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  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zobo
    +31 +10

    Maroon 5 cancels North Carolina concert over anti-LGBT law

    Maroon 5 won't be going to North Carolina anytime soon. The pop band has canceled two upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh due to the recent passage of the state's anti-LGBT law, the band announced on its website Friday. "This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band," the group said in the statement. "We don't want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right."

  • Current Event
    12 months ago
    by geoleo
    +34 +9

    Council: Pakistani men can beat wives 'lightly'

    The leader of a Pakistani Islamic council has proposed a bill that allows husbands to "lightly beat" their wives as a form of discipline. In the 75-page proposal, Mohammad Khan Sheerani suggests a light beating is acceptable should the need arise to punish a woman. The proposal bans forceful beating, saying only a small stick is necessary to instill fear.

  • Current Event
    12 months ago
    by hiihii
    +19 +6

    Four young Egyptians in custody for video making fun of the government

    Four young Egyptians have been remanded in custody, accused of making fun of the government in a satirical video posted on social networks, according to judicial sources. The move is the latest in a crackdown on voices critical of the authorities in Egypt. At the same time, a fifth member of the group known as Street Children arrested on Saturday was ordered released on bail.

  • Analysis
    12 months ago
    by aj0690
    +38 +7

    Effort to Expose Russia’s ‘Troll Army’ Draws Vicious Retaliation

    Finland is an active front in an online “information war” between Russia and the West. When a journalist there confronted pro-Putin agitators, she became a target.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by tyronne
    +35 +7

    Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes, re-shares

    Anastasia Bubeyeva shows a screenshot on her computer of a picture of a toothpaste tube with the words: "Squeeze Russia out of yourself!" For sharing this picture on a social media site with his 12 friends, her husband was sentenced this month to more than two years in prison. As the Kremlin claims unequivocal support among Russians for its policies both at home and abroad, a crackdown is underway against ordinary social media users who post things that run against the official narrative.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by geoleo
    +30 +7

    The Thai cleaning lady facing prison for 'I see'

    A cleaning lady in Thailand is being charged by the government for posting the words "I see" on Facebook. She is accused of insulting the monarchy - a charge that can lead to jail sentences of up to 15 years. However, she says she is being punished because her son is an activist, as the BBC's Jonathan Head reports. Patnaree Chankij's home on the outskirts of Bangkok is a cramped, three-room house in which the 40-year-old widow lives with two of her children, and where she often does other people's laundry to make ends meet. At other times she works as a casual cleaner in apartments and offices.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by puntacanna
    +49 +12

    Dashcam footage of cop tasing, dragging, and dropping teen is unsealed

    Officer drags tased 17-year-old like a sack of potatoes then drops him face first.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by geoleo
    +27 +7

    Man ordered to tell police of sex plans 'devastated'

    A man who must give police 24 hours' notice before he has sex after he was cleared of rape has said the ruling "puts an end to your life". The man, in his 40s, was acquitted last year at a retrial. He has been charged with breaching the terms of the order by refusing to give police the pin to his phone. He accused North Yorkshire Police, which declined to comment, of "sour grapes" in applying for a sexual risk order after the case.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by rti9
    +25 +6

    Senator's report finds 'fundamental concerns' about Red Cross finances

    A congressional inquiry finds that the American Red Cross stonewalled lawmakers as they sought to understand the charity's finances, and that it sent significantly less money to Haiti than claimed.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +37 +7

    Jury awards $22 million to man locked in closet by East Cleveland police for four days with no food or toilet

    An innocent man punched and locked in a locker room for four days by East Cleveland Police won a $22 million jury verdict this week. The city has already filed an appeal.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by wildcat
    +27 +6

    Supreme Court rules for police in search case

    A divided Supreme Court bolstered police powers on Monday, ruling that evidence of a crime in some cases may be used against a defendant even if the police did something wrong or illegal in obtaining it. The 5-3 decision drew heated dissents from liberal justices who warned that the outcome would encourage police to violate people's rights. The ruling comes in a case in which a police detective illegally stopped defendant Joseph Edward Strieff on the streets of South Salt Lake City, Utah. A name check revealed an outstanding warrant for him.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by sasky
    +34 +9

    Hong Kong bookseller refuses to be silenced after harsh detention in China

    His girlfriend has disavowed him. His colleagues have accused him of lying. His romantic life has been made uncomfortably public, he has been labelled a traitor by angry Chinese Internet users and he has been warned that his outspokenness has placed him in danger. But Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee is not backing down from his explosive account of being abducted in China and subjected to harsh interrogation by secretive authorities.

  • Expression
    11 months ago
    by FivesandSevens
    +49 +9

    Private prisons are shrouded in secrecy. I took a job as a guard to get inside—then things got crazy

    I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation's 1.6 million prisoners. As a journalist, it's nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it's usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by 66bnats
    +48 +9

    Graphic video shows black man bleeding after police shooting in Falcon Heights (NSFL)

    A disturbing video, purportedly shot by a black couple driving in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, was posted to Facebook Wednesday night. If the events depicted in the video are accurate, they are among the most upsetting depictions of police violence against civilians captured to date.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by melaniee
    +41 +12

    Body count rises as new Philippines president calls for drug addicts to be killed

    Newly-installed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his tough stance on crime by urging the public to not only kill drug dealers, but addicts as well. His remarks came barely a day after he was sworn in as the country’s 16th president in Manila on Thursday, Vice reported. Speaking to a crowd of 500 in a Manila slum, Duterte said: “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.” He added that, “These sons of whores are destroying our children.” After claiming victory in the general elections in May...

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by spacepopper
    +35 +9

    FGM is child abuse, says UN Population Fund chief

    The head of the United Nations Population Fund has, for the first time, described female genital mutilation as "child abuse". Dr Babatunde Osotimehin told the BBC that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to end immediately. More than 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone the procedure, where parts of the female genitals are removed. The UN estimates a further three million are at risk of being mutilated.

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by NomadiChris
    +32 +7

    Racism in America Today Is Alive and Well

    From income to incarceration, racism is everywhere.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +26 +5

    Pakistan to pass law against honor killings in weeks: PM's daughter

    Pakistan's ruling party plans to pass long-delayed legislation against "honor killings" within weeks in the wake of the high-profile murder of an outspoken social media star, the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday. The bill will go before a parliamentary committee as early as Thursday, said Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who is an increasingly influential member of her father's ruling party.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by drunkenninja
    +30 +9

    Men in Iran are wearing hijabs in solidarity with their wives

    Men in Iran are wearing hijabs in a display of solidarity with women across the country who are forced to cover their heads in public.  Wearing a headscarf is strictly enforced by so-called 'morality police' in Iran and has been since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Women who do not wear a hijab or are deemed to be wearing 'bad hijab' by having some of their hair showing face punishments ranging from fines to imprisonment.  

  • Expression
    9 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +30 +5

    The tyranny of a traffic ticket: how small crimes turn fatal for poor, minority Americans

    When Philando Castile was pulled over in July, it was at least his 46th traffic stop — almost all related to fairly minor traffic violations. And it would be his last. By the end of the stop — reportedly in part over a broken taillight — a police officer, apparently scared that Castile was grabbing for a gun, shot and killed the 32-year-old. Castile’s girlfriend then live-streamed the immediate aftermath on Facebook, calmly retelling the story of how a minor traffic stop for a low-level offense turned into a death sentence. Castile’s story isn’t unique.

  • Analysis
    9 months ago
    by canuck
    +44 +5

    The Nauru files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention

    The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime. More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru – totalling more than 8,000 pages – are published by the Guardian today.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by zyery
    +25 +6

    Inside Big Chocolate's Child Labor Problem

    The boy with the machete is watching us. We’re sitting in an SUV in the middle of a rugged, red-dirt road about 10 miles outside the city of Abengourou, in eastern Ivory Coast. It’s just after 8 a.m. on a Saturday, and the early morning haze hasn’t yet burned off, so a mist hangs over the fields around us. We’ve been slowly bumping along on our way to meet some farmers in a nearby village called Appoisso but stop for a moment to take in the scene. Suddenly the boy is standing right next to us. He looks curious, but wary too. We scramble out to greet him. In French my translator asks him his name.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by geoleo
    +22 +4

    French Prime Minister Supports Local Bans on 'Burkinis'

    Full-body swimsuits worn by some Muslim women have been banned in three French towns French prime minister Manuel Valls has entered the fray over full-body swimsuits, known as “burkinis,” offering support for several coastal towns that have banned them from beaches. Valls said Wednesday that wearing a burkini is “not compatible with the values of the French Republic,” The Guardian reports. There is a growing debate in France over burkinis, which are worn by some Muslim women...

  • Expression
    9 months ago
    by distant
    +56 +8

    ISIS sex slave survivor: They beat me, raped me, treated me like an animal

    A woman from the Yazidi people speaks about an unspeakable nightmare. Nadia Murad’s village was ravaged by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters. All the men were killed, and she, along with other girls, was forced to become a sex slave. The horrors that Nadia described to us are happening now on a daily basis. While the big powers, the high and mighty, squabble over spheres of influence, a great crime - reminiscent of the Holocaust – is taking place virtually unnoticed. This interview is a cry for help from people facing genocide.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by baron778
    +36 +8

    UN experts urge the Philippines to stop unlawful killings of people suspected of drug-related offences

    “Allegations of drug-trafficking offences should be judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets,” today said two United Nations human rights experts, while urging the Government of the Philippines to put an end to the current wave of extrajudicial executions and killings in the context of an intensified anti-crime and anti-drug campaign targeting drug dealers and users. More than 850 people have been killed between 10 May, when Rodrigo Duterte was elected President of the Philippines vowing to crackdown on crime...

  • Analysis
    9 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +33 +8

    The town where 100 young people have tried to kill themselves

    More than 100 people in Attawapiskat have tried to kill themselves since October - why are so many of Canada's Aboriginal people at risk? When Justin Trudeau came to power in Canada, he promised to repair the country's relationship with its Aboriginal people, after centuries of discrimination. A disproportionate number of indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered in recent decades, and suicide attempts have risen dramatically in some communities, writes Stephen Sackur.

  • Expression
    9 months ago
    by LisMan
    +24 +4

    Australia Treats Refugees Horribly. But Denmark Wants a Peek at That Playbook.

    A group of Danish parliamentarians won rare access to an Australian offshore detention center where abuse and exploitation are rampant.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by TNY
    +34 +5

    Report details workers’ rights violations at Apple’s iPhone 7 supplier Pegatron

    Industry watchdog China Labor Watch this week published a new report detailing what it says are continued workers’ rights violations at factories owned by Apple supplier Pegatron. The report, which analyzed pay stubs of employees at the Shanghai-based facilities, notes that Pegatron is one of Apple’s largest iPhone suppliers and currently manufacturing Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 expected to arrive next month.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by zyery
    +33 +6

    Woman Whipped In Public For Wearing Trousers

    Footage has emerged of a woman being publicly whipped in Sudan for wearing trousers. The video offers a rare glimpse of the type of punishment inflicted on women who break the country's strict morality code. The victim was punished under Sharia law for wearing trousers under her Islamic clothing. The footage shows her crawling on the ground, raising her arm to try to ward off the attacks and screaming as the whip strikes.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by dianep
    +20 +6

    A woman’s gruesome hanging shocked Tibet — but police have silenced all questions

    She was 27, a kind, hard-working woman who supported her family by herding yaks and harvesting caterpillar fungus, a prized health cure, on the high grasslands of Tibet. Last October, Tsering Tso was found hanged from a bridge in a small town near her home. Her family and local villagers gathered outside the police station in Chalong township to demand answers: She had last been seen in the company of a local Buddhist priest and two policemen.

  • Expression
    8 months ago
    by LisMan
    +27 +9

    Britain’s Poles deserve better

    Two months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Poles are living in limbo.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by TentativePrince
    +18 +5

    Chelsea Manning readies for disciplinary hearing over suicide attempt

    Chelsea Manning goes before a three-member disciplinary board of the US army on Thursday charged with interfering with the “good order” of the military prison in which she is held by attempting suicide, an offence that could lead to indefinite solitary confinement. Manning, who is serving 35 years at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas for leaking a vast trove of secret documents on the US war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan, required hospital treatment after she attempted to kill herself in July.

  • Expression
    7 months ago
    by bradd
    +16 +8

    Is Human Rights Watch Too Closely Aligned With US Foreign Policy?

    Human-rights organizations are supposed to defend universal principles such as the rule of law and freedom from state repression. But when they are based in the United States and become close to the US government, they often find themselves aligned with US foreign policy. This damages their credibility and can hurt the cause of human rights.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by robmonk
    +26 +4

    Saudi Arabia is executing children, UN says

    The United Nations has called on Saudi Arabia to repeal laws that allow stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children. Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed, "after trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial", according to the report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by Nelson
    +19 +7

    Inside America's biggest prison strike: 'The 13th amendment didn't end slavery'

    Richard Castillo has not yet been convicted of the crime – evading police in a vehicle – of which he stands accused. But he has been imprisoned since February 2013, including 12 months in solitary confinement. He still has a bullet lodged in his leg from being shot during his arrest, and his hand was broken in 10 places in a raid by guards on his accommodation block in June. His son, who turned 10 a few days after his father was imprisoned, is now nearly 14. His four-year-old daughter cries for her father every day, his wife Victoria said.