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Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning?

Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
I was reading the book The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley and couldn't help wondering what our schools would be like today if we were forced to teach without the technology (including co
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Cuba Will Continue Advance Along The Path Chosen By Our People

Cuba Will Continue Advance Along The Path Chosen By Our People | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
By President Raúl Castro Ruz
Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the closing of the 9th period of ordinary sessions of the National Assembly of People’s Power 8th legislature, in Havana’s International Conference Center, July 14, 2017, Year 59 of the Revolution.
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Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal

Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The rise of economic inequality is one of the most hotly debated issues today in the US (Furman 2016) and indeed in the world. Yet economists and policymakers alike face important limitations when trying to measure and understand the rise of inequality.
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U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The two parties join together to sponsor a bill, spearheaded by AIPAC, that would be one of the most authoritarian congressional measures in years.
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Israel raids Palestinian news agency, confiscates hard-drives

Israel raids Palestinian news agency, confiscates hard-drives | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Early this morning, Israeli forces raided the al-Khalil headquarters of Al Quds media, kicking down doors to gain entry before confiscating computer hard-drives. 


The soldiers searched two press offices in the building, belonging to Ramsat and Pal Media news agencies. After scattering documents across the floor, they confiscated the hard-drives from all computers in the Pal Media office. The soldiers were seen by a neighbour at between two and three o’clock in the morning, having apparently walked from Bab al-Baladiya military base in Hebron’s Old City.


Israeli authorities had given no prior warning of the raid to Al Quds, and journalists working there said that there had been no recent increase in tensions with the military. The reason for the raid is unclear, as the military have not responded to Al Quds’ requests for a comment. The only explanation offered by Israeli forces was a note posted on the door, which charged that the agency had been working with unnamed ‘illegal organisations.’


While Al Quds are not concerned that any sensitive information was contained on the hard-drives, some believe that the purpose of the raid was to scare journalists into conducting self-censorship. Akran Natsheh, a reporter for Al Quds, believes that this raid is simply part of an ongoing pattern of harassment. 


“Two years ago they began shooting at reporters when they were covering clashes, and it made them much more afraid to cover what was happening”, Natseh explained. “When Israel starts attacking journalists, you know they are about to make a large violation that they don’t want the world to see. 


“Our mission is the same as all journalists – to deliver the truth about what is happening. If they have something against our organisation, why don’t they take us to court? If they had solid reasons they would do that, but they don’t. You say something they don’t like and they shut you down. This is the occupation – when the army is control, this is how they deal with disagreement.” 


The raid comes at a time when media laws are tightening under the Palestinian Authority, with a new law on ‘digital crimes’ set to restrict freedom of speech online. 


While this is the first time that Al Quds’ Hebron office had been raided, such intimidation of journalists has been a common occurrence in occupied Palestine, where 383 such incidents were recorded in 2016 alone. 


Notable incidents include the storming of Trance Media offices across the West Bank in 2014, the forced closure of three local radio stations in al-Khalil in 2015 and the arrest of four journalists at a radio station in Dura last year."

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There’s a moral whiff in penalising this generation with tuition fees | Jonathan Wolff

There’s a moral whiff in penalising this generation with tuition fees | Jonathan Wolff | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
It is morally questionable for politicians who enjoyed free university tuition to hoard their wealth while graduates pay back all their working lives• Grace is 25. Her student debt: £69,000
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Noam Chomsky to Chris Hedges: ‘Everywhere You Look, There’s Public Subsidy’ (Video)

Noam Chomsky to Chris Hedges: ‘Everywhere You Look, There’s Public Subsidy’ (Video) | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In the second part of the Truthdig columnist’s conversation with the renowned intellectual, Chomsky explains how the banking, fossil fuel and tech sectors all profit immensely from taxpayers’ dollars.
- 2017/07/11
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Israel should stop trying to wall out its critics

Israel should stop trying to wall out its critics | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A new Israeli rule requiring border authorities to refuse entry to people who have publicly supported a boycott of the country is an attack on freedom of expression and political dissent.
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Oxford and Cambridge 'need to improve access for disadvantaged students'

Oxford and Cambridge  'need to improve access for disadvantaged students' | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Director of Office for Fair Access praises universities’ efforts so far but says more needs to be done to identify potential in poorer applicants
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Many "poorer applicants" meet the academic criteria. The question is, are they then "disadvantaged" by their atypical financial profile profiles? When they navigate across those obstacles, how do the culture and values of elite universities marginalize and "disadvantage" them?
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Medicare for All: It’s a Matter of Life and Death

Medicare for All: It’s a Matter of Life and Death | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
“The science is showing us that if you lack health insurance ... people die earlier as a result,” says Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.
- 2017/06/29
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How Black Girls Aren't Presumed to Be Innocent

How Black Girls Aren't Presumed to Be Innocent | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A new study finds that adults view them as less child-like and less in need of protection than their white peers.
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Syria: Trump‘s Red Line - WELT - Von Seymour M. Hersh | 25.06.2017

Syria: Trump‘s Red Line - WELT - Von Seymour M. Hersh | 25.06.2017 | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children. Seymour M. Hersh investigated the case of the alleged Sarin gas attack.
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Seymour Hersh, the veteran investigative journalist who exposed the Mai Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and the abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib by the US military in 2004, provides much food for thought in this informative piece.

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Food is a human right, not a commodity

Food is a human right, not a commodity | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Food is not a business like others. Food is not a commodity. It is far more important. It is not a consumer good. It is precious. It is a human right,
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Five things labour still wants from the Ontario government

Five things labour still wants from the Ontario government | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"This month, the Ontario government introduced Bill 148 — the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017. 


It includes a $15 minimum wage to be implemented by 2019, equal pay for part-time and full-time workers doing the same job, and three hours’ pay for workers whose shifts get rescheduled on less than 48 hours’ notice. 


 Despite all the changes, labour groups across the province argue the government could’ve done more. “It’s a good start,” says Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas, president of OPSEU. “But labour — my union included — will push for it to be more inclusive.”


Here are five things labour groups want to see from the government. 


1. Workers should only once have to say they want to join a union


2. Unionized contract workers shouldn’t lose their agreement with each new contract


3. No one should be excluded from the Labour Relations Act


4. Victims of domestic violence should be entitled to more leave


5. Franchise workers should be able to bargain together


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We Disrupted the Supreme Court to Protest Money in Politics

We Disrupted the Supreme Court to Protest Money in Politics | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
We’ll be sentenced Monday for an act of civil disobedience that was neither violent nor angry. Rather it was a plea to government to be responsive to the people.
- 2017/07/20
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Worker Wages Are Flat, but Since 1978 CEO Pay Has Soared by 937%

Worker Wages Are Flat, but Since 1978 CEO Pay Has Soared by 937% | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
New analysis shows how corporate bosses rake in huge salaries and bonuses as inequality continues to soar.
- 2017/07/20
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I went from care to Cambridge University . Let me show you where the barriers are | Vashti Kashian-Smith

I went from care to Cambridge University . Let me show you where the barriers are | Vashti Kashian-Smith | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The barriers Vashti Kashian-Smith faced when applying to universities weren’t just the obvious economic ones – they were cultural and psychological, too
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Honduran video journalist fatally shot in Mexico

Honduran video journalist fatally shot in Mexico | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The state prosecutor’s office said Edwin Rivera Paz was shot to death Sunday in the town of Acayucan
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More than 30% of vertebrates are in decline - Futurity

More than 30% of vertebrates are in decline - Futurity | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The specter of extinction hangs over about 41 percent of all amphibian species and 26 percent of all mammals, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which maintains a list of threatened and extinct species. This global disaster scene has the fingerprints of habitat loss, over-exploitation, invasive organisms, pollution, toxification, and climate change.
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Eating Our Way to Disease: Chris Hedges

Eating Our Way to Disease: Chris Hedges | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The animal agriculture industry knows its products are harming us, but it, along with the medical and drug industries, is making billions from illnesses caused by our diet.
- 2017/07/09
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Orca survival depends on protecting chinook salmon

Orca survival depends on protecting chinook salmon | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Two of British Columbia's most iconic species, chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales, are in trouble. The whale depends on the salmon for survival. Is it time to manage chinook fisheries with killer whales in mind?

The fate of two of British Columbia's most iconic animals and the ecosystems and economies that depend on them rests in our hands.
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The Battle Over What It Means to Be Female: Chris Hedges

The Battle Over What It Means to Be Female: Chris Hedges | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The gender-identity debate pits the trans narrative against radical feminists who insist that those born female require unique legal protection and physical spaces where they can fight against oppression and for equality.
- 2017/07/02
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Meet eight species living on the brink, thanks to weather and climate change

Meet eight species living on the brink, thanks to weather and climate change | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Leopards, frogs, and fish all face weather and climate-related challenges. Read on.
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OPSEU applies to represent contract college faculty

OPSEU applies to represent contract college faculty | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

TORONTO, June 23, 2017- OPSEU applies to represent contract college faculty.


Summary from Academica Group - 29 June 2017


"OPSEU applies to represent ON college part-time, sessional faculty 


The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which currently represents all full-time faculty and support staff at ON community colleges, has filed an application to also become the bargaining agent for faculty members who teach part time or as sessionals at the colleges. 


“With this application, we are taking a big step towards ending the exploitation of part-time, contract faculty in the colleges,” said OPSEU President Warren Thomas. “These highly-qualified workers deliver recognized credit courses at wages and working conditions that are absolutely inferior to the negotiated rate.” 


The union has asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to order a province-wide supervised vote in mid-July."

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Time to make healthy food a human right? TVO

Time to make healthy food a human right? TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
OPINION: Canadians like to pat ourselves on the back for universal health care — so why aren't we making sure people have access to healthy food?
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Trump Cuba Policy: What Will Happen in Coming Months?

Trump Cuba Policy: What Will Happen in Coming Months? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

By Arnold August on June 19, 2017 


"The official June 16 statement was barely uttered when the majority nationwide opposition to the Trump Cuba policy was once again reignited. Indeed, it was already extremely active and vocal before the Little Havana, Miami venue and date were announced on June 9. 


By stage-managing the event in Little Havana, Trump was preaching to the choir, one that does not even include the rest of Florida, where the majority of Cuban-Americans oppose the blockade, or at least support the Obama policy of making the blockade somewhat more flexible. 


Trump’s trademark manner of hand-picking events to spread the word across the country will not work. His Cold War rhetoric will not detract the forces that want to increase trade and travel to Cuba. 


However, Trump’s policy is not yet set in stone. According to the June 16 White House Fact Sheet on Cuba Policy, the Treasury and Commerce Departments will begin the process of issuing new regulations only in 30 days. 


His policies cannot take effect until the new regulations are established, a process that, according to the Fact Sheet, “may take several months.” A lot can happen within this time frame."

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