10 Preps Your Should Not Cheap Out On – WGTTA

World Wide (SurvivalSullivan) – Prepping entails a significant amount of physical and material preparation, and with the latter making ready entails significant expense. Most of us are not made of money, and even for those of us who are financially secure, there is always good cause to spend thriftily and steward your resources. Unfortunately the hunt for a good deal or an excellent bargain can sometimes take a wrong turn into Cheapo-ville. The wares in this blighted place are almost never worth their asking price, and worse than fleecing you of…

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A Political Stalemate Over Puerto Rican Aid Is Leaving All US Disaster Funding in Limbo

United States (Conversation) – Senate Democrats recently blocked US$13.5 billion in relief for Americans whose lives were disrupted by hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, flooding and other natural disasters. The objections had to do with Puerto Rico. In addition to aid for Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska, this bill included $600 million to cover six months’ worth of nutritional assistance requested by Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. But Democrats refused to back the bill because it lacked funds that would protect the island from floods and rebuild its electrical grid. The result…

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Children Educate Teachers With Their Testimonies From War Zones

World Wide (Conversation) – Fatima’s dream is recalled in a single sentence: “Once I dreamed I fell from a ship and then I woke up… and was afraid.” Fatima’s dream attests to a haunting reality that leaves her sleepless and afraid in waking life. In the short documentary and animated film Fatima’s Drawings, award-winning photojournalist Magnus Wennman unravels Fatima’s story, attesting to her experience of war in Syria. The film featuring Fatima’s dream and drawings, and my full story about it, is found online at Museum of Dreams. The site…

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Mapping the US Counties Where Traffic Air Pollution Hurts Children the Most

United States (Conversation) – In the U.S., over 6 million children had ongoing asthma in 2016. Globally, asthma kills around 1,000 people every day – and its prevalence is rising. This condition has a high economic cost. Each year in the U.S., more than US$80 billion is lost because of asthma. This is mainly due to premature deaths, medical payments and missed work and school days. The burden is higher for families with asthmatic children, who, on average, spend $1,700 more on health care than families with healthy children. One…

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Long Delays at Border Bridges Bring Anxiety for Businesses as Holy Week Begins

United States (TexasTribune) – It took Ciudad Juárez resident Norma Martinez about 90 minutes just to get halfway through the pedestrian line at the Paso Del Norte bridge Saturday afternoon on her way to shop for clothes, umbrellas and other goods she resells at her store across the Rio Grande. She said her young son’s feet began to hurt, so the people in front of her allowed her to skip ahead. Otherwise, she said, they probably would have waited more than two hours to get through U.S. Customs. Normally, Martinez…

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Australian Court Delivers Landmark Ruling Validating Abortion Clinic ‘Safe Access Zones’

Australia (Conversation) – The High Court of Australia handed down a judgment on April 10 that upheld Tasmanian and Victorian laws that created “safe access zones” around abortion clinics. The court ruled the laws are constitutionally valid. Safe access zones prevent anti-abortionists from targeting patients, staff and others within a specific radius of abortion clinics. They protect the privacy, safety and dignity of women accessing health care. Safe access zones now operate in all Australian jurisdictions, except South Australia and Western Australia. The current case stemmed from two appeals to…

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Women Are Leading the Protests in Sudan

Sudan (GV) – “No to corrupt dictatorship,” a drawing by Tibyan Albasha. Used with permission. Since December 2018, protests in Sudan that sparked over the tripled price of bread have turned into nationwide protests against the nearly three-decade rule regime of Omar Al Bashir. Finally, on Thursday April 11, 2019, Bashir was forced to step down. AL-BASHIR IS OUT !! WE DID IT !!! #Sudan — Alaa Salah (@iAlaaSalah) April 11, 2019 Bashir’s government has used repressive tactics and measures to quell the protests. More than 40 protesters have been…

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Nixon and Reagan Tried Closing the Border to Pressure Mexico – Here’s What Happened

United States (Conversation) – Just a week ago, President Donald Trump appeared poised to take the drastic step of closing the U.S.-Mexico border to both trade and travel. He said he wanted to stop the flood of Central American migrants entering the United States but also punish Mexico for failing to do so. But on April 4, the president backpedaled and instead gave Mexico a year to stop the flow of drugs across the border. If that didn’t happen, he threatened, auto tariffs would be imposed – and the president…

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Keeping Teenage Girls in School

United States (HRW) – Globally, over 130 million girls between 6 and 17 years old are not in school. For adolescent girls especially, many factors feed into their ability to stay in school – do they have enough money to pay tuition fees? Do their parents value their education? Are there safe bathrooms, essential for when girls are on their periods? Will teachers sexually harass them? For too many, the onset of puberty signals the beginning of a very vulnerable period in their lives. For decades, the United States has been a leading donor to…

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Women’s Fight Against Sexual Harassment Didn’t Start With #MeToo

World WIde (Conversation) – Just two months after allegations of sexual abuse against Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light in a 2017 New York Times article, women in at least 85 countries began using the hashtag #MeToo, to speak against sexual harassment. In China, sexual misconduct accusations led to the firing of a professor at a top university and the resignation of a high-profile Buddhist monk. In Egypt, it was a highly regarded leader of the Arab Spring who was forced to resign. And in India, sexual misconduct accusations…

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