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Education Reform

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Africa

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On the Ground in Africa: Saturnalia by Justin Chapman

By embarking on a journey of self-discovery and survival, Chapman explores what Africa really has to offer, and in the process, discovers surprising and unexpected relationships between people and places.

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Animal Rights

Pony Rides Dispute

In the Name of Free Speech: Winograd Fights Back — UPDATED

Marcy Winograd: Thursday, in the late afternoon, I filed my anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss a meritless law suit challenging my right to express my OPINION that tethering ponies, butt to nose, to a metal carousel, forcing them to walk in circles on concrete for 3.5 hours is abusive.

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The Body Politic

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Does Your Workout Have Legs?

Treva Brandon Scharf: Everything above your waist is immediately eye-catching, but how about what’s in your pants? Quads, glutes, and hamstrings are all crying out for love and attention too.

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Immigration Reform

Undocumented Drivers License

To Apply or Not to Apply? That Is the Question

Daisy Vieyra: As someone who was left stranded on the side of the road when I was a child with my parents because neither of them had a license, I know the hardships that arise from being an unlicensed driver – car impoundment, hefty fines, missing work because you don’t have your car.

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Labor

Right to Work Kentucky

Union-Busters Sending Mixed Messages in the Bluegrass State

Berry Craig: While the voters clearly turned thumbs down on right-to-work last November, it will be interesting to see what local electorates will make of their county officials who passed these RTW ordinances

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Ecomomic Justice

Media Covers Inequality

What If Media Covered Inequality Like Weather?

Randy Shaw: The problem is not simply that a big weather story eclipsed a major expose on rising inequality in the United States. Rather, it’s that reports on economic inequality never get the saturation, multi-day coverage customarily granted to storms.

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Progressive Issues

Boehner and Netanyahu

Would Boehner and Netanyahu Treat a White President Like This?

David Love: Like the Republicans and their Tea Party base, Netanyahu has curried favor with his rightwing settler base, thriving on racial scapegoating and division for political gain.

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Law and Justice

Bill Cosby Rapist

The Entertainment Industry Enabled Cosby

Tina Dupuy: Cosby is a complicated villain who made an entire industry complicit in his sex crimes. It’s now clear Bill Cosby, the man, is more fit for a Shakespeare drama than a half-hour situation comedy.

Congressman Ed Royce

Congressman Ed Royce’s Cypherin’

Larry Wines: Mr. Royce, please read the Constitution that you took an oath to uphold. You’ll see that people are innocent until proven guilty.

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When Terminating a Police Officer Is a Must!

Cheryl Dorsey: For the lie and false arrest Officer Whitlatch received a slap on the wrist; she was “counseled” by her supervisor — a penalty that Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole deemed appropriate.

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Los Angeles

Fixing Voter Turnout

Let’s Put Voting Machines in In-N-Out Burger

Joe Mathews: The very thing that makes politics and governance in L.A. so confusing—all the different governments and elections in 88 cities, 150 or so school districts, and hundreds of special districts—makes this a great place for experimenting.

Dying Communities

Dying Communities, Forgotten Memories

Rudy Acuna: A community allows us to build strategies for analysis, for action and for change. Examining political and economic factors from the concrete base of the community allows for development of more effective strategies for change.

Captain Phil Tingirides

Did Michelle Get the Wrong LAPD Guests?

Cheryl Dorsey: While crime may be down in the Jordan Downs Project and community relations maybe improved, we need to understand another important role Captain Tingirides and his wife played in the LAPD.

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Science and Religion

Ducking Death; Surviving Superannuation

Robert W. Fuller: When machines are as complex as our brains, and work according to the same principles, they’re very likely to be as awe-inspiring as we are, notwithstanding the fact that it will be we who’ve built them.

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What Is Man?

Robert Fuller: Twentieth-century science has shown that humans, like other animals, function according to the same principles as the cosmos and everything in it.

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Gay Rights

LGBT Predictions for 2015

LGBT Folk Look to 2015

Carl Mathes: I predict that Pope Francis will continue to challenge all in the Catholic Church to accept his view “that homosexuals have gifts to offer the Church,” repeating Catholic teaching that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

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That Day after Christmas

Rev. Irene Monroe: As Americans we cannot become unconscious and numb to the use and abuse of the power and currency the “n-word” racial epithet still has in our society.

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Finding Home for the Holidays

Irene Monroe: Just as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people transformed the pejorative term “queer” into a positive word of self-reference, Christians transformed the word “Christian” into one of self-reverence.

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