US Marine Corps to See First Woman Infantry Officer Join Ranks Badass Women 

US Marine Corps to See First Woman Infantry Officer Join Ranks

(Sputnik) – A female officer is expected to graduate the US Marine Corps’ onerous 13-week Infantry Officer Course (IOC) on Monday, for the first time in the unit’s 250-year-long history. The officer, whose name hasn’t yet been disclosed, has already completed the final graded stage of the course alongside her male peers, US military officials confirmed to The Washington Post. She is one of the four female Marine officers who volunteered and attempted the course after ground combat specialties were opened to women last year in April. The course, seen as one of the most difficult and also one of the most resistant to full gender integration in the military, first opened Read More

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Science or snake oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections? Health 

Science or snake oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections?

Australia (Conversation) – Manuka honey is often touted as a “superfood” that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flus, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds. Manuka can apparently also boost energy, “detox” your system, lower cholesterol, stave off diabetes, improve sleep, increase skin tone, reduce hair loss and even prevent frizz and split ends. Some of these claims are nonsense, but some have good evidence behind them. Honey has been used therapeutically throughout history, with records of its cultural, religious and medicinal importance shown in rock paintings, carvings and sacred texts from many diverse Read More

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Monarchs’ Demise: US Scientists Discover New Victim of Hurricanes Environment 

Monarchs’ Demise: US Scientists Discover New Victim of Hurricanes

United States (Sputnik) – Researchers have determined that the raging storms and hurricanes that have recently hammered the US and Mexican coast have also dealt a severe blow to the population of monarch butterflies. US and Mexican scientists have learned that the biggest threat to the local population of monarch butterflies may be the powerful storms and hurricanes which are becoming more frequent in the region. The researchers made their discovery while studying the butterfly colonies in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve located on the border of both Michoacán and the State of Mexico, which contains most of the overwintering sites of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly. Read More

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The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children Featured Human Rights 

The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children

United States (ProPublica) – Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States. The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee applications from children with U.S.-based parents from three violence-riddled Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — according to the summary of a presentation the State Department made recently to refugee organizations. The decision to end the Central American Minors program, which began in 2014 and is the only refugee program aimed at helping people from that region, could put hundreds of families split Read More

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Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor. Featured Human Rights 

Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor.

United States (OW) – We’d be a better country if we didn’t rig the game against those whose only mistake was to be born to poor parents. We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who “came from nothing” and ended up rich and famous. And it’s true that it sometimes happens. Sometimes a child born into poverty grows up to become the president of the United States, a multi-billionaire, or an Olympic gold Read More

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12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be Literature 

12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be

(OpenDemocracy) – These writers and their work span the globe and its history and would complement any degree. What would you add to this list? If you’re starting, or heading back to, college or university this month then hopefully whatever course you’re studying will include some key feminist texts on your syllabus. But there is more to feminist writing than Woolf and Wollstonecraft (as vital and needed as their work is). There are centuries of feminist texts, stretching across disciplines and around the world. In medieval France, Christine de Pizan – frustrated at male writers composing screeds damning women – wrote her Read More

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3 Ways Inequality is at the Heart of Hurricane Irma’s Destruction Featured Human Rights 

3 Ways Inequality is at the Heart of Hurricane Irma’s Destruction

(NM) – Many of us are as angered as we are saddened to watch the destructive effects of record-breaking weather events unfolding in the Caribbean and elsewhere. Saddened because of our compassion, but angered because of how depressingly predictable such outcomes are. Critical commentators have long been warning that unless we address the causes of climate change, tropical storms will become more intense. A significant oversight of so much of the existing discussion, however, is addressing the role inequality plays in contributing to climate change. Here are three ways in which inequality is at the heart of so-called ‘natural’ disasters. 1. Political Read More

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Hopelessness and Exploitation Inside Homes for Mentally Ill Featured Health 

Hopelessness and Exploitation Inside Homes for Mentally Ill

New York (ProPublica)  – A reporter finds that homes meant to replace New York’s troubled psychiatric hospitals might be just as bad. In the 1960s, New York began to clear out its scandal-ridden psychiatric hospitals. In their place, a new system emerged. Thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers moved into “adult homes,” large apartment complexes concentrated mostly in New York City and its surrounding suburbs. The homes were meant to provide a safer, more humane alternative to the hospitals; they were closer to where many of the patients lived, and promised modest psychiatric care and other services. But decades later, Read More

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9 Things Ladies Can Do To Protect Themselves A Woman's Guide to the Apocalypse Featured 

9 Things Ladies Can Do To Protect Themselves

(SurvivalSullivan) – I was at the local market a few weeks ago picking up a few things for the house. As I was walking out to my car I noticed a lady putting her groceries into the trunk of her car. She was just going about her business without a care in the world probably thinking of what she had planned for dinner that night or what errands she would run in the morning. As I passed I noticed that she had set her purse in the basket where one would normally place their child. You know that little fold down Read More

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Skin lightening: the dangerous obsession that’s worth billions Health 

Skin lightening: the dangerous obsession that’s worth billions

(Mosaic) – Millions of people across the world want to make their skin lighter – but the treatments they use can be dangerous. Mary-Rose Abraham meets beauticians, dermatologists and their clients to walk the line between aesthetic choice and racial prejudice. “It starts when children are young. The moment a child is born, relatives start comparing siblings’ skin colour. It starts in your own family. But people don’t want to talk about it openly.” Kavitha Emmanuel is the founder of Women of Worth, an Indian NGO that is standing up to an ingrained bias toward lighter skin. The Dark Read More

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