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Au Brésil, un test de virginité pour femmes crée le scandale

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:45 AM

Le bureau du procureur de l'état brésilien de São Paulo cherche à savoir pourquoi des femmes se voient demander de se soumettre à des tests gynécologiques ou, dans certains cas, prouver leur virginité afin de postuler à des emplois gouvernementaux.

L'agence gouvernemental a ouvert une enquête après...

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Brazil's Appalling 'Virginity Test' For Women Sparks Outrage

(161) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:18 PM

The Public Prosecutor's Office in the Brazilian state of São Paulo is investigating why women are being asked to either submit to gynecological tests or, in some cases, prove their virginity in order to apply for state jobs.

The state agency opened an investigation after reports last...

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MSNBC Head Pledges To Boost Diversity After Cinco De Mayo Disaster

(52) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 2:33 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- The president of MSNBC pledged on Friday to meet continually with Hispanic experts to improve diversity on air in the wake of a Cinco de Mayo disaster that he said left him "horrified."

Speaking at a luncheon panel at the annual convention of the National Association...

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Michele Bachmann Blames Immigrants For Fake War, Wants Their Money

(303) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 5:35 PM

A conservative congresswoman says the United States should confiscate all the money undocumented immigrants send home because the U.S. is at war with them.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) called for a 100 percent tax on remittances sent to Latin America by undocumented immigrants during a conference...

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5 Rage Against The Machine Lyrics Paul Ryan Ignored When Voting To Kill DACA

(9) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Following the revelation during the 2012 presidential race that Rage Against the Machine was one of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) favorite bands, many wondered whether the conservative Wisconsin congressman had ever paid attention to the band’s lyrics.

To judge from his vote on Friday to

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Almost Everyone Who Voted To Kill DACA Is White

(166) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:45 PM

If Republicans want to understand how well their minority outreach efforts are working, they would do well to look over the vote call for Friday’s symbolic House vote to end the president’s policy of deferring deportation for immigrants brought here illegally as children.

In a vote that...

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You'll Never Believe Why This Employee Is Suing Taco Bell

(12) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:17 AM

In a painfully ironic twist of fate for a faux-Mexican fast-food chain, a former Taco Bell manager is suing the company, saying she was canned for hiring Hispanics.

As Courthouse News first reported, Juanita O'Connell, who is Mexican-American, is suing Taco Bell for back pay and damages...

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This Is How We Know DACA Didn't Cause The Border Crisis

(93) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 7:39 AM

Since October, some 57,000 unaccompanied minors -- the vast majority from Central America -- have crossed illegally into the United States. Many Republicans are blaming the crisis on President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which allows people brought here illegally as children work authorization and...

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Why Tequila Deserves Way More Respect

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:26 PM

The U.S. may have celebrated National Tequila Day last week, but really any day is a good day to enjoy what may well be the finest spirit the Americas has to offer. While drinkers in the U.S. are getting more interested in the distillate of blue...

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Mother Sues Border Patrol Over Death Of Child Shot Multiple Times

(295) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:59 PM

The mother of a 16-year-old Mexican national shot at least 10 times is suing the Border Patrol agents responsible for his death, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.

The civil suit filed by the mother of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez comes amid a long-running debate over the Border...

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'It's Really Difficult Being Undocumented In This Country, Trying To Do Good'

(14) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:02 PM

The child migrant crisis on the border has pushed many in the U.S. to consider the complex history that has led to this point. Alex Sánchez's life story offers a dramatic example of how U.S. policy has failed both in Central America and in its own communities of...

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New York Activists Ask De Blasio To Stop Detaining Immigrants For ICE

(7) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 4:33 PM

A group of immigrant rights activists called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, in an open letter published this week, to use his executive authority to keep the city’s police from detaining undocumented immigrants on behalf of the federal government.

Dozens of police departments across...

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Here's How The U.S. Sparked A Refugee Crisis On The Border, In 8 Simple Steps

(399) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:46 AM

The 57,000 children from Central America who have streamed across the U.S.-Mexico border this year were driven in large part by the United States itself. While Democrats and Republicans have been pointing fingers at each other, in reality the current wave of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has...

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Brasil: movimento quilombola pode ser o maior programa do mundo de reparação pela escravidão

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Este artigo é o primeiro de uma série de duas partes sobre o movimento dos quilombos.

Luiz Pinto, who has been fighting eviction for decades, at home with his dog. (Carolina Ramirez/The Huffington Post)

Quando Luiz Pinto estava crescendo, seus pais proibiam...

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Brazil's 'Quilombo' Movement May Be The World's Largest Slavery Reparations Program

(73) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:34 AM

This article is the first in a two-part series about Brazil's quilombo movement.

Luiz Pinto, who has been fighting eviction for decades, at home with his dog. (Carolina Ramirez/The Huffington Post)

When Luiz Pinto was growing up, his parents wouldn't let the...

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USA Today Columnist Has A Terrible Idea For How To Deal With Child Migrants

(7) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:46 PM

A USA Today columnist is calling upon the government to send undocumented children to a U.S. Naval base primarily known for housing imprisoned suspects of terrorism.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors, most of them from Central America, have crossed into the United States illegally this year,...

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John Huppenthal, Head Of Arizona Schools, Refused To Criticize Founding Fathers For Owning Slaves

(18) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:16 PM

John Huppenthal, superintendent of public instruction for the state of Arizona, has recently come under fire for a slew of bigoted online comments he made in 2010 and 2011 under assumed names. He made a tearful apology last week after being outed as the man behind the Internet...

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These Are The Real Reasons Behind Our Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

(82) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 9:08 AM

When José Luis Zelaya had reconstructive surgery on his nose last year to fix his breathing, he knew it was because he'd been punched in the face repeatedly, but he wasn't sure when. It could have been the many times his father struck him as a child, or it could...

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You Won't Believe The Idiotic Reasons This Ex-Republican Changed His Name To Cesar Chavez

(5) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:20 PM

The Republican-turned-Democrat who legally changed his name to César Chávez offered a rambling explanation to about why he did it on Tuesday, citing sports, dog food and ease of pronunciation.

Wearing a smug grin, the failed candidate formerly known as Scott Fistler denied changing his name...

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This Is What It's Like To Cross The Border Illegally At 13 Years Old

(57) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:29 PM

In 2000, at age 13, José Luis Zelaya immigrated to the United States from Honduras by himself. He was trying to escape an abusive father and reunite with his mother and sister. Traveling overland for 45 days, Zelaya crossed illegally into Texas, where he was detained for two months before...

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