Tag: Validated Independent News

transition-to-centralized-polling-centers-in-texas-suppresses-black-and-latinx-voting
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May
2020

Transition to Centralized Polling Centers in Texas Suppresses Black and Latinx VotingTransition to Centralized Polling Centers in Texas Suppresses Black and Latinx Voting

A civil rights organization, the Leadership Conference Education Fund, has determined that 750 polling sites have closed in the state of Texas since 2012. As Richard Salame reported for the Guardian in March 2020, these closures “could exacerbate Texas’s already chronically low voter turnout rates,” benefitting the Republican Party. Texas is closing polling sites all […]

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facebook’s-incomplete-response-to-misleading-ads-on-hiv-prevention
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May
2020

Facebook’s Incomplete Response to Misleading Ads on HIV PreventionFacebook’s Incomplete Response to Misleading Ads on HIV Prevention

In December of 2019, Facebook announced that it had removed ads with misleading information about HIV-prevention drugs. Activists, health experts, and US lawmakers had argued that these ads were deterring the LGBTQ community from using treatments that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarded as highly effective. Sarah Kate Ellis, the president of GLAAD, […]

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discriminatory-law-solidifies-india’s-ethnic,-religious-hierarchies
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May
2020

Discriminatory Law Solidifies India’s Ethnic, Religious HierarchiesDiscriminatory Law Solidifies India’s Ethnic, Religious Hierarchies

A new discriminatory law denying citizenship to Muslims passed in India this winter. On December 11, 2019 the India’s Parliament approved the Citizenship Amendment Act (C.A.A.)—an amendment to the Citizenship Act of 1955—which restricts Muslims from accessing the nation’s fast-tracked citizenship process. Immigrants of other religious backgrounds arriving from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh will be […]

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trump-labor-board-assaults-workers’-rights
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May
2020

Trump Labor Board Assaults Workers’ RightsTrump Labor Board Assaults Workers’ Rights

On December 13, 2019 the Trump administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—the federal agency charged with enforcing labor law and overseeing union certification elections—escalated its assault against workers’ rights by abruptly changing the rules of union elections without notice or public comment. According to a December 21, 2019 article by William Lewis in Truthout, “[s]tarting […]

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government-officials,-corporate-media-spur-fears-of-“chaos”-in-2020-election
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May
2020

Government Officials, Corporate Media Spur Fears of “Chaos” in 2020 ElectionGovernment Officials, Corporate Media Spur Fears of “Chaos” in 2020 Election

After the 2016 US elections, media outlets and politicians fed public fears that election security would likely to be compromised by foreign interference in future years, including especially in the 2020 presidential election. A joint statement issued in November 2019 by the Departments of Justice, Defense, Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, […]

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big-ag-switching-to-vaccines-to-woo-meat-eaters-wary-of-antibiotics
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May
2020

Big Ag Switching to Vaccines to Woo Meat Eaters Wary of AntibioticsBig Ag Switching to Vaccines to Woo Meat Eaters Wary of Antibiotics

To combat diseases affecting livestock raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (or CAFOs, also known as “factory farms”) Big Ag is increasingly reliant on “animal Pharma,” which Martha Rosenberg described in a February 2020 CounterPunch article as treating livestock diseases with drugs. Drug companies like Merck now manufacture vaccines to inoculate livestock against diseases that […]

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the-“pink-tax”:-how-women-pay-more-than-men-for-everyday-products-and-services
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May
2020

The “Pink Tax”: How Women Pay More than Men for Everyday Products and ServicesThe “Pink Tax”: How Women Pay More than Men for Everyday Products and Services

“Pink tax” is the term used to refer to the extra amount that women pay for specific products or services, such as shaving razors. Usually the men’s and women’s shaving razor options are almost identical save for the color—but women end up paying as much as 13% more for pink shaving razors than men do […]

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news-media-ignore-climate-change-driven-humanitarian-crises-in-africa
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May
2020

News Media Ignore Climate Change-Driven Humanitarian Crises in AfricaNews Media Ignore Climate Change-Driven Humanitarian Crises in Africa

The world’s media have failed to cover the devastating impacts of climate change in Africa. According to a report, “Suffering in Silence,” from CARE International, nine of the ten most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2019—including drought, displacement, conflict, epidemics, and food insecurity–took place in Africa, but “have received little of the world’s attention” due to […]

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how-the-international-plasma-market-turns-us’s-poorest-into-profits
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May
2020

How the International Plasma Market Turns US’s Poorest Into ProfitsHow the International Plasma Market Turns US’s Poorest Into Profits

We usually think of blood donation as a voluntary, unpaid act of service, rather than a market transaction, and in fact many countries have banned the practice of paying blood donors for ethical and medical reasons. A report by Alan Macleod for Mint Press News illustrates the exploitative nature of plasma donation for profit in […]

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india-bans-colistin-for-livestock-in-response-to-antibiotic-resistance
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May
2020

India Bans Colistin for Livestock in Response to Antibiotic ResistanceIndia Bans Colistin for Livestock in Response to Antibiotic Resistance

India has banned the use of colistin, a “last resort” antibiotic, in an effort to combat diseases that are increasingly resistant to antibiotics, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported in September 2019. In 2018, the Bureau had originally reported how five major animal pharmaceutical companies were supplying Indian farmers with products containing colistin to promote […]

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