Posts Tagged Human rights and civil liberties

Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

In this Nov.9, 2014 photo, stadium builders from Southeast Asia collect food from their free canteen after a day’s work in Doha, Qatar. Following widespread criticism of labor abuses in Qatar, the World Cup host nation for 2022 is giving better treatment to those who work on projects directly linked to the football tournament. (AP Photo/John Leicester)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.

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Reports: Bears benching Cutler

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) slides after carrying the ball against New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Multiple reports say the Chicago Bears are benching quarterback Jay Cutler and going with Jimmy Clausen.

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New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon

In this image released by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hope Boykin performs in new civil rights-themed piece, “Odetta,” in New York. The performance is a tribute to the late folk singer Odetta Holmes who some called the voice of the Civil Rights movement. “Odetta,” which features a cast of 11 dancers, will be performed frequently during the company’s current season at New York City Center, including a matinee on Dec. 31, which happens to be Odetta’s birthday. Then, it will travel the country as the company embarks on a 19-city national tour, beginning in February. (AP Photo/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Steve Wilson)

NEW YORK (AP) — It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s new civil rights-themed piece, “Odetta,” a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement.

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Police demonstrations inspire new protest songs

In a Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, Eilidh Branson, a student at Spelman College, sings along with a group of protestors at a rally and protest at the CNN Center, in Atlanta, the day after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen. Protest songs are taking their place alongside the chants of “I Can’t Breathe” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.  (AP Photo/Ron Harris, File)

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Stop. Hey, what’s that sound? Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of “I can’t breathe” and “Hands up, don’t shoot” as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. There’s something happening here.

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US co-opted Cuba’s hip-hop scene to spark change

In this April 23, 2010 photo, members of Los Aldeanos, Aldo Rodriguez, left, and Bian Rodriguez, center, perform in concert at the Acapulco Theater in Havana, Cuba. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that a U.S. agency infiltrated Cuba's hip-hop scene, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. (AP Photo)

HAVANA (AP) — In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana’s most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government.

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