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South Africa releases Ugandan gay activist after outcry from activists

South Africa releases Ugandan gay activist after outcry from activists | AP Government | Scoop.it
South African authorities on Thursday released a gay Ugandan activist after four days in custody, following an outcry from rights groups that he would be targeted if deported home.

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I think that this is ridiculous that they would have arrested him for gay rights. I mean I know that they have different ways of law and culture and whatnot, but it's against freedom of religion

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Watchdog Year-in-Review: Special reports exposed official waste and incompetence, led to congressional probes and an agency head's resignation | WashingtonExaminer.com

Watchdog Year-in-Review: Special reports exposed official waste and incompetence, led to congressional probes and an agency head's resignation | WashingtonExaminer.com | AP Government | Scoop.it
Seven Special Reports produced by members of the Washington Examiner Watchdog Investigative Reporting team made 2013 an especially productive year.

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Government Waste. It's all over the place & discovered from time to time. Here are examples

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This article discusses a group called "Washington Examiner Watchdog Investigative Reporting Team," who reported on seven different issues that have occurred within our government. They discuss the causes, effects, and possible solutions to many of America's pressing problems.

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Looking through these issues was fairly interesting, most of the time I was wondering just why they were even issues. However most included fraud to save money or just cheap others out of out. I can't say that I don't expect people to do this, but it's hard to believe that this stuff is still an issue, even if we can block it out of our mind and say they aren't.
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Africa - Al Shabaab militants attack Somalia’s presidential palace

Africa - Al Shabaab militants attack Somalia’s presidential palace | AP Government | Scoop.it
Militants have launched an assault on the presidential palace in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said Friday, in an attack claimed by the al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab.

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China Starts To Make A Power Move Against The U.S. Dollar

China Starts To Make A Power Move Against The U.S. Dollar | AP Government | Scoop.it

In order for our current level of debt-fueled prosperity to continue, the rest of the world must continue to use our dollars to trade with one another and must continue to buy our debt at ridiculously low interest rates.  Of course the number one foreign nation that we depend on to participate in our system is China.  China accounts for more global trade than anyone else on the planet(including the United States), and most of that trade is conducted in U.S. dollars.  This keeps demand for our dollars very high, and it ensures that we can import massive quantities of goods from overseas at very low cost.  As a major exporting nation, China ends up with gigantic piles of our dollars.  They lend many of those dollars back to us at ridiculously low interest rates.  At this point, China owns more of our national debt than any other country does.  But if China was to decide to quit playing our game and started moving away from U.S. dollars and U.S. debt, our economic prosperity could disappear very rapidly.  Demand for the U.S. dollar would fall and prices would go up.  And interest rates on our debt and everything else in our financial system would go up to crippling levels.  So it is absolutely critical to our financial future that China continues to play our game. ...


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Get Ready For Zero Debt With ReadyForZero

Get Ready For Zero Debt With ReadyForZero | AP Government | Scoop.it
Here's a proposal. I'd like to give you a 20 dollar bill, and in return you will agree to give me back a 100 dollar bill. Seem fair? Well, if you have a credit card you've been doing this all along, and I'm going to show you how to stop. Credit cards can be a…

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We May Be Living Inside a Black Hole

We May Be Living Inside a Black Hole | AP Government | Scoop.it
Physicists agree that 13-15 billion years ago our universe was created by a Big Bang. But where did that Big Bang come from? A new theory posited by a group of physicists presents the possibility that our universe is nestled inside a black hole.

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10 prison pitches include new facility in West Oahu Hawaii News ...

10 prison pitches include new facility in West Oahu Hawaii News ... | AP Government | Scoop.it
Replacing Hawaii's largest jail, Oahu Community Correctional Center, with a larger one in West Oahu is one of 10 proposals being considering to help alleviate a crisis of inmate overcrowding.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, February 21, 7:35 AM

On Wednesday, Hawaii Public Safety Director Ted Sakai told legislators that officials are studying 10 proposals to alleviate inmate overcrowding at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.  Among the ideas is a proposal to build a prison in West Oahu.  Sakai said his staff is evaluating various design-build ideas and various funding mechanisms, both private and state, to help build more jails and expand prison space.  Aloha, Russ.

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South Africa releases Ugandan gay activist after outcry from activists

South Africa releases Ugandan gay activist after outcry from activists | AP Government | Scoop.it
South African authorities on Thursday released a gay Ugandan activist after four days in custody, following an outcry from rights groups that he would be targeted if deported home.

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I think that this is ridiculous that they would have arrested him for gay rights. I mean I know that they have different ways of law and culture and whatnot, but it's against freedom of religion

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Wave of suspected bombs sent to Armed Forces recruiting offices

Wave of suspected bombs sent to Armed Forces recruiting offices | AP Government | Scoop.it

Terrorism police are investigating a total of six suspected bombs sent to Armed Forces recruitng offices this week Terrorist police are investigating an apparent bombing campaign against Armed Forces recruiting offices after four more suspected bombs were posted to careers centres. Military bomb squad officers were called to three recruiting offices on Thursday after suspect packages were sent to careers centres in Berkshire and Kent earlier in the week. Thursday's suspect packages were found in offices in Brighton, Slough and Oxford. Another suspect device was also sent to an office in Aldershot on Wednesday it was disclosed. A military source described the first three sent as “basic, but viable” explosive devices. It was too early to say if the three found on Thursday were the same, but police sources said the devices were all linked. Careers office staff and post office workers have all been put on alert after the incidents and told to be on the lookout for more devices. Det Supt Stan Gilmour of the South East Counter Terrorism Unit said: “Because suspicious packages were found at various locations yesterday notes were sent out to all the Army Careers offices as well as the Post Office asking staff to be extra vigilant and look out for any suspect packages.” The bombs discovered on Tuesday were found at offices in Reading and Chatham. Today’s suspect packages were found at Army Careers offices in St Giles, Oxford, Queensmere Shopping Centre, Slough, and Queens Road, Brighton. An MoD Spokesman said: “We can confirm that we are aware of security incidents ongoing in Oxford, Slough and Brighton involving Armed Forces Careers Offices. The relevant civilian police authorities are investigating, with military bomb disposal teams in support. Security advice has been reiterated to our personnel."


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zombie king Obama demands you rip the unborn humans from the womb & devour them & worship satan

zombie king Obama demands you rip the unborn humans from the womb & devour them & worship satan | AP Government | Scoop.it
Yuck. President Obama released a statement yesterday on the 41st Anniversary of Roe versus Wade.

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Smithsonian archives preserve lost and dying languages

Smithsonian archives preserve lost and dying languages | AP Government | Scoop.it
Native American languages in particular have been preserved in old letters, grammars, documents.

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Obama-Kerry United Nations Treaty Requires US To Hand Over ...

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The New American reports that the UN Arms Trade Treaty was written in secret by the Obama/Hillary Clinton State Department, along with Russia, China, France and Britain. United-nations. Not exactly a lineup of champions ...

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One Statistic About The World In 2014 That Would Outrage Martin Luther King Jr.

One Statistic About The World In 2014 That Would Outrage Martin Luther King Jr. | AP Government | Scoop.it
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Martin Luther King’s legacy has been reduced in popular culture to an advocate for basic racial equality under the law.

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This is a sad and would outrage Martin Luther King Jr. for sure!

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Hawaii foreclosures drop 51% since 2009 - Pacific Business News

Hawaii foreclosures drop 51% since 2009 - Pacific Business News | AP Government | Scoop.it
Foreclosures in Hawaii fell 12 percent in 2013,compared to the previous year — and have dropped 51 percent since the peak of the Great Recession in 2009, according to real estate service RealtyTrac.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, January 17, 7:38 AM

According to RealtyTrac, the amount of foreclosures in the state of Hawaii declined by about 12 percent since 2013.  While this is good news, the foreclosure picture is uneven throughout the state.  Maui had the worst foreclosure rate, showing an increase of 6 percent.  Kauai did very well, showing a decline of 30 percent in foreclosures.  Oahu foreclosures were down 3 percent.  Hawaii Island showed a decline of 34 percent in foreclosures.  Aloha, Russ.

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Teenage girl victim of grooming gang 'raped by 30 men in just six hours including father and schoolboy son'

Teenage girl victim of grooming gang 'raped by 30 men in just six hours including father and schoolboy son' | AP Government | Scoop.it

A teenage girl was groomed and raped by up to 30 Asian men - including a father and his schoolboy son - during an horrific sex attack lasting six hours, an inquiry heard.

Campaigner Shaista Gohir MBE detailed abuse of the young vulnerable Asian girl in a shocking report highlighting how rife grooming was within ethnic communities.

 

She claimed that sexual exploitation and grooming of young Asian girls by men of the same ethnic origins was happening under the noses of authorities - with community leaders, schools and families are all too ready to dismiss the attacks or even cover them up.

Muslim and women's rights activist Ms Gohir used the harrowing Birmingham case, involving a teenage girl who was allegedly raped by between 20 to 30 men, to call on authorities to do more to tackle the issue.

The attack was said to have taken place over six hours and included a father and son, who was in school uniform, and taxi drivers who turned up in groups.

The report, presented to Birmingham City Council, followed interviews with 35 victims, as well as several sex attackers from Muslim communities throughout the UK.

Ms Gohir also challenged the popular view that grooming and exploitation, as in high-profile cases in Rochdale and Oxford, was mainly carried out by gangs of Asian men abusing white girls.

 

'People tell me they have heard about Rochdale and Oxford and see it as something which happens elsewhere to other people, but it is happening in Birmingham, it's happening everywhere,' she said.

This warning came in the same week as a child sex gang was jailed for abusing young girls.

Judge John Bevan QC said the four Roma men and boys and an Iraqi Kurd had ignored the responsibilities of living in this country as he sentenced them for raping and sexually assaulting five girls aged as young as 12.

 

Four of the gang members were from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Two of the victims were Czech and Slovak, while the other three are English.

Last year, seven Oxford men, mostly of Pakistani heritage, were convicted at the Old Bailey of running a paedophile sex ring. 

That trial had followed another, almost exactly 12 months earlier, concerning nine Asian men based in Rochdale.

Ms Gohir said girls are more likely to be targeted by people of the same ethnic and cultural background. 

OFFICIALS MUST STOP 'TIP-TOEING AROUND RACE IN SEX-GANGS'

MPs said public officials must stop 'tip-toeing' around race when tackling child sex gangs and claimed that there is a trend of Asian gangs targeting youngsters.

A dangerous trend of Pakistani men grooming young white girls does exist, according to a Commons home affairs committee report in June 2013.

Police, prosecutors and social workers must be able to raise the issue without fear of being accused of racism, the committee said.

But it warned against stereotyping offenders because there is no straightforward link between race and child sexual exploitation.

In shocking conclusions to a year-long inquiry, MPs said there were still areas where victims were being failed by the authorities.

Rochdale and Rotherham councils were accused of being 'inexcusably slow' to realise sex abuse was taking place on their doorstep.

And they said both councils had a 'woeful lack of professional curiosity' and were responsible for the 'appalling consequences of their indifference to the suffering of vulnerable children'.

They may also be particularly vulnerable to abuse as they can be blackmailed into keeping quiet because of the risk of 'bringing shame' on a community, she added.

When abuse is revealed some families are more likely to send the daughter abroad or hastily arrange a wedding to get rid of the problem rather than face it, the report claims.

'The biggest barrier that we need to address is the shame and honour card,' Ms Gohir said. 

'They would rather protect the honour of the family and community than report an offender and protect other girls, as well as get the victim the counselling and help they need.'

She also added attitudes of young boys and men needed to change as often they did not see what they did as rape, and had no awareness of the impact of their actions on women.

Members of the council enquiry are considering new measures including raising the issue with parents or teenagers through secondary schools and encouraging greater use of relationship education.

Labour councillor Waseem Zaffer said: 'I have seen this presentation three times and each time I get angrier and angrier. There are a number of issues in the south Asian community which are swept under the carpet and this is one of them.'

Inquiry chairwoman Cllr Anita Ward added: 'When we are dealing with child sexual exploitation we need to recognise that it is not only Asian men grooming white girls. The victims do not come from any one particular culture or community, and neither do the perpetrators.

The inquiry will take further evidence in March before compiling a report for the city council.


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Barack Obama's unwillingness to fight for free trade is an expensive mistake - The Economist

Barack Obama's unwillingness to fight for free trade is an expensive mistake - The Economist | AP Government | Scoop.it
Politico Barack Obama's unwillingness to fight for free trade is an expensive mistake The Economist IN JULY 2008 Barack Obama, then a candidate for the presidency, declared before an adoring crowd in Berlin that “true partnership and true progress...

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New York State bans solitary confinement for inmates under 18

New York State bans solitary confinement for inmates under 18 | AP Government | Scoop.it
Facing an ACLU lawsuit, New York State has banned the use of solitary confinement for inmates under 18, and plans to set limits on the use of isolation throughout the penal system

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up2-21's curator insight, February 21, 7:57 AM

A step in the right direction.

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Loneliness is killing us – we must start treating this disease

Loneliness is killing us – we must start treating this disease | AP Government | Scoop.it
Philippa Perry: A report says loneliness is more deadly than obesity – the challenge now is to help lonely people connect

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Brain Scans Show We Take Risks Because We Can't Stop Ourselves

Brain Scans Show We Take Risks Because We Can't Stop Ourselves | AP Government | Scoop.it
A new study correlating brain activity with how people make decisions suggests that when individuals engage in risky behavior, such as drunk driving or unsafe sex, it's probably not because their brains' desire systems are too active, but because...

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How to hire and keep good women technologists | VentureBeat ...

How to hire and keep good women technologists | VentureBeat ... | AP Government | Scoop.it
I recently posted about Dropbox's hiring practices and how they put women at a disadvantage. But Dropbox is by no means a worst offender. This is an industry-wide issue. The problem is a hidden bias that tech executives ...

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Adobe Flash zero day exploit patched, after foreign policy websites compromised

Adobe Flash zero day exploit patched, after foreign policy websites compromised | AP Government | Scoop.it
Adobe Flash users are once again being told they need to update their software, after a new zero-day exploit was discovered.

The critical security flaw in in Adobe Flash Player was uncovered after hackers targeted visitors to a number of different foreign and economic policy websites dealing with matters of national security.

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Poverty blindness: exploring ... [J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014] - PubMed - NCBI

PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

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I think this is interesting because it kind of goes back to what the blog that i read on poverty. It is interesting cause people just seem to overlook poverty and really don't pay much attention to it, which is contributing to increasing the problem we have in the united states. We cannot solve the problem or attempt to solve the problem if we are pretending like it isn't a problem

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West Virginia Water’s Secret Poison: Scientists Race to Identify What Gov. Is Not Testing

West Virginia Water’s Secret Poison: Scientists Race to Identify What Gov. Is Not Testing | AP Government | Scoop.it
Independent scientists are racing Tuesday to identify what the government is not testing, a secret ingredient in the chemical that Freedom Industries leaked into water supplying of 300,000 people, Nalco’s “Crude MCHM’.

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It's the government's responsibility to make sure that our water is cleanand not harmful to us. If something as simple as making sure we have clean water isn't being taken care of, what else is the government not doing?

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President Obama Failed To Mention Why Government Was Spying On MLK

President Obama Failed To Mention Why Government Was Spying On MLK | AP Government | Scoop.it
Document showing FBI seeding story on divisions in Poor People’s Campaign
During his speech defending the NSA and domestic surveillance President Barack Obama ironically mentioned Dr.

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International research | Poverty and Social Exclusion

International research | Poverty and Social Exclusion | AP Government | Scoop.it
Latest research and findings on poverty in the UK and internationally using direct measures of deprivation and social exclusion. PSE 2011 is a major ESRC research project.

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Officer Stripped 'Hundreds' Completely Naked

Officer Stripped 'Hundreds' Completely Naked | AP Government | Scoop.it
Toronto police chief Bill Blair is taking heat after one of his officers admitted to detaining 'hundreds' of people on routine searches and stripping them completely naked, the Toronto Star reports.

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