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Child refugees suffer the most, UN says 8.12.2016 The Moderate Voice
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At least two children drowned every day trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year while an “untold number continue to perish” in the Gulf of Aden and other regions, the United Nations agency for refugees (UNHCR) reports. This again illustrates the horrific outcomes of numerous swathes of strife besetting the world. While [...]

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Standing Rock chair: Pipeline off treaty lands is OK, but climate change is the bigger issue 8.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
"If for the first time this nation can listen and hear us, they'll understand that this is about climate change," Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault said of the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest.
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Trump names climate change skeptic and oil industry ally to lead the EPA 8.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Donald Trump picked Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency, signaling the president-elect will deliver on his vow to disassemble President Obama’s landmark effort to fight climate change.

Pruitt, 48, a staunch ally of the fossil fuel industry, has taken a lead...

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Study shows media defined Trump based on what Trump said, and Clinton based on ... what Trump said 8.12.2016 Daily Kos
Called for banning people from entering the country based on religion. Email. Endorsed torture. Email. Called a deaf actress “retarded.” Email. Declared he would make the military commit war crimes. Email. Said a reporter was lying because she wasn’t attractive enough to be sexually assaulted. Email. Urged supporters to attack protesters at his rallies. Email. Mocked a reporter with a disability. Email. Called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Email. Said he’d release tax returns, then refused. Email. Repeat ad infinitum. A study for Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy  put some numbers to what we already knew: media coverage in 2016 was filled with false equivalency. “False equivalencies abound in today’s reporting,” writes Patterson. “When journalists can’t, or won’t, distinguish between allegations directed at the Trump Foundation and those directed at the Clinton Foundation, there’s something seriously amiss. And false equivalencies are developing on a grand ...
2016 sucked so much, it made "Anger Rooms" where you pay to smash things go viral 7.12.2016 Boing Boing
The first formal modern anger room was Donna Alexander's 2008 experiment on Chicago's south side, where customers paid $5 to smash things she'd found set out on neighborhood curbs on garbage days -- now Alexander runs a 1,000 square foot business called "Anger Room" in Dallas, and she's got competition. Anger rooms respond to the tenor of the moment, adding effigies of Trump and Clinton, or swapping in custom set-dressed props to recreate an office, depending on the customers' needs and willingness to pay. They're also popular for date nights and corporate team-building away-days. Some rooms play their own music, others allow participants to supply the soundtrack. The NYT quotes a shrink who's skeptical of the approach, saying that stress relief is best accomplished with mindfulness exercises, not rage sessions that can release dangerous stress hormones and surface painful emotions. Customers are provided with protective equipment that includes a helmet, goggles, boots and gloves. And they can pick out a ...
First Nations Treaty Alliance Says Newly-Approved Tar Sands Pipelines Will Not Be Built 7.12.2016 Truthout.com
Despite widespread opposition to the expansion of tar sands infrastructure in Canada, the country's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved two massive energy projects last week. If built, the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline would triple its current capacity -- potentially moving nearly 900,000 barrels of crude oil each day. A second pipeline project, known as Enbridge Line 3 also got the go-ahead While the government did deny another Enbridge bid, and banned crude tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia near Alaska, the Prime Minister said tar sands oil production will only increase. Energy transport companies argue pipelines are a safer alternative to the controversial practice of shipping oil by rail. Trudeau's Liberal Party prevailed in last year's elections in small part to his promises to reduce reliance on oil, protect the environment and honor the country's First Nations peoples. Now 100 tribes have joined in a Treaty Alliance to strengthen their resistance to ...
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UK to reveal details of Brexit talks plan 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
London • The House of Commons was set Wednesday to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s March 31 deadline to open exit talks with the European Union, after the British government agreed to publish details of its negotiating plan. The Conservative government has been reluctant to reveal much about its strategy or goals, saying that would weaken its hand in negotiations with the EU. Fearing defeat over an opposition motion calling for ministers to disclose more details before the talks start, the gov...
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Pipeline decision marks victory in tribal effort to protect sacred sites 7.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision earlier this week to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under the Missouri River signals Indian tribes' greater voice in off-reservation infrastructure projects.
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May accepts call to reveal details of Brexit strategy 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
London • U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to reveal more details of her plans for Brexit but challenged lawmakers to back her proposed timetable for withdrawing from the European Union. May on Tuesday accepted the wording of an opposition Labour Party motion seeking more details on her Brexit plans, subject to an amendment calling for the government to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty — the formal trigger for Brexit — by March 31, 2017. The House of Commons will debate the motio...
Congressman Takes To House Floor: 'Stop Tweeting!' 7.12.2016 Crooks Liars

At some point it will occur to Paul Ryan that he may not want to reply to every tweet the President-elect of his own party sends, but there are Democrats in his chamber who are only too happy to do so.

(Rep Jim McDermott is retiring in January, to be replaced by Pramila Jayapal.)

JIM MCDERMOTT:

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Former Child Soldier Denies War Crimes In Trial At International Criminal Court 6.12.2016 NPR News
Dominic Ongwen, who was kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army when he was a boy, pleaded not guilty to 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda. He was nicknamed the White Ant.
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EU's Brexit negotiator puts pressure on Britain 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Brussels • Britain may not have two years to negotiate its divorce from the European Union after all. The EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit warned Tuesday that the country will have less than 18 months once talks begin and that it won’t be allowed to pick and choose what parts of the EU it wants to keep. While steering away from specifics on what a Brexit deal might look like, Michel Barnier, who took up his post months ago after Britain voted in June to leave the EU, said formal procedures at the...
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Rival views of UK constitution battle over Brexit 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
London • U.K. Supreme Court judges were presented with starkly contrasting views of Britain’s largely unwritten constitution Tuesday, as they considered whether government or Parliament has the power to lead the country out of the European Union. A top constitutional lawyer opposing the government said the power lay only with the U.K.’s sovereign Parliament, and not the Conservative government. David Pannick said it would be “quite extraordinary” if rights and duties created by Parliament when i... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Team India satisfied with DRS: Kumble 6.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
Team India satisfied with DRS: Kumble
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Du Plessis' appeal against `mintgate` verdict to be heard on Dec.19 6.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
Du Plessis' appeal against `mintgate` verdict to be heard on Dec.19
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Mohammad Asif relieved after ICC's clarification 6.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
Mohammad Asif relieved after ICC's clarification
ICC to hear South African Du Plessis' appeal on December 19 6.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
ICC to hear South African Du Plessis' appeal on December 19
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Philippine Senate approves Articles of Agreement of AIIB 6.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
Philippine Senate approves Articles of Agreement of AIIB
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A Protest Victory at Standing Rock 6.12.2016 ConsortiumNews.com
The Native-American-led protest against an oil pipeline near Sioux lands in the Dakotas drew international attention and support from U.S. vets, prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to seek a different route, reports Dennis J Bernstein.   By Dennis…Read more →
Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State 6.12.2016 AP Top News
SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) -- The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq. Its ultimate destination: the Islamic State group....
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