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Cuba inaugurates ocean acidification observatory | Granma

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 24, 2017 02:09 PM
"Ocean acidification refers to a reduction in the ocean’s pH levels over an extended period of time, making it more acidic and negatively impacting marine flora and fauna. According to the IAEA, the current acidity rate of the planet’s oceans may be without precedent in our known history."

Ecuador Indigenous Movement Split as Leader Embraces Right-Wing Presidential Candidate | TeleSUR

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 24, 2017 01:29 PM
"[Guillermo] Lasso, who lost to Correa in the 2013 election, has championed a neoliberal platform that calls for slashing and eliminating taxes, privatizing health care and creating 1 million jobs with a private sector focus, among other free-market economy proposals. The former banker would bring a U-turn to Ecuador. During Correa’s 10 years in office, the country has cut extreme poverty nearly in half, increased health and education funding and made strides in improving Indigenous participation in politics and public institutions, in what has been called the “Citizens' Revolution.”

Despite Welcomed Investments for Indigenous Learners and Part-Time Students, Budget 2017 Lacks Innovative Vision for Higher Education | CFS

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 23, 2017 08:33 AM
“Targeting funding for experiential learning in programs where significant opportunities already exist fails to leverage valuable resources towards finding and creating these opportunities for students in other academic programs,” said Arte. “Innovation is an important and invaluable aspect of post-secondary education, but we must not allow it to become a buzzword that excuses the neglect of a higher education system that is inaccessible and unaffordable to millions of students.”

Long on talk, and short on action, Budget 2017 doesn’t deliver for working Canadians | Canadian Union of Public Employees

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 23, 2017 08:22 AM
“If you’re an infrastructure bankroller or a billionaire tax dodger, today is a good day. For working Canadians, not so much,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “Mr. Trudeau has talked a good game lately about things like inclusive growth, pay equity, a living wage, and addressing inequality. But unfortunately, for Canadians, Budget 2017 proves it’s just more talk. That’s not how you create jobs and solve rising inequality in a precarious economy.”

A Man Arrested in a Fatal Stabbing Came to New York Specifically to Kill Black Men, Police Say | TIME

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 22, 2017 03:50 PM
"James Harris Jackson, 28, and a former military veteran who served in Afghanistan, turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He told investigators that he harbored hatred for black men for more than a decade. ... Upon turning himself in, police arrested Jackson for carrying two knives — one of which was a 26-inch blade that is believed to have been used in the stabbing"
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