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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Food, dining & restaurants, Politics, Travel, Nightlife, clubbing

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Op-Ed: From first black president to a president endorsed by the KKK

San Francisco - Martin Luther King once said that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." This, like so much of what King said, is true, but sometimes it bends the other way too.

Serena Williams speaks out against police shootings

Tennis superstar Serena Williams joined the growing chorus of prominent black voices speaking out against police violence against African-Americans with a Facebook post expressing fear of driving while black.

Op-Ed: President Obama — pardon Edward Snowden

Today I join the growing chorus of voices calling on President Barack Obama to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden before leaving office in January.

President Obama warns of 'cyber arms race' with Russia

Hangzhou - President Barack Obama at once warned of an international cyber weapons arms race and subtly cautioned Russia and other adversaries that the United States has a greater capacity to wage cyber warfare than any other nation.

Report: White supremacists use Twitter with 'relative impunity'

White nationalists, Nazis and other racists are using Twitter to spread their hateful messages with "relative impunity," according to a newly-released study.

Microsoft makes it easy to report Xbox Live, Skype hate speech

Microsoft has launched a new website for Xbox Live, Skype and other users to report hate speech and to reinstate posts that were wrongly deleted.

NSA wants to spy on Internet of Things, biomedical devices

Washington - The National Security Agency is exploring new foreign intelligence-gathering opportunities, focusing on exploitation of the Internet of Things and Internet-connected biomedical devices.

Op-Ed: Muhammad Ali was a champion of peace, justice and humanity

Not only was Muhammad Ali the greatest of all time in the boxing ring, he was also a champion of peace, justice and equality. He was, without a doubt, my favorite living American.

Holocaust survivor and Palestine advocate Hedy Epstein dead at 91

Saint Louis - Holocaust survivor and peace activist Hedy Epstein, who championed the cause of oppressed people from Palestine to Ferguson, died May 26 of illness at her home in St. Louis. She was 91 years old.

Oakland 'feels the Bern' as Sanders barnstorms the Bay Area Special

Oakland - As the California primaries fast approach, Bernie Sanders is barnstorming the Bay Area with a series of appearances throughout Northern California.

Enjoy a romantic getaway or action-packed family vacation with Royal Seas Cruises Commissioned

If you’re looking for the perfect family cruise holiday, look no further than Royal Seas Cruises, home of the best deals on premier cruises to Grand Bahama Island and fun-filled destinations throughout North America.

Op-Ed: Obama scolds Vietnam on human rights, ignores U.S. war crimes

Hanoi - While visiting Vietnam this week, President Barack Obama criticized the nominally communist government’s human rights record and urged the Hanoi regime to allow greater freedom for the country’s 90 million people.

Snowden docs reveal NSA closely involved in GITMO interrogations

Documents provided by exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal National Security Agency operatives worked closely with US military, CIA and other interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where detainees were tortured in the fight against terrorism.

Report: Google faces record €3 billion EU antitrust fine

Google will soon be hit with a record-breaking fine for violating European antitrust laws, a leading British newspaper reported Sunday.

Rep. Barbara Lee condemns U.S. escalation without debate in Syria

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), the only member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan, responded to the latest escalation in Syria by warning against mission creep in the fight against Islamic State militants and calling for Congressional debate.

Federal judge allows CIA torture victims to sue contractors

Spokane - Victims of a Central Intelligence Agency torture program may proceed with a civil lawsuit against the psychologists who were paid tens of millions of dollars to instruct agency operatives how to break detainees during interrogation.

Legendary musician Prince dead at 57

Chanhassen - The iconic multi-talented musician Prince was found dead at his Minnesota home and recording studio Thursday. He was 57 years old.

New Twitter China chief raises concerns over military past

Kathy Chen, Twitter's newly hired managing director in China, has raised eyebrows and ire across the Twitterverse over her past military work and her role in enabling government censorship of the Internet.

Citing anti-LGBT law, PayPal scraps planned N. Carolina expansion

PayPal announced Tuesday that it is scrapping plans to open an operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina in protest of a new state law legalizing discrimination against LGBT people.

Fight for $15: California, New York governors raise minimum wage

In an historic move to address the growing problem of income inequality, the governors of the two most influential states in America signed bills raising their respective minimum wages to as high as $15 in the coming years.
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