- Created on 09 December 2013
The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications and restrict bank regulation, according to two internal memos obtained by The Huffington Post.
The memos, which come from a government involved in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, detail continued disputes in the talks over the deal. The documents reveal broad disagreement over a host of key positions, and general skepticism that an agreement can be reached by year-end. The Obama administration has urged countries to reach a deal by New Year's Day, though there is no technical deadline.
One memo, which was heavily redacted before being provided to HuffPost, was written ahead of a new round of talks in Singapore this week. Read the full text of what HuffPost received here. (Note: Ellipses indicate redacted text. Text in brackets has been added by a third party.) Another document, a chart outlining different country positions on the text, dates from early November, before the round of negotiations in Salt Lake City, Utah. View the chart here. HuffPost was unable to determine which of the 11 non-U.S. nations involved in the talks was responsible for the memo.
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- Created on 06 December 2013
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As the world continues to learn the news of Nelson Mandela's passing, reactions praising South Africa's former President are flooding Twitter feeds, Facebook statuses and broadcast airwaves.
Roland Martin, host and managing editor of NewsOne Now, had this to say about the great world leader:
"In a world where we slap the hero label on just about anyone, Nelson Mandela was a true, real-life hero.
"In a world where we call our sports stars warriors, Nelson Mandela was a real warrior.
"Everyone, no matter your color or nationality, should be thanking the Good Lord that a Nelson Mandela was placed on this earth to show the world what true, moral leadership looks like.
He is a giant among giants. A king among kings. We will miss him dearly. His death saddens us all, but it's also a celebration of a man who lived a full life."
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- Created on 04 December 2013
Some school districts are moving away from their zero tolerance policies in discipline because they aren't effective. High dropout and arrest rates, combined with low grades, have too often been the result. Florida's Broward County has decided to back off of their zero tolerance policies. This is because the sixth largest school district in the nation has seen an increase in suspensions and expulsions since adopting them in the early '90s. It appears that the biggest infractions against the students are minor ones, such as graffiti spraying or marijuana possession.
Following in Florida's footsteps are Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, and Baltimore, who are all reexamining their policies. Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now about the shift.
"The bottom line is we're trying to put common sense back in discipline," she observed. "What we know is too many young people are being pushed out of school and off of an academic track — and onto a track to prison — through zero tolerance. They're not only being suspended, but also arrested. It used to be a trip to the principal's office. Now it's a trip to a jail cell.
"At the end of the day," she continued, "when you suspend a young person, they're more likely to fail. They're more likely to drop out...the best place for a young person to be is in a classroom, learning."
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- Created on 03 December 2013
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On this day in 1847, freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass started a newspaper called The North Star.
Douglass launched the paper following his return from Europe. He fled there to avoid being recaptured following the fame he gained as a runaway slave after publishing his autobiography. His supporters in Britain raised the money to purchase his freedom legally and in 1847 he returned to the United States as a legally free man.
The North Star's motto was: "Right is of no Sex - Truth is of no Color - God is the Father of us all, and we are all brethren." The abolitionist paper based out of Rochester NY, grew to become one of the most influential black anti-slavery papers published during that era. The paper is reported as having over 4,000 readers, both in the United States and abroad in Europe, in addition to the West Indies.
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