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Día Internacional de la Mujer 2011.

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Entrega de Silla de Ruedas.

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Compartiendo con nuestras socias y socios de la tercera edad de Molino Abajo, Temoaya, Estado de México.

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Visita la página de “Código Ayuda A.C.” Aquí

Entrega de Reconocimiento por la AMS a la labor de Gabriela Goldsmith Presidenta de \\\"Código Ayuda A.C.” More »

Día de la Niñez 2011 con nuestras socias y socios de San Lorenzo Tepaltitlán, Toluca, Estado de México.

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Entrega de Silla de Ruedas.

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“Yo Me Declaro Defensor” de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos

Participación en la campaña “Yo Me Declaro Defensor” de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos por la Alta Comisionada de los Derechos Humanos de la ONU Navy Pillay. More »

Entrega de Reconocimiento al Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto por su apoyo como gobernador a los grupos vulnerables de nuestra Asociación.

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Compartiendo con nuestras socias y socios de la tercera edad en Molino Abajo, Temoaya, Estado de México.

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Compartiendo con nuestras socias y socios de la tercera edad en Molino Abajo, Temoaya, Estado de México.

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Compartiendo con nuestras socias y socios de la tercera edad en Molino Abajo, Temoaya, Estado de México.

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Compartiendo con nuestras socias y socios de la tercera edad en Molino Abajo, Temoaya, Estado de México.

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Thelma Dorantes Autora y Actriz principal de la obra de Teatro \\

Visita de Thelma Dorantes a las oficina de la Asociación de Madres Solteras y Grupos Vulnerables para el Desarrollo Social \\\"Por un Trato más digno Yo Madre Soltera Aquí Estoy A.C.\\\" en Toluca, Estado de México. More »

Thelma Dorantes Autora y Actriz principal de la obra de Teatro \\

Visita de Thelma Dorantes a las oficina de la Asociación de Madres Solteras y Grupos Vulnerables para el Desarrollo Social \\\"Por un Trato más digno Yo Madre Soltera Aquí Estoy A.C.\\\" en Toluca, Estado de México. More »

Thelma Dorantes Autora y Actriz principal de la obra de Teatro \\

Visita de Thelma Dorantes a las oficina de la Asociación de Madres Solteras y Grupos Vulnerables para el Desarrollo Social \\\"Por un Trato más digno Yo Madre Soltera Aquí Estoy A.C.\\\" en Toluca, Estado de México. More »

Premio Nacional del Trabajo 2012.

Entrega a los trabajadores de la Dirección de Organización y Desarrollo Administrativo de la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México del Premio Nacional del Trabajo 2012 por la Secretaría de Trabajo y Previsión Social del Gobierno de México. More »

 

Asesinan a Arnaldo Albornoz, presentador de televisión de Venezuela

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(CNN Español) – El presentador venezolano Arnaldo Albornoz fue asesinado la madrugada del domingo tras resistirse a un robo.

Albornoz, de 34 años, murió en el bloque 14 del sector UD5 de Caricuao, según informó el Ministerio Público en un comunicado de prensa.

El presentador estaba llegando a su residencia cuando fue “abordado por varias personas, que habrían intentado despojarlo de su vehículo”, indica el Ministerio Público.

Televen, canal en donde Albornoz trabajaba desde hace 8 años, confirmó la muerte del presentador a través de su cuenta en Twitter.

El Ministerio Público asignó a un fiscal para investigar la muerte del presentador.

Albornoz, conocido como el ‘más temido de la farándula’, trabajaba en La Bomba de Televen, un programa en donde se discuten temas de la farándula nacional e internacional.

Tanto artistas, comunicadores y políticos venezolanos se pronunciaron tras la muerte del presentador y criticaron los altos índices de violencia en el país.

¿Arnaldo Albornoz y cuántos venezolanos más NO amanecieron hoy? A Arnaldo lo mataron esta madrugada llegando a su casa. No “se nos fue” ni “ya no está entre nosotros” ni nada de esas estupideces de frasecitas bonitas “pa’ que no suene muy fuerte lo que vas a decir y la gente no se traumatice”. No. Lo mataron unos malandros llegando a su casa en Caricuao donde vivía con su mamá. Lo conocí porque se me acercó en una oportunidad con una ética que no sobra en estos días, para decirme que no me confundiera, que él no era del montón y en efecto, con su consecuencia y sus actos para conmigo de ahí en adelante lo demostró: no lo era. Se lamenta aun más cuando alguien que no es del montón pasa a formar parte de ese montón de venezolanos que matan todos los días en mi país. Sí, en efecto en Venezuela tenemos “fuerzas armadas”, pero fuerzas del mal. Las que deberían estar armadas y defendiéndonos, están jugando con avioncitos y pistolitas que cuestan lo que cuesta el presupuesto de un hospital durante un año. De uno de esos hospitales donde se están muriendo los niños de mi país porque no hay insumos… pero sí ametralladoras. ¿No son machos? ¡Amáchense, pues y salgan a defender a los venezolanos! Si no lo hacen, tranquilos, que la factura no se la vamos a pasar nosotros, sino justamente quien está recibiendo hoy a #ArnaldoAlbornoz Esto no es un país, es un paredón e Instagram ya no es una red social, es un obituario. Mis condolencias a su familia. Descansa en paz @arnaldoalbornoz_ … aunque no era lo que tú querías.

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Qué tristeza amanecer sabiendo que hoy eres tú quien forma parte de las noticias de nuestro país, y que las estadísticas hoy tienen un nombre más y es el tuyo @arnaldoalbornoz_ 💔 • Frente a nuestros ojos muchas familias se están quedando incompletas, jóvenes talentosos y honrados cómo tú, y con un futuro brillante son víctimas de la eminente inseguridad de nuestras calles… • ¿Cuántas madres más habrán amanecido sin un hijo hoy? Son miles de venezolanos que hoy llevan tu nombre, que son asesinados por un celular, unos zapatos, o un carro… Son miles los que pierden la vida aún cuando soñaban vivirla a plenitud. 🙌🏼 • No merecías este final querido Arnarldo, nadie merece ver su vida finalizada por decisión de otro… . ¡Qué Dios te tenga en su gloria y que tu muerte no nos sea indiferente, que los ojos del mundo escuchen tu nombre y las súplicas de un país que pide a gritos seguridad, una policía que nos proteja, un ejército que vele por nuestro derecho a la vida, y sobre todo, que se haga justicia en tu nombre y a nombre de los miles de venezolanos a los que se les han arrebatado la vida! 💔 • Mucha fortaleza y mis más sinceras condolencias a sus familiares… Hoy oraré por ti y por cada venezolano… ¡Descansa en paz querido @arnaldoalbornoz_ ! 🙏🏼 • • #BastaCarajo #NoMásViolencia #Venezuela #NoMásMuertes #SinTiNoHayPaís

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Protesters swarm border crossing in San Ysidro over gas prices

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Thousands of Tijuana residents protesting Mexico’s gasoline price hike marched through the city’s streets at midday Sunday, while later in the day crowds of demonstrators swarmed the city’s main port of entry  across from San Ysidro at El Chaparral, with a smaller group at the secondary port of Otay Mesa.

As they did during protests last week, U.S. authorities for several hours diverted southbound traffic from Interstates 5 and 805 away from the San Ysidro crossing and urged motorists to head to the Otay port. The regular flow of traffic was re-established by 7:40 p.m., according to Caltrans.

In Tijuana, municipal police estimated the total number of demonstrators at close to 15,000.  A larger group of more than 40,000 gathered at the Civic Center in Mexicali, Baja California’s state capital; late in the day, protesters managed to block both entrances and exits to the main state government office building and to a federal office building, the newspaper La Cronica reported.

The protests, which have been largely peaceful, are unprecedented in the region, both in size and tone, longtime observers said. Participants voiced wide-ranging dissatisfaction with Mexico’s political and economic status quo, and demanded change. 

Baja California’s demonstrators joined similar groups across Mexico who on Sunday called for President Enrique Peña Nieto’s resignation — and for abolishing the system of political parties they charge has led has led to cronyism, corruption and social injustice. 

In Tijuana, they sang Mexico’s national anthem and shouted  “Fuera Peña” — Out with Peña. But the Mexican president was not the sole object of their wrath.

Also targeted was Baja California’s governor, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid. Participants carried signs calling for Vega’s ouster and opposing Baja California’s “Ley del Agua,” a new water law that raised water rates and for the first time has opened the possibility for the private sector to take over traditionally public functions such as distribution of water, and sewage and storm drain services.

By midday, traffic was closed for blocks on some of Tijuana’s major thoroughfares, Agua Caliente Boulevard and Paseo de los Heroes. Groups of demonstrators coming from various directions converged in the heart of the city’s Río Zone at the foot of a giant statue of the Aztec ruler Cuauhtémoc. Protesters included doctors and nurses in uniform, members of a Tijuana bar association, Veracruz-style musicians improvising protest lyrics, and residents of Playas de Tijuana who have been waging a battle against paying tolls on the coastal highway.

“Gasoline was the last straw, but we were already fed up with so many things,” said Tijuana resident Jaime Paramo, 64.

“The government is totally corrupt,” continued Paramo, who holds dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship and works as a bird-keeper at the San Diego Zoo. “What’s important is that we all have the basics —  education, health, food — and the majority don’t have this.”

Many participants said word of the protests was spread through social media by various civic organizations, and said that they were not supporting any political party. “This fills me with joy, seeing so many people participating,” said Fernando Ocegueda Flores, president of Asociación Unidos por los Desaparecidos, whose members are searching relatives who have disappeared.

Protests across Mexico have spread since the country’s Jan. 1 gasoline price hikes of up to 20 percent, as Mexico’s government has moved to end subsidies in an effort to deregulate the country’s energy sector.

On Thursday in Mexicali, some 10,000 demonstrators gathered outside the state capital building to protest both the gasoline price hike and the state water law.

On Friday, Gov. Vega said there would be no reversal to the  “Ley del Agua.” But he announced a 20 percent discount for small users who pay their water bills on time — a move to shield the state’s poorest residents from the price increases.

The governor announced a series of other measures aimed at softening the economic blow on the state’s most vulnerable organizations, and said that altruistic nonprofit groups in Tijuana, Ensenada, Rosarito Beach and Tecate would be not be charged for water use under a certain limit.

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EXCLUSIVE – Palestinian Official: Paris Summit Participants Tempered Attitude Fearing Trump

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President-elect Donald Trump’s pro-Israel views likely influenced the outcome of Sunday’s Paris Mideast summit, a Fatah official told Breitbart Jerusalem, leading to what the official termed a modestly worded resolution at the confab’s conclusion.

“Indeed, the outcome of the summit was overall positive but we expected it to lay out concrete parameters that would translate our resolutions into operative steps, but because the participating governments didn’t want to confront Trump they didn’t go that far,” said Tayseer Nasrallah, a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council.

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“Declaring a Palestinian State in the 1967 borders, a resolution against the settlements, their commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state … all this is fine and well, but sadly we don’t see a mechanism that would usher in the implementation,” he said. “It’s hard to predict what Trump will do. But based on his election pledges, he is unlikely to be committed to (Secretary of State John) Kerry’s parameters and the Paris resolutions. It’s hard to predict his Middle East policy altogether, including moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, but if that happens it will definitely give an indication of his ideas regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Nasrallah said that in preparing for the Paris summit “there was excellent coordination between the Palestinian Authority and the Obama administration. There was excellent coordination with France. But again, the question that arises is whether the Trump Administration will allow the community of nations to implement the resolution or not.”

More than 70 nations attended the Paris summit, where they affirmed the international community’s commitment to creating a Palestinian state. Reports in the Israeli news media credited the Jewish state’s diplomats with helping to temper the language of the summit’s final declaration, calling the text a “significant weakening” and “less harsh than was initially expected.”

The Fatah official is not the only one to comment on the incoming Trump administration’s influence over the Paris summit outcome.

The Guardian newspaper on Sunday ran with a story titled, “UK signals closeness to Trump with snub to French Middle East summit.”

The newspaper reported:

The British government has signaled its determination to stay close to Donald Trump’s administration by refusing to send a high-level delegation to the Middle East peace conference organised by the French government.

Neither a Foreign Office minister, nor the UK ambassador to France, will be attending the meeting on Sunday. Most large EU countries have sent their foreign minister, and the British approach may hint at future UK policy choices. The French regard the conference as a vital chance to reaffirm the case for a negotiated two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump’s transition team reportedly told French diplomats they disapproved of the conference going ahead, seeing it as an attempt to put unfair pressure on Israel and give an unjustified reward to the Palestinians. The British government likely fears that the conference risks becoming a means to circumscribe future US policy on Israel before the Trump team has decided on it.

Poll: 85% of Jews Worldwide Have Experienced or Witnessed Antisemitism

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TEL AVIV – Eighty-five percent of Jews around the world have witnessed or experienced antisemitism at some point in their lives, a survey by the World Zionist Organization’s International Center for Countering Anti-Semitism found.

50 percent of respondents from Europe and North America said they had either witnessed or experienced antisemitism in the past year, according to the poll.

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67% of respondents, out of a total of 702, witnessed or experienced antisemitic incidents involving abusive language and insults. 20% said they had witnessed or experienced antisemitism in the form of threats. Out of 13% of respondents who said they had either experienced or witnessed incidents of antisemitic violence, the overwhelming majority – 73% – did not report the incident to authorities.

The poll was released ahead of Israel’s National Day to Combat Anti-Semitism and International Holocaust Remembrance Day which both fall on January 27.

The respondents identified as Jewish but not Israeli.

72% of European Jews said they do not feel comfortable with publicly displaying their Jewish identity, for example, by wearing a yarmulke or Star of David. By contrast, 22% of North American Jews feel uncomfortable with public displays of Jewishness.

80% of those polled believed that politicians in their respective countries were anti-Semitic on some level.

“We see that there is a correlation between the atmosphere of the international public agenda and the escalation of anti-Semitic incidents around the world, in their frequency and in their violent nature,” WZO Vice Chairman Yaakov Hagoel said. “The World Zionist Organization will continue to fight this ugly phenomenon every day of the year with all the measures at its disposal.”

Europe Gears Up for ‘Record Levels’ of New Migrants in 2017

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With its open doors immigration policy, Europe can expect “record levels” of new migrants in 2017, according to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).

“Come next spring, the number of people crossing over the Mediterranean will reach record levels,” said Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta, the current Presidency of the Council of the EU. “The choice is trying to do something now, or meeting urgently in April, May… and try to do a deal then.”

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Muscat’s ominous warning echoed that of former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who said last October that Italy could not survive another year of mass immigration like 2016.

“Either we block the influx by 2017 or Italy will not handle another year like the past year,” Renzi announced on national television.

“Right now we can manage it: winter is coming and sea conditions will worsen, but we have six months maximum,” Renzi said, insisting that urgent measures need to be taken to stop the migrants leaving their countries of origin.

More than 180,000 migrants succeeded in crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa into Italy in 2016, while another 5,079 died or went missing during the journey.

The total number of migrants that reached Europe in 2016 ran to 363,348, with Italy receiving the largest share, followed closely by Greece.

Given recent data, the trend shows no signs of abating. Hundreds have already attempted the perilous sea crossing this month, despite freezing temperatures. More than 100 migrants went missing over the weekend after a boat sank off the coast of Libya.

The deal struck between the EU and Turkey last March to stem the flow of migrants along the so-called Balkan route substantially reduced the number of migrants into Greece. Turkey, however, still has not received the billions of euros it was promised or the visa-free travel in Europe for its citizens.

The characteristics of Europe’s immigrants have changed as well. Of the top ten countries of origin of Italian immigrants in 2016, all but one were from Africa, with Nigeria topping the list. They are not refugees from war, but job seekers looking for better economic opportunities.

Muscat reportedly wishes to enlarge on an agreement Italy is negotiating with Libya by sweetening the deal with EU funds and other support. Of the many difficulties with this plan, Libya is still in a state of political turmoil with no central authority to deal with.

“The reality of Libya right now is that there is no unified government controlling all parts of the country, and no end of groups willing to upend things if there is an advantage in it for them,” said Carlo Binda, an expert on Libya.

All seem to agree that Europe’s migrant crisis requires immediate action, which may involve unpopular decisions and political compromise.

“Things are getting complicated. I would rather face the music now,” Muscat said.

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Obama Quietly Transfers 10 Guantánamo Prisoners to Oman

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Outgoing President Barack Obama has transferred 10 prisoners from the U.S. military detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba to Oman on his way out of the White House.

As of 10:30 AM Monday, the Pentagon had not announced the transfers as it has consistently done in the past. The identities and nationalities of the prisoners remained unknown at the time.

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Nevertheless, the government of Oman announced it has received the 10 jihadists, saying in a statement it responded to a request from the Obama administration and acted “out of consideration for the men’s humanitarian situation.”

“At the request of Sultan Qaboos and the US government for a solution to the question of Guantánamo detainees, 10 of these detainees arrived today in the sultanate to reside here temporarily,” the state-controlled Oman News Agency (ONA) quotes the ministry as saying.

Oman, which sits on the eastern edge of the Arabian peninsula and is bordered by Saudi Arabia and war-ravaged Yemen, has been ruled ruled by Sultan Qaboos bin Said since 1970.

Obama’s recent move reduced the Gitmo prison population down to 45, compared to 242 who were still held at the facility at the start of his presidency.

On January 5, the U.S. announced the transfer of four Yemeni prisoners to Saudi Arabia.

Obama vowed to shut down Gitmo during his election campaign in 2008, but met bipartisan resistance in Congress.

The White House conceded on January 5 that Obama would likely release more prisoners from Guantánamo before incoming commander-in-chief Donald Trump takes over on January 20.

Various news outlets have reported that Obama is expected to reduce the Gitmo population to nearly 40 before he leaves office.

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters on January 5:

I am not able to speak to any specific detainee transfers between now and January 20th other than to confirm for you that there are likely to be some. And whenever those transfers take place, once they have been completed, we announce them publicly. And that will continue to be our approach through January 20th.  And my expectation is that there will be some additional announcements of that type.

However, neither the Pentagon nor the White House has yet to announce the recent transfers to Oman.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that President Obama plans to release Gitmo jihadists who have threatened to behead and bomb Americans.

“President Obama is planning to transfer at least 22 additional Guantanamo Bay detainees out of the military detention center before he leaves office later this month, DailyMail.com has learned,” noted the news outlet.

“The group being released will be drawn from those held at Guantanamo – who include an accused senior al Qaeda bomb-maker, the terror group’s top financial manager, and two intended 9/11 hijackers, who have all been held in the Cuba-based U.S. detention facility for more than a decade,” it added.

Michael Wolff on MILO’s ‘Dangerous’: Publishing is a Business

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“The traditional view, at least since publishing, in the late Victorian age, became a money-making and therefore respectable industry, is that if you publish it, you own it. You were not only legally responsible for it, but it firmly attached to your reputation,” Wolff explained. “This led to protocols about editing, fact checking, and the development of a long cannon of journalism standards and ethics. It also led to the idea of publishing brands. What you published defined you in the community and in the marketplace.”

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The Yiannopoulos book is a particularly good example of the breakdown of this view. Book imprints were once the staunchest cultural gatekeepers, with issues of taste and sales closely twinned, and with the decision to publish resting, often, on a small group of editors, or even on a single shoulder. You knew who was responsible. But then a massive consolidation of the business occurred, mixing and mashing brands, and, with new financial dictates, in essence, commoditizing books.

Any book that makes financial sense to publish, no matter its nature, will, practically speaking, be published by any publisher. Beyond a book’s financial bona fides, there is no real vetting, or editing, or concerns about taste. Most of the book industry is now a business focused on creating products—often novelty products connected to a celebrity—for specific market segments. A new crop of conservative publishers were suddenly making lots of money publishing conservative books. Hence, every major publisher hurried to established its own conservative imprint — the Yiannopoulos book is published by Simon & Schuster’s Threshold Editions—often run by liberals. In a sense, this is an example of the media overcoming its bias. In another sense, it’s purely cynical: we believe none of this, but the money’s good.

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‘Inclusive Globalism’ Means Embracing LGBT Rights, Davos Attendees Told

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Corporations should be encouraged to support gay rights as a means to further economic gain, attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos will hear this week.

World leaders gather this week at the Swiss ski resort to discuss how to make globalism more inclusive in response to the rising tide of populism.

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As part of that agenda Chief Operating Officer of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Antonio Zappulla has suggested private and public sector leaders be encouraged to be more “inclusive” of LGBT staff.

Singling out organisations who have been leading on that agenda for praise, Zappulla cited the British intelligence agency, MI5, as an example of the “progress” made over the last decade.

“MI5, the UK’s national counter-intelligence agency, currently ranks as Stonewall’s top employer of the year: a remarkable achievement when you think that until the early 90s, LGBT people were altogether banned from working at the British intelligence services,” he wrote.

Starbucks, too, was also lauded as a company “in touch with current LGBT culture”, as evidenced by its advert featuring drag queens Bianca del Rio and Adore Delano, while Starbucks’s CEO Howard Schultz gained applause from Zappulla for “famously [putting] his money where his mouth is” by telling a shareholder who opposed the company’s vocal support for gay marriage to “invest elsewhere”.

Examples such as these are good P.R., but they’re also good for an organisation’s bottom line, Zappulla argues.

“A report by Out Now estimates the US economy could add an extra $9 billion a year if companies improved their ability to retain LGBT talent through the implementation of inclusive policies. Countries where such policies do not exist are missing out: the World Bank estimates India is losing $32 billion a year in economic output precisely because of widespread discrimination against LGBT people.

“The numbers are clear: there is an economic case for LGBT inclusion, and it’s strong,” he insists.

“Companies with strong LGBT policies tend to innovate the most, to have loyal employees, and to experience significantly less [sic] cases of discrimination lawsuits. In addition to that, they are also positively perceived by their customers. It’s a win-win.”

However, he acknowledges that furthering LGBT interests, especially in countries with cultures opposed to the promotion of gay lifestyles, will be a challenge. His answer is to “think and act ‘glocally’: underscoring the business benefits of diversity locally, and adopting global policies that make the workplace safe, fair and accepting for all”.

Zappulla’s agenda contribution comes as the World Economic Forum releases its Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017, arguing that countries’ economic development should not be judged on GDP alone, but on “social participation”.

According to the authors, “The report, which covers 109 economies, seeks to improve our understanding of how countries can use a diverse spectrum of policy incentives and institutional mechanisms to make economic growth more socially inclusive without dampening incentives to work, save and invest.”

After ranking the countries based on twelve key performance indicators of “inclusive development” including poverty, two inequality measures, and carbon intensity,  Norway came out at the top of the list, followed by Luxembourg, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

The United Kingdom was ranked 21st, while the United States was in 23rd place.

The authors hope to inspire “a coordinated international initiative” to raise median living standards, in part through the replacement of free trade deals with the “facilitation of trade” by “encouraging convergence around best practices and standards to reduce frictions and boost development”.

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Facebook to Begin ‘Fake News’ Filtering in Germany Prior to Election

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Facebook will soon begin to roll out their “fake news” filter in Germany according to a report in the Financial Times.

The Financial Times reports that following Angela Merkel’s worries about fake news and misinformation prior to the upcoming German elections, Facebook will begin their fake news monitoring program in Germany very soon. Facebook announced their fake news fact checking program in the US in December, partnering with partisan organisations such as ABC News, Snopes, and Politifact to determine what counts as fake news.

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Stories reported on Facebook’s platform as fake news will now be forwarded to Correctiv, a German-based non-profit news organisation. If the news is deemed to be incorrect it will be marked as “disputed” and an explanation for the judgement will be attached. These items will also appear lower on Facebook timelines as items are sorted by Facebook’s algorithm.

Speaking to the Financial Times, a Facebook spokesperson stated that the social media company was searching for other German media partners to help with fact checking. Facebook also stated that Germany was just the first of many countries that they planned to implement their fake news fact checking service in. “Our focus is on Germany right now but we’re certainly thinking through what countries will unveil next,” said the spokesperson.

German politicians have called for a crackdown on fake news for some time now and specifically targeted Facebook in relation to misinformation. Justice Minister Heiko Maas said last November that Facebook should be treated as any other media company and be held responsible for the content on their platform. The German government reportedly previously considered setting up their own bureau to monitor fake news, according to German newspaper Deutsche Welle.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas has previously stated that fake news was a “danger to our culture of debate” and that social media companies had a duty to curb the spreading of misinformation. “It can’t be in Facebook’s interest that its platform is misused in order to spread lies and hate campaigns,” Maas told Deutsche Welle. “Criminal content should be deleted immediately once it has been reported. And it must be easier for users to report fake news.”

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan_ or email him at lnolan@breitbart.com

Dem Rep Nadler: Trump Is ‘Legally Elected’ But ‘Not Legitimate’

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On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said President-Elect Donald Trump is “the president-elect, although legally elected, is not legitimate,” and that he will not attend the inauguration.

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Nadler said, “I will not go to the inauguration on Friday. I cannot go because of the president-elect’s inflammatory comments, his racist campaign, his conflicts of interest, refusal to disclose his taxes, and the last straw was his ad hominem personal attacks on an icon of the Civil Rights movement, someone who suffered beatings and almost gave his life for this country, [Representative] John Lewis (D-GA).”

Nadler further stated that he agrees with Lewis. When asked what point he agrees with Lewis on, Nadler responded, “That the president-elect, although legally elected, is not legitimate, for all the reasons I said.”

He added that Russia’s hacking of various Democrats puts an “asterisk” next to Trump’s name.

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