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Angelina Jolie visits refugees in Turkey as U.N. announces there are now 60 million displaced people worldwide

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Jolie visited with internally displaced people in Iraq in 2012.

As their ranks swell in Europe and Turkey, many countries are increasingly closing their doors to refugees fleeing wars and violence in their homelands. Hungary plans to build a 13-foot high fence on the border with Serbia to stop migrants from Asia and Africa, and anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked throughout Europe. "People are running out of places to run to," Jolie told reporters during her visit to Turkey, which is presently housing 1.6 million.

National Park Service offers Yosemite contract to Aramark, not DNC

This article by Mark Grossi links to FresnoBee.com.

The National Park Service on Wednesday picked Philadelphia-based Aramark to run hotels, stores, restaurants and other services in Yosemite National Park, offering the company a 15-year contract worth nearly $2 billion. The Park Service did not extend the contract to the current concessionaire, Delaware North Companies, Yosemite’s main concession operator for the last 22 years.

US archbishop resigns after archdiocese charged with coverup, while Vatican ambassador awaits trial in separate sexual abuse case

This article by Nicole Winfield links to SacBee.com.

From the article: Prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as a corporation of having “turned a blind eye” to repeated reports of inappropriate behavior by a priest who was later convicted of molesting two boys. No individual was named in the complaint. The resignations came on the same day that the Vatican announced it was putting its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, on trial in a Vatican court on charges he sexually abused boys in the Caribbean country and possessed child pornography

South Korea MERS Cases Rise as Hong Kong Increases Alert Level

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This article by Choe Sang-Hun links to the New York Times.

From the article: The spread of the virus in South Korea, which in a matter of days has become the worst-afflicted country besides Saudi Arabia, has caused concern throughout Asia. The health authorities in Hong Kong raised their three-stage response level on Monday from "alert" to "serious," which means ports of entry will exert tighter arrival controls.

Bangladesh owner, others charged with murder in garment factory fire

AFP

This article by Shashank Bengali links to the Los Angeles Times.

From the article: Two years after a garment factory building collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people, authorities have charged 42 people with murder in the country’s deadliest industrial disaster. Cheap, submissive labor has propelled Bangladesh’s $20-billion clothing industry, the source of 80% of the country’s exports. Many of the garment manufacturing sector’s 4 million workers are women, which has also driven social change in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation.

As the heat and the death toll are rising in India, is this a glimpse of Earth's future?

Reuters

This article by Catherine de Lange links to The Guardian U.K.

From the article: "It is hard to say for sure whether any single extreme weather event is a result of manmade climate change, but this is a scenario we should get used to seeing more of, scientists say. As the effects of climate change take hold and global temperatures creep up, extreme heat events will become more common."

Cause of oil spill probed as cleanup of Calif. coast continues

AP

This article by Michael Winter and Robert Hanashiro links to USAToday.com.

It's the second time in a year that a pipeline operated by Houston-based company has ruptured in California. Last May, a stretch of a 130-mile pipe spilled about 19,000 gallons of crude through the streets of Atwater Village in Los Angeles County, forcing nearby buildings to be evacuated. This time at least 9 miles of pristine coastal waters were inundated with oil, with over 100,000 gallons spilled.

Nigeria Says It Rescued Hundreds of Girls from Boko Haram

Sunday Alamba

This article by Adam Nossiter links to NYTimes.com.

The Nigerian army offered few details, but said those rescued do not include the hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok more than a year ago. Human Watch claims that Boka Haram has probably abducted thousands in the past five years. And many of the rescued girls are pregnant, facing rejection from their families and the stigma of rape as they return home.

Report: American Psychological Association Bolstered C.I.A. Torture

Democracy Now

This article by James Risen links to NYTimes.com.

The report claims the AMA's actions to keep psychologists involved in the interrogation program coincided with efforts by Bush administration officials to salvage the program after the public disclosure in 2004 of graphic photos of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Catholic Nuns' Group

Osservatore Romano

This article by Laurie Goodstein links to NYTimes.com.

With a visit by Pope Francis to the United States scheduled next fall, the Vatican has ended an episode seen by many Catholics as a vexing and unjust inquisition of American nuns who run many of the church's schools, hospitals and charities. Although the article doesn't mention it, some commentators writing in the Catholic News Reporter and elsewhere claimed the Vatican takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious back in 2012 was a money and land grab, and that one of the new overseers and his sister were involved in personal conflicts of interest. For its part, the official Catholic News Agency gives a much different account of the outcome reported by NYT, claiming that censorship of publications by "competent theologians" has been instituted, along with many other measures to keep LCWR on a tighter leash. Meanwhile, Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a catholic social justice lobby, has written an opinion piece in Time magazine.

After Warmest Winter, Drought-Stricken California Limits Water But Exempts Thirstiest Big Growers

This video and transcript links to DemocracyNow.org.

Amy Goodman interviews environmental reporter Mark Hertsgaard, author of the book, "Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth." Studies show the current drought, which has intensified over the past four years, is the worst California has seen in at least 120 years. Moreover, the state recently witnessed the warmest winter on record.

Jon Stewart Attacks Marin Parents for Opting Out of Vaccines

This article links to SFGate.com.

Two outbreaks of measles have been reported - one at Disneyland - just ahead of the release of a documentary film, Trace Amounts, which exposes vaccine makers for their continued use of Thimerosal, the mercury based preservative tied to autism. Now comedian Jon Stewart is helping out drugmakers by satirizing Marin County "liberals" who don't vaccinate their children. Today, one in 60 children is diagnosed with some form of autism-related malady. In 2007, The City Edition reported on Robert F. Kenney's crusade to get Thimerosal banned.

Greece Is a Crime Scene, and Vulture Funds Are to Blame - An Interview with Greg Palast

This article by Michael Nevradakis links to TruthOut.org.

Investigative reporter and bestselling author Greg Palast discusses the results of his investigation into the actions of so-called vulture funds and their role in the destruction of the Greek economy. According to Palast, "I've been investigating the causes of Greece's collapse; it's a crime scene; it's not something that was a matter of Greeks living beyond their means or being lazy, olive pit-spewing slackers, as the Germans would have it. In fact, I actually looked it up: The average Greek worker works 400 hours more a year than the average German worker."

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Filaments of ebola attached to a cell.

Ebola 'Secret Serum': Small Biopharma, The Army, And Big Tobacco

This article links to Forbes.com

The experimental Ebola drug ZMapp is the product of a "convoluted convergence of U.S. and Canadian federal agencies and industrial partners that's typical for treatments of potential value against biowarfare and bioterrorism," according to this 8/5/14 article in Forbes. "The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has been a critical driver of much of this work as they maintain biosafety level-4 facilities in Frederick, Maryland, and have extensive expertise with non-human primates as a model for human infectious diseases." The research and development of ZMapp and related drugs described here calls to mind Leonard Horowitz's 1996 book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola - Nature, Accident or Intentional. (A video broadcast with Dr. Horowitz took place in August.) For more background, see also The City Edition's 2006 article about Liberia and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, "Sometimes You Win."

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