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Salem-News.com (May-12-2015 17:47)

Oregon Senate Passes Crucial Testing Law, HB 2680

Bill establishes educator work group to take on assessments

(SALEM, Ore.) - high school hall This morning the Senate passed HB 2680, which will soon move to the Governor’s desk for signing. The following statement can be attributed to Oregon Education Association President Hanna Vaandering:

"Today the Oregon Senate took one of the most important steps in moving us down a new path toward a better system of assessment...."

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Salem-News.com (May-05-2015 20:35)

Judaism versus Jewish Identity Politics: Religion versus Tribalism

Witness historic dialogue between ultra orthodox Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro and Gilad Atzmon, starting May 6th.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Gilad Atzmon Two prominent thinkers, the ultra orthodox Rabbi vs. philosopher, Jazz artist and ex-Jew, meeting to discuss hard questions about Judaism, Jewish politics and the meaning of Jewishness.

This unique gathering, the first of its kind, promises to help you unravel the tangled web of secular Jewish politics, right and left.

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Salem-News.com (May-05-2015 18:35)

Documentary Film, The War Around Us Showing May 14 in Eugene

May 15 is observed as an annual day of mourning by Palestinians worldwide, a commemoration of the Nakba, the 1948 ethnic cleansing of 3/4 million Palestinians.

(EUGENE, Ore.) - The War Around Us In solidarity with the annual observance the Nakba, Al Nakba Awareness Project will show the film, "The War Around Us" in Eugene, Oregon on May 14th.

Filmed during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008-09, the Al Jazeera reporters who assembled this footage were the only journalists there to witness and record the facts for the world.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-06-2015 10:30)

21st Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsis

RPP message commemorating the horrific events of 100+days in 1994 when 500,000–1 million Rwandans were killed.

(LONDON) - Rwanda 1994 Fellow Rwandans, today, the seventh of April, is the twenty-first anniversary of the most horrific systematic genocide of modern times.

The terror, agony and suffering our people faced during that, time was immeasurable. We gather here to mourn today for every drop of innocent blood that shed, every life that was lost and every family that wept.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-25-2015 20:40)

Merkley Slams Republican Efforts to Roll Back Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform

Republicans push consumer protections....and Democrats push back.

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Jeff Merkley Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Al Franken (D-MN), slammed Senate Republicans’ budget push to roll back consumer protections and Wall Street reform at a press conference held in the Capitol today.

The Senate Budget that is being debated on the floor this week includes language to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and to roll back financial reforms.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-20-2015 18:19)

NETANYAHU WINS, PEACE LOSES

The slim hope for a Palestinian state lies with the United Nations.

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu has probably retained power in Israel as his Likud party won 29 seats in Parliament while the center-left Zionist Union had 24 seats. The Likud Party is likely to form a coalition to put together a 61-seat majority.

Netanyahu said there would be no Palestinian state under his watch, a Palestinian must condition for any agreement.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-07-2015 20:47)

It`s Time to Sanction OFAC

...Not the Civilian Populations of Syria and Iran

(DAMASCUS) - Netanyahu a threat to peace Without much doubt, the US Congressional Zionist caucus was energized this week by PM Netanyahu’s appeal to scuttle the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran. Even as it spent roughly 27% of his 40 minute speech wildly applauding.

According to Capitol Hill sources, the caucus is salivating over its soon to be announced legislative scheme that demands yet more “cut em off at the knee’s sanctions”.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-07-2015 19:19)

Pakistan: Lift the Travel Ban Against Abdul Qadeer Baloch

Human Rights Ambassador William Gomes asks to immediately and unconditionally lift the travel ban

(LONDON) - Abdul Qadeer Baloch I would like to draw your attention to the following case.
On 4 March 2015, human rights defender Mr Abdul Qadeer Baloch, also known as Mama Qadeer, was informed of a travel ban imposed against him.

The human rights defender was attempting to travel to a human rights seminar in the United States with other relatives of persons forcibly disappeared in Balochistan.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-06-2015 15:19)

Oregon SB 324 goes to Governor Kate Brown for Signature

Statement from OLCV Executive Director Doug Moore on Passage of Clean Fuels Extension by Oregon House of Representatives

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - pumping gas After more than five hours of debate, the Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 324, legislation that lifts the 2015 sunset on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, which reduces the carbon intensity of fuels by 10% over 10 years.

“For nearly six years, extending the Clean Fuels Program has been the top priority for Oregon’s environmental community.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-04-2015 14:50)

Reverse the Concert Cancellation of the Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” ― Victor Hugo

(LONDON) - Gilad Atzmon Jazz was born as an art form for social commitment through improvisation as a way to express freedom.

If a jazz artist is not able to be free in their expression, then the freedom for everyone is at risk. Silencing an artist is complicit in censorship.

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