Does the ‘U.S.’ question the worth of the U.N. because Donald Trump says something stupid? Donald Trump is not my spokesperson. What Trump says does not equate with what America thinks.

Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, making it clear that his top priority will be preventing crises and promoting peace, Edith M. Lederer of The Associated Press reports. "As Guterres begins his five-year term facing conflicts from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan and Libya and global crises... Continue Reading →

Here’s an option for American refugees fleeing a Trump presidency | WaPo

[Looks beautiful to me and is not at all out of the question] A website put up by a Canadian radio host from the maritime province of Nova Scotia invites Americans worried about life under a President Donald Trump to relocate north. The tongue-in-cheek stunt, put together by local DJ Rob Calabrese, opens with the following guidance urging... Continue Reading →

Who is on President Obama’s Shortlist to Replace Antonin Scalia? | Democracy Now!

Nearly 30 years ago, Antonin Scalia was approved by the Senate in a unanimous vote. Analysts are projecting a much tougher road for the next nominee. We look at four potential nominees: California Attorney General Kamala Harris, D.C. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan, Ninth Circuit Judge Paul Watford and Eighth Circuit Judge Jane Kelly. Source: Who... Continue Reading →

A 94-year-old former Nazi guard stands accused of helping to murder 170,000 people — still hope that more war criminals will be brought to justice

ed:This shows there is still hope that many more war criminals, from Africa, Latin America, China, the U.S., will one day be brought to justice and, perhaps people in this world will change their ways and not order others to go out and kill people. Trials of former Nazi concentration camp guards in Germany have... Continue Reading →

Bits from today’s Washington Post feed

Donald Trump mocked at German Carnival: “Make fascism great again” This (remarkable -- of course it's remarkable, you have it in your news feed) chart shows how U.S. defense spending dwarfs the rest of the world This Indian soldier survived five miraculous days trapped beneath a 25-foot avalanche Chinese mall becomes ‘prison’ for bears, belugas,... Continue Reading →

New York: Radiation Spikes 65,000% at Indian Point Nuclear Plant After Leak | Democracy Now!

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced "alarming levels" of radiation after water contaminated with radioactive tritium leaked from the Indian Point nuclear power plant. At one monitoring well, the radiation had spiked 65,000 percent. The plant’s owner, Entergy Corporation, has said the groundwater contamination at the plant does not pose a threat to the... Continue Reading →

Maya Angelou Stamp Quote Actually Came From Connecticut Children’s Book Author Joan Walsh Anglund

The news that the U.S. Postal Service was honoring Maya Angelou, poet, author and civil rights advocate, with her own forever stamp was welcomed by her fans. Angelou, who died last year, was a cultural icon and mother figure to a generation of writers. Jabari Asim, associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson... Continue Reading →

Harper Lee sues agent over To Kill a Mockingbird copyright

Author of best-selling book alleges Samuel Pinkus took advantage of her failing hearing and eyesight to transfer rights Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, has sued her literary agent for allegedly duping her into assigning him the copyright on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan,... Continue Reading →

‘They stole our dreams’: blogger reveals cost of reporting Mexico’s drug wars | The Guardian

The revelation she was female would surprise many, said Lucy. "It's a strong blow to Mexican machismo and the idea women are weaker, more delicate. There is an expectation for women to always look pretty. But we're much more than that." She tried to relax, she said, with music, coffee and cigarettes. She missed having... Continue Reading →

America Under the Gun: Clear link found between high levels of gun violence and weak state gun laws | Center for American Progress

Despite this complex web of factors that influence the rate of gun violence, this report finds a clear link between high levels of gun violence and weak state gun laws. Across the key indicators of gun violence that we analyzed, the 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have an aggregate level of gun... Continue Reading →

University of Arizona App Warns Drivers of Dust Storm Danger

Springtime is near, and with it the start of dust storm season in the southwestern United States. Arizona experiences some of the worst dust storms in the country during the spring and summer months, leading to poor visibility and potentially dangerous driving conditions on the state's highways. To help protect drivers from dust-related dangers on... Continue Reading →

Hunting With Golden Eagles In Kazakhstan

Some 50 Kazakh falconers have taken part in an annual contest to prove their skill at hunting with golden eagles. The sport -- in which the eagles hunt rabbits and foxes on command -- is a Kazakh tradition that goes back many centuries. Madi Bekmaganbetov, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service For more on this story, visit: Hunting... Continue Reading →

Writing the Ship | Daily Nutmeg

Earlier this month, Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney caught a big blunder in the new film biography of Abraham Lincoln. One scene shows states voting to ratify the amendment abolishing slavery, with Courtney’s 19th century Connecticut congressional counterparts heard voting against the 13th amendment when in fact all four of Connecticut’s congressmen at the time voted... Continue Reading →

The American People Need Real Spending Cuts

President Obama and other so-called progressives insist that the American people are not overly dependent on government. They also predict dire consequences if the automatic budget “cuts” known as sequestration take place March 1. Both claims cannot be true. If modest across-the-board “cuts” — mainly cuts in the rate of growth — in military and... Continue Reading →

Financing the Global Sharing Economy – STWR – Share The World’s Resources

A report by Share The World’s Resources demonstrates how governments could mobilize over $2.8 trillion each year to bolster the global sharing economy and prevent life-threatening deprivation, reverse austerity measures and mitigate the human impacts of climate change. Humanity is facing a global emergency. Extreme poverty and climate-related disasters are taking the lives of over... Continue Reading →

Georgia Prepares for ‘Another Grotesque and Unjust Execution’ | Common Dreams

The state of Georgia is set to execute Warren Hill, a mentally disabled, African-American man, on Tuesday. The state's last execution was that of Troy Davis, prompting Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, to write that "the world community is again watching Georgia with great concern as it prepares... Continue Reading →

Wenonah Hauter: Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America

The Executive Director of Food and Water Watch tells GRITtv's Laura Flanders why voting with our forks won't beat food company consolidation and why we need new federal anti-trust regulation and a stronger democracy too. Hauter's book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, is just out from The New... Continue Reading →

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