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Yesterday The Raw Story published an article titled “Native American student denied high school diploma for wearing tribal feather.”
The article’s author Arturo Garcia:
A high school graduate in Alabama is being denied her diploma after being fined $1,000 for wearing a feather reflecting her Native American heritage.
“I don’t think it’s fair at all,” 17-year-old Chelsey Ramer told WPMI-TV. “I feel like its discrimination.”
Ramer, a member of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians, wore the feather while taking part in the graduation ceremony at Escambia Academy High School in defiance of school policy forbidding “extraneous items” from being worn without school permission.
Yesterday Reuters reported:
Russia said on Monday it blocked a U.N. Security Council declaration on the siege of the Syrian town of al-Qusair over the weekend because it amounted to a demand for a unilateral ceasefire by government forces.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich described what is happening in Qusair, a Syrian rebel stronghold besieged by Syrian troops and Hezbollah guerrillas for two weeks, as a “counterterrorist operation”.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday Democracy Now! reported:
Around 120 people have been killed in a massive fire at an industrial poultry plant in northeast China. The victims were locked inside and hampered by narrow exits to escape. The plant is a major producer of processed chicken. Relatives of the victims say the plant’s doors were always kept locked during business hours, and workers were forbidden to leave.
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