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  • Stop The Murder Of Environmental Defenders In Latin America The Murder of Berta Cáceres  In March 2016, I went to Mexico to receive the Mayahuel Award for human rights and environmental work at the Guadelajara International Film Festival. During my visit I learned that Berta Cáceres, environmental campaigner and head of the indigenous rights group Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous organizations of Honduras (COPINH), ...
  • Trump Ethical Storm: 7 Environmental Appointees With Conflicts Of Interest Back when Donald Trump was a real estate developer whose projects involved thousands of construction workers, he repeatedly downplayed well-documented dangers of asbestos, writing in one of his books that the carcinogen was “100-percent safe, when applied.” It helps explain President Trump’s pattern, amid ever-swirling ethical scandals, of selecting people with conflicts of interest for key ...
  • Nicki Minaj Is Paying Off Fans’ Student Debt On Twitter 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); The New York Times once called Nicki Minaj “a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look.” This week, Minaj proved that sentiment true by making waves with an unprovoked Twitter-spree of philanthropy. Minaj was promoting a contest on Twitter when a young fan dropped a tweet asking for help ...
  • These Six Utopian Cities Of The Future Will Help You Re-imagine Life On Earth Alan Marshall, Author provided Alan Marshall, Mahidol University Utopia, a book by English statesman, lawyer and clergyman Thomas More (1487-1535), turns 500 years old this month. A fictional rendering of social philosophy, the book describes an exemplary society on an imaginary island in an unknown place faraway across the seas. Coined by More from the ...
  • Worse Than Watergate: Trump’s Constitutional Crisis It’s difficult to express the deep irony of Donald Trump sitting down with Henry Kissinger for a photo-op the day after he ousted FBI Director James Comey, who’s in the middle of investigating him and his cronies, and which has sparked the most serious Constitutional crisis since Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” of October 20, ...
  • Young New Yorkers, Street Artists, and Keeping Teens Out of Jail The Street Art community donates time and art to a program that keeps teens out of jail in New York. An annual auction overflows with work by today’s Street Artists. With the precision indicative of her architect training Rachel Barnard describes the art/criminal justice project for youth that she founded five years ago – which keeps ...
  • IMF: Cut Off Funding To Ukraine Until Anti-Corruption Court Is Operating “The IMF should not give one more dollar to Ukraine until the Anti-Corruption Court is in operation,” said Sergii Leshchenko in a May 9 telephone interview. Leshchenko is a hero of the Revolution of Dignity, a lanky and serious journalist-turned-politician who has risked his life and career for years to fight corruption in Ukraine. He’s not ...
  • When World Leaders Thought You Shouldn’t Need Passports Or Visas These days neither the public nor governments consider passports as a serious obstacle to freedom of movement. Yohmi/Flickr, CC BY-NC Speranta Dumitru, Université Paris Descartes – USPC In the age of heavily restricted migration, passport control seems a natural prerogative of the state. The idea of abolishing passports is almost unthinkable. But in the 20th ...
  • What New Zealand Owes The Western Sahara Mark Wynne is the CEO of Balance Agri-Nutrients, a New Zealand fertilizer company that imports hundreds of thousands of tonnes of phosphate every year from an illegal mine in a brutally occupied territory called Western Sahara. Fortunately for Mark, the Western Sahara is in north-west Africa, which is not a part of the world New ...
  • Dear America, It’s Time To Stop Calling Donald Trump “President” So be it. The biggest threat to my generation’s democracy somehow won’t be the indignant terrorists of 9/11, but a delusional jackass in a power suit. I won’t tell my grandkids I survived an invading army, but invading trolls and bots. I’ll never learn of the threat in film reels or newspaper cartoons, but memes and ...
  • There’s A Faster Way Than Russiagate To Remove Trump From Office The now-confirmed FBI investigation into Donald Trump’s potential collaboration with Russia’s illegal interference in US elections could well lead to multiple criminal convictions and his impeachment. But, it will take a long time. There is a faster way to force Trump from office. Since day one of his administration, Trump has been in violation of Article ...
  • How To Get All the Coolest Tour Merchandise Without Attending A Show For Teen Vogue, by Alyssa Hardy. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Zayn Malik, Jay-Z and more. Beyonce’s tour merch reveal yesterday had us thinking about just how far we’ve come since the days of stale t-shirts with an artist’s face and a list of venues on it. As Business of Fashion reports, several musicians and record labels are ...
  • Sorry, But You Should Absolutely Not Use Beer As A Painkiller For SELF, by Zahra Barnes. We hate to be buzzkills, but if you recently heard that a study proved beer is a better painkiller than medications like Tylenol, that’s not quite the case. In reality, the study results aren’t as cut and dried as that. The meta-analysis in question was published in The Journal of Pain in ...
  • 10 Books To Wake Up Your Book Club Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here. Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman “Even those who only dimly remember Royce White, Pavement, or Gnarls Barkley will find the reflections on them engaging.” A collection of journalistic pieces that remain provocative, or at least ...
  • My Daughters, My Teachers I thought I was teaching them. Looking at it differently, I think they have taught me, too. When I had to break down lessons ― from the top ― I realized that I had to learn a few of them again. My girls helped me do that. Here are 10 examples of my daughters schooling ...
  • Tucker Carlson Is Trump’s Highest-Paid Smokescreen The last time I appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show as the Progressive opposition, I had stated during a morning segment on the same network that Carlson’s tactic of focusing on Susan Rice, precisely when news of Trump supporter Erik Prince’s Russia connection hit the news wires, made Carlson a “high-priced smokescreen for the ...
  • How Racism Hurts White People Too Imagine you work hard your whole life: at school, work and home. You win some and you lose some, and at times it feels like there’s more losing than winning. Life’s not easy, but you hang in there and follow most of the rules. Some people are less kind than others, and your interactions with ...
  • After Comey: How To Be A Patriotic Insider On April 27, Donald Trump signed an executive order creating within the Department of Veterans Affairs a new office charged with protecting whistleblowers, that is, department staff who want to report wrongdoing inside the VA.  The administration trumpeted this step, and, if properly implemented, it could be useful. Unfortunately, almost everything else that President Trump and ...
  • My Job Application To Be FBI Director The White House1600 Pennsylvania AvenueWashington, DC Dear sir, Since I’ve heard on the news that there is an opening as FBI Director, I would like to submit my application for the job. I know that you have an “Acting Director” at the moment, but that’s someone who was already working at the agency, and I’m sure you’d ...
  • We Must Have A Special Prosecutor 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); So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails. Stop laughing. Trump takes us for chumps. The Republic is nothing to him but a crap game. And he loads the dice. In this case, he signs the letter dismissing Comey ...