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  • Trump Recklessly Pulls U.S. Out Of The Paris Agreement function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);   President Trump has decided to pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. This agreement marked a critical turning point in efforts to address climate change as it included, for the first time, specific commitments from all major countries and a path to strengthen domestic ...
  • Workers Want A Green Economy, Not A Black Environment function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); To justify withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord, President Trump said during his press conference today, “I was elected to represent the city of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” From terrible experience, Pittsburghers know about pollution. Before Pittsburgh’s renaissance, its streetlights frequently glowed at noon to illuminate sidewalks through the darkness of ...
  • President Trump’s Decision To Exit Paris Climate Agreement Is A Mistake function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement is the latest demonstration of his administration’s complete disregard for the health and safety of the American people, the economy on which those families rely, and the future of the planet we all share. The landmark 2015 climate agreement ...
  • Pulling Out Of Paris A Blow To American Business, Innovation And Jobs function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);   By Mindy Lubber and Bob Keefe On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” But our would-be jobs president is risking millions of jobs and U.S. economic competitiveness with his short-sighted decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate ...
  • The Unparented: A Reflection On The Global Day Of Parents Back around 2008 and 2009, I often traveled to impoverished places to lead discussions and facilitate workshops. I was asked to go into Delft, which is a violent township outside of Cape Town in South Africa. This township, with a population of almost 700,000 people, had massive unemployment and a low school graduation rate. There were ...
  • Am I Really ‘Proud’ To Be A Lesbian? I participated in my first LGBTQ Pride Parade 24 years ago in Syracuse, New York. The “parade” consisted of maybe 100 people, all of whom pretty much knew one another. On an early Sunday morning, we marched down an empty downtown street, led by our one “Dyke on Bike,” Karen. Our only spectators were a few ...
  • Trump’s Budget Is Cruel And Deeply Un-American Despite his degree, Donald Trump is not an economist. He has no experience in government. He does not know what it takes to run a municipality or state, let alone an entire country. He pays people to deliver economic and financial analysis and, most of the time, they probably tell him what he wants to ...
  • The Paris Climate Agreement Is Up To Us Now Politicians were never going to save the world. That’s up to the rest of us. There’s a moment in the movie “The Martian” where in order to save their fellow astronaut left on Mars, the crew of the Hermes pulls of a daring maneuver to use the Earth’s gravitational pull as a slingshot to send them ...
  • If The World Lets Venezuela Fall, Democracy In The Region Will Fall With It CARACAS, Venezuela ― For the past two months, Venezuelans like myself have taken to the streets to exercise our constitutional right to peaceful protest against the most repressive regime in our nation’s history. While the unconstitutional and failed attempt by the Supreme Court to dissolve the Venezuelan National Assembly on March 29 sparked these protests, we ...
  • News Roundup for June 1, 2017 New month, same old news. 1. Trump is to announce his decision on the Paris climate agreement today. Our future is in his tiny, tiny hands. More here. 2. Ten Philippine soldiers have been killed in a misdirected air raid by their own military. “Friendly fire” is the term being used, which doesn’t sit quite right with ...
  • Trump To Duterte: ‘You’re Just Like Me’ Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com In case you hadn’t noticed, as in the Middle East and Europe, we’re in a new Trumpian age in Asia. If you want to confirm that, check out the recently leaked transcript of an April 29th phone conversation between the American and Philippine presidents (published in full at the Intercept). Donald Trump launches ...
  • Who Will Take America’s Place In Asia? Goodbye Pacific Pivot, Hello Pacific Retreat Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Asia has been the future for more than a generation. When Americans try to glimpse what’s to come, images of the Pacific Rim flood the imagination. For movie audiences in 1982, the rain-soaked Los Angeles of Blade Runner looked like downtown Tokyo. By 2014, the City of Angels ...
  • The Art Of The Putin-Trump Deal Say you’re Vladimir Putin, and you did a deal with Trump last year. I’m not suggesting there was any such deal, mind you. But if you are Putin and you did do a deal, what did Trump agree to do? 1. Repudiate NATO. NATO is the biggest thorn in your side – the alliance that both ...
  • Haven’t They Suffered Enough: Sylvia Rivera And LGBTQ Homeless Youth In the spring of 2001, I received one of the greatest honors of my queer activist life. With a small group of people, (including Krishna Stone, a Grand Marshall of this year’s NYC Pride Parade) I had planned a rally for homeless youths in Times Square. As hundreds of us marched up 7th Avenue, I ...
  • A CALL TO MEN: Honoring the Next Generation of Manhood One of the most common misconceptions about feminist work is that it is a movement solely for and about women and that men are excluded as allies or beneficiaries. But in truth feminist issues are not just “women’s issues,” they are human issues. Ultimately it is about the right of each of us to embrace ...
  • These Muslim Convert Stories Will Challenge Your Perspective Of Islam “Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology, the ideology of a retarded culture.” Islam is “like a malignant cancer.” “I think Islam hates us.”   These are just a few of the outlandish statements made by Western voices of political influence in recent times, one of whom is the president of the United States of America. Such ...
  • 6 Tips For Parents Before Giving Your Child A Smartphone Children are extremely savvy when it comes to the use of electronic devices. At the youngest of ages, they appear to know how to maneuver the use of electronics better than some adults. In fact, watching a child who can barely talk turn on their favorite you tube channel can seem a tad bit scary ...
  • Reflecting On Alienation During Ramadan We enter Ramadan reflecting on the tragic loss of life in Manchester. We pray for the souls of the victims, for the recovery of survivors, and for strength of heart for all the families affected. There is small comfort in efforts to understand the terrorist mind, but perhaps some hope for the future lies there. The ...
  • Is It A Poison Ivy Rash? How To Tell — And How To Treat It By Jessica Migala You’ve probably feared a run-in with poison ivy since you were a kid. Even brushing up against the pointy leaves is risky, says Temitayo A. Ogunleye, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The climbing plant contains an irritating resin, called urushiol, that can transfer to ...
  • The Complicated Reason People Are Totally Fine With Rihanna’s Weight Gain When there is a noticeable change in a celebrity’s weight, especially if said celebrity is a woman, people talk about it. If she loses weight, fitness and entertainment blogs package it as a great makeover, a fresh start, or some other positive “transformation.” Onlookers cheer and congratulate them. We saw this happen with Gabby Sidibe, ...