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'It’s a catastrophe': Almost 200 killed in multi-day bombardment of Syrian suburb 21.2.2018 L.A. Times - World News

A rebel-held suburb just outside the Syrian capital of Damascus witnessed some of the deadliest fighting of the country’s long-running civil war Tuesday, even as the U.N. issued a plea to end the “senseless human suffering” in the enclave.

The bombardment, believed to be a prelude to a large-scale...

DACA activists stop at the Liberty Bell on an N.Y.-to-D.C. march 21.2.2018 Philly.com News
DACA recipients say they don't want a deal that benefits them at the expense of others.
Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas? 20.2.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Law enforcement officers block off the entrance to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida There’s nothing on the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School website about the woman whose name adorns the school, so its students may not realize that in rising from last week’s tragedy to speak truth to power, they are following in Douglas’s activist footsteps. Douglas would certainly see a bit of herself in Emma Gonzalez, the poised and eloquent young woman whose speech electrified her classmates, teachers, parents, and the whole country at a Fort Lauderdale rally on Saturday, only days after a gunman entered her school and killed 17 people. “If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it,” said the 18-year-old senior, “I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle ...
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Robert Reich: Morality and the Common Good Must Be at Center of Fighting Trump's Economic Agenda 20.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump made a promise to the American people: There would be no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Well, the promise has not been kept. Under his new budget, President Trump proposes a massive increase in Pentagon spending while cutting funding for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Trump's budget would also slash or completely eliminate core anti-poverty programs that form the heart of the US social safety net, from childhood nutrition to care for the elderly and job training. This comes after President Trump and Republican lawmakers pushed through a $1.5 trillion tax cut that overwhelmingly favors the richest Americans, including President Trump and his own family. We speak to Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Bill Clinton. He is now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book, out today, is titled The Common Good. TRANSCRIPT JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump made a ...
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Pols blocking citizens on Facebook, Twitter is our Orwellian present | Will Bunch 20.2.2018 Philly.com News
If Facebook and Twitter are the new town hall for a modern America, why do so many elected officials delete messages or block their constituents? Inside the new censorship.
At White House Lie-in, Teens Call on Congress to "Protect Kids, Not Guns" 20.2.2018 Truthout.com
Washington, DC, area students and supporters protest against gun violence with a lie-in outside of the White House on Monday, February 19, 2018, after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week. (Photo: Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call) Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way -- make a donation to support our independent journalism. Building on the nationwide mourning and outrage that followed a Florida school shooting last week that left 17 people dead, dozens of teenagers held a "lie-in" at the gates of the White House on Monday to protest years of congressional inaction on gun control and highlight the National Rifle Association's pernicious influence on the political process. The demonstration began with protesters -- many of them from the group Teens for Gun Reform (TGR), which organized the event -- lying on the ground in front of the White ...
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Serena Williams champions issues on _ and off _ tennis court 20.2.2018 AP Top News
Moments after Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title, she proudly raised her fist in a black power salute....
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The "Alt-Right" Is Building a White Nationalist Mass Movement With "Operation Homeland" 20.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Borrowing ideas from the European New Right and "Generation Identity" in France, the "alt-right" is looking to expand a so-called identitarian movement onto US soil. The recently launched "Operation Homeland" project will attempt to recruit young folks on college campuses, beginning in March with an event at Michigan State University. Surrounded by his bodyguards, alt-right leader Richard Spencer answers questions of reporters during a rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, June 25, 2017. (Photo: Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images) The "alt-right" didn't really enter the spotlight of mainstream US culture until it dropped back into the gutter. For the first years of its infancy, from the founding of "AlternativeRight.com" in 2010 until the popularization of the #AltRight hashtag in early 2015, members had focused on trying to rehabilitate the image of white nationalism. A bad public image, terrorist violence, a history of mass genocide and vulgar racism had understandably ...
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Teens 'lie in' at White House to push for stronger gun control 20.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
In solidarity with their peers attacked in last week's school shooting in Florida, D.C. area students called for gun control reform Monday. Hundreds more demonstrations are expected in coming weeks.
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The “Black National Anthem” May Be More Patriotic Than “The Star Spangled Banner” 19.2.2018 Mother Jones
On Super Bowl Sunday, President Trump sent out a tweet that called on Americans to “proudly stand for the national anthem” during the football game in honor of the service men and women to whom “we owe… the greatest respect.” Couched in a reverence for the military, the tweet was almost certainly intended as a […]
Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims Say MP Government, RSS Men Forced Them to Leave Poll-Bound Mungaoli 19.2.2018 The Wire

Protestors were cautioning voters against 13 years of 'unkept' promises made by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on compensation.

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Can a new generation end our gun culture and Trump's presidency? Don't bet against them | Will Bunch 19.2.2018 Philly.com News
Young people have been largely missing from the fight over saving America in the era of Trump. But six horrible minutes in a Florida high school has changed everything.
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New food stamp proposal a big box of nothing | Editorial 18.2.2018 Philly.com News
The idea for what should be called the U.S. Heartless Boxes is so ludricrous that it seemed designed to be a distraction rather than an actual proposal.
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As Long as Rights Are Trampled, There Will Be Forced Migration 18.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Thanks to reader support, Truthout can deliver the news seven days a week, 365 days a year. Keep independent journalism going strong: Make a tax-deductible donation right now. Jorge García is no " bad hombre ." Before being deported to Mexico in mid-January, he was a hard-working, tax-paying landscaper in Michigan. He's also a hband and father -- although now an absent one. Many deportees -- most, like García, good people -- return to countries they no longer know, some of them unable to speak the language. Others are thrt into life-threatening situations . Families and communities fracture; some deportees die. In 2008, Laura was an undocumented Mexican mother of three living in Texas. Actually, she did have one US "paper" -- a protection order issued against her violent ex-hband, who'd subsequently been deported. He said he'd kill her if she returned to Mexico. The following year, Laura was detained after a traffic stop. She told the police officer, and later a Border Patrol agent, her very reasonable ...
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"Pro-Immigrant" Liberalism and Capitalist Exploitation: Why Corporate Democrats Do Not Support Immigrant Justice 18.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema pose for photos with immigration reform activists after a discussion on immigration reform October 23, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the fate of DACA up in the air, Democrats have been relatively silent on the plight of nearly 10 million other undocumented immigrants. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) The immigration debate, which teeters between racist vitriol from the right-wing and pro-immigrant discourse from corporate liberals and multicultural elites, deliberately ignores the fundamental issue of exploitation under a capitalist system. Immigrant workers are, above all, a means to turn a profit for both those in the detention and deportation business as well as industries that thrive on cheap labor. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema pose for photos with immigration reform activists after a discussion on immigration reform October 23, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the fate of DACA up in the air, Democrats have been ...
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When you hear someone criticize 'political correctness,' try substituting the word 'conscience' 18.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Who doesn’t like slagging off political correctness?

PC is uptight. It’s priggish, uncool. It’s the ideological version of panic over which fork to use at luncheon. Can’t we say African American anymore? Is it “black” — or even “Black” — now? Who can keep up?

America was practically founded on...

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School walkouts, sit-ins planned after Florida shooting 18.2.2018 AP National
The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws....
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Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets 18.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The rally in downtown Fort Lauderdale gave a political outlet to the growing feelings of rage and mourning sparked by the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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Floridians, angry and grieving, take gun violence protest to the streets 18.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killing 17 people in a Florida high school.

The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by scores of students from...

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“I Want Four Years Where I’m Not Judged by the Color of My Skin” 17.2.2018 Mother Jones
Historically black colleges and universities made headlines during Trump’s first year, as students pushed back against what they perceived as a racist administration. Last May, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed during her commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman university. And student activists chanted over former FBI Director James Comey’s speech at Howard University—my alma mater—in September. […]
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