Washington Free Beacon
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" Letourneau was arrested and served more than seven years in jail for statutory rape. She was released in 2004 and married Fualaau the following year. The couple now has two daughters in their late teens, according to the Hill . Maher did say that the relationship was unconventional. "I admit it's unorthodox," Maher added, "She's 35, the boy is 14. He was younger when they started. But she is pregnant again. That was the story this week. This is the second child by this boy. They are keeping the mother in jail because she won't conform to what society feels should be the perfect American family." Lisa Montgomery Kennedy, a guest on the show, sarcastically replied, "Yeah, that's perfect." Republican activist Celeste Greig added, "Sickening. Absolutely sickening. The woman is over 20 years older, and she raped this kid." "Raped?" Maher responded.
Ars Technica
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France 24
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TIME - Top Stories
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A Muslim-American group in the U.S. helped raise more than $77,000 in a single day to help a historic Jewish cemetery in Missouri repair hundreds of gravesites desecrated in what is being condemned as an apparent act of anti-Semitism. The overwhelming support has brought some comfort to those whose relatives are buried at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis, where more than 150 tombstones were toppled and damaged this week. To me, that outpouring is love, said Barbara Perle, whose grandparents and great-grandparents are among her relatives buried at the site. In my heart, love heals. Perle, 66, who now lives in California, said she felt heartbroken when she learned of the vandalism in her hometown. She said she has not been able to find out whether her relatives sites were disturbed because the cemeterys phone line has been inundated with calls.
MintPress News
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By Wednesday the total raised stood at almost three times that amount. We are overjoyed to reach our goal of $20,000 in three hours, the campaign said. Any additional funds raised in this campaign will assist other vandalised Jewish centres nationwide. Women's march organizer, Linda Sarsour led the campaign along with other activists to raise funds to restore the desecrated graveyard . (Photo: still from #InequalityIs: Linda Sarsour on inequality and race and religion) Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America. Meanwhile, two Muslim organisations, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), both spoke out against the incident.
I4U News
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A unique Pueblo culture was thriving in the high-desert landscape of Chaco Canyon thousands of years ago. The native American society possessed a complex network of homes carved into the sides of the...
I4U News
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A unique Pueblo culture was thriving in the high-desert landscape of Chaco Canyon thousands of years ago. The native American society was based on a complex network of homes carved into the sides of...
Phys.Org
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Open Culture
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Image via Christiaan Tonnis Americans can be quite ignorant of the richness of our country’s cultural history. Part of this ignorance, I suspect, comes down to prejudice. Innovative American artists throughout history have come from groups often demonized and marginalized by the wider society. The dominance of corporate commerce also impoverishes the cultural landscape. Poetry and experimental art dont sell much, so some people think they have little value. Imagine if we were to invert these attitudes in public opinion: American poetry and art allow us to gain new perspectives from people and parts of the country we dont know well; to enlarge and challenge our religious and political understanding; to experience a very different kind of economy, built on aesthetic invention and free intellectual enterprise rather than supply, demand, and profit.
Futurity
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Throughout the Southwest it is unusual to find formal burials within structures, because most people were buried with limited grave goods outside housing compounds, but in excavations sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and carried out in the 1890s at Chaco Canyon, archaeologists found room 33 in Pueblo Bonito—a burial crypt within a 650-room pueblo dating between 800 and 1130—that contained 14 burials. It has been clear for some time that these were venerated individuals, based on the exceptional treatment they received in the afterlife—most Chacoans were buried outside of the settlement and never with such high quantities of exotic goods, says Adam Watson, postdoctoral fellow in the American Museum of Natural History Division of Anthropology. But previously one could only speculate about the exact nature of their relationship to one another.
MintPress News
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An American protester in Washington, D.C. holding a sign saying he's Islamophobic. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Ever since the 9/11 attacks, there has been a fringe element in American society that has claimed that the attacks were part of a centuries-old religious war between Islam and Christianity. They’ve claimed that Muslims constitute a grave threat against everyone in the United States and the Western world because Muslims are supposedly determined to establish a world-wide caliphate, which would necessarily entail conquering the United States, taking over the federal government, and running the IRS, DEA, Federal Reserve, Social Security administration, CIA, NSA, Pentagon, and all the other parts of the federal government. This fringe element has now surged to national notoriety owing to the fact that there are now people within the Trump administration who appear to subscribe to that philosophy.
Voice Of America
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the United States to have a “balanced and farsightedperspective on visas that enable thousands of skilled Indian professionals to work in the United States and sustain India’s booming $150 billion software industry. The Indian leader made his call for an open mind on work visas at a meeting with a 26-member bipartisan delegation of the U.S. Congress, which is on a weeklong visit to India. There have been growing fears in New Delhi that the Trump administration will revamp the H1-B visa program to protect jobs for American workers. Indian technology workers are the largest recipients of these visas, which allow foreign professionals to work in the United States. After meeting the U.S. delegation on Tuesday, Modi's office said in a statement that the prime minister wanted the two countries to work together on facilitating people-to-people linkages and “referred to the role of skilled Indian talent in enriching the American economy and society.
Scientific American - Latest
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The results suggest that a maternal dynasty ruled the societys greatest mansion for more than 300 years, but concerns over research ethics cast a shadow on the technical... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Open Culture
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3. Tyranny of the Majority De Tocqueville, De Botton says, thought that “democratic culture… often ends up demonizing any assertion of difference, and especially cultural superiority, even though such attitudes might be connected with real merit.” In such a state, “society has an aggressive leveling instinct.” It wasnt only attacks on high culture that De Tocqueville feared, but what he called theOmnipotence of the Majority ,” a phrase he used to denote the power of public opinion as an almost totalitarian means of social control. In volume two of his study, published in 1840, De Tocqueville devoted particular attention to “the power which that majority naturally exercises over the mind…. By whatever political laws men are governed in the ages of equality, it may be foreseen that faith in public opinion will become for them a species of religion, and the majority its ministering prophet.
TIME - Top Stories
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These members wanted the entire country to revert to a set of values that more closely resembled what they saw on Leave It to Beaver . On the other hand, the current resistance isn't based on a belief that our country has gone astray from some former golden age. It's a political backlash, borne out of Donald Trumps policies and his presidency. Its participants arent rejecting the social structures of American society. They are embracing and defending our evolving structures of diversity and inclusiveness. The people stepping forward to resist the Trump Administration are standing against an Administration that doesnt respect the core values that this nation holds: that we are all equal and that we can all achieve our own dreams. Second, these movements were forged in entirely different political situations. Members of the Tea Party believed they had been marginalized and had to fight back against this new oppression.
The Economic Times
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"In this context, the Prime Minister referred to the role of skilled Indian talent in enriching the American economy and society" and "urged developing a reflective, balanced and farsighted perspective on movement of skilled professionals," the statement said. Soon after taking over last month, Trump had decided to overhaul the work visa programmes like the H-1B and L1, a move that will adversely hit the lifeline of Indian tech firms and professionals in the US. At present, 65,000 H1B visas are issued by the US every year and Indians account for a major chunk in it.
The Week
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The Economic Times
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Our job is to operate in all of these countries with these principles of local opportunity creation.America is a unique society, where someone like you or Sundar Pichai, purely on merit can go on to head iconic American companies. Do you see that changing?As I said, there are two core principles that I keep in mind when we think of our own operations. One is, as I referenced, MNC operating in every country and being a responsible operator where you measure yourself by the local opportunity you create.The second thing is to truly imbibe the American values — after all we are an American-based multinational — and the American values have always been about inclusion and diversity. It's a land of immigrants. And I am a product of both.The first principle at play was American technology reaching me in India which made it possible for me to dream the dream.
Informed Comment
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The Event Chronicle
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By Lucas Dare John F. Kennedy was outspoken against the secret government growing behind the curtains of American democracy. In his address to American publishers and the media in 1961 , two years prior to his public assassination, he remarked about the nature of secrecy and the dangers of allowing our government to operate without our consent and beyond our knowledge, warning the press to consider the importance of their role in protecting American liberty from the emergence of the Deep State . In essence, JFK was the first major American whistleblower . “The very wordsecrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.” ~ John F. Kennedy Today, as the world hangs on every Wikileaks release, and those coming from Edward Snowden, it is clear that the role of whistleblower in our society is critical to the survival of freedom , and also clear the public demands the truth.
The Huffington Post
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The U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, has said he believes U.S.-backed forces will recapture both of Islamic States major strongholds - Mosul and the city of Raqqa in Syria - within the next six months. Mattis said he aimed to get an up-to-date assessment of the war during his visit to Iraq. His strategy review could lead to additional deployment of U.S. forces, beyond the less than 6,000 American troops deployed to both Iraq and Syria today. Experts say the Pentagon may also focus on other options, like increasing the number of attack helicopters and air strikes and bringing in more artillery. The military may also seek more authority to make battlefield decisions, allowing commanders to take advantage of opportunities more quickly. The future for U.S. forces in Iraq, and for Iraqs fragmented society, after the common enemy of Islamic State is expelled from Mosul is unclear.
The Week
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The Points Guy
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Here, it's somehow become a glorified idea to keep our little ones sheltered at home and tucked away from public places as often and as long as possible. I can’t even tell you how many times people have asked me why I would take my children here or there if I didn't have to. The real problem in American culture today is the notion that children are a burden to society. Too many parents are becoming embarrassed by their babies and toddlers' normal behavior, with many of them afraid of offending people when they're out with their kids. The big question is, should parents have to apologize for flying with their children? Of course there will always be varying opinions. It's a sensitive issue because every family may need or want to travel together, but it's also the airline's responsibility to ensure that every passenger has a comfortable in-flight experience.
The Iran Project
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In other words, the country does not belong to its citizens but to an ethnic group that enforces legal discrimination against non-members of the group. This is a political system founded on the notion of ethnic supremacy, as was the state of apartheid South Africa. It is virtually impossible to imagine the Times lending the invaluable real estate of its Opinion section to rationalizations for the denial of civil rights to any other minority. That such overt discrimination can be promoted openly in 2017 is a testament to the rampant racism in popular culture as well as in elite media against Arabs and Muslims, and the persistence of the Orientalist mentality Edward Said analyzed so thoroughly 40 years ago. It seems true indeed that anti-Arab racism is the only type of racism still publicly condoned in American society. To Fleisher's credit, he points out rightly that many (actually all) Palestinians reject the idea that their nation should be organized on the principle of ethnic supremacy.