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‘Black Panther’ challenges limits on identity

Yahoo World News Feed - February 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

As the new art of photography delighted Americans in the 19th century, Frederick Douglass seized hold of it as “the revenant” of black culture. While Douglass may not have foreseen photography’s evolution into the blockbuster movie, he might approve of what the new Marvel superhero film “Black Panther” does for black identity as well as women’s identity – and even for the cool factor of science, technology, engineering, and math. Mothers and fathers across the racial spectrum report children excited to put their 3-D glasses on and feel the Dolby percussion as they’re transported to the good-versus-evil battles over the make-believe, high-tech nation of Wakanda.

Romney, like other Trump skeptics, makes nice – for now

Yahoo World News Feed - February 20, 2018 - 12:44pm

President Trump’s enthusiastic endorsement tweet to Mitt Romney on his US Senate bid from Utah should come as no surprise. As much as Trump is a maverick, he needs establishment Republicans like Romney to vote for his agenda in Congress and keep a fractious GOP together.

In South Korea, a new Cinderella story is unfolding – on ice

Yahoo World News Feed - February 20, 2018 - 10:52am

Now they’re the hottest ticket in Olympic curling – the country girls who have seemingly come out of nowhere to become serious medal contenders. By Tuesday, they had bagged enough wins to secure one of the four slots in the semifinals – becoming the first Korean women’s team to do so, and establishing themselves as serious medal contenders. “A lot of people are saying that our curling team appeared suddenly.

In Tunis suburb, a revolutionary demand: jobs, not freedoms

Yahoo World News Feed - February 20, 2018 - 10:16am

Here in Tunisia’s own “Paris suburbs,” the unemployed, unrepresented, and unheard young men who led the Tunisian revolution have a message that is both simple and provocative. “We don’t want freedoms, we want jobs,” says Yassin Ben, 24. In neighborhoods like this one at the edge of the capital, Tunis, the very same conditions that led to Tunisia’s 2011 revolution – unemployment, marginalization, urban migration, and police harassment – persist.

East St. Louis has had it tough. But here’s how one woman celebrates the good.

Yahoo World News Feed - February 17, 2018 - 6:00am

Charmaine Savage wouldn’t want to start a conversation about herself with grim stereotypes of East St. Louis, Ill., her hometown. A once-prosperous manufacturing, rail, and shipping center, East St. Louis had a peak population of 80,000 around 1950. This town has nurtured African-American icons – from jazz great Miles Davis and singer Tina Turner, to Olympic track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee and renowned sports and race sociologist Harry Edwards, to former US Ambassador to the United Nations Donald McHenry.

Hoping American values will outshine the confusing Trump era, While the West focuses elsewhere, Africa should take advantage, Britain hopes to hedge its way out of ‘Brexit’, The world should awaken to Romanian corruption, Beware of bitcoin

Yahoo World News Feed - February 17, 2018 - 4:00am

“In the era of Donald Trump, the world is confused about what America stands for and with whom it stands...,” states an editorial. “That is why people’s attitude [about the Feb. 7] visit to Jamaica by Rex Tillerson is so paradoxical.

Readers write: Hope for the future in St. Louis, politics in Peru, insightful review of ‘Paddington 2,' perspective on current events

Yahoo World News Feed - February 17, 2018 - 4:00am

Regarding the Jan. 1 & 8 cover story, “Bridging black and white”: I posted this story on my Facebook page because I want everyone to read it. St. Louis, we care about you and all the residents. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?

The stark message behind Mueller indictment of 13 Russians

Yahoo World News Feed - February 16, 2018 - 2:53pm

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 13 Russians, and three Russian organizations, with meddling in the 2016 US election. The charges centered on the alleged use of social media to sow political discord, via inserting politically charged messages into the stream of American electronic discourse.

As Mueller moves forward, lingering questions about Comey and Clinton

Yahoo World News Feed - February 16, 2018 - 2:35pm

The challenge facing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of President Trump and his associates extends beyond determining whether there was a conspiracy with Russians to meddle in the 2016 election or an attempt to obstruct the FBI’s investigation. In a larger sense, Mr. Mueller must confront the grim prospect that whatever his final conclusions in the Trump-Russia investigation, they will likely be met with suspicion – and possibly rejection – by a significant portion of the country. Rhetoric surrounding the investigation has grown increasingly bitter as members of Congress promote sharply divergent narratives to explain the unfolding confrontation.

Will Holder run for president in 2020?

Yahoo World News Feed - February 15, 2018 - 3:56pm

Sure, I had seen him on TV during his six years as President Obama’s attorney general. How would he feel about facing a room packed with reporters – 35, including me, the host – bursting with questions about the Mueller investigation, “memo wars, ” criminal justice reform, race, and gerrymandering? It was gerrymandering – the drawing of oddly shaped legislative districts to favor one group or party – that brought Holder to the Monitor Breakfast as we kicked off its 53rd year.

At crossroads of policing and murder, a long push for accountability

Yahoo World News Feed - February 15, 2018 - 3:09pm

After her son Ramarley Graham was shot and killed by a New York police officer, Constance Malcolm says she dedicated herself to community activism almost by accident. Two hundred miles away in Baltimore, a city experiencing an unprecedented wave of murders since the death of Freddie Gray, a small group of mothers who had lost their sons or daughters to the crime of murder were grappling with agonizing questions about their communities. There are similar groups of people in New York.

Florida school shooting: Does 'national emergency' warrant national response?

Yahoo World News Feed - February 15, 2018 - 2:09pm

As the fire alarm blared for the second time on Wednesday, it seemed like yet another drill for how to deal with a school emergency until a term Alex Azar knew fed over the speakers: code black. “We hear boom-boom, boom-boom-boom-boom,” says the sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after escaping America’s latest school shooting on Wednesday, the worst since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre. The 19-year-old, who had left clues of violent plans on social media, committed the deadliest mass shooting ever at a US high school, and the third incident in the past five months to enter the Top 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.

An antidote to despair over yet another mass shooting

Yahoo World News Feed - February 15, 2018 - 1:56pm

As most presidents have done after a mass killing in the United States, Donald Trump spoke to the American people the day after the Feb. 14 school massacre in Parkland, Fla. He was consoling to the victims’ families but also offered two practical steps. It is directed at the seemingly slow work in ending police shootings of black men, stopping sexual harassment, reducing income inequality, cutting carbon pollution, lowering the national debt, and other big problems.

Why so many temporary White House clearances? Adam Schiff wants to know

Yahoo World News Feed - February 14, 2018 - 3:20pm

Maybe that’s one reason it is stumbling over something known for exacting detail: the security clearance process. More than a week after allegations of spousal abuse against former staff secretary Rob Porter burst into public view, the administration is still struggling to explain who knew about problems revealed by Mr. Porter’s background check, when they knew them, and what they did or didn’t do in response. Testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday indicated that White House officials learned about warning signs in Porter’s background as long ago as last summer.

A tale of two cities and murder

Yahoo World News Feed - February 14, 2018 - 2:13pm

Two American cities, separated by just 200 miles along the Northeast corridor, tell two very different stories about the crime of murder. Baltimore, population 615,000, had 343 murders last year. New York, population 8.5 million, had 290 murders last year.

South Africa’s struggle for honest leaders

Yahoo World News Feed - February 14, 2018 - 1:14pm

Just a quarter century ago, South Africa was a model in how to uproot official racism and replace it with democratic values such as equality. Now, as its parliament prepares to remove President Jacob Zuma from office, it may offer yet another model. This time, South Africans are showing how to replace official corruption with values such as transparency and accountability.

Fighting sexism, India's police ask: When is 'women only' good for women?

Yahoo World News Feed - February 14, 2018 - 10:04am

Right up to the school entrance there would be groups of boys hanging around, Eve-teasing,” she recalls, using the local expression for India’s rampant sexual harassment. Jaipur’s 28 all-female units, among the first in India, are just one manifestation of a deep national soul-searching over the scourges of sexual harassment and gender-based violence – and police’s role in fighting them. Along with all-female police stations, they’re meant to encourage more women to come forward and report abuse.