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Here are 10 outspoken critics of Putin who died violently or in mysterious ways

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[Throughout the years, the Kremlin has always dismissed the notion of political killings with scorn. See also: Leading Putin opponent arrested as anti-corruption protests sweep Russia. *RON*]

David Filipov, Washington Post / The Star, 24 March 2017
MOSCOW—Not everyone who has a quarrel with Russian President Vladimir Putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances—far from it. But enough loud critics of Putin’s policies have been murdered that Thursday’s daylight shooting of a Russian who sought asylum in Ukraine has led to speculation of Kremlin involvement.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the shooting in Kiev of Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian Communist Party member who began sharply criticizing Putin after fleeing Russia in 2016, an “act of state terrorism by Russia.”

That drew a sharp rebuke from Putin’s spokesman, who called the accusation “absurd.” Throughout the years, the Kremlin has always dismissed the notion of politica…

Pay crash expected in online gig economy as millions seek work

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[Neoliberalism = New Poverty. These are the kinds of 'jobs of tomorrow' that Trudeau and Morneau are preparing young Canadians for! Add that to Trudeau's cuts to transit subsidies. Who do you think this affects - CEOs? See: In a city of side hustles, sting of transit credit cut hurts precarious workers most. *RON*]

By Timothy Revell, New Scientist, 24 March 2017

A huge number of people in South-East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa looking for online “gig economy” work could cause a race to the bottom on pay and conditions, according to a new report from the Oxford Internet Institute.

Millions of people in countries including Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines are signed up to websites that pay them to complete tasks such as data entry, transcription and graphic design. The jobs can last minutes or months, and are generally outsourced from companies in richer countries.

The researchers didn’t name the sit…

Colorado Youth Score Decisive Legal Victory Against Fracking Industry

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[A huge win. Three-judge appeals court panel ruled that state law requires that human health and environment take precedence over industry interests. *RON*]

Lauren McCauleyCommon Dreams, 24 March 2017

A group of Colorado teenagers scored a "huge" victory against the state's fracking industry on Thursday when a three-judge panel ruled that the health of citizens and environment takes precedence over oil and gas interests.

The decision, handed down by the Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday, requires that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) consider a petition from six youth plaintiffs, which asks the board to suspend the issuance of fracking permits "until it can be done without adversely impacting human health and safety and without impairing Colorado's atmospheric resource and climate system, water, soil, wildlife, and other biological resources."

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 16-year-old plaintiff and …

White Supremacists Are Now Targeting High Schools

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[The Trump Legacy to America. According to one white nationalist leader, "students are perfectly primed for a push towards racial consciousness." *RON*]
By Jason Le MiereNewsweek / AlterNet, 24 March 2017
In addition to the more than 100 incidents at college campuses across the United States, white supremacists have targeted at least four high schools in recruitment drives so far in 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The report is the latest to raise concern about a surge in incidents of hate, which have included multiple waves of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers as well as threats and arson attacks against mosques.

Two of the incidents of white supremacist fliers being handed out at high schools occurred in California. At Pioneer High School in San Jose last month, over a dozen fliers from multiple white supremacist groups were reportedly posted around the campus. The groups included American Resistanc…

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs

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[The South’s manufacturing renaissance comes with a heavy price. A shocking story about modern American working conditions in 'The New Detroit.' The crapification of labour. *RON*]

Peter Waldman, Bloomberg, 23 March 2017

Regina Elsea was a year old in 1997 when the first vehicle rolled off the Mercedes-Benz assembly line near Tuscaloosa. That gleaming M-Class SUV was historic. Alabama, the nation’s fifth-poorest state, had wagered a quarter-billion dollars in tax breaks and other public giveaways to land the first major Mercedes factory outside Germany. Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai followed with Alabama plants of their own. Kia built a factory just over the border in West Point, Ga. The auto parts makers came next. By the time Elsea and her five siblings were teenagers, the country roads and old cotton fields around their home had come alive with 18-wheelers shuttling instruments and stamped metal among the car plants and 160 parts supplier…