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Crisis Point: The State of Literacy in America By The Room 241 Team / Via education.cu-portland.edu

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The United States is facing a literacy crisis. Yes, crisis. It isn’t new, but its impacts upon our kids, our economy, and our society are far-reaching and expanding. How bad is it? Take a look at some numbers.

  • More than 30 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level. — ProLiteracy
  • Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out. — National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
  • 75 percent of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate. — Rand Report: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education
  • Low literacy is said to be connected to over $230 billion a year in health care costs because almost half of Americans cannot read well enough to comprehend health information, incurring higher costs. — American Journal of Public Health

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#FactsMatter – THE #US STATE DEPARTMENT USES THE GRANTING OF VISAS TO AFFECT DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH #CUBA / Via CubaMinrex #RollingBackPolicy

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During the past few months, the U.S. State Department has been concocting a new pretext to affect bilateral diplomatic relations, associated to the granting of the diplomatic and official visas required by the staff of the respective embassies in Washington and Havana to perform their duties. The maneuver consists of claiming that Cuba is hindering the granting of visas for designated officials at the U.S. embassy in Cuba, which allegedly hinders the work of that diplomatic mission.

In doing so, the State Department deliberately conceals the fact that it was the U.S. government that unilaterally decided to downsize its staff in Havana in September, 2017, including particularly the staff in charge of consular services, with the consequent encumbrance for Cuban and U.S. citizens who depend on those services. The U.S. government decided to arbitrarily and unjustly expel 15 Cuban diplomatic officials from the Cuban embassy in Washington in October of that same year.

Since that date, the work of both diplomatic missions has been affected by these unilateral decisions. Likewise, the granting of the visas required by the staff of the respective embassies has been subject to whimsical approvals and delays by the State Department.

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Cuba’s president meets U.S. Senator Corker amid tense bilateral relations – Via Reuters + receives the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – Via Granma Cuba

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who is on a trip to Havana to discuss tense bilateral relations and other “matters of common interest”, state-run media reported on Thursday.

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The President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez received, this Thursday afternoon, the Republican Senator for Tennessee, Robert Corker, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, who is visiting Cuba accompanied by two of his legislative assistants.

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Empire Files: The Hidden War on Trans Rights – Via TeleSurEnglish

Cuban airline with limited resources due to US #blockade

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Cubana de Aviación SA is going through serious difficulties to buy or lease aircraft with technical components of virtually any technology, due to the economic, financial and commercial #blockade of the United States.

The extraterritorial effect of the sanctions makes it impossible for the company to access aircraft produced by companies such as Airbus, Dassault and Boeing, said the report presented by the Foreign Ministry of Cuba.

 

Cubana de Aviación can not carry out the maintenance of the equipment in specialized agencies of many countries, said the document with a view to the next examination of the issue within the United Nations.

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FARC: Venezuelan Military Intervention, Catastrophic for LatAm- Via TeleSurEnglish

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The FARC urge “the progressive and democratic peoples and governments of Latin America, the Caribbean and the world, not to allow more interference on sovereign Venezuela.”

The Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC) party stated, in a release, Thursday that “Colombia cannot support a foreign intervention against Venezuela.”

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US: Prisoners Strike Over Conditions Akin to ‘Modern Slavery’ – Via TeleSur English

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“Fundamentally, it’s a human rights issue. Prisoners understand they are being treated as animals,” said the Jailhouse Lawyer Speak.

Prisoners across the United States, which is home to the world’s largest prison population, went on strike in at least 17 states Tuesday. Prisoners are refusing to work, holding sit-ins and going on hunger strike from August 21, the 47th anniversary of the murder of Black Panther member, George Jackson, by correctional officers in San Quentin, until September 9, which marks the 47th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising for humane conditions and fundamental sociopolitical rights.

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Day against Blockade on Cuba to Be Marked in the United States – Via The International Committee Organization

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The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity for the Peoples is preparing the 4th Day against the US Blockade on Cuba, scheduled from September 24 to 28 in this capital.

This year’s events will focus on the impacts of the economic, commercial and financial siege for more than 55 years on Cuba’s education sector.

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Today the State Department lowered Cuba’s travel advisory from a Level 3 to a Level 2 – Via Cuba Educational Travel

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