News Headlines: 2018-02-09

RT (2018-02-09). Blink twice if you're a new planet: Stunning discovery of new worlds outside Milky Way. RT US News For the first time ever, scientists have detected planets in a galaxy far, far away from our swirling Milky Way. |
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RT (2018-02-09). Octo-fuss: Internet goes wild for color-changing hatchling footage (VIDEO). RT US News The mesmerizing moment a baby octopus is born has been captured on film, racking up over one million views while providing a fascinating insight into the miracle of life underwater.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Post-Grenfell Tower fire report confirms systemic corporate flouting of health and safety standards. World Socialist Web Site (en) Even on essential safety issues like fire prevention, the Hackitt report considers it too great an imposition on landlords to demand, in law, that they carry out basic improvements such as fitting sprinkler systems in tower blocks.

Caitlin Johnstone (2018-02-09). The Plot To Franchise The White Helmets Worldwide. MintPress News Syria's White Helmets have been boosted by the West as a trusted humanitarian organization, but their origins and motives remain murky. Now, the White Helmets effort appears to be spreading to other countries. | The post The Plot To Franchise The White Helmets Worldwide appeared first on MintPress News.

Alison Stine (2018-02-09). America Dumps Its Fracking Waste in My Ohio Town. My southeastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is a small, rural place where the demolition derby is a hot ticket, Walmart is the biggest store, and people in the surrounding villages must often drive for 30 minutes to grocery shop. We hold the unfortunate distinction of being the poorest county in the state: an area that More

Liliana Segura (2018-02-09). Arizona Prosecutors Double Down on Murder Theory as the Evidence Crumbles Around Them. The Intercept On her second day of testimony at the U.S. District Court in Tucson, Arizona, retired Pima County Sheriff's Sgt. Sonia Pesqueira squinted at the monitor on the witness stand. It showed an item found at a crime scene in a case she investigated back in 1994: the murder of a 4-year-old girl. The item — a letter recovered from a trailer where the child had lived — was just one piece of evidence that could have provided an early lead. | Assistant Arizona Federal Public Defender Cary Sandman asked Pesqueira if she recognized the document. She peered at the monitor. "I can't see what it says," she said. She had left her glasses at home. | "Can I stop you for a moment?" U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess interrupted. It was not yet 10 a.m. The evidentiary hearing had been on the docket…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Hong Kong: Court overturns unjust jail terms for young pro-democracy activists . Amnesty International | In response to Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal overturning the jail sentences for three prominent pro-democracy activists, Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong commented: | "The Court of Final Appeal has today corrected an injustice. The government's vengeful pursuit of harsher sentences led to the trio being jailed and it is right this has now been overturned. | "All politically motivated prosecutions aimed at silencing those promoting democracy in Hong Kong must be dropped. The government's unyielding stance is having a chilling effect on the human rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression." | Background | In August 2017, Hong Kong's Court of Appeal handed…

Kenneth Surin (2018-02-09). Poverty American Style. In December last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued a statement on his 15-day fact-finding mission of some of the US's poorest neighbourhoods. Alston, author of the quoted phrase in the subtitle above, is an Australian who is professor of law at New York University. During his mission he visited Alabama, California, West Virginia, Texas, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. More

RT (2018-02-09). Space oddity: Dummy rides Elon Musk's Tesla to Mars (VIDEO). RT US News Elon Musk has sent his Tesla Roadster into the deep unknown aboard SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, which successfully launched on its first-ever test flight.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Irán: Riesgo de ejecución de hombre de 21 años detenido a los 16. Amnesty International Abolfazl Naderi, iraní de 21 años, corre riesgo de ejecución en la prisión de Arak, provincia de Markazi. Tenía 16 años en el momento de su detención y fue condenado a muerte tras un juicio manifiestamente injusto, basado en "confesiones" que afirma que hizo bajo tortura.

Truthout Stories (2018-02-09). Women's Strikes Are a Reminder That Women Produce Most of the Wealth in Society. Truthout Stories On March 8, women across the US will stop work for an hour in a symbolic reminder of their power as both women and workers who produce the wealth. Organizers of the International Women's Strike, Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya, discuss how the labor movement is inherently connected to the #MeToo movement.Women march with signs as hundreds protest at the Women's March in Berlin for the rights of women all over the world. (Photo: Lorena de la Cuesta / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Iran: Three activists on hunger strike after violent prison transfer. Amnesty International The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release human rights activists Atena Daemi, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and her husband Arash Sadeghi, Amnesty International said today, amid reports all three have begun a hunger strike to protest the unlawful transfer of Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee to the dangerous Shahr-e Rey prison in Varamin outside Tehran.

RT (2018-02-09). Black Lives Matter shut down rail to Super Bowl for 2 hours in protest against police violence. RT US News As Super Bowl fever grips the US, activists are taking the opportunity to highlight their own agenda. On Sunday, dozens of protesters blocked a rail line reserved for Super Bowl ticket holders.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Azerbaijan: Azeri activist conscripted despite ill-health: Ulvi Hasanli. Amnesty International Azeri activist Ulvi Hasanli has been conscripted for military service, despite being in ill-health, and sent to the zone of the unresolved conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh. Following a medical examination in September 2017, he was exempted from military service until 2019 on grounds of ill-health; an ultrasound showed he had inflamed kidney and kidney stones. However late in October the decision was reversed and he was detained and taken to a military base to begin his military service. Amnesty International believes he is being targeted because of his peaceful activism.

William Hawes (2018-02-09). Perspectives on Activism: Waiting and Being Present. "The more people I meet, the happier I become." -Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot In the interregnum, we find ourselves as citizens waiting…for something. We bide our time with pablums, social media, or sports, or even pseudo-political debates. Many have insulated themselves from real issues: economic, social, and ecological justice. Capitalism imposes a state of captivity, More

RT (2018-02-09). Treasury fears new sanctions on Russian debt could hit US hard. RT US News The US Treasury has warned that imposing new sanctions on Russia's sovereign debt market could have massive repercussions for the US, a new unclassified document warns.
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RT (2018-02-09). Super Bowl mayhem: Philadelphia frenzy of looting, shooting and torn up light poles (VIDEO). RT US News A blast of unknown origin has occurred in Philadelphia and several people have reportedly been injured in street violence amid celebrations of the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
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Staff (2018-02-09). Dow Closes Up 330 Points on a Turbulent Trading Day. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Wall Street capped a day of wild swings Friday with a late-afternoon rally that reversed steep early losses and sent the Dow Jones industrial average 330 points higher. Even with the rebound, this was the worst week for the market in about two years. | Stocks struggled to stabilize much of the day as investors sent prices climbing, then slumping in unsteady trading a day after the market entered its first correction in two years. | The up-and-down swings followed a drop of 10 percent from the latest record highs set by major U.S. indexes just two weeks ago. At midday, the market was on pace for its worst weekly decline since October 2008, at the height of the financial crisis. | The Dow briefly sank 500 points in afternoon trading after surging more than 349 points earlier in the day. The blue…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Canada's defence minister touts new offensive cyberwar powers. World Socialist Web Site (en) CSE is to be empowered to launch offensive cyber attacks on foreign targets, including individuals, state organizations, and reputed terrorist groups deemed a threat to Canada's "national security."

RT (2018-02-09). 'Bouquet for Putin:' Anti-Trump crowd rush to claim GOP serves Russian interests. RT US News The newly released Republican memo on alleged FBI and Justice Department abuses has sent advocates of the Russiagate theories into meltdown. They immediately said it was all done in Russia's interests.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Hamburg police searching for G20 protesters Europe-wide. World Socialist Web Site (en) The extension of the operation is part of the plans of the grand coalition between the SPD and Christian Democrats to further strengthen police powers and coordinate security policy on a European basis.

Josh Hoxie (2018-02-09). How Do You Like That Extra $1.50 a Week? Love is in the air. Or so the marketers want us to believe, as Valentine's Day ads sweep the nation into a frenzy of buying flowers, greeting cards, and confections to communicate our affection. Washington is less forthcoming with the adoration, especially for working people. You're probably tired of hearing about the tax plan passed More

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Irán: Kurdo condenado a muerte tras juicio injusto. Amnesty International Ramin Hossein Panahi, preso kurdo iraní, está en huelga de hambre desde el 27 de enero como protesta por haber sido condenado a muerte en un juicio manifiestamente injusto a que fue sometido tras cuatro meses de desaparición forzada. Ha sido recluido en régimen de aislamiento como represalia. Su sentencia y condena violan el derecho internacional y deben anularse.

WSWS (2018-02-09). UK: Convicted fascist Finsbury Park attacker planned to kill Jeremy Corbyn. World Socialist Web Site (en) Osborne's radicalisation ended with him establishing connections to fascist groups, but it was prepared by a more general climate of political reaction.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Myanmar: Fresh evidence of ongoing ethnic cleansing as military starves, abducts and robs Rohingya. Amnesty International The Myanmar security forces' devastating campaign against the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State is far from over, Amnesty International said today, as it published new evidence of ongoing violations that have forced hundreds more people to flee in recent weeks. | In late January 2018, the organization interviewed 19 newly arrived Rohingya men and women in Bangladesh, who described how forced starvation, abductions and looting of property drove them to flee. Humanitarian agencies have documented thousands of new arrivals over the course of December and January, and many days still see scores of people streaming across the border. | "Shielded by official denials and lies, and a concerted effort to deny access to independent investigators, Myanmar's military continues to get away with crimes against humanity," said Matthew Wells, Senior Crisis Advisor at Amnesty International, who has just returned from the…

Janine Jackson (2018-02-09). 'He's Not Streamlining the Process, He's Just Steamrolling It'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Raul Garcia about Donald Trump's infrastructure plan for the February 2, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Ryan Grim (2018-02-09). Former Wives of Top White House Aide Rob Porter Both Told FBI He Abused Them. The Intercept As part of the top Trump aide's security clearance screening, both of his former wives told the FBI about patterns of abuse in their relationships. | The post Former Wives of Top White House Aide Rob Porter Both Told FBI He Abused Them appeared first on The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for January 31, 2018. Democracy Now! In Xenophobic Speech, Trump Attacks Immigrants, Pushes War with North Korea, Judge to Consider Trump's "Vicious" Anti-Latino Rhetoric in Suit over DACA, Pfizer Reaping $11 Billion Gain from Trump's Tax Overhaul, State Department Imposes No New Sanctions Against Russia, Despite Law, FEMA Ending Food & Water Shipments to Puerto Rico Today, Honduras: American Faith Group Denounces U.S. Support for Hernández, Colombia: Buenaventura Strike Leader Temístocles Machado Assassinated, Polish Parliament Passes Law Criminalizing References to Poland's Role in Holocaust, Turkey Arrests 300+ for Criticizing Afrin Military Offensive Online, Egypt: Pro-Democracy Coalition Calls for Boycott of Upcoming Elections, Japanese Woman Sues Gov't for Forced Sterilization, France: Renowned Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan Detained Amid Rape Charges, Nonviolent Resistance Advocate Gene Sharp Dies at 90…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Iran: Trois défenseurs des droits humains en grève de la faim. Amnesty International Les défenseures des droits humains et prisonnières d'opinion iraniennes Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee et Atena Daemi ont entamé une grève de la faim le 3 février pour protester contre leur transfèrement dans une prison où des femmes déclarées coupables d'infractions violentes sont détenues dans des conditions inhumaines. Le 27 janvier, le défenseur des droits humains Arash Sadeghi a aussi entamé une grève de la faim pour réclamer le retour de ces deux femmes sur leur lieu de détention précédent. Il est gravement malade.

Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet (2018-02-09). John Kelly's Response to the Rob Porter Scandal Is So Slimy. Main RSS Feed Kelly just wants to save his own skin. | report."Kelly told those in attendance to say that he took action to remove Porter within 40 minutes of learning that abuse allegations … were credible," two anonymous sources in attendance relayed to The Post: "He told the staff he took immediate and direct action."The narrative Gen. Kelly pushed Friday runs counter to reports that he kept Porter on staff despite knowledge of the allegations, which prevented him from gaining permanent security clearance from the FBI back in November. Porter—who resigned on Wednesday—is reportedly involved romantically with White House communications director Hope Hicks, for whom his second ex-wife, Jennie Willoughby, says she's worried."I mean, it definitely worries me because if I'm being frank with you, if he hasn't already been abusive with Hope, he will," Willoughby told CNN's Anderson Cooper on…

RT (2018-02-09). 'Racist, whitewashing': NY high school halts Hunchback of Notre Dame production. RT US News A New York high school has cancelled a Hunchback of Notre Dame play after students complained about casting the main character as a white woman. |
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RT (2018-02-09). Black Lives Matter leader dies in New Orleans shooting. RT US News A local Black Lives Matter leader was shot while riding his bike through New Orleans, Louisiana. He is best known for grabbing a Confederate flag from a protester in Charleston on live TV last year.
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Steve Rendall (2018-02-09). 'You Have to Have Journalists Who Are Committed to Getting at the Truth'. FAIR "Over a period of time, it became clear to most working journalists, especially in Washington, that their careers were not well-served by trying to maintain the high standards of journalism—that is, really seeking the truth, questioning those in power and those trying to sell them these lines—it became easier to go along with it."

WSWS (2018-02-09). The working class and the capitalist economy. World Socialist Web Site (en) Friday's fall on world stock markets, in response to an uptick in US wages, demonstrates the significance of Marx's labor theory of value, which explains the inner workings of the capitalist economy.

RT (2018-02-09). Extra spicy: Police seize 25 pounds of meth disguised as burritos. RT US News To the untrained eye it looked exactly like regular takeaway Mexican food but one driver in Los Angeles was delivering burritos that packed a far more powerful kick than your standard take-out.
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TRNN (2018-02-09). Depression: Not Just Personal, But Also Neoliberal? The Real News Network In his new book "Lost Connections," Johann Hari argues that depression is more than a chemical imbalance: it's an illness rooted in the traumas of adverse childhood experiences and an atomized neoliberal society…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Cambodia: Further Information: Serious health concerns for detained politician: Kem Sokha . Amnesty International Kem Sokha, president of the dissolved main opposition party, was denied bail on appeal on 1 February, despite his seriously deteriorating health. Held in isolated pre-trial detention since his arrest on 3 September 2017, he faces up to 30 years imprisonment if convicted of politically motivated charges of treason.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Brazil's political crisis deepens after court upholds conviction of Lula. World Socialist Web Site (en) The unexpected unanimous decision by the appeals court on both the conviction of Lula and the lengthening of his jail sentence unleashed a frenzied run-up on the Sao Paulo stock exchange.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Democratic mayor holds sham community forum on Flint water crisis. World Socialist Web Site (en) Police were stationed at entrances to the meeting as residents were informed they would have no opportunity to speak or ask any questions.

RT (2018-02-09). 'Sensitive' Super Bowl documents found on airplane by… CNN. RT US News CNN scored an easy Super Bowl scoop after one of its employees allegedly stumbled on a US government study of a simulated anthrax attack targeting Sunday's sports venue, tucked away in the seat-back pocket of a commercial plane.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Chomsky's pro-imperialist Afrin petition. World Socialist Web Site (en) Right on cue, as if acting in accordance with a carefully drafted script, pseudo-left organisations and individuals have stepped forward to provide justifications for new US operations in the Middle East.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Directorate S: Steve Coll on the CIA & America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan & Pakistan. Democracy Now! The U.S. is intensifying its air war in Afghanistan as U.S. Central Command has announced it is shifting military resources from Iraq and Syria back to Afghanistan, where the United States has been fighting for over 16 years in the longest war in U.S. history. U.S. Air Force Major General James Hecker recently said Afghanistan has "become CENTCOM's main effort." The news comes after a particularly bloody period in Afghanistan. Despite the spiraling violence, President Trump recently ruled out negotiations with the Taliban during a meeting of members of the United Nations Security Council. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll about his new book, "Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

RT (2018-02-09). Don't stay at 'Green Roof Inn,' Florida sheriff warns. RT US News This is one motel you don't want to stay at! A sheriff in Florida has rebranded the local county jail as the 'Green Roof Inn.' The flashing neon 'vacancy' sign outside was bought with asset forfeiture money.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Egypt: Opposition member Mohamed al-Kassas at risk of enforced disappearance and torture . Amnesty International Responding to last night's raid by security forces at the house of Mohamed al-Kassas, the deputy head of Egyptian opposition party Misr al-Qawia, and the lack of information about his whereabouts, Amnesty International's North Africa Campaigns Director, Najia Bounaim, said: | "Given the track record of the Egyptian authorities and their continued use of enforced disappearances to stifle dissent, we are deeply concerned that Mohamed al-Kassas might have been forcibly disappeared and subjected to torture. The authorities must disclose any information they have about the whereabouts of Mohamed al-Kassas and release him immediately if he is in state custody." | "This enforced disappearance of a senior member from a prominent opposition party is a brazen attack on the rights to freedom of expression and association in Egypt. Enforced disappearance has become a routine practice by the al-Sisi administration to silence activists and opposition…

Aditi Natasha Kini, AlterNet (2018-02-09). #MeToo: There's a List Circulating of Sexual Abusers on College Campuses. Main RSS Feed America's colleges are failing at protecting women and people of color. | The #MeToo movement turned whisper networks into digital lists, shaking up industries in its wake. In December, the attention turned to academia. " Sexual Harassment in the Academy," a crowdsourced survey similar to the "Shitty Media Men" list, has collected over 2,300 responses and counting. This spreadsheet, which details incidents, institutional responses and the impact of harassment on the careers and mental health of contributors, was started by former anthropology professor Karen Kelsky in a bid to pave the way for " more frank conversations and more effective interventions." Kelsky has written that she hopes this aggregation of personal stories will call attention to the "true scope and scale of this problem in academic settings."Sexual violence on campuses takes many forms, as the spreadsheet indicates. "I was told…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Syria: Witness testimony reveals details of illegal chemical attack on Saraqeb. Amnesty International The Syrian government's use of internationally banned chemical weapons was laid bare once again on 4 February when a chlorine gas attack on the town of Saraqeb left 11 people in need of emergency treatment, according to testimony gathered by Amnesty International. | The Syria Civil Defence said that barrel bombs containing chlorine gas had been dropped by helicopter and caused the casualties to gasp desperately for air, suffer severe irritation to their skin and eyes, vomit and collapse. The casualties included three Syria Civil Defence volunteers who had rushed to the scene to assist. | | "Direct attacks on civilians are absolutely prohibited and are war crimes. The fact…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Before budget deadline Thursday, Senate Democrats and Republicans prepare reactionary "border security" bill. World Socialist Web Site (en) A new federal shutdown could begin Thursday midnight, with further deadlines looming on the debt ceiling and the expiration of DACA protection for young immigrants.

David Griscom (2018-02-09). Living in the Capitalists' Casino. The stock market, for all of its seeming mystery, is more of an emotional barometer for the rich than a reflection of material production. Abstracted from the lived experiences of those it exploits, it reflects the jubilation and depression of the wealthy. On Monday, the Dow dropped 1,600 points the largest point decline in one More

WSWS (2018-02-09). Falcon Heavy launch marks new stage in the privatization—and perversion—of space exploration. World Socialist Web Site (en) The new rocket has two purposes, neither of them connected with the advance of science: to boost the wealth of billionaire Elon Musk, and to expand the military arsenal of the Pentagon.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Uzbekistan: Effective reforms need to address accountability for past abuses: Amnesty International submission for the UN UPR — 30th session of the UPR working group, May 2018. Amnesty International This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Uzbekistan in May 2018. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Uzbekistan in its previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes a number of recommendations to the government of Uzbekistan to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Taju Tijani (2018-02-09). Obasanjo: Fire, Fury and Foolishness. Ex-President of Nigeria, Matthew Aremu Olusegun Obasanjo is at it again. His epistolary disorder has returned and Nigeria is catching the fever. The Owu prince has been waging a battle of self-rescue from his vanishing, social and political irrelevance. The 18-page letter released unto the public realm to distil President Mohammadu Buhari's failures or otherwise is More

Thomas Knapp (2018-02-09). A Korean Spring after the Winter Olympics is Unlikely. Peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) suddenly seems closer than ever as the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang on February 9. The North is contributing athletes to a bi-national team with the South, and also sending a delegation that includes its head of state More

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Poland: The Law on the Institute of National Remembrance contravenes the right to freedom of expression. Amnesty International On 6 February, the President of Poland signed an amendment to the Law on the Institute of National Remembrance, which makes it a crime to publicly claim that Poland had any responsibility for or complicity in the Holocaust. The law will enter into force in two weeks. | Amnesty International considers that the amendment infringes on the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by international human rights law binding on Poland and urges the Polish authorities to amend the law to remove any provisions that criminalize statements about historical facts and threaten to have a chilling effect on freedom of expression.

WSWS (2018-02-09). German parties reach agreement on grand coalition for war and austerity. World Socialist Web Site (en) A new grand coalition between the Social Democrats and conservative parties will launch a massive military build-up, initiate a new round of austerity and carry out police-state measures.

Thomas Klikauer (2018-02-09). Germany Commemorates Auschwitz Liberation … with New Nazis. Recently, Germany's federal parliament commemorated the liberation of Auschwitz on 27th January 1945 by Soviet troops. The event took place inside the former Reichstag — now Bundestag — in Berlin. During the highly official gathering, Auschwitz survivor Anita Lasker Wallfisch who remains one of the last known survivors of the girls' orchestra of Auschwitz, recalled More

WSWS (2018-02-09). Deliberate neglect leads to inmate death at New York's Rikers Island. World Socialist Web Site (en) The planned closure of Rikers Island will do nothing to stem police brutality and abuse of prisoners in New York City.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Families' spokesman on New Zealand earthquake building collapse: "Are there people who are above the law?" World Socialist Web Site (en) Maan Alkaisi, whose wife died when the CTV building crumbled during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, condemned the police decision not to prosecute anyone over the disaster.

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters (2018-02-09). Fox News Executive Rails Against U.S. Olympians in Racist, Homophobic Screed. Main RSS Feed Executive editor John Moody claims a focus on diversity could cost the country medals. | Fox News' John Moody, who serves as the network's executive vice president and an executive editor, criticized the diversity of Team USA in an op-ed a day before the 2018 Winter Olympics were scheduled to open in PyeongChang, South Korea.Moody decried the strides Team USA has made toward diversity of its athletes in a February 7 op-ed published on Though this is Team USA's most diverse delegation of athletes ever, as The Washington Post reported, the U.S. Olympic Committee still has a lot of progress to make: Out of 243 athletes, two men are openly gay, "10 are African American — 4 percent — and another 10 are Asian American. The rest, by and large, are white." Moody suggested without basis that the focus on…

Joe Emersberger (2018-02-09). Western Media Hail Ecuador's Cynical President Moreno. FAIR The Guardian ( 2/2/18) critiques Correa's "authoritarian style," ignores Moreno's authoritarian substance. | In an article for the British Guardian ( 2/2/18), Dan Collyns wrote: But since taking office, Moreno—the world's only wheelchair-using head of state—has made good on his pledge to be his own man. | What Lenín Moreno actually pledged during his election campaign several months ago was to continue the "Citizens Revolution" of Rafael Correa, whose left-wing government Moreno was part of for 10 years. Moreno called Correa the greatest president Ecuador ever had during the campaign. And here is a video of Moreno leading a crowd in cheers of "Rafael! Rafael!" at a campaign rally. | Moreno is now, through a referendum that he never proposed on the campaign trail—it was actually proposed by his right-wing opponent—asking voters to (retroactively) re-impose term…

RT (2018-02-09). Rocky Mountain high: Aspen marijuana sales outpace alcohol. RT US News Legal distributors of cannabis in Aspen earned $11.3 million in revenue in 2017 compared with $10.5 million for liquor stores. It is the first time marijuana sales outperformed liquor for the year in the Colorado town.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). National Guard, federal agents and police mobilize for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. World Socialist Web Site (en) Minnesota is seeing the largest military-police operation in the state's history under the guise of providing security for the NFL's championship game.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Australian mining union isolates locked out Oaky North workers. World Socialist Web Site (en) The six-month lockout of coal miners is the longest in Australian history.

Staff (2018-02-09). With Extraordinary Political Optics, Winter Olympics Begin. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In a show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sit side-by-side under fireworks that represent peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games open in South Korea. | The post With Extraordinary Political Optics, Winter Olympics Begin appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-02-09). Outing the US Empire: Trump's Military Parade. You only had to see him goggle eyed and enthusiastic beside France's President Emmanuel Macron last Bastille Day. The tricolours were fluttering, the jets booming above in the manner usual for a lapsed empire, and the President of the United States was thrilled to bits, delighted at the spectacle. "It was one of the greatest More

RT (2018-02-09). Boston police targeted black & Muslim protesters through social media surveillance — ACLU. RT US News Boston police used social media surveillance to spy on citizens and specifically on black and Muslim protesters, collecting thousands of posts "irrelevant to law enforcement concerns," the American Civil Liberties Union said.
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Miko Peled (2018-02-09). The Trial and Conviction of the Holy Land Foundation Five. MintPress News On December 4, 2001, less than three months after 9/11, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13224, which designated Holy Land Foundation (HLF) as a terrorist organization. On February 27, 2002, the Wall Street Journal quoted Bush as having said: The facts are clear… The terrorists benefit from the Holy Land Foundation, and we're not going to allow it. … Money raised by the Holy Land Foundation is used by Hamas to support schools and indoctrinate children to grow up into suicide bombers [and] to recruit suicide bombers and support their families." | Bush's accusations were not supported by any evidence but the president spoke and so the government had to act. The FBI raided the HLF offices in Dallas and seized their financial records, database, wire transfers, donor lists, and correspondence, freezing all their assets. Yet the government came up…

RT (2018-02-09). 'Great career opportunity'? American sought English teaching job with ISIS terrorists. RT US News A Texas man hoping to score a job with the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) sent the terrorist group a resume outlining why he'd be the best man for the job, according to a report by George Washington University.
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David Dayen (2018-02-09). Senate Republicans Kept Provision to Fight High Drug Prices Out of Spending Bill, Democrats Say. The Intercept "Republicans wouldn't put it in," charged a spokesperson for Sen. Chuck Schumer, referring to the exclusion of the CREATES Act from the final spending bill. | The post Senate Republicans Kept Provision to Fight High Drug Prices Out of Spending Bill, Democrats Say appeared first on The Intercept.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). China: Government's claims on Gui Minhai "ludicrous" . Amnesty International | Responding to the Chinese authorities' admission on Tuesday that Gui Minhai, a bookseller with Swedish nationality, is again being detained and faces criminal charges, William Nee, China Researcher at Amnesty International commented: | "This is a brazen and outrageous move by the Chinese authorities. They have yet to provide adequate explanation as to why they took Gui Minhai away while he was traveling with Swedish diplomats. Gui Minhai must be released. He and his family have suffered enough, their nightmare should be over not recurring. | "It is ludicrous for the Chinese government to lecture others about respect, when they have shown utter contempt for fair trials and other human rights.

TRNN (2018-02-09). Argentina's President Macri Withdraws Neoliberal Reforms Due to Massive | Resistance. The Real News Network Prof. Atilio Boron analyzes the situation in Argentina, where President Macri is pushing drastic neoliberal reforms against widespread resistance from unions and social movements. Sec. of State Rex Tillerson visits to give Macri backing and to urge anti-Venezuela sanctions…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for February 9, 2018. Democracy Now! Congress Passes Spending Bill Without Deal to Protect Young Immigrants, Dow Jones Falls 1,000+ Points Again in Stock Market "Correction", Korean Athletes March Under Unified Flag as Winter Olympics Open, Mike Pence Denies Reported Snub by Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon, Reports: Senior White House Officials Knew of Rob Porter Abuse Allegations, Dozens of White House Staffers Lack Permanent Security Clearance, Guatemala: Two Journalists Murdered in Apparent Execution, Bermuda Becomes First to Revoke Marriage Equality Rights, Illinois: White Supremacist Poised to Win GOP Congressional Primary, Southern Poverty Law Center Reports "The Alt-Right Is Killing People", Ohio Sues DuPont, Citing Decades-Long Spill of Toxic Chemical, Seattle: Former Olympic Swimming Coach Accused of Sexual Abuse, Immigration Arrests Up 30 Percent in 2017, Still Far Below Peak Obama Levels, Draft Trump Admin Plan Would Punish Immigrants on Government Assistance, Tacoma, Washington: ICE Detainees Begin Hunger Strike, Immigration Activist Ravi Ragbir Heads to Court Hoping to Halt Deportation…

Wilfred Burchett (2018-02-09). Vietnam Will Win: the Making of a Soldier. To mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Têt Offensive, CounterPunch is serializing Wilfred Burchett's Vietnam Will Win (Guardian Books, New York, 1968) over the next few weeks. Readers can judge for themselves the validity of the facts, observations, analysis, conclusions, predictions and so on made by the author. The books is based on several More

RT (2018-02-09). House GOP memo critical of FBI made public . RT US News A four-page memorandum commissioned by Devin Nunes (R-California), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has been made public over the objections of Democrats, the FBI, and the Department of Justice.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Socialism or Barbarism: Reflections on Global Disorder. World Socialist Web Site (en) In October 2017, David North delivered a lecture on the centenary of the October Revolution at St. Andrews College in Scotland. Prior to the lecture, he was interviewed by Adam Stromme, the editor in chief of the St Andrews Economist, the official publication of the St Andrews Economics Society.

RT (2018-02-09). Pence threatens N. Korea with 'toughest & most aggressive' US sanctions ahead of PyeongChang. RT US News Washington is set to impose its "toughest and most aggressive" economic sanctions against Pyongyang, Vice President Mike Pence said as the Winter Olympics edge closer.
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RT (2018-02-09). Uranium One: Nuclear scandal fallout hits FBI & Clintons. RT US News As Democrats and Republicans target each other with accusations of 'Russian collusion,' they seize on evidence of the other's alleged wrongdoing, no matter how flimsy. The latest such case is the Uranium One controversy.
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CP Editor (2018-02-09). War Abolition 201.

RT (2018-02-09). Paul Ryan is on 'Team Russia,' claims veteran political analyst. RT US News You are either with us, or Russian. This seem to be the logic of mainstream liberal media as yet another politician supporting the release of a memo on FBI surveillance abuses is branded "Team Russia."
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PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). PSR Arizona Press Conference on Climate Change. Physicians for Social Responsibility PSR Arizona's Dr. Barbara Warren gave a press conference today in Tucson on the public health impacts of climate change and the need to protect vehicle emission standards.

Richard Moser (2018-02-09). Non-Violence Uses Love as Force. "Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored…there is a type of of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for More

RT (2018-02-09). Twitter goes to town on Paul Ryan over $1.50 pay rise tweet. RT US News House Speaker Paul Ryan has been accused of being "out of touch" with ordinary Americans after cheering a $1.50 per week increase to the weekly wage of a Pennsylvania school secretary.
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RT (2018-02-09). Resistance is futile: Tillerson says unstoppable Russians already meddling in midterms. RT US News The Russians are already trying to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections and the US is basically helpless to stop them, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
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RT (2018-02-09). Steele wrote memo based on information fed through Clinton campaign — released documents. RT US News People close to Hillary Clinton were feeding information to Christopher Steele who compiled the Trump dossier on Trump's alleged connections with Russia, according to a criminal referral filed by Republican senators.
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Andrew Day (2018-02-09). The Myth of Iran. There are two Irans — one mythical, one historical. According to the myth, Iran is a global pariah, an unmitigated menace to its population, a foe to friends of peace and progress — terror itself. This implacable nemesis of democratic ideals flouts treaties and norms in its psychotic quest for apocalyptic weaponry. America's role in More

WSWS (2018-02-09). Haringey Council leader Claire Kober: The social cleansing agenda of a Blairite "martyr" World Socialist Web Site (en) Haringey Council leader Claire Kober has received the support of over 70 leaders of Labour councils nationally who are all enforcing Tory spending cuts.

RT (2018-02-09). Despite US denial, nuclear posture review revolves around Russia. RT US News Though US officials argued the new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) does not revolve around Russia, concerns about Moscow's nuclear arsenal absolutely dominate the document.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). États-Unis: Exécution prévue pour un condamné atteint d'un cancer. Amnesty International Doyle Hamm, qui doit être exécuté dans l'Alabama le 22 février après avoir passé 30 ans dans le quartier des condamnés à mort, a obtenu un sursis, mais le parquet a fait appel. Il est atteint d'un cancer de la lymphe. Son exécution par injection létale pourrait être inconstitutionnelle en raison de l'état de ses veines.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Spain to double its military spending. World Socialist Web Site (en) The Spanish government is attempting to straddle the contradictions of supporting both the German-led PESCO and US-led NATO.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-02-09). Roaming Charges: Stop Making Nonsense. + As warped and fragmentary as the Nunes memo on FISA warrants may be, it provides a brief peak into the sleazy tactics used by law enforcement at every level of government, practices that go unlamented when they are used almost hourly to obtain wiretaps, search warrants and grand jury indictments against blacks, Hispanics and More

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). PSR Statement on Repeal of Clean Water Rule. Physicians for Social Responsibility Clean water is a public health issue for all communities. Today EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the repeal of the Clean Water Rule.

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-02-09). Facebook And Google Are Censoring Us. Here's How You Can Help. MintPress News While Facebook, Google, and others ramp up their efforts to make watchdog journalism algorithmically disappear, we're ramping up our efforts to circumvent censorship. The state of our free press is on life support, and we need your help to save it. | The post Facebook And Google Are Censoring Us. Here's How You Can Help appeared first on MintPress News.

RT (2018-02-09). Now, even the Financial Times admits America's super-rich have more money than they can spend. RT US News You know an economic system is broken when even the Financial Times is upset about wealth distribution and the demise of the 'American Dream.' Now, growing inequality has prompted the paper to join the chorus calling for change.
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for January 30, 2018. Democracy Now! FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Resigns Abruptly, Alex Azar Sworn In to Head Health and Human Services Dept., House Intelligence Committee to Declassify Nunes Memo, Gov't Watchdog: Pentagon Restricting Key Information on U.S. War in Afghanistan, Trump's Friend, Billionaire Steve Wynn, Resigns as RNC Chair, U.S. Oil Extraction to Surpass Saudi Arabia's This Year, New Sanctuary Coalition Director Ravi Ragbir Released from Detention, Court Rules Immigrant Children Have No Right to Government-Appointed Lawyer, DHS Imposes Further Restrictions on Refugees Seeking to Enter U.S., U.N.: 30 African Refugees Drowned Off Coast of Yemen, Report: 33 People Killed by Airstrikes in Idlib, Syria, Yemen: 15 Killed in Suicide Bomb; 36 Killed in Fighting in Aden, Gaza: 13,000 UNRWA Workers Launch Strike to Protest Trump's Funding Cuts, Kashmir: Protests & Strike After Indian Soldiers Kill 2 Students, Brazil: Landless Workers' Movement Leader Márcio Oliveira Matos Assassinated, In Victory for Native Activists, Cleveland Baseball Team Drops Its Racist Logo, Historian Gar Alperovitz Reveals His Role in Helping Ellsberg Leak Pentagon Papers…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). When U.S. Needs MLK's Voice More Than Ever, Automaker Dodge Waters Down His Message to Peddle Trucks. Democracy Now! Super Bowl Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of "The Drum Major Instinct," a historic sermon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on February 4, 1968, two months before his assassination. The sermon is mostly remembered for the way King concluded it, by imagining his own funeral, downplaying his famous achievements and saying, "If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice." Well, on Sunday, Ram trucks marked the anniversary of King's speech by using part of it in a Super Bowl ad to sell trucks. The controversial ad featured King's voice played over video showing U.S. marines, ranchers and a soldier wearing camouflage, but it ignored King's own warning about car advertisements from the same speech. We speak to the famed sociologist and civil rights activist Harry Edwards.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-02-09). Fox News Executive Suggests 'Darker, Gayer' Olympians Will Be Bad At Sports. Main RSS Feed In a racist and homophobic column, he suggests the U.S. Olympic team isn't white and straight enough. | UPDATE: A Fox News spokesperson says, "John Moody's column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed."Fox News occasionally tries to play down its innate racism and homophobia. This week, Fox News executive editor and executive vice president John Moody took the gloves off.Even though the U.S. Olympic team remains overwhelmingly white and straight, Moody attacked the team and said this year's group of "'darker, gayer, different" athletes will let the country down."Unless it's changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been 'Faster, Higher, Stronger,'" he wrote. "It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to 'Darker, Gayer, Different.' If your goal is to win medals, that won't work."Is there any…

Rohullah Naderi (2018-02-09). Afghan Civilians Keep Paying the Price for the So-Called War On Terror. One of the stated objectives of coalition forces led by the U.S. to invade Afghanistan in 2001 was to overthrow the Taliban from power and help Afghans form a democratic and relatively stable government. The main objective of getting rid of the extremist group — the Taliban, was to defeat terrorism spearheaded by Osama bin More

RT (2018-02-09). US ready to use nukes in case of conventional attack – Nuclear Posture Review. RT US News The US is more likely to use nuclear weapons, according to the new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) just released by the administration of President Donald Trump.
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Kevin Martin (2018-02-09). Trump's Military Madness Parade Actually Makes Sense (But Must Be Stopped!). President Donald Trump's edict for the Pentagon to hold a military parade in Washington actually makes sense in a sick way. Shouldn't we taxpayers get to see the missiles, warheads, tanks, drones, guns and other warfare hardware that over half of federal discretionary spending goes toward every year? Our tax dollars at work! But then, More

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Marcy Wheeler on Showdown over Nunes Memo, Mueller Probe & Reauthorization of Mass Surveillance. Democracy Now! A showdown is brewing in Washington as the White House prepares to release a controversial Republican memo despite opposition from the FBI, the Justice Department and Democratic lawmakers. The four-page memo, written by House Intelligence Committee chair, Republican Congressmember Devin Nunes of California, purports to show that the FBI abused its power when it began surveilling Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016 due to his dealings with Russia. Supporters of President Trump claim the memo offers proof that the FBI's investigation was tainted by politics from the start, in part because the FBI won approval of the wiretap by citing a dossier funded by supporters of Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, the FBI, which is led by Trump appointee Christopher Wray, issued an unusual statement criticizing the imminent release of the memo, saying, "[W]e have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy." We speak to independent journalist Marcy Wheeler, who runs the website

James Risen (2018-02-09). U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians to Buy Stolen NSA Documents — and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too. The Intercept The secret communications channel has opened rifts between CIA and NSA officials, some of whom fear getting damaging material on Donald Trump. | The post U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians to Buy Stolen NSA Documents — and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too appeared first on The Intercept.

RT (2018-02-09). US East Coast residents receive false tsunami warning. RT US News Some US East Coast residents received a tsunami warning on Tuesday after a test message sent out by the National Weather Service was wrongly interpreted as real by the AccuWeather app. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). A More Beautiful & Terrible History: The Whitewashing & Distortion of Rosa Parks and MLK's Legacies. Democracy Now! On February 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "The Drum Major Instinct" sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, two months before his assassination. On Sunday, 50 years later, the words of his sermon were used to in a Dodge Ram truck advertisement at the Super Bowl. The ad sparked widespread criticism for the obvious distortion of Dr. King's message. But other revisions to civil rights history are often more subtle. For more, we speak with the author of a new book showing how the legacy of the civil rights movement in the U.S. has been distorted and whitewashed for public consumption. Professor and historian Jeanne Theoharis's new book is titled "A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History." She is also the author of the award-winning book "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks."

RT (2018-02-09). SpaceX heavy rocket takes Tesla car into orbit in test blast-off (VIDEO). RT US News SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy space rocket has launched on its maiden flight. The rocket departed from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying a Tesla car into orbit. |
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Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2018-02-09). The Department of Education Is Locking Out Betsy DeVos' Most Vocal Critics. Main RSS Feed The Trump appointee has drawn the ire of parents and teachers alike. | Teachers' groups, parents, and students were barred from entering the Department of Education on Thursday, the anniversary of Betsy DeVos's confirmation as Education Secretary, to present her with a "Failing" report card alongside tens of thousands of comments from teachers who disapprove of her performance leading the nation's public education system.After assembling protesters who wanted to express dissatisfaction over DeVos's record on protecting civil rights and supporting funding for low-income schools, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and National Education Association head Lily Eskelsen García found the doors to the Department locked."This is a remarkable moment," Ms. Weingarten said to the demonstrators. "They knew that teachers and parents and students from all over the country have actually taken their time to say what is going on in their…

WSWS (2018-02-09). CNN suppressed leaked DHS report on Super Bowl LII security operation. World Socialist Web Site (en) CNN's decision to withhold their report until after the Super Bowl illustrates the media's role as collaborators with, and mouthpieces of, the military intelligence apparatus.

WSWS (2018-02-09). US threat to escalate Syria war over alleged gas attacks. World Socialist Web Site (en) Washington's threat to retaliate over alleged use of chemical weapons comes amid a steady widening of the multi-sided war in Syria.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Iran: At least six young human rights defenders arrested in coordinated raids at risk of torture . Amnesty International Responding to reports that at least six young human rights defenders, including Shima Babaei and her husband Dariush Zand, Saeed Eghbali, Leila Farjami, Mahmoud Masoumi and Behnam Mousivand have been detained in coordinated arrests across Iran on 1 February, Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International said:…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). With Larry Nassar Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of 160 Female Athletes, Many Now Ask: Who Else Knew? Democracy Now! Michigan's attorney general has launched an investigation into Michigan State University, and the entire board of directors of USA Gymnastics is resigning, after team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison last week for sexually assaulting and abusing more than 160 young female athletes. We speak with reporter Mark Alesia, part of the investigative team at The Indianapolis Star, which broke the story, and discuss his latest story, "What's next for USA Gymnastics? A long, tough road at best."

Reed Richardson (2018-02-09). Media Ignoring Puerto Rico's 'Shock Doctrine' Makeover. FAIR Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello | Nearly five months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, more than a hundred thousand US citizens there still lack clean drinking water, and almost one-third of the island has no reliable electric power. As initial life-sustaining recovery efforts still grind toward completion, Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has wasted no time using his territory's recovery as an opportunity to push a number of policy proposals right out of the "disaster capitalism" playbook: from privatizing the island's power utility to converting nearly all of its public schools to charters. | And while the mainstream US press has been mainly focused on the Trump administration's woeful institutional response to the storm, it has barely noticed this much more radical political transformation of Puerto Rico, and the potentially disastrous long-term consequences for the citizens who live there. | Ever…

Simon Greer, AlterNet (2018-02-09). The Subtleties of Donald Trump's Demagoguery. Main RSS Feed Trump is stoking the kind of fear that over time makes the unthinkable possible. | In reflecting on last week's State of the Union it is important to remember that there were calls, going into it, for Trump to be presidential and the script was written, on the surface, to provide exactly that. He delivered a common ground, bi-partisan, coming together veneer that his advisers believe might take some wind out of the sails of the resistance and also appeal to the independents who have been abandoning the Trump ship over the last year.But underneath those superficial references what we got was something more dastardly and insidious.I'm not referring to the omissions: Guns: "We saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas strip."But this administration has made no effort at gun reform of any kind.Immigrants: "Struggling communities, especially…

WSWS (2018-02-09). 020 Toledo autoworkers meetings. World Socialist Web Site (en)

Josh Ginnelly, AlterNet (2018-02-09). 3 Out of 10 People Would Choose to Eat Insects: Are You One of Them? (Video). Main RSS Feed Bugs are rich in protein and low in carbs—and some say they taste like shrimp. | With many gym goers keen to increase their protein intake, U.K. gym operator PureGym surveyed over 1,000 people to see if they would be interested in jumping on the latest protein trend by adding protein-dense edible insects such as crickets and mealworm into their diets.The survey revealed that 35 percent of people surveyed would be prepared to try edible bugs and this figure rose to nearly half (47 percent) when it was answered by those who exercised daily. This keenness to try edible bugs and insect products is also reflected in a 29 percent increase in Google search volume for "insect protein powder" over the last year. It would seem that all the bug-eating on ITV's "I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!" and years…

Ethan Corey, In These Times (2018-02-09). Is Your Pension Fund Plundering Puerto Rico? Main RSS Feed Thanks to hedge fund investments, public employees from Oregon to Wisconsin to California find themselves pitted against Puerto Rico's retirees. | While investigating the holders of Puerto Rico's $74 billion in public debt, In These Times stumbled across a hidden conflict: State and local pension funds across the rest of the United States are complicit in a bid to drain money from Puerto Rico's pension funds.Long before Puerto Rico was devastated by two hurricanes, it was already drowning in debt and mired in the worst pension crisis in the nation. In 2008, the Employee Retirement System (ERS), which serves the island's public-sector retirees, faced a $15 billion budget shortfall. To provide the system with much-needed cash, ERS issued just over $3 billion in bonds backed by future employer contributions to ERS, meaning that bondholders could take those contributions if ERS failed to…

RT (2018-02-09). 'New FBI texts are bombshells!': Trump weighs on newly released report. RT US News US President Donald Trump has described the latest disclosure of text messages between former members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation team on alleged Russian meddling as "bombshells!"
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Justin Anderson (2018-02-09). Media's State of the Union: Normalizing Lies and Hoping for Compromise. FAIR The Washington Post ( 1/30/18) focused on "the conciliatory tone of Trump's first State of the Union address." | President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address did not disappoint those who expected it to contain the same bombast, exaggeration and outright lies that have characterized his rhetoric since he announced he was running for president in June 2015. While media factchecking projects should be taken with a hefty grain of salt, leading papers have amassed lengthy compendiums of Trump's lies: The New York Times documented a "public lie or falsehood" on every one of Trump's first 40 days in office, while the Washington Post counted 2,140 "false or misleading claims" in his entire first year. | But corporate media continue to grant Trump the same automatic legitimacy granted to past presidents whenever he reads the words of…

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RT (2018-02-09). Snowden calls out Fox News claim that memo is first proof of govt spying. RT US News Whistleblower Edward Snowden called out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for claiming Americans have grounds to believe intelligence agencies have misused their powers "for the first time."
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Franklin Lamb (2018-02-09). Woe Be Unto the Mullahs. Oxford Following last month's protests challenging Iran's theocratic regime, including women across the country climbing on telecom boxes, taking off their headscarves and waving them aloft on sticks, police quickly arrested 29 women accusing them of protesting against a law that makes wearing the hijab compulsory. When Vida Movahed, a 31-year-old mother, clambered up an More

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Two Immigrants Detained in NJ While Taking Children to School; Third Seeks Sanctuary in Church. Democracy Now! In New Jersey, immigrant rights advocates and faith leaders are speaking out against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for detaining multiple parents while they were taking their children to school. On Thursday, Roby Sanger was detained by ICE after dropping his two daughters off at school, while Gunawan Liem was detained after he dropped his daughter off at the school bus stop. Both men are Indonesian. A third man, also from Indonesia, Harry Pangemanan, has taken sanctuary at the Reformed Church of Highland Park in New Jersey, after he says he saw undercover ICE agents waiting outside his home as he was preparing to drive his daughter to school. All three are parents of U.S.-born children. For more, we speak with Seth Kaper-Dale, pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, where Harry Pangemanan has sought sanctuary. And we speak with Gunawan Liem's pastor, Steven Rantung, pastor of the First Indonesian Seventh-Day Adventist Church in South Plainfield, New Jersey.

Geoff Dutton (2018-02-09). Living With Truth Decay. "Once a policy has been adopted and implemented, all subsequent activity becomes an effort to justify it" — Barbara Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam (1984. p. 245). In the 20th-century but still fun party game called Telephone, people sit in a circle and someone whispers a phrase or sentence to the More

RT (2018-02-09). Brief US government shutdown ends after Congress approves budget deal. RT US News The US government suffered a brief shutdown — the second in less than a month — after a vote on the budget deal negotiated by Republicans and Democrats was delayed in the senate beyond the midnight deadline.
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TRNN (2018-02-09). Far From Hurting Putin, US 'Oligarch' List Could Help. The Real News Network The Trump administration has admitted a new report about Russian oligarchs is based on a Forbes list. Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus at New York University and Princeton University, says the report could ultimately help Putin force wealthy Russians to bring their overseas money back home. Cohen also discusses Russia's upcoming election…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Tennessee police deliberately murder fleeing unarmed suspect, as sheriff boasts, "I love this sh*t" World Socialist Web Site (en) A lawsuit is being brought against a Tennessee sheriff after footage revealed him encouraging other officers involved in a car chase to kill the man they were pursuing.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-02-09). Jeff Sessions Makes False Link Between Marijuana and the Opioid Crisis. Main RSS Feed Some argue that marijuana may be a key part of the fight against opioid abuse. | Attorney General Jeff Sessions hates marijuana—that much is clear. He once said at a Senate hearing that the drug is a "very real danger" and that "good people don't smoke marijuana."This week, Sessions doubled down on his dislike of marijuana with comments that not only contradict the available evidence but may undermine potentially life-saving public health efforts."We think a lot of this [opioid abuse] is starting with marijuana and other drugs, too," Sessions said at a Heritage Foundation event this week. He also seemed to downplay the DEA's estimation that about 80 percent of heroin abusers start with prescription drugs.Sessions' belief that marijuana is feeding the opioid crisis flies in the face of evidence. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in…

Reynard Loki, AlterNet (2018-02-09). Winter Olympics Threatened by Global Warming, but NBC Won't Acknowledge It. Main RSS Feed Winter sports are taking a huge hit from climate change. Why is NBC mum on the subject? | Environmental and public health groups are launching a "Twitter storm" on Friday to compel NBC to end its "climate whiteout" and cover the impacts of global warming on the Winter Olympics. So far, the network, which calls itself "the proud home for all U.S. coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang," has failed to address the fact that increased temperatures due to climate change are threatening the future of outdoor winter sports."For weeks, NBC has been putting out stories as part of its 'Road to PyeongChang' coverage—featuring profiles on the athletes and stories about their journey to qualifying for Team USA," said Allison Fisher, outreach director for Public Citizen's Energy Program, in an email. "Not one has mentioned climate change."In a statement, the…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). "Mr. Boston": Meet the Man Who Secretly Helped Daniel Ellsberg Leak Pentagon Papers to the Press. Democracy Now! Historian Gar Alperovitz has revealed for the first time the key role he and a handful of other activists played in helping whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leak to journalists the Pentagon Papers—a 7,000-page classified history outlining the true extent of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Daniel Ellsberg told The New Yorker the secret role this group played was so crucial in releasing the Pentagon Papers that he gave them a code name: "The Lavender Hill Mob." Alperovitz went by the alias "Mr. Boston." Ellsberg told The New Yorker, "Gar took care of all the cloak-and-dagger stuff." We speak to historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz about why he is going public now.

TRNN (2018-02-09). Wilkerson: On Iran, Trump Follows the Iraq War Playbook. The Real News Network Fifteen years after he helped write the Colin Powell speech that made the false case for war on Iraq, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says Trump is following a similar path on Iran — with the main difference being that the outcome now could "be significantly worse"

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Trump's "Backward-Looking" Speech Ignores Climate Change, While Pushing for "Beautiful, Clean Coal" Democracy Now! On Tuesday night at President Trump's first State of the Union, there were two words conspicuously missing from Trump's lengthy address: climate change. Trump did, however, celebrate "beautiful, clean coal" and the rollback of key regulations to protect the environment. For more on the State of the Union, we speak with co-founder Bill McKibben and with The Nation publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel.

RT (2018-02-09). Your guide to top anti-Russia think tanks in US & who funds them. RT US News Countering Russia has become a lucrative industry in Washington. In recent years, the think tank business has exploded. But who funds these organizations, who works for them and what are the real agendas at play?
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WSWS (2018-02-09). To reduce costs Texas officials slash special education enrollment. World Socialist Web Site (en) Texas deliberately set about to deny access to special education services, in knowing contravention of federal rules.

WSWS (2018-02-09). New York City limousine driver kills himself in protest over poverty wages. World Socialist Web Site (en) Schifter's suicide note blamed corporations and Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and former Mayor Bloomberg for destroying his livelihood.

RT (2018-02-09). USA Gymnastics doctor Nassar receives additional 125yr prison sentence. RT US News Former USA Gymnastics doctor and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar has been sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison, following on from his earlier sentence of up to 175 years.
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RT (2018-02-09). US Democrats' latest top 3 #RussiansDidIt moments. RT US News Russians can hack anything, have agents everywhere and will go to any length to undermine the great American nation… at least if some of the more outspoken Democrats are to be believed.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Earthquake hits Taiwan, killing eight people and injuring hundreds. World Socialist Web Site (en) Scores of people remain trapped in damaged buildings in Hualien, not far from the earthquake's epicentre.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Columbia University refuses to recognize graduate student union. World Socialist Web Site (en) Columbia University in New York City has refused to recognize the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers (GWC-UAW) Local 2110 as the bargaining agent for student workers on campus.

Janine Jackson (2018-02-09). 'You Can't Watchdog Government if Government's Watching All Your Communication'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Cindy Cohn about FISA reauthorization for the January 26, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Global markets plunge as Dow records biggest ever one-day point fall. World Socialist Web Site (en) One of the most significant features of yesterday's decline was its speed with the Dow plunging 900 points in just 11 minutes in an avalanche of selling.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for February 2, 2018. Democracy Now! Defying Democrats and FBI, Trump to Release Controversial Russia Probe Memo, 12-Year-Old Girl Arrested as 4 Injured by Gunfire at Los Angeles Middle School, Toxic Air Pollution at U.S. Schools Most Impacts Students of Color, U.N. Envoy Warns Burma Mass Graves Show "Hallmarks of Genocide", Jailed Reuters Journalists Denied Bail by Burmese Court, At Arab League, Warnings over U.S. Cuts to U.N. Palestinian Refugee Agency, Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, Son of Late Cuban Leader, Commits Suicide, Kenyan Government Defies Court Order to Reopen TV Stations, U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Pledges Homes for the Homeless, Maldives Court Drops "Terrorism" Conviction for Ex-President Mohamed Nasheed, South Africa: Cape Town Faces "Day Zero" as Water Supplies Dwindle, California Snowpack Ominously Low, Prompting Fresh Drought Fears, Austin, TX, City Council Votes to Divest from Border Wall Contractors, San Francisco DA to Drop, Reduce Thousands of Pot Convictions, Dennis Peron, Medical Marijuana Pioneer, Dies at 72…

TRNN (2018-02-09). Students Push City Council To Consider Banning Styrofoam. The Real News Network Pushed by student activists, Baltimore City Council President and others voice their support for banning polystyrene foam food containers in the city…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Downing of Russian fighter in Syria threatens wider war. World Socialist Web Site (en) The warplane was shot down as Russian and US military forces face off at close quarters on opposing sides of Syria's disastrous civil war.

RT (2018-02-09). Senate announces bipartisan budget breakthrough . RT US News Leaders of both parties in the US Senate have agreed on a two-year budget proposal that would remove the threat of government shutdowns. The compromise removes spending caps on both military and domestic programs. |
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WSWS (2018-02-09). This week in history: World Socialist Web Site (en) This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Peter Maass (2018-02-09). Donald Trump's Military Parade Is Ridiculous — But He's Not the First U.S. Politician to Use Humvees and F-16s as Props. The Intercept Trump deserves the criticism he's getting, but other presidents and the Pentagon itself have used the armed forces as a political prop. | The post Donald Trump's Military Parade Is Ridiculous — But He's Not the First U.S. Politician to Use Humvees and F-16s as Props appeared first on The Intercept.

RT (2018-02-09). US suicides 'spiked after Robin Williams' death' RT US News Suicides in the US increased by 10 percent in the months following the death of actor Robin Williams in 2014, according to a new study, with the biggest impact among men aged between 30 and 44.
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Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-02-09). Don Lemon Completely Loses It at the Mere Mention of Omarosa. Main RSS Feed The CNN host caught a nasty case of the giggles Thursday night. | During a Thursday panel discussion with Symone Sanders and Scott Jennings, CNN host Don Lemon tried to talk about Omarosa Manigault-Newman, but it didn't quite work out the way he hoped."Don, it's Black History Month. We gotta talk about Omarosa?" Sanders asked.This prompted Lemon to break into hysterics. He laughed, he snorted, his eyes watered, and someone had to hand him a tissue. Even after cutting to the video of the former White House aide on "Celebrity Big Brother," Lemon still struggled not to laugh.Watch the hilarity below: Related Stories: Fox News Executive Suggests 'Darker, Gayer' Olympians Will Be Bad At SportsRepublican Senator Rand Paul Single-Handedly Shut Down the Government Just to Make a PointAnderson Cooper Offers Hilarious Response to Omarosa's Teary Trump Revisionism on 'Big Brother'

WSWS (2018-02-09). Pope preaches dogma of reaction in Latin America. World Socialist Web Site (en) The Pope's first stop was Chile, where he denounced parishioners as "idiots manipulated by leftists" for opposing a bishop implicated in the cover-up of child sexual abuse.

RT (2018-02-09). 'I just want what's best for him': Mother abandons baby in airport bathroom. RT US News Authorities at the Tucson International Airport are looking for a woman who abandoned a newborn baby. The mother vanished after giving birth alone in the airport bathroom, leaving behind only a handwritten note. |
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Steve Horn (2018-02-09). China Is Financing a Petrochemical Hub in Appalachia. Over the past year, oil and gas industry plans to build a petrochemical refining and storage hub along the Ohio River have steadily gained traction. Proponents hope this potential hub, which would straddle Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, could someday rival the industrial corridor found along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana. Those plans center around creating what is known More

RT (2018-02-09). Munchy madness: Girl Scout sells 300 boxes of cookies outside San Diego marijuana dispensary. RT US News A young San Diego girl has found a novel way of bolstering sales of her Girl Scout Cookies — selling them outside a local marijuana dispensary.
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Sarah van Gelder, Yes! Magazine (2018-02-09). Americans Are Going to Jail Because They Can't Pay a Fine. Main RSS Feed One of the most chilling reasons for being sent back to prison is failure to pay a fine or court or supervision fees. | The United States has the largest incarcerated population in the world, climbing from 600,000 to over 2 million in just a few decades. We also have the highest percentage of our population behind bars of any country. The people most likely to languish behind bars are Black, Latino, Native American, and poor. It's a legacy rooted in Jim Crow-era policies that continues in the thinly veiled racism of the war on drugs, as lawyer Michelle Alexander points out in her book The New Jim Crow.But there's another number that dwarfs the prison population: Nearly 5 million people are under some sort of parole or probation supervision in the United States. That's a fourfold increase since 1980, according…

Kali Holloway, AlterNet (2018-02-09). John Kelly Is More Proof There Are No Good Apples in the Trumpian Bunch. Main RSS Feed They're all rotten, or they wouldn't be there in the first place. | Every day is a lesson with the Trump administration, and every day the lesson is the same: there are no secretly decent people working in this White House. Everyone helping further the Trump agenda took the job because they're as immoral as the man they signed up to work for. The righteous Trump adviser discreetly Jedi-mind-tricking honorable decisions from a dishonorable man is a media-conjured fantasy. Still somehow, when he took on the role of Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly was dubbed the "adult in the room" by a press endowed with an endless capacity for wishful thinking.The title didn't even jibe with Kelly's performance in his most recent job, a six-month stint as the head of Homeland Security. While leading the department, Kelly proved Trump's trusty anti-immigration…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Corbyn prostrates himself before council leaders in the name of "Municipal Socialism" World Socialist Web Site (en) Corbyn addressed the audience of Labour councillors imposing cuts that have devastated vital social services as if they were passionate seekers after a new socialist dawn.

Mr. Fish (2018-02-09). The Fanatic. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post The Fanatic appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-02-09). Republicans embrace idea of 'Russia collusion'… with Hillary Clinton. RT US News Efforts to topple President Donald Trump by accusing him of collusion with Russia may have backfired on the Democrats, but in one major respect they have won: Republicans now treat Moscow as the bogeyman too.
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Kenneth Surin (2018-02-09). Poverty: American Style. MintPress News In December last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued a statement on his 15-day fact-finding mission of some of the U.S.'s poorest neighborhoods. Alston, the author of the quoted phrase in the excerpt, is an Australian who is a professor of law at New York University. During his mission, he visited Alabama, California, West Virginia, Texas, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. | Alston's statement on American poverty and inequality has been overlooked by most of the mainstream media. | Alston has a record of consistent impartiality, which makes his statement on American poverty all the more credible. | He was critical of China in his report on that country (the Chinese government later accused him of "meddling" in its judicial system). He wants Sri Lanka to be investigated for war crimes…

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). Physicians Warn Scrapping the Clean Power Plan Could Result in 10,000s of Preventable Deaths and Illnesses. Physicians for Social Responsibility Today, the EPA announced the termination of the Clean Power Plan, the most comprehensive piece of climate change policy on the federal level.

RT (2018-02-09). Trump calls 'little' Adam Schiff a 'leaker and liar' RT US News Donald Trump launched an explosive tweet aimed at Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
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RT (2018-02-09). 'Backbones of jellyfish': Americans vent fury at lawmakers over govt shutdown. RT US News Lawmakers breathed sighs of relief on Friday as the brief federal government shutdown finally ended. The congressional impasse had generated widespread resentment at Republicans and Democrats from many Americans. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). "Unprecedented Level of Violence" in Heart of Kabul as Taliban Sends "Clear Message" to Trump. Democracy Now! In Afghanistan, Islamic State militants have carried out an early-morning attack on a military academy in the western outskirts of the capital of Kabul, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16. This marks the latest in a wave of deadly attacks this month. Monday was already declared a national day of mourning in Afghanistan, after a Taliban attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives into the heart of the city on Saturday, killing at least 103 people and wounding as many as 235. One week earlier, Taliban militants killed 22 people at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel. Last week, another six people were killed in an assault claimed by the Islamic State on the office of aid group Save the Children in the eastern city of Jalalabad. This comes as the United States has stepped up its assistance to Afghan security forces and its airstrikes against the Taliban and other militant groups. We get an update from Lotfullah Najafizada, news director of TOLOnews, a 24-hour news channel based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Bresha Meadows, Teenage Girl Who Killed Her Abusive Father, Finally Freed After 10 Months in Jail. Democracy Now! In Ohio, a 16-year-old girl who killed her abusive father is finally home from juvenile detention, after her case sparked national outcry over the treatment of domestic violence survivors. The young girl, Bresha Meadows, was just 14 years old when she shot dead her abusive father, Jonathan Meadows, with a bullet to his head as he slept. Only two months earlier, Bresha had run away from home, telling relatives that she was scared for her life "because her father was beating her mother and threatening to kill the whole family." Bresha was sentenced to a year in juvenile detention, with credit for time served, as well as six months at a mental health treatment center. We speak to journalist Victoria Law, who has been closely following the story.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Surging violence and political crisis in Congo. World Socialist Web Site (en) The year-old civil war in central Congo's Kasai provinces is now producing more refugees than the wars in Iraq and Syria.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Sri Lankan local elections: SEP holds public meetings in island's north. World Socialist Web Site (en) SEP candidates explained why an international socialist program is necessary to fight the government's social austerity measures and attacks on democratic rights.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Ethiopia: Commentary on the Draft Criminal Procedure Code. Amnesty International This is a commentary on the draft Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), which the Federal Attorney General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia distributed to stakeholders for feedback. Amnesty International commends the Attorney General's initiative to revise the current CPC adopted in 1961. Specifically, Amnesty International welcomes the efforts made thus far to resolve some of the gaps in the existing CPC.

Intercepted (2018-02-09). Intercepted Podcast: Memo and Memoer — The Bipartisan Love Affair With Mass Surveillance. The Intercept Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | | Republicans say the deep state spied on Trump's team. The Democrats back the FBI. Both support the very program the Nunes memo claims was used to spy on Carter Page. This week on Intercepted: Former State Department official Peter van Buren and civil liberties advocate Julian Sanchez offer provocative analysis on warrantless surveillance, the Nunes memo, and the FBI's role in the 2016 election. Jeremy blasts the use of former CIA and NSA officials as news analysts and the hypocrisy surrounding the FISA debate. In 1953, CIA scientist Frank Olson jumped to his death from a Manhattan hotel after an LSD experiment gone wrong. But is that the real story? Academy Award winner Errol…

Michael Welton (2018-02-09). Participatory Democracy Requires Transformed Personalities. Carol Gould (Rethinking Democracy: freedom and social cooperation in politics, economy and society [1988]) believes that there is a personality structure "appropriate to participation in democratic institutions …" (p. 284). For her, democratic agency is "not the agency of an isolated individual considered outside of any social context, but is rather the exercise of this More

Zaid Jilani (2018-02-09). Democrats Pessimistic on Tax Cut: "We've Got What We've Got for the Next 30 Years" The Intercept Democrats were universal in their hostility toward the tax cuts, but the party has not yet formulated its response nor have they suggested what they'll do when and if they return to power. | The post Democrats Pessimistic on Tax Cut: "We've Got What We've Got for the Next 30 Years" appeared first on The Intercept.

Jack Random (2018-02-09). The Vampire Market. Corporate America is having a party. In the age of Trump they get everything they want and the markets are rallying like it's never going to end. All hail the Donald! The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed from approximately 20,000 to 26,000 since the election of Trump. Standard & Poor's 500 went from roughly 2,300 More

RT (2018-02-09). 'Russia threat' used as excuse to funnel trillions into military industry — Russian envoy to US. RT US News Washington uses the alleged Russian threat as a pretext for its nuclear build-up, while the real purpose behind the new hawkish nuclear strategy is to pump money into the military complex, the Russian ambassador to the US told RT.
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TRNN (2018-02-09). Has Trump Launched a New Nuclear Arms Race? The Real News Network With its just-released nuclear strategy, the Trump administration is threatening another nuclear arms race and bringing the world closer to catastrophe, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson…

RT (2018-02-09). What we know about Boeing's hypersonic strike aircraft that aims to 'circle the world in 1-3 hours'. RT US News Few details have emerged since the aerospace company Boeing revealed plans for a new hypersonic aircraft with surveillance and strike capabilities. It aims to build it in the next 10-20 years but already faces some competition.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Germany's Grand Coalition for austerity and war. World Socialist Web Site (en) In the final stretch of coalition negotiations, SPD leader Martin Schulz announced an agreement between his party and the conservative CDU/CSU on European policy.

WSWS (2018-02-09). <em>Colors:</em> Beck's foray into mainstream pop. World Socialist Web Site (en) The 11 albums Beck released prior to Colors blended a dizzying array of genres, resulting in a series of psychedelic funk, soul, folk, hip-hop and and rock-infused anthems that have consistently topped the charts.

Netizen Report (2018-02-09). Google Maybe Partnering With Brazil's Government to Influence Public Opinion. MintPress News A January 12 article on the website of O Globo, one of Brazil's most widely read daily newspapers, alleges that Brazil's government is seeking to work with Google to customize search results for Brazilian users, based on their location and possibly other characteristics. | According to the O Globo article, which did not name its sources, the government is hoping to tailor search results related to a controversial pension reform bill, which the Congress is scheduled to vote on in the near term. Google has made no public statements on the matter. | O Globo reports that members of President Michel Temer's administration met Google representatives in early January to discuss the viability of directing users' queries to official content produced by the government. According to the article: It would work more…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Made in the USA: The Real History of the MS-13 Gang Trump Talked About in State of the Union. Democracy Now! During President Trump's first State of the Union, he called on Congress to pass an immigration overhaul and repeatedly tried to conflate immigrants, including DREAMers, with terrorists and gang members. Among Trump's guests to the State of the Union were the parents of two young girls who were killed by members of the MS-13 gang two years ago in Long Island, New York. MS-13 is a gang that originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s and has since spread to Central America as a result of the U.S. mass deportation policies. For more on the history of MS-13 and the United States' relationship with El Salvador, we speak with Daniel Denvir, writer-in-residence at Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project. His 2017 article for The Washington Post is titled "Deporting people made Central America's gangs. More deportation won't help."

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Mexico: Further information: Threats to journalist reporting disappearances. Amnesty International On 19 January a television reporter published videos from surveillance cameras that suggest that police from Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, were involved in six of seven cases of disappearances that occurred in late December and early January. Days after, the reporter received threats on Twitter.

Robert J. Burrowes (2018-02-09). The Fear That Drives U.S. Nuclear Strategy. MintPress News Our world is poised perilously on the brink of catastrophic nuclear war. This has happened because we have given responsibility for holding the nuclear trigger to a handful of men who, emotionally speaking, are terrified little boys. | The post The Fear That Drives U.S. Nuclear Strategy appeared first on MintPress News.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying. World Socialist Web Site (en) In the factional conflict within the ruling class, the Democrats have emerged as the principal defenders of the military-intelligence apparatus.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Trump's chief of staff mocks young immigrants as "afraid" and "lazy" as DACA deadline approaches. World Socialist Web Site (en) The climate in Washington ahead of Thursday's budget deadline gives a sense of the right-wing framework of whatever immigration agreement the Democrats and Republicans make.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Maldives: Arrestations arbitraires après la proclamation de l'état d'urgence . Amnesty International Cinq personnes ont été arrêtées depuis que le gouvernement des Maldives a déclaré l'état d'urgence le 5 février 2018, à la suite d'un récent arrêt de la Cour suprême ordonnant de libérer des dirigeants de l'opposition incarcérés et de les faire bénéficier d'un nouveau procès. Il s'agit apparemment d'une mesure de répression décidée par le gouvernement en vue de museler l'opposition politique.

WSWS (2018-02-09). London protesters speak out in defence of the National Health Service. World Socialist Web Site (en) World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday's demonstration in London to defend the NHS.

Joe Emersberger (2018-02-09). Deconstructing a Washington Post Editorial on Ecuador. The Washington Post editorial board (2/5/2018) says that the results of a February 4 referendum show that Ecuador bucks the authoritarian trend Well I'm glad somebody in the western media finally weighed in from that perspective. I'm kidding of course. As I noted in a piece I wrote for FAIR, there has been no other More

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for February 8, 2018. Democracy Now! Senators Reach 2-Year Spending Agreement Without Deal on Immigration, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Speaks for 8+ Hours to Support DREAMers, DREAM Activists Arrested at Nonviolent Capitol Hill Protest, White House Aide Rob Porter Resigns Amid Domestic Violence Allegations, Syria: Dozens Dead as U.S. Airstrikes Target Pro-Government Forces, Iraq: UNICEF Appeals for Aid After Mosul's Hospitals Left in Ruins, Taiwan: Powerful Earthquake Leaves 6 Dead, 76 Missing, Pay Equity Lawsuit Targets British Supermarket Chain Tesco, Vice President Pence Warns North Korea Despite Winter Olympics Thaw, Mike Pence to Lead U.S. Olympics Delegation, Drawing LGBTQ Protests, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Suggests Global Warming is Not a "Bad Thing", California Officials to Block Oil Shipments from New Offshore Wells, North Dakota: 1-Year Prison Sentence for Anti-Pipeline Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation Founder John Perry Barlow Dead at 70, Black Lives Matter Activist Muhiyidin d'Baha Shot Dead in New Orleans…

Kate Aronoff (2018-02-09). The Stock Market Swings Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Our Rigged Economy. The Intercept Karl Marx used to say that unemployed people were capitalism's reserve army. Though he didn't invent the term, he meant that capitalism drew its strength from this army, standing at the ready to take a worker's job if the current one didn't like it. If unemployment levels are high enough, bosses can pay lower wages and treat workers poorly. If one of them quits, there are plenty more in reserve. But if the reserve army is depleted — if the economy is at full employment, and everybody who wants a job has one — then bosses can't treat workers as disposable, and they can't indulge their racism and sexism in the same way. | A boss who treats women or people of color poorly, or refuses to hire them, is at a supreme disadvantage if there's no reserve army. | Think back to…

RT (2018-02-09). 'Dr. Strangelove writes US military policy'. RT US News As Jim Mattis advocates for more nuclear weapons, it's disturbing that the US is talking openly about a kind of military escalation that could end in the whole planet being destroyed, political commentator Lew Rockwell told RT.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Wall Street plunges amid fear and panic. World Socialist Web Site (en) A major feature of the turmoil has been the speed of events, with stock prices plunging and oscillating dramatically.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Seattle, Washington school bus drivers enter second week of strike. World Socialist Web Site (en) The Teamsters union agreed to federal mediation Thursday with management arrogantly holding fast to its concession demands.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Iran: Further information: Three human rights defenders on hunger strike: Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, Arash Sadeghi, Athena Daemi. Amnesty International Iranian women human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi started a hunger strike on 3 February in protest at their transfer to a prison where women convicted of violent offences are held in inhumane conditions. Earlier, on 27 January, human rights defender Arash Sadeghi started a hunger strike to demand that they are returned to their previous place of detention. He is critically-ill.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for February 5, 2018. Democracy Now! New U.S. Nuclear Policy Calls for More Nukes, New Scenarios When Nukes Could Be Used, Nunes Memo Confirms FBI Probe of Trump Campaign Began Independent of Steele Dossier, Tillerson Suggests U.S. Would Back Military Coup in Venezuela, NYT: Egypt Allowed Israel to Carry Out 100 Airstrikes in Northern Sinai, U.S. Airstrikes Increased Sixfold in Yemen in 2017, Two Die, 116 Injured in Amtrak Accident in South Carolina, Report: Dozens of Girls Abused by Larry Nassar After FBI Began Probe, Father of Molested Girls Attempted to Attack Larry Nassar in Court, Uma Thurman Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Sexually Assaulting Her in 1990s, French Police Arrest Tariq Ramadan on Rape Charges, Over 100 Migrants Die Off African Coast in Recent Days, Italian Neo-Nazi Shoots Six African Migrants in Drive-By Shooting, 17 Arrested at Super Bowl Protest in Minneapolis…

WSWS (2018-02-09). 203 Puerto Rico video. World Socialist Web Site (en)

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Ethiopia: Freedom for journalist Eskinder Nega must lead to freedom for all prisoners of conscience. Amnesty International Commenting on breaking news from Ethiopia that journalist and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Eskinder Nega will be among 746 prisoners released as part of a government pardon, Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: | "It is wonderful news that this brave journalist will soon walk to freedom after seven years spent in jail simply for doing his job. He should not have spent a single day behind bars. | | "But the world must not lose sight of the thousands of other people still languishing in jail on trumped up and politically-motivated terrorism charges, including…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Black Lives Matter Activist Muhiyidin d'Baha, Who Grabbed Confederate Flag, Shot Dead in New Orleans. Democracy Now! In New Orleans, Black Lives Matter activist and Charleston, South Carolina, community organizer Muhiyidin d'Baha died Tuesday, after he was struck in the thigh by a bullet as he rode his bicycle. Police have not named any motive or suspects in the killing. He made national headlines last year after he appeared in a viral video that shows him leaping over a police line in an attempt to grab a Confederate flag from a white supremacist at a rally in Charleston. In 2015, Democracy Now! spoke with Muhiyidin d'Baha outside the Emanuel AME Church amid the funerals of nine African-American worshipers who were gunned down by white supremacist Dylann Roof.

RT (2018-02-09). Randstanding: Rand Paul & the art of filibustering. RT US News The US government shut down for a few hours after Senator Rand Paul made the lawmakers miss the deadline for passing the budget, lambasting excessive government spending. It's not the first time Paul filibustered a major deal.
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Truthout Stories (2018-02-09). Trump's Campaign of Terror Against Immigrants. Truthout Stories In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. | The racist extortionist in the White House has issued an ultimatum: either he gets every item on his list of extremist anti-immigrant measures — or 1.8 million immigrants will suffer. | And to show what they'll face, Trump's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is stepping up its campaign of anti-immigrant terror across the country — everything from a newly official policy to hunt down the undocumented at courthouses to a huge operation specifically targeting sanctuary cities in California. | Trump even said this week that he would "love" to see another government shutdown if Democrats didn't capitulate to every last demand, including the "great" wall on the border. | DREAMer Juan Escalante rightly called this…

Jon Schwarz (2018-02-09). Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew About Iraq 15 Years Ago and What He Told the U.N.. The Intercept The evidence is irrefutable: Powell consciously deceived the world in his 2003 presentation making the case for war with Saddam Hussein. | The post Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew About Iraq 15 Years Ago and What He Told the U.N. appeared first on The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for February 1, 2018. Democracy Now! FBI Cites "Grave Concerns" over Release of Russia Probe Memo, NYT: Robert Mueller Probing Trump Officials' Spin on Russia Meeting, CDC Director Steps Down Amid Reports of Tobacco Investments, 1 Dead After Amtrak Train Carrying Republican Lawmakers Hits Truck, Trump Admin to Extend Protected Status to Syrian Refugees, For Now, Syria: Civilian Casualties Rise as Turkey Presses Afrin Offensive, Turkish Court Reverses Release of Jailed Amnesty International Chair, Trump Admin Designates Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh as a "Terrorist", Former China Editor Blasts Gender Pay Gap at BBC, 265 Women and Girls Have Now Reported Sexual Abuse by Larry Nassar, Half of Iraq and Afghanistan War Vets Not Getting Mental Healthcare, Federal Prosecutors Drop Corruption Case Against NJ Sen. Bob Menendez, Hong Kong Votes to Ban Ivory Sales in Major Animal Rights Victory…

RT (2018-02-09). 'Reckless assault on Mother Earth': Seneca Nation fights fracking treatment plant. RT US News The Seneca Nation has come out against a proposal that would see 42,000 gallons of fracking wastewater dumped in a river in Pennsylvania, in the latest fight between the energy industry and indigenous Americans.
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for January 29, 2018. Democracy Now! Afghanistan Reels After 103 Killed in Suicide Attack in Kabul, Dr. Nassar Scandal: USA Gymnastics Board Resigns, Michigan Opens Investigation, Trump to Ask for $716 Billion in Boost to Military Spending, Fitness Tracking Company Reveals Locations of Secret U.S. Military Bases, Protesters Rally at White House to Denounce Trump for Racism, Xenophobia, Lawmakers Battle over Whether to Declassify Nunes Memo, Honduras: U.S.-Backed President Hernández Inaugurated Amid Massive Protests, Albania: 10,000 Protesters Demand Prime Minister's Resignation, Protesters in Germany & France Demand End to Turkish Offensive in Afrin, Syria, New Jersey: ICE Detain 2 Fathers After Dropping Their Daughters Off at School, Some Immigrant Rights Activists to Attend Trump's State of the Union, "Are You a Citizen?": Justice Dept. Seeks to Add 2020 Census Question, Longtime Investigative Journalist Robert Parry Dies at 68, Time's Up & #MeToo Movements Take Center Stage at Grammy Awards…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Iran: Further Information: Kurdish man sentenced to death after unfair trial: Ramin Hossein Panahi. Amnesty International Iranian Kurdish prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi has been on hunger strike since 27 January in protest of being sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial that followed four months of enforced disappearance. He has been transferred to solitary confinement in reprisal. His conviction and sentence violate international law and must be quashed.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Two crew members killed in South Carolina train crash. World Socialist Web Site (en) An Amtrak train operating on a CSX railroad was mistakenly sent into the path of a freight train on Sunday, killing the crew and injuring over 100 passengers.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Estados Unidos: Programada la ejecución de un hombre diagnosticado de cáncer. Amnesty International Doyle Hamm, cuya ejecución está programada en Alabama para el 22 de febrero, después de 30 años en el corredor de la muerte, ha recibido una suspensión de la ejecución, pero la fiscalía ha recurrido. A Hamm se le ha diagnosticado un cáncer linfático. El estado de sus venas puede convertir su ejecución en inconstitucional.

RT (2018-02-09). 'Trump probe invented, paid for by Democrats'. RT US News The Donald Trump 'Russia collusion' was invented by the Democrats, and paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign, says political talk show host Bryan Crabtree. Now they're investigating the president; it's laughable, he adds.
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). "Are You a U.S. Citizen?": Trump Could Sabotage the 2020 Census by Adding Controversial Question. Democracy Now! The Trump administration says its request to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census is under legal review. Data from the once-a-decade census has major implications for shaping the political landscape. The population count is used to determine how congressional seats are distributed across the country and where hundreds of billions of federal dollars are spent. Critics say that including a citizenship question on the census will deter undocumented residents from participating in the questionnaire out of fear that the government could use the information against them. Trump's request to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census would "sabotage the entire census," says Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, and "massively depress responses among immigrant groups."

Jill Richardson (2018-02-09). Bad Bureaucracies Are Fraying the Social Safety Net. I've always believed in government. That is, I believe there are roles in society that can be best performed by a government — to serve the people, rather than a profit motive. But I'm fed up. It's like a crisis of faith. I'm trying to believe the best about the government, but the local bureaucracy More

TRNN (2018-02-09).'s Climate State of the Union. The Real News Network In response to Trump's State of the Union, advocates push for a a fossil fuel free future that is "owned by the people, and for the people"

RT (2018-02-09). 'Country is heading for bankruptcy': Lawmakers question military spending. RT US News As US Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a case for more military funding to counter countries threatening "America's experiment in democracy," some members of the House Armed Services Committee questioned the expense. |
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RT (2018-02-09). $24,000 crowdfunded for father who attacked pedophile doctor Larry Nassar. RT US News A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $24,000 for the father who attacked convicted pedophile Larry Nassar in court on Friday.
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TRNN (2018-02-09). Kansas Teacher Scores Big Win for Israel Boycott, and Free Speech. The Real News Network A federal judge has ruled that Esther Koontz's constitutional rights were violated when she was denied a Kansas teaching job over her refusal to renounce the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). NYC Taxi Driver Kills Himself at City Hall After Condemning Uber & Politicians for Financial Ruin. Democracy Now! New York City taxi drivers held a vigil on Tuesday to honor livery car driver Douglas Schifter, who killed himself in front of City Hall Monday morning after writing a long Facebook post condemning local politicians and Wall Street-backed apps like Uber for pushing him into financial ruin. He wrote, "I worked 100-120 consecutive hours almost every week for the past fourteen plus years. When the industry started in 1981, I averaged 40-50 hours. I cannot survive any longer with working 120 hours! I am not a Slave and I refuse to be one. … There seems to be a strong bias by the Mayor and Governor in favor of Uber. A Company that is a known liar, cheat and thief." Over the past five years, the number of for-hire cars has more than doubled in the city, largely thanks to Uber. But the soaring number of cars has resulted in a financial crisis for many longtime taxi drivers who now struggle to get customers. We speak to Bhairavi Desai, executive director and co-founder of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which represents over 19,000 taxi drivers in New York City.

WSWS (2018-02-09). West Virginia teachers hold one-day strikes and statewide protests. World Socialist Web Site (en) West Virginia teachers have not had a raise since 2014, and are presently ranked 48th in the nation in average salary.

RT (2018-02-09). 'Bewildering Slavic hall of mirrors': Fox News mocks Schiff over interview with RT . RT US News Fox News has mocked Senator Adam Schiff, chief purveyor of anti-Russia histrionics, for allowing himself to be interviewed on RT back in 2013. "The leaders of the witch hunt are witches," said the channel's host Tucker Carlson.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Thousands of workers in Puerto Rico continue to live without running water. World Socialist Web Site (en) This is the second in a series of updates from a local Puerto Rican worker on the unfolding crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane María.

Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet (2018-02-09). Trump Is Totally Ignoring Daily Advice From the CIA. Main RSS Feed A former CIA director says "something will be missed." | The Washington Post reported on Friday that Trump is the first president in over half-a-century to forgo the President's Daily Brief (PDB), a written intelligence document compiled primarily by CIA analysts.President Trump—whose Fox & Friends dependence and accompanying short attention span are hardly secrets—prefers an oral briefing, "according to three people familiar with his briefings."The PDB is highly classified, and it's impossible to know how much detail is lost in its oral translation. But former CIA Director Leon Panetta worries that President Trump will miss important context, to the detriment of national security."Something will be missed," Panetta told the Post. "If for some reason his instincts on what should be done are not backed up by the intelligence because he hasn't taken the time to read that intel, it increases…

Truthout Stories (2018-02-09). Rand Paul and the Sleepover Shutdown: A Three-Act Farce. Truthout Stories Sen. Rand Paul, who made a move to block Thursday's budget deal, walks back to his office after a TV interview at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | Been quite a morning, yeah? The federal government shut down, the Senate passed the budget bill, the House passed the Senate's bill, the Dreamers were abandoned and the Tea Party movement evaporated like a wholly unnoticed fart. Oh, and Rand Paul is a hypocritical tool. All in a day's work here in the dysfunction capital of the western world. Sen. Rand Paul, who made a move to block Thursday's budget deal, walks back to his office after a TV interview at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Former TPT workers at Jeep seek to reopen lawsuit against UAW, Fiat Chrysler. World Socialist Web Site (en) The workers say revelations of management payoffs to UAW officials require the courts to reexamine their lawsuit.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Falling US life expectancy: The product of a deliberate ruling class policy. World Socialist Web Site (en) The US is wracked by record social inequality, a catastrophic health crisis, and a government health policy aimed at deliberately lowering life expectancy while catering to corporate profit.

Gareth Porter (2018-02-09). Can South Korea's Leader End Trump's North Korea Crisis? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The agreement for cooperation between North and South Korea on the Olympics provides a pause in the drumbeat of war threats by postponing joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises until after the Winter Games are finished. But the real payoff from the Olympics détente is the possibility that the governments of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's Kim Jong Un could reach agreement on modifying joint U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) military exercises in return for a North Korean nuclear and missile testing freeze. | That intra-Korean deal could open a new path to negotiations between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs and a final settlement of the Korean War—if Donald Trump is willing to take such an off-ramp from the crisis. But it's not just Kim Jong Un who has taken the diplomatic initiative to open…

RT (2018-02-09). Changes needed: Trump returns 'sensitive' memo to House Democrats. RT US News US President Donald Trump has declined to make public a memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, saying that it requires additional revisions to remove sensitive and classified information. |
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WSWS (2018-02-09). APTIV autoworkers in northern Mexico are close to a strike. World Socialist Web Site (en) More than 4,000 autoworkers are fighting for a better salary and working conditions.

RT (2018-02-09). Green Beret death prompts probe of SEAL Team 6, unit that took out Osama bin Laden. RT US News The death of Army Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar, allegedly at the hands of his colleagues, prompted a deep probe of SEAL Team 6, the special unit that killed Osama bin Laden.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Cambodge: Vives préoccupations pour la santé d'un responsable politique en détention . Amnesty International Kem Sokha, président du principal parti d'opposition dissous, s'est vu refuser la liberté sous caution en appel le 1er février, alors que son état de santé se dégrade fortement. Maintenu à l'isolement en détention provisoire depuis son arrestation le 3 septembre 2017, il encourt jusqu'à 30 ans de prison s'il est déclaré coupable d'accusations de trahison à caractère politique.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Will India invade the Maldives? World Socialist Web Site (en) India's armed forces are reportedly "on standby for any contingency in the Maldives from evacuation of Indian tourists to military intervention."

RT (2018-02-09). Syria clashes won't stop until 'ambivalent' US finds common ground with Russia & Turkey. RT US News Washington must come to terms with Russia and Turkey to avoid repeated clashes in northern Syria, where it continues to support and pit local Kurdish-dominated militants against Damascus, retired US General Paul Vallely told RT.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Cambodia: Supreme Court upholds deeply flawed conviction against land activist Tep Vanny. Amnesty International Reacting to the news that the Cambodian Supreme Court today upheld the conviction and a 30 months' prison sentence for land rights activist Tep Vanny, James Gomez, Amnesty International's Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: | | "With today's ruling, Cambodia's judiciary has once again failed to prove that it can act independently, choosing to do the government's bidding instead. Tep Vanny is a brave social activist who has done nothing but peacefully stand up for her community. She should be released immediately and unconditionally, not forced to…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). USA: Further information: Governor stays execution after juror plea: Raymond Tibbetts. Amnesty International On 8 February, the Ohio Governor issued an eight-month reprieve for Raymond Tibbetts, who was due to be executed on 13 February. The decision came after he received a letter in support of clemency from one of the jurors from the 1998 trial.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Iran: Un kurde condamné à mort à l'issue d'un procès inique. Amnesty International Un prisonnier kurde iranien, Ramin Hossein Panahi, a entamé une grève de la faim le 27 janvier pour protester contre sa condamnation à mort à l'issue d'un procès inique. Il avait auparavant été victime d'une disparition forcée pendant quatre mois. Il a été transféré à l'isolement à titre de représailles. Sa déclaration de culpabilité et sa condamnation violent le droit international et doivent être annulées. (2018-02-09). Moscow Slams "Illegal US Presence in Syria" Following US Airstrikes on Syrian Troops. MintPress News Moscow lashed out at the U.S. this morning, after the U.S.-led coalition in Syria carried out several "defensive" airstrikes against Syrian forces allied with President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in Syria's Deir al-Zor province — purportedly in retaliation for what the coalition said was an "unprovoked" attack on the U.S.-backed left-wing rebel group. | In response, during a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Russian UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzya reminded his colleagues that the U.S. presence in Syria is "actually illegal." "Nobody invited them there," Nebenzya stated, emphasizing that the coalition's actions were jeopardizing the region's hard-fought stability. | According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian militia was advancing against a "sleeper cell" of Islamic State terrorists near the former oil processing plant of al-Isba, when the unit was suddenly fired upon by air strikes. | At…

RT (2018-02-09). Is political pressure behind YouTube's video labeling? RT US News YouTube has started labeling videos by government-funded media after their recommendation program was the subject of a Guardian investigation and a letter from the Senate Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Working on human rights in Uzbekistan: a challenge worth taking. Amnesty International Working on human rights in Uzbekistan has always been a challenge as there is never a shortage of flagrant human rights violations.: | On 3 February journalist and human rights activist Dilmurod Saidov (Sayyid) was released from prison early — for many this is yet another sign that things are changing in Uzbekistan. In his first interview after his release, Dilmurod told journalists that he had been subjected to psychological and physical torture in prison. In order for the new authorities to really demonstrate their commitment to upholding international human rights obligations, it is important to ensure that all allegations of torture and other ill-treatment are investigated effectively, and that those responsible are brought to justice. | | The 2017 end-of-year address to parliament…

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). In Memoriam: Dr. Victor W. Sidel, PSR Founding Member. Physicians for Social Responsibility Victor W. Sidel, MD, a visionary medical leader and founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), died on January 30, 2018 at his children's home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Dr. Sidel's 60 years of advocacy invigorated the American medical and public health communities for the cause of peace and nuclear disarmament.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Uzbekistan: Further information: Tortured journalist must be immediately released: Bobomurod Abdullayev. Amnesty International On 8 February, human rights activists reported that two SNB officers leading the investigation on the case against detained journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev had been suspended and that the General Prosecutor's Office had initiated investigations into allegations of torture and fabrication of a criminal case. Bobomurod Abdullayev, however, remains in SNB detention.

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). American, British, and French Physicians Condemn Their Governments' Protest of the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Physicians for Social Responsibility The American, British, and French embassies in Norway announced they will refuse to send top-level diplomats to the Nobel peace prize ceremony in protest of the awardee, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). ICAN received the Nobel peace prize for raising awareness on the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and achieving the first-ever U.N. treaty that categorically bans such weapons.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Partial federal shutdown ends with passage of budget deal between Trump and Democrats. World Socialist Web Site (en) Ultra-right opposition temporarily delayed the agreement on a vast increase in military spending, coupled with smaller increases in some domestic social programs.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Half a million metalworkers participate in strikes in Germany. World Socialist Web Site (en) On Friday, the all-day warning strikes in the metal and electrical industries culminated with hundreds of thousands of workers on strike.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Veteran investigative reporter Robert Parry dies at 68. World Socialist Web Site (en) Parry, who won journalism awards for exposing CIA crimes in Nicaragua, founded after confronting the corporate media's impediments to serious investigative journalism.

TRNN (2018-02-09). Afrikan Black Coalition Conference 2018 Highlights. The Real News Network Collective Blackness and Intersectional Action Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with ABC organizer Star Bacon about black student organizing in higher education…

TRNN (2018-02-09). Corporate Media Hires CIA, Pentagon Officials as Talking Heads ó Who Push for More War. The Real News Network CNN, MSNBC, and more corporate news networks hire former top U.S. government officials as analysts, who call for a more belligerent foreign policy, Ben Norton reports.

WSWS (2018-02-09). UK High Court rejects Lauri Love's extradition to US. World Socialist Web Site (en) The High Court judges agreed with Love's legal team that, on medical grounds, he should be tried in the UK, not the US.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). NAACP vs. Trump: Racial Discrimination Suit Filed to Block Deportations of Haitians with TPS. Democracy Now! The NAACP and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund have sued the Department of Homeland Security over its decision to rescind the temporary protected status (TPS) designation for Haitian immigrants. We speak to Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

RT (2018-02-09). US has no evidence of sarin use by Syrian govt, still concerned about Assad — Mattis. RT US News Washington has no evidence that the chemical agent sarin has ever been used by the Syrian government, Pentagon chief James Mattis has admitted. It did not stop him from still being concerned about Assad, though.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Sudan: Further information: Student held in solitary confinement released: Naser Aldeen Mukhtar Mohamed. Amnesty International Naser Aldeen Mukhtar Mohamed, the former chairperson of the Darfur Students Association at the Holy Quran University, was released without charge on 28 January. He was arrested on 22 August 2017 and detained in solitary confinement at the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) detention centre.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for February 7, 2018. Democracy Now! U.N. Calls for Ceasefire in Syria as Dozens Are Killed by Regime Airstrikes, Pence Warns of New Sanctions on N. Korea, Ahead of Olympic Games in S. Korea, John Kelly Sparks Outrage by Suggesting DREAMers Are Lazy, Trump Gives Pentagon Marching Orders to Stage Giant Military Parade, FEMA Slammed After Only 50,000 of 30 Million Meals Were Delivered to Puerto Rico, House Passes Legislation Overhauling Congress' Sexual Harassment Process, Las Vegas Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal, Ecuador Reaffirms Support for Assange After London Judge Upholds Arrest Warrant, Hong Kong's Highest Court Throws Out Prison Sentences for Pro-Democracy Activists, NYC Livery Driver Commits Suicide at City Hall, Blaming Uber & Politicians for Financial Ruin, Baltimore Cops on Trial for Conspiracy, Robbery in Massive Police Corruption Scandal, Court Upholds $25 Million Settlement Against Trump University, Rep. Nydia Velázquez Introduces Private Bill to Protect Ravi Ragbir…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Olympics Begin with Unified Korean Team Marching Together as Trump Continues to Threaten N. Korea. Democracy Now! In Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2018 Winter Olympics have opened, with North and South Korean athletes marching together at the open ceremonies. The games are seen as a pivotal moment for relations between the two countries, who have been officially at war since 1950. In an effort to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has sent a 500-person delegation of athletes, musicians and performers to the Olympics. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's influential sister attended today's opening ceremony and shook hands with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in; the pair are scheduled to have lunch together. But as the peninsula tries to de-escalate the threat of nuclear war, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned the U.S. is slated to impose another round of sanctions against North Korea. We speak to Christine Ahn, the founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

TRNN (2018-02-09). Ram Truck's Super Bowl Ad Drives Over MLK's Legacy. The Real News Network Dr. Gerald Horne discusses a controversial Super Bowl ad which used King's famous "Drum Major" speech to sell Dodge Ram pickup trucks, which seemed exceedingly tone-deaf given King's fierce opposition to capitalism and consumerism…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Australia: Labor and unions responsible for banning of NSW rail strike. World Socialist Web Site (en) The January 29 strike was banned by the Fair Work Commission, the pro-business industrial tribunal created by Labor, with the support of the unions.

Shaun King (2018-02-09). Looking Back, the NFL Boycott Was a Historic Moment in the Struggle for Justice. The Intercept The Super Bowl is over, and it's time to reflect on the history that was made with this NFL season — and I'm not talking about the Eagles. I have a frequent refrain that it is hard to understand a moment in history when you're in it, and there was such a story this year. | This football season, there was a boycott of the NFL by fans who were determined to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has been effectively blacklisted from the league for his protests against police brutality and systematic racism. | The people who participated in the boycott are among those who, though they might not realize it, are in the middle of a crucial moment in history. | When it became clear, last summer, that the NFL was going to…

WSWS (2018-02-09). 080 Warnings of "breaking point" in Congo conflict. World Socialist Web Site (en)

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). 17 Arrested Outside Super Bowl, Capping NFL Season of Racial Justice Protests On and Off Field. Democracy Now! The Philadelphia Eagles stunned the sports world by beating the New England Patriots Sunday night in Minneapolis with a 41-to-33 win in Super Bowl LII, the first-ever title for the Eagles. The game capped a historic season for the National Football League, in which African-American players staged league-wide protests against racial injustice and police brutality by taking the knee during the national anthem before games. Meanwhile, Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks was knocked out on the field and left the game with a concussion on Sunday. For more on the protests and new research on concussions, we speak with Mel Reeves, longtime human rights activist and organizer with Take a Knee Nation. And we speak with Dr. Harry Edwards, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of several books, including "The Revolt of the Black Athlete," reissued last year for its 50th anniversary edition.

WSWS (2018-02-09). After one-day strike, West Virginia teachers face battle over wages and medical benefits. World Socialist Web Site (en) Teachers and state employees are in a fight against both big business parties that have starved public education of resources for decades.

George Wuerthner (2018-02-09). Mountain Biking and Wilderness. Across the country, the growing popularity of mountain biking is increasingly a threat to our wildlands, even in designated wilderness. Some mountain biking advocates promote the idea that their sport is compatible with the goals, and even the legal obligations of federal land management agencies that manage wilderness. Yet my feeling is that mountain bikers More

Andrew Levine (2018-02-09). The GOP Infrastructure Plan: Worse Than Nothing? Throughout most of human history, building and maintaining infrastructure was the work of political authorities — or religious authorities, insofar as there was a difference. The one compelled compliance directly through the use or threat of force, the other through theological beliefs and practices, coercively enforced when necessary. | With the rise of capitalism, the invisible hand of the market sometimes took the place of the visible hand of the state. But just as theocratic authority rests ultimately on force, so does the authority of markets in private property regimes. More

WSWS (2018-02-09). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. World Socialist Web Site (en) The action is to protest cuts in bonuses for 2018 and 2019, and has impacted public transport, health and care services.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). México: Amenazas contra periodista que denuncia desapariciones . Amnesty International El 19 de enero, un periodista de televisión publicó unos vídeos de cámaras de vigilancia que sugieren que la policía de Chilpancingo, estado de Guerrero, estuvo implicada en seis de los siete casos de desaparición ocurridos en el estado a finales de diciembre y principios de enero. Días después, el periodista recibió amenazas en Twitter.

Rob Urie (2018-02-09). Why 'Russian Meddling' is a Trojan Horse. Prior to the 2016 presidential election, if one were to ask what single act could seal a new Cold War with Russia, align liberals and progressives with the operational core of the American military-industrial-surveillance complex, expose the preponderance of left-activism as an offshoot of Democratic Party operations and consign most of what remained to personal More

Paul Street (2018-02-09). We the People, Trumped by Constitution and Capitalism. Donald Trump has been struggling with historically unmatched low approval ratings — in the middle and high 30s for the most part — across most of his presidency. That is hardly surprising, given the ridiculous Boss Tweet's relentlessly racist, sexist, plutocratic, eco-cidal, narcissistic, childish, and militantly un-presidential behavior. Like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush before him but on a significantly bigger scale, Trump has made a laughingstock out of the United States. Trump's disgusting and idiotic conduct in the White House is all too obviously consistent with Trump's disgraceful history since long before he became a serious presidential candidate. More

RT (2018-02-09). Woman tried to enter cockpit, bit & kicked flight attendants during landing. RT US News In a bizarre air rage incident, a woman snapped and launched herself from her backrow seat towards the pilots' compartment as the plane was about to touch down. She kicked and bit flight attendants who attempted to calm her. |
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Glenn Greenwald (2018-02-09). Citing U.S. Prison Conditions, British Appeals Court Refuses to Extradite Accused Hacker Lauri Love to the U.S.. The Intercept The closest ally of the U.S. recognizes that the American prison system is crude and oppressive for inmates with mental health issues. | The post Citing U.S. Prison Conditions, British Appeals Court Refuses to Extradite Accused Hacker Lauri Love to the U.S. appeared first on The Intercept.

RT (2018-02-09). Pentagon logistics agency lost track of $800 million — report. RT US News In the latest instance of negligent bookkeeping at the Pentagon, its Defense Logistics Agency has failed to account for more than $800mn intended for construction projects, Politico has revealed citing an audit by Ernst & Young.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). UAW contracts must be declared null and void. World Socialist Web Site (en) The corruption revealed in the unfolding scandal is not an aberration, but expresses the very essence of the UAW.

Nick Pinto (2018-02-09). ICE Is Targeting Political Opponents for Deportation, Ravi Ragbir and Rights Groups Say in Court. The Intercept U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is unconstitutionally using its power to suppress political dissent by targeting outspoken immigration activists for surveillance and deportation, according to allegations in a federal lawsuit filed on Friday by immigration rights groups. | "Defendants have investigated, surveilled, harassed, raided, arrested, detained, and even deported these activists in order to silence them," the complaint alleges. "This sharp spike in immigration enforcement specifically targeting the most vocal immigration activists is intended to stifle dissent." | "The Government's targeting of activists on the basis of their core political speech is unfair, discriminatory, and un-American," the lawsuit adds. "And it violates the First Amendment." | The lawsuit came after a report from The Intercept detailing the fears of immigration rights activists with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City that their movement was being surveilled by the government. In the…

RT (2018-02-09). No anti-aircraft weapons sent to 'our' Syrian rebels — Pentagon after downing of Russian jet. RT US News The US military has said no anti-aircraft weapons have been shipped to the militias it backs in Syria amid speculation the Russian Su-25 jet downed in Idlib, north-west Syria may have been shot down by a US-made missile.
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Ramzy Baroud (2018-02-09). Foreign Policy for Sale: Greece's Dangerous Alliance with Israel. For a brief historical moment, Alexis Tsipras and his political party, Syriza, ignited hope that Greece could resurrect a long-dormant Leftist tide in Europe. A new Greece was being born out of the pangs of pain of economic austerity, imposed by the European Union and its overpowering economic institutions — a troika so ruthless, it More

WSWS (2018-02-09). Belgium: terror trial begins of Saleh Abdeslam, "Europe's most wanted man" World Socialist Web Site (en) The trial of the sole survivor of the team that carried out the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris, Saleh Abdeslam, opened Monday in Belgium.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Six Baltimore police officers plead guilty to racketeering. World Socialist Web Site (en) The criminal activity of the Gun Trace Task Force exposes in microcosm the contempt that the police have for the constitutional rights of the working class throughout the United States.

Alleen Brown (2018-02-09). How Powerful Men Helped Rob Porter Keep His White House Job After Learning He Abused Former Partners. The Intercept Over a year ago, Porter's former partners began feeling pressured to keep quiet about Porter's abuse. But even as word spread, he kept his job. | The post How Powerful Men Helped Rob Porter Keep His White House Job After Learning He Abused Former Partners appeared first on The Intercept.

Ramsay Liem (2018-02-09). South Korea, Straying off the Leash? Never before has North Korea loomed so large in the U.S. imagination. No longer just a problem "over there," North Korea has emerged as a much more immediate threat, one with the power to unleash nuclear Armageddon on not only East Asian but also North American shores. Months of "fire and fury" exchanges between the More

RT (2018-02-09). Senator Rubio calls for military coup in Venezuela. RT US News Republican Senator Marco Rubio called for the Venezuelan Armed Forces to rebel against the government, in a series of inflammatory tweets posted on Friday. The Secretary of State has hinted at support for a coup d'etat. |
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Matthew Cole (2018-02-09). U.S. Military Launches Broad Investigation of SEAL Team 6 After Green Beret Killing in Mali. The Intercept Two members of SEAL Team 6 are expected to be charged in the killing of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Green Beret. | The post U.S. Military Launches Broad Investigation of SEAL Team 6 After Green Beret Killing in Mali appeared first on The Intercept.

RT (2018-02-09). Bombshell or Nothingburger? Memo on FBI 'lawlessness' sets Twitter on fire. RT US News A newly declassified memorandum alleging abuses of power by the FBI and the Department of Justice in spying on President Donald Trump's campaign is creating a storm online.
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RT (2018-02-09). Misconduct complaints rise in US military, but fewer senior officers found guilty. RT US News While the number of complaints filed against senior US military and defense officials increased, fewer Department of Defense officers were actually found guilty of misconduct last year, according to data from DoD investigators.
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TRNN (2018-02-09). Is the Conflict Within Ecuador's Center-Left a Turn to the Right? The Real News Network In a crushing blow to former president Rafael Correa, his hand-picked successor Lenin Moreno overwhelmingly won a referendum that reverses some Correa's policies and bars him from running again. Is this a left-right conflict or something else?

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Bélarus: Deux hommes condamnés à mort. Amnesty International Deux hommes ont été condamnés à mort au Bélarus le 20 janvier à la suite de l'annulation en appel de leur condamnation à une peine de réclusion à perpétuité. Il s'agit des premières condamnations à mort prononcées en 2018 et selon les autorités du Bélarus, cela porte à sept le nombre total de personnes sous le coup d'une peine capitale dans ce pays.

Whitney Webb (2018-02-09). How "America First" Became the Presidency of the Pentagon. MintPress News The Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy is the perverse embodiment of the Trump administration's "America First" policy, putting American military and corporate empire above all else, even if it leads the country into financial ruin and a dangerous global war. | The post How "America First" Became the Presidency of the Pentagon appeared first on MintPress News.

Jose-Antonio Orosco (2018-02-09). Trump's Immigration Reform is Tone Deaf. President Trump laid out a new plan for immigration reform in his State of the Union address. It calls for building a wall with Mexico, a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and eliminating family sponsorship or chain migration policies. It's not clear whether Congress will pick up on these suggestions but one thing seems obvious: More

Louis Proyect (2018-02-09). The Tortured State of Ukrainian Society. "A Sniper's War" just premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and will next be seen at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana on February 23rd. Although I doubt that many of my readers will be in Missoula for the festival—or for any other purpose—I still want to call attention to More

RT (2018-02-09). Failure to clap over US achievements 'un-American' & bordering on 'treason' — Trump. RT US News President Donald Trump has said the failure of Democrats to applaud his achievements during his State of the Union address could amount to treason. Democrats reacted by accusing Trump of not knowing what treason means.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Azerbaidjan: Un militant azéri appelé à faire son service militaire malgré des problèmes de santé. Amnesty International Le militant azéri Ulvi Hasanli a été appelé par l'armée pour faire son service militaire, bien qu'il ait des problèmes de santé, et a été envoyé dans la zone du conflit non résolu dans la région du Haut-Karabakh. À la suite d'un examen médical en septembre 2017, il a été exempté du service militaire jusqu'en 2019 pour des raisons de santé. Une échographie a révélé qu'il souffrait d'inflammation rénale et de calculs rénaux. Pourtant, fin octobre, la décision a été annulée. Ulvi Hasanli a été arrêté et conduit dans une base militaire pour débuter son service. Amnesty International pense qu'il est visé en raison de son militantisme pacifique.

Janine Jackson (2018-02-09). 'Legality Means Nothing if There Is No Access'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewedJessica Mason Pieklo about abortion rights for the January 26, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

RT (2018-02-09). 'Absurdity of gerrymandering': US Nazi is the only GOP contender for congressional seat. RT US News Holocaust denier Arthur Jones has been running for different offices since last century and failing, but in 2018 he is enjoying the spotlight. He is the only GOP candidate on the ballot for a Chicago-area congressional seat. |
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RT (2018-02-09). Police killing vulnerable people with Tasers, new research shows. RT US News Vulnerable groups of people, including the elderly, pregnant women, and people with heart conditions, make up half of the Taser deaths caused by US police, according to a new investigation by Reuters.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). USA: Diagnosed with cancer, execution scheduled: Doyle Hamm. Amnesty International Doyle Hamm, due to be executed in Alabama on 22 February after 30 years on death row, has received a stay of execution, but the state has appealed. He has been diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. The state of his veins may render his lethal injection unconstitutional.

James McEnteer (2018-02-09). Human Sacrifice in the Yucatán. One of the world's great civilizations, the Maya, flourished in southern Mexico and parts of Central America for more than three thousand years. From about 2000 BC until the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century AD, various Mayan centers rose in their far-flung territories in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Maya peoples More

RT (2018-02-09). Trump approves release of congressional memo critical of FBI. RT US News President Donald Trump has approved declassification of the memo that is said to reveal FBI surveillance abuses. It's now up to House Intelligence Committee to make it public.
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Chris Welzenbach (2018-02-09). When Spielberg Did D-Day. Twenty years ago Saving Private Ryan arrived on movie screens to great acclaim. "Steven Spielberg has taken Hollywood's depiction of war to a new level," gushed David Ansen in his Newsweek review while Janet Maslin in The New York Times hailed it as "Steven Spielberg's soberly magnificent new war film" and Roger Ebert called it More

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-02-09). WATCH: Senators Gasp in Horror at Evangelical Leader When He Asks If They 'Wish They Had Been Aborted'. Main RSS Feed The room erupted in groans and verbal objections. | Chuck Hurley, vice president and chief council of the evangelical group The Family Leader, on Thursday stunned lawmakers in Iowa when he asked them if they wish they had been aborted.At a state Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Thursday, lawmakers discussed Senate Study Bill 3143, which would ban most abortions by making it a felony for doctors to terminate pregnancies if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.The committee heard testimony from people who both oppose and support the bill. But Hurley was the only guest who drew audible gasps from the committee."We are commanded to love our neighbors as ourself," Hurley explained. "That includes… every woman who has had difficult decisions to make.""There's one truth that we can't argue away: that baby is a baby," he continued. "I just want to…

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-02-09). Watch Rob Porter's Ex-Wife Explain Fear That Hope Hicks Will Be Abused. Main RSS Feed "I don't think he's changed." | Jennie Willoughby, the second ex-wife of disgraced White House staffer Rob Porter, revealed to CNN's Anderson Cooper that she fears for the safety of Porter's current girlfriend Hope Hicks.Porter recently resigned after news broke that he had allegedly abused his two ex-wives.Hicks, the White House communications director, has been dating Porter for several months and helped draft statements to defend him. But Willoughby warned that Porter often strikes when he feels stressed."I don't think he's changed," she told Cooper, who asked if that concerns her. "It worries me for a lot of reasons. I mean, it definitely worries me because if I'm being frank with you, if he hasn't already been abusive with Hope, he will. And particularly now that he's under a lot of stress and scrutiny, that's when the behaviors come out.

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). Kinder Morgan Decision: A Victory for Public Health. Physicians for Social Responsibility Oregon PSR responds to news of Kinder Morgan decision to cease plans to site a coal export facility at Port Westward (St. Helens) in Columbia County, Oregon…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). The Philippines: ICC examination into drug killings a crucial moment for justice. Amnesty International Responding to today's news that the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will open a preliminary examination into the "war on drugs" in the Philippines, James Gomez, Amnesty International's Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific said: | "Today's announcement marks a crucial moment for justice and accountability in the Philippines and offer a glimmer of hope to victims of the shocking atrocities committed in the government's so called 'war on drugs'. | "The crimes that have been committed since President Duterte took office meet the threshold of crimes against humanity. Unfortunately, the Philippines authorities have shown themselves both unwilling and unable to bring the perpetrators to justice and the real hope for victims now lies with the ICC. | "This announcement is a warning to leaders around the world that those who order or incite crimes against humanity including murder will…

Truthout Stories (2018-02-09). Who Are the Holy Land Foundation Five? Truthout Stories In July 2004, federal agents raided the homes of five Palestinian-American families, arresting the fathers, who had been leaders of a Texas-based charity called the Holy Land Foundation. Until 9/11, the Holy Land Foundation was the largest Muslim charity in the United States, but in December 2001 the federal government shuttered the organization and seized its assets.People are seen at Qalandiya military checkpoint, located between Jerusalem and Ramallah on February 9, 2018, in Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo: Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | In July 2004, federal agents raided the homes of five Palestinian-American families, arresting the fathers, who had been leaders of a Texas-based charity called the Holy Land Foundation. Until 9/11, the HLF was the largest Muslim charity in the United States, but in December 2001 the federal government shuttered the organization and seized its assets. The first…

Mehdi Hasan (2018-02-09). Donald Trump Wants to Make It Easier to Start a Nuclear War. This Should Petrify Us.. The Intercept With little fanfare, Trump has rolled out a Nuclear Posture Review that allows for a nuclear response to conventional attacks, even cyber ones. | The post Donald Trump Wants to Make It Easier to Start a Nuclear War. This Should Petrify Us. appeared first on The Intercept.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Sudán: Liberado estudiante recluido en régimen de aislamiento. Amnesty International Naser Aldeen Mukhtar Mohamed, ex presidente de la Asociación de Estudiantes de Darfur de la Universidad del Sagrado Corán, quedó en libertad sin cargos el 28 de enero. Detenido el 22 de agosto de 2017, permanecía recluido en régimen de aislamiento en un centro de detención del Servicio de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional (NISS) de Sudán.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). We Are Not Going to Be Intimidated: Undocumented Activist Attends SOTU Despite Threat of Arrest. Democracy Now! On Tuesday, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona asked the U.S. Capitol Police to arrest undocumented immigrants attending President Trump's State of the Union address. Gosar's threat didn't stop many undocumented activists from attending after they were invited by Democratic lawmakers. We speak to Maru Mora Villalpando, an activist and undocumented immigrant with the group Northwest Detention Center Resistance and the group Mijente. She attended the State of the Union as a guest of Washington Senator Maria Cantwell.

Staff (2018-02-09). New Defense Strategy: War With Great Nations and an Arms Race. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists This week, following the recent announcement of a new National Defense Strategy that focuses on conflicts with great powers and a new arms race, the Pentagon announced an escalation of nuclear weapons development. The United States' military is spread across the world, including several dangerous conflict areas that could develop into an all-out war, possibly in conflict with China or Russia. This comes at a time when US empire is fading, something the Pentagon also recognizes and the US is falling behind China economically. This is not unexpected considering that one year ago President Trump sought an inaugural parade that put tanks and missiles on display. | New National Defense Strategy Means More War, More Spending | The new National Defense Strategy announced last week moves from the 'war on terror' toward conflict with great powers. Michael Whitney, writing…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Ford workers in Chicago speak out on UAW corruption. World Socialist Web Site (en) Workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant reacted to the continuing revelations in the UAW corruption scandal and denounced abuses by the union and management.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Trump considers "bloody nose" strike on North Korea. World Socialist Web Site (en) US aggression against North Korea would almost certainly trigger retaliation and result in an escalating conflict that would drag in other nuclear-armed powers such as Russia and China.

TRNN (2018-02-09). How the Gun Trace Task Force's Overtime Abuse Prevented Policing. The Real News Network As closing arguments begin tomorrow in Baltimore Police corruption trial, the extent of the dirty cops' time off–including months without workin–and their connections to crimes become clearer…

RT (2018-02-09). Republican memo: What you need to know about alleged FBI & DOJ abuses. RT US News The four-page memo compiled by the GOP Chair of the House Intelligence Committee accuses the FBI and DOJ under the Obama administration of securing a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign based on the notorious 'Steele dossier.' |
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing "local news" World Socialist Web Site (en) CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new measure would help "turn down the temperature" on "divisive national issues."

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Awarded Nobel Peace Prize. Physicians for Social Responsibility The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for accomplishing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. PSR worked with ICAN to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. PSR is an ICAN partner organization that joined civil society efforts spanning 100 countries to advocate for an international ban against nuclear weapons.

RT (2018-02-09). Nunes: Democrats 'not honest actors,' memo shows FBI/DOJ 'have work to do'. RT US News Senior officials at the Department of Justice and the FBI need to address abuses listed in the explosive GOP memo, said House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes. He dismissed criticism from Democrats as dishonest.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Fear of working class upsurge triggers plunge in financial markets. World Socialist Web Site (en) The increasing market volatility takes place amidst signs of mounting working class resistance.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Egypt: Further Information: Trial of Nubian activists adjourned. Amnesty International On 30 January, the State Security Emergency Court adjourned the trial of 32 Nubian activists to 27 February, where a sentence is expected. If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Police step up harassment of Los Angeles homeless. World Socialist Web Site (en) The harassment of the homeless is connected to efforts to gentrify downtown Los Angeles, which is near Skid Row, the largest concentration of homeless people in California.

Aída Chávez (2018-02-09). House GOP Leaves Crucial Infant Health Care Program Out of Spending Bill. The Intercept House Republicans passed yet another short-term spending bill Tuesday night to avert a government shutdown. It's the fifth continuing resolution, or CR, this fiscal year (who's counting, though?), and while it includes funding for a number of health programs left out of previous stopgap measures, the GOP once again excluded a program meant to help vulnerable new mothers and their infants. | The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, known as MIECHV, expired at the end of September and is currently operating on leftover funds. A failure to reauthorize the program will lead to enrollment freezes, contract expirations, and staff layoffs. Native American communities, where families disproportionately experience poor health outcomes and scarce funding, would be hit the hardest. The program has been lauded as a model of evidence-based policy by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, which makes…

WSWS (2018-02-09). ICE conducts 77 workplace raids in Northern California. World Socialist Web Site (en) The wide scale of the workplace raids could signal the start of an anticipated crackdown across the entire region, threatening over 1,500 with arrest and deportation.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Why does Mélenchon want to expel Syriza from the European Left Party? World Socialist Web Site (en) Mélenchon wants to defend the anti-worker policies of European Left member parties in the face of rising social anger and working class militancy across Europe.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Ilhan Omar, First Somali-American State Lawmaker: Trump's SOTU was "Disgusting" & "Fascist" Democracy Now! During President Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday night, he repeatedly tried to conflate immigrants, including DREAMers, with terrorists and gang members—the latest in a string of racist or xenophobic statements Trump has made throughout his time in office. Yet, on Tuesday night, many lawmakers with the Congressional Black Caucus protested against Trump's racism—and his recent comments calling African nations "shithole countries"—by wearing traditional African kente cloth. For more on the State of the Union, we speak with Minnesota state Representative Ilhan Omar, the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States.

Truthout Stories (2018-02-09). Dreamers Speak Out Against Budget Bill With No DACA Protections. Truthout Stories In a pair of early-morning votes, the US House and Senate approved bills to end a brief overnight shutdown of the government. The bill raises military and domestic spending by almost $300 billion over the next two years. But the bill failed to meet the demands of immigrant rights groups — and many Democrats — who wanted protection for young undocumented immigrants whose protections President Trump ended last fall. The House only passed thanks to 73 Democrats who joined Republicans backing the measure. We speak to Greisa Martínez Rosas, advocacy director for United We Dream. She is a recipient of DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: In a pair of early-morning votes, the House and Senate approved a bill to end a brief overnight shutdown of the US government. The bill raises military and domestic spending by…

TRNN (2018-02-09). Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled. The Real News Network Israel was the main driver behind the 1951 UN Convention on the Rights of Refugees, but after signing it, it has never respected the rights of refugees. In fact, it has created one of the biggest refugee crisis the world has seen, says Journalist and Filmmaker Lia Tarachansky…

William Astore, TomDispatch (2018-02-09). Violence Is Not Inevitable: 10 Commonsense Suggestions for Making Peace, Not War. Main RSS Feed If we really supported our troops, we'd get them out of harm's way. | Whether the rationale is the need to wage a war on terror involving 76 countries or renewed preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China (as Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested recently while introducing America's new National Defense Strategy), the U.S. military is engaged globally. A network of 800 military bases spread across 172 countries helps enable its wars and interventions. By the count of the Pentagon, at the end of the last fiscal year about 291,000 personnel (including reserves and Department of Defense civilians) were deployed in 183 countries worldwide, which is the functional definition of a military uncontained. Lady Liberty may temporarily close when the U.S. government grinds to a halt, but the country's foreign military…

Zaid Jilani (2018-02-09). Iowa Progressive Emerges as Serious Challenger to Eight-Term Congressional Republican Steve King. The Intercept Iowa Republican Steve King is a notorious bigot who has comfortably served in Congress since 2003, but a surprising challenger in the historically Republican district is proving he may have what it takes to unseat King in November. | Former professional baseball player J.D. Scholten is a progressive who is one of four Democrats who have tossed their hats in the ring of Iowa's 4th District. He witnessed a surge in fundraising at the end of last year, bringing in $174,344 to King's $87,544 in the fourth quarter. (King has raised the most money overall, with $244,725 to Scholten's $214,487, but last quarter's results show the tide may be turning.) | Progressive insurgents have entered congressional races in district after district amid an expected Democratic wave in the midterm elections, and as the primary races heat up, the looming question is whether…

RT (2018-02-09). Uranium One scandal shows Washington still blames Russia for everything. RT US News An FBI informant testified before Congress about alleged Russian collusion with the Clintons to gain influence with the Obama White House. As expected, the Uranium One scandal has become the latest hot button issue on the Hill.
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Nick Turse (2018-02-09). America's Drug Wars in Africa: Missing Money, and a Phantom $500 Million. MintPress News 2017 was a year of investigations for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). There was the investigation of the two-star commander of U.S. Army Africa who allegedly sent racy texts to an enlisted man's wife. There was the investigation into the alleged killing of a Special Forces soldier by Navy SEALs in Mali. There was the inquiry into reports of torture and killings on a remote base in Cameroon that was also used by American forces. There was the investigation of an alleged massacre of civilians by American special operators in Somalia. And don't forget the inquiry into the killing of four Special Forces soldiers by Islamic State militants in Niger. | And then there was the investigation that hardly anyone heard about, that didn't spark a single headline. And still, the question remains: Whatever…

RT (2018-02-09). 'Truth about Tech': Ex-Silicon Valley insiders launch campaign against 'erosive' social networks. RT US News Ex-Silicon Valley executives, who helped to build Google and Facebook into the tech giants they are today, are joining forces to challenge the companies' "erosive" effect on society and create a cultural awakening. |
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Berlin Senate plans increase in police powers. World Socialist Web Site (en) Last week, the Berlin Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party, the Left Party and the Greens, discussed a far-reaching security plan for the German capital.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). البحرين: معلومات إضافية: محكمة التمييز تؤيد حكماً بالإعدام Amnesty International في 29 يناير/كانون الثاني 2018، أيدت محكمة التمييز بالبحرين، حكم الإعدام الذي صدر بحق ماهر عباس أحمد، واستند إلى "اعترافات" انتُزعت منه تحت وطأة التعذيب. وفي حالة تصديق الملك على الحكم، سوف يتهدده خطر وشيك بإعدامه.

Lee Fang (2018-02-09). Coal Lobbyist Hosted Fundraisers for Senators Evaluating His Nomination for Top EPA Post. The Intercept While waiting for a nomination to the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, a coal lobbyist, cozied up with the senators who would decide upon his appointment in the most direct way possible: giving them money. | Wheeler, who was first rumored to be tapped for the EPA last March, raised funds for Republican senators on the committee that makes the preliminary decision on confirming appointments to the agency. | Fundraising documents obtained by The Intercept and the watchdog group Documented show that Wheeler hosted campaign fundraisers for two members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works — Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. — last May. The event for Inhofe was held at Rosa Mexicano, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C., and the event for Barrasso took place at Wheeler's office on K Street in the…

WSWS (2018-02-09). US flu epidemic rages on, with more deaths and record hospitalizations. World Socialist Web Site (en) As the flu outbreak shows no signs of waning, the CDC has been hit by a scandal forcing its head to resign and the Trump administration is proposing drastic cutbacks to the programs that fight such epidemics.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Nothing learned from Auschwitz. World Socialist Web Site (en) Just a cursory glance at the politicians assembled in the German parliament to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz makes clear the same ruling class that made Hitler chancellor 85 years ago is returning to its infamous traditions.

Joseph Grosso (2018-02-09). The King and the Court Jester: Jordan Peterson and Donald Trump. It is interesting to ponder how historians a century from now will analyze the day-to-day reality of the Trump years. From the tedious everyday hissy fits on Twitter, the endless, boisterous self-glorification, the moment-by-moment interpretation and arguing about a president's very words and motives by cable news talking heads, even the future Gore Vidals or More

RT (2018-02-09). Presidency affects American happiness, especially if they're rich. RT US News With Washington politics becoming increasingly acrimonious, the effects of 'who is president' are being felt far beyond the Beltway bubble — and wealthier Americans feel it more. |
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David Yearsley (2018-02-09). Super Bowl Goose Step. Donald Trump leads by example. He does so with his thumbs. He leaves it to others to jump in the cockpit of the bombers or helm the submarines, shoulder the AR-15s or don the helmet and pads and head out onto the gridiron of death. Trump bunkers down far from any fire fight or blindside More

CounterSpin (2018-02-09). Richard Wolff on Questioning Economic Fundamentals. FAIR MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: Economic news is presented as facts and figures, but it's also, maybe most importantly, a story, a narrative. But whether it's an article about companies using their tax cut savings to give workers bonuses or one about how few of them are actually doing that, corporate media's economic reporting […]…

Joseph Essertier (2018-02-09). Will Supreme Leader Trump Commit the Supreme International Crime? Imagine the feelings of people in Hawai'i: Told that they were under missile attack and for 38 minutes "They hugged their children. They prayed. They uttered a few final farewells." Imagine how they worried for themselves and their children. The people of Hawai'i now know the terror of missiles that indiscriminately kill huge numbers of civilians, a terror that Koreans North and South know intimately. In the case of a restart of the Korean War, Koreans would only have a matter of minutes to "duck and cover" before missiles came raining down on them. The war could quickly go nuclear, with ICBMs launched from US submarines turning Korean children into lumps of black charcoal and white shadows etched onto walls. More

WSWS (2018-02-09). Chelsea Manning to run as a Democrat in Maryland Senate race. World Socialist Web Site (en) Like so many others before her, Manning is engaged in a misguided and futile effort to seek reforms through the US capitalist two-party system.

TRNN (2018-02-09). Baltimore Public Housing Resident Suffers Concussion from Falling Ceiling. The Real News Network The Real News continues to document the deteriorating conditions in subsidized housing as a woman who told her story of sex abuse continues to endure dangerous living conditions by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis…

RT (2018-02-09). 'It's easier to take care of zombies': HRW raises alarm over sedative abuse in US nursing homes. RT US News Thousands of nursing home patients across the US regularly receive strong antipsychotics, without being properly diagnosed or even informed of the side-effects, to make life easier for overworked staff, a rights monitor has found.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). French president Macron to end lifetime job guarantee for public sector workers. World Socialist Web Site (en) The Macron government is seeking to scrap the rights of public sector workers amid rising strikes and social protests across Europe.

WSWS (2018-02-09). London Labour councils in league with property developers. World Socialist Web Site (en) The Haringey Development Vehicle mass privatisation project epitomises the transformation of the Labour Party into a political adjunct of big business and the corporate elite.

Sarah Abed (2018-02-09). Kurds in Conflict-Ridden Northeastern Syria Turn to Kidnapping, Conscription, ISIS-like Tactics. MintPress News Sarah Abed is an independent journalist and political commentator. She covers a broad range of issues relating to the Syrian war, Kurdish issues in Iraq and Syria, as well as U.S policy in the Middle East. The following is an account of Sarah's conversations with Assyrian Christians living under Kurdish rule in occupied northern Syria, as well as her personal take on the issues surrounding those conversations. MintPress News could not independently verify the information given by Sarah's sources. | AL QAMISHLI, SYRIA (War Report) — Over the past few weeks, multiple independent on-the-ground sources have provided and corroborated information regarding disturbing events taking place in and around the Al Hassakah governorate in northeastern Syria. | One of the most startling allegations made is that the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been arresting and kidnapping men…

Robert Reich, (2018-02-09). Robert Reich: Trump's Tax Cuts Are as Bad for the Economy as They Are Immoral. Main RSS Feed All they can guarantee are corporate buybacks and even greater inequality. | Trump's promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers' wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns.The results are coming in, and guess what? Almost all the extra money is going into stock buybacks. Since the tax cut became law, buy-backs have surged to $88.6 billion. That's more than double the amount of buybacks in the same period last year, according to data provided by Birinyi Associates.Compare this to the paltry $2.5 billion of employee bonuses corporations say they'll dispense in response to the tax law, and you see the bonuses for what they are — a small fig leaf to disguise the big buybacks.If anything, the current tumult in the…

Joseph Natoli (2018-02-09). Bottom-Feeders with Low Information. "Imagine it is the spring of 2019. A bottom-feeding website, perhaps tied to Russia, "surfaces" video…" Henry J. Farrell and Rick Perstein, "Our Hackable Political Future," The New York Times, February 5, 2018 "Facebook appeals to your lizard brain — primarily fear and anger…And with smart phones, they've got you for every waking moment." Nellie More

RT (2018-02-09). 'Reckless' drone flies dangerously close to landing plane in Vegas (VIDEO). RT US News A video captured by a drone shows it buzzing dangerously close to a passenger plane landing at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas violating all safety regulations. Its "reckless" pilot has been condemned by drone enthusiasts.
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Truthout Stories (2018-02-09). Economic Update: The System's Unwanted Results. Truthout Stories This week's episode discusses profit-driven housing rip-offs, the hype and reality behind economic data, how Saudi Arabia taxes its superrich, the male executives in London who abuse the women they hire, and how the US and UK compare in terms of homelessness. This week's episode also features an interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on capitalism and mental health. | Download episode | To see more stories like this, visit Economic Update: Your Weekly Dose of Revolutionary Economics | To listen in live on Saturdays at noon, visit WBAI's Live Stream | Economic Update is in partnership with | Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station, check this out. If you want to hear Economic Update on your favorite local station, send them this. | Visit Professor Wolff's social movement project, | Permission to reprint Professor Wolff's writing and videos is granted on an individual basis. Please contact p to request permission. We reserve the right to refuse or rescind permission at any time.

Truthout Stories (2018-02-09). The "Steele Dossier" on … Me: The Nunes Memo Shouldn't Prompt Us to Defend the FBI. Truthout Stories I know something about Paul Singer, creator of the FBI's Steele Dossier, and his history of creating "salacious and unverifiable" files on his enemies: Singer created a file on me. He also created files on elected officials worldwide who got in the way of his next billion.House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Rep. Peter King leave the committee's secure meeting rooms in the basement of the US Capitol House Visitors Center February 6, 2018, in Washington, DC. The committee voted unanimously Monday night to send a Democratic memo rebutting claims of bias in the Russia investigation FISA court application to the White House. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) | Intrepid reporter Greg Palast has pursued the Republican war on voters that the mainstream corporate media is afraid to touch. Now, Palast has just updated his DVD, The Best Democracy Money…

WSWS (2018-02-09). India strengthens ties with ASEAN countries. World Socialist Web Site (en) Modi's manoeuvres with ASEAN are part of India's transformation into a frontline state in Washington's strategic offensive against China.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Julian Assange loses initial bid to overturn British arrest warrant. World Socialist Web Site (en) Even if the judge withdraws the warrant next week, Assange still faces extradition to the US to be tried on trumped-up charges of espionage and treason.

RT (2018-02-09). Monsanto's cancer cover-up: 'Decades of deceptive tactics to make billions of dollars' . RT US News Monsanto has been using different tactics to suppress vital information for people who are being exposed to Roundup to decide if they want to use it or not, says Carey Gillam, investigative journalist and author.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Spain: Ongoing detention of Jordi Sanchez is "excessive and disproportionate" Amnesty International Spain: Ongoing detention of Jordi Sanchez is "excessive and disproportionate" | Following the decision by a Supreme Court judge not to release Jordi Sà nchez, the former president of the pro-Catalan independence organisation the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Amnesty International's Director for Europe, Gauri van Gulik said: | | "Rather than taking the opportunity today to put an end to his ongoing detention the Supreme Court has instead compounded this injustice. Jordi Sà nchez should be immediately released. In Amnesty International ¥s opinion, today ¥s ruling does not bring new elements that justify the continuation of Sanchez ¥s detention. Moreover, the charges of sedition and rebellion that Sanchez and Cuixart face, according…

Liz Posner, AlterNet (2018-02-09). Republicans Have a Sinister New Way of Cutting Social Security. Main RSS Feed It's a classic Trojan horse scenario—one they've been using a lot lately. | They're a cunning lot, these elected Republican officials. In their latest plot to revoke the fundamental benefits that have saved millions of seniors from falling into poverty, Republicans are now looking for ways to bribe Americans into forgoing their government-guaranteed retirement security.Case in point: Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio recently unveiled their plan to provide parental leave to Americans who choose to postpone retirement age and forgo Social Security payments. It's a clear attempt to chip away at Social Security, a long-standing target of the GOP.Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works, expressed dismay with the plan, saying, "It's well past time for our country to join the rest of the world in providing workers with paid family and medical leave. But we should not undermine our…

RT (2018-02-09). House approves release of Democrats' rebuttal memo. RT US News The House Intelligence Committee has voted to publish the memo authored by the Democrats challenging last week's majority report about the FBI and DOJ abuses of surveillance powers to spy on Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
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Julian Vigo (2018-02-09). Is Cryptocurrency a Ponzi Scheme? Just three weeks ago Bitconnect announced it was shutting down after being accused of running a Ponzi scheme. Techcrunch chronicles Bitconnect's decline noting how the term "pyramid scheme" was not an unfair assessment as to what was going on: "Bitconnect was an anonymously-run site where users could loan their cryptocurrency to the company in exchange More

TRNN (2018-02-09). Special Report: The Never-Ending Coup in Honduras (2/2). The Real News Network The Inauguration of an Unelected President | Reportaje Especial: El golpe sin fin (1 de 2) (en espanol) | Reportaje Especial: El golpe sin fin (2 de 2) (en espanol)…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). 16 Years of War: Trump Joins Obama & Bush in Using SOTU to Hail "Progress" in Afghan War. Democracy Now! On Tuesday night, President Trump became the third president in a row to attempt to put a positive spin on the war in Afghanistan—the longest war in U.S. history. Five years earlier, President Barack Obama predicted at his 2013 State of the Union that the war would soon be over. And back in 2006, President George W. Bush used his State of the Union to praise Afghanistan for building a "new democracy." More than 16 years after the U.S. War in Afghanistan began, the country remains in a state of crisis. On Saturday, more than 100 people died in Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives blew up. Then, on Monday, Islamic State militants carried out an early-morning attack on a military academy in the western outskirts of the capital of Kabul, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16. We speak to investigative reporter May Jeong in Kabul. Her most recent piece for The Intercept is titled "Losing Sight: A 4-Year-Old Girl Was the Sole Survivor of a U.S. Drone Strike in Afghanistan. Then She Disappeared."

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). "We're Living in a Rigged System": Ari Berman Says GOP Uses Gerrymandering to Stay in Power. Democracy Now! We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones and a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute, about his new for piece for Rolling Stone titled "How the GOP Rigs Elections." "We like to think in this country, if you get the most votes, you're the winner. But that's not how it works, because of gerrymandering right now," Berman notes.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Johann Hari on How the "Junk Values" of Neoliberalism Drive Depression and Anxiety in the U.S.. Democracy Now! The United States is one of the most depressed countries in the world. Could it be because of the country's adoption of neoliberal economic policies? We speak to Johann Hari, author of a controversial new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions." He writes, "Junk food has taken over our diets, and it is making millions of people physically sick. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that something similar is happening with our minds—that they have become dominated by junk values, and this is making us mentally sick, triggering soaring rates of depression and anxiety."

WSWS (2018-02-09). Australian government defies criticism of sweeping "foreign interference" bills. World Socialist Web Site (en) The attorney-general suggested that the critics are playing into the hands of enemies seeking to damage Australia's "national interests."

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). "They were Both Cops & Robbers": Baltimore Police Scandal Exposes Theft, Cover-Ups & Drug Peddling. Democracy Now! In Maryland, closing arguments are scheduled to begin today for two Baltimore police officers who are part of what has been described as one of the most startling police corruption scandals in a generation. The officers were part of an elite plainclothes unit called the Gun Trace Task Force—but, according to prosecutors, the unit acted more like a criminal outfit. In his opening argument during the trial, the lead federal prosecutor, Leo Wise, said, "They were, simply put, both cops and robbers." According to prosecutors, the officers stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from city residents. They broke into houses. They stole drugs and then gave them to drug dealers. They carried BB guns that they could plant on people they shot. Six members of the task force have already pleaded guilty. We speak to Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

RT (2018-02-09). SpaceX plans audacious triple landing after launching 'world's most powerful rocket'. RT US News SpaceX is all set to launch its most powerful rocket to date in the form of the Falcon Heavy — and not only that, it's planning a high-stakes triple landing for the core components. |
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WSWS (2018-02-09). US massacre of Syrian troops threatens to unleash wider war. World Socialist Web Site (en) US air and artillery strikes killed of as many as 100 pro-government troops as Washington drops the anti-ISIS pretext for its occupation of Syria.

WSWS (2018-02-09). ICE agents arrest Kansas chemistry professor who was taking his daughter to school. World Socialist Web Site (en) The scope of the administration's brutal immigration policies continues to widen as stay orders become increasingly out of reach for blue and white collar workers.

RT (2018-02-09). Trump signs US spending bill ending government shutdown. RT US News US President Donald Trump says he has signed a spending bill into law, bringing an end to the temporary government shutdown. He confirmed the move in a tweet early Friday.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Camboya: Grave preocupación por la salud de político detenido. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Maldives: Arbitrary arrests following State of Emergency . Amnesty International Five people have been arrested since the Government of Maldives declared a State of Emergency on 5 February 2018, following a recent Supreme Court decision to release and re-try imprisoned opposition leaders. This appears to be an act of repression by the government to silence political dissent.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Australia: Union pushes sell-out deal in NSW rail dispute. World Socialist Web Site (en) The New South Wales government has made clear that its offer of marginal wage increases is tied to sweeping cuts to working conditions.

RT (2018-02-09). Wall may be built in House Intel Committee as atmosphere 'absolute poison'. RT US News Forget the US-Mexican border wall. The newest dividing line in Washington will bisect a committee at the heart of Capitol Hill. |
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Truthout Stories (2018-02-09). As Battle Brews in Congress, FCC Says Killing Net Neutrality Is Making the Internet Better. Truthout Stories Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the decision to repeal net neutrality rules is already improving broadband deployment, but critics say Pai is cooking the books. Republicans have not been shy about repealing consumer protections at the behest of big telecommunications companies, and Democrats in Congress could make broadband a midterm election issue with a push to reestablish net neutrality.Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai speaks to members of the media after a commission meeting December 14, 2017, in Washington, DC. The FCC voted to repeal its net neutrality rules at the meeting. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. | The Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants you to think that its recent decision to repeal net…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Iran: Un homme de 21 ans arrêté à l'âge de 16 ans risque d'être exécuté. Amnesty International Abolfazl Naderi, Iranien de 21 ans, risque d'être exécuté à la prison d'Arak, dans la province de Markazi. Âgé de 16 ans au moment de son arrestation, il a été condamné à mort à l'issue d'un procès manifestement inique, basé sur des ´ aveux ª qui lui auraient été extorqués sous la torture.

RT (2018-02-09). FBI texts suggest Comey could have lied under oath, staffers used Gmail for official business. RT US News A new report has revealed additional texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, indicating that FBI staffers used non-official email servers. It also questions whether James Comey lied under oath.
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Headlines for February 6, 2018. Democracy Now! Global Markets Plunge After Monday's Historic U.S. Drop, House Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Democratic Memo, Reports: Dozens Killed by Syrian Gov't Bombing in Idlib & Eastern Ghouta, London Judge Rules to Uphold Assange's Arrest Warrant, Ecuador Votes to Reinstate Presidential Term Limits, in Blow to Correa, Israeli Gov't Sends Notices to African Refugees: Leave or Be Jailed, Husband of Immigrant Rights Activist Ingrid Encalada Latorre Released from Detention, Kansas: Chemistry Professor Fights Deportation After Being Arrested on Front Lawn, USA Gymnastics Team Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced to Another 40-125 Years in Prison, Supreme Court Refuses to Block PA Ruling on Gerrymandering, Philadelphia Eagles Players Say They'll Skip White House Visit After Super Bowl Win…

RT (2018-02-09). Highway havoc: 100-vehicle pile-up sparks carnage in icy Missouri (VIDEO). RT US News The aftermath of a deadly pile-up involving 100 cars and trucks along a stretch of Missouri highway has been captured by drone. Footage of the scene shows the horrifying scale of the multi-vehicle smash. |
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WSWS (2018-02-09). A conversation with film historian Max Alvarez: How the #MeToo campaign echoes the McCarthyite witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s. World Socialist Web Site (en) It is "Scoundrel Time" again in Hollywood, complete with denunciations, anonymous informants, humiliating "confessions," trial by media and the banning of prominent performers.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). As Paul Ryan Touts a Secretary's $1.50 Weekly Pay Hike, Koch Bros. Reap $1.4B from GOP Tax Plan. Democracy Now! This weekend, House Speaker Paul Ryan touted a story of a woman whose paycheck increased by $1.50 cents a week as a major benefit to middle-class workers. On Saturday, Ryan tweeted a link to an Associated Press report, writing, "A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week … she said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year." After a deluge of ridicule and outrage, Ryan deleted the tweet hours later. For more, we speak with Richard Wolff, emeritus professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at The New School. He's the author of several books, including, most recently, "Capitalism's Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown."

TRNN (2018-02-09). Seneca Nation Fights Fracking Wastewater Disposal Plan. The Real News Network The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is reviewing a proposal to dump 42,000 gallons a day of treated fracking wastewater upstream from Seneca Nation territory…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Political crisis erupts in the Maldives. World Socialist Web Site (en) After the Maldives president imposed a state of emergency, the opposition leader called for an Indian intervention into the small Indian Ocean state.

Emily C. Bell, AlterNet (2018-02-09). Wounded Betsy DeVos Plays the Victim as Critics Denounce Her Failure to Protect Students' Rights. Main RSS Feed Teachers' unions just gave DeVos an 'F' for her first year. | Education secretary and school choice proponent Betsy DeVos continues to incite anger among those on the left with her ignorant and misguided public statements about education policy and philosophy. During a January 7 meeting with reporters to talk about her first year as secretary, DeVos expressed confusion with the criticism she's received for her treatment of students' civil rights, saying that "nothing could be further from the truth."DeVos said she found it "hurtful to me when I'm criticized for not upholding the rights of students, the civil rights of students," as Politico reported. She defended herself, saying, "I have to turn it back around and say why do I keep getting criticized for that? I mean nothing that I've done would suggest otherwise."Three civil rights organizations are 'Pig roast' sex contest at Cornell's Jewish fraternity sparks outrage . RT US News A chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has been placed on probation at Cornell University following an investigation into an alleged sex game where new members competed to sleep with the heaviest women they could for 'points.'
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WSWS (2018-02-09). UK unions and Labour suppress struggle to defend National Health Service. World Socialist Web Site (en) Corbyn and his pseudo-left backers are using the prospect of a Labour government reversing the attacks on the NHS to suppress any mobilisation of the working class.

TRNN (2018-02-09). Baltimore Legislators Call for a Statewide $15 Minimum Wage. The Real News Network The year after Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed a $15 minimum wage for Baltimore, she joins members of the Baltimore City Council to call on the state to pass similar legislation…

Truthout Stories (2018-02-09). Olympics Begin With Unified Korean Team Marching Together as Trump Continues to Threaten North Korea. Truthout Stories In Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2018 Winter Olympics have opened, with North and South Korean athletes marching together at the open ceremonies. The games are seen as a pivotal moment for relations between the two countries, who have been officially at war since 1950. In an effort to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has sent a 500-person delegation of athletes, musicians and performers to the Olympics. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's influential sister attended today's opening ceremony and shook hands with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in; the pair are scheduled to have lunch together. But as the peninsula tries to de-escalate the threat of nuclear war, US Vice President Mike Pence warned the US is slated to impose another round of sanctions against North Korea. We speak to Christine Ahn, the founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ,…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Trump's parade and the threat of military dictatorship. World Socialist Web Site (en) The US president's bid to roll tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue is no mere personal whim. It is bound up with deep-going changes in US society and the capitalist state apparatus.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Seventy years after Sri Lankan independence: The record of capitalist decay and the necessity for socialism. World Socialist Web Site (en) Throughout the Indian subcontinent, there is no real independence from imperialism and the ruling classes have failed utterly to provide democratic rights and decent living standards for all.

RT (2018-02-09). Bombshells or duds? What latest FBI texts actually reveal about Obama, Clinton & Trump probe. RT US News Thousands of texts between two FBI officials involved in the Clinton email and Trump-Russia probes are being filtered through Washington's partisan lens, with Republicans seeing treason and Democrats saying they amount to nothing.
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RT (2018-02-09). Leading 'Russiagate' proponent revealed to have links to lobbyist of Russian billionaire. RT US News With allegations of collusion with Russia mounting in the US, even the staunchest Russia-bashers seem to fall under suspicion. Senator Mark Warner in particular has been reported to have links to a Russian oligarch's lobbyist.
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). In Warmongering First State of the Union, Trump Doubles Down on Gitmo & Escalates Nuclear War Threat. Democracy Now! President Trump delivered his first State of the Union Tuesday night. During the lengthy address, Trump announced he'd signed an executive order keeping the Guantánamo Bay military prison open, and escalated his warmongering rhetoric against North Korea, calling the North Korean government "depraved" and warning it poses a nuclear risk to the United States. For more, we speak with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, America's oldest weekly magazine.

RT (2018-02-09). House approves US government funding amid shutdown fears. RT US News The US House of Representatives has approved funding for US government operations through March 23. The measure is unlikely to get approval in the Senate, threatening another government shutdown.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Political in-fighting escalates as Cape Town, South Africa approaches "Day Zero" water shutoff. World Socialist Web Site (en) The Democratic Alliance fears its inability to address the water crisis will lead to a loss of support ahead of the 2019 elections.

RT (2018-02-09). 'Speak softly & carry a big stick': US Navy tweets Roosevelt quote, photo of aircraft carrier. RT US News As the Trump administration plans to boost US naval might amid global tensions, the US Navy has tweeted President Theodore Roosevelt's famous phrase reminding adversaries that Washington can "speak softly, and carry a big stick."
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WSWS (2018-02-09). IMF chief Christine Lagarde gives #MeToo the banks' seal of approval. World Socialist Web Site (en) International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde's interview in Le Monde hailing #MeToo underscores that this movement has the support of the financial aristocracy.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Tunisia: Attack on freedom of expression must end. Amnesty International The Tunisian government must stop undermining freedom of expression and amend laws that threaten people's right to criticize the state, Amnesty International said ahead of journalist's demonstration today in what is being described as a "day of anger". | The National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists has organized a demonstration against Tunisian authorities who have exerted pressure on journalists who cover security operations or are critical of state institutions. | | "The right to freedom of expression is essential in a robust and dynamic society. All people in Tunisia must be able to openly express their criticism of state institutions and public officials, including security…

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). Health and Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Its Delay of Clean Air Protections for Millions. Physicians for Social Responsibility Today, health, environmental and community groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop the agency's delay in implementation of the 2015 smog standard.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). When Deportation is a Death Sentence: The Fatal Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy. Democracy Now! As the battle over the DREAMers and DACA heats up in Washington, we look at a stunning new piece in The New Yorker titled "When Deportation is a Death Sentence." It looks at how an unknown number of men and women have been killed in their home countries after being deported or turned away by the United States. The article focuses in part on a Mexican-born woman named Laura. Despite living her whole adult life in Texas, she was deported to Mexico after a traffic stop. She warned a U.S. Border Patrol agent, "When I am found dead, it will be on your conscience." Within a week of her deportation, she was murdered by her ex-husband. We are joined by the award-winning journalist and New Yorker staff writer Sarah Stillman. She is also director of the Global Migration Project at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). "They Repress Us Because We're Poor": Immigrant Rights Activist Speaks from Sanctuary in Colorado. Democracy Now! As President Trump continues his crackdown on immigrant communities, a growing number of people are taking sanctuary in churches across the country to avoid deportation. A new report called "Sanctuary in the Age of Trump" says more people are now taking sanctuary than at any time in the United States since the 1980s. We end today's show in Colorado, speaking to another immigrant rights leader, Sandra Lopez, who has taken sanctuary at the parsonage of the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist church in Carbondale, Colorado. She is now facing deportation to Mexico after living in Colorado for 17 years. She's a mother of three U.S.-born children: Alex, Edwin and Areli.

Jeff Mackler (2018-02-09). The US Plan to Partition Syria. During a Jan. 17 Stanford University speech, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the U.S. military will arm, train, finance, and otherwise support—for an indefinite time—a new, 30,000-strong, Kurdish and U.S.-allied Arab nation border force in northeastern Syria. This force in formation, effectively aimed at the partition of Syria, will be backed by at least More

Staff (2018-02-09). Congress Gears Up for Battle on Immigration. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—They can all claim wins in the big budget agreement: President Donald Trump, congressional Republicans and Democrats, too. Next up, however, is a Senate immigration battle that may well lead nowhere, complicated by divisions within parties rubbed raw by the spending pact plus election-year pressures that always make compromise challenging. | In Washington's latest embarrassing display of governance by brinkmanship, a bipartisan accord bolstering military and domestic programs by $400 billion and deepening federal deficits became law Friday — but not before the government technically shut down. | In what amounts to an achievement these days, lawmakers limited the overnight closure to less than nine hours — the time between when agencies technically ran out of money at midnight and Trump's morning signing of the bill. It was the government's second shutdown in three weeks, following the January's three-day closure when Senate Democrats…

Staff (2018-02-09). Author David Cay Johnston on the Damage Trump Is Doing to America (Audio). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses his new book, "It's Even Worse Than You Think," about the first year of the Trump administration. | The post Author David Cay Johnston on the Damage Trump Is Doing to America (Audio) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). UZBEKISTAN: EFFECTIVE REFORMS NEED TO ADDRESS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PAST ABUSES. Amnesty International This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Uzbekistan in May 2018. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Uzbekistan in its previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes a number of recommendations to the government of Uzbekistan to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-02-09). Trump Looks the Other Way As DHS Confirms Russian Hackers 'Penetrated' U.S. Voter Rolls. Main RSS Feed Hackers could impact the outcome of elections through subtle actions. | Hackers working for the Russian government successfully penetrated the voter rolls of a small number of states, according to Jeannette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity in the Department of Homeland Security.Manfra told NBC News that 21 states were targeted by the hackers, and an "exceptionally small number" of states were successfully accessed. When the question of Russian interference in the 2016 election is raised, many Republicans have been quick to point out that there's no evidence vote tallies were changed. This is true, and it's hard to imagine what kind of chaos would ensue if Americans couldn't trust the results of their elections.But access to voter rolls could provide another way to influence an election. Instead of changing votes, hackers could remove certain voters from the database, meaning they would never…

Jen Herrick (2018-02-09). Get Ready for More Voter Suppression. When President Trump created the "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" last spring — and put notorious vote suppressor Kris Kobach at the helm — voting rights advocates had decades of good reasons to be concerned. The panel seemed destined to back harsh restrictions on voting rights. The fraught commission was recently disbanded. But while More

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-02-09). Another Day, Another FBI Conspiracy Theory: GOP Says, 'Thanks, Obama!' Main RSS Feed Sen. Ron Johnson floats another dubious text-based theory—and Devin Nunes threatens to go after John Roberts. | On Wednesday morning, the president had some very exciting "executive time." Fox News broke a huge story that supposedly implicated Barack Obama in the Clinton email scandal. Sure, most of America sees the Clinton email scandal as having as much relevance to current politics as Teapot Dome. But to Donald Trump and the right-wing media, it's an addiction they just can't kick.The Senate Committee on Homeland Security, led by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., released a report on Wednesday featuring more of those juicy texts between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The report pointed to one text in particular from Sept. 2, 2016, in which Page (an FBI lawyer) tells Strzok (an agent) that "potus wants to know everything we're doing." Johnson…

RT (2018-02-09). 'We are going to win': Trump can't do anything about FBI despite GOP memo — former CIA official. RT US News The FBI need not worry despite the release of the GOP memo alleging the FBI's surveillance abuse against Donald Trump, because the Bureau has been in the game much longer than the current president, says an ex-CIA analyst.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Australian electricity unions suspend industrial action. World Socialist Web Site (en) Without any mass meetings, the trade unions called off industrial action by thousands of Ausgrid workers.

AlterNet (2018-02-09). Republican Senator Rand Paul Single-Handedly Shut Down the Government Just to Make a Point. Main RSS Feed There was no strategic reason for this shutdown. | At 12am ET on February 9, the U.S government shut down for the second time in 2018. But this time, the shutdown was not for any serious reason.Sen. Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky, used a procedural mechanism to temporarily shut down the government as an act of protest against the fact that this spending bill will cost almost $400 billion over two years."I can't, in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits. But really who's to blame? Both parties," Paul said. "We have a 700-page bill that no one has read that was printed at midnight. No one will read this bill, nothing will be reformed, the waste will continue and government will keep taking your…

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Maldivas: Detenciones arbitrarias tras la declaración del estado de excepción. Amnesty International Cinco personas han sido detenidas desde que, el 5 de febrero de 2018, el gobierno de Maldivas declarara el estado de excepción tras ordenar el Tribunal Supremo que se pusiera en libertad y se volviera a juzgar a unos dirigentes de la oposición encarcelados. Las medidas parecen un acto de represión del gobierno para silenciar a la oposición política.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Polish president signs bill censoring free speech about the Holocaust. World Socialist Web Site (en) The action will have a "chilling effect" on all forms of political speech and scientific research opposed by the ultra-right Polish authorities.

Nick Pinto (2018-02-09). NYPD Says It Wasn't an "Escort" When Police Accompanied ICE to Deport Activist Ravi Ragbir. The Intercept Members of the New York City Council had two questions for the New York Police Department's brass who testified at an oversight hearing on Wednesday. What exactly happened on January 11, when police arrested 18 protesters and escorted federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as they attempted to deport a leader of the immigrant rights movement? And if the circumstances of that day were to repeat themselves, would the NYPD conduct itself any differently? | The questions go to the heart of what it means to be a "sanctuary city" — an already contested and malleable term — in the age of the Trump administration's escalating deportation regime, and how far city officials are prepared to go to protect undocumented New Yorkers. For some city council members, the NYPD's answers were not reassuring, with the police at one point awkwardly denying that their…

John McMurtry (2018-02-09). The Politics of Genocide Denial. As US threats of destroying North Korea and US-led embargo continue to deprive its citizens of their means of life and infrastructure maintenance — just as with Iraq from 1991-2001 under the phoney pretext of Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction" — only the recently published Open Letter to the International Criminal Court on the Genocide More

WSWS (2018-02-09). May's China visit highlights UK's post-Brexit dilemma. World Socialist Web Site (en) The US tied May's hands, leading to her refusal to sign a memorandum of understanding officially endorsing China's Belt and Road Initiative.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Racist rampage in the Italian election campaign. World Socialist Web Site (en) Four weeks before the Italian elections, a bloodbath shook the small town of Macerata with six young people shot by a racist gunman.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Updates to our free Human Rights Defenders online course. Amnesty International Register now to our free updated Human Rights Defenders online course: | Join 20,000 people from across the world learning how to promote and defend human rights. | The new and improved version of Amnesty's third massive open online course (MOOC) on human rights relaunched on 24 January. The online Human Rights Defenders course includes inspiring new interviews with human rights defenders, and updates to the assessments based on feedback from those who took the first version of the course. | | The course will help you gain the confidence to defend human rights, exploring how defenders mitigate risk and take action to defend human rights. | Be inspired by the stories of human rights defenders around the world and find out how you can use your voice to join the fight, too. | REGISTER NOW: | Our online course…

Staff (2018-02-09). New York Times Promotes White Capitalist View in South Africa. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The New York Times, the world's premier journalistic purveyor of a "fake," imperial, and profoundly white capitalist world view — masquerading as all the news that's fit to print — wants us to believe that a now-bankrupt London-based public relations firm is behind South Africa's regime-shaking debate over the rule of "white monopoly capital." | It's an amazing claim, that could only be put forward with a straight face by an institution marinated in centuries of white supremacy, whose operatives can perceive only fellow white hands and minds as makers of history — or even coiners of useful terms. | In a February 4 business section article titled, "How Bell Pottinger, P.R. Firm for Despots and Rogues, Met Its End in South Africa," the Times fingered the British p.r. outfit as the culprit that popularized the belief that "white…

WSWS (2018-02-09). US Secretary of State Tillerson threatens oil sanctions against Venezuela. World Socialist Web Site (en) On his tour of Latin America, Tillerson escalated US threats against Venezuela as part of a broader campaign to undermine Russian and Chinese interests in the region.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Lawrence Wilkerson: I Helped Sell the False Choice of War with Iraq; It's Happening Again with Iran. Democracy Now! Fifteen years ago this week, Secretary of State General Colin Powell gave a speech to the United Nations arguing for war with Iraq, saying the evidence was clear: Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It was a speech Powell would later call a blot on his career. Is President Trump doing the same thing now with Iran? We speak to Powell's former chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson. He recently wrote a piece titled "I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It's Happening Again."

RT (2018-02-09). 'Transparent debate needed in news amid leftist bias in the US'. RT US News It is important to be honest and transparent about what your perspective is, where you come from, and what your biases are, political analyst and author Gina Loudon told RT.
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Eoin Higgins (2018-02-09). 'Violence' Becomes 'Unruliness' When It's Sports Fans, Not BLM Protesters, Breaking Rules. FAIR NBC Sports ( 2/5/18): "some fans celebrated too hard." | After the Philadelphia Eagles mounted an exciting and improbable underdog victory over the New England Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday, Philly fans poured into the city's streets to celebrate. Fires were set, some stores were broken into, and drunk people fought and caroused across the city. Crowds of (overwhelmingly) white male fans climbed poles, leapt off of building awnings, uprooted lamp posts and generally caused mayhem and havoc across the City of Brotherly Love. The celebration ended Monday morning with only four arrests, and with what NBC Sports ( 2/5/18) described vaguely as "vandalism and injuries." | The muted reaction from city officials to the unrest was noted by a number of media outlets on Monday morning. Newsweek ( 2/5/18) noted "the difference in how the public and officials reacted…

RT (2018-02-09). Mark Zuckerberg thinks you're using Facebook less — is he right? (POLL). RT US News Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to encourage more personal connections on Facebook in 2018. As a result, time spent on the site at the end of last year dropped by 50 million hours daily. Have you stopped logging on as much? |
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Coalition: I Was Detained Because of Our Immigration Activism. Democracy Now! Last month, Ravi Ragbir was one of several nationally recognized activists to be taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was handcuffed and arrested during his routine check-in on January 11, prompting a mass protest that ended with 18 arrested, including two members of the New York City Council. Ravi was then quickly flown by ICE, in shackles, to the Krome Detention Center in Florida. As he faced imminent deportation to his native Trinidad, public outcry grew. Then ICE informed his lawyers that he would be brought back to detention in the New York City area. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said Ragbir's detention was "unnecessarily cruel," and ordered ICE to free him. But he still faces deportation. For more, we hear from Ravi Ragbir himself, executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition.

RT (2018-02-09). Naked passenger wreaks havoc on US flight. RT US News An Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle was forced to turn back due to a naked passenger on board the plane who refused to comply with crew instructions.
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RT (2018-02-09). Voodoo ritual leaves 5yo girl with 3rd-degree facial burns in Massachusetts. RT US News Two women have been charged with assault and battery of a child after a "cleansing" ritual on a five-year-old girl during which they cut her, rubbed a stinging substance into her eyes and held a flaming torch to her face.
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RT (2018-02-09). 'Crisis mode': Flint kids' reading level falls 75% since lead contamination. RT US News Reading skills in Flint, Michigan are plummeting as the city continues to feel the effects of lead poisoning four years after the water crisis began.
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William Blum (2018-02-09). Fake News by Omission: the Haiti Example. "I'm happy to have a president that will bluntly speak the truth in negotiations," Eric Prince commented on Breitbart News. "If the president says some places are shitholes, he's accurate." Thus did Mr. Eric Prince pay homage to Mr. Donald Trump. Prince of course being the renowned founder of Blackwater, the private army which in September More

RT (2018-02-09). Trump orders Pentagon to draw up plans for military parade in Washington. RT US News Inspired by French military pomp on Bastille Day, Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to begin drawing up plans for a possible military parade of its own in Washington.
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RT (2018-02-09). Newly revealed FBI texts raise questions about Obama's involvement in Clinton email probe. RT US News Newly revealed text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page show an exchange in which Page said Barack Obama wanted "to know everything we're doing" regarding the Hillary Clinton email probe.
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Soudan: Un étudiant détenu à l'isolement a été libéré. Amnesty International Naser Aldeen Mukhtar Mohamed, l'ancien président de l'Association des étudiants du Darfour à l'Université du Saint Coran, a été libéré sans inculpation le 28 janvier. Il avait été arrêté le 22 août 2017 et placé en détention à l'isolement dans le centre de détention du Service national de la sûreté et du renseignement (NISS).

WSWS (2018-02-09). Students and workers denounce bipartisan attacks on immigrants. World Socialist Web Site (en) The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has held meetings on the defense of immigrants at several US universities.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Head of Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Group: Trump's Nuclear Policy "Puts Us on Path Toward Nuclear War" Democracy Now! A treaty intended to limit the United States and Russia's long-range nuclear arsenals officially takes effect today. But the once-promising treaty, signed eight years ago by President Obama, is overshadowed by a new nuclear arms race sparked by President Trump. On Friday, the Trump administration unveiled its new nuclear weapons strategy, which involves spending at least $1.2 trillion to upgrade the United States' nuclear arsenal, including developing some completely new nuclear weapons. Prominent anti-nuclear advocates have denounced the Pentagon's plan as "radical" and "extreme." For more, we speak with Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

RT (2018-02-09). 'In fraud we trust': 36 indicted in global $530mn cyber-crime gang . RT US News The US Department of Justice (DOJ) says it has indicted 36 people accused of trafficking in stolen identities and causing more than $530 million in damages worldwide. |
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Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Iran: 21-year old man arrested at 16 at risk of execution: Abolfazl Naderi. Amnesty International

Ralph Nader (2018-02-09). What is Stalling Wrongful Injury Lawyers? Up against four decades of megacorporate erosion of wrongfully injured Americans' access to our courts, trial lawyers are wondering what use is left of the Seventh Amendment, our constitutional right to trial by jury? Indentured lawmakers pass laws blocking or obstructing harmed individuals who are simply seeking fair compensation for their medical expenses, wage loss More

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Briefing: Myanmar forces starve, abduct and rob Rohingya, as ethic cleansing continues . Amnesty International Five months after the Myanmar military unleashed a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State, the security forces continue to commit serious human rights violations against those who remained through the most acute violence. Instead of terrorizing the population through killings, rapes, and the widespread burning of Rohingya villages, security forces are today using mainly quieter and more subtle measures to squeeze people out, making life so intolerable that they have little option other than to leave.

RT (2018-02-09). US man who filmed himself raping 3-month-old baby sentenced to life without parole. RT US News A 38-year-old man from Texas has been sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for repeatedly raping a 3-month-old relative and filming it, after the jury heard horrific accounts of his numerous child abuse cases.
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RT (2018-02-09). Clinton campaign fed Steele info for Trump dossier — Senate Judiciary Committee . RT US News Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign fed former British spy Christopher Steele information for his dossier, which they themselves commissioned, according to a newly-released document from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Exclusive: Ravi Ragbir Speaks Out After Being Freed from "Unnecessarily Cruel" ICE Detention. Democracy Now! On Monday, a federal judge in New York City ordered the immediate release of immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir from immigration jail, calling his detention "unnecessarily cruel." In a decision read aloud from the bench, District Judge Katherine Forrest said Ragbir had "the freedom to say goodbye," and compared his treatment to that of "regimes we revile as unjust, regimes where those who have long lived in a country may be taken without notice from streets, home, and work. And sent away. We are not that country; and woe be the day that we become that country under a fiction that laws allow it." Ragbir is the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition. He's one of a handful of high-profile immigrant rights activists who have been targeted by the Trump administration. For more on his release and what's next, we speak with Ravi Ragbir; his wife, immigrant rights advocate Amy Gottlieb; and Ravi's lawyer, Alina Das, co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Workers Struggles: The Americas. World Socialist Web Site (en) The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Ethiopia: Prisoner of conscience needs urgent treatment: Bekele Gerba. Amnesty International Ethiopian prisoner of conscience Bekele Gerba has been denied access to specialised medical treatment that he urgently needs. He has high blood pressure which is affecting his sight, leaving his left eye operating at 25% capacity. He was sentenced to a year in prison after being held in contempt of court twice.

RT (2018-02-09). Musk's 'Mars murder plot': Redditors suggest sinister intentions behind rocket payload. RT US News Elon Musk has pulled off the incredible feat of sending a car into outer space, with a dummy astronaut behind the wheel. Conspiracy theorists suggest, however, there were more sinister intentions behind the unusual payload. |
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Jamie Kalven (2018-02-09). The First Amendment Transcends the Law. It Gives Us Strength in Dark Times.. The Intercept On December 13, I entered the Cook County Courthouse in Chicago prepared to be taken into custody and jailed for contempt. At issue was a subpoena demanding I answer questions about the whistleblower whose tip prompted me to investigate the fatal 2014 police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. | Were it not for that individual, who had disclosed the existence of dashcam video of the incident and provided a lead that enabled me to locate a civilian witness, we would not know the name Laquan McDonald. Once I had secured the autopsy report that revealed the boy had been shot 16 times, I published an article in Slate challenging the police account of the shooting. Months later, when the video was finally released, a cascade of events ensued: The superintendent of police was fired, as was the head of the agency that…

RT (2018-02-09). Deadly 70-car pile up caught on CCTV (VIDEO). RT US News Iowa authorities have released footage of a massive 70-car pile up in which one person was killed.
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Adam Johnson (2018-02-09). CEOs Get Paid a Lot? NYT Says 'Well, Actually…' to This 'True but Misleading' Fact. FAIR The New York Times ( 2/1/18) doesn't want Joe Kennedy "misleading" you into thinking that corporate bosses make too much money. | Since the rise of the "fake news" panic in late 2016, corporate media's focus on factchecking has rapidly increased in scope and urgency. Positioning themselves as a bulwark against lies and disinformation, major media outlets play up their role of truth sheriff, out to expose liars and manipulators. This mission, combined with a desire for "both sides" balance (, 5/3/17), often leads to rather goofy pedantry—and outright errors. | Take, for example, the New York Times' recent factcheck ( 2/1/18) of Rep. Joseph Kennedy III's claim, made after Trump's State of the Union, that "top CEOs making 300 times the average worker is not right." The Times' Linda Qiu deemed this statement "true, but misleading." How can…

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-02-09). The United States Is Witnessing a Shocking Rise in Alt-Right Violence. Main RSS Feed A new report reveals the crisis is much bigger than Charlottesville. | Last August's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which started with a torchlit mob chanting racist slogans and ended with a far-right activist murdering an anti-racist protester, galvanized national attention toward the growing problem of white nationalists organizing under a new branding term, the "alt-right." The death of Heather Heyer after a young white nationalist named James Alex Fields slammed his car into a crowd drove home that the alt-right wasn't just a bunch of douchebags playing Nazi on the internet, but a serious phenomenon that could include deadly violence.Unfortunately, as a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) entitled " The Alt-Right Is Killing People" makes clear, Heyer's death was not an isolated phenomenon. By their estimates, she was the 37th person murdered by someone…

TRNN (2018-02-09). The Rise and Fall of the Stock Market: What to Expect. The Real News Network Economist Dean Baker says that after such a sharp run-up in stock prices, "it really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that you're going to see some downturn in the market"

Amnesty International (2018-02-09). Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Palestinian prisoner of conscience on trial: Munther Amira. Amnesty International Palestinian human rights defender Munther Amira is facing trial before an Israeli military court for peacefully participating in protests. He is facing a prison sentence for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and of assembly. His trial is due to start on 21 February.

Jack Random (2018-02-09). A Vampire Market: the Next Coming Economic Collapse. Corporate America is having a party. In the age of Trump they get everything they want and the markets are rallying like it's never going to end. All hail the Donald! The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed from approximately 20,000 to 26,000 since the election of Trump. Standard & Poor's 500 went from roughly 2,300 to 2,800 and the More

WSWS (2018-02-09). US Senate Democrats agree to massive boost in military spending. World Socialist Web Site (en) The bipartisan budget plan demonstrates that both big business parties agree on military escalation and further attacks on immigrants' rights.

Graham Peebles (2018-02-09). The Environmental Holiday Hangover. Christmas may seem like a distant memory but the environmental effect of the annual consumer frenzy, over-indulgence and extravagance is lasting damage. And year on year the cost to the planet grows. For the best part of a week in early January the street in which I live in London was littered with mountains of More

WSWS (2018-02-09). IG Metall union shuts down strike by hundreds of thousands in Germany. World Socialist Web Site (en) The suppression of the strike paves the way for the formation of a grand coalition government that will slash workers' wages and benefits to pay for military rearmament.

WSWS (2018-02-09). Evidence that Norwood Jewell was bribed to sign 2015 UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal. World Socialist Web Site (en) Fiat Chrysler threw a lavish party for Jewell, two months after the top administrative body of the UAW tagged him to lead negotiations with the automaker.

RT (2018-02-09). 'It's the new slavery': NYC cab driver blasts Uber, city officials in suicide note. RT US News Cab driver Douglas Schifter took his own life outside New York City Hall. He left a Facebook post blaming both government officials and ride share companies like Uber for his death.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). US vice president foreshadows "toughest" sanctions on North Korea. World Socialist Web Site (en) Pence's aggressive remarks cut across any attempt by the South Korean president to use the Winter Olympics to create an opening for negotiations with North Korea.

RT (2018-02-09). Google, Twitter, Facebook & other tech giants demand return of net neutrality. RT US News A trade association whose members include internet giants Google, Twitter and Facebook has expressed its support for a bill that would reverse the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules.
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WSWS (2018-02-09). Australia: Why the RBTU is muzzling railworkers. World Socialist Web Site (en) Having used the ruling of the Fair Work Commission to suppress a strike, for which rail workers voted, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is trying to silence them and censor any expressions of opposition.

Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet (2018-02-09). In Alarming New Move, ICE Is Now Going After Immigration Activists. Main RSS Feed A new lawsuit against ICE shows the agency's priorities have shifted. | Several immigration rights groups on Friday filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for "specifically targeting the most vocal immigration activists" in violation of the First Amendment."Defendants have investigated, surveilled, harassed, raided, arrested, detained, and even deported these activists in order to silence them," the lawsuit, which was first reported by The Intercept, claims. "The Government's targeting of activists on the basis of their core political speech is unfair, discriminatory, and un-American."Among the advocacy groups that filed the suit was the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, whose executive director, Ravi Ragbir, was one of several prominent activists to be detained last month. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest later stayed Ragbir's deportation, which she deemed "unnecessarily cruel."ICE then rescheduled his deportation for Saturday,…

RBMK (2018-02-09). As Long As Rights Are Trampled, There Will Be Forced Migration. Jorge García is no "bad hombre." Before being deported to Mexico in mid-January, he was a hard-working, tax-paying landscaper in Michigan. He's also a husband and father — although now an absent one. Many deportees — most, like García, good people — return to countries they no longer know, some of them unable to speak More

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Could Heal Broken U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy, Say U.S. Medical Professionals. Physicians for Social Responsibility Despite a misguided boycott by the U.S. and other nuclear-armed countries, today the UN adopted a treaty banning nuclear weapons worldwide.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-09). Scores of Democratic Lawmakers Join GOP to Back Budget Bill with No Protection for DREAMers. Democracy Now! In a pair of early-morning votes, the U.S. House and Senate approved bills to end a brief overnight shutdown of the government. The bill raises military and domestic spending by almost $300 billion over the next two years. But the bill failed to meet the demands of immigrant rights groups—and many Democrats—who wanted protection for young undocumented immigrants whose protections President Trump ended last fall. The House only passed thanks to 73 Democrats who joined Republicans backing the measure. We speak to Greisa Martínez Rosas, advocacy director for United We Dream. She is a recipient of DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

WSWS (2018-02-09). French President Macron proposes 35 percent increase in military spending. World Socialist Web Site (en) The ruling elites throughout Europe are determined to make the working class pay for a massive program of military rearmament.

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-09). Health Advocates Call Court's Ruling to Regulate Methane a Win for Clean Air and a Healthy Climate. Physicians for Social Responsibility In a win for public health and the climate, the federal appeals court in Washington blocked the Trump administration's suspension of EPA standards that keep methane and toxic gas pollution from oil and gas wells out of the air we breathe.

RT (2018-02-09). 2 dead, 100+ injured as passenger and freight trains collide in South Carolina. RT US News Two people have died and 116 hospitalized after a passenger train collided with a freight train in South Carolina.
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RT (2018-02-09). 'News directly from the CIA': Ex-director Brennan hired by NBC. RT US News Former CIA Director John Brennan has been hired as a paid contributor by NBC and MSNBC, the media company announced. He led the agency from 2013 to early 2017, under President Barack Obama. |
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Staff (2018-02-09). Pentagon Watchdog Calls Out Two Military Commands for Financial Malfeasance. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The U.S. Africa Command and Central Command squanders $500 million fighting a drug war in a scandal that catches the essence of what may be the true opioid crisis of 21st-century America. | The post Pentagon Watchdog Calls Out Two Military Commands for Financial Malfeasance appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Ron Jacobs (2018-02-09). In the Spirit of the Tsar: FBI Informants on the Central Committee. Anyone who has been involved in activities opposed to the desires of their nation's government and those it serves has probably joked about being surveilled. Those who have joined organizations and helped organize protests and other actions against those in power have probably been observed by agents of the government, even if the group whose More

TRNN (2018-02-09). Assange's Arrest Warrant Continues to Expose Him to Danger of Extradition | to US. The Real News Network Julian Assange's lawyers tried to have his arrest warrant dismissed because Sweden dropped its extradition request last May. However, a UK judge reaffirmed the warrant, which exposes him to the possibility of a secret US extradition request…

WSWS (2018-02-09). Australian Labor Party parliamentarian resigns over dual citizenship furore. World Socialist Web Site (en) David Feeney's case underscores the reactionary character of the ongoing witch hunt.

Staff (2018-02-09). John Kelly Under Scrutiny After a Senior Aide's Resignation. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Questions are swirling about the White House chief of staff's defense of an aide he fought to keep in a sensitive West Wing job after the official was accused of abuse by two ex-wives. | The post John Kelly Under Scrutiny After a Senior Aide's Resignation appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-02-09). German grand coalition parties negotiate over rearmament and war. World Socialist Web Site (en) While the media reported "breakthroughs" in health and housing policies, initial reports on the coalition paper show what the talks are really about.

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Bibliography: Gun Control (page 10 of 10)

This bibliography is selected and organized by the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Washington Congress of the U.S, Kim Hamrick, Nancy Kober, Daphne Northrop, Washington Center To Prevent Handgun Violence, Kathleen Vail, and William Modzeleski.

Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary. (1995). Caught in the Crossfire: Kids Talk about Guns. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary. House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, Second Session (February 3, 1994). Each day 13 children are murdered, killed by accident, or take their own lives with guns and at least 30 more are wounded each day. This hearing was held to hear the voices of children on the issue of guns to assist in the creation of a crime bill. Opening statements were made by the following U.S. Representatives (in order): Charles E. Schumer, F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., John Conyers, Jr., Lamar S. Smith; Dan Glickman, Steven Schiff, George W. Gekas, and Craig A. Washington. Witnesses were: Alicia Brown; Margaret Childers; Tiffany Cruz; Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund; Rushon Harrison; Zoe Johnstone; Ruth Leeds; Monique Malloy; Fernando Mateo, Jr.; Megan McGillicuddy; Deseree Troy; and Janea Wells.   [More]  Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Crime Prevention, Criminal Law

Northrop, Daphne; Hamrick, Kim (1990). Weapons and Minority Youth Violence. Weapons violence is a major public health problem that especially impacts minority youth. Interventions designed to reduce weapon use by youth are categorized as educational/behavioral change, legal, and technological/environmental. Few educational programs currently exist, but those that do largely concern firearm safety courses, public information campaigns, counseling, classroom education, peer education and mentoring, and crisis intervention. Given that legal and technological countermeasures have difficulty in controlling weapons violence, education seems a critical first step toward a comprehensive approach to preventing weapons-related violence. Potential educational interventions include educating students and their communities about the dangers inherent in carrying or possessing firearms. Potential legal interventions include firearm legislation assessment, taxation, stricter licensing and registration policies, and bans on selected types of firearms. Potential technological/environment interventions include designing safer weapons, eliminating ammunition types, and modifying the adverse environment in which weapons are used or carried. A combination of strategies should be used, but before interventions are discussed, professionals must address the inadequacy of current information on which to base firearm policy, ethical and philosophical issues involving metal detector use, and the community's role. The appendix contains a list of 16 associations to contact for additional information.   [More]  Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Change, Community Role, Crime Prevention

Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. (1993). Children Carrying Weapons: Why the Recent Increase, Hearing on the Possession of Weapons among Children and the Presence of These Weapons in Our Schools, before the Committee on the Judiciary, United State Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session (October 1, 1992). These transcripts feature statements and testimony from a Senate hearing on gun-related violence among school children. Opening statements by judiciary committee members Joseph R. Biden, Paul Simon, Herbert Kohl, Strom Thurmond, and John H. Chaffee offer statistics and anecdotes about the increasing presence of guns on school campuses, the incidence of accidental and intentional shootings and suicides by children, and the impact of drugs and gangs. Testimony was presented by panel members: (1) Jack Vinokur from the Brandywine School District in Wilmington, Delaware, who explained the school district's student code of conduct regarding the possession of weapons and the background to the policy's development; (2) Lieutenant Thomas Byrne of the Chicago Police Department School Patrol Unit, who offered information on how children obtain firearms, why they carry guns to school, and how gangs impact children; and (3) Ronald Stephens of the National School Safety Center in California, who offered additional anecdotes about violence involving children, presented statistics on school crime and violence, suggested that children obtain guns primarily from home, provided an essay by a student about weapons at school, and discussed the influence of drugs and gangs on the proliferation of guns in school. In addition, Stephens suggested 15 ways in which Congress and local communities can respond to the problem. An appended statement by Michael K. Beard, president of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, proposes that reduced, and eventually banned, access to handguns is the most effective solution to gun violence.   [More]  Descriptors: Accidents, Adolescents, Child Health, Children

Center To Prevent Handgun Violence, Washington, DC. (1992). Straight Talk about Risks: A Pre-K-12 Curriculum for Preventing Gun Violence. Grades Pre-K-5. Straight Talk about Risks (STAR) is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum designed to reduce the potential for children and teens to be injured or killed in gunfire. STAR is based on sound prevention practices developed from a pilot project in Dade County (Florida). The flexible format allows activities to fit into a 3-week classroom unit or be taught over a number of weeks. Parents are a vital link to reduce gun violence among children and teens, and their involvement is integral to STAR. This curriculum guide for pre-kindergarten through grade 5 contains the following sections: (1) "Before You Begin–Orientation"; (2) "Suggestions for Parent and Community Involvement"; (3) "Activity Plans and Bibliography for Early Elementary Students, Grades Pre-K-2"; (4) "Activity Plans and Bibliography for Upper Elementary Students, Grades 3-5"; (5) "Academic Bibliography for Educators and Parents"; and (6) "National Directory of Violence Prevention Resources." Included are 75 annotated bibliography items and 73 non-annotated bibliography items. Descriptors: Accident Prevention, At Risk Persons, Bibliographies, Crime

Modzeleski, William (1996). Creating Safe Schools: Roles and Challenges, a Federal Perspective, Education and Urban Society. Presents an overview of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, a key federal program that provides funding directly to states and local educational agencies to facilitate drug and violence prevention programs. The Gun-Free Schools Act is also examined, and the major challenges communities face in correcting school safety problems are addressed. Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Delinquency Prevention, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education

Kober, Nancy (1994). Caring Schools, Caring Communities: An Urban Blueprint for Comprehensive School Health and Safety. This report synthesizes the presentations and discussions from a 1993 symposium on comprehensive school health and safety into a blueprint for urban action. The first part of the report summarizes the nature of health and safety problems in urban schools and discusses some of the barriers that hinder integrated solutions. The second part describes some model programs highlighted during the symposium because of the comprehensive strategies they employ to address poor health, youth violence, or both. The third part lays out a working definition of a comprehensive school health and safety effort and its components. Essential elements of the blueprint include: (1) locally developed solutions, (2) community involvement and support, (3) interagency collaboration, (4) public education and awareness, (5) effective administrative structures, (6) true integration of activities, (7) a supportive school environment, (8) school-based services, (9) funding and resources, and (10) Federal support. Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Involvement, Comprehensive Programs, Educational Finance

Vail, Kathleen (1995). Ground Zero, American School Board Journal. In school systems with a zero-tolerance policy, principals must recommend that students who carry weapons on campus be expelled. Some critics say zero-tolerance policies do not allow enough room for exceptions. Describes the Gun-Free Schools Act. Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, Gun Control

Center To Prevent Handgun Violence, Washington, DC. (1992). Straight Talk about Risks: A Pre-K-12 Curriculum for Preventing Gun Violence. Grades 6-12. Straight Talk about Risks (STAR) is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum designed to reduce the potential for children and teens to be injured or killed in gunfire. STAR is based on sound prevention practice developed from a pilot project in Dade County (Florida). The flexible format allows activities to fit into a 3-week classroom unit or be taught over a number of weeks. Parents are a vital link to reduce gun violence among children and teens, and their involvement is integral to STAR. This curriculum guide for grades 6 through 12 contains the following sections: (1) "Before You Begin–Orientation"; (2) "Suggestions for Parent and Community Involvement"; (3) "Activity Plans and Bibliography for Middle and Junior High School Students, Grades 6-8"; (4) "Activity Plans and Bibliography for Senior High School Students, Grades 9-12"; (5) "Academic Bibliography for Educators and Parents"; and (6) "National Directory of Violence Prevention Resources." Included are 114 annotated bibliography items and 73 non-annotated bibliography items. Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Annotated Bibliographies, At Risk Persons, Crime

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Bibliography: Gun Control (page 09 of 10)

This annotated bibliography is curated specifically for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Josh Sugarmann, Susan Glick, Washington Congress of the U. S, James D. Wright, Thomas M. Becker, Ronald Paul Hill, Scott Poland, Alan McEvoy, Catherine Doane, and Mark P. Moore.

Vann, Alan S. (1998). When a Child Brings a Gun to School, Principal. Describes community reaction to an elementary school principal's decision to suspend a boy for brandishing an unloaded pellet gun at a classmate. The aftermath stretched out for six months, and both the unabashed perpetrator and his traumatized victim transferred to other schools. Alternative crisis-management strategies are offered. Descriptors: Crisis Management, Elementary Education, Guidelines, Gun Control

Hill, Ronald Paul (1994). A Consumer Perspective of Handgun Control in the U.S, Advancing the Consumer Interest. Examines the public policy issue of handgun control from a consumer perspective. Summarizes and analyzes research that investigates attitudes toward and use of handguns. Offers recommendations that are consumer based and attempt to balance the needs of gun owners with the interests of society. Descriptors: Consumer Education, Crime, Federal Legislation, Gun Control

Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. (1994). Youth Violence: A Community Resource. Hearing on Experience and Reaction to Trends Regarding Juvenile Violence Within the Jurisdiction of Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, before the Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary. United States Senate, One Hundred Third Congress, First Session (Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, June 1-2, 1993). Data show that gangs, drugs, and random murders are becoming staples in the lives of U.S. children. Every major U.S. city is facing a deadly gang problem, exemplified by drive-by shootings and teenagers brandishing assault weapons. This document presents witness testimony, prepared statements, and panel discussions that examine the problem of gang violence and the use of firearms by young people within the community, as well as what has and has not worked in attempting to eliminate these problems at the local level. Panelists include Stanley G. Feldman, Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court; Sophia Lopez, representing Mothers Against Gangs; Lora Nye, chairperson, Phoenix Blockwatch Commission; Robert K. Corbin, president, National Rifle Association; and several Arizona city mayors, law enforcement officials and judges, school district administrators, and representatives of community anti-gang grass roots organizations. An appendix contains additional submissions that were submitted for the record.   [More]  Descriptors: Adolescents, Crime Prevention, Delinquency Prevention, Gun Control

Mauser, Gary A.; Holmes, Richard A. (1992). An Evaluation of the 1977 Canadian Firearms Legislation, Evaluation Review. A pooled cross-section time series model is used to evaluate the effect of the 1977 Canadian firearms legislation on the provincial homicide rate between 1969 and 1989. Results agree with most studies that indicate no significant effect of this legislation on homicide rates. Descriptors: American Indians, Crime, Economic Factors, Federal Legislation

Glick, Susan; Sugarmann, Josh (1997). Joe Camel with Feathers. How the NRA with Gun and Tobacco Industry Dollars Uses Its Eddie Eagle Program To Market Guns to Kids. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has developed its Eddie Eagle program as a school-based curriculum that claims to teach gun safety to children in preschool through grade six. The program uses a four-part message for children to follow when they see a gun, admonishing them to stop, not touch it, leave the area, and tell an adult. The NRA has credited the program with playing a major role in decreasing the unintentional death toll among children, but it has not conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the program. The primary goal of the Eddie Eagle program, this report argues, is to increase the acceptance of guns by children and youth and the development of new customers for the firearms industry and the NRA itself. The NRA funds Eddie Eagle through its NRA Foundation. Research by the Violence Policy Center shows that members of the firearms industry and the tobacco industry have made substantial contributions to the NRA Foundation. Many of the marketing problems the firearms industry faces are similar to those faced by the cigarette and smokeless tobacco industries, and the industry is using similar marketing strategies. The NRA also uses Eddie Eagle as a lobbying tool in its efforts to derail the passage of child access prevention and mandatory trigger lock laws at both state and federal levels. As a thinly disguised marketing tool to "soften up guns," Eddie Eagle is a sort of Joe Camel with feathers. Instead of acknowledging the inherent danger firearms in the home pose to children and the often irresponsible firearms storage behavior of adults, the Eddie Eagle program places the onus of safety and responsibility on the children themselves. Public health researchers have not found programs like Eddie Eagle to be effective in reducing unintentional death and injury from firearms. Six appendixes present additional information about the Eddie Eagle program, including copies of commendations and letters refusing endorsement.   [More]  Descriptors: Child Safety, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support

Moore, Mark P. (1994). Life, Liberty, and the Handgun: The Function of Synecdoche in the Brady Bill Debate, Communication Quarterly. Identifies and discusses divergent synecdochal representations of the handgun as vital to both the construction and maintenance of competing social realities (handgun as threatened liberty and handgun as threatened life) in the debate over the Brady Bill. Demonstrates how such representations serve as divergent rhetorical constructs for competing interests. Descriptors: Communication Research, Discourse Analysis, Federal Legislation, Gun Control

Poland, Scott (1998). Congressional Testimony on School Violence: Early Childhood, Youth and Families Subcommittee, Rural Special Education Quarterly. School violence has been linked to youth not recognizing the finality of death, extreme violence portrayed in the media, availability of guns, student reluctance to "tell," and lack of curriculum that teaches children anger management and problem-solving skills. Recommendations include making prevention programs a priority and establishing curriculum objectives that focus on violence prevention. Descriptors: Crisis Intervention, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control

Becker, Thomas M.; And Others (1993). Children and Firearms: A Gunshot Injury Prevention Program in New Mexico, American Journal of Public Health. Describes a statewide childhood gun safety program in New Mexico aimed at reducing the availability of loaded guns at home. Focusing on increasing safety awareness of communities, health care professionals, parents, and gun owners, the program will be continued with a new three-year funding grant. Descriptors: Accidents, Child Health, Child Safety, Children

Russo, Charles J. (1995). United States v. Lopez and the Demise of the Gun-Free School Zones Act: Legislative Over-Reaching or Judicial Nit-Picking?, West's Education Law Quarterly. In "United States v.Lopez," a highly fractured United States Supreme Court, in a five-to-four ruling that generated six different opinions, affirmed that Congress had exceeded its authority in adopting the Gun-Free School Zones Act. Provides an in-depth examination of the Court's ruling and concludes with an analysis of the legal issues surrounding this case. (72 footnotes) Descriptors: Court Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts, Federal Legislation

Natale, Jo Anna (1994). Roots of Violence, American School Board Journal. Responses to youth violence include intervention programs to teach children alternative skills for solving problems and to challenge superficial beliefs about the glories of violence. Children on a destructive path need someone they can trust who will guide them. Lists 29 measures in response to school violence and the percentage of school districts reporting using them. Descriptors: Aggression, Behavior Development, Behavior Standards, Child Development

McEvoy, Alan, Ed. (1996). Reducing Youth Gun Violence. Part One–An Overview [and] Part Two–Prevention and Intervention Programs, School Intervention Report. This document contains two issues of a journal on reducing youth gun violence, reprinted from a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. The first issue, part one, provides an overview of programs and initiatives. The second issue, part two, describes prevention and intervention programs. To reduce violence and build healthy communities requires a two-pronged assault on juvenile delinquency and youth gun violence. Legal measures that limit access to firearms are a first step. Recent Federal legislation, including the Youth Handgun Safety Act and the Gun-Free Schools Act, makes a strong statement that guns in the hands of young people will not be tolerated. With a fuller understanding of the factors contributing to gun violence, it is possible to design ways to prevent youth gun use. Part one concludes with "Making Schools Safe: The Importance of Empathy and Service Learning" by Alan McEvoy, which discusses an approach to violence reduction. At the end of part one, a resource bibliography is also included. Part two addresses individual programs that seek to incorporate the information from part one by broadly summarizing the various violence reduction strategies that have been implemented by organizations across the country. Preventative programs discussed include: (1) curriculums; (2) trauma prevention; (3) gun buy-back programs; and (4) public education campaigns. The intervention programs discussed include: (1) community law enforcement; (2) gun market disruption and interception; (3) diversion and treatment programs; (4) gun courts; and (5) alternative schools. A complete resource of youth gun violence reduction programs and prevention organization sis included.   [More]  Descriptors: Community Programs, Delinquency, Disadvantaged Youth, Drug Abuse

Doane, Catherine (1993). Global Issues in 6th Grade? Yes!, Educational Leadership. Suburban Chicago middle school teachers designed a month-long unit to foster global education, guided by research on integrated, self-selected, and collaborative learning strategies. Teachers initiated brainstorming activities, grouped students by interest, and demonstrated how to be investigative researchers, informative writers, effective speakers, good listeners, and critical thinkers. An open house program showcased results. (nine references) Descriptors: Brainstorming, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Global Approach

Wright, James D.; And Others (1992). Kids, Guns, and Killing Fields, Society. Studies firearms behaviors among 835 criminally active male, mostly urban, youth and 1,653 male and female innercity high school students in 4 states. It is evident that the large urban environment encourages youth to be armed and that enforcement activities alone will not be enough to alleviate the problem. Descriptors: Criminals, Delinquency, Disadvantaged Youth, Females

Congress of the U. S., Washington, DC. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution. (1995). The Gun Violence Prevention Act of 1994: Public Health and Child Safety. Hearing on S. 1882, A Bill To Amend Title 18, United States Code, To Promote the Safe Use of Guns and To Reduce Gun Violence before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary. United States Senate, One Hundred Third Congress, Second Session (March 23, 1994). The first of several hearings on the Gun Violence Prevention Act of 1994 introduced and discussed the Act as comprehensive legislation to address gun violence through six discrete initiatives: (1) handgun licensing; (2) prohibition of firearms possession by persons convicted of violent misdemeanors; (3) regulation of gun dealers; (4) limitation of the secondary gun market; (5) requirement of gun safety courses; and (6) banning certain types of guns. Support for the bill was presented by the presiding senators, Paul Simon (Illinois) and Howard Metzenbaum (Ohio). Reservations about the necessity for the legislation, but not about the need for reduction in violence, were expressed by Senators Hank Brown (Colorado) and Orrin Hatch (Utah). A number of speakers supported the bill, with the Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders speaking first. Panel discussions with educators and physicians followed. The testimony of each witness is followed by his or her prepared statement.   [More]  Descriptors: Child Health, Child Safety, Crime, Federal Legislation

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Bibliography: Gun Control (page 08 of 10)

This bibliography is independently curated for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Richard M. Haynes, Jon Hammermeister, Joel Shoemaker, David Hopkins, Karen Gray, Washington Children's Defense Fund, Daniel L. Kain, Beth Sinclair, Randy M. Page, and New York United Nations Children's Fund.

Kain, Daniel L., Ed. (2000). Focus on Middle School (Ages 11-13): A Quarterly Newsletter for the Education Community, 1999-2000, Focus on Middle School. This document consists of four issues of a newsletter for educators at the middle level. The issues each contain a main article, along with shorter articles and regular columns. The Fall 1999 issue focuses on the middle school movement and presents part 1 of an interview with John Lounsbury on the progress of the movement. A sidebar article discusses recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics on guns and children. The executive board vice president's column discusses meeting middle grade students' needs with opportunities. The Winter 1999 issue addresses the role of middle school teachers in part 2 of the interview with John Lounsbury. A sidebar article discusses problem-based learning as a model for integrating the middle school curriculum, and the vice president's column discusses student volunteerism. The Spring 2000 issue focuses on teachers' experiences of the transition from a classic junior high model to a middle school model. The vice president's column deals with raising reading expectations. The Summer 2000 issue reflects upon teachers' role in developing and implementing the middle school curriculum, conducting assessments, and creating a classroom environment. The issue also highlights the use of oral history in middle school education, describing a classroom oral history project. The vice president's column discusses museum exhibits as a model for student engagement. Some newsletter issues include listings of new Web resources and conference information. Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Curriculum, Gun Control, Integrated Curriculum

Gray, Karen; Sinclair, Beth (2000). Report on State Implementation of the Gun-Free Schools Act: School Year 1998-99. Final. The Gun Free Schools Act (GFSA) requires states to report information about the implementation of the act annually to the Secretary of Education. This report starts by presenting information on data interpretation and quality. Three sections summarize the 1998-99 data submitted by the states. The first section is a brief summary of the overall findings. The second section presents a summary of the 1998-99 data in bulleted, graphic, and tabular form as well as a comparison between the 1998-99 and 1997-98 data. The tables in this section contain data notes that are critical to the correct interpretation of the data. The third section presents a page for each state, each of which contains the data submitted by the state, as well as any caveats or data notes. Appendix A contains a copy of the Gun-Free Schools Act, and Appendix B is a copy of the 1998-99 GFSA state data-collection instrument. This publication is not designed to report the rate at which students carry firearms to school but instead reports the actions taken in regard to the number of students caught bringing firearms to schools.   [More]  Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, Federal State Relationship, Government Publications

Duker, Laurie; And Others (1994). Gun Dealers, USA. In the United States, more than 11,500 adolescents' and young adults' lives are taken each year by firearms. Although Federal law prohibits minors from purchasing handguns, they typically get them by asking someone of legal age (18 years or older) to purchase them from one of the 256,771 Federally licensed gun dealers. This pamphlet answers several frequently asked questions about licensed gun dealers in the United States. Among the questions/answers are: how do adolescents who carry and use guns get them; how many gun dealers are in each state; how can the names, addresses and phone numbes of gun dealers in a city, county or state be obtained; and how can the number and types of guns sold in each state be ascertained, etc. It concludes with an order form for a list of federally licensed gun dealers.   [More]  Descriptors: Adolescents, Aggression, Gun Control, Guns

Page, Randy M.; Hammermeister, Jon (1997). Weapon-Carrying and Youth Violence, Adolescence. Reviews the prevalence of weapon-carrying among adolescents, focusing on the reasons why they carry weapons, ways that firearms are obtained, firearms and violence, and the controlling of weapons in schools. Details weapon-security measures and argues for cooperative action among schools, communities, and government. Descriptors: Adolescents, Delinquency, Gun Control, Guns

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Prevention (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC. (1999). Promising Strategies To Reduce Gun Violence. OJJDP Report. In recent years, communities across the country have struggled to develop effective solutions to the problem of gun violence. Many have approached the United States Department of Justice for help in identifying solutions. This publication was developed in response to these requests. It is designed to provide state and local elected officials, school administrators, and law enforcement with the tools for fighting violence in their communities. A survey by the Department of Justice was conducted of 400 gun violence programs in the nation. Additional analysis of the programs yielded the 60 programs and comprehensive strategies that are included in this report. Sections 1 and 2 provide current data on the nature of gun violence and a blueprint for addressing the problem at the community level. Section 3 profiles several successful examples of gun violence reduction plans. Sections 4 through 7 are grouped according to the point of intervention along the three-phase continuum (illegal acquisition of firearms; illegal possession and carrying of firearms; illegal, improper, or careless use of firearms) that each seeks to address. Section 8 provides a range of program resources and contacts for communities to reduce gun violence. Sections 9 and 10 consist of references and appendixes. Appendixes include: "Geographical Index of Promising Gun Violence Reduction Strategies"; "Alphabetical Index of Promising Gun Violence Reduction Strategies"; "Matrix of Participating Key Agencies and Organizations"; "Candidate Programs Identified for the Inventory"; "Organizations and Sources Contacted for the Inventory"; and "Inventory of Promising Gun Violence Reduction Strategies." (Contains 71 references, 2 tables, and 4 figures.)   [More]  Descriptors: Community Action, Crime Prevention, Delinquency Prevention, Gun Control

Haynes, Richard M.; Chalker, Donald M. (1999). A Nation of Violence, American School Board Journal. The United States leads the developed world in youth violence, with the highest homicide and suicide rates among young people. Exposure starts early. To reduce violence in U.S. schools, we must control handguns, abolish television violence, isolate violent students, and change the ways that juvenile offenders are punished. Descriptors: Activism, Child Abuse, Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control

Springhall, John (1999). Violent Media, Guns and Moral Panics: The Columbine High School Massacre, 20 April 1999, Paedagogica Historica. Attempts to place the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, in a historical perspective. Describes the shootings in Littleton and the high school shootings since 1996. Interprets the possible reasons for the Columbine shootings, such as the role of the high school, access to guns, and violence in the mass media. Descriptors: Bullying, Educational Environment, Gun Control, Guns

Fernan, Steve; Parman, Mary Jo; White, Doug; Wiltrout, Dan (2001). Offering Educational Opportunities to Expelled Students in Wisconsin. Bulletin No. 02030. The U.S. Congress bolstered the increase in expulsions by passing into law the federal Gun Free School Act of 1994. All states receiving federal funds were to pass laws requiring schools to expel students who brought firearms to school or to school activities. There is evidence that schools are safer, but expulsion rates continue to climb. With this publication, Wisconsin joins the national challenge to reverse the upward trend in school expulsions by encouraging all Wisconsin schools and communities to provide educational services for expelled students. The report identifies key issues in balancing school safety and educational opportunities, reports on a sample of national, state, and local strategies to address the challenge, and acknowledges selected Wisconsin school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, and community based organizations for doing more than current state law requires. Possible next steps are described. Vignettes of several districts' policies and practices for post-expulsion services are detailed. (Contains 32 endnotes, 23 Web resources, and 5 figures.)   [More]  Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, Federal Legislation

Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. (1996). Reducing Youth Gun Violence: An Overview of Programs and Initiatives. Program Report. This report discusses a wide array of violence prevention strategies used across the United States, ranging from school-based prevention to gun market interception. Relevant research, evaluation, and legislation are included to ground these programs and provide a context for their successful implementation. The first section of the report is an executive summary that describes state-of-the-art approaches to youth gun violence prevention and intervention, reviews the status of prevention programs across the country, and suggests federal and local partnerships to implement youth gun laws and programs. Current legislation is described, and research findings on youth violence are summarized. The second section is a directory of youth gun violence programs that describes currently operating programs and provides contact information. The third section lists organizations working to get guns out of the hands of young people, with contact information and descriptions of current activities. The fourth section summarizes abstracts of 69 research reports dealing with guns and youth.   [More]  Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control, Guns, Legislation

Shoemaker, Joel (2001). Todd Strasser Takes Aim at School Shootings: An Interview, Voice of Youth Advocates. Includes an interview with Todd Strasser, the young adult book author of "Give a Boy a Gun", as well as an excerpt from one of his speeches. Addresses issues related to school shootings, the easy availability of guns, ridicule and bullying, peer pressure, and violence in media. Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Authors, Bullying, Gun Control

Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. (1994). Children and Gun Violence. Hearings on S. 1087, a Bill To Amend Title 18, United States Code, To Prohibit the Possession of a Handgun or Ammunition by, or the Private Transfer of a Handgun or Ammunition to, a Juvenile, before the Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary. United States Senate, 103rd Congress, First Session. This transcript contains the following: (1) statements of several Committee Members; (2) text of the proposed legislation; (3) a list of witnesses; and (4) statements, testimony, and supporting documents submitted by the witnesses. Numerous laypersons and professionals have their testimonies recorded, giving statements in support of and in opposition to passage of the bill. Witnesses include politicians, educators, police officials, medical professionals, National Rifle Association representatives, and religious figures. Includes a booklet prepared by the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, newspaper clippings, and charts (U.S. & Wisconsin Juvenile Weapons and Murder Arrests; Age and Race Specific Arrest Rates for Selected Offenses, 1965-88; etc.).   [More]  Descriptors: Children, Federal Legislation, Gun Control, Guns

Gray, Karen; Sinclair, Beth (2002). Report on the State/Territory Implementation of the Gun-Free Schools Act, School Year 1999-2000. Final Report. The Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) requires that each state or territory receiving federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) have a state law that requires all local educational agencies (LEAs) in the state or territory to expel from school for at least one year any student found bringing a firearm to school. (See Appendix A for a copy of the GFSA.) State laws must also authorize the LEA chief administering officer to modify any such expulsion on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the GFSA states that it must be construed so as to be consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The GFSA requires states/territories to report information about the implementation of the GFSA annually to the Secretary of Education. In order to meet this requirement and to monitor compliance with the GFSA, the Department of Education (the Department) requires each state or territory to submit an annual report that provides: (1) The number of students expelled (by type of firearm and school level); (2) The number of expulsions that were modified on a case-by-case basis; (3) The number of modified cases that were not for students with disabilities; and (4) The number of expelled students who were referred to an alternative school or program. Starting with the 1999-00 school year, the reporting form used for this data collection was revised to collect more information regarding LEA compliance and state climate. The new data items can be found in questions 7 through 10 on the data collection form. A copy of this form can be found in Appendix B of this report.   [More]  Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, Federal State Relationship, Government Publications

United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY. (2001). No Guns, Please. We Are Children!. Noting that the spread of small firearms worldwide creates a serious global problem, especially for children, this pamphlet presents information on the physical and emotional damage done to children from small arms and light weapons and describes the work of UNICEF to counteract the damage. Highlighted in the discussion are the use of child soldiers and the development of a culture of violence. The work of UNICEF, as part of the Global Movement for Children, calls for leadership and accountability at every level of society to ensure that children are free to grow to adulthood in health, peace, and dignity. Guiding principles in the campaign against small arms and light weapons are delineated and include implementing laws to protect children from any participation in hostilities, demobilizing and reintegrating child soldiers into society as a matter of priority, and promoting an integrated approach to the issue of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. Descriptors: Armed Forces, Change Strategies, Children, Developed Nations

Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC. (2001). Protect Children Instead of Guns, 2001. Noting that firearms outnumber children by a margin of almost three to one in the United States, this report advocates gun safety policies to protect children. The report provides information on trends in youth firearm deaths and finds the statistics alarming, despite recent decline. The first of three tables in the report delineates 1979-1999 statistics on firearm deaths of children and teens ages 0-19 nationwide, differentiating deaths due to homicide, suicide, accident, and unknown intent. The second table delineates 1997-1999 statistics on firearm deaths of children and teens ages 0-19 for each state and nationwide, differentiating deaths due to homicide, suicide, accident, and unknown intent. The final table provides information on firearm deaths in 1999 by age, race, and manner. It is argued that despite recent declines, the number remains one of America's silent tragedies. The report finds that: (1) children and youths in rural states are more likely to be victims of gun suicides and accidents than those in more urban states; (2) children in large urban areas are more likely to be victims of gun homicides; and (3) 1.4 million homes, which house 2.6 million children, had firearms that were stored unlocked and loaded, or unlocked and unloaded but stored with ammunition. The report concludes by asserting that it is time to protect children instead of guns. Descriptors: Accidents, Adolescents, Child Advocacy, Child Safety

Hopkins, David (2000). A Potential for Violent Injury: Guns and Knives in the Schools. Oregon Health Trends, Series No. 56. This report focuses on the causative factors of violence in school children. It summarizes information about the demographic and mental health characteristics of students who carry weapons to school and includes comments from students on the reasons why they carry them, as well as what the research says. Results of the 1999 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, administered to 109 high schools in the state of Oregon who voluntarily participated, are highlighted throughout the report. The influence of television on risky behaviors among youth is considered. Prevention programs are discussed, including family education about gun safety, gun availability, and national legislation to help keep guns away from students. The report includes Table One, "Percentage of Students Who Carried Weapons during the Previous 30 Days, by Demographic and Behavioral Characteristics," and Table Two, "Selected Demographic and Behavioral Characteristics by Hours of Television Watching." (Contains 11 endnotes and 8 figures.)   [More]  Descriptors: Family Involvement, Gun Control, High Risk Students, High School Students

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Bibliography: Gun Control (page 07 of 10)

This annotated bibliography is compiled and customized for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Mary O'Connell, Shannon Frattaroli, Siri Thoresen, Lars Mehlum, Susan B. Sorenson, Chris Rasmussen, Steven M. Janosik, Elizabeth Richardson Vigdor, Emily F. Rothman, and David Hemenway.

Langmann, Caillin (2012). Canadian Firearms Legislation and Effects on Homicide 1974 to 2008, Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Canada has implemented legislation covering all firearms since 1977 and presents a model to examine incremental firearms control. The effect of legislation on homicide by firearm and the subcategory, spousal homicide, is controversial and has not been well studied to date. Legislative effects on homicide and spousal homicide were analyzed using data obtained from Statistics Canada from 1974 to 2008. Three statistical methods were applied to search for any associated effects of firearms legislation. Interrupted time series regression, ARIMA, and Joinpoint analysis were performed. Neither were any significant beneficial associations between firearms legislation and homicide or spousal homicide rates found after the passage of three Acts by the Canadian Parliament–Bill C-51 (1977), C-17 (1991), and C-68 (1995)–nor were effects found after the implementation of licensing in 2001 and the registration of rifles and shotguns in 2003. After the passage of C-68, a decrease in the rate of the decline of homicide by firearm was found by interrupted regression. Joinpoint analysis also found an increasing trend in homicide by firearm rate post the enactment of the licensing portion of C-68. Other factors found to be associated with homicide rates were median age, unemployment, immigration rates, percentage of population in low-income bracket, Gini index of income equality, population per police officer, and incarceration rate. This study failed to demonstrate a beneficial association between legislation and firearm homicide rates between 1974 and 2008.   [More]  Descriptors: Certification, Age, Foreign Countries, Weapons

Hayden, Sara (2003). Family Metaphors and the Nation: Promoting a Politics of Care through the Million Mom March, Quarterly Journal of Speech. The causes for which maternity has been invoked are as divergent as they are ubiquitous, yet the popularity of maternal politics among activists is not matched by an equally enthusiastic or unified assessment from scholars. On the contrary, scholars vigorously debate maternal appeals' strategic efficacy as well as their implications for gender norms. In this essay I argue that George Lakoff's discussion of the nation-as-family metaphor illuminates the political potency and the potential effectiveness of maternal appeals as well as their implications for gender norms. I illustrate my argument through an analysis of the Million Mom March.   [More]  Descriptors: Politics, Figurative Language, Norms, Gender Issues

Roberto, Anthony J. (2004). Touchstone Award, Communication Teacher. The extended parallel process model (EPPM) is receiving increasing attention in many undergraduate and graduate persuasion and health communication textbooks and classes. The EPPM is concerned with the effect of four variables on behavior: (1) perceived susceptibility; (2) perceived severity; (3) response-efficacy; and (4) self-efficacy. The first two variables comprise "perceived threat"; the other two variables comprise "perceived efficacy". Three outcomes are possible, depending on an individual's level of perceived threat and perceived efficacy: (1) no response; (2) a fear control response; and (3) a danger control response. If the perceived threat is low, "no response" will occur. That is, if individuals do not believe they are at risk (i.e., low susceptibility) or believe the risk is trivial (i.e., low severity), individuals simply will not be motivated to pay attention or respond to the message. If the perceived threat is high and the perceived efficacy is low, individuals engage in "fear control". That is, when individuals perceive a threat, but are not provided with an effective means to reduce the threat, individuals focus on how to manage their fear (e.g., denying the risk, refusing to think about the risk, ignoring the message) instead of how to manage the danger (e.g., engaging in the recommended response). When "both" the perceived threat and the perceived efficacy are high, individuals engage in "danger control". That is, when individuals perceive a threat and are provided with an effective means to reduce the threat, individuals will focus on potential solutions to the problem, which can lead to attitude or behavior change in the advocated direction. This activity provides students with three relevant and memorable examples that generate a considerable amount of discussion. It reviews numerous persuasion and health communication concepts and theories, and introduces students to a wide variety of social and health issues that affect their daily lives and the lives of those around them. Perhaps most importantly, this activity provides students with several examples of how communication theory can be put into practice. A list of references and suggested readings is included.   [More]  Descriptors: Textbooks, Self Efficacy, Behavior Modification, Behavior Change

O'Connell, Mary (2012). The Joyce Foundation 2011 Annual Report, Joyce Foundation. In a period such as this, marked by extreme political partisanship and apparent gridlock at the federal level, it would be tempting to throw up one's hands in frustration. But this is just the time that a foundation like Joyce can add the most value–because the Joyce team members are non-partisan, not subject to the pressures of political and business cycles, and have the freedom to explore new ideas and support projects that others cannot or will not take on. So, the team is optimistic that it can make a difference, though they do know it is important to pick their battles wisely. This year, they think it paid off to focus their attention on policy at the state and local levels, where they saw some really important progress and where they saw tangible improvements in the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region. Each of their other programs has seen similar opportunity at the state level. Their efforts to promote a more healthy democracy through campaign finance and redistricting reform, their work with law enforcement and policy makers to reduce gun violence, and their strong support of diversity in the arts, are all well-received at the community level, where individuals are most affected. Thoughtful implementation, careful evaluation, and a sustained effort to promote what is successful, will be the focus of their efforts going forward. Without putting their shoulders to the wheel, they and their grantees cannot expect to see impact–the kind of impact that turns good policy into real practice people can see and experience every day. This paper presents the Foundation's annual report for 2011.   [More]  Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Institutional Mission, Access to Education, Disadvantaged

Vittes, Katherine A.; Sorenson, Susan B. (2006). Are Temporary Restraining Orders More Likely to Be Issued When Applications Mention Firearms?, Evaluation Review. Restraining orders, an important legal intervention for victims of domestic violence, have broad potential for injury prevention. Using data from one of the busiest restraining order clinics in the nation, the authors examined 1,354 applicants' descriptions of abuse. Most (89.2%) applicants were issued a restraining order. A total of 16.0% of applicants mentioned a firearm in their descriptions of abuse; doing so was not associated with restraining order issuance. About 1 in 20 applicants, even if issued a restraining order, would not be protected by the federal firearm purchase and possession prohibitions because they had not lived with or had a child with the defendant. However, the proportion of these individuals who report threatened or actual use of firearms against them is similar to that of other applicants. Federal and, when relevant, state law should be modified to include these persons.   [More]  Descriptors: Family Violence, Gun Control, Federal Legislation, Crime Prevention

Rasmussen, Chris; Johnson, Gina (2008). The Ripple Effect of Virginia Tech: Assessing the Nationwide Impact on Campus Safety and Security Policy and Practice, Midwestern Higher Education Compact. This report is the result of a nationwide survey conducted in March 2008 of student life officers and campus safety directors to assess the impact of the April 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech on campus safety and security policy and practice. Discussion areas include: (1) Student Privacy vs. Need-to-Know; (2) Prevention, Mitigation and Recovery; (3) Notification Systems; (4) Security Monitoring and Enhancement; (5) Recognition and Response to Student Behavior; and (6) Budgetary Impacts. The survey asked respondents to comment on the nature of their relationship with municipal law enforcement, local and regional media, and state-level agencies both before and after the events at Virginia Tech. Without exception respondents indicated that the relationship of their institution with municipal law enforcement and with state-level agencies had remained about the same or improved since the events at Virginia Tech; a similar pattern of responses was seen in describing the relationship with local and regional media outlets. The tragedy at Virginia Tech also raised many questions and renewed debates about gun violence and weapons regulation. The events brought increased exposure to groups such as Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, which argue that the impact of such incidents could be prevented or minimized if students and faculty were allowed to carry guns on campus. In contrast, the Virginia Tech tragedy has emboldened groups and individuals who oppose extending concealed carry rights to college campuses. The focus of others has been on improving efforts to track and screen potential weapons buyers to prevent individuals with mental illness or a history of violent or threatening behavior from accessing guns. Additional resources are listed. (Contains 12 figures and 1 table.) [This initiative was supported by AIG Higher Education Risk Solutions and Lexington Insurance Company.]   [More]  Descriptors: Tragedy, Campuses, Student Behavior, Mental Disorders

Thoresen, Siri; Mehlum, Lars (2006). Suicide in Peacekeepers: Risk Factors for Suicide versus Accidental Death, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. To investigate risk factors for suicide in veterans of peacekeeping, 43 suicides and 41 fatal accidents in Norwegian peacekeepers (1978 to 1995) were compared in a psychological autopsy study. Mental health problems were the most important risk factor for suicide. Both living alone and the break-up of a love relationship contributed uniquely to suicide risk, even when controlling for mental health problems. No peacekeeping-related factor was associated with suicide. Preventive measures should focus on firearms control, improved detection systems for mental health problems in the military, and peer support through veterans' associations.   [More]  Descriptors: Suicide, Death, Comparative Analysis, Psychological Studies

Frattaroli, Shannon; Teret, Stephen P. (2006). Understanding and Informing Policy Implementation: A Case Study of the Domestic Violence Provisions of the Maryland Gun Violence Act, Evaluation Review. The Maryland Gun Violence Act, enacted into law in 1996, explicitly authorized courts to order batterers to surrender their firearms through civil protective orders. It also vested law enforcement with the explicit authority to remove guns when responding to a domestic violence complaint. In order to assess how these laws were implemented, we designed a case study and collected data from in-depth, key informant interviews, court observations, and relevant documents. We present findings from this study and recommend how to increase the likelihood that policies designed to separate batterers and guns are implemented in a way that will result in greater protections for victims of domestic violence.   [More]  Descriptors: Case Studies, Family Violence, Gun Control, State Legislation

Janosik, Steven M. (2005). Anticipating Legal Issues in Higher Education, NASPA Journal. Learning how to recognize and anticipate the legal risks associated with student affairs practice is a crucial skill all successful administrators must develop. This can be done by developing a sense for scanning the broad legal environment and being aware of legal issues in other parts of the education enterprise.   [More]  Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Personnel Services, College Administration, Elementary Secondary Education

Rothman, Emily F.; Johnson, Renee M.; Hemenway, David (2006). Gun Possession among Massachusetts Batterer Intervention Program Enrollees, Evaluation Review. Batterers with access to firearms present a serious lethal threat to their partners. The purpose of this exploratory study is to estimate the prevalence of and risk markers for gun possession among Massachusetts men enrolled in batterer intervention programs. The authors found that 1.8% of the men reported having a gun in or around their home. Those most likely to report having a gun were White, earned $25,000 or more per year, had served in the military, engaged in problem gambling, and had attempted homicide or threatened their partner with a firearm. Recommendations for strengthening relevant gun laws both within and outside of Massachusetts are discussed.   [More]  Descriptors: Males, Weapons, Gun Control, Family Violence

Frattaroli, Shannon; Vernick, Jon S. (2006). Separating Batterers and Guns: A Review and Analysis of Gun Removal Laws in 50 States, Evaluation Review. Firearms play an important role in lethal domestic violence incidents. The authors review state laws regarding two policies to separate batterers from firearms: laws authorizing police to remove firearms when responding to a domestic violence complaint ("police gun removal laws") and laws authorizing courts to order guns removed from batterers through a protective order ("court-ordered removal laws"). As of April 2004, 18 states had police gun removal laws; 16 states had court-ordered removal laws. The authors examine relevant characteristics of the laws and recommend that these laws be mandatory, apply to all guns and ammunition possessed by an abuser, and include clear procedures to enhance implementation.   [More]  Descriptors: Courts, Weapons, Laws, Family Violence

Sorenson, Susan B. (2006). Taking Guns from Batterers: Public Support and Policy Implications, Evaluation Review. Federal law prohibits the purchase or possession of a firearm by persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and those under certain domestic violence restraining orders. The purpose of this investigation is to examine public sentiment about the removal of firearms in the absence of a restraining order or misdemeanor conviction following domestic violence. An experimental vignette design was used in a telephone survey of a cross-sectional statewide sample of 522 community-residing adults in California. Study design and population weights were applied; the findings, thus, are a reasonable approximation for the population of California. In more than 3,500 vignettes, the abusive behavior was judged to be wrong, illegal, or should be illegal (98.7%, 73.1%, and 77.7%, respectively). Although only about one half (56.5%) of the scenarios were thought to merit the issuance of a restraining order, three fourths (77.4%) were thought to merit the removal of firearms. Multivariate analyses indicated greater support for firearms removal when the abuse involved sexual or physical abuse (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] ranged from 2.65 to 5.64) or a gun (AOR = 6.54). Men were the sole population group with significantly lower support for firearm removal following domestic violence (AOR = 0.39). The men who wanted firearms to remain did not differ from other men on any of the measured variables. In sum, there is substantial support, especially when a gun is displayed in a domestic violence incident, for policies requiring the removal of firearms from abusers.   [More]  Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Weapons, Telephone Surveys, Males

Gray-Adams, Karen; Sinclair, Beth (2004). Report on the Implementation of the Gun-Free Schools Act in the States and Outlying Areas: School Year 2001-2002. Final Report, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, US Department of Education. The Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) requires that each state or outlying area receiving federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) have a law that requires all local educational agencies (LEAs) in the state or outlying area to expel from school for at least one year any student found bringing a firearm to school. Their laws must also authorize the LEA chief administering officer to modify any such expulsion on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the GFSA states that it must be construed so as to be consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Following information on data interpretation and quality, this report is divided into three sections and summarizes the 2001-2002 data submitted by the states and outlying areas. The first section is a brief summary of the overall findings. The second section presents a summary of the 2001-2002 data in bulleted, graphic, and tabular form as well as a comparison between the 2001-2002 data and data submitted in previous years. The third section presents a pair of pages for each state and outlying area. Each of these pages contains the data submitted by the state and outlying area, as well as any caveats or notes accompanying the data. Finally, there are two appendices to the report: Appendix A contains a copy of the Gun-Free Schools Act and Appendix B contains a copy of the 2001-2002 GFSA states and outlying areas data collection instrument.   [More]  Descriptors: Weapons, Elementary Secondary Education, School Safety, Disabilities

Vigdor, Elizabeth Richardson; Mercy, James A. (2006). Do Laws Restricting Access to Firearms by Domestic Violence Offenders Prevent Intimate Partner Homicide?, Evaluation Review. Domestic violence imposes a large cost on society. The authors exploit state variation in timing to examine the impact of three types of law on intimate partner homicides. These laws restrict access to firearms by individuals who are subject to a restraining order or have been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or allow law enforcement officers to confiscate firearms at a domestic violence scene. The authors find that female intimate partner homicide rates decline 7% after a state passes a restraining order law. They find no effect from the domestic violence misdemeanor or confiscation laws.   [More]  Descriptors: Family Violence, Gun Control, Crime Prevention, Homicide

Seave, Paul L. (2006). Disarming Batterers through Restraining Orders: The Promise and the Reality in California, Evaluation Review. Laws that prohibit persons under a domestic violence restraining order from purchasing or possessing a firearm are a primary way to keep guns out of the hands of batterers. In July 2005, the California Attorney General's Task Force on the Local Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence issued a report called Keeping the Promise: Victim Safety and Batterer Accountability. The report focused, in part, on the extent to which California's domestic violence restraining order system succeeds in disarming batterers. Restraining orders are the principal means by which the criminal justice system can accomplish this objective. The Task Force found that criminal justice agencies and the courts performed poorly in this area. The report strongly recommended that a more strategic, collaborative use of laws already on the books could significantly improve performance, without much additional expense. What follows is a summary of those finding and recommendations.   [More]  Descriptors: Family Violence, Gun Control, State Legislation, State Regulation

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Bibliography: Gun Control (page 06 of 10)

This bibliography is independently curated for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Kenneth M. Mash, Drug Abuse Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Patricia P. Dahl, Brian A. Sponsler, Richard Spano, Zeke Perez, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Gene Bonham, Micah Ann Wixom, and Russell Jacoby.

Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention (2010). Guns on Campus: A Current Debate. E-Fact Sheet. Almost all U.S. college campuses ban concealed weapons. But in the aftermath of the tragic shooting deaths at Virginia Tech in 2007, the debate on whether guns should be permitted at colleges and universities has intensified. Dozens of states have considered proposals to lift bans on concealed weapons at colleges and universities, but so far none have been successful. While there is no research on the effect of allowing guns at colleges and universities when it comes to shooting violence, according to "Violence Prevention: The Evidence" (World Health Organization, 2009) "jurisdictions with restrictive firearms legislation and lower firearms ownership tend to have lower levels of gun violence. Measures include bans, licensing schemes, minimum ages for buyers, background checks and safe storage requirements." Students for Concealed Carry on Campus and other right-to-carry activists argue that college campuses would be safer if students and other private citizens (faculty, staff, and visitors) were allowed to carry concealed weapons in order to protect themselves. However, a growing body of evidence shows that concealed carry permit holders are a threat to public safety. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities and more than 90 colleges and universities from 24 states have signed a resolution by the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus that they are opposed to legislation that would mandate that colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus. According to the association, 23 states currently allow public campuses or state systems to decide their own weapons policies, with nearly all choosing to be "gun-free" ("The Denver Post," Dec. 2, 2009).   [More]  Descriptors: Colleges, Weapons, Gun Control, Violence

Mash, Kenneth M. (2013). Guns on Campus: A Chilling Effect, Thought & Action. The author of this article observes that, while much has been written on the overall topic of safety with regard to allowing guns on college campuses, little has been said about how allowing the possession of deadly weapons can create a "chilling effect" on academic discussions. This article considers how some universities have reexamined their policies related to dangerous weapons in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in "District of Columbia v. Heller," which sought to end speculation over whether the Second Amendment's right to bear arms was an individual right or whether it was a right that pertained only to use in a militia.The author asserts that, while even the First Amendment's freedom of speech protection is subject to regulation, limiting a person's right to exercise their Second Amendment right is unclear, because there has not yet been much litigation on the issue. Furthermore, the author ponders the "chilling affects" of not only guns on campus, but also on faculty, students, and visiting speakers presenting and publishing controversial topics.   [More]  Descriptors: School Safety, Gun Control, Campuses, Civil Rights

Domain, Melinda Willoughby (2014). Decision-Making Processes in Texas School Districts That Arm Personnel, ProQuest LLC. This qualitative phenomenological study employed narrative inquiry to describe the decision-making processes that Texas school districts followed in enacting firearms policies that allow school employees to carry concealed weapons on district property. Exploration of the lived experiences of eight Texas superintendents in such schools contributed to the description. Participants were interviewed and asked what influenced their district's decision to arm employees and what decision-making processes the district followed in enacting their firearms policies. Interview data was analyzed using NVivo 10 for Mac-Beta to code and categorize data into themes as recommended by Creswell (2012). Findings include factors that influence districts' decisions to arm employees such as law enforcement response time, district vulnerability to intrusion, and the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Additional findings support the concept of a common decision-making protocol schools can follow when enacting a firearms policy that allows for armed employees. The findings of this study suggest that the arming of school personnel can be systematically investigated and evaluated for appropriateness in any given school district. The study also finds that a school district's needs should be of primary consideration to superintendents and school boards when determining whether or not to pursue a firearms policy for employees. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:   [More]  Descriptors: Decision Making, School Districts, Weapons, Gun Control

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (2007). 2007: A Year In Review. The most high-profile story of the year touching the higher education community was undisputedly the killings at Virginia Tech in April when student Seung-Hui Cho opened fire, leaving 33 people dead, including himself. To date, it is the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history. However, in September, the Delaware State University (DSU) community was also touched by gun violence as a fellow student shot two DSU students. One of the victims later died of her injuries. Other significant events that occurred throughout the year are presented.   [More]  Descriptors: Higher Education, United States History, Gun Control, Violence

Spano, Richard; Pridemore, William Alex; Bolland, John (2012). Specifying the Role of Exposure to Violence and Violent Behavior on Initiation of Gun Carrying: A Longitudinal Test of Three Models of Youth Gun Carrying, Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Two waves of longitudinal data from 1,049 African American youth living in extreme poverty are used to examine the impact of exposure to violence (Time 1) and violent behavior (Time 1) on first time gun carrying (Time 2). Multivariate logistic regression results indicate that (a) violent behavior (Time 1) increased the likelihood of initiation of gun carrying (Time 2) by 76% after controlling for exposure to violence at Time 1, which is consistent with the stepping stone model of youth gun carrying, and (b) youth who were both exposed to violence at Time 1 and engaged in violent behavior at Time 1 were more than 2.5 times more likely to initiate gun carrying at Time 2 compared to youth who had neither of these characteristics, which supports the cumulative risk model of youth gun carrying. The authors discuss the implications of these findings in clarifying the role of violence in the community on youth gun carrying and the primary prevention of youth gun violence.   [More]  Descriptors: Weapons, Gun Control, Longitudinal Studies, Safety

Dahl, Patricia P.; Bonham, Gene, Jr.; Reddington, Frances P. (2016). Community College Faculty: Attitudes toward Guns on Campus, Community College Journal of Research and Practice. This exploratory research surveyed faculty who instruct in community colleges from 18 states about their attitudes toward the concealed carry gun policies that allow appropriately licensed citizens to carry a handgun in public places such as college campuses. Building upon previous research involving 4-year institutions, we surveyed 1,889 community college faculty who work in states that allow some flexibility in determining concealed carry policies and practices. Descriptive statistics, background characteristics, exposure to the use and ownership of firearms, and attitudinal questions about safety concerns, victimization history, and opinions about allowing concealed carry on community college campuses were analyzed. Our analyses revealed that the majority of community college faculty felt safe on their campuses, were not supportive of having students, faculty, or visitors conceal carry on their campuses, and they believed anyone granted a concealed carry permit should have to first pass a firearms training course. Our findings add to the current guns-on-campus discussions by illustrating that there is an across-the-board consensus among different types of postsecondary education institutions and levels of faculty who wish to stave off permitting lawful guns on their campuses. Further, our study suggests that faculty overwhelmingly feel that allowing guns on campuses would change the atmosphere from one that feels safe to one that feels uncharacteristically threatening. The number of American colleges and universities that permit concealed firearms on campus is small, but the number is growing as is the magnitude of the debate regarding guns on campus. Research has been conducted to ascertain the popularity of this policy among the major players: namely students, faculty, staff, and administration. Most of the research has focused on the community members of 4-year colleges and universities. This research, while replicating a study by Thompson, Price, Dake, and Teeple (2013), investigated the attitudes and perceptions of faculty who instruct in community colleges from 18 states. The states were chosen because in these locations the colleges have some flexibility in determining their weapons policy.   [More]  Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Weapons

Hanratty, Laura A.; Miltenberger, Raymond G.; Florentino, Samantha R. (2016). Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Teaching Package Utilizing Behavioral Skills Training and In Situ Training to Teach Gun Safety Skills in a Preschool Classroom, Journal of Behavioral Education. There are a number of different safety threats that children face in their lives. One infrequent, but highly dangerous situation a child can face is finding a firearm. Hundreds of children are injured or killed by firearms each year. Fortunately, behavioral skills training (BST) and in situ training (IST) are effective approaches for teaching a number of different skills, including safety skills. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a teaching package for preschool teachers to learn to conduct BST to teach safety skills. Following teacher-implemented BST, the experimenter completed in situ training and supplemental instructions. A multiple baseline across subjects design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of this teaching package implemented by the teacher and experimenter with five preschoolers. Five children demonstrated the skills following IST and additional reinforcement or time out. The use of additional reinforcement, as well as treatment fidelity are discussed.   [More]  Descriptors: Preschool Children, Weapons, Safety, Gun Control

Wells, William; Chermak, Steven (2011). Individual-Level Risk Factors for Gun Victimization in a Sample of Probationers, Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Interventions aimed at preventing the important problem of gun injuries could be improved with an understanding of whether there are unique factors that place individuals at an increased risk of gun victimization. Much remains to be known about the victims of gun violence. The purpose of this article is to assess whether there are individual-level variables uniquely related to the likelihood of experiencing a gun victimization in a sample of probationers, individuals already at a heightened risk for criminal victimization. Self-report data were collected from 235 felony probationers about, for instance, gun and nongun victimization, gang involvement, and drug sales. Results show different variables are related to nongun victimization and gun victimization. In the current sample, involvement in gun crimes are linked to an increased risk of gun victimization. Violent offending and residential stability are associated with an increased chance of crime victimization.   [More]  Descriptors: Weapons, Risk, Gun Control, Victims of Crime

Morse, Andrew; Sisneros, Lauren; Perez, Zeke; Sponsler, Brian A. (2016). Guns on Campus: The Architecture and Momentum of State Policy Action, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. "Guns on Campus: The Architecture and Momentum of State Policy Action" offers a detailed summary of state legislative action and higher education system policy decisions that have occurred in two specific categories: (1) States that have permitted or are seeking to permit guns on campus; and (2) States that have prohibited or are seeking to prohibit guns on campus. Report sections highlight general themes for enacted bills and provides detailed examples of state legislative activity. The theme analysis of the policy areas concludes with considerations designed to inform policymakers and campus leaders as they consider policy action and move toward the implementation of laws, rules, and regulations governing firearms on postsecondary campuses. The following are appended: (1) Guns on Campus Policies: State Legislation; (2) Guns on Campus Policies: System Policies; (3) Guns on Campus Policies: Court Cases; and (4) Guns on Campus Policies: Legislation Introduced in 2015.   [More]  Descriptors: Weapons, Gun Control, Educational Policy, Public Policy

Wixom, Micah Ann (2014). States Respond to School Safety Concerns with 2013 Legislation. School Safety: 2013 Legislative Session, Education Commission of the States. School safety policies are constantly evolving, often in response to fatal events. After several high-profile and tragic shootings over the past 15 years, school safety has become a major focus for parents, school officials, policymakers and the public nationwide. ECS [Education Commission of the States] conducted a scan of school safety-related laws passed in 2013 legislative sessions to better understand trends in policy. This report highlights the ongoing efforts of lawmakers to provide students with safe places to learn.   [More]  Descriptors: School Safety, State Legislation, State Policy, Violence

Massey-Jones, Darla (2013). Perception of School Safety of a Local School, ProQuest LLC. This qualitative case study investigated the perception of school safety, what current policies and procedures were effective, and what policies and procedures should be implemented. Data were collected in two steps, by survey and focus group interview. Analysis determined codes that revealed several themes relevant to the perception of school safety. The findings from the study suggested that some school safety problems existed, but 99% of those surveyed reported they felt safe. The majority of those surveyed, indicated they had received safety training. The interviews revealed that teachers and administrators should not carry guns on campus, awareness training was needed in the mental health area, training with first responders was also needed, and building access should be improved. Conclusions in this study were that a key to safety perception is to make it a priority, develop and implement a regular plan of maintenance, and schedule time to address safety needs. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:   [More]  Descriptors: School Safety, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Attitudes

Jacoby, Russell (2007). Offensive Words, Lethal Weapons, Chronicle of Higher Education. The old childhood ditty "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" has proved wiser than the avalanche of commentary provoked by the recent insults by Don Imus and the killings at Virginia Tech. Our society forbids public name-calling but allows sticks and stones. Anyone can acquire a gun, but everyone must be careful about what they say. The Second Amendment–the right to bear arms–trumps the First Amendment, the freedom of speech. By virtue of fact and reason this is bizarre. The Second Amendment remains disputed: Does the right to bear arms refer to state militias or private individuals? But apart from matters of law, how is it that verbal slights provoke widespread condemnation, while a crazed shooting elicits reflections that mainly focus on demented students and failures of security? Why are words treated as more dangerous than lethal weapons? In this article, the author points out that access to guns is the reason behind university killings. Instead of zealously controlling firearms, more resources are poured into improving the response time of SWAT teams, building additional security gates, and fine-tuning surveillance. Already many high schools look like prisons replete with intimidating fences and controlled entrances. He points out that concern should not only be focused on offensive words, but also on lethal weapons.   [More]  Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Weapons, Gun Control, Constitutional Law

Makarios, Matthew D.; Pratt, Travis C. (2012). The Effectiveness of Policies and Programs that Attempt to Reduce Firearm Violence: A Meta-Analysis, Crime & Delinquency. In response to rising rates of firearms violence that peaked in the mid-1990s, a wide range of policy interventions have been developed in an attempt to reduce violent crimes committed with firearms. Although some of these approaches appear to be effective at reducing gun violence, methodological variations make comparing effects across program evaluations difficult. Accordingly, in this article, the authors use meta-analytic techniques to determine what works in reducing gun violence. The results indicate that comprehensive community-based law enforcement initiatives have performed the best at reducing gun violence.   [More]  Descriptors: Weapons, Violence, Crime, Gun Control

Obeng, Cecilia (2010). Should Gun Safety Be Taught in Schools? Perspectives of Teachers, Journal of School Health. Background: Gun-related injuries and deaths among children occur at disproportionately high rates in the United States. Children who live in homes with guns are the most likely victims. This study describes teachers' views on whether gun safety should be taught to children in the preschool and elementary years. Methods: A total of 150 survey questionnaires were distributed to public and private school teachers in preschools and elementary schools in 2 counties of a Midwestern state. Results: In total, 62% of the 102 respondents indicated that they favored the teaching of gun safety, while 13% disapproved and 25% had no opinion. Overall, 28.4% of the respondents supported the teaching of gun safety in grades pre-K (pre-kindergarten) through first grade. About 54% indicated that police or trained military personnel should do the teaching of this subject in schools, while 6.9% suggested that teachers should do the teaching. Conclusion: With a majority of the teachers in favor of teaching gun safety in the schools, a larger study should be conducted that explores the introduction of gun safety into the curriculum in preschool through grade 6. Such a study should evaluate the efficacy of teaching gun safety as a measure to prevent gun violence and injuries involving guns.   [More]  Descriptors: Weapons, Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes

Goss, Kristin A. (2007). Good Policy, Not Stories, Can Reduce Violence, Chronicle of Higher Education. When news broke April 16 of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the question many horrified Americans most wanted to answer was, "Who was the shooter?" It's an urgent and understandable question, but one that rests on a dangerous assumption: that if everyone only knew more about the killer, then what he did would make sense–and everyone would know what to do to prevent such a thing from happening again. The assumption that everyone can make policy based on individual stories is dangerous because, for a variety of reasons, individual stories call everyone's attention to factors that make those cases unique, not factors that tie them together. What ties these massacres together is guns. In the immediate aftermath of the Virginia Tech killings, before the gunman was publicly named, speculation swirled about his identity and motives. He was rumored to be, alternately, a lone gunman with no known ties to the university; a jealous boyfriend seeking revenge on his girlfriend; a disgruntled former student seeking revenge against the university; or a Chinese national possibly bent on harming America. The following day everyone learned that the gunman was a troubled 23-year-old South Korean national who was also a resident student at Virginia Tech. Important as that information may be to law-enforcement officers piecing together the crime, it's hard to see how these details can help everyone frame meaningful policy to prevent further shootings. Understanding an assailant's motives or place in the social order tells everyone very little about what to do next. In this article, the author points out that individual stories of school violence should lead to framing policies that respond not only to individual events such as school violence but also to broader patterns such as mass shootings or gun violence in general.   [More]  Descriptors: History, Gun Control, Violence, College Students

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Bibliography: Gun Control (page 05 of 10)

This annotated bibliography is reformatted and customized for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Silja Kallenbach, Paula Fried, Suellen Fried, Washington Committee for Economic Development, Lois Fennig, Charles Degelman, Frank J. Kopecky, Marshall Carlson, Marshall Croddy, and Northbrook Who's Who among American High School Students.

Carlson, Marshall; Fennig, Lois (1969). Modern Problems: Sociology Units. An Experimental Program for Grade 12. GRADES OR AGES: Grade 12. SUBJECT MATTER: Sociology; modern problems. ORGANIZATION AND PHYSICAL APPEARANCE: The guide contains two units, one on the problems of minority groups and the other on social pathology. Sub-sections of unit 2 include crime and criminals, criminal investigation, gun control, U.S. criminal law, criminal procedure, punishment, juvenile delinquency, drugs, and capital punishment. Each unit has the following sections: introduction, objectives, generalizations and activities, duplicated resources, transparency masters, and bibliography. The guide is lithographed and spiral bound with a soft cover. OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES: Basic objectives are included in the introductory material, while more detailed objectives are set out at the beginning of each unit.  Detailed activities are listed for each unit, together with the resource materials required. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS: Each unit includes extensive duplicated resource material, transparency masters, and lengthy bibliography. STUDENT ASSESSMENT: Suggestions are included in the introductory material for methods of student self-evaluation, teacher-student conference, teacher observation and evaluation, teacher-made tests, and standardized tests.   [More]  Descriptors: Crime, Curriculum Guides, Delinquency, Drug Abuse

Croddy, Marshall; Degelman, Charles; Hayes, Bill (1997). The Challenge of Violence. [Student Text and] Teacher's Guide. This document addresses violence as one of the key challenges facing the democratic and pluralistic republic under the framework of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. Primary focus is on criminal violence and the factors and behaviors that contribute to violent crime. The text is organized into three chapters: (1) "The Problem of Violence"; (2) "Law and Public Policy"; and (3) "Taking Action Against Violence." Chapter 1 examines the history, costs, and causes of crime. Chapter 2 explores the constitutional context of the political debate over violence and the question of how government works to stem the tide of violence without compromising the individual rights of U.S. citizens. Students are invited to engage in major policy discussions about gun control and youth curfews.  Chapter 3 presents a survey of what citizens around the country are doing to protect themselves from violence and to make their communities and schools safer places. A teacher's guide designed to provide instructional support is included.   [More]  Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Constitutional Law, Crime, Crime Prevention

Cable News Network, Atlanta, GA. (1998). CNN Newsroom Classroom Guides. July 1998. CNN Newsroom is a daily 15-minute commercial-free news program specifically produced for classroom use and provided free to participating schools. The daily CNN Newsroom broadcast is supported by a Daily Classroom Guide, written by professional educators. These classroom guides are designed to accompany CNN Newsroom broadcasts for a given month, and include suggestions for class discussion for top stories, business, cultural, and world events. Top stories in this July 1998 guide include: U.S. missile strikes a radar site; wildfires continue to threaten rural Florida; Chinese officials call Clinton's visit a full success; a world-famous motor speedway becomes home to those forced out by Florida's fires; tough economic times signal political difficulties for Russia's President Yeltsin; the United Nations grants additional diplomatic rights to the Palestinians; a call for stricter gun control legislation launches a crossfire of debate; the Clinton Administration launches a $2 Billion anti-drug campaign; France wins the World Cup trophy; a controversy over Protestant parades threatens to shatter Northern Ireland's fragile peace; the public seems unconcerned about the threat of the "millennium bug"; Congress's plans for the HMO system; a Secret Service agent fights a subpoena; the government issues its second annual report on the state of America's children; Nigeria takes its first steps on the path to democracy and announces plans for elections in 1999; Texans continue to endure a triple-digit heat wave; Alan Shepard, the first American in space, dies; President Clinton promises relief for those suffering from summer's heat; two Capitol security officers are killed in the line of duty Friday; two slain officers lie in state under the United States Capitol rotunda; the Independent Council grants Monica Lewinsky immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony; and Clinton volunteers to become the first sitting U.S. president to testify in a criminal investigation; and Japan's new man in charge chooses a finance minister to tackle the nation's economic woes. Descriptors: Cable Television, Class Activities, Current Events, Discussion (Teaching Technique)

New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction. (1980). Taking Aim At Guns…Gun Control Lessons for Intermediate, Junior and Senior High Schools. A Teacher's Handbook. This guide is intended to assist classroom teachers in developing lessons revolving around New York's 1980 handgun control law. It contains model lesson plans and a section on resource materials designed to provide insight into the law and its ramifications. The guide is designed for use in intermediate, junior and senior high schools. Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Crime, Curriculum Guides, Elementary Secondary Education

Kopecky, Frank J., Ed.; Wilkin, Rebecca S., Ed. (1983). Current Illinois Legal Issues. Second Edition. Designed as supplementary reading in American government or social studies courses, this compilation of articles is intended to help students gain a better understanding of the judiciary's role in the Illinois legal system. The first of three sections contains articles about judges and the court system. The second section examines the criminal justice system, including the grand jury, criminal sentencing, the problem of court backlog, and crowded prisons. The third section is devoted to issues that have recently been debated in the Illinois political system. Articles included are: "Should Judges Be Elected or Appointed?" (Frank Kopecky); "Illinois Judges: Too Much Retention and Too Little Selection" (Paul Lermack); "Illinois Trial Judges: Pragmatic Fact Finders" (Stephen Daniels, Rebecca Wilkin, and James Bowers); "The Illinois Appellate Court: The Wheels of Justice Grind Exceeding Slow" (Janeen Burkholder); "Cameras in the Courtroom: Will Illinois Be Next?" (Mike Strand); "The Grand Jury System" (Ed Nash); "Justice Delayed: Illinois and Its Speedy Trial Act" (Marilyn J. Rice); "Analyzing Class X under the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions" (David F. Schwartz); "An Inequity in Sentencing Law" (James K. Zerkle); "No Room behind Bars" (John F. Boyle); "The Chain Gang and ERA's Bitter End (Diane Ross); "'Scientific Creationism' Challenges Theory of Evolution" (Julie A. Dutton); "Gun Control: Moving to the Home Front" (John J. McCarthy); "New Open Meeting Law: Visions and Revisions" (Dona Gerson); "Remapping: The Decennial Poker Game" (Diane Ross); and "Look-Alike Drugs" (Julie A. Dutton). Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Court Judges, Courts

Kallenbach, Silja, Ed. (1996). Can We Really Make a Difference?, Change Agent. This issue is intended as a collection of teaching and learning resources. It presents news, issues, information, ideas, activities, and discussion questions on social justice. Articles that focus on learning how to make a difference areas follows: "What Is Civic Participation Anyway?"; "The Hundredth Monkey: When You're Not Sure, Keep Washing Your Sweet Potatoes"; "Who Makes the Decisions that Affect You?"; and "What Is the Right Question Project? What Does It Do for People? How Does It Work?" These articles deal with making a difference in the local community: "Politicians 'Walk-a-Mile' in the Shoes of Welfare Recipients"; "Persistence Pays Off: Enrique Helps Draft a Law in California to Protect Low-Literacy Workers"; "Students Fight for Public Transportation; "Students Speak Out for Adult Education in Vermont"; "Community-Building in an English as a Second Language Classroom"; "Community Garden"; "What Support Do Students Need in Order to Make a Difference?"; "Taking Action against Violence"; and "Controlling Our Economic Destiny: An Update on the Mountain Women Soap Company." Articles on voting and advocacy are as follows: "Voter Power"; "The Long Struggle for Women to Get the Right to Vote"; "Voter Education in the Asian Community"; "Unveiling the Mysteries of Voting"; "What If Rosa Parks Shot the Bus Driver?"; "A Key to Combining Voter Education and Economics"; "An Adult Basic Education Class Moves into the Rhode Island State House"; "Quiz: How Does Your Political Knowledge Compare with that of Other Americans"; "Immigrant Students Advocate for Adult Education"; and "Education Gives Us Wings." The final series of articles deals with selected presidential election issues: "The Economy Is Doing Well, But What about the Average Worker?"; "New Bedford Students Question Decision-Makers About the Economy"; "Is Big Money Doing Away with Real Democracy?"; "Just How Much Does Foreign Aid Cost Us?"; "National Issues Forum: Seeing All Sides of the Issue of Crime"; "Myths and Facts about Gun Control and Crime"; "Students Speak Out on Crime"; "Immigrants under Attack: Is New Legislation Punishing Immigrants Unjustly?"; "The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship"; and "Myths and Facts about Immigration."   [More]  Descriptors: Activism, Adult Basic Education, Advocacy, Citizen Participation

Copeland, Gary A.; Davis, Donald M. (1984). Political and Social Issues as Predictors of Attending to Religious Broadcasts. Acknowledging fears of electronic church critics that audiences will adopt the conservative political messages espoused by evangelical broadcasters, a study was conducted to determine the political and social issues that best predict attendance to religious broadcasts. A secondary analysis was conducted of existing data from a statewide telephone survey of residents of Alabama. Interviewees in the survey were questioned about political beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge; race relations; religious orientation; media use; and demographic information. A pool of 20 items dealing with political and social issues, political anomie, and racial attitudes was selected for possible use as predictor variables in the discriminant analysis. The results of the analysis indicated that fundamentalist issues, political distrust, political power, and political knowledge tended to be the areas of distinction between viewers and nonviewers of religious broadcasts. Viewers tended to be more opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment, pornography, and abortion than did nonviewers. Viewers also favored prayer in school and gun control more strongly than did nonviewers. There appeared to be a sense of political estrangement among viewers, who found politics and government more complicated and legislators losing touch with them. At the same time, viewers had a greater sense that political power wielded at the ballot box is the only way of controlling the political process. Nonviewers tended to exhibit greater political knowledge than did viewers. Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Mass Media Effects, Political Attitudes, Political Issues

Who's Who among American High School Students, Northbrook, IL. (1992). High Achievers: 23rd Annual Survey. Attitudes and Opinions from the Nation's High Achieving Teens. This report presents data from an annual survey of high school student leaders and high achievers. It is noted that of the nearly 700,000 high achievers featured in this edition, 5,000 students were sent the survey and 2,092 questionnaires were completed. Subjects were high school juniors and seniors selected for recognition by their principals or guidance counselors, other faculty members, national youth organizations or the publishing company because of their high achievement in academic activities, community service, athletics or their performance on national scholarship or award contests. It is noted questions were tabulated by total response; breakdowns by sex, race, type of school attended, and type of community are also included. On questions calling for write-in answers, results are shown of the most frequently mentioned answers. These categories of questions are included: (1) participant data/demographics; (2) education; (3) future plans; (4) teenagers and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); (5) sexual behavior; (6) abortion; (7) tobacco, alcohol, and drugs; (8) peer pressure; (9) sexual violence and date rape; (10) violence in society; (11) life priorities; (12) race, religion, and prejudice; (13) personal satisfaction; (14) suicide; (15) social policy/politics; (16) gun control; and (17) most admired people. Descriptors: High Achievement, High School Seniors, High School Students, High Schools

Fried, Suellen; Fried, Paula (1996). Bullies & Victims: Helping Your Child through the Schoolyard Battlefield. The purpose of this book is to encourage children and adults in partnership to mobilize and put the prevention of bullying on the national agenda. Some teasing in childhood is inevitable, and it can be an important preparation for life. However, there is a point when teasing stops being helpful or playful, when it becomes humiliating or emotionally abusive, and when the victim requires protection from the teaser. If a certain level of teasing is inevitable, it is necessary to teach children to deal with it more confidently. The first step is to raise the child's awareness of when he or she is being bullied, when teasing constitutes abuse. A survey of 82 adults showed that 82% felt that they had experienced bullying abuse as children, and 31% of these respondents said the harm had been physical abuse. Forty-two percent of these respondents said that they themselves had treated others in ways that were harmful. The discussion is presented in the following chapters: (1) "The Case of Nathan"; (2) "Understanding the Dimensions of Bullying"; (3) "Physical Abuse"; (4) "Verbal Abuse"; (5) "Emotional Abuse"; (6) "Sexual Abuse"; (7) "Sibling Abuse"; (8) "Bullies and Victims"; (9) "Empowering Children"; (10) "Strategies for Adult Intervention"; (11) "Solutions and Successful Models"; and (12) "Challenges for Prevention." The prevention of violence in our society is inextricably linked to the prevention of child abuse. There are a number of strategies that can be adopted, including conflict resolution training, education to prevent prejudice based on race or ethnicity, and gun control. Five appendixes contain a list of 12 resources, the peer abuse survey form, a sample school board antibullying policy, Minnesota's Multicultural and Gender-Fair Curriculum Rule, and a harassment and violence prevention policy. Descriptors: Bullying, Child Abuse, Elementary Secondary Education, Peer Relationship

Chen, Ann (1998). People v. Brunetti: Issues of Homicide, Conspiracy, Gun Control, and the Right to Bear Arms. Official Materials for the California Mock Trial Program. Each year the Constitutional Rights Foundation creates a mock trial that addresses serious matters facing young people. This year the lesson confronts the recent shootings at U.S. schools and the subsequent criminal trials. The nature of such violence and its causes including unresolved peer conflict, questions of responsibility, peer pressure, easy access to firearms, and drug and alcohol abuse are incorporated in a frank and serious manner. The lessons and resources included in the packet offer supplementary methods to address many of the topics contained in "People v. Brunetti." The packet is divided into the following sections: "Program Objectives" (both for students and schools); "Code of Ethics"; "Introduction to the 1998-99 California Mock Trial Program"; "Classroom Materials"; "Introduction to 1998-99 California Mock Competition"; "Fact Situation" (Charges, Evidence, Stipulations); "Pretrial Motion and Constitutional Issue" (Arguments, Sources, Legal Authorities, The Mock Pretrial Motion Hearing); "Witness Statements" (Official Diagrams); "The Form and Substance of a Trial"; "Team Role Descriptions"; "Procedures for Presenting a Mock Trial Case"; "Diagram: A Typical Courtroom"; "Mock Trial Simplified Rules of Evidence" (Allowable Evidentiary Objections, Summary of Allowable Objections for the 1998-99 Mock Trial); and "Official Judge, Scorer and Teacher Information Packet" (Teacher's Packet Lesson Plans, Rules of Competition, Order of Events, Judge and Attorney Instructions, Judge's Narrative for Trial Instruction, Scoring Materials, Forms).    [More]  Descriptors: Competition, Court Litigation, Gun Control, High Schools

Committee for Economic Development, Washington, DC. (1997). Connecting Inner-City Youth to the World of Work. A Program Statement by the Committee for Economic Development. The United States should provide all young people entering the work force with opportunities to develop productive careers. Despite that fact, the nation's schools fail to equip many young people with appropriate skills, the job market often fails to link them to long-term advancement-oriented employment, and their communities often provide few role models of adult employment success. These problems are particularly acute in the nation's inner cities. The following are among the actions that communities, schools, and employers can take to create a more favorable environment and employment in inner cities: provide prenatal/postnatal health care, parenting education, developmentally oriented preschool programs, and health/social services for students and their families; initiate gun and drug control measures; establish higher educational standards; improve teacher quality; increase schools' use of information technology; strengthen school-based management; expand charter schools and public school choice; increase employee recruiting through inner city schools and other community-based sources of job referrals; provide student internships for inner city job seekers; use school transcripts and teacher recommendations when making hiring decisions; and expand "diversity management" initiatives to enhance the retention and productivity of employees from diverse demographic backgrounds; and redesign career ladders to provide workers with initial access at younger ages.   [More]  Descriptors: Career Education, Cooperative Planning, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship

Flynn, Elizabeth A. (1983). Gender Difference and Student Writing. An exploratory study examined gender differences in writing in the essays of five male and five female freshman composition students. The findings suggest parallels between the writing and speaking behaviors of men and women students and between student writing and the work of male and female professional writers. The male students made few references to women and often wrote on typically "male" topics: gun control, nuclear power, or cars. In contrast, the women revealed worlds in which men were definitely present but they often expressed contradictory attitudes toward both men and traditional sex roles. The women described a more complicated reality than the men in that their conflicts resulted not only from their inexperience but also from their gender conditioning. Their settings were more frequently interior spaces, and their action was less assertive than that of men. Women frequently described accommodation to the environment rather than rebellion against it. This emphasis upon accommodation, forbearance, and caution was, no doubt, a result of the women's intuition that they were not to inherit the world they inhabited. There was evidence in the women's essays, though, of a desire for achievements of a kind not traditionally available to females. This tension between submission and a longing for assertion sometimes produced inconsistencies and ambiquities. As a result of their differing experiences and circumstances, men and women appeared to confront different problems in and adopt different attitudes toward their writings. Descriptors: College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Conditioning, Content Analysis

Petelle, John L. (1973). Cue Set Stimulation as a Factor in Human Response Generation. The hypotheses that there will be a significant difference (1) in the number of responses generated according to economic issues, (2) in the number of responses generated according to social issues, (3) in the number of responses generated between the category of economic issues and the category of social issues, (4) in cue ranking by response frequency between economic and social issues, (5) in cue ranking of importance by subjects on economic and social issues, and (6) subject ranking of cue importance and frequency of cue importance on economic and social issues were tested in this study. Three social issues (gun control, student busing, and air pollution) and three economic issues (unemployment, government loans to big business, and wage and price control) were chosen. A total of 45 college freshmen responded to the social issues, and 45 freshmen responded to the economic issues. After the subjects responded to all of the issues, their responses were collected and the subjects were given a list of cues and were asked to rate each cue in terms of its importance in generating responses. The results indicated that cues tend to be topic bound and that there is a correlation between perception of cue importance and actual use of cue in generating responses.   [More]  Descriptors: College Students, Cues, Educational Research, Memory

Cable News Network, Atlanta, GA. (1996). CNN Newsroom Classroom Guides. January 1-31, 1996. These classroom guides, designed to accompany the daily CNN (Cable News Network) Newsroom broadcasts for the month of January, provide program rundowns, suggestions for class activities and discussion, student handouts, and a list of related news terms. Topics covered by the guides include: teen obesity, the Yangtze River Dam and its hydroelectric power potential, NATO's possible involvement in rebuilding Bosnia, marketing a business on the World Wide Web, the high-tech staging of "Miss Saigon," and the opening of the first kosher McDonald's (January 2-5); media literacy, gun control in Canada, California's deaf-education program, the federal budget impasse, teenage parenting and abstinence, telecommuting, the death of Francois Mitterand, the blizzard of 1996, the Chechen hostage crisis, the orbit problems of a Chinese satellite, and author Salman Rushdie (January 8-12); possible female candidates in the Palestinian elections, religion in America, the 5-year anniversary of the Gulf War, the death of Barbara Jordan, and aphids and the citrus crop (January 16-19), the new Palestinian government, thermograms and other new identification and security measures, Hillary Clinton's subpoena to appear before a grand jury in the Whitewater investigations, Japan's relationship with other Asian countries, the State of the Union address, Harley-Davidson lookalike motorcycles, the fat substitute Olestra, and the "wingsail" aircraft (January 22-26); the 10-year anniversary of the Challenger disaster, NATO casualties in Bosnia, cessation of French nuclear testing in the Pacific Rim, and the history of the U.S. presidency (January 29-31). Descriptors: Cable Television, Class Activities, Current Events, Discussion (Teaching Technique)

Broderick, John (1981). Adapting-Sociology to the Changing Demands of General Education: The Use of Debate and Critical Analysis. Suggestions are offered to help college-level teachers of sociology develop and implement programs which are consistent with the recent trend toward traditionalism in general higher education–a renewed interest in the traditional disciplines such as history, economics, and language studies. Suggestions center around two teaching methods–critical analysis and debate. These methods are stressed because the author believes that they can be successful in teaching two skills generally considered essential to the modern conception of the ideal core curriculum–communication skills and skills of critical thinking. Specific skills which this re-emergent core curriculum should stress include knowledge of major ideas which characterize civilization at various points, capacity to ask relevant questions about historical and contemporary political and moral issues, aesthetic sensibility, ability and propensity to analyze arguments, competence to communicate orally and in writing, development of an informed self-consciousness, and a desire to continue learning. Ways in which sociology can contribute to both these general and specific aims of liberal education include offering students an opportunity to read and analyze primary sources from divergent intellectual traditions and debate contemporary issues with reference to these primary sources. A course on criminology and deviance, for example, can help students analyze social structures and social institutions, become familiar with a wide variety of primary source material, and debate topics such as gun control and drinking age. The conclusion is that a major way in which teachers of sociology can incorporate traditional concerns such as the history of ideas into the curriculum and still meet student expectations for relevant subject matter is to combine critical analysis of divergent primary sources with student debates on current issues. Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Debate, Educational Assessment

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This annotated bibliography is reformatted and customized for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Inc. Turner Educational Services, Jory Post, Northbrook Who's Who among American High School Students, J. Charles Park, Michael H. Romanowski, Judith Bonderman, New York Institute of Life Insurance, Robert K. Miller, Laurie Duker, and Granada Hills Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity International.

Duker, Laurie (1992). Preventing Child and Adolescent Firearm Injuries. Firearm Facts. In an effort to reduce the current epidemic of gun violence among children and adolescents in the United States, this fact sheet presents various approaches to reducing access to and interest in carrying firearms. Suggested approaches to reducing access include: (1) urging parents to turn in their guns to police; (2) repealing anti-gun control legislation; (3) making illegal gun trafficking a priority for local law enforcement; (4) increasing fees for gun licenses; and (5) establishing confidential hotlines to report students carrying guns at school. Methods offered for reducing young peoples' desire to carry and use firearms include: (1) teaching parents and children to channel anger without resorting to violence; (2) teaching at-risk youth effective conflict resolution methods; (3) increasing availability of mental health services; (4) providing safe places for youth to congregate; and (5) reducing the glorification of violence in the media. Includes ways of assessing the true cost of gun violence.   [More]  Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Adolescents, Children, Family Violence

Huber, Robert B. (1976). ERIC First Analysis: 1976-77 National High School Debate Resolutions (How Can the Criminal Justice System in the United States Best Be Improved?). The goal of this booklet is to assist debaters in developing problem-solving skills as represented in the 1976-77 debate topic: How can the criminal justice system in the United States best be improved? The sections of this document focus on the need for criminal justice reform; procedural steps in the criminal justice system; discussing or debating penal reform; lack of uniform codes; and gun control. The sections are geared toward the 1976-77 discussion questions and debate propositions. Such topics are discussed as police detention, prosecution, adjudication, procedures in the Department of Corrections, victimless crimes and prison population, need for new standards, pretrial delay, quality of probation and parole officers, mandatory sentences, and prisoner's rights. A lengthy reading list related to the debate topic is also included.   [More]  Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Criminal Law, Debate, Justice

Ward, Jill M. (1999). Children and Guns: A Children's Defense Fund Report on Children Dying from Gunfire in America. Asserting that escalating violence against and by children and adolescents is the manifestation of a range of serious and long neglected problems, this report examines the contribution of deadly firearms to the prevalence of violence in American communities, presents statistics on national trends, and describes state actions. Following an executive summary, the report presents trends in child and teen firearm deaths from 1979 to 1997 due to homicide, suicide, accident, and unknown intent. Age and racial differences in deaths due to firearms are also presented. In addition, state statistics for firearm deaths from 1995 to 1997 are presented in a tabular format. The report continues with an examination of actions taken by various states and communities to protect children from guns. Gun safety laws are described, including laws related to trigger locks, child firearm access prevention laws, and transfer/sale/possession restrictions. The type of gun control laws is delineated by state. The report concludes with recommendations for actions to be taken by parents and grandparents, educators, religious leaders, and community leaders. (Contains 26 references.) Descriptors: Accidents, Age Differences, Children, Comparative Analysis

Miller, Robert K. (1995). The Informed Argument: A Multidisciplinary Reader and Guide. Fourth Edition. Reflecting the belief that learning is best fostered by encouraging students to read, reflect, and write about serious issues, this book is designed to help students argue on behalf of their beliefs so that other people will take them seriously. The 85 readings gathered in the book (60 of which are new to the fourth edition) give students adequate information for writing about a variety of topics. Readings in the book are drawn from the fields of biology, business, education, history, journalism, law, literature, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology. Part 1 introduces students to the basic principles of argumentation they need to analyze the arguments they read and to compose arguments of their own. Part 2 discusses the evaluation, annotation, paraphrase, summary, synthesis, and documentation of texts. Part 3 presents sources for arguments on the topics of gun control, AIDS in the workplace, sexual harassment, immigration, culture and curriculum, freedom of expression, and literary criticism. Part 4 presents some classic arguments, including Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal," Karl Marx's and Friedrich Engels'"Communist Manifesto," and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Part 5 discusses how to find sources in a library. The book contains 13 essays written by students which respond to sources reprinted in the book. A glossary of terms is attached. Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Anthologies, Freedom of Speech, Gun Control

Turner Educational Services, Inc., Newtown, PA. (2000). CNN Newsroom Classroom Guides, May 2000. These classroom guides, designed to accompany the daily CNN (Cable News Network) Newsroom broadcasts for the month of May 2000, provide program rundowns, suggestions for class activities and discussion, student handouts, and a list of related news terms. Top stories include: U.S. Government files a proposal to split up Microsoft, terrorism source shifts from Middle East to South Asia, Lockerbie bombing trial begins, 30th anniversary of the Kent State University shootings, and the "ILOVEYOU" computer virus strikes worldwide (May 1-5); U.N. peacekeepers held hostage by rebel forces in Sierra Leone, investigators trace "ILOVEYOU" computer virus to an apartment in Manila, citizens evacuate to Freetown as rebel forces retreat in Sierra Leone, U.S. Court of Appeals hears the Elian Gonzalez case, and what began as a controlled fire rages uncontrolled in New Mexico (May 8-12); Mothers rally in Washington, D.C. to push for tougher gun control laws, Sierra Leone's RUF rebels release 139 U.N. hostages, Israel and Palestine pursue peace negotiations, rebel leader Foday Sankoh is captured in Sierra Leone, and the space shuttle Atlantis is poised to begin its voyage to the International Space Station (May 15-19); the future of U.S.-China trade, simulation exercises help U.S. authorities determine how to handle a terrorist attack, Israeli troops withdraw from their "security zone" on the Lebanese border, the U.S. House of Representatives approves Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China, and Lebanese declare a national holiday as Israeli troops withdraw from their county (May 22-26); Peru's President Fujimori declares victory in a race some say was fraudulent, and President Clinton begins a weeklong trip to Europe (May 30-31). Descriptors: Cable Television, Class Activities, Current Events, Discussion

Duker, Laurie, Ed. (1994). Youth Suicide and Guns. Firearm Facts. Whether or not a suicide attempt results in death depends in large part on the method chosen. If a teenager attempts suicide with a gun, his or her death is nearly guaranteed. This brief fact sheet presents data on firearms and suicide, the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the United States. Any number of societal or personal factors could be causing more American youths to attempt suicide, but the use of guns makes these attempts successful. Statistics are given for the lethality of different suicide methods, and a comparison of the youth firearm suicide rate in an American city and a Canadian city with strict gun control laws. Finally, the impact of drinking on suicides among teenagers with access to firearms is touched on.   [More]  Descriptors: Adolescents, Death, Gun Control, Guns

Post, Jory (1991). Into Adolescence: Stopping Violence. A Curriculum for Grades 5-8. Contemporary Health Series. This module presents a curriculum on violence prevention for middle school students. It begins with a discussion of what violence is. The second lesson helps students to examine the portrayal of violence in various media. In the third lesson, students examine their own anger and their own tendencies toward violence. The fourth lesson examines the dangers of fighting or becoming involved in a violent incident. In the fifth lesson, students are introduced to the idea of conflict resolution and learn three basic ways to resolve conflicts. In the sixth lesson, students discuss the issue of gun control, including the second amendment to the Constitution. The seventh lesson looks at the philosophy of nonviolence, using the actions of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to illustrate the principles of nonviolence. In the final lesson, students work in small groups as task forces to develop violence prevention plans. For each lesson, information is included on the objectives of the lesson, the time required, an overview of the lesson, instructional strategies, a list of teacher materials and preparation, the procedure, evaluation methods, and follow-up suggestions. Necessary worksheet and supplemental materials are included. Descriptors: Adolescents, Conflict Resolution, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students

Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. (1989). Children and Guns. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, First Session. Law enforcement officials, experts in public health, criminologists, educators, and youth offered testimony intended to help Congress understand the scope of the threat of guns and firearm violence to young people and the strains of the firearm problem on public and community services. A fact sheet points out that: (1) increasing numbers of youth are killed by firearms; (2) guns in the home are more likely to be used to kill residents than guns of intruders; (3) guns, mostly handguns, are used in the majority of youth homicides; (4) guns are used in most youth suicides; (5) youth bring guns to school with increasing frequency; (6) gunshot injuries of children are increasing and burdening the health care system; and (7) firearms are more deadly than other weapons in assaults and suicides. The report provides data tables on trends in firearm violence among the young and firearm production by U.S. manufacturers 1973-85, and a paper by Gary Kleck, "Policy Lessons from Recent Gun Control Research."   [More]  Descriptors: Accidents, Community Problems, Crime, Federal Government

Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity International, Granada Hills, CA. Public Service Center. (1995). The Lesson Plan of the Month. Series 3. 10 Lesson Series. Focusing on current topics germane to law-related education (LRE), this guide features ten LRE lessons. As part of a series of lesson plans compiled by Phi Alpha Delta, this collection presents a lesson plan on current issues for each month of the school year. Intended for high school and middle school with adaptations for elementary school, the individual lessons focus on school violence, school prayer, gun control, stalking, media influences, balancing the budget, the meaning of character, nuclear proliferation, immigration, and the penal system. Each lesson plan provides a lesson description, objectives, key concepts and vocabulary, detailed steps for implementing the lesson, questions for class discussion, and suggestions for additional activities. The lessons also include handouts and other relevant teaching materials. Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

Park, J. Charles (1977). Education and the New Right. Ultra-conservatives calling themselves the "new right" have made recent gains because of grass-roots interest in issues such as blocking gun control legislation, stopping the Equal Rights Amendment, lowering taxes, and promoting religious fundamentalism. These gains raise serious questions about the future of American education. If a new-right coalition continues to grow, it is likely American education can expect another round of pressure from the ultra-conservatives to restrict funding and curricula. The consequences of eroding public support for education are significant, and unless educators are prepared to become involved in speaking firmly about the importance of education during times of change, diversity, and conflict, it is likely that many of the educational advances of the last few decades will be in jeopardy. Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Political Attitudes, Public Support, School Support

Who's Who among American High School Students, Northbrook, IL. (1991). 22nd Annual Survey of High Achievers: Attitudes and Opinions from the Nation's High Achieving Teens. This study surveyed high school students (N=1,879) who were student leaders or high achievers in the spring of 1991 for the purpose of determining their attitudes. Students were members of the junior or senior high school class during the 1990-91 academic year and were selected for recognition by their principals or guidance counselors, other faculty members, national youth organizations, or the publishing company because of their high achievement in academics, activities, community service, athletics, or their performance in national scholarship or award contests. Statistical results from the study are presented in these areas: demographics; education; employment/spending money; college plans; careers and lifestyles; global economy; environment/politics; hero/heroine for 90s/Persian Gulf War/Armed Forces; suicide; dating/marriage; Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; sexual issues; abortion; drugs/alcohol/tobacco; date rape; death penalty; and gun control. Descriptors: High Achievement, High School Seniors, High School Students, High Schools

Romanowski, Michael H. (1998). What U.S. History Textbooks Fail To Tell Students about Religion and Faith. Current history textbooks include Christianity in their discussion of U.S. history. A study systematically examined the content of secondary U.S. history textbooks to evaluate the portrayal Christianity. The content of 10 of the nation's most widely used secondary U.S. history textbooks was analyzed. All excerpts dealing with Christianity in contemporary U.S. history were initially examined, and passages were then analyzed in search of recurrent themes. After several readings, emergent themes were identified and categories developed. Pertinent excerpts were then coded into appropriate categories. Findings revealed that 9 out of 10 U.S. history textbooks address Christianity. References made about Christianity usually refer to evangelical Christianity which is often linked with the religious right. Regarding most U.S. history textbooks little effort is made to highlight the importance of the relationship among faith, religion, and historical events. For example, textbooks reduce the faith and beliefs of the religious right to political issues such as positions against abortion, drugs, pornography, gun control, and positions in favor of school prayer, free enterprise, and a strong military. In many textbooks Christianity is given shallow treatment, and described as old-fashioned and extreme. Textbooks fail to provide students with any type of in-depth understanding of the basic beliefs of Christianity and religion is not discussed beyond political activism. Contains 30 references and a list of the textbooks surveyed.   [More]  Descriptors: Christianity, Content Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Language Role

Institute of Life Insurance, New York, NY. (1975). Current Social Issues: The Public's View. Findings from a Series of National Surveys, Spring 1975. The findings of this national survey of public attitudes are the second in a series of reports reflecting important trends in American society. The survey is one of a number made on behalf of the life insurance business by the Institute of Life Insurance. Data for the survey were collected in personal interviews with 1,500 to 3,000 adults. Scientific procedures were followed to make the samples representative of the United States population 18 years old and over. Findings report the public's view on new attitudes toward the family, changes in traditional sex roles, people's orientation toward the present versus the future, feelings of personal control or lack of control, consumerism, civil rights, birth control, gun control, marijuana legalization, and communal living. The findings are reported in statistical percentage charts, along with brief narratives which analyze and interpret the data.   [More]  Descriptors: Consumer Economics, Family Life, Futures (of Society), National Surveys

Turner Educational Services, Inc., Newtown, PA. (2000). CNN Newsroom Classroom Guides, October 2000. These classroom guides, designed to accompany the daily CNN (Cable News Network) Newsroom broadcasts for the month of October 2000, provide program rundowns, suggestions for class activities and discussion, student handouts, and a list of related news terms. Top stories include: Chinese authorities detain Falun Gong protesters on Tiananmen Square and Pope John Paul II angers China by canonizing Chinese martyrs, U.S. presidential candidates prepare for the first presidential debate, U.S. presidential candidates debate education issues, Danville, Kentucky prepares for the first U.S. vice presidential debate, and Yugoslav protesters seize parliament (October 2-6); Yugoslavian president Vojislav Kostunica takes office, recent clashes between Arabs and Israelis concern neighboring Arab states, North Korea observes 55 years of communism with celebrations, Al Gore and George W. Bush meet in the second presidential debate, and Violence in the Mideast and an attack on a U.S. ship in Yemen have far-reaching consequences, concern over Mideast tensions threaten tight oil supply, hope of a Mideast peace (October 9-13); investigation of the attack on the USS Cole continues, Jerusalem's Arabs and Jews share a pessimistic outlook on the peace process, Middle East clashes continue despite an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, a memorial service is held for the crew of the USS Cole, and the U.S. Senate to ease Cuban trade sanctions (October 16-20); Israeli Prime Minister Barak calls for a "time out" from the peace process, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits North Korea, AT&T to unveil a breakup plan designed to boost shareholder value, one expert predicts an especially severe flu season, and the Pentagon reviews U.S. warship security procedures (October 23-27); prescription drug coverage is an important issue for U.S. presidential candidates, and U.S. presidential candidates' views on gun control differ (October 30-31). Descriptors: Cable Television, Class Activities, Current Events, Discussion

Bonderman, Judith; And Others (1991). Teaching the Bill of Rights: The Case of the Second Amendment. A Critique of Existing Educational Materials and Suggestions for Change. This report contends that most U.S. history and government textbooks give only cursory attention to the Second Amendment "…the right of the people to keep and bear arms…" to the U.S. Constitution, and most endorse a particular political view of the amendment, rather than providing the necessary background for an informed political discussion of gun control. The report begins by summarizing court decisions on the Second Amendment and then provides examples of what students are being taught about the Second Amendment based on a review of 40 leading U.S. history and civics textbooks. Three appendices are included: (1) Court Decisions Supporting "Militia" Interpretation of the Second Amendment; (2) Review of Textbook Discussions of the Second Amendment; and (3) Excerpts From Textbooks Reviewed.   [More]  Descriptors: Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Gun Control, History Instruction

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Bibliography: Gun Control (page 03 of 10)

This bibliography is independently curated for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Laurie Duker, Curriculum Review, Raymond S. Rodgers, Washington Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Donna Harrington-Lueker, David Lester, Jeffrey C. Browne, Philadelphia Lutheran Social Mission Society, Terry Grandison, and David McDowall.

Lester, David; Murrell, Mary E. (1982). The Preventive Effect of Strict Gun Control Laws on Suicide and Homicide, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Examined state gun control laws and used a multidimensional scaling technique to study the relationship of strictness and death rates. Results showed states with stricter laws had lower suicide rates by firearms but higher rates by other means. No effect on homicide was found. Descriptors: Etiology, Gun Control, Laws, Prevention

Duker, Laurie, Ed. (1994). Gun Sales. Firearm Facts. Minimal federal regulations on firearm sales have facilitated the proliferation of guns, gun owners, and gun dealers in the United States. This fact sheet offers data on the growing number of firearm dealers, the relative ease of obtaining and keeping a license to sell guns from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the lack of safety standards and effective gun control legislation, and the number of new guns being produced. Also provided is a brief description of the Brady law and its immediate effectiveness.   [More]  Descriptors: Certification, Crime, Federal Legislation, Gun Control

Mertz, Gayle; Mertz, David (1995). Proposed Federal Gun-Control Amendment. Student Forum, Update on Law-Related Education. Presents an outline for a student-run forum on a proposed federal gun control amendment. Procedures include mandatory reading assignments and researching the issue. Students role-play fictional representative characters and later facilitate discussions. Concludes with a vote on the amendment. Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Court Role

McDowall, David; Loftin, Colin (1983). Collective Security and the Demand for Legal Handguns, American Journal of Sociology. Law confidence in collective security contributes to the need for and the resistance to gun control policies. Time-series data on legal gun demand in Detroit from 1951 to 1977 are consistent with a model in which individuals respond to high violent crime rates, civil disorders, and police strength. Descriptors: Civil Disobedience, Crime, Gun Control, Guns

Anderson, James F.; Dyson, Laronistine; Grandison, Terry (1998). Spinal Cord Injury as a Permanent Consequence of Victimization in Random Violence: A Public Health Perspective, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Traumatic spinal cord injuries resulting from criminal violence is a growing public health concern. Citing the criminal justice system's failure to reduce violence and the costs of treating injuries, a public health-education approach is advocated. Approaches to prevention, gun control, and a comprehensive family policy are discussed. Descriptors: Costs, Crime Prevention, Economic Impact, Health Education

Browne, Jeffrey C.; Van Dunk, Emily; Perloff, William H. (2003). Aiming for Safety: A Survey of Public Opinion on Gun Policy in Wisconsin. A Wiskids Count Special Report, 2003. Noting that in Wisconsin, 146 children have died as a result of gunfire in the preceding 5 years [1996-2000], this report provides a detailed look at the issue of handgun safety from the perspective of citizens living in Wisconsin. Participating in the state-wide telephone interviews were 600 adult residents representative of the adult state population with respect to race, gender, education, income, and geography. Survey findings revealed that the majority of Wisconsin citizens are in favor of gun control but are also opposed to measures that would ban handguns entirely or make them easier to obtain. Seventy percent support handgun safety legislative action and most believe there should be laws requiring handguns to have safety features. Most residents do not believe that handguns in homes or in the hands of women deter violence. The most often cited causes of handgun violence were gangs and drugs. Other factors related to handgun violence included improper handgun storage, lack of training in the proper use of handguns, the media, and domestic violence. Most respondents do not believe that gun violence is getting worse in their communities or that handguns can be easily obtained. Gun ownership has increased among Wisconsin residents significantly, with 50 percent of households owning a shotgun, up from 38 percent in the late 1990s. Twenty-six percent of households have handguns, up from 8 percent in 1997. In addition to survey findings, the report includes an essay discussing the effects that violence has on children and focusing on the cognitive, emotional, and developmental harm done by witnessing or being a victim of violence. A description of the survey methodology is appended.   [More]  Descriptors: Child Safety, Children, Gun Control, Guns

Duker, Laurie, Ed. (1994). Unintentional Gun Deaths among Children. Firearm Facts. Children are at risk of being killed or injured by a gun if their parents own a gun because many guns obtained for self-defense are kept loaded and within reach of children. This brief fact sheet presents statistical information relating to accidental deaths involving young people and firearms. Safety measures are suggested for preventing accidental shootings, such as keeping guns locked up and requiring trigger locks or loading indicators. Support is given for stricter gun control legislation affecting gun manufacturers. Includes one graph on unintentional firearm mortality rates by gender and age group.   [More]  Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Adolescents, Children, Gun Control

Rodgers, Raymond S. (1983). The Rhetoric of the NRA: Handgun Control Legislation, Vital Speeches of the Day. A speech communication professor applies his rhetorical training to an analysis of the NRA's opposition to gun control legislation. (Available from City News Publishing Co., Box 606, Southold, NY 11971; sc $1.25.) Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Gun Control, Higher Education, National Organizations

Sembor, Edward C. (1997). Citizenship, Diversity and Distance Learning: Videoconferencing in Connecticut, Social Education. Profiles a videoconference that brought together two seventh-grade classes in Connecticut. Over several days, white, middle-class, rural students discussed topical issues with urban black students. Topics raised included diversity, politics, gun control and local issues. Includes students' responses to the program. Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Cultural Pluralism, Democratic Values

Reynolds, Christopher (1997). Issue Management and the Australian Gun Debate, Public Relations Review. Examines the rise and fall of media coverage of the issues of gun control and political conflict in Australia after an incident of mass murder in April 1996. Aims to reveal the issue management process that occurred and the hidden agendas that motivated the political and media activity. Demonstrates the media's role in the creation of issue salience. Descriptors: Agenda Setting, Foreign Countries, Gun Control, Guns

Curriculum Review (1979). Social Studies: Law Education. Reviews 11 series, texts, supplements, kits, and professional references for law instruction, including civil and criminal law, the Bill of Rights, and controversial legal issues: arson, gun control, capital punishment, and euthanasia. While all grade levels are covered, the emphasis is on secondary-level materials. Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Book Reviews, Civics, Criminal Law

Callahan, Tim; Felton, Randall (1980). The Newspaper in the Social Studies Classroom: An Issue Oriented Curriculum. Social studies teachers can involve their students in an issues-oriented curriculum by using the least expensive, least threatening medium available, the newspaper. The newspaper's stock in trade is the relevant, timely issue–just what is missing from all too many social studies classrooms. In dealing with issues in social studies classrooms, teachers are only limited by their imaginations. For example, three specific issues that can be explored through the use of the newspaper are gun control, capital punishment, and societal roles. Each issue can become an activity unit that would be approximately 1 to 2 weeks in length. A collection of news articles, editorials, letters to the editor, syndicated columns, editorial cartoons, and even advertisements would be useful to a discussion of gun control. The controversy surrounding capital punishment can be explored through a study of editorial pages. The advertising media of newspapers is a good place to examine how societal roles are changed or perpetuated. (Discussion questions and sequential activities are suggested for each topic issue.)   [More]  Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Newspapers

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Washington, DC. (2000). A Year after Columbine: Public Looks to Parents More than Schools To Prevent Violence. An April 2000 telephone survey queried a nationwide sample of 1,000 adults, including 283 parents of children ages 5 to 17 years, concerning school violence and other issues in the news. The vast majority of those surveyed said they believe it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that school shootings, such as occurred at Columbine High School, are not repeated. Approximately 70 percent of parents said that the Columbine violence has had some impact on their feelings about the safety of their children at school. Eighty-five percent of adults placed the responsibility for preventing future school violence incidents in the hands of parents. Attitudes on gun control remained unchanged from a year earlier, with 66 percent saying that controlling gun ownership was more important than protecting Americans' rights to own guns. Gender and political party differences remain. The majority indicated that more jobs and community programs for young people would reduce violent crime and that it is more important to enforce existing gun laws than to enact new statutes. Sixty percent said they believe that paying more attention to children with antisocial attitudes would be more effective than increasing school security, passing stricter gun control laws, or reducing violence in popular entertainment. Parents are split on what they think is the main reason youth commit violent acts, with about one-third each stating that parental upbringing or media violence is at fault. (A tabulation of survey responses for each question is attached.)   [More]  Descriptors: Child Safety, Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control, Legislation

Harrington-Lueker, Donna (1992). Blown Away, American School Board Journal. The number of students killed or injured by gunfire while at schools is increasing. The National Rifle Association, the nation's powerful gun lobby, has a gun safety program; however, children's advocates say stricter gun-control laws are necessary. Briefly cites 24 gun incidents and describes 4 semiautomatic pistols that were among the firearms used in this year's incidents. Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control, Guns, Prevention

Lutheran Social Mission Society, Philadelphia, PA. Lutheran Settlement House. (1994). Women's and Community Issues Magazine. Final Report. General Educational Development (GED), pre-GED, and adult basic education students and teachers in Lutheran Settlement House Women's Program GED classes participated in the production of two magazines focusing on women's and community issues. The process included the following: surveying GED classes to determine which current issues were of paramount interest; distributing survey results to teachers and students with some preliminary student writings; looking for and collecting articles from local newspapers that were relevant to the issues selected; circulating articles for reading and discussion in classrooms; submitting student writings for publication; establishing an editorial review board for selection and preparation of writings; and printing and distribution of the two issues. GED students who participated showed some improvement in essay-writing skills as measured by the Official GED Practice Test and the actual GED Writing Skills test. Appendixes include the women's issues and community issues survey and a women's issues article review. The two magazines produced follow the report. Issue 1 includes the sample survey form and survey results and student responses to these issues: abuse of children, AIDS, domestic violence, the homeless, abortion/fertility, and gun control/violence. Issue 2 contains materials from the New Beginnings graduation and awards ceremony–welcome, agenda, speakers' biographies, lists of graduates and awardees–and student responses to these issues: homelessness, AIDS, domestic violence and gun control/violence, abuse of children, abortion and fertility, and welfare reform.   [More]  Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency Programs, Periodicals, School Publications

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Bibliography: Gun Control (page 02 of 10)

This bibliography is independently curated for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Wayne H. Slater, Glenn H. Utter, Se-Kang Kim, Broeck N. Oder, Christine Watkins, Gary Kleck, Marie Mackay Murphy, Amy N. Edwards, Linda Heath, and Henny H. Kim.

Utter, Glenn H. (2000). Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights. This reference volume provides information on gun control and gun rights, including resources on the debate surrounding the Second Amendment and individuals and organizations focused on gun issues, along with statutes, court cases, events, and publications surrounding this current topic. Highlighted are the important organizations and their leaders and their positions and activities. Entries on individuals provide basic career information and a detailed description of the person's stand on gun control. Important cases are presented and both their impact on the law and the strategies of participants are discussed. Some of the features of the book include an introductory essay by the author outlining current problems as well as the historical background of gun control issues; more than 300 alphabetically arranged entries; a brief bibliography and cross-references to related items at the end of individual entries; charts, including a state-by-state listing of constitutional provisions relating to the right to bear arms; tables and photographs; and Web sites. Subjects covered include schools and guns, gun-free schools, and the Littleton, Colorado, school shooting. Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Current Events

Hofmann, Mary (2005). Electing Research: Creating a Research Elective Is a Great Way to Teach In-Depth Skills, School Library Journal. Mary Hoffman, was having a hard time teaching in-depth research skills to her middle school students, due to time limitations. So last fall, she approached her principal with an unprecedented idea: to offer kids a semester-long elective on research. What better way to teach comprehensive, analytical skills to those who really wanted a challenge? The principal liked the idea, and she immediately began planning for the class. This article describes the planning, and implementation, one creative teacher employed as she designed a way to carve out a time slot in order to acquaint students with research techniques as this class progressed through the semester. During the first half of the semester, students worked in pairs to research their chosen controversial topics, such as prison reform, gun control, cloning, and abortion. The students would then debate, give PowerPoint presentations, and hand in well-written and documented research papers based on guidelines in an eight-page research packet that she had developed for them. During the second half of the semester, students worked independently and chose their own research topics and method of presentation, guided by her research packets. By the end of the semester, all of the students were seasoned researchers. Descriptors: Research Methodology, Research Skills, Middle School Students, Student Research

Heath, Linda; Weeks, Kyle; Murphy, Marie Mackay (1997). Gun Attitudes and Fear of Crime, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Using three studies, examined the relationship between attitudes toward guns and fear of crime. Findings indicate a connection between fear of crime and attitudes toward guns: people higher in fear of crime favored gun control. Results also established a relationship between stereotypical beliefs about gun victims and support for gun control. Descriptors: Anxiety, Attitude Measures, Attitudes, Crime

Davies, Gordon K. (2008). Connecting the Dots: Lessons from the Virginia Tech Shootings, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. The shootings that took place last spring on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, located in Blacksburg, Virginia, elicited a host of reactions, many deeply emotional. In groups of college and university presidents, the response was generally empathetic. Indeed, they were right to be put on alert by the random and unpredictable nature of a disaster like the loss of 33 lives at this large and generally peaceful landgrant university. In the days following the mass killings, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine quickly established a panel to investigate the events leading up to that day, the incidents themselves, and their immediate aftermath. The author was among the eight members of the panel, which was chaired by Col. Gerald Massengill, former Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. Some of what the panel ultimately reported to Governor Kaine pertains primarily to Virginia and to the university. Many of its recommendations are relevant to all 50 states and to most of the approximately 4,000 colleges and universities in the nation. This article discusses the panel's findings and offers seven crucial lessons learned from the tragedy: (1) States should provide sufficient outpatient mental-health services; (2) States should comply with the Federal Gun Control Act; (3) Congress and the state legislatures should review federal and state privacy laws, and universities should know what they do and do not permit; (4) Colleges and universities should communicate, both within themselves and beyond; (5) Write a plan that fits; (6) Make formal arrangements, and practice; and (7) Develop a way to access students' mental-health records.   [More]  Descriptors: Health Services, Police, Gun Control, School Security

Slater, Wayne H. (1998). The Effects of 11th Graders' Opinions on Their Interpretation of Conflicting Arguments, National Reading Conference Yearbook. Examines how individual differences in epistemological beliefs, strength of beliefs, and need for cognition affected the written conclusions that 11th graders constructed after reading a passage presenting arguments opposing and supporting gun control. Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Grade 11, Guns

Frisby, Craig L.; Kim, Se-Kang; Wolfmeyer, Mary Anne (2005). Identifying Core Profiles in Attitudes toward School Violence, Journal of School Violence. Focus group methods for studying opinions and perceptions of school violence are effective for understanding differences among individuals, but cannot report these differences in a concise manner. Traditional quantitative methods for analyzing data from school violence perception surveys allow for the concise reporting of data, but cannot effectively provide information on individual differences. Typically, survey studies report group frequencies separately for individual items and/or subscales, which obscures individual differences. The Profile Analysis via Multidimensional Scaling (PAMS) approach provides a means for researchers to study individual differences in the degree to which a person's data on multivariate instruments correspond with a smaller number of "core" profiles that underlie data. An Attitude Toward School Violence inventory, rooted in Q methodology, was developed to assess participants' attitudes toward statements designed to explain the causes of, or appropriate interventions for, school (particularly gun) violence. The inventory was administered to a diverse convenience sample of 456 participants consisting of university students, public school teachers and administrators, school psychologists, and others. After appropriate data analyses, the original 64 item inventory was reduced to 37 items, from which 7 acceptable components were extracted. A PAMS analysis was performed on this data, which extracted two "core" profiles. One core profile reflects attitudes that blame school violence on the media, the lack of religious perspectives in schools and society, and irresponsible parenting. The second core profile reflects a strong endorsement of gun control and increased efforts to get direct help for students with emotional problems. The interpretation of person weights and implications for future research are discussed.   [More]  Descriptors: Weapons, Emotional Problems, Violence, Public School Teachers

Mark, Melvin M.; And Others (1985). Content Validity in Evaluation and Policy-Relevant Research, Evaluation and Program Planning: An International Journal. The role of content validity in policy-relevant research is illustrated in a study contrasting results of surveys concerning public opinion toward gun control. Inadequate content validity threatened inferences about the overall level of support for gun control, but not about opinion difference between sexes or respondents of varying political affiliations. Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Gun Control, Higher Education, Inferences

Lester, David (1988). Gun Control, Gun Ownership, and Suicide Prevention, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Explored relationship between the extent of gun ownership and the strictness of gun control laws to suicide and homicide rates in the nine major geographic regions of the United States. Found gun ownership, rather than the strictness of gun control laws, was the strongest correlate of the rates of suicide and homicide by guns. Descriptors: Differences, Gun Control, Incidence, Prevention

Kleck, Gary (1996). Crime, Culture Conflict, and the Sources of Support for Gun Control, American Behavioral Scientist. Questions whether attitudes towards gun control are influenced primarily by exposure to high crime rates, prior victimization, and fear of crime, or result from membership in social groups hostile to gun ownership. Maintains that support for gun control is more a product of culture conflict than a response to crime. Descriptors: Crime, Cultural Background, Cultural Influences, Culture Conflict

Caetano, Donald F. (1979). The Domestic Arms Race, Journal of Communication. Discusses the relationship of familial influence, victimization, gun ownership, and attitudes toward gun control. Victims whose parents owned guns are much more likely to own guns and oppose legislation. Descriptors: Crime, Family Attitudes, Family Influence, Family Role

Oder, Broeck N. (1998). Teaching the Meaning of the Second Amendment: A Brief Note on Recent Research, OAH Magazine of History. Provides a brief overview of historical and legal scholarship on gun control and the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Limits its scope to works by acknowledged legal and historical scholars, avoiding contemporary pro- and anti-gun-control opinion pieces. Includes a bibliography of further resources for teachers. Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Constitutional History, Courts

Watkins, Christine (1997). Gun Control: The Debate and Public Policy, Social Education. Provides an overview and background information on the debate over gun control, as well as several teaching ideas. Handouts include a list of related topics drawn from various disciplines (economics, U.S. history), seven arguments for and against gun control, and a set of policy evaluation guidelines. Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Current Events, Debate

Edwards, Amy N.; Walker, Tim (1994). To Keep and Bear Arms: Gun Control and the Second Amendment. Teacher's Guide. This teacher's guide is designed to accompany the two-part videotape "To Keep and Bear Arms: Gun Control and the Second Amendment." The videotape and teacher's guide should help students to: (1) understand the history of the Second Amendment; (2) examine how guns and gun control laws affect people's lives; (3) compare and contrast the many perspectives and viewpoints Americans have on the Bill of Rights, gun control, and crime in the United States; and (4) develop informed opinions about the issue and discuss the future of gun control. The guide contains four activities that involve class discussions and small-group work. Student handouts are provided. The active learning approach encourages students to go beyond recognition or knowledge of facts to begin analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the issues and concepts being studied. Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law

Kim, Henny H., Ed. (1999). Guns and Violence. Current Controversies. This book focuses on gun violence and gun control, presenting both sides of arguments about firearms ownership and gun control. Each of five chapters poses a question about gun control and provides answers for both sides of the question. The following essays are included: (1) "Gun Violence Is Becoming an Epidemic" (Bob Herbert); (2) "Gun Violence Is Increasing among Children" (Sandy Grady); (3) "Gun Violence Is Overwhelming the Nation's Health Care System" (Susan Headden); (4) "Gun Violence Is Killing Many Young People" (Jennifer Weiner); (5) "Guns Can Prevent Violence" (John R. Lott, Jr.); (6) "Guns Should Not Be Blamed for Violence" (Don Feder); (7) "The Public's Fear of Violent Crime Is Excessive" (Beth Shuster); (8) "America's Gun Violence Problem Is Exaggerated" (Ted Drane); (9) "Enforcing Gun Control Laws Can Reduce Murders" (Jeffrey A. Roth); (10) "Supporting Gun Control Legislation Would Reduce Crime" ("Glamour" magazine); (11) "Controlling Legal Gun Ownership Does Not Reduce Crime" (John R. Lott, Jr.); (12) "Increased Gun Control Would Result in More Burglaries" (David Kopel); (13) "Domestic Violence Gun Control Laws Hinder Crime Reduction" (James Bovard); (14) "The Second Amendment and Gun Control: An Overview" (Wendy Kaminer); (15) "Gun Control Is Constitutional" (Melissa Huelsman); (16) "The Second Amendment Does Not Guarantee the Right To Own a Gun" (Join Together); (17) "Supreme Court Decisions Support the Constitutionality of Gun Control" (Roger Simon); (18) "Gun Control Is Not Constitutional" (Stephen P. Halbrook); (19) "A Threatened Second Amendment Threatens Freedom" (Charlton Heston); (20) "Gun Control Denies Citizens' Rights (George Detweiler); (21) "Restrictions on Gun Ownership Are the First Step toward Confiscation" (Brian Puckett); (22) "Gun Ownership and Self-Defense: An Overview" (Fred Guterl); (23) "Gun Ownership Provides Effective Self-Defense" (Sarah Thompson); (24) "Gun Ownership Displays Responsible Behavior" (Tara Powell); (25) "Gun Owners Protect Themselves from Crime" (Stephen Chapman); (26) "Gun Ownership Does Not Increase Personal Safety" (Robin Arquette); (27) "Guns in the House Endanger Innocent Lives" (Jane E. Brody); (28) "Gun Ownership Is Not Effective Self-Defense for Women" (Ann Jones); (29) "Ways To Reduce Gun Violence: An Overview" (Michael D'Antonio); (30) "Spiritual Involvement Would Reduce Gun Violence" (Caleb Rosado); (31) "Controlling Gun Manufacturers Would Reduce Gun Violence" (William Greider); (32) "Holding Gun Manufacturers Accountable Would Reduce Gun-Related Deaths" (Sarah Brady); (33) "Treating Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Could Reduce the Problem" (George M. Anderson); (34) "Responsible Gun Ownership Would Reduce Gun Violence" (Bart Kendrick); and (35) "Getting Involved Can Help Reduce Gun Violence" (Michigan Partnership To Prevent Gun Violence). (Contains 56 references.) Descriptors: Crime, Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control, Guns

Spitzer, Robert J. (1999). The Gun Dispute, American Educator. Explores the debate over gun ownership and gun control in the United States, focusing on the historic place of guns in U.S. society. The current national mood is more receptive than ever to restricting and regulating adolescent access to guns in light of recent school shootings. Descriptors: Adolescents, Gun Control, Guns, Prevention

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