News Round-Up 3/31/14: Russia Retreating (?) & A Happy César Chávez Day

Happy Monday and happy César Chávez day! A civil rights advocate and champion for workers everywhere, he helped to co-found the United Farm Workers union with Dolores Huerta (also a tremendous human) and in Texas, Colorado, and California today is a celebration of his life and work. As I am a Texan, today is hereby declared a blog celebration day. 

(Blog note: Still messing around with formatting and structure, so if organization changes from day to day for the time being, apologies!)

flickr / jaygalvin / throwback in his wild youth
flickr / jaygalvin / throwback 

Assorted Stand-Outs:

  • Colorlines has a good piece on the missing heroines of the new Chávez biopic, with a specific focus on Dolores Huerta.
  • From the New Yorker: While we can all likely agree that Colbert did not send out THAT incredibly racist tweet, it’s still time to talk about liberal white male privilege, joking, and when humor is and is not appropriate. Also interesting: Spike Lee’s response to that NYT op-ed on Brooklyn gentrification.
  • Climate change: Still real and a problem.
  • Is belief a Jewish notion? NYT asks, probing religion.

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News Round-Up 3/28/14

Happy Friday, y’all! Get out this weekend and, if you’re in the District, enjoy the weather. AT LONG LAST.

reuters / turkey's a-twitter
reuters / turkey’s a-twitter

 

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News Round-Up 3/27/14: Russia Rebuked & Turkey Bids YouTube Adieu

Happy Thursday, everyone. It’s not snowing in the District, so it’s already a better day in late March than usual. 

Quote of the day: “I have no illusions or worry about the long-term future of Russia. Russia is now a gas station masquerading as a country.” — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

flickr / The Indignants / an idle no more protest waged on behalf of Native peoples
flickr / The Indignants / an idle no more protest waged on behalf of Native peoples

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News Round-Up 3/26/14: Mudslides, Malaysian Mysteries, & Moscow Mayhem

 

 

flickr / kruegerpictures / local pakistanis unload supplies in khyber pakhtunkhwa
flickr / kruegerpictures / local pakistanis unload supplies in khyber pakhtunkhwa

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News Round-Up 3/25/14: 80 Years of Gloria & Russia’s Out of a Date for Eight

A snowy/”wintery mix” of a day for those of us in the District, stay warm and dry my little politicos. Today marks the 80th birthday of Gloria Steinem, one of Smith College’s finer alumna, as well as the day luckier and more enthusiastic souls are congregating at the Supreme Court on behalf of what really should be a woman’s G-d-given right to birth control and her own business. To those out in the snow, you are all champions worthy of riches beyond measure, give ’em hell, etc.

 

flickr / Jewish Women's Archives / gloria & all her friends
flickr / Jewish Women’s Archives / gloria & all her friends

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News Round-Up 3/24/14: AWOL Airplanes & the Cold War Redux

Happy Monday! In the District we are expecting snow tomorrow (casually in late March) and there’s a chill in the air following a pleasantly balmy weekend. As goes DC, so goes politics.

flickr / Ricymar Photography / the beauty of afghanistan
flickr / Ricymar Photography / the beauty of afghanistan

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News Round-Up 3/21/14

Happy Friday! Still ill but medicated, hope everyone has exciting weekend plans. In the District we’re finally about to see some genuine spring weather, so ignore the rumored snow slated to hit next week and get out and enjoy the sunshine. In honor of this week’s pseudo return to pre-Berlin Wall days:

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

John McCain’s statement on being sanctioned by Putin: “I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen. Nonetheless, I will never cease my efforts on behalf of the freedom, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.”

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News Round-Up 3/20/14

Slightly later posting than usual today, apologies! Your resident blogger is sick and multitasking from the couch.

flickr / Apoorva Guptay / zubin mehta conducts the israeli philharmonic orchestra
flickr / Apoorva Guptay / zubin mehta conducts the israeli philharmonic orchestra

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News Round-Up 3/19/14

flickr / Spiva Arts / diversity mask
flickr / Spiva Arts / diversity mask

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