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Trump Administration’s Attack on Civil Rights Legislation Featured Politics 

Trump Administration’s Attack on Civil Rights Legislation

United States (ProPublica) – For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees. Top officials in the DOJ civil rights division have issued verbal instructions through the ranks to seek settlements without consent decrees — which would result in no continuing court oversight. The move is just one part of a move by the Trump administration to limit Read More

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Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples Select a Woman to Represent Their Resistance in Upcoming Presidential Election Politics 

Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples Select a Woman to Represent Their Resistance in Upcoming Presidential Election

Mexico (GV) – In a historic decision for Mexico, the country’s indigenous peoples appointed María de Jesús Patricio Martínez as spokeswoman for the National Indigenous Governing Council, with the intent for her to run as an independent candidate in the upcoming presidential elections of 2018. The various communities selected her on May 28, 2017, while gathered together at the National Indigenous Congress (CNI, for its initials in Spanish), which was backed by leftist political group Zapatista Army of National Liberation. La compañera María de Jesús Patricio Martinez es la Vocera del Concejo Indígena de Gobierno #CNI #CIG pic.twitter.com/ROLJUBrvu5 — SubVersiones AAC (@SubVersionesAAC) May 28, Read More

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Each Week of Trump’s Presidency, Ranked In Order of Insanity Featured Politics 

Each Week of Trump’s Presidency, Ranked In Order of Insanity

World (Ranker) – Editor’s Note: From our friends at Ranker, a list of the Trump administration’s blunders accomplishments over the past 17 weeks, ranked by users in order of wtf factor. You can affect the order of this list by using the arrow buttons. Whether you love Trump or hate him, you have to admit this presidency will go down in history for entertainment value alone. And oh, the memes… This report was prepared by Jacob Shelton for Ranker.

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New Anti-Protest Laws: Fine For Organizations Supporting Activism, Up To $1 Million Activism Environment Politics 

New Anti-Protest Laws: Fine For Organizations Supporting Activism, Up To $1 Million

World (Sputnik) – In the wake of the increasingly violent repression of legal dissent in the US, the state of Oklahoma has moved to place fines of up to $1 million on protesters. New laws intended to severely punish those exercising their constitutional right to disagree with existing legislation and policy will now see possible fines of up to $1 million in the US state of Oklahoma, after legislators rushed what they termed “emergency” anti-protest laws into effect. The new laws allow for increased fines on those found guilty in Oklahoma of engaging in protest actions that result in the damage of infrastructure, especially oil and gas equipment. They also include a new wrinkle, in which Read More

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Monsanto Found Guilty by Tribunal: Human Rights Violations, Crimes Against Humanity & Ecocide Environment Featured Politics 

Monsanto Found Guilty by Tribunal: Human Rights Violations, Crimes Against Humanity & Ecocide

United States (ANHUSA) – The International Monsanto Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Last October, eminent judges heard testimonies from victims. Last week, following procedures established by the International Court of Justice, judges presiding over the tribunal delivered its legal opinion regarding Monsanto’s impact on human rights, the environment, access to food, and scientific integrity after hearing testimony from thirty witnesses and experts from around the world. Their conclusion: Monsanto’s business activities infringe on our right to a clean, sustainable Read More

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Weed is Winning the Local War on Drugs Featured Politics 

Weed is Winning the Local War on Drugs

United States (FEE) – Atlanta’s city council is contemplating making a smart move by decriminalizing marijuana possession (up to an ounce) within city limits. The current ludicrous threat of jail time would be replaced with a paltry $75 fine. Many say Atlanta has a major policing problem along racial lines—more black residents are getting arrested for marijuana possession than their white counterparts, to an eery degree. Proponents of this new policy say decriminalization could partially ease those tensions. Currently, punishments vary for first-time possession of up to an ounce. On the second offense, however, you can pay up to $1000 Read More

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Canada Plans To Legalize Cannabis In 2018 Featured Health Politics Science and Nature 

Canada Plans To Legalize Cannabis In 2018

World (Sputnik) – The Canadian government has introduced a bill that would make the country the first in North America to legalize marijuana and other cannabis products for recreational purposes. The proposal has the popular support of a majority of Canadians. However, the Canadian Psychiatric Association has expressed some concerns. After long promising on the campaign trail to legalize recreational marijuana, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced plans to do so. Cannabis had already been legal in Canada for limited medical use since 2001. The Trudeau government is proposing allowing for the legal trade of the drug for recreational use as well from the age of 18. A federal government task Read More

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Post-Truth Politics: Collective Deception and Alternative Facts Featured Politics 

Post-Truth Politics: Collective Deception and Alternative Facts

Sydney, Australia (New Internationalist) – Editor’s Note: This report from NJ Enfield, Professor of Linguistics and Head of Research for the Network on the Crisis of Post-Truth Discourse at The University of Sydney, examines the historical roots of so-called alternative facts and fake news. Throughout history, human societies have accepted numerous truths despite the lack of evidence. How does this effect our politics? There is increasing alarm at the rise of a post-truth doctrine of alternative facts, currently flourishing most notably in the populist contexts of Trump’s ascendance and the recent Brexit campaign. Just one example, from too many of late, comes from White Read More

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