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New York’s Segregation Problem

New York schools are the most segregated in the country according to a new study, but blaming charter schools, which only serve 6% of city students, won’t fix the real problems.

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Barack Obama vs. the Culture of Poverty

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Four years ago, Ta Nehisi-Coates wrote one of the most important and memorable essays I’ve ever read. In it, Coates described a horrifying episode from an early, ascendant moment in his career, when, in the course of a heated argument with another journalist, he threatened to assault him and very … More »

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New York has most segregated public schools in the US, study finds

With less than 1% white enrolment in most of its charter schools, New York City’s school system ranks among the least diverseNew York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.The report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles looks at enrollment trends from 1989 to 2010.

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Lawrence Walsh

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Independent counsel who painstakingly investigated the Iran-Contra scandalAs the independent counsel investigating the Iran-Contra scandal, Lawrence Walsh, who has died aged 102, spent six futile years tying together the massive disregard for the law within Ronald Reagan’s US presidency. Walsh managed to precipitate 11 convictions, mostly for lesser offences dealing with the cover-up, but saw all of them either overturned on appeal or negated by presidential pardons issued by George Bush Sr.Iran-Contra was a two-pronged operation designed to circumvent the Boland amendment, which had stopped the US government from providing any further support to the insurgency of the rightwing “Contras” against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. In 1985, Reagan approved the illegal sale of arms to Iran, via Israel, ostensibly in exchange for the release of hostages held in Lebanon by Hezbollah.

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First lady Michelle Obama praises civil rights movement – and tai chi – during China tour

<!– google_ad_section_start –> US first lady Michelle Obama promoted ethnic equality, the civil rights movement and religious freedom on the mainland yesterday, raising the sensitive issues on a tour meant to avoid politics. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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In Missouri, Race Complicates a Transfer to Better Schools

Enacting a state law allowing students from failing school districts to transfer to better ones has been complicated by class, race, geography and social perceptions.

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US Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In a vote hailed by US President Barack Obama, the Senate on Thursday passed comprehensive immigration reform that would put 11 million undocumented people on a path to earning citizenship. Chants of “Yes we did!” erupted from the public galleries after senators voted 68-32 to approve the landmark legislation, which pours unprecedented resources into border security, revamps legal immigration and requires a 13-year wait before those without papers can apply to become US citizens. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Justifying Segregation in the New York Times?

Lisa Goldman and Mairav Zonszein on an Israeli writers’ justification for segregating Arabs and Jews at an Israeli amusement park.

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Arab Taxi Driver Attacked By Jewish Teens

"I have no anger or resentment towards Superland, it is a symbol of what is happening in the country." –Jalal Toche, Arab school principal from Jaffa, who revealed the segregation of Jewish and Arab youth at Superland amusement park.

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Segregation cited as root of riots in immigrant areas of Stockholm

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Sweden has long been a bastion of generous social welfare and an egalitarian political culture. So many people were shocked when scores of youths hurled rocks at police and set cars ablaze during rioting in several largely immigrant areas near Stockholm this week. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Saudi woman reaches Mount Everest summit in historic climb

<!– google_ad_section_start –> It is a first for the conservative Muslim kingdom where women’s sports are severely restricted, her proud father said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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3 Ultra-Orthodox Men Arrested at Western Wall

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews joined a protest at the Jerusalem holy site, creating a standoff with a group of women praying there in garments traditionally worn by men.

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In Slovakia, Integration of Roma Mirrors Early Struggles in U.S

Eastern Slovakia’s elementary schools are a microcosm of one of Europe’s biggest challenges: how to bring its most disadvantaged minority into the mainstream.

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Hong Kong businesses may be affected as EU urges tax havens to open their books

<!– google_ad_section_start –> At a meeting on May 13, EU finance ministers may reach an agreement on measures to eradicate tax evasion and tax havens, said Finnish Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen at an international seminar on tax fraud and evasion in Helsinki on Monday, the Finland Times reported. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Elysee Palace to auction 1,200 bottles of fine wines to help state budget

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The dreaded phantasm of economic austerity has finally knocked its bony fingers on the door of the Elysee Palace, which announced that it would auction off 1,200 bottles of its finest wines, renew its cellar with “more modest” vintages and return the surplus to the state budget. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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