Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I Don't Think I Want to Be a Mother, and That Should Be Acceptable | Beth Leipholtz

I Don't Think I Want to Be a Mother, and That Should Be Acceptable | Beth Leipholtz:



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Making Flying While Brown Safe Again | American Civil Liberties Union

Making Flying While Brown Safe Again | American Civil Liberties Union: "When Shoshana Hebshi boarded Frontier Flight 623 on September 11, 2011, she was heading home to Detroit Metro Airport from a visit to her sister in San Francisco. She couldn't have foreseen that being seated next to two other brown-skinned people would end up with her handcuffed, detained, and strip-searched by law enforcement.

Shoshana, born in the United States, is half Saudi Arabian, and the two men who were seated in her row were South Asian. None of them knew each other before they boarded the plane. Still, the airline and the government lumped them all together as suspicious after the two men used the lavatory one after another, for what some passengers believed was an unusually long time."

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Wealthy Activist Vandana Shiva Is A Poor Advocate For The Poor

http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2014/07/16/a-wealthy-activist-is-a-poor-advocate-for-the-poor/

Vandana Shiva advocates policies that will inflict widespread poverty, malnutrition, and death on the very people she claims to champion. And she’s no friend of the environment, either.

Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen

Vandana Shiva, the Indian activist who opposes modern agriculture and modern science–and well, modernity in general–is a popular guest lecturer on American campuses. Last spring, she held the Weissberg Chair in International Studies (2013-2014) at Beloit College and this fall is scheduled to lecture at Arizona State and Wake Forest universities. Although she gets good press from left-wing and environmental publications, Shiva is widely considered by the scientific community to be unbalanced (in both senses of the word) for advocating unsound, anti-social policies and promulgating disproven theories about agriculture. One hopes her remarks to university students are placed in perspective by someone who knows better.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BBC News - Jose Antonio Vargas released after US border detention

BBC News - Jose Antonio Vargas released after US border detention: "A prominent activist and undocumented immigrant has been released by border agents in Texas after hours in custody.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has lived in the US illegally since he was a child, was held at McAllen Airport on Tuesday.

The Philippines-born immigration activist, 33, said later in a statement on Facebook that he had been released."



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10 no-fee volunteer programs to kickstart your development career

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10 Volunteer Programs for Mid-Level Global Development Professionals

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Packing for the Peace Corps: Volunteers share their must-haves | Devex

Packing for the Peace Corps: Volunteers share their must-haves | Devex: "As part of Devex’s Doing More, an online series on volunteering and its impact on global development, Devex asked current and returned volunteers to share what they packed to serve abroad, as well as their advice for what future volunteers should bring. Volunteers suggested taking items with sentimental value, like photos of family and friends, and noted that the items volunteers should bring differ depending on the climate and customs of their countries of service.

Here’s what current and former Peace Corps volunteers had to say about what they brought and what they think other volunteers should pack."



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