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Roots of racism: 6 essential reads Featured Human Rights 

Roots of racism: 6 essential reads

(Conversation) – These stories from The Conversation archive explore where racism came from and why it persists. 1. Going back to Europe American University historian Ibram Kendi has traced the history of racist ideas in the U.S. back to the European societies that largely populated our nation. In an essay based on his award-winning book “Stamped from the Beginning,” Kendi rejects the conventional wisdom that hate and ignorance breed racist policies. Rather, Kendi writes: “Time and again, powerful and brilliant men and women have produced racist ideas in order to justify the racist policies of their era.” 2. Myths Read More

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Private Enterprise Is Securing Freedom for Women in Kenya Featured Human Rights 

Private Enterprise Is Securing Freedom for Women in Kenya

Kenya (FEE) – A community of women in Kenya are striking out on their own and using free-market tools to build a better life for themselves. In Africa, women have long been hindered by a lack of social and financial independence, especially in poorer regions. Local cultures have imposed dependency on men, often forcing poor families to live off of a single income. Women’s financial and professional prospects are often bleak. The patriarchal system that exists in most areas of the African continent casts women as subject to domestic abuse and maltreatment. Additionally, many customs and traditions held sacred in Read More

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The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children Featured Human Rights 

The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children

United States (ProPublica) – Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States. The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee applications from children with U.S.-based parents from three violence-riddled Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — according to the summary of a presentation the State Department made recently to refugee organizations. The decision to end the Central American Minors program, which began in 2014 and is the only refugee program aimed at helping people from that region, could put hundreds of families split Read More

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Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor. Featured Human Rights 

Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor.

United States (OW) – We’d be a better country if we didn’t rig the game against those whose only mistake was to be born to poor parents. We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who “came from nothing” and ended up rich and famous. And it’s true that it sometimes happens. Sometimes a child born into poverty grows up to become the president of the United States, a multi-billionaire, or an Olympic gold Read More

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3 Ways Inequality is at the Heart of Hurricane Irma’s Destruction Featured Human Rights 

3 Ways Inequality is at the Heart of Hurricane Irma’s Destruction

(NM) – Many of us are as angered as we are saddened to watch the destructive effects of record-breaking weather events unfolding in the Caribbean and elsewhere. Saddened because of our compassion, but angered because of how depressingly predictable such outcomes are. Critical commentators have long been warning that unless we address the causes of climate change, tropical storms will become more intense. A significant oversight of so much of the existing discussion, however, is addressing the role inequality plays in contributing to climate change. Here are three ways in which inequality is at the heart of so-called ‘natural’ disasters. 1. Political Read More

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The Missing and Murdered: Indigenous Women Forgotten in the Americas Human Rights 

The Missing and Murdered: Indigenous Women Forgotten in the Americas

(RustBelt) – Last night I attended a vigil held for the memory of Savanna Greywind, a Fargo, ND Indigenous woman, who was brutally murdered allegedly by her neighbors in an attempt to steal her baby. She was eight months pregnant when she was killed, and her body was found, wrapped in plastic and duct-tape, in the Red River. A newborn baby girl, believed to be Savanna’s, was discovered shortly before at the neighbor’s apartment. This particular story isn’t unfamiliar. It’s an unfortunate truth that mentally warped individuals with no consciences occasionally target pregnant women for their babies. What did surprise me Read More

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Undocumented youth divided over how to fight back against Trump immigration clampdown Human Rights 

Undocumented youth divided over how to fight back against Trump immigration clampdown

United States (Conversation) – Young immigrants from across the US participated in the first act of civil disobedience by undocumented youth under the Trump administration on July 26 in Texas. After protesters sat in the street outside the state capitol building in Austin, blocking traffic, 15 undocumented young people and their allies were arrested. They were eventually released. These protests were sparked by increased immigration enforcement against the undocumented population since the election of Donald Trump, including his pledge to end a temporary form of relief from deportation that has been available to many undocumented youth since 2012. The Read More

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Authorities in Southern Russia Scared of Feminism Human Rights 

Authorities in Southern Russia Scared of Feminism

Russia (HRW) – Police and Cossacks Harass Local Activists. Add another category to the long list of people deemed a security threat to the Russian state: feminists. Early this morning, a group of men broke into a tiny cottage near Dzhubga, a village in Russia’s southern Black Sea region of Krasnodar. The cottage was rented by five women who had traveled to the region for a feminist gathering. One of the men identified himself as a police officer and told the women they were being brought to the Dzhubga police station for questioning about an alleged breach of public order. Read More

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Track News Stories About Hate With the Documenting Hate News Index Featured Human Rights 

Track News Stories About Hate With the Documenting Hate News Index

United States (ProPublica) – We’re launching a new interactive project, the Documenting Hate News Index, that shows just how ubiquitous hate incidents really are. When news of violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville spread across the U.S., many responded with disbelief, insisting that such abhorrent behavior and views were un-American. “The poison spewed by Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK is not who we are as a country,” tweeted Sally Yates, former deputy U.S. attorney general. But our work on ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project shows that instances of hate are actually all too common. Everyday people — not just avowed “white nationalists” — Read More

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Why we need to talk about sexual violence in the military Featured Human Rights 

Why we need to talk about sexual violence in the military

United Kingdom (Conversation) – The BBC’s Panorama recently reported on a series of cover-ups regarding historical sex abuse in Britain’s Cadet Forces. The abuse involved was shocking, but consistent with the unfolding national scandal. Paedophiles have been exposed in politics, the clergy, football coaching and the BBC – why should we expect the military to be any different? But there is a broader issue that isn’t being widely talked about. And that is sexual violence and harassment against both male and female personnel within the ranks of the adult military. This is despite the Deepcut scandal involving the deaths Read More

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