Mehreen Kasana

Finance Giant BlackRock Faces Activist Heat for Investing in the War Machine

On a dreary Wednesday morning, anti-war protesters gathered in Manhattan to turn up the heat on the world’s most powerful private equity giant, BlackRock. Attendees carried a plethora of signs and chanted a variety of demands, but their main focus was on holding the massive investment company accountable for its controversial activities—mainly investing in the manufacturing of deadly weapons—within the United States as well as around the world. For the progressive anti-war and women-led Code Pink, BlackRock had to cease making a “killing on killing.”

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Clinic Takes Drastic Measures to Defend Patients Against Trump’s ICE Raids

According to a Los Angeles Times report published Friday, a community health clinic is preparing itself for raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The publication spoke with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles and was told that, as part of its administrative procedure, staff are learning how to block ICE officers from entering the clinic by forming human chains in front of the building.

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Kevin Williamson's Ousting From The Atlantic Reveals a Major Hypocrisy in Conservative Media

The media junkies among you may have heard that the Atlantic has fired Kevin D. Williamson, who previously wrote for the National Review. Williamson was best known for his racist, dehumanizing and unhinged screeds about people of color, women and working folks. Yet reading the conservative ire about Williamson’s ousting would make one think an unspeakable war crime has taken place.

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Ex-Fiancée of Former Mitt Romney Staffer Says He Kept Her as a Sex Slave

According to an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Wednesday, Nevada Republican consultant Benjamin Sparks was accused of sex slavery by his ex-fiancée. The 46-year-old woman, who was given anonymity by the Review-Journal, said Sparks kept her bound to his home, beat her and forced her to remain naked at all times, and demanded that she wear a collar.  

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Why Did Mike Pence 'Like' This Tweet Mocking Donald Trump?

What you “like” on Twitter says a good deal about you and your interests. According to two screenshots shared by NPR’s Becky Sullivan on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence liked a tweet dissing Donald Trump on gun control.

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A Shocking Number of American Families Can't Afford Diapers

According to a report published by the Tampa Bay Times, a third of families in the United States can’t afford diapers for their toddlers. The details in the report shed much-needed light on poverty in the United States, especially its oppressive weight on working mothers.

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'Punish a Muslim Day' Is Especially Terrifying For Muslim Women

In March, a sinister leaflet declared a point-based system in which attackers would be rewarded with marks if they assaulted, threw acid on, or "butchered" a Muslim on April 3. The paper circulated first in the United Kingdom where media reports said in addition to online images of the leaflet, four members of Parliament from the Labor Party had received the Islamophobic letter. The leaflet promotes a number of crimes, including bombing a mosque, for “Punish a Muslim Day.” But for Muslim women, such a day—and the potential venom it could bring—is especially terrifying and all too real.

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This Dating App Shared Users’ Highly Sensitive Medical Data - Including HIV Status

Your dating woes are about to get even more complicated if you're on Grindr, which shared sensitive user data with at least two third-party companies, according to an investigative report by BuzzFeed published on Monday. With the help of an external research firm, the report confirmed that Grindr shared user data such as HIV status, locations and email addresses with other parties.

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Here’s What Google and Facebook Know About You - And What You Can Do About It

If you use Google or Facebook, you may have wondered just how much of your personal data these big internet giants have access to. This is a good question to ask in our modern era of Big Data, constant connectivity and rapidly decreasing personal privacy. Some people, like Washington State Chief Privacy Officer Alex Alben, even argue that your personal data isn’t really “personal” at all. In other words, you may have unwittingly agreed to give your deepest information to third-party vendors through websites and apps simply by agreeing to their lengthy and frequently skimmed Terms of Service.

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West Virginia’s Most Corrupt Coal CEO Now Seeks Seat in Senate

One of the most loathed businessmen in West Virginia is seeking to win a seat in the Senate. Don Blankenship, who was given the damning title “Dark Lord of Coal Country” by Rolling Stone magazine, is vying to be the Republican Party's pick for the Senate from West Virginia. Yet the coal industry mogul's negligence was blamed for one of the worst coal mining disasters in 40 years.

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