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  • For many, a shutdown revelation: federal workers are people, too

    The Tybee Marine Rescue Squadron is a citizens’ response unit that uses private boats to mostly help wayward “klackers” – a local nickname for novice kayakers who get lost in the Southern salt marshes. More than a month into the longest government shutdown in United States history – and days away from when some 500 Coasties on the Georgia coast are about to miss a second paycheck – the symbiosis between islanders and federal eyes-in-the-sky has taken on a new meaning. Last Wednesday, Mr. Brown and others at the MRS squad led a fundraising effort that encouraged the island’s roughly 3,000 residents to give $20 gift cards to help Coast Guard members bridge the lapse in income.

    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:53:31 -0500
  • Can Democrats prevent shutdowns by refusing to ‘reward’ the tactic?

    From Day One of the longest government shutdown in history, Democrats have stuck to their guns: First, open the government. Then negotiate over border security. Shutdowns must not be rewarded as a political tool.

    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:16:29 -0500
  • As more Africans reach for web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch

    Alice Ndlovu had done it a million times before. Ms. Ndlovu, a teacher who asked that a pseudonym be used for fear of government reprisal, desperately needed that cash, which her son sent her from Britain to cover the cost of her diabetes medications. Amid widespread protests across the country over a massive hike in the price of fuel, the government had decided to completely shut off the internet.

    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:59:22 -0500
  • Forgiveness as a peace tool in Venezuela

    It is offering forgiveness to members of the military who switch sides. On Jan. 15, Venezuela’s only legitimate political body, the duly elected National Assembly, approved a measure offering amnesty to soldiers who “contribute to the defense” of the Constitution.“We need to appeal to their conscience and create incentives for them,” said one opposition member, Juan Andrés Mejía. The new leader of the National Assembly and of the opposition, Juan Guaidó, makes clear he is not looking for a coup or violence within the military.

    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:33:30 -0500
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