Female Journalism Culture Featured 

Where are the investigative journalists challenging patriarchy?

World Wide (OpenDemocracy) – When a younger, less-experienced man receives a higher salary for the same job. When senior, male colleagues ask about your sex life. When the dominance of precarious, freelance work means no maternity leave and limited reproductive choice. When everyone quoted, in yet another story, is a man. When all stock images of women seem to be of the same woman. When gender injustices and discrimination aren’t even on the agenda of possible story topics, let alone covered with the depth and commitment given to other issues. We have spent most of our adult lives in journalism. Read More

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Facebook Technology 

Facebook Asks Users to Rank Media Credibility

United States (Sputnik) – In a Facebook post on Friday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that starting this week, the popular social platform will rank the trustworthiness of news articles based on the opinion of users. In the very near future, Facebook will prompt users to fill out quality surveys revealing if they are familiar with a news source and if the answer is ‘yes,’ whether or not they believe the source to be credible. Facebook will then use survey data to prioritize news source ranking in the social media platform newsfeed. News sources that consistently get low ratings by users will be penalized, in ways that are Read More

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Saudi Arabia Human Rights 

Repression Overshadows Women’s Reforms

Saudi Arabia (HRW) – Unlawful Attacks in Yemen; Discrimination Against Women, Religious Minorities Saudi Arabia announced reforms during 2017 to enhance women’s rights, including ending a driving ban, but stepped up arrests and prosecutions of activists seeking reform or voicing peaceful dissent, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. As the leader of the eight-nation coalition that began military operations against the Houthis and forces loyal to the now deceased former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen on March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia has committed numerous violations of international humanitarian law. Human Rights Watch has documented 87 unlawful attacks Read More

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Second Women’s March Since Trump Inauguration Sees Larger Turnout in Many Cities

United States (Sputnik) – On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of women and other activists gathered for the second Women’s March in nationwide protest of US President Donald Trump’s controversial policies, one year after he was inaugurated in the White House. The rallies took place in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and approximately 250 other US cities. During the marches, featured speakers condemned Trump policies and strongly urged women to participate in the November ‘midterm’ congressional elections. “Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,” actress Eva Longoria said during the Los Angeles rally. “Everybody who has the privilege of voting Read More

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NYPD stop-and-frisk Featured Justice 

In New York, Crime Falls Along With Police Stops

New York, United States (ProPublica) – Police have radically cut back their use of stop-and-frisk policies. To the surprise of some, crime didn’t spike, but tumbled yet again. If you grew up in New York City in the 1970s, the number can be hard to get your head around: 291. If you were a reporter in New York City in the early 1990s, the number can almost make your head explode: 291 murders in 2017, the lowest total since the 1950s. But the number is perhaps most striking when set not against the numbers of murders in other years, but Read More

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Sexist Cultural Myths Culture 

Menstruating Women Told Not to Cross River – Another Cultural Myth That Must Go

Ghana (Sputnik) – It is said that beliefs can be useful – if they help – and in Ghana, some beliefs are decidedly not helping. In a nod to the persistence of cultural taboos surrounding the natural process of menstruation, many women and girls are prevented from travel and school attendance because a river god has decreed — although the decree has not been made public — that they may not cross during their prosaic monthly biological cycle. The River Ofin, a boundary between the Ashanti and Central Regions of Ghana, is reported to have a guardian god who — if certain regional officials can be believed — has decreed that Read More

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How to get new activists to stay engaged for the long haul

United States (WNV) – After a year of working with people newly mobilized by the 2016 election, one organizing lesson feels particularly clear: People need to feel part of a community that is making change in order to stay engaged for the long haul. This realization may not be surprising, but it has practical implications for organizations and movements that want to grow — especially when outrage at the Trump presidency is still high, but the initial wave of protest has subsided. The heightened need for community became immediately clear after Trump’s election. To help focus the many people desperate Read More

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maternal mortality Featured Health 

Dangerous Deliveries – Is Texas doing enough to stop moms from dying?

Texas, United States (TexasTribune) – In the photos flashing on the projector screen, Michelle Zavala had a look of serenity. In one, her eyes were closed as she smiled with her newborn daughter Clara nestled under her chin. Another showed her kissing her husband Chris on vacation. Another captured her laughing while stomping grapes at a vineyard, radiating the positivity that people loved about her. Below the screen, Michelle lay in a casket, surrounded by bouquets of flowers. The Pflugerville woman died in July — just nine days after giving birth to Clara — from a blood clot in her heart. She was Read More

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Legalized Marijuana Unaimed 

When Pot is Legal Peace Prevails: Violence Drops in States With Legal Marijuana

United States (Sputnik) – The legalization of marijuana for medical uses has resulted in a significant drop in instances of violent crime in those US states that share a border with Mexico, according to new research. The new study, titled: Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime, shows that states on the Mexican border that have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes have seen instances of violent crime drop by an average of 13 percent, according to The Guardian. The new US state pot laws “allow local farmers to grow marijuana that can then be sold to dispensaries Read More

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Sexual Assault Featured Justice 

Fuck Abuse, Kill Power

United States (LRMC) – Addressing the Root Causes of Sexual Harassment and Assault The past year has seen a wave of revelations about powerful people—nearly all men—perpetrating sexual violence against those beneath them. The #MeToo moment has provided a platform for countless courageous survivors. Yet while some men have been made to face consequences for the harm they have done, we are far from being able to solve the problem of male sexual violence. Focusing on the wrongdoings of specific men tends to exceptionalize them, as if their actions took place in a vacuum. This is consistent with the mechanisms Read More

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