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'Mr President, I am Castro': Raul to Obama

Fidel Castro has said his brother, Raul, introduced himself to US President Barack Obama in English at the funeral for former South African President Nelson Mandela, telling him, "Mr President, I am Castro".<p>In an interview about Mandela in Cuban state media on Thursday, Castro congratulated his …

Iran Sanctions Bill From Sens. Bob Menendez And Mark Kirk Could Endanger U.S. Negotiations

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) are threatening to push the United States toward war with Iran, circulating and planning to introduce a sanctions bill despite warnings that it could derail nuclear negotiations at a delicate moment.<p>International observers and both …

Paul Krugman: Finally, Obama’s talking like a progressive!

Conventional wisdom is that the Obama presidency is all but over. The economist and liberal pundit disagrees<p>Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is in full on cheerleader mode in his column this morning, applauding President Obama for talking about the economy …

Why It's Harder to Move Up in America's Segregated Cities

Bill Bratton Will Head the NYPD. Can He Keep Bill de Blasio's Stop-and-Frisk Promise?

Fast Food Walkout

13 Celebrities Who Faced Gay Rumors...And Then Came Out

While coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) in Hollywood, sports or politics has become increasingly less taboo, these experiences are still extremely personal and not met without backlash.<p>LGBT people frequently have to worry about the possible ramifications coming out will …

The Climate Post: Report Warns of Sudden Climate Change Impacts

Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth's environment are more worrisome than larger but more gradual impacts of climate change, according a panel of scientists advising the federal government. A 200-page report released Tuesday by the National Academy of Sciences repeatedly warns of potential …

The Daily Szep- Minimum Wage

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The 'Why College?' Question

Two questions presently dominate the public discourse on education: whether college students should major in the humanities and whether a six-year Brooklyn high school should be the new model for secondary education in the United States. Underlying these surface debates is a question of whether the …

Education

I Turned Down 3 Years in Prison and Ended Up With 15 to Life

A new report by Human Rights Watch titled "An Offer You Can't Refuse" revealed that only three percent of U.S. drug defendants in federal cases chose to go to trial instead of pleading guilty in 2012. The report explains that the reason only three percent go to trial is because prosecutors warn …

Hunger Games and the Limits of White Imagination

After watching Hunger Games: Catching Fire this weekend, I was pleased to see that Beetee, the brilliant inventor and electric genius from District 3, was played by none other than Jeffrey Wright. I was also pleased that I didn't hear any muttering in the theater about the fact that Beetee was …

Israel, the Palestinians, and the Interim Nuclear Deal With Iran

No nation willingly takes action unless it believes that the action is in its own best interest. So, it is utter nonsense when we are told that Israel is reluctant to move forward on a deal with the Palestinians because it does not "feel the love" from America and the Obama administration in view …

Are Working Amerians Serfs or Citizens?

In recent weeks there have been two high profile examples of the plight of American workers. The first is the food drives at at least one Walmart store aimed at ensuring that employees had enough to eat over the Thanksgiving holidays. The second is the Hobby Lobby challenge to the Affordable Care …

Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal

The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education - saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a …

Infographic: Keeping Palestinians occupied | Palestine

Twenty years have passed since the signing of the Oslo Accords, the first agreement between Israelis and Palestinians since 1948. The accords led to Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation's mutual recognition of one another, stipulated the withdrawal of Israeli forces from some …