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Orlando Massacre Comes After Lawmakers in U.S. Filed More Than 200 Anti-LGBT Bills

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[Blame the correct terrorists for this massacre. The Christian right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months. *RON*]
By Amy GoodmanDemocracy Now!, 13 June 2016

In a tweet that went viral after Sunday’s attack on an LGBT nightclub in Florida, ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio wrote: "The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No." The attack has also renewed calls for lifting what advocates say is a medically unnecessary ban on blood donations from many gay and bisexual men. The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No. #PulseNightclub— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 12, 2016

This statistic about gun violence in America seems hard to believe, but is true

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[More Americans have died from guns in the US since 1968 than on battlefields in all the wars in American history. *RON*]

By Ana Swanson, Washington Post, 14 June 2016
America's experience with guns really does look something like a war.

Each year for the last decade in America, more than 30,000 people have died due to firearms. That figure, which includes suicides and accidents as well as homicides, is comparable to the casualties seen in some of America's modern wars. It's nearly equal to the number of Americans who died in the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953.

In fact, if you add up the number of firearm-related deaths in America since 1968, that figure is larger than all of the battlefield casualties in all of the wars in American history.

Indian group celebrates birthday of 'savior of humanity' Trump

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[You can't make this stuff up. Hindu fringe group calls Trump the "savior of humanity" who could end the global threat posed by Islamist militants. "Trump is about to become the king of the world," Gupta said. "How will we attack Pakistan without his support?" *RON*]

Sankalp Phartiyal, Reuters, 14 June 2016

A Hindu fringe group celebrated the 70th birthday of Donald Trump in the Indian capital on Tuesday, calling the U.S. presidential contender the "savior of humanity" who could end the global threat posed by Islamist militants.

About 20 members of the far-right Hindu Sena, or Hindu Army, held the festivities as Americans grieved over the deaths of 49 people in the country's worst-ever mass shooting, perpetrated by a gunman claiming allegiance to Islamic State.

"Trump has said Muslims should be banned from entering America. Everyone should support that," said Hindu Sena leader Vishnu Gupta, …

Dalai Lama urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to ease Rohingya tension

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[Good on the Dalai Lama! I've given up on Aung San Suu Kyi, who loves to adopt the martyr's pose and make beautiful-sounding Buddhist quotes but, now that she has political clout in Myanmar, has done absolutely nothing to improve the dreadful treatment of Muslim Ronhingas in her country. *RON*]

By David Brunnstrom, Reuters, 14 June 2016

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a moral responsibility to try to ease tension between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, her fellow Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama, said on Monday.

The Tibetan spiritual leader said he had stressed the issue in meetings with Suu Kyi, who came to power in April in the newly created role of state counselor in Myanmar's first democratically elected government in five decades.

"She already has the Nobel Peace Prize, a Nobel Laureate, so morally she should ... make efforts to reduce this tension between the Buddhist community and Muslim community,&quo…

The Hypocrisy Of Canadian Ownership In Africa

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[Stephen Harper bent over backward to accommodate Canada's overseas mining industry; the problem is, Trudeau appears to take no interest in (or turn a blind eye to?) it's egregious behavior. "With a mere 0.5 per cent of the world's population, Canada is home to half of all internationally listed mining companies operating in Africa... Canadian mining firms have been responsible for dispossessing farmers, displacing communities, employing forced labour, devastating ecosystems, spurring human rights violations, bribing officials and evading taxes." *RON*]

Yves Engler, Huffington Post, 13 June 2016



What is wrong here? While Canadian companies exploit African resources for their own benefit this country's charities call on us to join Africa "hope" walks.

Last week Toronto-based Lundin Mining hired the Bank of Montreal to help it decide what to do with its stake in the massive Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt mine in Eas…

A benefit system disadvantaging Canada's poorest children

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["85.4 per cent of mothers from homes earning less than $30,000 annually received maternity benefits in Quebec, compared to just 43.6 per cent in the nine provinces. For mothers in the next household income bracket ($30,000 to $60,000), about 90 per cent received maternity benefits in Quebec, compared to about 69 per cent under EI. At the top end of the spectrum ($60,000 plus), 95 per cent of mothers got benefits in Quebec, compared to 74 per cent in the other provinces." *RON*]

By Teuila Fuatai, rabble.ca, 14 June 2016


Lindsey McKay, postdoctoral fellow at Brock University's Sociology Department, is among the thousands of Canadian mothers ineligible for maternity benefits.

McKay, who gave birth to twins in 2011, missed out because she was studying at the time.

According to requirements under the Employment Insurance (EI) system, McKay was ineligible for payments because she had not accumulated at least 600 hours' work in the 1…