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     Issue No. 3(3)                                                                                             January  20, 2014
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On August 28, 1963 more than a quarter of a million people participated in one of the country's largest political rallies for human rights. The event was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and is best remembered for an iconic speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. that has come to be known as "I Have a Dream." But after 50 years MLK's dream of economic equality is still far from realized, showing a huge gap between black and white Americans. Why is his dream unfinished or ever impossible? His speech begins "I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream...."  The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal." Nevertheless, it is a common thought that the American Dream is a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward- social achieved through hard work. In other words, it has been conceived as more likely economic freedom. For many immigrants, the Statue of Liberty was their first view of the United States, signifying new opportunities in life. The statue is an iconic symbol of the American Dream. The irony is here. The Statue of Liberty, dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the U.S. and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. But in the U.S. the ideas of freedom and democracy have been associated with individualism and laissez-faire economics that became the idea of American dream, which was far away from MLK's vision. 
 
Next stop, New Jersey. The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are heading for Super Bowl XLVIII. The top seeds in their respective conferences, the Seahawks and Broncos prevailed on their home fields on the NFL's Championship Sunday.(HP)
On Saturday, the Hoboken mayor, Dawn Zimmer, added further fuel to the political fire by alleging that in May 2013 the lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, threatened to hold back aid related to damage caused by Sandy, unless Zimmer supported a proposed development by the Rockefeller Group.(Guardian)
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages.(Fox)
The federal government on Wednesday said Apple has agreed to pay at least $32.5 million in refunds to parents who didn't authorize hefty purchases racked up by their children on their iPhones and iPads.(WP)
 
"This idea that the younger generation is culturally mandated to take care of their parents is deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture," Mr. Feng said. "Children are supposed to take care of older parents in need." But that tradition is being eroded by the increasing number of families that are geographically dispersed or in which both spouses have to work.(NYT)
 
A video surfaces threatening the Winter Olympics. Russia's President vows the Games will be safe. Some U.S. lawmakers warn that they won't be.(CNN)
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