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In Historic Move, Harvard Teaching and Research Assistants Vote to Unionize |

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 21, 2018 07:54 PM
"In a historic move, Harvard teaching and research assistants have voted to form a union. The results of a unionization election held April 18 and 19 showed 1,931 ballots cast in favor and 1,523 against, per ballot tallying conducted at the National Labor Relations Board regional office Friday. Roughly 56 percent of ballots counted Friday fell in favor of unionization."

Amazon Gets Tax Breaks While Its Employees Rely on Food Stamps, New Data Shows | The Intercept

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 21, 2018 07:53 PM
"Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to profit more than any other retailer when the $70 billion program goes online after an initial eight-state pilot."

Hamas Member Is Assassinated in Malaysia | The Wall Street Journal

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 21, 2018 12:04 PM
"The killing came a day after Israeli intelligence minister Yisrael Katz warned the Gaza Strip rulers that Israel would mount targeted killings ... Hamas has accused Israel of assassinating its members multiple times over the militant group’s decade in power in Gaza. In the most high-profile case, Palestinians blamed Mossad for killing Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January 2010 in a Dubai hotel. That assassination caused a diplomatic furor, as some Western nations expelled Israeli diplomats over the use of dozens of forged passports. Israel denied any involvement in that assassination."

4 die as clashes continue at border of Gaza Strip and Israel | Los Angeles Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 20, 2018 02:02 PM
"The Israeli army said that approximately 3,000 Palestinians took place in Friday's demonstrations. It had not yet released a statement on the deaths Friday. ... Palestinian sources estimated the number of participants on Friday at about 4,500. The number of protesters in this week's demonstration was dramatically lower than in previous marches. Estimates of those crowds have ranged from 10,000 to 30,000. ... Israel has yet to release the results of its investigation into the April 6 death of Yasser Murtaja, 30, a Palestinian photographer who was fatally shot while wearing a vest emblazoned with the word "PRESS." ... Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Murtaja had been a Hamas militant, but released no evidence to support the claim."

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians | PBS

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 20, 2018 01:57 PM
"The rising Palestinian casualty toll signaled that Israel’s military is sticking to its open-fire rules despite international criticism of the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters. ... Turnout for the marches has fluctuated, with the biggest showing on March 30, but Friday’s crowd appeared to have been somewhat larger than the one the previous week."

Hope in Humboldt: Parents of Jacob Leicht find purpose in the face of tragedy | The Hockey News

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 18, 2018 11:02 AM
"“I want to be part of something bigger,” Celeste said. “There is so much hurt in this province in so many ways, particularly with the First Nations community. There is so much tragedy and affliction in this world and they don’t get the attention they deserve sometimes. I have no idea what this is going to look like, but I want to start a movement of some sort. People are hurting in this province with the whole Colten Boushie trial and it’s time that people reach out. From hurt can come good.”"
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