Environmentalists make long-shot attempt to ban new factory farms
Iowa has a poop problem. The Hawkeye State’s pigs, cows and chickens produce about as much waste as 134 million people — nearly the population of Russia. Most of that manure is spread onto fields as fertilizer, where significant amounts of it wash into Iowa waterways. The city of Des Moines uses one of the most expensive nitrate removal systems in the world to make its water supply from the Raccoon River safe to drink. “We have to ask if we can reconcile our water quality goals with the idea that we can continue to expand the livestock industry,” said Chris Jones, a professor and water quality...
Undocumented immigrants who help police can be at risk for deportation. A Pennsylvania lawyer is trying to stop that
PHILADELPHIA — When Josia's husband began beating her, the U.S. government stood ready to help, even though she was in the country illegally. If she would assist the police investigation, she could get what's called a U visa, which provides undocumented victims of serious crimes with work authorization, protection from deportation, and a path to citizenship. Congress' idea in establishing the program in 2000 was to get criminals off the streets, that having a safer society outweighs the enforcement of certain immigration violations. Josia was granted a visa after about eight months. That was i...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
As Haiti dives deeper into chaos, opposition tries forming parallel government
Haitians awoke Monday to empty streets, a tightened police presence and a deeper political crisis: Now there are two men who claim to be the nation's president. Opposition and civil society groups installed Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, the oldest member of Haiti's Supreme Court, late Sunday as president for two years. In a video shared on social media, Jean-Louis, sitting next to a Haitian flag, said he accepts "the choice of the opposition and civil society to be able to serve my country as provisional president of the ruptured transition." The installation was immediately condemned by Haiti...
Commentary: Indian farmers' democratic dissent
Indian farmers’ protests against the government in New Delhi on Jan. 25 resulted in property destruction, injuries to hundreds of people, particularly police officers, and one farmer’s death. You might draw parallels with mob attacks on the U.S. Capital and infer that farmers are destabilizing Indian democracy. To the contrary, they’re revitalizing it. The farmers’ movement is a democratic response to democratic erosion. It has consistently promoted nonviolence in face of police repression and fostered tolerance among people of different ideologies and identities. Movement leaders condemned vi...
Tribune News Service
Cheerleader sues Northwestern University, says she was groped and harassed by drunken fans
CHICAGO — When Hayden Richardson transferred to Northwestern University for her sophomore year, she hoped that joining the cheerleading team would provide a sense of community and excitement at an unfamiliar school. The team’s website and social media pages depicted smiling women, clad in purple and sparkly apparel, tumbling on the sidelines of Big 10 football games. Described as a “noncompetitive cheer team,” the program also offered scholarships and covered all travel, equipment and training expenses. But early in her first season, the “dark side” of the program emerged, according to a feder...
Commentary: Ford's pardon of Nixon is not a good reason for Biden to pardon Trump
On Jan. 13, former FBI Director James Comey made headlines for suggesting that President-elect Joe Biden should “consider” pardoning President Donald Trump. The news was surprising coming from one of Trump’s most outspoken critics, especially because he made the suggestion on the same day the House of Representatives voted to impeach the president on one article of inciting insurrection. The Senate will now have to vote on whether to convict Trump — a process that will not be resolved until after Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration. Meanwhile, prosecutors could charge Trump with a plethora of crimes ...
Despite lax rules, COVID-19 claims few lives in Haiti. Scientists want to know why.
In Haiti, they are acting like COVID-19 doesn't exist. Mask-wearing is an exception and not the norm; bands are playing to sold-out crowds; and Kanaval, the three-day pre-Lenten debauchery-encouraging street party is back on for February. This is not a case of a population simply in denial. In a country of roughly 11 million people, there have been an astoundingly low 234 confirmed deaths related to the novel coronavirus. Across the border in the neighboring Dominican Republic, with roughly the same population, the pandemic has killed almost ten times the number, 2,364. Jet off to Miami-Dade C...