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Commentary :: Peace

"Not in Our Name!"

At the conference, everything essential like participation of Hamas should be excluded. Residents of Tel Aviv could beamong those who will pay dearly for the mad plans of George W Bush. The Jews are made the pretext for a new crusade of Christian fundamentalists.

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LOCAL News :: Middle East

Tu 11/27 Annapolis "Peace Conference" Protests in 4 cities

Demonstrations to counter phony "peace conference"

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News :: Children : Crime & Police : Education : Health Care

Militant Bush Nazis in the Works

Bah! Bush Nazis! Poor excuses for excrement!

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News :: Health Care

District attorney probes NY doctor for ‘improper’ infection control

Reports indicate that more than 600 patients may have been exposed to Hepatitis C and possibly HIV, from 2000 to 2005, by a physician in the New York City metro area.

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News :: Activism

Keep S'derot in mind during the Annapolis conference


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News :: Activism

Islamic Destruction of biblical antiquities in Israel

Stop the destruction of world heritage

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Environment : Middle East : Military

Radioactive Ammunition Fired in Middle East May Claim More Lives Than Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By firing radioactive ammunition, the U.S., U.K., and Israel may have triggered a nuclear holocaust in the Middle East that, over time, will prove deadlier than the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan.
So much ammunition containing depleted uranium(DU) has been fired, asserts nuclear authority Leuren Moret, "The genetic future of the Iraqi people for the most part, is destroyed."

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News :: Economy : Globalization : War in Iraq

Imperial wars and genocide, Petrodollar Recycling System and meltdown of financial world order.

Imperial wars, crimes and genocide, Petrodollar Recycling System and meltdown of financial world order.
Articles, analysis and video documentary

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News :: Peace

End Israeli Terror!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 : There are more than 10,000 Palestinian prisoners currently being held in Israeli jails. Amongst them are 750 administrative detainees who have never been charged or tried for any crime, as well as 350 children and 182 women in Israeli prisons. Israel was the only country in the world where torture was still lawful before it was made illegal by the Israeli high court in 1999. But since the start of the second intifada in 2000, it has been reported that torture is regularly practiced in Israeli detention centers. Crossing the Line host Christopher Brown speaks with advocate, author and law professor Lisa Hajjar about the issue of political prisoners.

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News :: Activism


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Tenn. Public Schools' Special Diploma Unfair, Student Suit Says
By TRICIA GORMAN, Andrews Publications Staff Writer

The Tennessee Department of Education discriminates against special needs and poor students by giving different diplomas to students who fail a standard assessment exam, according to a federal court lawsuit.
All public school students in Tennessee must take the "Gateway Examination" before graduating from high school. Any student who does not pass all three parts of the test does not receive a diploma.

Students with learning disabilities who pass their classes but not the assessment exam receive a "special diploma," rather than the standard certificate.
Two former students in the state's public school system are suing over the certificate in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
They say it is discriminatory for the schools to give some students a different nonequivalent diploma that is not accepted by some colleges and employers.
The students, Latricia Wilson and Corey Robinson, seek to represent a class of thousands of current and former students.
Wilson has a mild learning disability and needs some accommodations to help her in her coursework and tests, the complaint says.
But she says no accommodations were made when she took the Gateway Exam, and she failed the math portion of the test.
Although she passed all her classes, she received a special diploma upon graduating.
Wilson says in the complaint that she has been turned down by every college she has applied to because she does not have a regular diploma.
Robinson also passed all his classes but failed the Gateway Exam and received a special diploma. Colleges and employers have rejected him also, according to the complaint.
A special diploma is not the equivalent of a standard high school diploma, the suit says, and carries with it social and economic stigmas.
No major college or employer will accept it as proof of the ability to perform at the high school level, the plaintiffs say.
Some students with special diplomas have gone on to get GEDs even though they have completed high school courses just to have some proof to offer prospective employers, the suit says.
The plaintiffs say many of the students who have passed the coursework but failed some part of the final exam have learning disabilities that could be overcome with reasonable accommodations for the exam.
The suit alleges that the Tennessee Department of Education violates the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by not providing mandatory accommodations, such as an alternative assessment test.
The defendant's failure to inform students that the special diploma is not equivalent to a standard diploma and provide the students some opportunity to object to the certificate violates the constitutional due-process guarantees of the Fifth and 14th Amendments, the suit says.
Since more affluent students are able to circumvent the assessment exam by attending private or parochial schools, they can graduate with standard diplomas.
Poorer students do not have that opportunity, in violation of the equal-protection clause of the Constitution, the plaintiffs say.
The suit seeks to stop the state from using the Gateway Exam to assess students until a less oppressive means can be found and asks the court to monitor the progress toward a new assessment.
The plaintiffs further request $60 million in damages.
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Wilson et al. v. Tennessee Department of Education, No. 2:07 CV 2490, amended complaint filed (W.D. Tenn. July 26, 2007).
Class Action Litigation Reporter
Volume 14, Issue 07

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