New Additions to AllGov

Date: Monday, May 10, 2010 1:48 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

AllGov has added several countries to the Nations section. These are:

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Nation’s First Academic Chair for Study of Atheism Established at Miami University

The chair has been established with a $2.2 million donation from Louis Appignani, a retired businessman. “I’m trying to eliminate discrimination against atheists,” he said. "This is a step in that direction." With atheists still often stigmatized and disparaged in this country, it took some persuading for the university to agree to create a chair with the word “atheism” in the title. "That was a deal-breaker for Lou,” Siegel said. “He wasn’t going to do it unless it had the word atheism in it.”   read more

Racist Portrayal of Mexican-Americans Seen in Text of Proposed Texas School Book

Chicanos are described as people who "that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society." Mexican-Americans are linked to undocumented immigrants. "Instead of a text that is respectful of the Mexican-American history, we have a book poorly written [and] racist..." said Tony Diaz. The book is produced by a company that appears to be run by Cynthia Dunbar, a right-wing Christian activist who questioned the constitutionality of public schools.   read more

Americans, Age 18-34, More Likely to Live with Parents than Romantic Partners

Young men have consistently been more likely to live with their parents than young women have, and that remains true, generally because women marry younger and move out. But now living with parents is on the cusp of becoming the dominant arrangement for young women as well. “What you tend to see is that racial and ethnic minorities...especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, are the most likely to be living in their parent’s home and the least likely to have a partner,” Fry said.   read more

Thousands of Inmates Held in Federal Prisons Longer than Sentencing Period

The findings by the Justice Dept’s inspector general are a potential embarrassment for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons at a time when the Obama administration has assailed what it says are unfair and unduly harsh sentences for many inmates, particularly minorities and nonviolent offenders. The consequences can be serious, the report said. The delayed releases “deprive inmates of their liberty,” and have led to millions of dollars in added prison costs and legal settlements with former inmates.   read more

High Unemployment Rate and Low Pay for U.S. Military Spouses

Wrestling with frequent moves, deployments and erratic schedules of their service member mates, military spouses have an unemployment rate of up to 18 percent, compared to last month's national jobless rate of 5%. The study found that up to 42% of military spouses — or as many as 95,000 — are jobless, compared to about 25% of a comparable civilian spouse population. In addition, it estimated that military spouses with a bachelor's degree earn 40% less than their civilian counterparts.   read more
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