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News & Views | Monday, January 22, 2018

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'Billionaire Boom': While World's Richest 1% Took 82% of All New Wealth in 2017, Bottom Half Got Zero, Zilch, Nada
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Call it the 'Year of the Billionaire.' In 2017, a new billionaire was created every two days and while 82 percent of all wealth created went to the top 1 percent of the world's richest while zero percent—absolutely nothing—went to the poorest half of the global population.
Women's March: After First Year of Trump's Anti-Woman Agenda, Marches Mobilize Voters
by Julia Conley, staff writer
With rallies and anniversary events held across the country and abroad, the Women's March kept up the momentum that began a year ago at the historic protest.
Sanders Slams Trump's Anti-Immigration Ad, Backs Border Wall Talks to Protect Dreamers
by Julia Conley, staff writer
On CNN's Sunday morning show "State of the Union," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) cast the Republican Party's refusal to protect young immigrants as a grave mistake.
As Washington Inflames Tensions in Syria, Turkey Launches Airstrikes Against U.S.-Backed Kurdish Forces
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Trump critics this weekend tied the administration's decision to continue U.S. military presence in Syria to Turkey's aggressive bombing of U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in the country's northern region.
#TrumpShutdown as Women's March Begins Weekend of Action
by Julia Conley, staff writer
As Americans woke up to the news on Saturday morning that the government had shut down over night, resistance groups and lawmakers urged citizens to mobilize against the Republican Party's refusal to include protections for young undocumented immigrants in a spending bill.
DACA Supporters Denounce GOP's 'Racist Agenda' As #TrumpShutdown Takes Hold
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Progressives and immigrant rights groups denounced President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans after the Senate was not able to reach an agreement to fund the government by midnight on Friday, forcing the government to shut down exactly one year into Trump's presidency.

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Inequality, Revolution, and Drones That Kill
by Paul Buchheit
The too-rapid evolution of intelligent machines, with the ability to make decisions that can impact human life, is bringing us closer to a man-made epidemic that we won't be able to control.
The Kids the World Forgot
by Ken Hannaford-Ricardi
I spent much of yesterday with some kids the world forgot. Young, remarkably sturdy and resilient, they can often be naïve and almost willfully gullible. They inhabit a world that delights in tripping them up and watching them fall. They are Kabul’s Street Kids.
Trump Administration Turns ICE Into Tool for Political Repression
by Kevin Gosztola
Since President Donald Trump was inaugurated, there have been at least ten prominent cases where immigrants involved in community activism were deported or faced an increased threat of deportation.
America's '2+2=5 Moment' Is a Scary Lurch Toward Autocracy
by Will Bunch
The third week of January in 2018 felt like a perfect time to join the “girther” movement.
The Worst Thing About Year One of Trump: Fascistization of Cable News
by Juan Cole
Despite the impression that Trump hates the press and forms a danger to it, the mass media actually has fallen for him, hard.
Exceptional Indifference: An International Perspective on U.S. Poverty
by Ezra Rosser
At the end of 2017, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights published a statement on his official visit to the United States. The statement makes for sobering reading even for those whose work focuses on domestic poverty.

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