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Mandela, pacifist or rebel?

Mandela, pacifist or rebel?MONTEVIDEO, Dec 6 2013 (IPS) - Perhaps it's a false contradiction. But today there are many who stress the pacifist message with which South Africa's Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) emerged from prison in 1990, while few put an emphasis on his rebellion against apartheid, including armed rebellion, which landed him in prison.
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Sounding the siren for children

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much. It's whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Mandela on U.S. terror list until five years ago

December 6, 2013

Dear Friends:

In a statement at the White House, President Obama paid tribute to Nelson Mandela who died Thursday at age 95:

"Today, he has gone home. And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us -- he belongs to the ages.
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WWRDH: What would Republicans do on healthcare?

WWRDH: What would Republicans do on healthcare?Many ardent conservatives are critical of the Affordable Care Act or what they derisively call “Obamacare.” But what are they proposing that proves that they care about uninsured Americans?

The Tampa Bay Times’ “Pundit Fact” team discovered some interesting findings when they approached that question indirectly. Specifically, the newspaper looked at the main Republican alternatives to the Affordable Care Act and the patient diagnosis under the GOP proposals was not encouraging.
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Will we act to save all our children and our nation's future? We can!

Will we act to save all our children and our nation's future? We can!The introduction this week of the Strong Start for America's Children Act by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) is a hugely important and long overdue step forward towards leveling the playing field for children, especially poor and low income children. Investing in them in their early years to be ready for school will provide a foundation for future success with lifelong benefits for them and economic and social benefits for our entire nation. Its enactment would demonstrate our commitment as a nation to doing what we know works for all of our children as research shows that poor children can perform as well as nonpoor children if we provide them the supports to do so.
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Bullying in nation's DNA

Bullying in nation's DNANobody asked me, but I can't help being amused, or maybe it's bemused, when I see efforts to stamp out bullying in our schools and neighborhoods.

While I'm adamantly anti-bullying, the inescapable fact is that this is not just a nation of bullies, it is a nation that has DNA glazed with the bullying gene.
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Protest planned to support Walmart workers on "Black Friday"

Protest planned to support Walmart workers on The day after Thanksgiving, so-called "Black Friday," will be a moment for national protests over the conditions faced by thousands of Walmart workers. You may be one of many who go regularly or periodically to Walmart, looking for the good deals. Well, this November 29, things will be a bit exciting and informative outside of Walmart facilities.
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