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Deadly Force, in Black and White

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A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.

By Ryan Gabrielson, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Eric Sagara

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.

The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police. Read More

Cuba and United States Now Foment Moderation in the Americas

Analysis by Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO – With the decision to reestablish diplomatic ties, Cuba and the United States, polar opposites that have long inspired or fomented extremism of different kinds in the Americas, have now become factors of moderation and pragmatism.

The continued isolation of Cuba 25 years after the end of the Cold War was so widely rejected that the U.S. embargo, which dates to October 1960, has completely lost relevance. But it can only be abolished by the U.S. Congress. It is politics that reigns in this case.

Moreover, the measures announced by U.S. President Barack Obama on Dec. 17 undermine the embargo. Raising the quarterly limit of cash remittances to Cuba from 500 to 2,000 dollars and freeing up

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transactions between banks in the two countries are just two examples.

Another initiative, the removal of Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, opens doors to external financing that were closed up to now.

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Federal probe for Dontre Hamilton death

dontre_hamilton_smallThe decision came after a local prosecutor said he would not bring charges against the officer.

He ruled that Christopher Manney had acted in self-defence when confronted in a park by Dontre Hamilton. Read More

Feds Bar Companies’ Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers

Federal regulators reached a settlement last week with the owners of two high-priced lenders over what they alleged were illegal debt collection practices against service members. Read More

Anti-Gay Legislation Could Defeat Goal to End AIDS in Zimbabwe by 2015

Nigeria struggles to care for its adolescents living with HIV

By Jeffrey Moyo

HARARE – Despite a mandate to eradicate HIV/AIDS under the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Zimbabwe has done little or nothing to reduce the rate of infection among vulnerable gays and lesbians, say activists here.

The MDGs are eight goals agreed to by all U.N. member states and all leading international development institutions to be achieved by the target date of 2015.

These goals range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education.  Read More

By Sam Olukoya

LAGOS, Nigeria – HIV among teenagers is devastating families in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, where AIDS has become the No. 1 killer of adolescents.

Africa accounts for more than 80 per cent of the 2.1 million adolescents living with HIV globally.  Read More

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By Sam Olukoya LAGOS, Nigeria - HIV among teenagers is devastating families in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, where AIDS has become the No. 1...

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Thirty protesters picketed the Jamaican High Commission in London in late August in protest against the brutal murders of 16 year old cross-dresser Dwayne...

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The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a new law requiring voters to provide photo identification. The ruling Thursday coincided with a ruling on the same...

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