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While Others Saw Refugees, This German Professor Saw Human Potential
Society & Culture  (tags: refugees, asylum seekers, culture, humans, education )

- 2 days ago -
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the size of the refugee problem confronting the world today. But one energetic university professor in Germany decided that bemoaning and hand-wringing wasn't solving anything, so she decided to take action.
Fleeing America Why Refugees Are Risking Life and Limb to Escape to Canada
Society & Culture  (tags: refugees, Canada, USA, Donald Trump, terrified, frost bite )

- 6 days ago -
Hussein Ahmed and Mohamed Hossain moved as quickly as they could through the waist-deep snow. They were fleeing the United States for Canada, terrified but determined to get to safety.
Internment, Immigrant Detention, and the Imagined Imperiled Whiteness of U.S. Citizenship
Society & Culture  (tags: racial tension, history, white supremacy, Japanese, Mexicans, others, immigration )

- 4 days ago -
The immigration and citizenship laws that prevail in the 21st century United States as well as the enforcement of them reflect Eurocentric racial hierarchies and help create and reproduce a white majority nation.
Oppose The Budget That Destroys Funding for The Arts And Humanities - Petition
Society & Culture  (tags: Arts and Humanities, budget, NEA, NEH, Donald Trump, petition )

- 5 days ago -
Funding for the NEA and NEH each constitute only .003% of federal spending, an investment that supports some of the worlds greatest literature, art, and cultural institutions.
Hands Off the Temiar People's Forest ! PETITION
Society & Culture  (tags: destruction, environment, habitatdestruction, forests, INDIGENOUS rights )

- 13 days ago -
For centuries, the indigenous Temiar people lived in harmony with nature in northern Malaysia.But now loggers are penetrating ever deeper into the forests. The Temiar are trying to resist the invasion but the government is responding with a show of force.
What Does The Quran Really Say About A Muslim Woman's Hijab? - Samina Ali - TEDxUniversityofNevada   video
Society & Culture  (tags: women, Islam, hijab, history, Quran, Samina Ali, context, manipulation, interests, clerics, insertions, fatwas )

- 9 days ago -
Samina Ali takes us on a journey back to Prophet Muhammad's time to reveal what the term "hijab" really means - & it's not the Muslim woman's veil! So what does "hijab" actually mean, if not the veil? How have fundamentalists conflated the term to deny
Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate Groups Increase for Second Consecutive Year as Trump Electrifies Radical Right
Society & Culture  (tags: usa, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, annual census of hate groups, hate groups, extremist groups, watchdog, increase )

- 10 days ago -
The most dramatic growth was near-tripling of anti-Muslim hate groups - from 34 in 2015 to 101 last year. The growth has been accompanied by a rash of crimes targeting Muslims
How to Spot Fake News - FactCheck.Org   video
Society & Culture  (tags: society, information, false news, mis-information, warp, errors, intention, interests, satire, check, fact check, FactCheck, snopes, truthorfiction, Washington Post Fact Checker, PolitiFact )

- 14 days ago -
"The fictions and fabrications that comprise fake news are but a subset of the larger bad news phenomenon, which also encompasses many forms of shoddy, unresearched, error-filled, and deliberately misleading reporting that do a disservice to everyone"
Trump Vs. Truth: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver   video
Society & Culture  (tags: caution, false information, misinformation, biased sources, check, cross-check, John Oliver, Last Week Tonight, Donald Trump, cable news, Breibart, InfoWars, extreme right wing )

- 13 days ago -
John Oliver adds his voice to those calling for checking and cross-checking information - because repeating misinformation ends up appearing to validate what is NOT actually fact. So - check carefully for what you are told is "truth" -even if it suits you
A Chinese American Lesson for Trump
Society & Culture  (tags: Chinatown, Chinese Americans, hate crimes, Chinese Exclusion Act, history repeating )

- 16 days ago -
For Chinese Americans, the Muslim ban is a reminder of decades of discrimination under the Chinese Exclusion Act. Chinatowns are today seen as entertainment venues historically these were ghettos were Chinese Americans sought safety from hate crimes.
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