When It Comes to Rape, Just Because a Case Is Cleared Doesn’t Mean It’s Solved

United States (ProPublica) – Andy Leisher didn’t like what he was seeing on the security cameras from his post at the front desk of the Ramada Inn in Janesville, Wisconsin. On the closed-circuit television in front of him, Leisher watched as a man in his 30s kissed what appeared to be a teenager in the motel hot tub. It put him on alert. “It just felt awkward,” Leisher said of the scene. “She just seemed really young, and he seemed really old. Or too old to be with her.” When…

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Can Artisanal Weed Compete with ‘Big Marijuana’?

United States (Conversation) – You’ve heard of Big Pharma and Big Tobacco. How about Big Marijuana? The drug’s growing legalization is raising concerns among small-scale marijuana farmers and retailers that the corporatization of weed may be right around the corner. For example, earlier this year NASDAQ became the first major U.S. stock exchange to list shares of a marijuana production company. And in August, Corona-maker Constellation Brands shocked Wall Street by making a US$3.8 billion investment in a Canadian marijuana producer, sparking a bull market in marijuana stocks industry-wide. Even…

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Texas Set to Approve Curriculum Some Say is Historically Inaccurate

Texas, United States (TexasTribune) – Approaching the podium, Dallas middle school teacher Ron Francis faced the circle of 15 large, wooden desks at the Texas State Board of Education’s September meeting. The board was discussing changes to the social studies curriculum standards, the result of a 10-month-long process to cut back on what teachers have to cover in the classroom. But Francis, a 6-foot-tall Army veteran who teaches in Highland Park ISD, was more concerned about what the board wasn’t cutting. The standards currently list slavery alongside three other causes for…

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Marie Colvin: Lindsey Hilsum’s Biography of Courageous War Reporter is Compelling Stuff

(Conversation) – For Marie Colvin, it was Lebanon’s War of the Camps that brought home the power of journalism. In April 1987 Burj al Barajneh, a Palestinian refugee camp, was besieged by Amal, a Shia militia backed by the Syrian regime. Colvin and her photographer Tom Stoddart paid an Amal commander to briefly hold fire while they ran into the camp across no-man’s land. The assault on the camp was relentless and women were forced to run a gauntlet of sniper fire to get food and water for their families. One…

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AN HONEST LOOK AT POVERTY IN THE HEARTLAND

Wisconsin (OW) – A few weeks before the election, a roomful of Wisconsinites gathered to share some of the stories that are often left out of political campaigns. At a Racine gathering of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, visitors shared real-life stories about poverty in the state. Solo Little John of Kenosha, Wisconsin was one of those who testified. He’s a fast food worker at Wendy’s and a leader of the Fight for $15 living wage campaign. “My voice represents the voices of the voiceless,” he said,…

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Americans Elected Mayors who Care About Climate Change

United States (Conversation) – Being pro-environment was a winning strategy for this country’s mayors. Twelve mayors in America’s 100 largest cities faced re-election battles during the 2018 midterms, and mayors – both Democrats and Republicans – who followed pro-environmental policies were rewarded. All six mayors who had demonstrated their commitment to the environment by signing the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – including Stephen Adler of Austin, Texas, Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky, and Libby Schaff of Oakland, California – won re-election. The other big city mayors…

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World War I: the Forgotten Housewives who Helped Win the Battle on the Home Front

United Kingdom (Conversation) – As we wear poppies to mark the end of World War I, we should ask ourselves who we are being asked to commemorate. Despite four years of television programmes, exhibitions, art installations and local history projects, we still seem to find it easier to focus on the trenches than the home front, on men rather than women – and, among the women, on munition workers and nurses rather than housewives. The stories remain largely masculine – despite the large amount of money put into commemoration through…

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How Many Women Does it Take to Change a Broken Congress?

United States (Conversation) – The next United States Congress will have at least 123 women in the House and Senate, including two Muslim-American women, two Native American women and two 29-year-olds. Ten more women could still win in midterm races that remain too close to call. Starting in 2019, women will make up nearly a quarter of the 435-member House of Representatives – a record high. Currently, there are 84 women in the House. The female newcomers women will make waves in government – and not just because women legislators…

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Origins and Implications of the Caravan of Honduran Migrants

Honduras (Conversation) – Honduras is a wonderful place for a short visit, despite its reputation as one of the most dangerous places on the planet. It is a small, beautiful country with an abundance of natural resources and a warm, welcoming culture. But it is a very hard place to live. I first traveled there nearly 20 years ago to do volunteer work, meeting my Honduran husband in the process. I have visited multiple times since then, including living in Honduras for nearly a year while doing my PhD research….

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Recreational Cannabis Measure Passes in Michigan

Submission by Zach Binx Michigan (PT) – After the long and obnoxious mid-term campaigns, Michigan decided to free the weed. Meaning after the certified ballot count, recreational cannabis becomes legal in Michigan. Here’s the details of the proposal. Adults 21 and over will be allowed to possess marijuana in the amount of 2.5 oz (71 grams) of cured flower, 10 ounces(283 grams) of curing flower, and 12 plants. Image source; Pixabay The proposal did not include specifics of what constitutes “curing” and “cured” flower, nor did it detail what stages…

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