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links for 2011-06-21

June 21st, 2011

  • "While Aborigines make up an impoverished minority of only 2.5 percent of Australia's 22 million population, 25 percent of the Australian prison population is indigenous.

    Incarceration rates are far worse for the young, with Aboriginal children accounting for 59 percent of inmates in Australian juvenile detention centers.

    "'The overrepresentation of indigenous youth in the criminal justice system is a national crisis,' the report said."

  • "The attacks come amid growing fundamentalist rhetoric on the island, where senior politicians are often influenced by conservative religious leaders who speak out publicly against homosexuals. Even as arrests are made and long sentences handed out, experts here say murders and harassment have continued, because the government has failed to implement anti-discrimination policy and remains largely mute on the disturbing trend.

    "In Puerto Rico, gay and transgender people say, it has become socially acceptable to despise them — especially men who dress as women."

  • "Though it rarely makes headlines these days, the digital divide — the gap between the computer haves and have-nots — remains reality for thousands in the Bay Area, a remarkable situation considering this is home to Google, Apple, Facebook and many other titans of technology.
    "The divide is most severe in California’s Latino community, where 35 percent of adults do not use the Internet at all, and only 50 percent have broadband access at home. Other groups fare better, according to a 2010 study by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research group: whites (90 percent use the Internet, 82 percent have broadband access at home), Asians (87 percent Internet, 77 percent broadband) and blacks (82 percent Internet, 70 percent broadband)."
  • "In fact, as McCain has been told repeatedly by the Border Patrol and other agencies, the frontier with Mexico is now more secure and less porous than it has been in decades, thanks to huge additions of agents and resources initiated by President Bush and sustained by President Obama. Illegal crossings are down dramatically, and in many sectors, bored agents patrol terrain where crossers are few and far between. The reality is that illegal crossings, deterred by the massive buildup of agents on the border as well as the economic slump, have been cut in half since 2005."
  • "A federal judge has approved a $3.4 billion settlement over mismanaged Indian royalties that represents the largest claim ever made against the U.S. government.

    "he plaintiffs, including Elouise Cobell of Montana, claimed in the 15-year-old suit that the individual accounts of hundreds of thousands of Indians were mismanaged by the government for more than a century, costing them billions of dollars in oil, timber and other royalties. The two sides settled in 2009 after years of court battles. Congress approved the settlement at the end of last year."

  • "The Schurick document admits, 'The first and foremost desired outcome is voter suppression.' The attorney general says 112,000 deceptive calls were made, and each carries a potential $500 fine.The robocalls told likely Democratic voters to stay home because President Obama and Ehrlich opponent Martin O’Malley (D) 'have been successful.' 'Relax. Everything’s fine. The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight. Congratulations, and thank you,' the robocalls said."
  • "Ninety years later, Mr. Young lives not far from where he lost his home that day. He is part of the dwindling ranks of the living who can recollect what may be the deadliest occurrence of racial violence in United States history — an episode so brutal that this city, in a bout of collective amnesia that extended more than a half-century, simply chose to forget it ever happened."

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