Neil deGrasse Tyson Cites Celebrity Flat-Earthers To Make A Point About Politics

April 22, 2017

After vainly explaining to these celebstime and time again that the Earth is round, Tyson is trying a different approach.This time, hes showing how science deniers can be detrimental in government. Tyson began by explaining that flat-Earthers who live in the U.S.are allowed to say whatever they want, truth or not. Constitutional rights dont make beliefs true, however. If kids who are fans of pop-stars think Earth is flat because they do, then it exposes a flaw in the concept of Role …

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This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he tried to have us sing ‘We Shall …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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Steve King Toasts Border Patrol After Deportation Of Dreamer

April 19, 2017

WASHINGTON Immigrant rights advocates were dismayed on Tuesday by reports that the first undocumented immigrant with active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections under President Donald Trump. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had the opposite reaction. First non-valedictorian DREAMer deported. Border Patrol, this ones for you, King tweeted, with a photo of a beer. infamously said in 2014 first reported by USA Today on Tuesday Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio said …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

… Just over a mile away, State Department officials wagged a finger, noting widespread voting irregularities that gave Erdogan his razor-thin victory and warning Turkeyto protect all its citizens’ rights and freedoms. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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‘Survivor’ Contestant Outed As Transgender During Shocking Tribal Council

April 14, 2017

… appeared on Survivor, but who had not come out as trans, was blindsided by Varners comments. In fact, several of Smiths team members were outraged by Varners disclosure, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Varner attempted to clarify his position, claiming hes an ally of the transgender community. I argue for the rights of the state of North Carolina, Varner said. to hurt anyone here. I feel like Ive got to throw But even after apologizing for outing Smith, Varner was voted off the show. …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… photograph of the couple, as well as one that appears to show a Syrian woman wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt in a car emblazoned with Assads face. In the alt-rights telling, Assad is a defender standing between the masses of hyper-conservative Muslims and the rest of the world. To them, imagery suggesting that Assad is modern is essential its a way to contrast him with other Muslims, like the millions of the Syrians the Assad regime has targeted, who they argue want to force white women into …

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How Trump is squandering his power with China and Egypt

April 5, 2017

(CNN)Leaders of repressive governments, like Egypt’s and China’s, have long braced themselves for bilateral visits with American presidents and Cabinet officials, because they know they will be hearing about human rights and freedom of speech. They have to worry about protests, about the response from civil society and the uncensored press. This fear has long given American leaders of both parties the leverage to send a strong message to foreign leaders in support of our values. …

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Theresa May’s Saudi Arabia balancing act – BBC News

April 4, 2017

When they look at the map of the region they see Iran effectively controlling five Middle Eastern capitals now: Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sana’a, and spreading its influence among the Shia populations in Bahrain and along Saudi Arabia’s Gulf coast. So the Saudis want to know that their defence alliance with the UK, as well as the US, is rock solid. Death toll But left out of the picture are the human rights organisations and campaign groups that want Mrs May to use …

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US takes turn atop UN Security Council

April 4, 2017

… that should would always be “a transparency gal.” The role won’t enable Haley to snap her fingers and get whatever she wants on the discussion agenda. While Haley is pressing for a human rights discussion April 18, two other permanent members, Russia and China, are not interested, meaning the idea might have to come to a vote to see if the required nine countries support it. …

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Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump will come face-to-face with the leaders of two nations accused of grave human rights abuses in a spate of high-level talks with foreign counterparts this week. It will be the first in-person opportunity for the new US leader to confront those issues as commander-in-chief. Initial signs, however, indicate Trump will say little on the matter during his talks with the Presidents of Egypt and China, at least in public, a dramatic shift away from the human rights …

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Why China is banning beards and veils in Xinjiang

April 1, 2017

(CNN)No long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling. The latest measures — outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation — take effect Saturday and come on the heels of a series of steps to increase surveillance in the region that include the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars. “They’re doubling down on security in Xinjiang,” said James Leibold, an associate professor at Australia’s Le Trobe University, whose …

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#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

… “Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism — the right to criticize. The right to hold unpopular beliefs. The right to protest. The right of independent thought. The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood nor should he be in danger of losing his reputation …

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Strike action begins at Faslane and Coulport naval bases – BBC News

March 24, 2017

… staff. It also has members in radiation monitoring and strategic weapons support roles. Unite regional officer Stephen Deans said: “Our members have been forced into this action today. Management at Babcock Marine have engineered a complete breakdown of normal relations with workers. “Our fear is that they want to try and undermine workers’ rights so they can cut jobs and service quality through more outsourcing. “They want to squeeze as much money as they can out of …

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Unemployment Drug Testing Resolution Awaits Trump’s Signature

March 15, 2017

… Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said the resolution simply vilifies unemployed workers who are actually less likely to use drugs than the general population. A coalition of civil rights and criminal justice organizations criticized the resolution in a letter to lawmakers this week. Grant Smith, of the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization opposed to the war on drugs, called the vote of the resolution shameful. When Congress passes a law, a federal agency is often told to come up with a rulefor carrying …

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ACLU Launches Massive Local Resistance To Trump’s Agenda

March 14, 2017

… Huffington Post. Well do the work in the courts. You do the work in the streets, . We can put pressure on elected officials through town halls, lobbying, direct actions, through protests in support of the values we believe in. To defend immigrant, LGBTQ, reproductive, civil rights and more, the group is looking to engage people in activism specifically in their communities. Were urging people to think about resisting Trump through local law enforcement and city officials, Shakir told …

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Brexit: David Davis warns MPs to leave bill unchanged – BBC News

March 12, 2017

Ping pong bill Mr Davis will also call on the Commons to consider a vote that guarantees the rights of EU citizens in the UK. “However they voted in the referendum, the majority of people now want the prime minister to be able to get on with the job,” he said. The amendments were made to the Brexit bill after they were backed by a majority of peers, most recently last week. Labour, which claims it is the only party with a “radical vision” for Brexit, has also appealed …

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