Human Trafficking Human Rights 

Underage Sexual Abuse: Another Grooming Gang on Loose in London

London (Sputnik) – Four teenage girls have so far reported being raped in British London and 30 potential victims may soon come forward. Evidence has emerged of a new grooming gang operating around a McDonald’s in Stratford, with three men and three boys now arrested on suspicion of being a part of it. Commenting on the four rape reports, Detective Inspector Laura Hillier, of the Metropolitan Police’s sexual exploitation team, told The Independent:  “They had all been met by males at the McDonald’s on the Broadway in Stratford and been taken to different places where they were sexually assaulted.” Some of the girls had a firm feeling that they had been called on a date, while Read More

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Bridge Agent Culture Featured 

What does it mean to be a feminist father in America today?

United States (OpenDemocracy) – Parents must talk to their kids about patriarchy, and confront mental barriers and social pressures that enforce gender roles and inequalities. My son’s first favourite colour was pink. He loved pink flowers, eating with pink spoons and playing with pink cars. But it wasn’t long before social norms steered him towards other colours, more ‘appropriate’ for boys. More recently, he’s talked about how his younger sister cannot do certain activities simply “because she’s a girl.” My son is five years old, and my daughter is two. How do I respond to this? Sometimes, my own internalised Read More

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Pregnancy Health 

Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications of Pregnancy and Childbirth. Let’s Talk About It.

United States (ProPublica) – We started with 10 women who faced six different maternal complications. About 700 to 900 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And for every death, dozens of women suffer life-threatening complications. But there is a stark racial disparity in these numbers. Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die than white mothers. Nevertheless, black women’s voices are often missing from public discussions about what’s behind the maternal health crisis and how to address the problems. It is estimated that up to 60 percent of maternal complications are preventable. Read More

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Facebook Culture 

When should you unfriend someone on Facebook?

(Conversation) – The nature and ethics of “fake news” has become a subject of widespread concern. But, for many of us, the issue is much more personal: What are we to do when a cranky uncle or an otherwise pleasant old friend persists in populating our news feeds with a stream of posts that can run deeply contrary to our own values? One option is to unfriend people who share material that conflicts with our values. But a siloed environment where people self-select into echo chambers could also be worrisome. As a researcher working on the ethics of social technologies, Read More

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Bridge Agent Environment Featured 

Skip the Slip This Holiday Season

(OW) – Everyone’s familiar with the typical holiday waste we’re left with every year after the festivities end — wrapping paper, uneaten food, disposable cutlery, among other things. But something we often don’t consider is that as purchasing skyrockets from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, so do paper receipts. The size of receipts doesn’t easily convey the massive environmental or health impacts they leave behind. Producing these slips of paper requires nearly 10 million trees, 1 billion gallons of water, and 250 million gallons of oil every single year in the U.S. alone. Worse still, their thermal coating makes them Read More

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Feminism Activism 

Five inspirational feminists you should know and honour today

(OpenDemocracy) – Documenting the lives of departed feminists, and sharing their stories, honours their memories and inspires future generations. Every year, too many women’s rights activists are murdered or disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Some activists live long and full lives, and die of natural causes. Others, exhausted by often thankless work, die of preventable illnesses. For the last five years, the organisation I work for, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, (AWID) has honoured the memories of activists who have fought for women, girls, and communities that have been denied their human rights for far too long. Documenting the lives of departed Read More

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Badass Women 

Leaving it to Professionals: Indian Prostitutes Run a Lucrative Credit Union

India (Sputnik) – The unconventional bank services the growing demand for dependable financial services and low-interest loans among practitioners of the world’s oldest profession in India. Organized in 1995 by a group of Indian women who were able to pool their humble savings, Usha Multipurpose Cooperative Society has become a major financial institute across West Bengal, with an annual turnover of some 300 million rupees. The key to its staggering success is the bank’s peculiar client base: it primarily services Indian sex workers. By addressing the needs of this untapped market, it was able to spread throughout the state, and now caters to approximately 31,000 account holders. The Society is itself Read More

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US Military Politics 

Analyst: 2018 US Defense Budget Actually Over $1 Trillion

United States (Sputnik) -The US Congress has passed and President Donald Trump has signed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which features a record high defense budget of $700 billion for fiscal year 2018. Brian Becker and John Kiriakou of Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear were joined by Greg Mello, executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group, a nuclear disarmament advocacy organization, and by Jim Kavanagh, progressive journalist and editor of Listen to “Warfare State: Largest U.S. Military Spending Bill Ever Becomes Law” on Spreaker. “The big takeaway is that again we have an increase that’s beyond even what Trump asked for,” Read More

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Feminism Culture Featured 

‘Feminism’ Beats Out ‘Dotard’ to Win Merriam Webster’s Word of the Year

(Sputnik) – This year’s key events, involving the #MeToo movement and the Women’s March in January, have pushed the word “feminism” to the victory podium. The word “feminism,” which has Latin roots, was a top lookup throughout the year, and has increased 70 percent over 2016, according to Merriam-Webster’s editor Peter Sokolowski. The #MeToo movement gave a strong impulse to the word, as many women broke their silence and started sharing sexual harassment stories, which has resulted in the take down of powerful and influential men from the entertainment world, starting with notorious film producer Harvey Weinstein. The Women’s March on Washington in January was organized with an eye to protest Donald Read More

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Ham Radio A Woman's Guide to the Apocalypse 

Can You Operate a Ham Radio Without a License?

(SurvivalSullivan) – Alot of people shy away from HAM radio because of the license. They either don’t want to take the time and effort to get it, or they simply don’t want the Government tracking them. But is it really true? Can you not use a HAM radio unless you’re licensed? The answer to this question is both Yes and No. Surprisingly, here is a list of uses you can use it for without a license. Listen to FM radio Listen to Emergency Weather Radio Listen to Local municipalities radio communication Scan local frequencies (some states and cities ban the use Read More

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