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"These Are Not Normal Times": Hundreds of NYC Students Walk Out to Protest Trump & DeVos

Democracy Now (English) - 8 February 2017 - 11:55am

Hundreds of New York public school students walked out of class Tuesday to protest the policies of President Trump. The protest came on the same day the Senate confirmed billionaire Betsy DeVos for education secretary, after a historic tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

'They're People Not Terrorists' photo campaign challenges prejudices behind U.S. travel ban

Rabble.ca/ - 8 February 2017 - 11:38am
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Photographer Adam Zivo's work may be familiar to those aware of his project #LOVEISLOVEISLOVE, which he launched after the Orlando nightclub shooting. It featured tender, happy portraits of LGTBQ couples.

The Toronto-based photographer is now launching, on Friday, a new project in the wake of the U.S. travel ban that targets people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Toronto photographer Adam Zivo is launching a new project to counter hate and prejudice in the wake of the U.S. travel ban that targets people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Silenced by GOP for Reading Coretta Scott King's Letter About Jeff Sessions

Democracy Now (English) - 8 February 2017 - 11:28am

In a highly unusual move, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was silenced during a Senate debate Tuesday over the confirmation of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general, after Warren read a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King, who was then opposing Sessions for a federal judgeship.

Pace e giustizia per il Kurdistan

Anarkismo.net - 8 February 2017 - 7:43am
presidio di solidarietà
per la libertà di Ocalan, dei prigionieri curdi, di tutti gli oppositori al regime di Erdogan, per il confederalismo democratico

The social media fight against Trump is a modern battle of the presses

Rabble.ca/ - 8 February 2017 - 6:46am
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

At first glance there would seem to be little that would connect Donald Trump with Martin Luther, but stick with me here.

In 1517 Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation with his 95 Theses. This document railed against Papal indulgences, which the faithful could buy as a sort of "Get Out of Jail Free" card for sin.

The later Reformation also held that Christian scripture is the only source of the rules for worship. There was no need for priests to get in the way. This, of course, went over in Rome like a fart in a spacesuit. 

The most powerful battalions battling against Trump's frightening presidency -- fuelled by the hard work of the press -- are fighting it out on social media.

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KAIROS releases social justice wish list for Canada in 2017

Rabble.ca/ - 8 February 2017 - 6:37am
Last January, KAIROS released its wish list for the year -- 10-plus-one hopes for the federal government and the provinces to fulfill. 11 wishes for 2017 that will make Canada greener, more just and more equal

Adam Sneyd on 'Cotton,' globalization, commodities and clothing poverty

Rabble.ca/ - 8 February 2017 - 5:50am
Adam Sneyd on Cotton, Globalization and Clothing Poverty.

Adam and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new book Cotton, its empire, commodities and politics, "clothing poverty" and anti-globalization and why we need to be concerned about how the world works.


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Defending social movements against digital threats

Rabble.ca/ - 8 February 2017 - 5:37am

On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Dmitri Vitaliev. He is a co-founder and director of eQualit.ie, a non-profit based in Montreal that helps human rights organizations and social movements -- including some of the world's most prominent -- deal with increasingly crucial questions of online security and digital privacy.

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Democracy Now! 2017-02-08 Wednesday

Democracy Now (English) - 8 February 2017 - 5:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-02-08 Wednesday
  • Headlines for February 08, 2017
  • ACLU: We're in a Dangerous Situation as Gov't Claims That Courts Have No Role Reviewing Muslim Ban
  • Inside the ACLU's Fight Against Trump's Muslim Ban, with the Attorney Whose Lawsuit First Halted It
  • A Violation of Tribal & Human Rights: Standing Rock Chair Slams Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Water Protectors Call for Global Mass Mobilizations as Army Plans to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline

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In subversive move, Edmonton school board chair calls for optional Catholic programs in public schools

Rabble.ca/ - 7 February 2017 - 9:42pm

In a brilliantly subversive move, Michael Janz, chair of the Edmonton Public School Board, has publicly wondered in a blog post if the board he leads should set up its own optional Catholic program.

After all, the Edmonton Public School Board has a pretty long and successful record of running faith-based programs under its auspices, Janz noted mischievously on Monday in the personal blog he publishes online. There's a Protestant Christian program, a Jewish program and a Muslim program, all operating under the board's auspices with proper attention to standards and curricula.

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Understanding climate change means reading beyond headlines

Rabble.ca/ - 7 February 2017 - 3:27pm

Seeing terms like "post-truth" and "alternative facts" gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distill entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding.

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U.S. conservatism is built on racism, but it may no longer deliver corporate benefits

Rabble.ca/ - 7 February 2017 - 3:23pm

A long simmering culture war is back in full effect across the United States -- and has spilled over into other parts of the world, including Canada. It's a culture war that has been long festering, known well to those who perceive themselves to be on the losing end of this culture war -- cultural conservatives -- as well as their victims -- largely, anyone who wasn't a straight, white Christian (and sometimes male). And surprisingly, most lower and middle class white people are at the losing end of this war, but continue to support the movement.

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The Canadian Forces boast largest PR machine in the country, complain about 'toxic' media treatment

Rabble.ca/ - 7 February 2017 - 1:13pm

The media is unfair to the military, according to the Chief of Defence Staff. During a speech to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade last week General Jonathan Vance slammed "very toxic narratives" in reporting on the Canadian Forces.

"If you're paying attention to the news today, there are some very toxic narratives about the armed forces," Vance said. "The narrative that seems to prevail right now is if you join the armed forces, you are going to be sexually assaulted, raped or you're going to suffer from PTSD at some point and may commit suicide."

Reporting the truth is toxic?

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to Historically Close Vote on DeVos Confirmation

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 7 February 2017 - 9:41am
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following today’s historically close vote on the Betsy DeVos nomination for Secretary of Education:

Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Nominee Scott Pruitt for Denying Public Access to Polluter Emails

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 7 February 2017 - 9:09am
Center for Media and Democracy

Days before the full Senate votes on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a national investigative watchdog group, alleges in a new lawsuit that as Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt has violated the Oklahoma Open Records Act for failing to provide public access to official emails and other documents for more than two years.  The lawsuit alsoasks for an injunctio

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges No Vote on Betsy DeVos

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 7 February 2017 - 8:21am
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in advance of a vote on the Betsy DeVos nomination for U.S. Department of Education:

“In the entire history of the Department of Education, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has never opposed an Education Secretary nominee, until Betsy DeVos. But no nominee has ever been as unfit to lead one of the nation’s most important civil rights agencies as she has proven to be.

Colombia's resistance to Canadian mining interests is multi-faceted and fearless

Rabble.ca/ - 7 February 2017 - 8:03am

Edith Taborda is an Indigenous mother of two girls who belongs to the Embera Karamba community in Quinchia (Risaralda). She is also an activist against mining projects. 

Since 2011 her community has observed the actions of Canadian company corporations such as Batero Gold Corp through its Colombian subsidiary Minera Quinchia SAS and Seafield Resources Ltd. in their territory.

Early on, some people thought their presence was good but local opinion quickly turned against the mining companies.

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How to identify fake news in an 'alternative fact' climate

Rabble.ca/ - 7 February 2017 - 6:08am
With online news accounting for so much of what we see and learn, a smart Internaut needs ways to assess the increasingly startling reports that other people share. Media literacy in a post-fact age

Solidaridad y Defensa de las Comunidades Frente al Avance del Paramilitarismo en el Cauca

Anarkismo.net - 7 February 2017 - 5:46am
Informe del Centro de Comunicación y Educación Popular CEP-Enraizando sobre la violencia política registrada durante el mes de enero del 2017 en el departamento del Cauca.
Se realiza un recuento de las amenazas, la persecución, las acciones de propaganda armada y los atentados contra la vida de las comunidades indígenas nasa ejercidas por grupos paramilitares en el mes de enero del 2017. Luego se presenta el contexto de violencia contra activistas sociales y defensores de derechos humanos en Colombia registrado durante el año 2016, señalando como el territorio del Cauca ha sido el más golpeado por la violencia contra las organizaciones sociales y comunitarias, se termina con una reflexión sobre el avance y reconfiguración del paramilitarismo en Colombia.

Spring political follies: Three Canadian leadership races

Rabble.ca/ - 7 February 2017 - 5:28am
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

On Sunday, when a respected Quebec politician declared for the leadership of the Bloc Québécois, it should have been welcome news for Quebec sovereignists. Instead it provoked controversy.

A one-time Hydro-Québec engineer, former Minister of Natural Resources in the government of Pauline Marois, and two-time candidate for the Parti Québécois leadership, Martine Ouellet is a PQ member of the Quebec National Assembly.

If elected Bloc leader, as appears likely, Ouellet will leave the PQ caucus, but continue to perform her duties as an independent MNA (Member of the National Assembly). She intends to stay in office until the 2108 Quebec election, and then contest the federal election expected in 2019.

In Canadian politics a winning candidate is currently defined as one that can take on Justin Trudeau and make him look weak. Runners in three leadership races will have to measure up.

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