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.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
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Coloradans are creating mutual aid networks to deal with devastating needs amid COVID-19 28.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
Eight months in, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt and endanger Coloradans’ lives. In the wake of this loss, Coloradans across the state formed mutual aid networks to address people's needs.
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City revises plans on emergency mental health responses, will fund pilot that does not include police 28.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
City revises plans on emergency mental health responses, will fund pilot that does not include police.
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Letters to the Editor: Readers don't want to see your unmasked face in the L.A. Times 28.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Photos in the L.A. Times of Snoop Dogg and of a happy grandmother, both unmasked, drew howls of protests from readers.

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China fulfills a dream to end poverty. Not all poor people are feeling better off 28.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Beijing says it has met its goal of wiping out extreme poverty in China by the end of 2020. The top-down effort disrupted untold individual lives.

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Letters to the Editor: Why a 1-penny tax on plastic containers is hugely unfair 26.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The companies and shareholders that profited from cheap disposable plastic containers should pay for cleanup, not consumers.

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Thanksgiving lessons jettison Pilgrim hats, welcome truth 25.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
A friendly feast shared by the plucky Pilgrims and their native neighbors? That’s yesterday’s Thanksgiving story.
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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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What’s Next for the #Resistance Now That They Don’t Have Trump to Kick Around Anymore? 24.11.2020 Mother Jones
“You’ll see the signs :),” Megan Bartlett had texted me as I looked for her house in Geneva, Illinois, a 20,000-person town about an hour west of Chicago. The note seemed vague to the point of useless until I arrived. In a maze of massive greige colonials, Bartlett’s stuck out: It was the only one […]
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Column: How Huntington Beach became Angrytown, USA 24.11.2020 LA Times: Health

Huntington Beach has always been conservative, but the governor, masks rules and a new coronavirus curfew have fueled all-out rage.

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What Kyle Rittenhouse’s $2 Million Fundraiser Reveals About the Unequal System of Justice in America 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
On Friday, Cynthia Green stood outside a grassy field at a folding table, selling french fries, corn fritters, and rib sandwiches to try and raise enough money to bury her 18-year-old son, who had been shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy in Cocoa, Florida, one week earlier. Green couldn’t afford the funeral costs on her […]
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Advancing Science through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice 20.11.2020 EcoTone
By Kathleen Weathers, Pamela Templer, and Catherine O’Riordan “To fulfill ESA’s mission to advance the science and practice of ecology, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must be fully supported throughout their careers.” -DEIJ Task Force Recommendations At its November 2020 meeting, the Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) unanimously endorsed the ...
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How “the Latino Vote” Was Invented 20.11.2020 Mother Jones
Long before the 2020 election, Latino leaders saw the true power of a unified voting bloc. In 1971, Latino politicians, led by Herman Badillo, a Puerto Rican congressman from New York, and Edward Roybal, a Mexican American congressman from Los Angeles, sought to create a broad coalition of Spanish-speaking people from across the country. The […]
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ESA advances towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice 20.11.2020 EcoTone
“To fulfill ESA’s mission to advance the science and practice of ecology, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must be fully supported throughout their careers.” -DEIJ Task Force Recommendations At its November 2020 meeting, the Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) unanimously endorsed recommendations submitted by the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, ...
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Progressives Weigh Fight Over Biden’s Defense Secretary Pick 20.11.2020 Mother Jones
As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to shape a national security team in his image, few choices loom larger than who he will pick to lead the Defense Department. That decision will help determine how sharply Biden’s foreign policy veers from the chaos of Donald Trump’s presidency—and how much it diverges from the progressive foreign policy ideals […]
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He’s Advised Pro-Democracy Activists in 50 Countries. Here’s His Advice for Americans. 20.11.2020 Mother Jones
He’s been called “the secret architect of global revolution” (by the Guardian) and a “nonviolent storm trooper” (in the pages of our magazine). Now, after two decades traveling the world training pro-democracy activists in more than 50 countries, Serbian revolutionary Srdja Popovic finds himself in the United States, where he’s teaching strategic nonviolent struggle to students at […]
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Establish the Office of Climate Mobilization 20.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

We Are the Majority

"They've given us a mandate for action on covid, the economy, on climate change, on systemic racism." - President-Elect Joe Biden

President-elect Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump with the highest youth turnout ever. Now, Joe Biden must assemble a powerful governing team to stop the climate crisis, create millions of good-paying jobs, address systemic racism, and control the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What big bets by Bezos Earth Fund say about climate action in 2021 19.11.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
What big bets by Bezos Earth Fund say about climate action in 2021 Heather Clancy Thu, 11/19/2020 - 01:00 A group of 16 nonprofits dedicated to inspiring climate action has much to give thanks for this week. With little fanfare other than a lengthy Instagram post, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pledged $791 million in donations from the Bezos Earth Fund — his $10 billion commitment to funding scientists, nonprofits and "others" that have made it their life’s work to fight climate change. For those of you keeping score, Bezos created the fund in February, although not much is known about who is behind the scenes running things — there’s isn’t even a public-facing web site. This is the first batch of grants bestowed by the organization.  Many of you will be familiar with the organizations that made the cut, and I see no reason not to list them all because they deserve as much attention as possible these days: The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund , ClimateWorks Foundation , Dream Corps Green For All , Eden ...
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After years of student activism, Park District officially makes name change to Douglass Park 19.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The Chicago Park District voted Wednesday to officially change the name of the West Side park to honor the renowned abolitionists Anna and Frederick Douglass.
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Op-Ed: A victory for salmon, two tribes and the Klamath River 18.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

After two decades of advocacy and setbacks, the grass-roots movement to take down four dams in the Klamath River Basin is close to success.

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Unique event: indigenous voices heard for first time in EU debate on conservation 17.11.2020 Survival International
These Khadia men were thrown off their land after it was turned into a tiger reserve. They lived for months under plastic sheets. Millions more face this fate if the 30% plan goes ahead. © Survival For the first time, indigenous people and activists affected by protected areas on their land will have the chance to tell European policy makers what they think about conservation.  The unique conference , taking place on November 19, is hosted by European parliamentarians and will bring together representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, NGOs, European Commission officials, and MEPs. The debate will be livestreamed, and comes against the backdrop of a push by the EU, UN and others to turn 30% of the world’s surface into protected areas by 2030 Survival and others are campaigning to stop this #BigGreenLie as it would constitute the biggest land grab in world history, reducing hundreds of millions of people to landless poverty. Among the activists present ...
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