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Welp Trump’s Own Former Defense Secretary Just Compared Him to the Nazis So That Happened - vice

Welp Trump’s Own Former Defense Secretary Just Compared Him to the Nazis So That Happened

James “Mad Dog” Mattis just slammed the president as a threat to America’s Constitution.
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Why the US government underreports the economic gaps between white and black Americans - quartz

Why the US government underreports the economic gaps between white and black Americans

If US economic statistics included people in prisons, the black-white financial gaps would look much worse.
quartz - 3 hours ago
Six injured after car PLOWS into outdoor cafe in Netherlands, driver arrested - rt

Six injured after car PLOWS into outdoor cafe in Netherlands, driver arrested

At least six people were injured after a car drove onto the terrace of an outdoor cafe in the Netherlands, one has been rushed to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle, which was badly damaged, is now in custody.
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30 Years of Trash from the Upper East Side Is New York

30 Years of Trash from the Upper East Side Is New York's Best-Kept Art Secret

The top floor of one of the city's active sanitation garages houses a very large and highly curated collection, assembled by ex-garbage man Nelson Molina.
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UN says US must HEAR George Floyd protesters’ voices and get rid of its ‘STRUCTURAL RACISM’ - rt

UN says US must HEAR George Floyd protesters’ voices and get rid of its ‘STRUCTURAL RACISM’

America’s “structural racism” and “glaring inequalities” are at the heart of the massive protests that have gripped the US, the UN’s human rights chief said, adding that it is high time for “far-reaching reforms.”
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K-pop fans get political & hijack anti-riot hashtags on social media - rt

K-pop fans get political & hijack anti-riot hashtags on social media

Korean pop-music fans have hijacked hashtags such as #BlueLivesMatter and #MAGA in response to the growing unrest in the United States.
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CEOs are finally talking about racism. Will it change anything? - quartz

CEOs are finally talking about racism. Will it change anything?

What happens when the protests subside, and the world isn't watching as closely?
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A quick guide to unemployment rates, by race, in major US cities - quartz

A quick guide to unemployment rates, by race, in major US cities

In Minneapolis, white unemployment in 2018 was 1.9%. For black residents, it was 8%.
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Still fighting to change system, 40 years after Manchester riots - channel 4

Still fighting to change system, 40 years after Manchester riots

They might be almost 4,000 miles apart, but the feelings of anger, alienation and inequality being felt in Minneapolis are being echoed on the streets of Manchester.
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Senator says three ex-officers to be charged in Floyd case - channel 4

Senator says three ex-officers to be charged in Floyd case

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has said the state's attorney general will bring an elevated charge of second-degree murder against one former police officer over the killing of George Floyd.
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Doctors fear silent Covid disaster in Yemen

The UN is warning that the international community is in a race against time to save Yemen, ravaged by years of man-made famine and war, now also seeing some of the highest mortality rates because of Covid-19.
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NHS test and trace chief under fire for failing to provide data

The NHS test and trace chief, Baroness Dido Harding, has been giving evidence to MPs on the Commons Health Select Committee today.
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14-day quarantine for people arriving into UK

There's been mounting opposition from MPs and the airline industry to the government's plans to quarantine travellers to the UK.
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Starmer challenges Johnson on speed of Covid test results - channel 4

Starmer challenges Johnson on speed of Covid test results

The government needs to get a grip on the coronavirus crisis, Sir Keir Starmer has warned, as he clashed with Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions over testing, statistics and public trust. Challenged over his claims of a “world-beating” test and trace programme, Mr Johnson promised results would be turned around within 24 hours by…
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All 4 Officers Who Arrested George Floyd Are Getting Charged - vice

All 4 Officers Who Arrested George Floyd Are Getting Charged

And Derek Chauvin is set to be charged with second-degree murder.
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Thousands join Black Lives Matter protest in London over George Floyd death - channel 4

Thousands join Black Lives Matter protest in London over George Floyd death

Thousands of people have marched through central London as a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Floyd family lawyer calls for all police officers present at his killing to be charged - channel 4

Floyd family lawyer calls for all police officers present at his killing to be charged

The lawyer for George Floyd's family has called for all of the police officers who were present at his killing to be charged.
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Latest COVID-19 science updates: face masks and coronavirus impact on the brain

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, scientists are rushing to carry out and publish research which will help us understand how the virus works, and how the disease it causes can be treated.
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Researchers have successfully tested potentially revolutionary technology which could spell the beginning of an organ-donor-free future – after they successfully grew and transplanted miniature human livers… into rats.
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WHO says hydroxychloroquine trials will RESUME as doubts emerge over research that warned about dangers of drug - rt

WHO says hydroxychloroquine trials will RESUME as doubts emerge over research that warned about dangers of drug

The World Health Organization has said that clinical trials involving the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine will resume, following doubts about US research which had led to their suspension.
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Most of the world’s constitutions guarantee more rights than America’s

Most of the world’s constitutions guarantee more rights than America’s

quartz - 4 months ago

Americans like to celebrate their Constitution, their country’s foundational document, which enshrines certain inalienable rights. But it turns out these days the US Constitution is less distinctive for what equal rights it does uphold, and more for which ones it fails to.

In a study published today by UCLA, researchers compared the constitutions of 193 UN member states to assess which protect equal rights for its citizens irrespective of their differences, including gender, sexual orientation, income, and disability.

“There is no opportunity for equality if people don’t have equal legal rights,” Jody Heymann, a UCLA School of Public Health professor who led the research, told Quartz. The fact that a right might be provided in a country’s constitution doesn’t guarantee that it is granted to its citizens, of course, yet it does create an important legal precedent.

The comparison between global constitutions revealed encouraging progress in the past two decades. All of the constitutions passed since 2000 include provisions for gender rights, as well as a right to health care.

On the other hand, many older constitutions fall short. As a result, there is a disparity of constitutional guarantees for the citizens of countries with more recent constitutions and those who live in countries with older constitutional histories.

The United States stands out in this disparity: Compared to its global peers, the United States fails to guarantee all kinds of rights.

The US constitution is one of just 28 worldwide, for example, that doesn’t guarantee gender equality. While Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, guaranteeing gender equality, some states have been slow to approve it, delaying its adoption as a new amendment to the Constitution. The US Constitution also doesn’t protect the right to health care, unlike 142 other global constitutions. Some 160 constitutions worldwide guarantee a right to education, but the United States does not. Similarly, equal rights for people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community are not protected by the US Constitution. Landmark court decisions have outlawed discrimination of those groups, but they are still at risk of possible reversal and debate, as seen in the recent Supreme Court case debating whether sexual orientation can be grounds for firing.

Aleta Sprague, a legal analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, a nonprofit, said that constitutional rights are engrained in the fabric of a nation, and are often quoted in the context of policy and lawmaking debate. A constitution also endures longer than other pieces of legislation. So while some groups might be protected by various laws, they are rarely as powerful as a constitutional guarantee.

Even in the cases where rights aren’t immediately translated into legislation, Heymann says, their presence in the constitution tends to lead to positive results in the achievement of such rights. As an example, she mentions the right to health in the United States. Although it is not guaranteed in the US Constitution, it is included in some state constitutions. These states, Heymann says, have reduced infant mortality by a staggering 8%.

“The constitution is a powerful tool to change norms and introduce change,” Amy Raub, a policy analyst at WORLD, told Quartz. She cites South Africa. The South African constitution was the first in the world to protect equality regardless of sexual orientation. Raub says that shifted the public perception of LGBTQ people.

And even though such social change can take time, after South Africa adopted its new constitutional, the country moved quickly to legalized same-sex marriage, include LGBTQ people in military service, and ban conversion therapy. Another example is Mexico: A 2015 high court decision declared a ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, as the constitution forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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