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Biggest Human Rights Abuses in Cuba Happen at Guantanamo Bay

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  • The U.S. detention camp of Guantanamo entered its fifteenth year of operation this year, according to activists since it opened on January 11, 2002, 9 prisoners have died in the facility.
  • Special Report | Selected Articles: Human Rights Hypocrisy

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Conservative and liberal pundits alike called for Obama to take the Cuban revolutionary government to task.

Human rights did, of course, come up but both Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro did not deliberate much on the issue, choosing instead to focus on the new relationship between their countries.

teleSUR  is a Latin American multimedia platform oriented to lead and promote the unification of the peoples of the SOUTH (Geopolitical concept that promotes the struggle of peoples for peace, self-determination, respect for Human Rights and Social Justice).

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Special Report | Selected Articles: Human Rights Hypocrisy, Global Research News

“Does the Reality Live Up to the Rhetoric?”

A pastor in Texarkana, Arkansas, finally says it like it is truthfully.

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One World Voice

March 23 | A pastor in Texarkana, Arkansas finally says it like it is truthfully.

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One World Voice: a foundation dedicated supplying food, medical supplies, housing, and water wells in areas with high poverty and genocide striking the communities. 

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There Were 5-Hour Lines to Vote in Arizona Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act.

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  • Reducing the number of polling places in Phoenix had catastrophic consequences in the March 22 primary.
  • The 2016 election is the first in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Widespread voting problems during the primaries in states like Arizona and North Carolina are a disturbing preview of what could happen in November. 

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Ari Berman, the Nation

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January 23, 2016 | Aracely Calderon, a naturalized citizen from Guatemala, arrived just before the polls closed at 7 pm in downtown Phoenix to vote in Arizona’s primary last night. “When Calderon arrived, the line spanned more than 700 people and almost 4 blocks,” the Arizona Republic reported. She waited in line for five hours, becoming the last voter in the state to cast a ballot at 12:12 am. “I’m here to exercise my right to vote,” she said shortly before midnight, explaining why she stayed in line.

But many other Arizonans left the polls in disgust. The lines were so long because election officials in Phoenix’s Maricopa County, the largest in the state, reduced the number of polling places by 70 percent from 2012 to 2016, from 200 to just 60—one polling place per every 21,000 voters.

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Ari Berman, a senior contributing writer for the Nation magazine, has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His new book is Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in 2010.

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“The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracyMichael Winship, Moyers & Company

  • Corporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 2: Entropy and Economics

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In the future, the only way that we can avoid economic collapse is to build a steady-state economy. There exists much literature on how this can be achieved, and these writings ought to become a part of the education of all economists and politicians.

John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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We urgently need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy if we are to avoid a tipping point after which human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. The dangerous methane hydrate feedback loop is discussed in an excellent short video made by Thom Hartmann and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Celebrated author and activist Naomi Klein has emphasized the link between need for economic reform and our urgent duty to address climate change.

Rebel economist Prof. Tim Jackson discusses the ways in which our present economic system has failed us, and the specific reforms that are needed. In one of his publications, he says: “The myth of growth has failed us. It has failed the two billion people who still live on $2 a day. It has failed the fragile ecological systems on which we depend for survival. It has failed, spectacularly, in its own terms, to provide economic stability and secure people's livelihood.”

John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. 

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

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“The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy

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  • Corporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 | Few are as qualified to tackle the massive topic of money in politics as Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman. Their new book, Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy (read an excerpt), is a comprehensive and important examination of the many ways our lives are affected by the stranglehold corporations have on our government and society. And it’s a look at how we can fight back.

Wendell Potter is senior analyst at the Center for Public Integrity, an ex-newspaperman and a former executive with the health insurance industry who dared to come in from the cold and become one of our most knowledgeable and forthright champions of health care reform. Regulars here at BillMoyers.com will remember his 2009 appearance on Bill Moyers Journal, when he first told his remarkable story.

Michael Winship is senior writing fellow at Demos and a senior writer of the series, Moyers & Company, airing on public television.

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Her campaign has put a spotlight on the cozy relationships between Democratic operatives and corporate America.

 

 

Special Report | Selected Articles: Human Rights Hypocrisy

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“Does the Reality Live Up to the Rhetoric?”

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Naming Crimes: The Use, Misuse and Omission of Genocide, Binoy Kampmark 

March 18 2016 | Hollow words run the world of diplomatic exchange. Such counterfeit currency is fundamental to understanding humanitarian law, where political figures stumble or walk tall depending on whether they should condemn, let alone combat, certain catastrophes.

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Human Rights Hypocrisy: US Criticizes Cuba, Marjorie Cohn

March 18 2016 | In advance of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba on March 20, there is speculation about whether he can pressure Cuba to improve its human rights.

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Smart Power and “The Human Rights Industrial Complex”, Patrick Henningsen

March 17 2016 | Human rights in the West: does the reality live up to the rhetoric?

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March 18 2016 | IDO, together with Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, and Arabian Rights Watch Association, express our utmost concern over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its Coalition’s (the “Saudi-led Coalition’s”) ongoing serious and systematic violations of rights in Yemen, including political, economic, human, and humanitarian rights.

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The Criminalization of Environmental and Human Rights Activists: Free Ethiopian Political Prisoners!, Grain

March 16 2016 | One year after their arrest on March 15, 2015, three food, land, and human rights defenders continue to languish in an Ethiopian jail.

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Special Project | The War on Women: Week Ending March 26, 2016

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  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Most Rape Accusations Are False, Idaho Sheriff Says
    • Lets Stop Shaming Ourselves for Having Robust and Healthy Sex Lives
    • Gloria Steinem, Reb Susan Talve, & Catholic Climate Activist on "The Church & Women" Editor
    • It's Called Gendercide: Armed Husbands Shoot Eight Women In One Week, Six Die
    • I Was Denied A Common Procedure Because My Hospital Says It's "Evil"
    • Obama Admin Warns GOP: Try To Illegally Defund Planned Parenthood, Things Will End Badly For You
    • Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs
    • The Battle Over Planned Parenthood

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Most Rape Accusations Are False, Idaho Sheriff Says, Andy Campbell, Reporter, Huffington Post 

Craig Rowland wants the power to toss rape kits because the majority of rape complaints are "consensual sex."

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Lets Stop Shaming Ourselves for Having Robust and Healthy Sex Lives, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Let's stop shaming females for having robust and healthy sex lives, or for being in touch with and honoring their physical desires. Let's instead give these young women the tools they need to arm themselves for participation in healthy sexual relationships: namely, confidence, pregnancy and disease prevention, and knowledge of consent and the right to full bodily autonomy.
  • Part 1: The Purity Standard Is Outdated and Unfair. And It's Time for It to Go
  • Part 2: Frozen Out- Disney's outdated messages to our daughters

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Gloria Steinem, Reb Susan Talve, & Catholic Climate Activist on "The Church & Women" Editor, The Shalom Center

Should "Outsiders" Criticize Subordination of Women in Catholic Theology & Practice? [Our initial essay on that issue, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, is now available at Shalom Center and at Huffington Post <>]


 

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It's Called Gendercide: Armed Husbands Shoot Eight Women In One Week, Six Die, Martha Rosenberg, OpEdNews 

  • The NRA … likes to say no laws can stop partner murderers, ignoring every developed country in the world where domestic gun homicide does not happen weekly--or at all. If seven men were shot in the head in one week by wives who were known to be violent, armed and dangerous would it say the same thing?
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I Was Denied A Common Procedure Because My Hospital Says It's "Evil" Rachel Miller, Refinery 29

  • Their directives classify getting your tubes tied as a form of contraception, as 'intrinsically evil.' 
  • When the Catholic Church owns your doctor

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Obama Admin Warns GOP: Try To Illegally Defund Planned Parenthood, Things Will End Badly For You, Jameson Parker, Addicting Info

  • Lawmakers in Alabama and Louisiana should be embarrassed of themselves. If you ever wake up to discover that you’ve received a letter from the HHS letting you know your plan to screw the poor is so repugnant that it actually crosses the line into being illegal, you’re the bad guy. If you then continue to fight the federal government over the issue by spending thousands of dollars in legal fees for a battle you will ultimately lose, you’re approaching comic book villain territory.
  • Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs

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Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs, Andrea Flynn, Next New Deal 

The former governor's remarks were more than a slip of the tongue. They offered a window into his party's agenda

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The Battle Over Planned Parenthood, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
  • Part 1: Everything You Need To Know About The Anti-Abortion Groups Trying To Discredit Planned Parenthood
  • Part 2: The Real Stakes In The Manufactured Controversy Over Planned Parenthood

America, you’re stupid: Donald Trump’s political triumph makes it official — we’re a nation of idiots

  • Trump's rise proves we're full of loud, illiterate and credulous people — and he's a mirror of them
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America
  • Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’ 

Sean Illing, Salon

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 | “I love the poorly educated.” — Donald Trump

Before any votes were cast, when Donald Trump was the theoretical front-runner, the optimists preached patience. Just wait, they said. This will blow over. He’s a clown, a huckster, a TV personality. There’s no way he can win. It’s just not possible.

Well, it’s not only possible – it’s likely.

Trump won again in Nevada on Tuesday night, by a massive margin, and he may well sweep the Super Tuesday states. If that happens, and it’s the most probable outcome at this point, the race is effectively over. Trump will have won the nomination of one our two major parties, and he’ll have done it with extraordinary ease.

Sean Illing is a USAF veteran who previously taught philosophy and politics at Loyola and LSU. He is currently a staff writer for Salon.

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The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today / Signs of the Times 

  • Our education system produces solipsistic, self-contained selves whose only public commitment is an absence of commitment to a public, a common culture, a shared history. They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions. --Professor Patrick Deneen explains how kids have become a generation of know-nothings
  • Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016?
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

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Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’ Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

Kings College Chapel

As Alasdair MacIntyre lamented in After Virtue, “[T]he barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time.” It’s perhaps too late to avoid a new Dark Age. Now is the time to begin the effort of recovery and rebuilding.

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