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Further arrests of Saudi women’s rights activists in escalating crackdown

two-faced leaders who are still afraid of women.

Ten leading campaigners reportedly held as media denounce women as ‘traitors’ for supporting end to ban on female drivers

At least 10 prominent Saudi activists, mostly women’s rights campaigners, have now been reported to have been arrested in what appears to be an escalating clampdown ahead of the much-vaunted lifting of the prohibition on women driving in the kingdom on 24 June.

The arrests, with more feared by human rights campaigners, come amid a high-profile campaign in Saudi media outlets and on social media denouncing the women as “traitors”.

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Puerto Rico: The Teacher Uprising the Media Is Ignoring


May 14, 2018 / Meghan Brophy, Jonah Furman
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You’ve read about the teacher strikes in West Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado… but what about Puerto Rico? Fighting to keep the island’s public schools open in the wake of Hurricane Maria, teachers there are boycotting standardized tests and even teaming up with parents to occupy their schools.

The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force

It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers seem to have done just that. It should make Israelis quail that demonstrators were sprayed with live ammunition with apparent impunity. There were dozens of deaths and hundreds of maimings among the Palestinians who had marched to the border to make a point about their right to return to their ancestral homes. Israel’s army evinced no shame in committing what looks like a war crime. These are serious accusations. Yet they were greeted with little more than a shrug. By blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a prison riot: a tragic fault of the inmates.

This is a dangerous mindset for Israelis to embrace. Yet they have done so because the extreme right in Israel, and most of the present government ministers, nurture the idea that Israel can, through its vastly superior military force, end the national aspirations of the Palestinians. These politicians take succour from US president Donald Trump, who has made good on his promise to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Today Mr Trump’s ambassador, who gave money to Jewish far-right groups in Israel, opened his nation’s new embassy in Jerusalem. This is a reckless and provocative step that will harm the prospects for peace. Like the issue of refugees, settlements and borders, the status of Jerusalem is unfinished business. No state is internationally recognised as having sovereignty over Jerusalem. Its status was meant to be determined through negotiations.

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Structural racism at heart of British society, UN human rights panel says

Experts cite police data showing disproportionate number of minority ethnic people died due to excessive use of force by state

The disproportionate number of deaths of black and brown people in incidents with the police shows that structural racism remains rooted in the fabric of British society, a panel of UN human rights experts has said.

The panel cited data from the Metropolitan police showing a disproportionate number of minority ethnic people – particularly those of African or Caribbean descent – dying due to excessive use of force by the state.

Related: Four black men die. Did police actions play a part?

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Native Women to Receive Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence

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Native Women to Receive Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence

Native Women to Receive Frank Blythe Award for Media ExcellenceBuffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) and Harriett Skye, Ph.D. (Hunkpapa Lakota) will receive the Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence on Friday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Van Brundt Visitors Center during the opening reception for the Seventh Biennial Vision Maker Film

O’odham Ofelia Rivas ‘Welcome to Honduras Migrant Caravan’ — Censored News Live Video

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Ofelia Rivas, O’odham, and Michelle Cook, Dine’, live from O’odham land. Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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O’odham Ofelia Rivas ‘Welcome to Honduras Migrant Caravan’ — Censored News Live Video

Ofelia Rivas, O’odham, to Honduras migrant caravan, “This is O’odham land. We do not recognize the foreign