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Syrian Children Return to School Amid the Ruins in a Rebel-Held Area | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 17, 2017 02:35 PM
'The war has truncated children’s education. The protracted conflict has resulted in the partial or complete destruction of more than 5,000 schools, according to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. With nearly six million Syrians displaced internally and five million more who have fled the country as refugees, lack of access to education has become a major issue. In the neighboring countries that host a majority of the Syrian refugees, at least 536,000 school-age children are not receiving an education"

Unions Aren't Obsolete, They're Being Crushed by Right-Wing Politics - VICE

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 14, 2017 04:46 PM
"The EPI report details the tactics companies use to stop unions. In many cases, they use temp agencies, franchise arrangements, or other techniques to avoid taking legal responsibility for their workers. Labor laws that date back more than a half century aren't equipped to help workers negotiate with companies that do their employing through third parties while retaining all real, practical power over workers. "

Vijay Prashad: Towards war’s end in Syria | The Hindu

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 14, 2017 09:05 AM
"The government of Bashar al-Assad is no longer the target of the major armed powers (Turkey, the U.S. and the Gulf Arabs) that had pledged to remove him from his presidency. Even the Free Syrian Army has turned its guns against the IS, as it recently did in south Daraa, where it defeated the Saifullah al-Maslul group in the villages of al-Abdali and al-Majahid. This is a dramatic turn of affairs."

Turning aside risk, Democrats rally to Bernie Sanders' single payer health plan | The Los Angeles Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 13, 2017 01:34 PM
"A Pew Research poll in June found that the percentage of Americans favoring a single-payer plan had risen to 33%, five points higher than in January and 12 points higher than three years earlier. Two-thirds of Democrats under age 30 favored a single government plan, as did 22% of young Republicans. Sanders has said support for his plan should not be a litmus test for candidates, but some of his most loyal partisans disagree in words that conjure a coming fight."

Syria signs Aleppo power plant contract with Iran | The Washington Post

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 12, 2017 08:28 PM
"The Aleppo contract was awarded to the Iranian firm Mabna and is valued at around 130 million Euros ... Assad’s government awarded a concession to Iran to operate a new cellular network for Syria in January. Other concessions signed to Iran include thousands of hectares of land for farming and oil and gas terminals, and the operation of a phosphate mine in central Syria, according to Iran’s official IRNA news agency."

Hundreds of Isis defectors mass on Syrian border hoping to flee | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 12, 2017 02:57 PM
"[L]arge numbers of militants and their families are now trying to leave the war-battered states altogether – posing significant challenges to a global intelligence community that, for the most part, views them as a hostile and unmanageable threat, and sees limited scope for their reintegration. ... French officials have said privately that they would rather that nationals who travelled to join Isis died on battlefields and have no plans to support those who now want to return. Other European states have expressed similar sentiments."

The normal user's guide to using Linux – Citizen's Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 11, 2017 09:14 AM
The purpose of this document is to outline how I work in Linux, Mutt, Emacs, and i3 Window Manager. While there are lots of documents online about how coders set-up and tinker with Linux, there are not many for normal users who want to become more proficient in their computer use.
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