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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Violence In Bangkok: Crisis In The Land Of Smiles

Violence In Bangkok: Crisis In The Land Of Smiles: "

The U.S. government is warning its citizens to avoid traveling to the Thai capital after three days of fighting between Thai security forces and demonstrators demanding the government's ouster. The 'red shirts,' as the demonstrators are called, say the current government came to power through illegitimate means. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Michael Sullivan about continuing unrest in Bangkok.

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

'Live fire zone' set in Bangkok

'Live fire zone' set in Bangkok: "Thai troops designate part of Bangkok as a 'live firing zone' in a warning to protesters as deadly clashes continue."

(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Student’s Arrest Tests Immigration Policy - NYTimes.com

Student’s Arrest Tests Immigration Policy - NYTimes.com:

ATLANTA — Jessica Colotl, a 21-year-old college student and illegal Mexican immigrant at the center of a contentious immigration case, surrendered to a Georgia sheriff on Friday but continued to deny wrongdoing.

Ms. Colotl was arrested in March for driving without a license and could face deportation next year. On Wednesday the sheriff filed a felony charge against her for providing a false address to the police.

BBC News - UN head Ban Ki-moon urges end to Bangkok clashes

BBC News - UN head Ban Ki-moon urges end to Bangkok clashes: ""




UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged protesters and the authorities in Thailand to avoid further violence after deadly clashes in Bangkok.

Mr Ban's office said he "strongly encourages them to urgently return to dialogue".

Recent clashes between Thai troops and anti-government protesters have left 16 people dead and scores injured.

The protesters, who want the prime minister to resign, are barricaded in a large camp in the centre of Bangkok.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Republicans Use Porn to Kill Democrat's Jobs Bill

Repubs Use Porn to Kill Dem Jobs Bill: "House Democrats scrapped a jobs bill to increase investments in science, research and training programs Thursday after Republicans won a procedural vote that substantively altered the legislation with an anti-porn clause that also scrapped all new programs in the bill. 'It was a cynical effort to undermine an important bill for my 9-year-old daughter, for your kids and your grandkids,' said Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn) said."



(Via Drudge Retort.)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gulf Spill Could Be Much Worse Than Believed

Gulf Spill Could Be Much Worse Than Believed: "

New data obtained by NPR show that oil gushing out of the Deepwater Horizon pipe on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico is at least 10 times the U.S. Coast Guard's estimate.

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

Rogue General Seh Daeng Is Shot During Thai Protests - NYTimes.com

Rogue General Seh Daeng Is Shot During Thai Protests - NYTimes.com: ""


Tensions Rise in Thailand Standoff

Tensions Rise in Thailand Standoff: "Thai authorities are deploying armored vehicles and shutting roads around protesters on Thursday, forcing businesses to evacuate workers."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

New York Minorities Frisked 9 Times as Often, Data Find - NYTimes.com

New York Minorities Frisked 9 Times as Often, Data Find - NYTimes.com: "Blacks and Latinos were nine times as likely as whites to be stopped by the police in New York City in 2009, but, once stopped, were no more likely to be arrested.

The more than 575,000 stops of people in the city, a record number of what are known in police parlance as ‘stop and frisks,’ yielded 762 guns.

Of the reasons listed by the police for conducting the stops, one of those least commonly cited was the claim that the person fit the description of a suspect. The most common reason listed by the police was a category known as ‘furtive movements.’
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Historically, New York police have hassled black and Latino men on a regular basis. I went through it and my son went through it. As a teenager growing up in New York City in the late sixties and early seventies I stopped wearing jeans and sneakers on trips into Manhattan to lessen the chance of being stopped by police. Some things never seem to change.

John H. Armwood

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Arizona bans 'ethnic studies'

Arizona bans 'ethnic studies': "Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signs a bill that targets Chicano studies programs in Tuscon.


(Via POLITICO Top Stories.)

Is Arizona becoming the Mississippi (pre-1970s) of the 21st Century?   When will the Republican leadership there wake up and smell the coffee?  America, including Arizona, is a multicultural country whether they like it or not.  This ban pulls the white sheet off of any claim that the recent legislation, signed by the Arizona governor, was solely aimed at illegal immigration.  This ban is directed at the teaching of the culture of a significant portion of the Arizona population.  This ban is an attack on Hispanic culture by those who seek political profit by mongering to one of the worst insecurities of our society.  The fear that America is being taken over by "the others".  The "Birther Movement"  and the "Tea Party Movement" are also playing to these fears.  The irony here is that Arizona only became a state in 1912.   Arizonans and their forebears were immigrants, excepting the native American population.   This is all about cultural hegemony, not simply immigration.

This ban on teaching ethnic studies is despicable. It is not American.  We are a nation of immigrants. What will come next, book burnings?

John H. Armwood

The Rachel Maddow Show - BP releases terrifying photo of oil leak

The Rachel Maddow Show - BP releases terrifying photo of oil leak:

You can see why BP hasn't got this image of the Deepwater Horizon disaster at the top of its homepage.
From the Houston Chronicle:
BP spokesman Mark Proegler said today that the 5-foot tall containment dome, or top hat, meant to contain the flow of this leak is now sitting on the sea floor as crews continue working on connecting it with a pipe to a surface tanker above.
"It should be in operation by the end of the week," Proegler said.
The emphasis is ours. The horror is everyone's.

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The Difficulties Of Measuring The Oil Spill

The Difficulties Of Measuring The Oil Spill: "

Oil companies fighting the blowout off Louisiana say they have no idea how much oil is flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. But marine scientists say there are well-established methods for measuring the flow from a situation like this, either using commercially available instruments or by analyzing videos of the source. The U.S. Coast Guard has video of the gusher, but they have not been made public. The Coast Guard admits its figure of 5,000 barrels a day is just a rough estimate.

(Via NPR Programs: All Things Considered.)

Los Angeles To Boycott Arizona Over Immigration Law

Los Angeles To Boycott Arizona Over Immigration Law: "

The City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to bar Los Angeles from conducting business with Arizona unless its new law targeting illegal immigration is repealed. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa already has said he would approve the boycott. The move will likely affect some $8 million in contracts with the state

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

Newark Mayor Re-Elected On Strong Crime Record

Newark Mayor Re-Elected On Strong Crime Record: "

Cory Booker was re-elected Tuesday night to a second term with a 59 percent majority. The victory came in the midst of tumultuous political and economic times in part because of his successful effort to reduce crime. Murders are down by nearly 60 percent since Booker took office, and in March, the city had its first murder-free month since 1966.

(Via NPR Programs: All Things Considered.)

China unearths 114 new Warriors

China unearths 114 new Warriors: "Archaeologists unearth 114 new Terracotta Warriors at the Qin dynasty tomb complex in Xian, China."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

North Korea claims to have succeeded in nuclear fusion

North Korea claims to have succeeded in nuclear fusion: "

North Korea has said it has succeeded in creating a nuclear fusion reaction, a claim dismissed as absurd by experts.

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(Via South Korea News.)

Cory Booker Re-elected Mayor of Newark

Cory Booker Re-elected Mayor of Newark: "With about three-quarters of precincts reporting, Cory Booker had almost 60 percent of the vote in a field of four, while his nearest competitor, Clifford J. Minor, had about 35 percent."



(Via NYT > N.Y. / Region.)

Arizona and New Mexico, Divided Over Immigration

Arizona and New Mexico, Divided Over Immigration: "Although Arizona and New Mexico share historical ties, they have grown up with divergent views on immigration policy."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Jet With 104 Aboard Crashes in Libya

Jet With 104 Aboard Crashes in Libya: "An Afriqiyah Airways plane crashed while landing Wednesday in Tripoli. There were reports that all aboard the flight died in the crash except for one Dutch boy."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

China's urbanization rate to reach 50% by 2020

China's urbanization rate to reach 50% by 2020: "China's urbanization is entering an accelerating period according to the newly published 2009 City Development Report of China, an annual report conducted by China's Association of Mayors, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Nearly 621.86 million people lived in cities in 2009, and the report estimates that by 2020, almost 50 percent of the Chinese population will live in cities, and by 2050,the percentage would grow to 75 percent.

The report mentions that during the past 60 years, China's ..."



(Via China - People's Daily Online.)

Jimmy Carter's Grandson Wins Ga. Senate Seat

Jimmy Carter's Grandson Wins Ga. Senate Seat: "Former President Jimmy Carter's eldest grandson has easily won a seat in the Georgia state Senate. It makes him the first Carter elected in Georgia politics since the 1970s."



(Via CBSAtlanta.com - News.)

UK coalition government sets to work

UK coalition government sets to work: "New UK PM David Cameron begins shaping his coalition government, as he welcomes his deputy Nick Clegg to Downing Street."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Sq. Plot, Holder Says

Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Sq. Plot, Holder Says: "U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Pakistani Taliban was ‘intimately involved’ and may have planned and financed the failed Times Square plot."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Breast cancer gene clue discovery

Breast cancer gene clue discovery: "Five new genetic clues to why some women have a family history of breast cancer are identified by UK researchers."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)