Flint Wants Safe Water, and Someone to Answer for Its Crisis – The New York Times

“Put yourself in our shoes,” she said. “It’s hurting kids, the elderly. It’s hurting all of us.”And there was plenty of blame to go around, she added. “It’s almost like a stepladder — you start from the top and you go all the way down to the bottom,” she said.Switching the source of drinking water was meant to relieve some of the financial pressures on this struggling city. Flint has high rates of gun violence and crumbling infrastructure. And as manufacturing jobs have moved overseas, the population has steadily dropped to fewer than 100,000 — more than 40 percent of whom live below the poverty line.But it was not long before some in Flint were pointing out the nasty color and odor of what was coming out of their taps, and digging into their wallets to buy bottled water for drinking and cooking, and baby wipes for bathing.State and city leaders had largely dismissed residents’ complaints for months, assuring them that the water was safe and being tested regularly. With the emergence of the blood level data, officials began advising residents not to drink unfiltered tap water — a recommendation that remains in effect.

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Description: 10 Surprising Things American Women Couldn’t Do in the 1960s Marital rape wasn’t criminalized. Rape within the confines of marriage wasn’t recognized as a crime in all 50 states until 1993. Meaning, a women basically couldn’t refuse sex to her husband or legally fight back if he raped her.
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To The Lebanese & Arabs Mocking The Siege On Madaya And Its Starving People

do not turn away

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Huddled in the Anti-Lebanon mountains, Madaya is a Syrian village housing tens of thousands of innocent people who are being starved to death at the hand of a siege enforced by the Lebanese allies of the Syrian regime. Their strife is not new. They’ve been going through hell for months, eating whatever they can get: leaves, dirt, cats, dogs. International aid groups are calling the famine there the tip of the iceberg of the crisis taking place in that village of 40,000 people, and no one has been able as of now to fully grasp the picture of the human tragedy taking place there.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Forgive the shock value of the following pictures, but the victims in Madaya deserve to have their voices heard on top of those belittling them for being forced to protractedly die.

Today, some Lebanese and other Arabs are pioneering once…

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vintage everyday: 10 Surprising Things American Women Couldn’t Do in the 1960s


10 Surprising Things American Women Couldn’t Do in the 1960s

It was not so long ago that these things below were the reality for women. If you’re 45 or older, you were born into this world. Have a look back at 10 surprising things women could not do in the 1960s:

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Incoherence of blindness… extremism

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Incoherence of blindness… extremism

Amid the race behind blood…

A state of madness is taking over the scene.

It is fanatically crazy. I don’t know where we are heading.

Everything is so mixed, we cannot differentiate anymore. Our extremism and theirs. Them and us.

What happened on the Greek airlines with the Arab passengers and the mad Israeli mass was by all means not different than the madness in opposing the Dabkeh in Bir Zeit University.

For the first instant. One would think… what? What are you talking about?

But if we just give our selves a passing breath of air we will realize that we are all driven by the same panic. A fear of something dark that will overwhelm our existence if we let go. We seem to protect ourselves with this shield of fear.

To arrive a level of radical extremism that cannot but defined by “apartheid”…

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AFRICA/EGYPT – Coptic Patriarch Tawadros: terrorism does not make any distinction between Christians and Muslims

Cairo – Terrorism “does not make any distinction between Christians and Muslims”, and even when it is fueled by religious ideology, it indiscriminately affects all believers in God, fomenting sectarian strife where people kill each other for “human stupidity” for “money” or to assert “their interests”. This is what Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II said during some interviews released on Thursday, January 7th by different Egyptian media, including the al-Ahram daily newspaper. During his intervention, the Primate of the Orthodox Coptic Church developed some thoughts on the positive contribution that religions can give to help people to live the fullness of their humanity and live together in peace, insisting on the fact that he does not fear terrorism only for the suffering it causes Christians, but because it affects the whole Country. Pope Tawadros has at heart, as Head of the largest Church in the Middle East, the stability and security of all of Egypt.
Meanwhile the positive comments regarding the words that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivered on the occasion of his participation at Christmas eve, celebrated by Pope Tawadros in St Mark’s cathedral in Cairo on Wednesday, January 6 continues in the Coptic Church. The Head of State at the end of the celebration said that he is committed to speeding up procedures for the repair of destroyed churches especially during the riots in August 2013, when about fifty institutions and Christian places of worship were attacked and devastated by gangs of thugs linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis.