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In search of… /Fabia Wong

The fair result of any negotiation is premised upon an equality of arms that simply does not exist in the justice system. Effective defense advocacy – whether at the bargaining table or before a jury – requires a command of the details of a case. It is expensive and unavailable to the majority of accused persons. On the flip side, as illustrated by the deal struck by Mr. Epstein’s counsel, those with the resources can force a lopsided result using political pressure or other objectionable means. Negotiations reduce what is supposed to be an impartial procedure to an arm-wrestling match, rigged in favour of whomever has the heavier billfold.

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Navigating Sicily/Travel

Navigating Sicily/Travel

Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash ***  Navigating Sicily   by Carol Severino Contributing Writer s an Italian American (half Sicilian, one-quarter Neapolitan) who takes Italian courses and...

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The Age of Jackals/Henry A. Giroux

The Age of Jackals/Henry A. Giroux

What must be remembered here is that neoliberal fascism cannot be understood narrowly as simply an economic system. It also functions as a form of public pedagogy and mode of persuasion and rationality intent on naturalizing its own worldview. Most importantly, it works through a range of cultural apparatuses to depoliticize by colonizing justifiable forms of mass anger and redirecting them into cesspools of hatred aimed at those populations considered disposable.

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Rainbow  Parenting Is Their Choice/Angie Ivan

Rainbow  Parenting Is Their Choice/Angie Ivan

Most of the studies available to a general audience show that children raised by parents in a same-sex relationship are as healthy and happy as those of straight families. And this, because the well-being of children is unrelated to parental sexual orientation. It is not clear if the researchers observed similar families under all aspects but different just by their sexual orientation that eventually, led to the highlighted conclusion. However, this finding has been challenged by other studies indicating that children raised by LGBTQ families face greater emotional, developmental, and other difficulties than those raised by their stable biological parents. LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning people. 

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Nora’s Playlist

Nora’s Playlist

      Songs for Nora   Selected by Fred Roberts Music Editor     Category: Nora unsexy Song Title: Ugly Nora Artist: The Soft Boys Year: 1979 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDDBxJKx3Gs   Category: Very cold Noras Song Title: Nora Artist: The...

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The Ghost of Berry Creek/Environment

The Ghost of Berry Creek/Environment

In early July, when I first saw the creek, there had been plenty of water downstream from the collection site. But by August, flow had been reduced to a point where all the water was now being captured by the pipe. Below the intake, the streamside wetland plants had shriveled, or never had a chance to sprout, or had simply disappeared over the years from the altered habitat.

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Graciela Iturbide: 50 Years of Photography

The eldest of 13 children born in 1942 in Mexico City to a traditional Mexican family, Graciela Iturbide got her first camera at age 11, inspired by the photographs her father had taken. Iturbide had not begun as a still photographer.  She had originally enrolled in film school at the Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónama de México but was drawn to still photography when she met Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who was teaching there.  He became her mentor and she assisted him on a number of photographic shoots throughout Mexico. Iturbide was viewed as the natural successor to Manuel Alvarez Bravo. It was Bravo who told her, “There is always time for the pictures you want.” His work influenced her until his death at age 100 in 2002.

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