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Category Archives: World Commmunity

SIFF Documentary Reviews: “Afghan Cycles” and “The Poetess” tell the stories of groundbreaking women in the Middle East

Excerpt: Read NPI's reviews of two films screened at the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival that tell the stories of groundbreaking women in the Middle East.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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SIFF Documentary Review: “The Most Dangerous Year” highlights the urgency of the fight for transgender rights

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "The Most Dangerous Year", premiering at the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy
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Torturer Gina Haspel will be installed as new CIA head thanks to renegade Democrats

Excerpt: Despite the opposition of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, the United States Senate today voted to confirm torturer Gina Haspel to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, further harming the United States' international standing and handing Donald Trump another victory.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Disturbing Senate confirmation hearing shows why Pompeo should not be confirmed

Excerpt: Pompeo seems more interested in pleasing Donald Trump and hiding whatever members of the Foreign Relations Committee want to know about their secret meeting regarding Mueller's investigation. He should not be confirmed.
Written by:Essie Hicks
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LANDMARK VICTORY: Washington State Senate votes to abolish the death penalty!

Excerpt: In a landmark victory for human rights and dignity, the Washington State Senate made history today by approving legislation that would abolish the death penalty, ending the barbaric practice of executing people as a punishment for crimes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: “Fifty Million Rising” explains how women are changing the Muslim world

Excerpt: Saadia Zahidi's look at the cohort of "The Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World" doesn't contradict itself, but it is large and containing multitudes. It couldn't be anything less and still true, spanning as it does thirty Muslim-majority countries from North Africa all the way to Southeast Asia.
Written by:David A Johnson
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PCC rebrands: Cooperative drops “Natural Markets” for “Community Markets”

Excerpt: For decades, PCC (the Puget Con­sumers Coop­er­a­tive) has been a fix­ture of Seat­tle and more recent­ly the greater Seat­tle met­ro­pol­i­tan area, pro­vid­ing organ­ic food from local farms, ranch­es, bak­eries, and dairies. When we need food for an event, such as our annu­al Win­ter Hol­i­day Par­ty, NPI turns to PCC. Since 1998, when PCC adopt­ed the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians are hungry for meaningful corporate tax accountability, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: NPI's research has confirmed that there's an extraordinary appetite for meaningful accountability that spans the ideological spectrum and every demographic group imaginable.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ecommerce giant Amazon to buy Whole Foods grocery chain in blockbuster deal

Excerpt: If this deal goes through, Amazon will -- almost overnight -- become a major player in the brick and mortar retail industry. It already dominates ecommerce.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Obama administration strikes back at Putin regime for interfering in 2016 U.S. elections

Excerpt: It’s a start: Pres­i­dent Oba­ma struck back at Rus­sia on Thurs­day for its efforts to influ­ence the 2016 elec­tion, eject­ing 35 sus­pect­ed Russ­ian intel­li­gence oper­a­tives from the Unit­ed States and impos­ing sanc­tions on Russia’s two lead­ing intel­li­gence ser­vices. The admin­is­tra­tion also penal­ized four top offi­cers of one of those ser­vices, the pow­er­ful mil­i­tary intel­li­gence unit […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Delaware Supreme Court declares state’s death penalty law unconstitutional

Excerpt: A sig­nif­i­cant vic­to­ry for human rights has been won today: The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penal­ty law is uncon­sti­tu­tion­al – and the only chance at fix­ing it is to punt the issue to the already-divid­ed Gen­er­al Assem­bly. The top court released its rul­ing Tues­day that said Delaware’s cur­rent cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment statute vio­lates the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Brexit vote: “Leave” wins stunning victory, but Scotland and N. Ireland vote to Remain

Excerpt: A major­i­ty of vot­ers in the Unit­ed King­dom of Great Britain have decid­ed to break up with the Euro­pean Union, British mass media out­lets are pro­ject­ing, stun­ning finan­cial mar­kets and pun­dits who had pre­dict­ed a vic­to­ry for the Remain cam­paign when all was said and done. At around mid­night East­ern time and 9 PM Pacif­ic, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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America wakes up to a nightmare: Horrific attack on Orlando nightclub leaves fifty dead

Excerpt: This morn­ing, hun­dreds of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans woke up to the news that a man armed with an AR-15 assault rifle who had called 911 to announce that he was about to com­mit a heinous act in the name of the Islam­ic state group had bru­tal­ly slaugh­tered over fifty peo­ple at a gay night­club in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bernie opposes Ex-Im. Will it “cost him” in Washington State’s Democratic caucuses? No.

Excerpt: Last night’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial debate between Hillary Clin­ton and Bernie Sanders includ­ed a lengthy exchange over an issue of con­cern to Wash­ing­ton State’s polit­i­cal lead­er­ship: the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, which mem­bers of Wash­ing­ton’s con­gres­sion­al del­e­ga­tion fought hard to pro­tect and then to reau­tho­rize after Repub­li­cans shame­ful­ly allowed its char­ter to expire. The can­di­dates dis­agree over […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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