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This female filmmaker’s free campaign ads are disrupting the November midterms

After Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting left 49 people dead in June 2016, Los Angeles filmmaker Sarah Ullman sat on her couch, shaken. A few days later, she came to a career-changing realization.

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  • Date:09/21/2018

South Africa is the latest country to legalize private marijuana use

South Africa has now become the third country in Africa to legalize marijuana, following Zimbabwe and Lesotho. The new law allows people to use marijuana privately, effectively decriminalizing the personal consumption and possession of the herb. In 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize weed.

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  • Newsweek
  • Date:09/20/2018

The radical dissent of Helen Keller

Here’s what they don’t teach: When the blind-deaf visionary learned that poor people were more likely to be blind than others, she set off down a pacifist, socialist path that broke the boundaries of her time—and continues to challenge ours today.

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  • Date:09/19/2018

California to launch its own satellite to monitor greenhouse gas levels

Frustrated by Trump’s attempts to minimize NASA’s role in monitoring climate change, California Governor Jerry Brown has announced that California will launch a satellite of its own. The satellite is part of a project to ensure that the state can monitor greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change even if Trump and his allies in Congress cut budgets for similar NASA programs. Brown’s plan follows another ambitious one signed last week that will switch California to entirely renewable electrical power by 2045.

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  • Earther
  • Date:09/18/2018

Sweden to end Twitter experiment letting ordinary people be nation’s voice

It was a radical experiment in free speech, even for Sweden: Give ordinary and not-so-ordinary people the chance to be, more or less, the official voice of a nation. After seven years of tweets on topics as varied as manga comics, ugly sweaters and the dangers of prescription drugs, Sweden is calling it quits.

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  • Date:09/18/2018

If America wants to solve poverty, creating jobs isn’t the solution

The rhetoric on Capitol Hill is constantly about finding ways to create new jobs in America as a means of solving the issue of poverty. However, the reality is that creating jobs doesn’t lead to a decrease in poverty. Unemployment is down, and millions of jobs are going unfilled every day. The problem is not that people living below the poverty line can’t find a job. The problem is that these jobs do not pay enough to live on.

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  • The New York Times
  • Date:09/13/2018

Eritrea consolidates Horn of Africa peace deal

Eritrea and Djibouti signed a new peace agreement on September 6, effectively ending a decade-long conflict between the two countries. The peace initiative came sooner than many had thought - signaling a new dawn in relations among nations in the conflict-prone Horn of Africa.

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  • Date:09/13/2018

New bills will stop the Trump administration from drilling off the Pacific coast

The coast off of California is not open for drilling. That’s the conclusion to be taken from a pair of bills signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown which effectively prevent new drilling projects off the state’s coast. Despite the Trump administration making it clear that it wants to increase offshore drilling projects, state lawmakers in California, including those from the president’s party, remained staunchly opposed to the proposition.

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  • Think Progress
  • Date:09/11/2018

The supreme court of India has finally decriminalized homosexuality

The world’s biggest democracy, India, has ruled that the country’s LGBTQ community has the same sexual rights as everyone else. In 2009, the supreme court decriminalized homosexuality, but that ruling was then overturned in 2013. Now the 19th-century law has been repealed following a bunch of petitions filed by several individuals and organizations.

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  • Quartz
  • Date:09/07/2018

China is preparing to end draconian family planning measures

It leaves a gruesome legacy of forced abortions and sterilizations, infanticide and a ruinous demographic imbalance. But now history’s biggest social engineering experiment — China’s One-Child Policy, since 2016 loosened to the Two-Child Policy — appears destined for the scrapheap.

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  • Date:08/29/2018
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