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Voter Suppression and My Situation

Rachel Maddow: Voter Suppression in 2011
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

13 December 2011

Dearest Rachel Maddow. . .

As I write I listen to you speak of poll taxes and voter suppression. I wish to share my story in respect to my personal reality and the fear that I live with. Decades before the Barack Obama long-form birth certificate, I realized my own fear. Unlike the persons in your account, I am not a senior citizen. I am a permanent resident of the United States and have been for all of my life. While I have never crossed a border into another country, I have great apprehension for what might occur.

May I provide a bit of background? For the last six years, I have lived in the State of Florida. I trust that the Florida situation, and thus mine, is familiar for more than a few. Millions of Americans have found, or will discover, circumstances have changed. The opportunity to cast a ballot, early, easily, or to merely to be part of the electoral process is no longer theirs. Continue reading

Wikileaks: Canada shares 10 million health records with US Homeland Security

Canadians with mental illnesses denied U.S. entry

WikiLeaks: Data entered into national police database accessible to American authorities

By Sarah Bridge
CBC News

More than a dozen Canadians have told the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office in Toronto within the past year that they were blocked from entering the United States after their records of mental illness were shared with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Lois Kamenitz, 65, of Toronto contacted the office last fall, after U.S. customs officials at Pearson International Airport prevented her from boarding a flight to Los Angeles on the basis of her suicide attempt four years earlier.

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Israeli report claims $2bn stolen from Palestinians

Jonathan Cook, Foreign Correspondent     The National

February 3. 2010

Nearly 50,000 Palestinians from the West Bank are working in Israel and continue to have deductions taken from their pay. Ahmad Gharabli / AFP

Jerusalem // Over the past four decades Israel has defrauded Palestinians working inside Israel of more than US$2 billion (Dh7.4bn) by deducting from their salaries contributions for welfare benefits to which they were never entitled, Israeli economists revealed this week.

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Sudanese Police Beat & Arrest 13 Women & Girls for Wearing Pants in Public

Sudanese journalist to be imprisoned for wearing pants

lubna of sudan

By Halima Mohamed

Today, a Sudanese court in Khartoum sentenced Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein to a fine of $200 or a one month imprisonment, in the case of non-payment.

Lubna Hussein was apprehended July 3 by a public order police raid of a restaurant in Khartoum. Among the 13 women detained with the journalist, 10 were fined and flogged, in the absence of defense and their families. Some of the accused were minors and Christians.

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Get health-care reform right for women

Women are penalized in the U.S. health-care system because of their anatomy, paying 68 percent more out-of-pocket for care than men. Guest columnist Elaine Rose argues that health-care reform should carefully consider how to best meet women’s needs.

By Elaine Rose

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25 copies of Pride seized by Belarus Customs

Pride_magazine-2009_cover RachelMaddowMINSK, July 22, 2009 (GayBelarus) – Customs officials in Belarus have seized 25 copies of the magazine Pride, which is published by the international Pride group InterPride whose membership includes Project GayBelarus.

Siarhei Androsenka, the head of Project GayBelarus, was informed by customs officials in Minsk of the seizure at the end of last week. On Monday, he visited the customs office and learned that the copies of the magazine had been seized as GayBelarus had no legal status Continue reading