Discrimination

Brazilians hail triumph of MasterChef ‘warrior’ over her sexist co-stars

Master Chef - The Guardian

Dayse Paparoto has been celebrated as a feminist hero after shrugging off boorish behaviour from male competitors who even told her to sweep the floor The Guardian Dom Phillips The winner of Brazil’s MasterChef Professionals show has been hailed as a feminist hero after shrugging off sexist comments and boorish behaviour from her male competitors who ignored her suggestions, undermined her… Brazilians hail triumph of… Read More »

Myanmar: A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine State

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Recent attacks by an émigré-led force of trained Rohingya fighters mark a dangerous turn. ICG To remove a main root of the violence – Rohingya despair – the government must reverse longstanding discrimination against the Muslim minority, moderate its military tactics, and… Myanmar: A New… Read More »

Heat, Hunger and War Force Africans Onto a ‘Road on Fire’

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AGADEZ, Niger — The world dismisses them as economic migrants. The New York Times Somini Senupta The law treats them as criminals who show up at a nation’s borders uninvited. Prayers alone protect them on the… Heat, Hunger and War Force… Read More »

Cameroon urged to investigate deaths amid anglophone protests

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Four killed when police fire into air, as tensions rise in English-speaking areas over perceived discrimination The Guardian Eyong Blaise Okie International organisations are calling for an investigation in Cameroon after four people were killed during unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions. Tensions have been brewing for… Cameroon urged to investigate… Read More »

Whose Laws Are Archaic? When Standing In Court Matters More Than Violence Against Women

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A Muslim woman is on ‘trial by media’ for refusing to stand in court. New Matilda Michael Brull But the media’s attention should be focussed on the allegations of police violence against a woman, writes Michael Brull. Moutia Elzahed is a Muslim woman, who has… Whose Laws Are Archaic? When Standing In… Read More »

250,000 turn out in Taipei for same-sex marriage

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Concert near Presidential Office came after a rally opposing proposals for marriage equality attracted just 70,000 the week before Asia Times Liu Hsiu Wen Around 250,000 people gathered in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Office on Saturday, urging the government to legalize same-sex marriage. Singers, public figures, concern groups and… 250,000 turn out in Taipei for same… Read More »

Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and misogyny

Colombia - Al Jazeera

Colombian women, victims of unsafe plastic surgeries, struggle to find justice and understanding in a sexist society. Al Jazeera News Catalina Ruiz-Navarro In Colombia, more than 350,000 plastic surgeries are performed each year; that is, 978 procedures a day, 40 an hour and three procedures every five minutes. Plastic surgery is one of the most profitable branches of… Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and… Read More »

How Michelle Obama became a singular American voice

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The heart of the first lady’s efforts was a message about the country’s persistent inequities of race, class and gender. The Washington Post Peter Slevin Three weeks after Inauguration Day in 2009 and still a long way from crafting an agenda, Michelle Obama climbed into her motorcade and paid a visit to Mary’s Center, a Latino community services agency a few miles north of the White House. She read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do… How Michelle Obama became a… Read More »

It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory leadership hopeful Pierre Lemieux says

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The former Ontario Conservative MP’s announcement has raised concerns that a debate could reopen old party divisions. The Star Andy Blatchford OTTAWA—A candidate for the Conservative leadership says it’s time for Canada to have a free and open debate about sex-selective abortion — an announcement that has raised concerns that it could reopen old party divisions. Pierre Lemieux, a former Ontario Tory MP, said in… It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory… Read More »

Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of hate speech ‘to protect rights, freedoms of others’

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A Dutch court has convicted populist anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders of hate speech in a trial he branded a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech. ABC Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected politician. Prosecutors had asked judges to… Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of… Read More »

Ku Klux Klan members say they aren’t white supremacists

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The Klan’s official rule book, the Kloran — published in 1915 and still followed by many groups — says the organization “shall ever be true in the faithful maintenance of White Supremacy.” The Star By JAY REEVES, The Associated Press PELHAM, N.C. — In today’s racially charged environment, there’s a… Ku Klux Klan members… Read More »

Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to reinvent them based on what actually works

Drug Policies - The Conversation

There is only one way to make better decisions about illicit drugs and so save lives and money: we need to change the way drugs policies are made. The Conversation Alison Ritter The alternative is to remain stuck in the same futile cycle. Every time a young person dies tragically and needlessly at… Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to… Read More »

What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about moms and work

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As if she didn’t have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. The Washington Post Ruth Marcus Speaking at a Politico “Women Rule” event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job. “My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad… What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about… Read More »

Tomboys Don’t Cry

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Edgar Gomez interviews Ivan Coyote LA Review of Books Edgar Gomez IVAN COYOTE LIKES to fix things. Reading Tomboy Survival Guide, you get the feeling that… Tomboys Don’t Cry Read More »

Australia’s human rights debate has always been political

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Human rights have been a hot topic of late. The Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, has been accused of politicising her position, while The Australian newspaper and conservative politicians have led a campaign against Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The Conversation Jon Piccini Why has Australia’s long commitment to human rights bodies and legislation suddenly become such an issue? After all, the Human Rights Commission celebrates what amounts to… Australia’s human rights debate has always been… Read More »

There is a straightforward fix for section 18C

18C - The Canberra Times

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has received an extraordinary amount of attention over the past five years. The Canberra Times George Williams Indeed, the debate has transcended what the section actually does. The provision has become an icon for those… There is a straightforward fix for… Read More »