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Escaping Iran, One University Graduate at a Time

Behrouz Saba

From New America Media: When Washington announced recently that it had uncovered an Iranian plot that allegedly targeted the Saudi ambassador to the United States, efforts began in earnest to devise new ways to punish Tehran. Such efforts, however, overlook one glaring fact: Iranians have long been their own worst enemies, allowing their best and brightest to leave the country in droves to the sole benefit of corporate America.

 

Gulf Coast Politics Take a Dangerous Turn

Henry Fernandez

From New America Media: In Mississippi, voters go to the polls today to decide whether the state constitution should be amended such that a human egg, at the point of fertilization, becomes a person. When combined with Alabama’s recently enacted HB 56, widely seen as the nation’s toughest anti-immigrant piece of legislation, the result is a uniquely bad situation for migrant women.

 

In Mexico, Social Media Turns Against Drug Cartel Los Zetas

Louis E.V. Nevaer

From New America Media: MERIDA, Mexico -- In an unprecedented move, Mexican members of Anonymous, the renegade group of hackers responsible for breaching the security of banks, financial institutions and government agencies, have issued a direct challenge to Mexican narcos: Because we can’t fight you with weapons, we will destroy you by destroying your privacy.
 

African-American Buying Power Nears 1.1 Trillion Dollars

Final Call Staff

From  New America Media and  Final Call: WASHINGTON – [African-American] buying power is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2015, according to The State of the African- American Consumer Report, recently released, collaboratively by Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and buy, and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers across the U.S.

Latino Organizations Defend Cecilia Munoz Amid Calls for Her Resignation

Elena Shore

From New America Media: A Latino radio host and blogger is calling for Cecilia Muñoz to resign from the White House for her defense of the administration’s deportation policies. Presente.org, the immigrant rights group that led the petition to get CNN’s Lou Dobbs off the air, is demanding that Muñoz denounce the Secure Communities program. In response, a group of some of the nation’s leading immigrant advocacy organizations released a statement [this week] in support of Muñoz.

Reports Show Social Security Cuts Would Hit People of Color, Women

Paul Kleyman

From New America Media: As Congress’ deficit-cutting "super committee" considers whether to recommend reducing Social Security benefits, two reports released recently expose the declining retirement security of aging Americans—especially among women and people of color. 

Al Davis (R.I.P.), A Champion of Diversity

Lee Hubbard

From New America Media: There were a lot of words used to describe Al Davis, the 82-year-old owner of the Oakland Raiders National Football franchise, when it was announced he passed away at his Oakland residence last [month]. Davis was called a legend, tough, demanding, ruthless, sneaky, renegade, pioneer, hall of famer and Oakland Raider. Davis was all of these, as well as a stand-up man for diversity in sports and in particular his team. 

Earth Prepares for 7 Billion Inhabitants

Vivian Po

From New America Media -- China Daily USA (posted October 28, 2011): The world's population [was] expected to reach 7 billion on Monday [October 31, 2011], four years later than once predicted largely thanks to China's family planning policy, according to the country's top population experts. Population growth has rocketed. It took just 13 years for 1 billion more people to live on the planet, yet only at the dawn of the 19th century did a billion people first inhabit the Earth, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund.

The Next Step for AOL

Tara Taghizadeh

AOL has been treading on shaky ground for a while. Layoffs have taken place in 2007, 2009, 2010, as well as this year. As the company fights to carve out a niche for itself in the ever-expanding, busy world of the Internet, the value of AOL’s stock continues to dwindle as rumors swirl that AOL will be put up for sale. 

Ron Paul and the Choice to Live

Nicholas F. Palmer

The positions of Ron Paul and other Republicans on the issue of healthcare—whether it be through the advocacy of unrealizable autonomy or the use of various red herrings—serve only as an impediment to access, degree of coverage and improvement in quality of care. The reality of attaining health insurance is not just about choice; for many, it’s about luck. Expanding healthcare coverage diminishes the unjust force luck has in each person’s life.

 

 

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