Author Archives: Alexandra Tursi

Habeas Corpus On Hold

“…it’s of little use allowing people to challenge their executive detention in court, if the government can hold you for good reason, little reason, or almost no reason.”-Aziz Huq, Brennan Center for Justice–Aziz Huq‘s article “Habeas Corpus Evaporating” explores the troubled state of this legal protection, from the United States’ inheritance of the idea from […]

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Voice from Somalia

“What I saw when I was in Afgooye was a desperate humanitarian situation. Many of the people I met had been on the street for more than a month without any assistance. They were scared and anxious and the atmosphere was very tense. When I asked people where they had been sleeping and what they […]

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Coming Up Short For American Families

“It has meant parents having to forgo a child’s high school or college graduation or a PTA meeting because twenty percent of America’s workers do not have any vacation or personal days. It has meant parents tag teaming their shifts to provide their children supervision leading to increased divorce rates because they can’t afford child […]

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Wal-Mart Celebrates May Day

“While many American companies use weak U.S. laws to stop workers from organizing, the retail giant stands out for the sheer magnitude and aggressiveness of its anti-union apparatus.”-Human Rights Watch-Using security cameras to spy on union sympathizers, planting supervisors alongside pro-union workers to monitor activity — these are just two of the charges that Human […]

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A Hidden Housing Crisis

“To a large extent, the fact that one-third of the nation still is ill-housed is a hidden problem. Lack of affordability – our number-one problem – and its broader implications on poor people’s lives is not something the fortunate among us experience or even know about.”–Chester Hartman, housing advocate-Read “The Real Housing Crisis“, a call […]

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What Would Guy Debord Say?

The first line of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle reads, “In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.” Debord’s ideas were the first that came to mind this morning while I was […]

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When Students Become "Leftovers"

“Fed up with low graduation rates and sometimes chaotic classrooms, schools chancellor Joel Klein has decided to kill off large neighborhood schools like Tilden and replace them with smaller, oftentimes more specialized ones. Klein is joined in this push by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and by a cadre of wealthy donors, notably Bill Gates. In recent […]

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Indisputable Poverty (in America)

“According to the Census Bureau, nearly 37 million Americans – 12.6 percent of the population – were living in poverty in 2005. That means that four years into an economic expansion, the percentage of Americans defined as poor was higher than at the bottom of the last recession in late 2001, when it was 11.7 […]

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Genetic Justice

First introduced in 1995 by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar on March 29. With over 1200 genetic tests in existence today (growth from just 100 genetic tests 10 years ago), increased genetic information will become accessible through testing. It would follow that legal protection […]

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Shopping Mall Statistics

“Forget statistics on literacy, child mortality and access to clean piped water: here in Angola, the shopping-mall is the key indicator of social and economic development.”-Lara Pawson-In her article “Angola: Worlds In Collision” Pawson explores socioeconomic stratification in Angola, where condos are on the market for as much as $2 million, a few minutes drive […]

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Tehran Trap

“It is difficult not to feel a sense of deja vu. The entire history of the Islamic Republic of Iran since its foundation in 1979 has been characterised by the attempt of its rulers to stigmatise dissent and opposition with the taint of treasonable collusion with Iran’s external adversaries…Throughout, the most enduring and dangerous of […]

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A Diseased Health Care System

“Five years ago last month, the Institute of Medicine released a congressionally-mandated report, Unequal Treatment, concluding that minority patients receive a lower quality of health care than whites – even after taking into account differences in health insurance and other economic and health factors. Authored by a blue-ribbon panel assembled by the nation’s foremost health […]

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Newsboys

“‘While it might be tempting to say ‘The Daily Show’s’ lack of diversity is a deliberate result of the white-male dominated media they parrot, the truth is the new guard looks a lot like the old boys’ club,’ said Matthew T. Felling, media director for the Center for Media and Public Affairs, a Washington organization […]

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Pay Day

“Some people say pay disparities between women and men are an illusion – women just like to choose jobs that pay less because they’re not as risky or have shorter hours. But the data don’t back up these claims. Even when researchers take into account such factors as part-time work or time out of the […]

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Lost Girls

“If Lucilia were a 13-year-old Chinese girl smuggled to New York and made to work in a Queens brothel, she would not be seen, in the eyes of the authorities, as a prostitute at all. She would be a sex slave, a victim of human trafficking, and if she had the good fortune to be […]

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