Human Population & Social Justice

By Theresa Coble | Population growth, distribution and trends including race relations and structural equity

The First Somali-American State Lawmaker In The US Is On Her Way To Making History Again

Via Facebook<p>MINNEAPOLIS — The United States' first Somali-American state lawmaker — elected on the same night Donald Trump became president in 2016 — …

U.S. Congress

Onetime Teen Mom Who Became a Celebrated Teacher Wins Democratic House Primary

(HARTFORD, Conn.) — A onetime teen mother who became a celebrated teacher defeated a veteran politician Tuesday in the Democratic primary for a U.S. …

Teen Mom

New Zealand Bans Foreigners From Buying Existing Homes

New Zealand has lured Asian billionaires, Hollywood filmmakers, and tech entrepreneurs with a liberal immigration policy and light regulation of foreign property purchases. Now, as it tries to cool one of the world’s hottest housing markets, the country is banning foreigners from buying existing …

Real Estate

Florida university latest to cut ties with China's Confucius Institute

BEIJING (Reuters) - The University of North Florida will close a campus branch of a Chinese-run cultural institute, the latest U.S. college to do so amid criticism from U.S. legislators that China uses the institute to influence American higher education.<p>The Jacksonville-based university said on …

China

She served in the Army for more than 4 years and now, she could be deported

In spring 2015, Army Spec. Yea Ji Sea was stationed with the U.S. military in South Korea where she worked as a pharmacy tech, spending some of her time off translating for seriously ill soldiers at local hospitals.<p>She was working toward her dream of becoming an Army doctor and researching Lou …

Immigration

Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says

Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on …

Child Abuse

Death toll hits 39 in Italy bridge collapse; blame begins

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italian prosecutors on Wednesday focused their investigation into the Genoa highway bridge collapse on possible design flaws or inadequate maintenance, as the death toll rose to 39 and Italian politicians looked for someone to blame.<p>Fears mounted that a part of the Morandi …

Northern Italy

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised | George Monbiot

The thrill of disapproval chimes disastrously with industry propaganda. We delight in blaming the victims<p>When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago, appeared to show an alien race. Almost …

Will Power

A New Survey of US Federal Scientists Should Concern All of Us

So disturbing.<p>It as we feared. Federally employed scientists are raising concerns about the way that the Trump administration has been silencing, …

Trump Administration

Provisional death toll in Italy's Genoa bridge collapse rises to 26

The provisional toll of a bridge collapse in Italy's northwest city of Genoa rose to 26, local authorities said late on Tuesday.<p>Rescuers inspect the …

Italy

Cubans cheer as internet goes nationwide for a day

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's government said it provided free internet to the Communist-run island's more than 5 million cellphone users on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before it launches sales of the service.<p>Cuba is one of the Western Hemisphere’s l east connected countries. State-run …

Cuba

Kris Kobach wins Kansas GOP governor nomination after incumbent Colyer concedes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has narrowly won the Republican nomination for governor, ousting incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer in the state's primary.<p>Colyer conceded the race Tuesday night, a week after the election took place and after additional absentee and provisional …

Government

Report Reveals Widespread Sexual Abuse By Over 300 Priests In Pennsylvania

<b>Updated at 4:33 p.m. ET</b><p>A long-awaited grand jury investigation into clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania was released Tuesday in an interim redacted form. The report detailed decades of alleged misconduct and cover-ups in six of the state's eight Roman Catholic dioceses.<p>The roughly 900-page report, …

Freedom of Information

Judge sets deadline for Army specialist's citizenship ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration officials have three weeks to decide whether to approve the citizenship application of a South Korean-born U.S. Army specialist who is suing after the military discharged her, a judge ruled Tuesday.<p>Yea Ji Sea filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security …

U.S. Army

Nearly 11 Months After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Announces Full Power Has Been Restored At Last

Puerto Rico celebrated a belated, but welcome milestone Tuesday when the American territory’s electric utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power …

Hurricane Maria

Bus crash in Ecuador kills 23 people, injures 14

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A bus apparently lost its brakes, then hit another vehicle at high speed and rolled over four times, killing at least 24 people and injuring 22 while smashing into several houses along a highway near Ecuador's capital early Tuesday, officials said.<p>The Colombian-registered bus …

Ecuador

China says U.S. solar tariffs violate trade rules, lodges WTO complaint

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's commerce ministry said a U.S. decision to subsidize renewable energy firms and impose tariffs on imported products has seriously distorted the global market and harmed China's interests, firing the latest shot in a broader trade conflict.<p>China has lodged a …

China

A reporter confronted Sarah Sanders about Trump’s habit of insulting black people on Twitter

Sarah Sanders says Trump is an “equal opportunity” insulter, but his attacks against black people stand out from the crowd.<p>During the White House press briefing on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if President Trump was “singling out” black people and others because of their race …

Donald Trump

Sarah Sanders apologizes for false claim about African-American jobs

<b>(CNN) —</b> White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a rare correction Tuesday night after falsely declaring that President Donald Trump has created three times as many jobs for African-American workers as former President Barack Obama did during his two terms in office.<p>"Correction from today's …

Donald Trump

It's genocide, Stupid

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>Only a year ago the military junta began a sustained assault on the people of Myanmar’s Rohingya district. Over a period of three …

Sanctions

Most Americans think Trump is failing the middle class

That includes every group polled by Quinnipiac University — except Republicans and white men.<p>Most Americans, including many white voters without college degrees, think the Trump administration isn’t doing enough to help the middle class — a worrying finding for the GOP ahead of November’s …

Middle-class

Impeachment of entire West Virginia Supreme Court draws cry of 'partisan witch hunt'

Allen Loughry, a justice on the West Virginia state Supreme Court, literally wrote the book on political corruption. "Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for a Landslide," published 12 years ago, takes aim at the "sordid" culture of grift and graft in his home state.<p>But this week, in an ironic coda …

House Judiciary Committee

Boy, 11, hacks into replica U.S. vote website in minutes at convention

(Reuters) - An 11-year-old boy managed to hack into a replica of Florida's election results website in 10 minutes and change names and tallies during a hackers convention, organizers said, stoking concerns about security ahead of nationwide votes.<p>The boy was the quickest of 35 children, ages 6 to …

Hacking

U.S. lawsuit over photos at U.S.-Mexico border crossings is revived

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit by border policy activists challenging the constitutionality of a U.S. government policy requiring advance permission to take photos or shoot film at ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in …

U.S.-Mexico border

White House Will Ask Judge to Scrap Obamacare’s Protections This September

Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to defend the Affordable Care Act against a new challenge brought by red states.<p>The Democratic Party believes …

Health Care

More Bridges Will Collapse

Two disasters in Europe are the latest examples of the decline of infrastructure—as an idea as much as a physical thing.<p>There’s an old chestnut about infrastructure that goes, <i>Infrastructure is everything you don’t notice—until it fails</i>. It’s a definition that works for any kind of infrastructure, …

Florida International University

How to Discuss the Far Right Without Empowering It

A lesson from Germany<p>BERLIN—What happens when you do a prime-time interview with a far-right leader—but don’t ask them anything about refugees?<p>German television viewers found out Sunday night when the broadcaster ZDF ran a major interview with Alexander Gauland, a co-leader of the far-right …

Europe

Crazy Rich Asians is a dazzling, sumptuous success

The movie triumphantly breathes new life into the Hollywood rom-com.<p>I’m not sure any Hollywood romantic comedy has hit the big screen bearing more expectations than <i>Crazy Rich Asians.</i> It’s the first contemporary English-language Hollywood movie with an almost all-Asian cast in a quarter-century (the …

Romantic Comedy

New Mexico family believed dead boy's spirit would lead attacks: prosecutors

TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy found buried at a New Mexico desert compound died in a ritual to "cast out demonic spirits," but his extended family believed he would "return as Jesus" to identify "corrupt" targets for them to attack, prosecutors said in court on Monday.<p>Prosecutors' account …

New Mexico