Marvel has released the trailer for its upcoming TV series, "Inhumans"
Ex-nuclear commanders from around the world are urging Trump to engage in talks with North Korea instead
A Moscow court jury has ruled that five Chechen men were guilty of killing prominent Russian politician Boris Nemtsov in early 2015. Read Full Article at RT.com
Elizabeth Warren says there are things to be positive about
A top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the lack of progress in mending ties between Russia and the US is damaging not only for the two countries themselves but also for the wider international community. Read Full Article at RT.com
Sanders defended his wife Jane Sanders, who is reportedly under federal investigation
Climate catastrophe and the threat of war, make the future very dark, indeed
Abortion providers are at risk for all kinds of violence for doing their jobs and making sure that women have access to safe, legal abortions. We often hear about the fanatical pro-lifers who protest, stalk and harass people who work at clinics that provide reproductive health services for women. We know that they make these workplaces incredibly unsafe for these employees. But we don’t ever hear about how that work also targets them for sexual assault and abuse. Calla Hales is the director of A Preferred Women’s Health Center, which operates abortion clinics in North Carolina and Georgia. In 2015, she went on a second date with a guy who wanted to know the specifics of her work in what she described as “women’s health.” She got a strange feeling from him during their date. After he abruptly ended their dinner, and asked her to go home with him, she declined. That’s when he walked her to her car and proceeded to rape her. “He said things like I should have expected this and that I deserved it. He asked how I could live with myself and said I should repent. That I was a jezebel. That I was a murderer. That he was doing no worse to me than I had done to women. He said he would make me remember him.” Hales was targeted by an anti-abortion extremist. Unfortunately, what happened to her is not an isolated incident. Anti-abortion activists are known for their violent behavior directed at abortion providers and volunteers and it has dramatically escalated over the last several years. It’s not enough that they disagree with a woman’s legal right to have an abortion. Some of them believe that murder, rape, and arson are acceptable tactics in their war to preserve fetal rights. In its 2016 report, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), which monitors clinic harassment and violence, found that picketing, vandalism, obstruction, invasion, trespassing, burglary, stalking, assault and battery, and bomb threats are all on the rise. Clinics reported 60,000 incidents of picketing that year, an all-time high since the NAF began tracking these statistics in 1977. The report also documented a five-fold increase in hate speech and internet harassment, which escalated after the election. The 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey, published by the Feminist Majority Foundation, found that the percentage of clinics reporting the most severe types of anti-abortion violence and threats of violence has dramatically increased from the first six months of 2014 to the first six months of 2016 — from 19.7 percent to 34.2 percent. Hales was raped in November 2015.
In small towns, crimes and suffering have a way of engraving themselves on the collective memory
The Mexican-American singer marries vintage sounds to a modern, feminist sensibility
Unions fought hard to pass healthcare reform in 2009 and 2010 (and before) and they’re part of the fight against Republican efforts to take us back to the bad old days by passing Trumpcare with a campaign targeting Republican senators in five states: [AFL-CIO President Richard] Trumka told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that the bill would deprive millions of working people of health insurance. The federation is running thousands of ads to pressure Senate Republicans in Alaska, Ohio, West Virginia, Nevada and Maine. He is urging Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to join other Republicans in opposing the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will spend his recess working to get the votes needed to pass Trumpcare. The resistance needs to be working to kill it dead, and America’s largest union federation is obviously doing just that. Make your Republican senator feel the heat. Call their office EVERY DAY at (202) 224-3121 to demand that they say NO to ripping health care away from millions of Americans. No on Trumpcare. Then, tell us how it went.
Black folk across the country are well familiar with the notion of “40 acres and a mule.” Referring to the federal government’s promise of reparations in the form of land to newly freed slaves, it was a promise that was short-lived. The idea was born out of a discussion between General William T. Sherman, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton and 20 leaders in the black community in Savannah, Georgia, during January of 1865. The proposal was the idea of those black leaders who, when asked what they wanted for their people following the war, responded that having land, maintaining it, and laboring on it was the best way that they could provide for themselves. They wished to have this land and live away from whites. Their desire was granted as Special Field Order No. 15 on January 16, 1865, and later approved by President Lincoln. And by June, “40,000 freedmen had been settled on 400,000 acres of ‘Sherman Land.’ ” By the way, Sherman later ordered that the army could lend the new settlers mules; hence the phrase, “40 acres and a mule.” The order was rescinded by Andrew Johnson in the fall of 1865. But the story is relevant today more than ever, as black people in the south continue to fight for their 40 acres and a mule, so to speak. In the 45 years following the Civil War, freed slaves and their descendants accumulated roughly 15 million acres of land across the United States, most of it in the South. Land ownership meant stability and opportunity for black families, a shot at upward mobility and economic security for future generations. The hard-won property was generally used for farming, the primary occupation of most Southern blacks in the early 20th century. By 1920, there were 925,000 black-owned farms, representing about 14 percent of all farms in the United States.[...] By 1975, just 45,000 black-owned farms remained. “It was almost as if the earth was opening up and swallowing black farmers,” writes scholar Pete Daniel in his book Dispossession: Discrimination Against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights. Implicit in the decline of black farming was the loss of the land those farmers once tilled. Today, African Americans compose less than 2 percent of the nation’s farmers and 1 percent of its rural landowners.
The so-called Bible literacy law is set to go into effect on Friday
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Utah congressman known for investigations of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will become a cable news pundit
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Piers Morgan rants about how his Facebook is clogged with political opinions. His co-hosts know exactly how he felt
On Instagram, the actor said "I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one"