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Jun 23, 2012 Gene Sharp: A dictator's worst nightmare

QUOTE: political scientist Gene Sharp....Now 84, the American academic has dedicated most of his life to the study of the bold, some might say reckless, idea that nonviolence -- rather than violence -- is the most effective way of overthrowing corrupt, repressive regimes.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 27, 2012 Florida’s New Election Law Blunts Voter Drives

QUOTE: Florida, which is expected to be a vital swing state once again in this year’s presidential election, is enrolling fewer new voters than it did four years ago as prominent civic organizations have suspended registration drives because of what they describe as onerous restrictions imposed last year by Republican state officials.

New York Times
Feb 06, 2012 Charges Against U.S.-Aided Groups Come With History of Distrust in Egypt

QUOTE: Egyptian state media announced charges against four such nonprofit organizations that are based in Washington and that receive some United States government support. The charges include operating without licenses, “conducting research to send to the United States” and supporting Egyptian candidates and parties “to serve foreign interests.”

New York Times
Aug 01, 2011 Somalis Waste Away as Insurgents Block Escape From Famine

QUOTE: The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.

New York Times
May 26, 2010 Facebook Bows to Pressure Over Privacy

QUOTE: The back and forth between Facebook and its users over privacy is gaining importance as the company’s growth continues unabated. It now has nearly 500 million users around the world, and its policies, more than those of any other company, are helping to define standards for privacy in the Internet age.

New York Times
Apr 22, 2010 One-Fourth of Nonprofits Are to Lose Tax Breaks

QUOTE: The federal legislation passed in 2006 required all nonprofits to file tax forms the following year. Previously, only organizations with revenues of $25,000 or more — or the vast majority of nonprofit groups — had to file. The new law, embedded in the 393 pages of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, also directed the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax exemptions of groups that failed to file for three consecutive years.

New York Times
Apr 21, 2010 At 40, Earth Day Is Now Big Business

QUOTE: To many pioneers of the environmental movement, eco-consumerism, creeping for decades, is intensely frustrating and detracts from Earth Day’s original purpose.

New York Times
Apr 21, 2010 Bias Accord as Harbinger

QUOTE: A DECISION this month by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to drop its racial-discrimination lawsuit against Wells Fargo in exchange for a say in reviewing its lending practices could set the stage for similar agreements with other big mortgage lenders, some experts say. From 2007 to 2009, the N.A.A.C.P. filed suit against 15 lenders, accusing them of offering high-cost loans to many black borrowers during the subprime lending boom, even though many of the applicants could have qualified for lower interest rates and closing costs.

New York Times
Apr 04, 2010 A hotbed of techie agents of government transparency

QUOTE: Monitoring your elected officials and keeping track of your government's spending? There's an app for that, as it turns out. Or such was the theme of the second annual TransparencyCamp, held at George Washington University last weekend, an event aimed at bringing programmers and activists together to mingle and talk shop about how to mine government data in clever ways.

Washington Post
Mar 16, 2010 Wife of Justice Thomas starts group for 'citizen activists'

QUOTE: Into the heightened political atmosphere between the Supreme Court and the Obama administration comes now Virginia Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, who is founder of a new nonprofit lobbying and political-organizing group catering to the "citizen activists" of the "tea party" movement. Virginia "Ginni" Thomas says Liberty Central Inc...

Washington Post
Sep 18, 2009 Frustrations Grow Among Slovakia's Hungarian Minority

QUOTE: fully five years after Hungary and Slovakia joined the European Union, Bratislava and Budapest suddenly find themselves squabbling over the ethnic Hungarian minority [in Slovakia].

Der Spiegel
Sep 17, 2009 Expand the House? (On Politics)

QUOTE: because each state gets at least one seat... and because the overall size of the House has not changed in a century, the number of people represented by a single congressman can vary widely.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2009 Low-Wage Workers Are Often Cheated, Study Says

QUOTE: Low-wage workers are routinely denied proper overtime pay and are often paid less than the minimum wage, according to a new study ...

New York Times
Sep 01, 2009 Why Jews see racism in Israel

QUOTE: About two-thirds of Ethiopian Jews receive support from state [Israel] welfare agencies. And just over 10 percent recieve post-high school education compared to 40 percent of Israeli Jews, according to an Ethiopian advocacy group.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 27, 2009 ACLU chapter flags Facebook app privacy (The Social)

QUOTE: The Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has put out a campaign designed to raise awareness of the privacy implications of Facebook's developer platform.

Aug 24, 2009 Journalists, Left Out of Debate: Few Americans Seem to Hear Health Care Facts (Media Notes)

QUOTE: The crackling, often angry debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media's ability to untangle a story of immense complexity.

Washington Post
Aug 21, 2009 In South Korea, Freed U.S. Journalists Come Under Harsh Criticism

QUOTE: in South Korea, human rights advocates, bloggers and Christian pastors are accusing them [the two freed U.S. journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, freed from North Korea] of needlessly endangering the very people they tried to cover: North Korean refugees and the activists who help them.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2009 Obama lawyers offer reluctant defense of gay marriage ban

QUOTE: "This administration does not support DOMA [law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage] as a matter of policy, believes that it is discriminatory and supports its repeal," Assistant Atty. Gen. Tony West wrote... "Consistent with the rule of law, however, the Department of Justice has long followed the practice of defending federal statutes as long as reasonable arguments can be made in support of their constitutionality."

Los Angeles Times
Aug 09, 2009 Germans wary as mosque rises in Cologne: Plans to build the largest mosque in the country highlight a fundamental demographic change that some fear poses a threat to Europe's Christian culture.

QUOTE: Cloaked within complaints about noise, parking, and its [a large mosque planned to be built] possible impact on property values was the unease of a Germany that is coming to grips with a fundamental demographic change – the rise of its Muslim minority – and worried that it might pose a threat to Europe's Christian culture.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 07, 2009 Corrupt Democracy in India

QUOTE: new reports documenting the pervasive abuses committed by the Indian police are providing firsthand evidence not only of warrantless arrests... but also the complicity of parties and political leaders who have turned police and paramilitary forces in a number of [Indian] states into bodyguard agencies and private armies.

Jul 26, 2009 Tests for California's 'pot economy': Medical marijuana booms in cities such as L.A., with some eyeing its revenue potential. But there's pushback, too.

QUOTE: as [medical marijuana] dispensaries have sprouted across this and other California cities, they face pushback from local residents unhappy with their new neighbors and officials concerned about inadequate oversight of a novel business.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 28, 2009 Jews Remain Stymied In Efforts to Reclaim Art Looted by Nazis

QUOTE: Holocaust survivors and their heirs are still battling museums and governments for the return of thousands of pieces of looted art, despite pledges made by dozens of countries in Washington a decade ago to resolve the claims.

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2009 Many Iranian-American protesters fear to speak too boldly

QUOTE: They[Iranian-Americans] want the story of their homeland told, but they worry about reprisals against relatives in Iran, as well as from pro-regime groups here in the US.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 22, 2009 The Church and Gay Marriage: Are Mormons Misunderstood?

QUOTE: Even as Mormons have become more prominent, they have struggled to overcome lingering prejudices and misrepresentations about the sources of their beliefs.

Time Magazine
Jun 19, 2009 Facebook Taps Privacy Hawk as Lobbyist: Former ACLU Counsel Working to Build Technology Firm's Beltway Clout

QUOTE: Facebook's newly minted lobbyist used to be one of the company's most formidable adversaries. [Timothy Sparapani] argued that Internet companies have too much control over consumers' data....

Washington Post
Jan 18, 2009 Marriage Ban Donors Feel Exposed by List

QUOTE: dotting the online display are thousands of red arrows... identifying the addresses of donors who supported Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California. It is exactly those arrows that concern supporters of the measure, who say they have been regularly harassed since the election...

New York Times
Sep 22, 2008 Inside the vaccine-and-autism scare. A pediatrician traces the rise of the anti-vaccine movement that falsely linked thimerosal with autism and turned parents away from the most lifesaving medicine in

QUOTE: Offit also uses the vaccine-autism debate as a case study in how easily society misconstrues science. We are all too eager, he believes, to hold up a single, unverified scientific study as fact. Instead, we should be skeptical about its conclusions and measured in our response to it until its results can be verified by future studies.

Sep 16, 2008 Capitol Strives to Define ‘Homeless’

ABSTRACT: With unemployment and foreclosures rising and growing numbers of families struggling to find affordable housing, lawmakers in Congress are debating who should be considered homeless... with too few shelter beds and services available to help the homeless who are already living on the streets, the debate over whether to expand significantly the pool of people eligible for such limited aid has sharply divided advocates for the homeless and upended political alliances.

New York Times
Aug 23, 2008 Group Suing AT&T for Spying Will Sue Government, Too

QUOTE: As for the unexpectedly long-lived suit against AT&T, the government and the EFF are discussing when and how the government will attempt to have the case dismissed using the amnesty provision. The EFF wants to challenge the legality of the amnesty before it is actually applied, while the government prefers to have the case dismissed first -- then have the EFF fight the dismissal.

Aug 07, 2008 A Better Way To Speed Up The Adoption of Vaccines

QUOTE: Many vaccines are implemented slowly, particularly in developing countries, and nearly 11 million children die every year due to a lack of vaccinations.

Jul 08, 2008 FDA orders 'black box' label on some antibiotics

QUOTE: The FDA is requiring the label warnings and a medication guide for fluoroquinolone drugs, which include Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Noroxin and Floxin. The consumer group Public Citizen asked the FDA in August 2006 to put the "black box" warning on Cipro and other fluoroquinolones, and also to warn doctors. Earlier this year, Public Citizen filed a lawsuit to force the FDA to take those actions.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 29, 2008 Citizens' Groups Step Up In China: Wary Rulers Allow Role in Quake Aid

QUOTE: Now, however, aided by the proliferation of online bulletin boards, blogs and on-the-ground coordination centers, unregistered grass-roots organizations are essentially functioning as legitimate earthquake-relief NGOs, operating for the first time without having to look over their shoulders and helping to manage a crisis whose death toll could surpass 80,000.

Washington Post
May 07, 2008 In Europe, New Scrutiny of Ethical Standards

QUOTE: 'A series of bribery investigations at leading European companies has helped to accelerate compliance with global anticorruption standards as managers recognize the risk to their brands and reputations, legal analysts and international regulators say....“an increased sensibility among global companies that the reputational damage of bribery allegations has become much more significant than any actual legal consequences.”'

New York Times
Mar 26, 2008 Saudi Arabia: slowly opening dialog about human rights

QUOTE: A Saudi commission cites progress on rights awareness. Still, a Human Rights Watch report Tuesday enumerated ongoing abuses, including arbitrary arrests and lack of legal counsel.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 03, 2008 For Black Superdelegates, Pressure to Back Obama

QUOTE: [Barack Obama's candidacy]...has driven a wedge through the black political establishment, exposing a rift between a new generation, whose members see their political horizons as limitless, and their predecessors, who have struggled to establish a following outside of heavily African American areas.

Washington Post
Nov 21, 2007 Group Says St. Patrick’s Sells Sweatshop Goods

QUOTE: The group, the National Labor Committee, which has unearthed past examples of abusive work conditions, said it had bought crucifixes in the Roman Catholic cathedral that had been assembled by workers toiling under deplorable conditions.

New York Times
Nov 21, 2007 Cyberbullying Suicide Stokes the Internet Fury Machine

QUOTE: But the drive for social shaming -- to right a wrong and restore social balance -- can run amok and create paradoxical consequences, especially on the internet where people instigate mobs in ways they wouldn't do offline.

Nov 19, 2007 Chinese Dam Projects Criticized for Their Human Costs (Choking on Growth)

QUOTE: The Three Gorges Dam, then, lies at the uncomfortable center of China’s energy conundrum: The nation’s roaring economy is addicted to dirty, coal-fired power plants that pollute the air and belch greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Dams are much cleaner producers of electricity, but they have displaced millions of people in China and carved a stark environmental legacy on the landscape.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2007 Protesting Demeaning Images in Media

QUOTE: The rallies are taking place as civil rights leaders, cultural critics and others use the moment to debate how to represent the diversity of black life while minimizing offensive words and images. A big issue is the distinction between standards and censorship. Some charge that what Enough Is Enough does is censorship.

New York Times
Sep 11, 2007 Russian Authorities Won't Renew Visa of U.S. Labor Organizer: Move Seen as Part of Crackdown On Western-Funded Civic Activism

QUOTE: Russian authorities have refused to renew the visa of an American labor activist working with a dockworkers union in Kaliningrad, the latest in a series of visa denials targeting Western trade unionists, business people, journalists and lawyers whose activities attracted the suspicion of state officials.

Washington Post
Sep 01, 2007 The Way We Live Now: Not in Whose Backyard?

QUOTE: Countless federal laws have been written to preserve far-flung wilderness that Americans rarely visit (the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for instance) and endangered species that we scarcely see (from longhorn fairy shrimp to piping plovers). Yet no legislation has been tailored to protect a landscape that is perhaps the most vulnerable: the low-income communities that shelter most of America’s polluting facilities.

New York Times
Aug 31, 2007 Crime, immigration issues dominate Guatemala debate

QUOTE: The "extremely concerning" level of violence led Amnesty International to release an open letter to candidates this week asking that they "ensure the electoral campaign is conducted in a manner consistent with respect for the rule of law and human rights standards." The human rights group also called for an end to "clandestine groups who operate with absolute impunity" 11 years after the country's long-running civil war officially came to a close.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 28, 2007 U.S. Delays Terror Screening for Aid Groups

QUOTE: The plan would require charities, religious organizations, colleges and universities, and corporations seeking foreign aid funds to give the government detailed information about key personnel, including dates and places of birth, employment, citizenship, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The government would send that information to the FBI, intelligence and law enforcement agencies, but would shroud the results in secrecy by not telling the groups deemed unacceptable why they were rejected.

Washington Post
Aug 24, 2007 As an energy-saver, the clothesline makes a comeback: A 'Right to Dry' movement is growing, with some states introducing legislation to override clothesline bans.

QUOTE: a national clothesline – or "Right to Dry" – movement escalates. In fact, Vermont is the latest state to introduce a bill that would override clothesline bans, which are often instituted by community associations loath to air laundry even when it's clean.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 09, 2007 How Green Was Live Earth, Anyway? The environment was the message at the Live Earth concert in New Jersey. But how eco-friendly was the show?

QUOTE: all of the activity was supposed to be in service of building global awareness of climate change and what to do about it. Just how Green was Live Earth, really?

Jun 13, 2007 Moore Lobbies Sacramento For Healing: Filmmaker, Health Care Activists Promote ‘Sicko’ While Demanding Reforms in Industry

QUOTE: In the days before Moore’s film “Sicko” opens...the director will be the centerpiece of a campaign that melds activism, policy, politics and Hollywood into a media force like no other widely released film. .... both filmmaker and activists believe, the public could ultimately receive better, less expensive health care if they’re successful.

San Francisco Chronicle
Jun 11, 2007 Darfur's aid lifeline in danger: Bandits from all factions are increasingly targeting relief convoys and aid workers in Sudan's conflict.

QUOTE: With three rebel groups splitting up into more than a dozen groups – many of them based on personal or tribal loyalties – armed groups have taken to robbing the relatively soft target of aid workers, who have many of the vehicles, money, and communications equipment that an armed movement needs.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 03, 2007 Class-Action Firms Extend Reach to Global Rights Cases

QUOTE: The class-action bar is going global. Until recently, international human rights cases in American courts were brought mainly by public interest lawyers more interested in calling attention to abuses and in establishing universal legal standards than in a potential payday. ....The prominent plaintiffs’ firms, their critics say, are in it for the money.

New York Times
May 12, 2007 Bank May Vote No Confidence In Wolfowitz

QUOTE: The World Bank executive board has concluded that the bank's president, Paul D. Wolfowitz, broke ethics rules in engineering a hefty pay raise for his girlfriend, and plans to try to end his tenure next week, senior bank officials said yesterday.

Washington Post
Apr 27, 2007 World execution numbers fall: Number of people executed in Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan rises despite overall decline, Amnesty international says.

QUOTE: In its annual report on the death penalty, the human rights group Amnesty International said at least 1,591 people were executed last year, down from 2,148 the year before. "Last year saw a slight drop in execution numbers - but it was another grim death toll around the world and we are particularly concerned about a disturbing 'revival' of executions in countries like Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan," Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International UK, said.

Guardian Unlimited

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