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Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone Health 

Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone

(Mosaic) – Women’s reproductive rights are under attack across the globe. Sophie Cousins investigates the challenges women face in accessing abortion and contraception in two very different countries – India and the USA. Outside, the mid-morning heat is stifling. It’s not humid like the bustling metropolises of Mumbai or Kolkata; here in New Delhi it’s a dry heat, the type of heat that exhausts you, made worse by a thick layer of dust which sticks to your face and stings your eyes. On the maternity ward inside the hospital at Jamia Hamdard University all the metal gurneys are taken, 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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US President Donald Trump Pardons Reviled Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Politics 

US President Donald Trump Pardons Reviled Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Washington DC (Sputnik) – On Friday, US President Donald Trump granted a pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A political ally of Trump, Arpaio dubbed himself “the toughest sheriff in America.” He was pardoned less than a month after being convicted in a criminal contempt case stemming from his department’s racial profiling activities. Trump strongly hinted that he would pardon Arpaio in an August 14 interview with Fox News, saying he was “seriously considering” it. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him,” the president said. At Read More

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How the health care struggle is building a broad anti-Trump resistance Activism 

How the health care struggle is building a broad anti-Trump resistance

United States (WNV) – The recess offered little respite to the Republican senators supporting the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA. After the bill failed to gain enough support for a vote before the recess, opponents of the health care reform legislation — which would entail major cuts to Medicaid and the loss of health coverage for roughly 22 million Americans — used the holiday weekend as an opportunity to express their outrage at town hall meetings and public events. When some Republican legislators refused to attend the meetings, activists staged sit-ins at their offices and sought them out at Read More

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Naomi Klein discusses the climate crisis, Trump’s brand, and America’s war on memory Activism 

Naomi Klein discusses the climate crisis, Trump’s brand, and America’s war on memory

United States (OpenDemocracy) – The author of No Is Not Enough says we must tackle our “inner Trump” in order to create a better world. Naomi Klein’s new book is a rapid response to Trump, but it is the product of two decades of radical thinking. In this interview she discusses Trump as a superbrand; his kleptocratic cabinet, specialists in ‘disaster capitalism’; and how to tackle global warming, in the wake of US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement: Klein’s new book also addresses an important theme – the necessity of outlining an alternative: “A different story, offering a different Read More

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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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Conspiracy Theories You’ll Likely Be Hearing This Year Entertainment 

Conspiracy Theories You’ll Likely Be Hearing This Year

World (Ranker) – Editor’s Note: Each year brings with it new music and fashion trends, new movies and tv shows, new concepts in science and technology, and of course, new conspiracy theories. Ranging from spot on to unlikely to absurd, here is a list of conspiracy theories we expect to hear in 2017, brought to you by our friends at Ranker. This report was prepared for Ranker.

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Global Earth Day March for Science Activism Environment Featured Science and Nature 

Global Earth Day March for Science

World (Sputnik) – Responding to an alarming rise in science denial in the West, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 600 cities around the globe are celebrating the use of science as the way to view the physical and natural world when formulating global policy. March for Science, taking place in hundreds of cities, seeks to be “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments,” the movement’s website explains. “We are at a critical juncture,” said science communicator and event emcee Cara Santa Maria. “Science is under attack,” she said, according to the Washington Post. 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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Proposed Ban on Agricultural Neurotoxin Refused By EPA Featured Science and Nature 

Proposed Ban on Agricultural Neurotoxin Refused By EPA

Kailua, Hawaii (GREED) – Although numerous studies point to potential health hazards, EPA head Scott Pruitt denied the previous administration’s petition to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide that is especially dangerous to young children. The agrochemical of household use has been discontinued in the U.S. for nearly two decades, and despite an overwhelming amount of evidence suggesting that the substance is dangerous to humans and the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a go-ahead last week to its continued use in agricultural applications. The chemical is known to pollute water supplies and has even has Read More

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