May 2015

Undated photo of Ervin Hasanaj ?Bris, are you there? I can?t talk, but Ervin is not with us anymore. He is gone?he is dead. I am dead too! This Viber message sent from a camp in Syria arrived on April 4th in cell phone of Brisilda Hasanaj. The 20-year-old, who works as a migrant in […]

In the Wall Street Journal on Friday, famed investor Warren Buffett made an argument you often hear against raising the minimum wage: increase the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), instead. ?I may wish to have all jobs pay at least $15 an hour,? Buffett writes. ?But that minimum would almost certainly reduce employment in a […]

Acting on a recommendation by Agriculture Minister Dessislava Taneva, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov dismissed Plamen Mollov as head of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, the government said in a statement on the evening of May 22 2015. Mollov had been in the post since his October 2013 appointment by the now-departed ?Oresharski? administration, which in […]

Eastern European countries should not be faced with the dilemma of choosing between the EU and Russia, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said on May 22 during the EU?s Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga. ?The establishment of a functioning democracy, strong institutions, and a strong economy is in the interest of partner countries and the […]

It?s a shame that outspoken bloggers have to have lawyers at their disposal because of threats to take down pieces critical of some charlatan. This week, there is a new push to support anti-SLAPP lawsuits. Lawsplainer: The Proposed Federal Anti-SLAPP Act: What It Would Do, Why It?s Important | Popehat Last week, two members of […]

This story is ALL OVER today. Poop fall ruins girl?s birthday party. It was a picture perfect Sweet 16 birthday party Sunday for one local girl, but that party came to a sudden messy end. Source: Local Girl?s Sweet 16 Party Comes to a Messy End ? FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV ?Out of […]

The best and worst states for working mothers: Thinking of having kids? You might not want to move to Indiana, Utah, or Montana, according to a new report by the Institute of Women?s Policy Research that ranks all 50 states by their paid leave policies and access to affordable childcare. The highest-ranking states are New York, California, […]

Many Rohingya are facing starvation since foreign aid workers were forced to leave the region by the government.(Image, caption courtesy Partners) Most Rohingya refugees currently adrift in the Andaman Ocean fled persecution in Myanmar months ago with the help of traffickers. They were stuck between a rock and a hard place, and had to make […]

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Covered in dust, and working in dangerous conditions along hot, […]

In June of 2013, Columbia University political scientist Donald Green was approached by UCLA graduate student Michael LaCour with some remarkable findings about canvassing work done by Los Angeles LGBT Center: Empathetic conversations between gay canvassers and local residents were able to make lasting converts to the cause of marriage equality. Straight canvassers also had […]

Ukraine?s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a breakthrough in negotiations with Russia over Kyiv?s duty-free trade deal with the European Union ? a much needed ray of hope in the ongoing war. But the announcement came amid scandal, as Ukraine offered what it called irrefutable evidence that the Kremlin has continued to send troops […]

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council set itself up to raise its minimum wage from its current level of $9 per hour to $15 per hour in 2020. The bill still faces a final vote. But based on the 14-1 vote on Tuesday, it?s all but certain to pass. It?s a major victory for […]

Lyutvi Mestan, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, has lodged court action against the 2000 leva (about 1000 euro) fine imposed on him for speaking in Turkish during the 2014 election campaign, a violation of the law that allows electioneering only in Bulgarian. The MRF, for years the third-largest party in Bulgaria?s National […]

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