“I Just Want to Tell My Son I Love Him”

by Kavitha Surana LOS FRESNOS, Texas — Calling from an unreliable phone at the Port Isabel Detention Center, her voice sounds muffled, and far away. To be understood, she needs to keep repeating herself. For her to hear the person calling, they need to yell. Blanca wishes more than anything else that it was her … Read more“I Just Want to Tell My Son I Love Him”

Here’s What It’s Like to Work at a Shelter for Immigrant Kids

by Kavitha Surana and Robert Faturechi BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The employees were in the ninth hour of another 12-hour shift Saturday afternoon at a converted Walmart now housing immigrant boys when a teenage resident took off. Staff members at the Casa Padre shelter had been trying for weeks to connect the 15-year-old with family. It … Read moreHere’s What It’s Like to Work at a Shelter for Immigrant Kids

Scenes From a Black Site

by Daniel DeFraia, special to ProPublica Recently declassified CIA documents provide the first detailed look at the interrogation in Thailand of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the al-Qaida prisoner whose detention, officials say, was overseen by Gina Haspel. Nashiri, a 37-year-old Saudi, was implicated in the bombing of the USS Cole, a Navy destroyer, while it was … Read moreScenes From a Black Site

Empire Files: Death & Biostitutes – The US Opioid Crisis

A new phenomenon has emerged in the United States: 64,000 people died in 2016 of a drug overdose—with 80% from opioids—with levels of addiction nearly 500% higher over the last six years. Behind this epidemic is a multi-billion dollar industry, that feeds drug manufacturing giants, distributers and more…

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Meet the civil rights defender that Egypt doesn’t want you to know about

At an awards ceremony on Tuesday in Geneva, dignitaries from the United Nations and the Swiss government, along with diplomats and members of the international human rights community, will come together to recognize the work of human rights defenders worldwide at risk of persecution. But one seat will be notably empty: that of Mohamed Zaree. Egyptian…

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3 Ways The Greediest Corporations Cheat America

Corporate cheating goes well beyond federal tax reporting, as big companies have used various forms of deception to keep taking from America, especially with a complicit corporate media unwilling to report the facts about their behavior…

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Catalonia referendum: Who are the Catalans?

The Catalans live in the “Paisos Catalans”, or Catalan Countries, which include Valencia, the Balearic Islands, parts of the Spanish region of Aragon, Roussillon in southeastern France and Catalonia itself. The referendum is confined to Catalonia, an area in northeastern Spain, which has a population of 7.5 million people…

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Trump’s Big Charlottesville Violence Statement Fail

It has almost become a cliche now and punchline on Twitter: every time President Donald Trump gives a scripted speech that seems more Presidential someone on cable declares: “This is the day Donald Trump became President.” If so, some now suggest, yesterday was the day Donald Trump stopped being President because of his glaringly insufficient statement…

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Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Denied Entry to U.S.

An all-female team from Afghanistan hoping to take part in an international robotics competition has been denied entry visas to the U.S. The six strong high school team had applied for a one week visa to accompany their robot to Washington D.C. to take part in the First Global Challenge international robotics competition in July. The…

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‘Modern-Day Slavery’: Many Southern States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governor’s Mansions and Capitol Buildings

When activist Sam Sinyangwe was awaiting a meeting with the governor’s office at the Louisiana state capitol building in Baton Rouge, he noticed something odd. A black man in a dark-blue jumpsuit was printing papers while a correctional guard-with a badge and gun-stood watching over him. The pair stood out against the white, middle-aged legislators populating…

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