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French prison guards attacked by knife-wielding inmates amid clashes with riot police

The prison guards in France  are in hospital after they were attacked at Borgo jail on the island of Corsica when three prisoners charged at them. Prison guards have also clashed with riot police during a strike over their security concerns.  The clash happened outside a prison close to Paris and highlighted the security problems and radicalisation inside the overcrowded French facilities.  French police were forced to fire tear gas to break up a picket line of striking prison guards outside Europe’s biggest prison.  Around 150 prison guards had set…

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Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ turns its focus to the ballot box

WASHINGTON — The pink “pussy hat” is in a museum collection, protesters have left the airports, and George Orwell’s “1984” has fallen back off the best-seller list. But the energy behind the anti-Donald Trump protests that exploded a year ago, which turned everything from T-shirts to yoga into a form of political “resistance,” has started to coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated political force ahead of November’s midterm elections. “Last year we marched and we resisted and we organized, and now we’re going to bring that collective power to the polls,”…

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The anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ turns a year old — and grows up

WASHINGTON — The pink “pussy hat” is in a museum collection, protesters have left the airports, and George Orwell’s “1984” has fallen back off the best-seller list. But the energy behind the anti-Donald Trump protests that exploded a year ago, which turned everything from T-shirts to yoga into a form of political “resistance,” has started to coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated political force ahead of November’s midterm elections. “Last year we marched and we resisted and we organized, and now we’re going to bring that collective power to the polls,”…

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‘Black Lightning’ electrifies discussion on superhero diversity

The new CW series “Black Lightning” is striking — literally and figuratively — as a new superhero series unlike any ever seen before on prime time television. A black superhero character isn’t playing a strange sidekick, comic foil or interchangeable background figure; he is the lead — with supernatural powers. And he’s one who loves black women, is a die-hard family man, a pillar of his community, and has relationships with merciless drug bosses. This irreverent slice of African-American authenticity is offered up in the pilot episode of “Black Lightning,”…

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Greece erupts: Chaos in Athens as demonstrators clash with police

Hospitals, shipyards and various transport hubs across Athens have been affected by the strikes, which mark the country’s first major industrial unrest of the new year. The Athens metro, which is used by almost one million people every day, was shutdown in the strike, prompting traffic chaos in the capital. The bill, set for parliamentary approval on Monday, would restructure family benefits, introduce a new process for foreclosures on overdue loans and make it more difficult to call a strike. Angry locals marched through the capital, holding banners and chanting…

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The Surprising Story Behind This Shocking Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. Under Attack

The Surprising Story Behind This Shocking Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. Under Attack More Though such was not the case during his lifetime, it’s uncontroversial today to note that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American hero of the civil rights movement, a hero whose birth will be celebrated by Americans on Monday, Jan. 15, with the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. More than perhaps any other American, King has come to represent peace — which is just one reason why this image of him brought…

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Nobel-winning U.S. Quaker group included on Israel travel ban

TEL AVIV, Israel — An American Quaker group that won a Nobel Peace Prize for its support of Holocaust refugees has vowed to press ahead with its work on behalf of Palestinian rights after Israel said its staff members may be denied entry to the country. The group, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), is among 20 organizations whose employees could be barred from entering Israel over their support for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS). Over the weekend, Israel published a list of organizations whose workers will not…

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Liberals want a hero. But defeating Trump is not Oprah’s burden to bear.

I’ll even admit that my gut reaction to the speech was, yes, “Oprah for president.” And glancing at my Twitter timeline I quickly saw a lot of (mostly white) women exclaiming similar thoughts. It was a natural reaction from Americans currently starved for inspiration in leadership. But it’s actually not bold to say that a woman of Winfrey’s status ought to consider a presidential run. It shouldn’t take a lifetime achievement award to awaken white women (53% of whom voted for Trump) to the fact that a black woman could…

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Hatch didn’t need to run for reelection after GOP donors were served

Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE After 41 years in the U.S. Senate — a blink really — Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is retiring at the age of 83. He ran on term limits in 1976, zinging his opponent with, “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.” Now a government career older than the Seattle Mariners comes to a close. Sometimes they’re gone before you know it. Goodness knows what Hatch will do now. But what is even less certain is what…

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Orrin Hatch is walking away from a ticking time bomb he helped create

Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE After 41 years in the U.S. Senate — a blink really — Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is retiring at the age of 83. He ran on term limits in 1976, zinging his opponent with, “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.” Now a government career older than the Seattle Mariners comes to a close. Sometimes they’re gone before you know it. Goodness knows what Hatch will do now. But what is even less certain is what…

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