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‘Environmental Injustice’: Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution | Common Dreams

The University of Minnesota study, according to lead researcher Julian Marshall, looked closely at the rates of pollution exposure by race, income, education and other key demographics to establish the key predictors of how specific populations are impacted across the country, state by state. “The [main] ones are race and income, and they both matter,” […]

Why are American women dying in childbirth? – Features – Al Jazeera English

“There is sadly no magic bullet that explains what is behind the high levels of maternal mortality in the United States,” Amnesty’s Rachel Ward said. “It’s a combination of factors that speak to the systemic problems of failing to provide affordable, accessible, quality health services to all women in the United States.” One of these […]

China issues report on U.S. human rights – People’s Daily Online

BEIJING, Feb. 28 — China published a report on the United States’ human rights record on Friday, in response to U.S. criticism and “irresponsible remarks” about China.”The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2013″ was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, in response to “Country Reports on Human […]

ADX H-Unit on Hunger Strike, Prisoners Being Force-Fed – Solitary Watch

According to reports this morning from inside the U.S. Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility ADX in Florence, CO, eight to nine people held in the super-secret H-Unit are on hunger strike and are being force-fed. While run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons BOP, the unit has strong FBI involvement in its management.Mahmud Abouhalima, convicted of […]

California takes up bill to label genetically engineered foods | Pesticide Action Network

Sacramento, Calif – Answering the call for greater transparency and choices in the food system, California State Senator Noreen Evans D – Santa Rosa introduced a new bill today to label genetically engineered GE, genetically modified, or GMO foods sold in California. The bill already has support from a broad-based coalition of 17 environmental, consumer, […]

The stomach-churning reason why meat is so cheap – Salon.com

The article fingers companies like Tyson and Perdue for transforming meat production into a tightly controlled, top-down system, under which they “began treating animals as production units, not living, feeling creatures with basic rights.” And it’s not enough that laws and USDA regulators aren’t protecting these abusive and unsafe practices from happening, it continues. A […]

New study supports the importance of peer networks for people living with HIV

“For community based organisations such as ours, the Seroconversion Study is an invaluable source of information about how we can best support people newly diagnosed with HIV,” says Brent Allan, Executive Officer of Living Positive Victoria. “The Seroconversion Study clearly shows that the peer support programs and information services provided by organisations such as Living […]

Hospital to 18 people: You may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob – CNN.com

The hospital is in the process of contacting the 18 people, spokeswoman Jeanne Mayer said Tuesday. She was not sure how many had been reached.According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, CJD affects about one person in every 1 million people per year worldwide.”It is important to note that there are multiple […]

Pharma to farms, cultivating the germs that won’t die | Al Jazeera America

At a time of rising concern among public-health officials about an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration released a new policy on Dec. 11, restricting the use of antibiotics in industrial livestock operations, also known as factory farms. The policy asks drug companies to phase out, over three years, the use of […]

The Effects of Ignoring Systemic Racism | The Nation

This is what systemic racism looks like. Whether Kerrick or the officer who assaulted Manning have a personal animosity toward these young men because of their race doesn’t matter. What matters is the institutional mechanisms that degrade black life. Kerrick shot an unarmed Ferrell after receiving an emergency call that he was attempting to rob […]

Guards May Be Responsible for Half of Prison Sexual Assaults – ProPublica

The report, released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, takes data collected by correctional administrators representing all of the nation’s federal and state prisons as well as many county jails. It shows that administrators logged more than 8,000 reports of abuse to their overseers each year between 2009 and 2011, up 11 percent from […]

Feds Indict Klansman Who Designed Radiation Gun to Kill Muslims | Hatewatch

Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, was charged in an indictment last week with attempting to produce a radiological device, conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and distribution of information related to weapons of mass destruction. Another suspect, Eric Feight, 54, was named in the original complaint but was not indicted. Both were arraigned last […]

Under Pressure, Whole Foods Agrees to Stop Selling Produce Grown in Sewage Sludge | PR Watch

Sewage sludge is created by all of the human waste flushed down the toilet and sinks — which includes all the pharmaceutical residues from all the prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs taken by the men, women, and children in the city using the sewage system — and all the material corporations flush down the drain, which […]

Officials: Second chemical leaked into West Virginia water | Al Jazeera America

The ban was lifted Jan. 19, but residents this week were still reporting symptoms such as rashes or nausea after coming into contact with the water. Some also complained of a strange, licorice-like odor coming from taps and toilets.Some residents are still refusing to drink the water, and authorities have warned pregnant women against drinking […]

Toll of U.S. Sailors Devastated by Fukushima Radiation Continues to Climb | Common Dreams

Within a day of Fukushima One’s March 11, 2011, melt-down, American “first responders” were drenched in radioactive fallout. In the midst of a driving snow storm, sailors reported a cloud of warm air with a metallic taste that poured over the Reagan.Then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan, at the time a nuclear supporter, says “the first meltdown […]

FDA in New Effort Against Raw Milk Cheese

According to a report from the Gourmet Retailer, a trade association, the FDA “will test a new microbiological sampling surveillance model” that “will be analyzed for contamination from salmonella, L. monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7.”The Gourmet Retailer article says the FDA notified the American Cheese Society of the planned testing during a conference call; however, […]

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