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NEW YORK DROPS UNIT THAT SPIED ON MUSLIMS (04/15/2014)  The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the...  

3 MONTHS LATER, HERE'S WHAT DENVER LOOKS LIKE SINCE LEGALIZING MARIJUANA (04/10/2014)  Three months following Colorado's decision to legalize the production, sale, possession and use of recreational marijuana — a vote that Denver city officials including Mayor Michael Hancock, among others, fought kicking and...  

STATEMENT BY MRS. JOSEFINA VIDAL FERREIRO, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES DIVISION OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF CUBA (04/09/2014)  We have read with concern the press communiqué issued in the morning of April 8 in Washington stating that “Alan Gross, the USAID subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba for the last four years and four months, launched a hunger strike last...  

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ADDRESS HUNGER ERADICATION (04/08/2014)  The hunger eradication initiative by the United Nations has been named, “Hugo Chavez Frias,” according to Raul Benitez, the Food and Agriculture (FAO) Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.“It is the...  

WAYUU OF COLOMBIA FACE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS (04/08/2014)  The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, ONIC,  have sent out a red alert as to the humanitarian crisis facing the Wayuu tribe in the region of the Guajira, in Colombia, South America.At this moment, the lives of children,...  

OCCUPY ACTIVIST ASSAULTED BY COP, FACES 7 YEARS IN PRISON (04/07/2014)  I didn’t know Cecily McMillan two years ago, when I glimpsed her convulsing on the street, obscured from view by a cluster of NYPD officers and a confusion of Occupy protesters. Word spread swiftly through the downtown Manhattan intersection:...  

JOURNALIST GERSON BORRERO DISCUSSES LATEST PUERTO RICAN PARADE DEVELOPMENT (04/06/2014)  With only 63 days left, a little more than 9 weeks, for the marching to start on June 8th  for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, the organizing of this mammoth event is still experiencing serious...  

MAYOR DE BLASIO PICKS TOM FINKELPEARL OF THE QUEENS MUSEUM AS CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER (04/06/2014)  Mayor de Blasio will tap the head of the Queens Museum to be the city's next cultural affairs commissioner.Tom Finkelpearl, who has spent 12 years at the helm in Queens, will be officially named to the arts post Monday, officials...  

SNOWDEN, GREENWALD URGE CAUTION OF WIDER GOVERNMENT MONITORING AT AMNESTY EVENT (04/05/2014)  Edward Snowden and reporter Glenn Greenwald, who brought to light the whistleblower's leaks about mass U.S. government surveillance last year, appeared together via video link from opposite ends of the earth on Saturday for what was believed to...  

UNWELCOMING COMMITTEE: ONLINE GROCER FACES OPPOSITION IN THE SOUTH BRONX (04/03/2014)  Ordering food on the Internet can offer a reprieve from the drudgery of the grocery store. A few quick clicks and you have ingredients for dinner without getting in a car or lugging bags of food on a bus or train. But while it may seem like online...  

UNWELCOMING COMMITTEE: ONLINE GROCER FACES OPPOSITION IN THE SOUTH BRONX (04/03/2014)  Ordering food on the Internet can offer a reprieve from the drudgery of the grocery store. A few quick clicks and you have ingredients for dinner without getting in a car or lugging bags of food on a bus or train. But while it may seem like online...  

MOZILLA CEO RESIGNS OVER ANTI-SAME-SEX-MARRIAGE CONTROVERSY (04/03/2014)  Just ten days after taking the job, Brendan Eich has resigned as CEO of Mozilla after sparking outrage over his donation to an anti-same-sex marriage campaign.In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to California's Proposition 8 campaign....  

HILLARY CLINTON: WOMEN SELL THEMSELVES SHORT (04/03/2014)  Double standards in the workplace, advice for young women starting their careers, and whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016 all sound like pretty typical topics for a women's conference. The difference at the 5th...  

PARAMILITARY GROUPS ACTIVE IN VENEZUELA (04/03/2014)  Julio Chavez, the Deputy of the National Assembly, shows evidence of paramilitary groups in Venezuela. He warns that they have plans on killing people who have ties to the government.In a national television program, Zurda Conducta, Deputy...  

OKLAHOMA REPUBLICAN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-CHOICE BILL: 'IT'S PREJUDICED AGAINST WOMEN' (04/02/2014)  Oklahoma has already enacted some of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation. Nonetheless, the GOP-controlled legislature is currently advancing two additional measures to compromise women’s access to...  

UPS FIRES HUNDREDS OF WORKERS WHO DEFENDED FIRED COLLEAGUE (04/02/2014)  UPS, one of the world's largest shipping and logistics companies, has decided to fire 250 workers who staged a 90-minute protest in February. The protest was organized after a long-time employee was fired over an hours dispute.Twenty of...  

PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE IN ALBUQUERQUE (03/31/2014)  Hundreds of protesters angry over recent Albuquerque police shootings clashed with riot officers for more than 10 hours, calling on the police chief and other city officials to resign.Gas canisters were thrown outside police headquarters and...  

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS PROTEST SEXIST DRESS CODE: 'ARE MY PANTS LOWERING YOUR TEST SCORES?' (03/25/2014)  Earlier this month, Haven Middle School administrators notified parents that female students are no longer allowed to wear shorts, leggings, or yoga pants because those articles of clothing might be “too distracting” for their...  

ON DAY OF THE OCEAN, LANDLOCKED BOLIVIA IS HOPEFUL ABOUT RECLAIMING CRITICAL TERRITORY (03/25/2014)  On Sunday, March 23, Bolivia celebrated the Day of the Ocean in comemoration of its historical claim for a pathway to the Pacific Ocean.The Day of the Ocean is an opportunity for the Bolivian government to reclaim 120 thousand square...  

34 YEARS LATER, EL SALVADOR PAYS TRIBUTE TO A NATIONAL HERO (03/25/2014)  El Salvador pays tribute to the much loved Bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero who was assassinated  by a sniper while he was conducting mass.Yesterday, March 24, marks  34 years since Bishop Romero was assassinated while conducting...  

'KINDNESS' GROUPS AT WORK IN NYC (03/23/2014)  Can NYC become a nicer place?Some young, idealistic New Yorkers -- collectively engaged in trying to inspire a kindness revolution -- are working to make it so. They're giving away money and treats, paying for other people's coffee...  

NEW YORKERS SLEEP ON THE STREET TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR NYC HOMELESS (03/21/2014)  Donald Carey says he doesn’t mind giving up his usual Friday night plans to sleep on the cold concrete on 41st street.He is one of 200, joining a nationwide movement called the Young Professional Sleep Out with Covenant House Friday,...  

TURKISH ATTEMPT TO BAN TWITTER BACKFIRES (03/21/2014)  Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire on Friday with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that the prime minister was using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and...  

BLACK PRESCHOOLERS MORE LIKELY TO FACE SUSPENSION (03/21/2014)  Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers.The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted...  

STATES LOOKING AT $0 COMMUNITY COLLEGE TUITION (03/18/2014)  Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.Amid worries that U.S. youth are losing a global...  

(00/00/0000)  The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, ONIC,  have sent out a red alert as to the humanitarian crisis facing the Wayuu tribe in the region of the Guajira, in Colombia, South America.At this moment, the lives of children,...