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145 million live within three feet of sea level. Rising oceans are a first world problem too

Poor nations such as Bangladesh are especially vulnerable, but the West’s prime real estate hotspots are also at risk.<p>What a pity that President …

“No Problem, Mon!” – Jamaican Stereotypes Debunked

I hope that my very first article doesn’t come off sounding like a rant…<p>When I was given the opportunity to inform at least one person from every …

Donald Trump hits new lows

<b>(CNN) —</b> After slandering Mexicans as drug dealers and rapists, and retweeting images of monkeys trying to cross the border, Donald Trump has declared open season on African-Americans.<p>On Sunday, Trump defended the beating of a black protester who disrupted a campaign rally. White supporters punched …

Donald Trump’s white fascist brigade: His rallies are now a safe space for racism

<b>(AP)</b><p>An activist is beaten and taunted with racial slurs at a Trump rally in Alabama. This is just the beginning<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>November 23, 2015 8:49pm (UTC)<p>A protester from the Black Lives Matter movement was beaten at a Donald Trump rally held on Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama.<p>CNN reported …

Molenbeek mayor received terror suspects list including on-the-run Salah Abdeslam one month before Paris attacks

EC chief says Schengen is 'comatose' and warned euro may collapse without it, as Brussels emerges from four days of lockdown

The Most Ambitious Effort Yet To Abolish The Death Penalty Is Already Happening

Derided this spring as “guerrilla warfare” by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the death penalty abolition movement is coming out into the open. The 8th Amendment Project’s leaders talk with BuzzFeed News about why — and how they plan to win.<p>Henderson Hill and Rob Smith are the odd couple …

One Thing That Is Worse Than Guns

I met Jeff at the Woodfords Congregational Church, a polling place in Portland, Maine, on Election Day. He was videotaping people collecting and providing signatures to put a citizens referendum question on the ballot.<p>Jeff was nice. He's from Appleton and answered most of my questions politely, and …

The son of London billionaire Lord Paul has died after falling 8 storeys from his luxury penthouse

According to a report in The Telegraph, the 45-year-old died on the roof of a building beside his apartment in Portland Place, Marylebone, on Sunday morning.<p>Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene after he suffered devastating injuries, while authorities have said they aren't treating the death …

The United Islands of Jamaica: the ones you probably never heard of

Jamaica is the third-largest island-state in the Greater Antilles, and the only surrounded entirely by the Caribbean Sea.<p>A fact we as citizens have …

Christie Blatchford: Life of grinding poverty in Jamaica far better than what awaited Melonie in Canada

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Canada

Slavery, the Nazis and the KKK: We can’t face the past, and it’s poisoning our future

<b>(AP/Reuters/Stephane Mahe/Salon)</b><p>Faulkner’s maxim is truer than ever — and while the whole world struggles with history, America’s denial is toxic<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>November 7, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>No quotation from American literature, with the possible exception of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “boats against the …

Father's biography forces Jeb Bush campaign to grapple with family ghosts

The former Florida governor, who has struggled to define himself outside his family, faces a new challenge as he tries to revive a flagging campaign<p>Belonging to a political dynasty is supposed to be a shortcut to power. For Jeb Bush, however, it has become a millstone around the neck.<p>Related: 'He's …

U.S. official: '99.9% certain' Russian plane was brought down by bomb

<b>(CNN) —</b> Several senior administration officials in the intelligence, military and national security community told CNN the United States is almost positive a Russian passenger jet was brought down by a bomb.<p>How convinced are they?<p>One official said "it's 99.9% certain."<p>Another official told CNN on …

Visiting a Plantation but No Mention of Slaves

<i>(Note: The pictures above were taken on the plantation. The top is a collection of photos and the bottom photo is me kneeling before the names of the 124 slaves from Oak Alley Plantation.)</i><p>It was a month ago that a couple of friends and I descended on New Orleans. We were there to see each other …

Morocco to build world's largest concentrated solar power plant

<b>(CNN) —</b> It may be famous for its meandering medinas and the scenic Atlas Mountains, but Morocco might soon make its name as a solar superpower.<p>The north-western African nation is building the world's biggest concentrated solar power plant, which will supply electricity to 1.1 million Moroccans by …

Renewable Energy

Fugitive Mexican kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán may have made it all the way to Argentina

Security forces in Argentina and Chile are reportedly searching for fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, after a red alert from international police agency Interpol about the kingpin's possible presence in the region.<p>According to Spanish newspaper El País, Argentine authorities …

Mexico

Sorry, eating chicken is indefensible: The real horrors behind America’s most popular meat

<b>(Martin Nemec via Shutterstock)</b><p>Chicken is seen as cheap protein and convenient food. But the labor practices and “killing line” are horrifying<p>Christopher D. Cook<p>November 7, 2015 3:45pm (UTC)<p>Before slicing off your next bite of chicken, nibble on this for a moment: To get that bird to your table, …

Agriculture

Carson slams reporters over questions about his past

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Ben Carson spent much of Friday aggressively rebutting media reports about his past -- a striking departure from the mellow personality he has displayed on the campaign trail.<p>"There is a desperation on behalf of some to try to find ways to tarnish me because they've been looking …

Ryan fires warning shot at White House ahead of shutdown deadline

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Speaker Paul Ryan warned the White House and Democrats Tuesday that Republicans won't back down from a fight over government spending that left unresolved could result in a mid-December shutdown.<p>"This is the legislative branch, and the power of the purse rests within the …

America is full of high-earning poor people

Do you earn a decent salary, but live paycheck-to-paycheck? If so, you are part of a growing segment of the American population: the income rich-ish and asset poor.<p>We tend to associate empty bank balances with those on the lowest rungs of the income ladder. But many of America’s upper middle class …

Income Inequality

Is China the Next Mexico? | Essay | Zócalo Public Square

When I served as Mexico’s ambassador to China, I was often asked the wrong question: Is Mexico the next China? The better question is whether China …

Antarctica is gaining ice, NASA study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Antarctica is gaining more ice than it has lost, according to a new study by NASA.<p>A NASA team came to this conclusion after scientists examined the heights of the region's ice sheet measured from satellites.<p>The new methods used by scientists to come to this study's conclusion, such as …

Climate Change

GOP hates the media because they are liars: The damning, evil history of the right’s war on a free press

<b>(Wikimedia/Salon)</b><p>The real story behind CNBC debate, and Fox News’ very existence, comes down to the right’s fear of being exposed<p>Heather Cox Richardson<p>November 1, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>According to the Republican contenders for the presidency who “debated” on CNBC Wednesday night, America’s problems …

5 Jaw-Dropping Luxury Homes On The Market Right Now

You need to see this.<p>Indoor basketball courts, cavernous wine cellars, breathtaking views of the Rockies -- luxury homes around America are pretty darn impressive. And thanks to sites like Zillow, we can spend our time gawking at them. <i></i><p>For your viewing pleasure, the real estate listings site rounded …

Real Estate

How John Boehner, one of the most underrated modern politicians, reshaped Washington forever

It was September 28, the day before Boehner planned to announce his resignation as speaker. It was also the day Pope Francis, after years of prodding, addressed a joint session of Congress.<p>Latham, a former US representative from Iowa and one of Boehner's staunchest allies in the House, was eating …

Paul Ryan

‘Your Skirt Is Too Short’: H.S. Student Body President Posts Blistering Letter After She Says School Official Sent Her Home Over Inappropriate Outfit

Carey Burgess, student body president at South Carolina’s Beaufort High School, said she wore the following outfit to school on Tuesday:<p>Image source: Facebook<p>Burgess later wrote on Facebook that her clothing decision got her in some hot water.<p>“About 20 minutes into the day, my friend and I were …

Prodigal Son

Marco Rubio’s complicated Cuban legacy.<p><b>At first glance, Marco Rubio seems to be the boy</b> wonder of 2016. On stage during the debates and at campaign appearances, he appears young, handsome, almost cherubic. But anyone who thinks that Rubio is naive, soft or inexperienced would be mistaken. Behind …

Deported from Camden, a stranger in Jamaica

Fidel Napier made it out of Camden, often called America's poorest and most dangerous city, only to end up in a country where the water sometimes …