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Victor Jara: Music In Search of Justice 40 Years After His Murder · Global Voices

On the night of September 15, 1973, Victor Jara was picked out of a line of prisoners being led out from the Chile Stadium to the National Stadium, another detention centre, in the days following Pinochet’s coup. It was the last time he was seen alive by anyone except the military. On the morning of September 16, his bullet-ridden body appeared alongside those of six other victims just outside Santiago’s Cementerio General.

It took three decades for the Chilean justice system to identify the eight soldiers involved, and it is now requesting the extradition of one of them from the government of the United States.

It was weapons in the hands of members of Chile’s military that discharged the 44 bullets that killed Victor Jara. But the folk-singer became a legend in his homeland; and today, 40 years after the massacre, he is a major icon for musicians and their fans around the world.

Just last week, in his first concert in Chile, rocker Bruce Springsteen interrupted his usual repertoire to sing “Manifiesto”, one of Jara’s most emblematic songs. It was a tribute from one creative force to another, sealing once and for all the universal importance of the Chilean artist’s work. “If you are an activist and a musician, Victor Jara continues to be a great inspiration”, said Springsteen.

via Victor Jara: Music In Search of Justice 40 Years After His Murder · Global Voices.

The Gun Report: September 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com

25-year-old Debra Martin and her 3-year-old son were accidentally shot and wounded in Chilton County, Ala., Saturday night. Charles Martin, 27, the child’s father, told a police dispatcher he had just finished cleaning his handgun and was in the process of reloading it when it went off. No arrests will be made.

via The Gun Report: September 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

The Gun Report: September 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 5-year-old child was shot twice when an argument between his parents escalated to gunfire in New Orleans East, La., Sunday night. Phong Nguyen, 34, told police he became so upset with his wife that he grabbed a Glock 27 semi-automatic pistol and began to fire aimlessly, hitting his son in the leg and torso. He faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree cruelty to juveniles and aggravated assault.

via The Gun Report: September 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

The Gun Report: September 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com

Lance Wilson, 3, was shot in the head and killed at a mobile home park in Michigan City, Ind., Sunday afternoon. 24-year-old Zachariah L. Grisham, who is romantically involved with the victim’s mother, was charged with reckless homicide. Investigators found that Grisham and the victim had been playing a game, with the boy using his hand to pretend to shoot Grisham. During the game, Grisham took out a handgun and, thinking it was not loaded, pulled the trigger.

via The Gun Report: September 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Off the Charts Blog | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Census: SNAP Lifted 4 Million People Out of Poverty in 2012 and Reduced Hardship for Millions More

These new data come as the House prepares to consider legislation later this week that would cut SNAP by $39 billion over the next decade.  The bill would deny food assistance to millions of low-income people and reduce assistance for many others.  The cuts would deny or reduce basic food assistance to low-income working families, seniors, jobless adults, children, and even veterans.

Some point to SNAP’s recent growth as a justification for the House cuts.  But, as we recently explained, SNAP caseloads and spending are expected to fall in coming years as the economy and labor market improve. The Congressional Budget Office projects that SNAP spending will fall to 1995 levels as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2019 (see chart).

via Off the Charts Blog | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Census: SNAP Lifted 4 Million People Out of Poverty in 2012 and Reduced Hardship for Millions More.

Double speak award winner! Wearing veil should be the woman’s choice, says Theresa May | World news | The Guardian

“I think it’s for public bodies like the Border Force officials, it’s for schools and colleges, and others like the judiciary, as we’ve recently seen, to make a judgment in relation to those cases as to whether it’s necessary to ask somebody to remove the veil.. But in general women should be free to decide what to wear for themselves.”

via Wearing veil should be the woman’s choice, says Theresa May | World news | The Guardian.

Free school meals for infants pledged by Nick Clegg | Politics | theguardian.com – Disabled Parents to go hungry though since they are too “lazy” and disabled to work.

Every child at infant school in England will get free lunches, in a £600m scheme to improve health and educational attainment, Nick Clegg is to announce in his main speech to the Liberal Democrat conference.

The deputy prime minister will on Wednesday hail the provision of universal free schools for 1.5 million children between the ages of five and seven as a sign of the Liberal Democrats’ determination to give every child the best start in life. The measure will save parents £437 a year.

via Free school meals for infants pledged by Nick Clegg | Politics | theguardian.com.

Bill to Slash Food Stamp Funding on House Floor this Week – NSAC

the nutrition-only bill maintains and expands the controversial changes to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) approved earlier on the House floor that are now estimated to total nearly $39 billion in cuts (up from $20.5 billion in the House Committee-proposed bill from June), according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

CBO estimates that 3.8 million people would lose their food stamp benefits in 2014, a number that would decline over time if the economy improves.  Over the coming decade, CBO estimates that 2.8 million people on average would lose their benefits and nearly a million more would have their benefits reduced.

via Bill to Slash Food Stamp Funding on House Floor this Week – NSAC.

Siberoni Recalls 169,655 Pounds of ‘Pelmeni’ For No Inspection | Food Safety News

An Oregon food manufacturer on Monday recalled 169,655 pounds of Eastern European-style frozen meat and poultry ravioli products known as “pelmeni.” Portland-based Siberoni said the “pelmeni” was produced without being inspected by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as required by federal law. The products recalled are:

1 lb. packages, in 40-pound cases, of “Siberoni” brand Chicken Pelmeni

1 lb. packages, in 40-pound cases, of “Siberoni” brand Beef Pelmeni

1 lb. packages, in 40-pound cases, of “Siberoni” brand Beef and Pork Pelmeni

via Siberoni Recalls 169,655 Pounds of ‘Pelmeni’ For No Inspection | Food Safety News.