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Leid Stories—Commentaries: Hundreds of Migrants Seeking Legal Entry to U.S. Told There’s No Room; Trump Pivots to Africa with Buhari’s White House Visit; Main Discussion: Did Bill Cosby Get A Fair Trial?—04.30.18

More than a month ago, about 150 people, including many families with children, began a 2,000-mile trek north—from southern Mexico to a border-crossing processing center in San Diego, Calif.—seeking legal entry into the United States. Most of them said they were fleeing the intolerable poverty, political turmoil and unspeakable violence in their home countries in Central America. But when they …

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Leid Stories—Speak Up! Speak Out! Speak Your Mind!—04.28.17

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories—the gathering place for the exchange of   information, opinions and ideas. Fired up about a grassroots victory? Fed up about business-as-usual politics? Know secrets to the meaning of life? Share it at our weekly free-form mashup. We’re a stout-hearted bunch who have good manners, appreciate sincere effort  and play fair. Call 888-874-4888 and …

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Nigeria’s crackdown on begging raises fears over human rights violations

With Nigeria’s parliament poised to extend a controversial law banning the “menace of street begging” throughout the country, campaigners are warning the policy has already resulted in the persecution of tens of thousands of disabled and mentally ill citizens. Street begging is illegal in Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, and carries fines of around N15,000 (£38) and up to three …

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Robert M. Christie – COP21, Bill Gates, And Climate Catastrophe

COP21, like the United Nations climate conferences before it, appears to be floundering over international non-binding showcase “commitments” to reduce carbon emissions — and is emitting effusive illusions of progress. Pleas of island nations fall on deaf ears. The negotiators are ignoring the scientific evidence that the reductions they are talking about fall far short of what is necessary to …

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MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF – How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution

For the microbiologist Justin Sonnenburg, that career-defining moment—the discovery that changed the trajectory of his research, inspiring him to study how diet and native microbes shape our risk for disease—came from a village in the African hinterlands. A group of Italian microbiologists had compared the intestinal microbes of young villagers in Burkina Faso with those of children in Florence, Italy. …

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Eric Zuesse – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Condemns Obama’s Actions on Syria

The U.N. headlined, “Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General) and Peter Maurer (ICRC) on the world’s humanitarian crises – Media Stakeout (Geneva, 31 October 2015).” The 23-minute news-conference video there included him saying (13:50): “I believe that the future of Syria, or the future of the peace talks, … should not be held up by an issue of the future of one man. I …

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Brandon Turbeville – Effort To Recall Vaccine Senator Pan Underway In California

Even though the effort to repeal S.B. 277 in California has officially failed, possibly due to what many suggest may have been a concerted act at sabotage, another “repeal” effort is taking place in the golden state. This time, however, it is not a bill that is the target, but a senator. California Senator Pan, one of the main sponsors …

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Bruce Lesnick – Sanders and Lesser-Evilism: Is There No Line You Will Not Cross?

It is much easier to create a mess than to clean up afterwards. But clean up we must. In his piece for CounterPunch, The Sanders Paradox: a Brief for Bernie, William Kaufman constructs a veritable Augean Stables of illogic, sleight of hand and misrepresentations. His snarky argument in support of Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination could be summed up …

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Graham Van Bergen – Global Peace Index: Britain Now One Of The Most Violent Nations On Earth

The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. It is produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The UK, as an example, is relatively free from internal conflict, making it easy to fall to thinking it exists in a state of …

Poor Diets Are Lowering Children’s IQ By Amanda Froelich

With an estimated 70 percent of the American diet made up of processed foods [3], we — as a collective — are facing a serious conundrum in which if greater effort is not given to make wholesome, more nutritious fare a priority (with many countries following the lead of the United States), incoming generations will not only not live as long as their …