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Local Governments Try to Keep the Hungry Out of Sight, Out of Mind

October 25, 2014
Common Dreams
According to a report released October 20th by the National Coalition for the Homeless at least 21 cities have passed ordinances designed to restrict where and how nonprofits and individuals can share food with the hungry. Increasingly, local governments are passing laws designed to keep the homeless and hungry "out of sight, out of mind." The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 50 million Americans are struggling with food insecurity.

Talks Fail to Narrow Gap Between Student Leaders and Hong Kong Government

October 24, 2014
South China Morning Post
The Hong Kong government and student protest leaders remain far apart following the first face to face talks between protesters and government officials over demands to democratize the process for the 2017 election of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. No date has as yet been fixed for future talks, and student protest leaders resisted government calls for an end to the mass sit-ins.

Will Obama Follow Bush Down the Phony Torture Loophole?

October 24, 2014
Last week the New York Times reported the Obama Administration is considering reaffirming the Bush-era position that the ban on cruel treatment doesn't apply when the United States is operating abroad. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) demanded the Obama Administration "close the oversees torture loophole." The ACLU said the ban on torture and ill-treatment is universal and applies everywhere the U.S. is holding people in detention.

Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing By Many Means

October 24, 2014
Pine trees, brought to Palestine with the establishment of the State of Israel, symbolize the varied means of “ethnic cleansing” directed at the Palestinian population. Used to cover-up the past destruction of Palestinian villages and neighborhoods, and the present displacement of Bedouins, these pine forests are now presented as Israel’s “green lungs.”

What Cuba Can Teach the World About Disease Control

October 24, 2014
The Guardian
Cuba’s commitment of 461 doctors and nurses to combat Ebola in West Africa is the largest single-country offer of healthcare workers to date to combat the crisis. But, this is not the first example of Cuba’s “unprecedented medical solidarity.” Cuba has also sent medical teams to assist the peoples of Guatemala, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Haiti in this past decade. And Cuba has a lot to teach the world about disaster relief and epidemic control.

Why Do Women Face So Much Abuse Online?

October 24, 2014
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have to grapple with free speech and hate speech—and they haven’t done a good job.

A New(!) Asimov Essay on Creativity

October 24, 2014
MIT Technology Review
Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?”

On Taking Risks and Eating Crow

October 24, 2014
For the very first time, the Left Party may lead a coalition -- by the narrowest of margins -- with the Social Democrats and Greens that governs a German state. But forming that coalition would require difficult compromise and reversals on the part of all the coalition partners.

"Suffered or Permitted to Work" - When Is a Worker an Employee?

October 24, 2014
At the end of each day, all the workers were required to pass through a security clearance checkpoint where they had to remove their keys, wallets, and belts, pass through a metal detector, and submit to being searched. The whole process could take up to 25 minutes. Should these workers be paid for the time they spend being searched?

CWA accuses SEIU local of contracting out jobs

October 23, 2014
San Francisco’s famously progressive and largest public employee union is being accused by another union of contracting out jobs.

The Science Of The Common Core: Experts Weigh In On Its Developmental Appropriateness

October 23, 2014
“The Common Core will never become the National Standards with National Tests that its creators wanted. It will go away like the world ends in the TS Eliot poem, the Hollow Men: ‘Not with a bang but a whimper.’”

Kaiser Runs Aground in Hawaii

October 23, 2014
Labor Notes
“Kaiser has attacked its own workers and its core clients at the same time,” Local 5 Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill says. “Union groups have been its core constituency,” but now they’re facing double-digit rate hikes in Hawaii.

End of the line for Chino’s storied union

October 23, 2014
Albuquerque Journal
The southern New Mexico mining town of Santa Rita no longer exists, even as a ghost town, except in the memories of Terry Humble and others who lived there. In September, another vestige of Santa Rita disappeared when workers at the Chino Mine voted 236-83 to decertify a 72-year-old union celebrated for its heroic struggle to improve the lives of Hispanic miners and immortalized by the 1954 movie “Salt of the Earth.”