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Kathy DeSpears talks about losing her son. Milwaukee County’s mental health system focuses less on continual care and more on emergency treatment than any in the nation. Despite scandals, studies and promises of reform, the system is like many of its patients: It never gets better.

Posted in News on 11/24/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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“The BASW England Children and Families Reference Group intend to do further work on this very important area of practice by developing guidance to support social workers dealing with both historical abuse and organised abuse.”

Posted in News on 11/24/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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The Social Service Institute (SSI), the main training ground for social workers and other social service staff, saw enrolment for its four diploma and degree programmes doubling from 90 last year to 179 this year. SIM University also saw 399 people enrolled in its social work degree programme this year, up from 267 two years ago.

Posted in News on 11/24/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Promise, 16, Emmanuel Junior, 11, and Benson, 15, Cooper sit at their St. Paul Bridge home in Monrovia, Liberia on Sept. 28, 2014. The Cooper children are now orphans, having lost their mother, Princess, in July, and their father Emmanuel in August.

Posted in News on 11/23/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Jim Torczyner is a Professor of Social Work at McGill University in Montreal.

Posted in News on 11/23/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Despite escalating real estate prices and low rental vacancy, Edmonton’s homeless numbers are stable, says a non-profit organization that works to fill housing needs.

Posted in News on 11/23/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Police said Winooski toddler Peighton Geraw died April 4 as a result of being violently shaken by his mother, Nytosha LaForce. Too much emphasis on reuniting children with their families, heavy social worker caseloads and absent communications among agencies were contributing factors in the deaths this year of two toddlers who authorities say were abused, according to a state report .

Posted in News on 11/23/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Since its inception in 1946, the SOA – or as critics often referred to it, “the School of Assassins” – has epitomized America’s peculiar brand of “outsourced imperialism.” The list of leaders dispatched by the SOA, the catalogue of criminal indictments and the not-insignificant death tolls tallied in SOA-linked civil wars and so-called “counter-insurgencies” is, for lack of a better word, impressive.

Posted in News on 11/23/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Courtney Caines, Kelsey Chaisson and Jessica Ricketts are among the social work students launching a documentary tonight about missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.

Posted in News on 11/23/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Whether you like tattoos or not may be a matter of taste. It may be about fashion, or a thing of conviction. But the chemistry in tats is unambiguous, with experts warning some ink may cause cancer.

Posted in News on 11/23/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

htndMintPress News | B Szandelszky/AP

“They treat Mother Earth like they treat women,” said Lisa Brunner, White Earth Ojibwe, Program Specialist for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. “They think they can own us, buy us, sell us, trade us, rent us, poison us, rape us, destroy us, use us as entertainment and kill us. I’m happy to see that we are talking about the level of violence that is occurring against Mother Earth because it equates to us. What happens to her happens to us.”

Posted in News on 11/22/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

Children Playing Stencil ArtThe Conversation | P Willitts/Flickr, CC BY-NC

News this week that as many as 100,000 prescriptions for anti-psychotics were written for Australian children in 2013 is cause for concern. Though the drugs may be appropriate in a small number of cases, their possibly irreversible side effects make them highly undesirable for use in children.

Posted in News on 11/22/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Antonio Weiss is head of investment banking for Lazard. Weiss worked on Burger King’s acquisition of the Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons, which was a corporate inversion that relocated the fast food empire’s corporate home to Canada. Need any more evidence re: Obama et al’s ‘stand against’ tax inversion theft?

Posted in News on 11/22/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Severance (right) laughs along with UTA social work intern Allison Peeler (center) and volunteer Maunette Lively at the Lifeline Shelter for Families. Lifeline is a nonprofit that works to curb homelessness among Grand Prairie ISD families through financial assistance for rent, counseling and life skills training.

Posted in News on 11/22/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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In a community garden next to Sequoia Elementary in Shafter, California, gardeners harvest vegetables within sight of an oil pump.

Posted in News on 11/22/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Boston College School of Social Work Associate Professor Marylou Sudders

Posted in News on 11/22/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014 is pictured in this still frame from videoThe Conversation | Handout/Reuters

One of the newest efforts was launched earlier this year by social workers and psychologists in Denmark. Their objective? To successfully reintegrate Danish jihadis who left a few short years ago to take up arms against the Syrian regime. Now they want to come home.

Posted in News on 11/22/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Colombian policemen outside a disco bar in Cali, Colombia.Credit

Posted in News on 11/21/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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They are desperate to gut the power of the 7.2 million organized government workers — who range from teachers, to clerks in the Department of Motor Vehicles, to social workers, public hospital employees, meat and poultry inspectors, road workers, property tax auditors and civil servants in general. These are the employees who populate the extensive bureaucracies that the right loathes.

Posted in News on 11/21/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Showing much more. Two ladies walk in opposite directions on Vanak street in Tehran, Iran, as they listen to music on their smartphones. A band is playing music in the background. “When I invited other western photographers to join, they all felt the same limitation – being sent to look for the sensational stuff while they know they are seeing so much more,” says DiCampo.

Posted in News on 11/21/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Rayvon Lisbon, a graduate of Newark’s Weequahic High School and former gang member. Now a senior at Rutgers-Newark with plans to attend law school, Lisbon said the violence he witnessed growing up in the city’s South Ward made his path to high education a difficult one.

Posted in News on 11/21/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

15403_uni_symposium_colinfDaily Targum | C Pieters

Attendees of the first annual “Childhood Mental Health Symposium,” held at the Life Sciences Buidling on Busch campus, talk to experts at different stalls to acquire information about childhood neuropsychiatric disorders.

Posted in News on 11/21/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Former Scottish commissioner for children and young people Professor Kathleen Marshall holds her report on child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland in her office in Belfast.

Posted in News on 11/21/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Posted in News on 11/21/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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The Trussell Trust gives out three days worth of emergency food parcels to people in need

Posted in News on 11/21/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Two men subject to injunctions by Birmingham council can now be named after appeals from media organisations. The judge had granted long-term injunctions against the two men earlier this week after social workers and police raised concerns about the welfare of a vulnerable 17-year-old girl who is in the care of Birmingham city council.

Posted in News on 11/21/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Vulnerable children in England are at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse because of council failures, the children’s services watchdog has said.

Posted in News on 11/20/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Posted in News on 11/20/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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USD’s Department of Social Work and the South Dakota KIDS COUNT project are also involved, helping the task force conduct research. Peter Kindle, Associate Professor of Social Work, said his role will primarily be trying to answer what questions the task force has through gathering information.

Posted in News on 11/20/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Students have been marching in London calling for ‘free education’, in an attempt to push fees back on to the news and political agenda

Posted in News on 11/20/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Children’s advocate Darlene MacDonald

Posted in News on 11/20/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane SandyHuffington Post | NY Observer/Getty

Posted in News on 11/20/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Scene of the stabbing of Camden social worker Leah Coleman

Posted in News on 11/20/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Posted in News on 11/20/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

2063072_3388ac46Socialist Worker | Geograph

The establishment child abuse scandal is far from over

Posted in News on 11/19/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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What is clear is that vaping—inhaling and exhaling vaporized nicotine liquid produced by an electronic cigarette—is on the rise not only in the United States but elsewhere. In the United Kingdom, the percent of current smokers had ever tried electronic cigarettes rose from 8.2 in 2010 to 50.6 in 2014.

Posted in News on 11/19/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

2014_1117giroux_truthout | J Rodriguez

Leadership in too many departments is empty, disempowering and utterly rudderless, lacking any vision or sense of social responsibility. Students are constantly being told that they should feel good instead of working hard and focusing. We no longer ask students what they think but how they feel. Everyone wants to be a happy consumer. When students are told that all that matters for them is feeling good and that feeling uncomfortable is alien to learning itself, the very nature of teaching and learning is compromised.

Posted in News on 11/19/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

POTDThe Daily Reveille | C Tarter

“It’s such a conservative town, but why people can’t get on board with equality is beyond me,” said Social Work Professor Elaine Maccio.

Posted in News on 11/19/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Speaking to the BBC, Frankie Nolan, a social work practitioner in the Northern Trust, said while there was no evidence of child sex rings operating, there was proof that perpetrators were making links with each other.

Posted in News on 11/19/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Keith Harding meets Jimmy Savile on Jim’ll Fix It
Harding, who died in June, with Jimmy Savile on Jim’ll Fix It. Harding was active in the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE)

Posted in News on 11/19/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Only courses offered by the National Association of Social Workers are accepted, and even at that only one may be an online course. Finally. . . some resistance to online “faux” education?

Posted in News on 11/18/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Corinthian Colleges lured students to its high-priced courses with the promise of an escape from poverty. But mired in tens of thousands of dollars of debt they will likely never be able to repay, many now feel more stuck than ever.

Posted in News on 11/18/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Protests at the Supreme Court over issues such as abortion, like this one in January, often draw undercover officers.

Posted in News on 11/18/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Posted in News on 11/18/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Psychiatrist Tapio Halla helps refugees who have been tortured. He works at Finland’s only municipal psychiatric polyclinic for immigrants in the old Sarvis plastic factory in Tampere.

Posted in News on 11/18/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Posted in News on 11/18/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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In 2006, five-year-old Moses Gilbert was given away by his adoptive parents in B.C. to a woman in Texas that they’d met online

Posted in News on 11/17/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

16COMFORT-master675NY Times | RG Fresson

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is engaged in an all-out effort to portray the historical record as a tissue of lies designed to discredit the nation. Mr. Abe’s administration denies that imperial Japan ran a system of human trafficking and coerced prostitution, implying that comfort women were simply camp-following prostitutes.

Posted in News on 11/17/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Jody Hice (Georgia 10). The 54-year-old reverend and nationally syndicated radio host believes America needs to return to its Christian roots, forgetting the founders intentionally established a separation of church and state. Before running for office, he spent years fighting (and losing in court to) the ACLU over displaying the 10 Commandments in a county courthouse. He’s written a book that says Muslims don’t deserve First Amendment rights and he believes homosexuality is a choice that can be cured with prayer.

Posted in News on 11/17/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Professor Jim Martin was recognized by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work as the 2014 recipient of their “Distinguished Alumni Award for Social Work Practice.”

Posted in News on 11/17/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

OregonyfThe Center for Public Integrity | J Barnard/AP

Oregon Youth Authority created a famility engagement coordinater position to improve the relationship between family members and facilities like this one, in Grants Pass, Ore. in 2011.

Posted in News on 11/17/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Posted in News on 11/17/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

Glasgow University students protestThE Conversation | D Lawson/PA Archive

Lad culture, and the sexism that comes along with it, is a real problem at British universities.

Posted in News on 11/17/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

11 women dead, dozens critical after sterilisation surgery in IndiaThe Conversation | EPA/STR

India’s sterilisation programme focuses on women.

Posted in News on 11/16/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

rentscrimeBloomberg Business Week

The owner, structural engineering company Nishkian Menninger, wanted to make room for another tenant that could pay twice the $113,000 annual rent the social workers were paying. “She said they can’t afford it,” says Levon Nishkian, the president of Nishkian Menninger, “and so it was time to move on.”

Posted in News on 11/16/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

adhdnytNY Times | J Wilson

“It makes me angry looking for solutions. I know there’s a sweet little boy in there,” said Joelle Kendle, who is weighing a decision about the use of a second drug to treat her son, Matthias, 6, for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Posted in News on 11/16/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

_JSL1009_0The Center for Public Integrity | J Lowenstein/NOOR

Edna Irvin lies in her bed at the Arkansas Health Center in Benton, Arkansas. A Center for Public Integrity analysis of more than 10,000 nursing homes across the country found that Arkansas was one of two states where the daily level of registered nurse care listed on public website Nursing Home Compare was at least twice the level the Center calculated than an analysis of annual financial cost reports. The Arkansas Health Center was not included in the analysis.

Posted in News on 11/16/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

Caring for sick loved onesBangor Daily News

Denise Thomas, 61, has difficult decisions to make in order to provide the best living conditions for her husband, Randy Thomas, 63, who suffers from frontotemporal dementia. Baby boomers, currently between 50 and 68 years old, are more likely than previous generations to still be working as well as helping adult children while also caring for aging parents, notes Dr. Heehyul Moon, from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Posted in News on 11/16/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

14DONETSK-superJumboNY Times | S Pomomarev

A boy in Ilovaisk, Ukraine, next to his house, which was destroyed in a Russian offensive this summer. A cease-fire on Sept. 5 has done little to curb the violence.

Posted in News on 11/16/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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David Baird, a social worker and mental health officer with the Adult Mental Health Team at Dumfries and Galloway Council, was presented with the award at the SASW MHO Annual Study Forum in Perth last month.

Posted in News on 11/15/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp’s vision for an elite but temporary teaching corps has come under fire in recent years.

Posted in News on 11/15/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Unemployed men queue for coffee and bread at a soup kitchen in New York, during the Great Depression.

Posted in News on 11/15/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

2014_1114pipelinetruthout | B Cantoni/LW/TO

So, to recap: in the ten days since the Republicans took full control of Congress, Democrats in the Senate, House and White House have flexed hard in favor of a ruinous “trade” deal, a poisonous oil pipeline, and an ongoing disaster of a war. It does beg the question: Who needs Republicans?

Posted in News on 11/15/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Sarah Langley has been impressed by the support and flexibility offered to staff at Wiltshire council

Posted in News on 11/15/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

11573_10102017557640169_8064724866978987414_n.sm_aSocialist Worker

Owen Hill with campaign supporters in Maine

Posted in News on 11/15/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

Food bank BirminghamGuardian | S Smith

Report by charity criticises ‘head in the sand’ policy on benefit sanctions as being behind significant increase in food poverty

Posted in News on 11/15/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Walmart workers protest the company’s pregnancy policies outside of a Chicago Walmart in September.

Posted in News on 11/14/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Dr. Jason Purnell is an Associate Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.

Posted in News on 11/14/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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The Beards earn $10 an hour but with a limited income and assets they are part of what the United Way calls “the ALICE population”.

Posted in News on 11/14/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

The late Bob Crowe of the RMT unionGuardian | M Argles

The late Bob Crowe of the RMT union. ‘A 2011 poll showed that trade union leaders were more trusted by the public than bankers, business leaders, politicians and journalists.’

Posted in News on 11/14/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Posted in News on 11/14/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Governor Corbett’s budget adds $1 million for the primary care loan repayment program this fiscal year.
Health care providers, including dentists, nurse midwives, and social workers have a chance of having up $100,000 repaid — if they pledge to work in an under-served region for two years. Clinics with more than 30% of its patients considered low-income will also qualify.

Posted in News on 11/14/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Only rarely do lawsuits at the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice create such a stir as the case of Elisabeta Dano. The complaint filed by the young unemployed Romanian woman trying to receive social welfare in Germany became a symbol of the controversy over mass immigration to wealthier EU countries.

Posted in News on 11/14/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

9722v338-1415289754The Conversation | Y Konstantin/Shutterstock

What the New York Times article fails to mention is that in 2009, education researchers Curt Dudley-Marling and Krista Lucas discredited Hart and Risley’s claims as being biased in favour of middle- and upper-class children. They showed that the study’s research design, limited population studied and biases reflected assumptions about the impoverished. Thus, Dudley-Marling and Lucas argued that Hart and Risley’s claims should not be generalised to the whole population.

Posted in News on 11/13/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Volunteers pass out fresh vegetables for a Thanksgiving meal at the Alameda Food Bank in Alameda, Calif., in 2009. The percentage of Americans who report struggling to afford food has remained stubbornly near recession-era highs.

Posted in News on 11/13/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Abigail, 11, sells pastries on a street in El Alto, Bolivia, in June. Under the new law, 10-year-olds can work as long as they have parental consent and also attend school.

Posted in News on 11/13/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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In this photo taken July 15, 2014, in Glenwood, Minn., a photograph of Eric Dean showing him with a broken arm, rests atop a folder of exhibits presented in court and folders of documents relating to the May 2014 trial of Amanda Peltier in the death of her stepson, Eric Dean.

Posted in News on 11/13/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

leadThe Atlantic | L Giordano

Dr. Cecile Marczinski, a psychological researcher from Northern Kentucky University, says the caffeine in these drinks has the ability to mask intoxication which could make people underestimate how drunk they are and impair their ability to cut themselves off. Subjects in several of her experiments who drank alcoholic energy drinks rated their own drunkenness as lower than subjects with the same blood alcohol content who only had alcohol.

Posted in News on 11/13/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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A caricatured debate.

Posted in News on 11/13/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan attended a gala event dated to the Social Worker’s Day and the 10th anniversary of the founding of Welfare Work and Technology Chair at the Yerevan State University.

Posted in News on 11/13/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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A victim of domestic violence at a shelter in New York City in September.

Posted in News on 11/12/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Baltimore public radio station WYPR’s production booth. The workers’ reference to undermining “our democratic effort” reflects a decision early this summer by the station managers to aggressively fight the union, especially by hiring the anti-union law firm Jackson Lewis to battle the SAG-AFTRA effort.

Posted in News on 11/12/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

1111OPEDnatri-superJumboNY Times | N Natri

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Are We Helpless? The “Billion Dollar a Month Club” isn’t new, as several Forbes 400 members have averaged close to a billion a month in recent years. But the club is issuing golden tickets as the stock market climbs to new heights. The rest of us own a smaller and smaller share of a nation that we, and our ancestors before us, all helped to build. Unprincipled members of business and government have taken away the financial regulations and progressive taxes that once protected the majority of Americans. It has been argued that a Financial Speculation Tax might be the best approach to stop the wealth transfer carnage. We have to do something. The splitting of our society is nearly beyond repair.

Posted in News on 11/12/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Foundation for Young Australians CEO Jan Owen said Australia needs a conversation about the challenges facing the young.

Posted in News on 11/12/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Barriers around bridges could save lives.

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A former Army Ranger says he doesn’t want to be thanked for his service—he wants politicians to stop sending young soldiers off to die.

Posted in News on 11/11/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

2014_1111poppiestruthout | J Bunting/LW/TO

Parades and displays of poppies accomplish nothing save to allow the multitude, those who make war easily or ignore completely its insanity and horror, to feign support and appreciation for the sacrifices of the few, those who do the killing and the dying. In reality, parades and displays of poppies are a designation of the few as the purveyors of death and destruction, and a proclamation by the multitude of their status as observer and hence, their innocence, an ablution of culpability and guilt for immoral war and crimes against humanity.

Posted in News on 11/11/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Johileny Meran Almonte, 17, a senior and honor student at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School, has cerebral palsy and has lived in a homeless shelter for four years. Education Department social worker Wayne Harris is trying to help Johileny win scholarships and financial aid.

Posted in News on 11/11/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has done a great job representing his real constituents — the finance, real-estate, and fossil-fuel industries. The rest of us haven’t had the same luck: workers in New York have seen cutbacks in hospitals and classrooms and promises of more hardship to come. I agreed to be the Green Party’s 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor of New York because I deeply believe we need our own political representation.

Posted in News on 11/11/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

Air Force Academy GraduationSalon | B Linsley/AP

Graduation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Not all teachers, hospice workers or social workers are heroes, but emphasizing the heroism of those who do commit to their clients, patients and students with love and service would cause a shift of America’s fundamental values. It would place the spotlight on tender and selfless acts of solidarity and empathy for the poor. Calling all cops heroes too often leads to pathetic deference to authority, even when the results are fatal, and insisting all members of the military are heroes too often reinforces the American values of militarism and exceptionalism.

Posted in News on 11/11/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

jz5bfmww-1415367318The Conversation | C Wians/CC BY-SA

The leaked PricewaterhouseCoopers books imply there has been systemic collusion between companies from all over the world and the Luxembourg authorities in flagrant contravention of EU rules. The documents suggest that preferential tax treatments were guaranteed to these companies prior to their incorporation in Luxembourg.

Posted in News on 11/11/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

Engler_Berlin_Wall_fall_1989_850_617In These times | R Thiémard/Flickr/Creative Commons

Don’t be fooled by the mainstream narrative: The 1989 revolutions weren’t just byproducts of extraordinary historical circumstances. Change happens when activists seize a moment and escalate.

Posted in News on 11/10/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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A Jacobin investigation found that malfeasance in the Gulen network, the second largest in the country, is more widespread than previously thought. Federal contracting documents suggest that the conflict-of-interest transactions occurring at Concept are a routine practice at other Gulen-affiliated charter school operators.

Posted in News on 11/10/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

kstreeeterNY Times | K Streeter

After a fall, life is upended in an instant — a sudden loss of independence, an awkward reliance on family and friends, and a new level of fear for those who fall, and their contemporaries.

Posted in News on 11/10/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

2014_1108avemariatruthout | G Lamberti

The Ave Maria Church in Ave Maria, Florida. Ave Marie is among several US towns that raise important concerns about the separation between church and state.

Posted in News on 11/10/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

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Gavan Naden and his father on holiday in a happier summer.

Posted in News on 11/10/2014 | Link to this post on IFP

google.co_.uk_77513586_77513585New Statesman | BBC

Shadow cabinet minister and senior adviser to Ed Miliband, Jon Trickett, speaks in parliament.

Posted in News on 11/10/2014 | Link to this post on IFP