is more serious than vaccine-injury. A mere possibility of vaccine-injury is insidious: what is meant to be a prophylactic life-saving procedure performed on a healthy recipient may end in his or her serious injury or death.

As pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears discussed in a public talk, the very idea of vaccine-injury is a hard one for doctors and public health specialists to accept, therefore, out of a need to protect their collective ego identity, the default position of the medical profession is denial of vaccine-injury.

It’s easy for medicine and public health to remain silent about or minimize the perception of vaccine injury. War metaphors in public health lead to the implicit acceptance of vaccine-injury as acceptable collateral in dealing in the war against infectious disease.

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These Rare Seeds Escaped Syria’s War and Now Are Helping to Feed the World 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In 2014, the remaining staff of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or ICARDA, fled their beloved gene bank in Tel Hadia, 20 miles south of Aleppo. Syria’s civil war, which had broken out three years […]
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Toppled Civil War statue at Colorado Capitol to be replaced by sculpture of Native American woman 23.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
DENVER -- The Civil War statue toppled by protesters outside the Colorado state Capitol over the summer will be replaced by a sculpture of a Native American woman mourning the atrocities of the Sand Creek Massacre.
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Column One: Armenian Americans marvel at an elder's generosity, as they grieve over an ancestral home 22.11.2020 LA Times: Nation

Clara Margossian, 102, built a life in Fresno after her family fled the Armenian genocide. With the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, she has given $1 million to help Armenia, a homeland she's never seen.

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As Ethiopia descends into civil war, civilians are caught in the crossfire 16.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

More than 250,000 Ethiopian immigrants and their children live in the United States — more than from any other African country except Nigeria. More live in California than any other state.

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Letters to the Editor: Armenians aren't in a 'conflict.' They're fighting for their survival 12.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Armenians have documented war crimes against them by Azerbaijani forces. The media need to stop portraying this as merely a "conflict."

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Around Nagorno-Karabakh, an all-out media war unfolds 11.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Armenia and Azerbaijan enlist artists, lobbyists and online activists in a 21st century propaganda war in their fight over Nagorno-Karabakh.

New Netflix series “The Liberator” tells story of Colorado WWII hero Felix Sparks 10.11.2020 Denver Post: Entertainment
"The Liberator," adapted from a 2012 book by best-selling British journalist Alex Kershaw, tells the story of a Colorado war hero.
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'Taking Sledgehammer' To Failed Us Drug War, Oregon Votes To Decriminalize Narcotics as Five States Legalize Marijuana 10.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Critics of the nation's failed so-called "War on Drugs" celebrated a number of victories Tuesday night as Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize personal drug possession and voters in five states backed the legalization of marijuana.

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Aung San Suu Kyi's party claims victory in Myanmar elections as ethnic tensions rise 9.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Disgraced human rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi sweeps an election in which more than 1.5 million ethnic-minority residents were barred from voting.

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Editorial: On nuclear arms control, Trump should cooperate with Putin 28.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Extending the New START treaty would preserve stability

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Op-Ed: Trump's comments about Lincoln aren't unusual — Civil War references are common in tumultuous times 23.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Trump's remarks about Lincoln at the debate fit a pattern of U.S. leaders alluding to the Civil War and 16th president to navigate turbulent times.

They lay competing claims to Nagorno-Karabakh. The war over it defines them both 22.10.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Their decades-old battle over the mountainous territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has come to define how Armenians and Azerbaijanis view themselves.

Letters to the Editor: In the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Turkey is the real villain 21.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Both the Armenians and Azerbaijanis are guilty of atrocities after the fall of the Soviet Union, a fact that Turkey is exploiting to assert its regional power.

Plainfield man, juvenile arrested on home invasion charges by Naperville police 20.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A Plainfield man and his juvenile accomplice were arrested Friday night on home invasion and residential burglary charges in Naperville, police said.
Column: Love letters in the alley: When a Chicago cop finds a stash of old letters in the trash, he’s transported to Chicago during World War II. And vows to get the letters back to the family. 17.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
After Chicago police Officer Eric Wolforth found airmail letters from 1945 in an Andersonville alley, he took them home and started reading them. Most were addressed to Leo Lee, who was overseas in the military. Most were from Lee's wife, Catherine Moran Lee. It took him a couple of months, but he finally found the Lees' daughter, Corinne McClintic, who now lives in Winnetka.
Op-Ed: U.S. foreign policy took a narcissistic turn after the Cold War. Here's how to set things right 11.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The flawed assumptions we made stemmed from strategic narcissism, a tendency to define problems as we would like them to be rather than as they actually are.

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