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Americas MexicoBlog: Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim dumps Trump deal

Vallarta Daily: A television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump after his comments insulting Mexicans, Slim’s spokesman said on Monday.

This is the third company to cut ties with Trump, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2016 presidential election. NBC said earlier on Monday that it would no longer air the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants due to his comments. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision [UVN.UL] also said on Thursday it would not air the “Miss USA” pageant.

via Americas MexicoBlog: Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim dumps Trump deal.

Burqa-wearing gang convicted for series of smash-and-grab raids in London | UK news | The Guardian

A violent “smash-and-grab” gang who wore burqas during a string of high-profile raids in London are facing prison after four members of the group were convicted.

The gang took part in raids dating back to 2007, including a heist at Selfridges department store in which £1.5m worth of watches were stolen.

via Burqa-wearing gang convicted for series of smash-and-grab raids in London | UK news | The Guardian.

The Gifts of Eternal Greece – The New York Times

We knew our purpose. We love Greece and the Greeks; and if ever there were a time to proclaim that love, it is now.

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We each have our reasons. “Greece,” someone remarked — perhaps it was Lawrence Durrell — “gives you the gift of friendship.” That is at the head of my list. I am never happier than in the midst of one of those freewheeling agglomerations of Greeks that form autonomously in kafenia like a flock of starlings over a marsh. If London’s social matrix is continental in scale, then Athens is just a village. How often have I sat in Kolonaki Square, an icy frappé in hand, only to be hailed by a passerby.

And Greece gives you the gift of health. A week spent in sight of the Aegean adds a year to my life, or so I firmly believe. Beauty, too, of course: not just the Parthenon golden at sunset or an island emerging from the blue, but an Athens bookshop named for the muse of lyric poetry where poets are still to be found. The pleasure of small anarchies: Smoking is banned in Greek restaurants, but you’d never know it, Karelias being to Greeks what Smith & Wessons are to Texans, not to be plucked from their fingers by any paternalistic state. Citizens of the surveilled North regard such attitudes as mildly insane, but then we have lost our taste for liberty.

via The Gifts of Eternal Greece – The New York Times.

The Real Lives at Risk in the Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision | National Women’s Law Center

To say that I’m ecstatic about the Supreme Court ruling is an understatement. Not only for myself—that I get to keep my health care and finish cancer treatment—but also for millions of others that get to keep their insurance. Who knows how many people, just today, will be diagnosed with a life threatening disease. Now that SCOTUS has once again ruled that the ACA is the law of the land, perhaps our legislators will work together to make health care better for everyone instead of waging a futile war against this law. This was not a victory for either political party, it is a victory for America. I am so happy and feel a huge weight has been lifted.

It’s because of the brave voices of people like LaDonna that we better understand the importance of this law – and why we’re so grateful we can keep it.

via The Real Lives at Risk in the Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision | National Women’s Law Center.

LegCo President Jasper Tsang jokes about clearing Occupy sites with ‘half a dozen Africans’ in recording

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Jasper Tsang, the President of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, has come under fire for a recently published audio clip in which he can be heard repeating a racist joke about Africans. The clip was secretly recorded during a private talk given by Tsang at Hong Kong University’s renowned St. John’s College on November 3, as the Occupy Hong movement was in full-swing.

(Someone will always be recording from now on when anyone in power thinks they are talking in “private.”)

via LegCo President Jasper Tsang jokes about clearing Occupy sites with ‘half a dozen Africans’ in recording.

The Wandering Tree. | Rebelle Society

With a heavy heart — he knew his decision would greatly sadden his neighbors — and the stiffness born of centuries of stillness, the Tree began to move.

Slowly, slowly he pulled one great cluster of roots from the earth, and then another, and another. As each limb broke free, clods of dark soil rained back to the ground, and the air around the Tree became a furious dark swirl as he worked to free himself.

With a final groan and burst of strength, he wrenched free of the place that had supported him all his life, and he began to walk. The other trees were sad to see him go, but they knew it was too late to change his mind.

Thus began the great Tree’s journey through the world.

via The Wandering Tree. | Rebelle Society.