Today on Context Florida: Climate change, Benghazi, parental choice and women’s participation

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Today on Context Florida:

When it comes to climate change, Martin Dyckman says that the Koch billionaires and other petrochemical oligarchs who profit from the status quo are playing people who think that what they cannot see can’t hurt them. The tragic fact is climate change can be seen and it is hurting people everywhere.

Bob Sparks writes that the Benghazi, Libya tragedy is worth pursuing because four Americans are dead. What makes it profoundly disturbing, he adds, is the lack of desire by the Obama administration to get to the truth.

Practical concerns of parents, not ideology, are driving the movement for private school vouchers, charter schools and other forms of parental choice. But because ideology is warping so much of the debate, Ron Matus addresses the myth that parental choice is the brainchild of the radical right.

Afghanistan is welcoming a new dawn of women’s political participation, writes Audrey Gibson, and the recent election there marks one of the first opportunities any have ever had to play a part in the running of their country.

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