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In March of 2017, Arkansas Representative Kim Hendren introduced House Bill 1834 to the state assembly which sought to ban any works written by, or relating to, historian Howard Zinn. The bill is entitled “An Act to Prohibit a Public School District or Open-Enrollment Public Charter School from Including in its Curriculum or Course Materials […]
In 1991, a 28-minute documentary titled “Climate of Concern” was produced and distributed by Shell, the self-described “global group of energy and petrochemical companies.” The film addressed the possibly drastic consequences of climate change, while commenting that “global warming is not yet certain, but many think that to wait for final proof would be irresponsible.” […]
The White Helmets is a non-governmental organization formed in 2013 in the heat of the Syrian civil war, which describes itself as being committed to “saving lives on all sides of the conflict,” while remaining “unarmed and neutral.” Following the production and release of the self-titled, Oscar-winning Netflix documentary, the White Helmets have been lauded […]
In the 2013 case Holder v. Shelby County, the Supreme Court struck down sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This decision meant that states with a long history of voter suppression are no longer subject to federal government approval to changes in their voting laws. It also made 2016 the […]
In April 2016, the new cruise ship “Fathom,” owned by one of the large corporate players in the overseas travel industry, Carnival Cruises, was released for its first trip ever, to the Dominican Republic. Aboard this vessel were hundreds of customers waiting to experience the joy and fulfillment of combining their vacation with the chance […]