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Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone Health 

Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone

(Mosaic) – Women’s reproductive rights are under attack across the globe. Sophie Cousins investigates the challenges women face in accessing abortion and contraception in two very different countries – India and the USA. Outside, the mid-morning heat is stifling. It’s not humid like the bustling metropolises of Mumbai or Kolkata; here in New Delhi it’s a dry heat, the type of heat that exhausts you, made worse by a thick layer of dust which sticks to your face and stings your eyes. On the maternity ward inside the hospital at Jamia Hamdard University all the metal gurneys are taken, Read More

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Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em: Nevada Has Biggest US Pot Opening Yet Culture 

Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em: Nevada Has Biggest US Pot Opening Yet

Nevada, United States (Sputnik) – In its first month of legality, the recreational use of marijuana has generated an unprecedented $3.68 million in tax revenue for the state of Nevada in the biggest pot sale opening month of any US state on record. Following a long and sometimes bitter feud to legalize the long-proscribed recreational use of the plant, the state of Nevada saw an unmatched $27.1 million in pot sales in its opening month of July, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Sales of the mild euphoriant far outstripped those of other states during its first month of legality according to sources, as a 10 percent retail tax and a Read More

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In Praise Of Virtue Signaling Culture 

In Praise Of Virtue Signaling

(FEE) – Virtue signaling shouldn’t be vilified; it’s just a part of human interaction. ccusations of “virtue signaling” have become ubiquitous in online debate. It’s practically a Law of the Internet that, as soon as a controversial opinion is expressed, a commenter will appear to magnanimously and courageously set the record straight by explaining that, actually, it should be ignored because the author is just trying to look good for his or her in-group. Yet despite the horror with which internet lurkers recoil at the slightest hint of it, the practice of virtue signaling is not a bad thing, and Read More

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New state law seeks to reduce the number of child brides in Texas Good News 

New state law seeks to reduce the number of child brides in Texas

Texas, United States (TexasTribune) – A new state law prohibits anyone under 16 from getting married and requires people under 18 to get a judge’s consent before marrying. Texas has one of the highest child marriage rates in the country, but a new law seeks to change that. In May, Texas joined a growing number of states cracking down on child marriage when Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1705, which bans anyone under 16 from marrying. The law by state Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano — which went into effect Sept. 1 – also requires people under 18 to get a judge’s consent before marrying. The new law is about “not forcing Read More

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Saudi King Salman Moves to Improve Women’s Rights with Sexual Harassment Law Human Rights 

Saudi King Salman Moves to Improve Women’s Rights with Sexual Harassment Law

Saudi Arabia (Sputnik) – Following his decree to lift the ban on female drivers, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz called for officials on Thursday to draft a law criminalizing sexual harassment. “Considering the dangers sexual harassment poses and its negative impact on the individual, the family and society, along with its contradiction of Islamic principles, our customs and traditions,” the royal decree reads, “the ministry shall prepare a draft law to tackle sexual harassment.” The statement goes on to indicate the draft will outline specific “penalties that categorically prohibit such acts and deter anyone who feels tempted to commit them.” Per the Arab News, Read More

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White Folks Need to Stop Assuming We Know Everything About Race Featured Human Rights 

White Folks Need to Stop Assuming We Know Everything About Race

United States (OW) – If you don’t understand why football players are taking a knee, take it as a sign you have more to learn. As white people across the nation criticize Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who “take a knee” for the national anthem, they ought to know something first. White people in America have no idea what life is like for black people in America. How can I make such a broad statement? How would I possibly know? For one thing, I’m white. I grew up in a mostly white town. Like many white people, I was Read More

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Want Better Sleep? Study Says Snoozing in Same Room With Pet Improves ZZZ’s Health 

Want Better Sleep? Study Says Snoozing in Same Room With Pet Improves ZZZ’s

(Sputnik) – If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep, you won’t have to do much if you’ve got a pooch in your home. According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, keeping pets in your bedroom could actually improve your quality of sleep. “Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” Lois Krahn, the lead researcher of the study, said in a statement. “We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.” Published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, scientists examined the sleep habits of 40 adults, who did not have sleep disorders, and Read More

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Pumpkin Cauliflower Risotto and More Delish Dishes to Cook This Weekend Food 

Pumpkin Cauliflower Risotto and More Delish Dishes to Cook This Weekend

(Foodista) – Yesterday it was 83 degrees here in Seattle, today it’s 66 and rainy. Fall is here to stay, but I’m fine with that. I had two beautiful days to wear my summer clothes one last time before I donned by boots and cashmere cardie. Now that the Mother Nature has turned her thermostat down (and we’re cranking ours up) it’s time to tuck into some comforting dishes that warm us from head to toe, heart and soul. Below are 5 dishes that fit the bill, especially if you find yourself asking, “What am I going to make for Read More

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‘Beyond Scary’: Massachusetts Loses Track of Almost 1,800 Sex Offenders Featured Justice 

‘Beyond Scary’: Massachusetts Loses Track of Almost 1,800 Sex Offenders

Massachusetts, United States (Sputnik) – A state auditor has found that 1,769 sex offenders registered in the state of Massachusetts are unaccounted for, their whereabouts unknown. Of that number, 197 are classified as having a high risk of repeating their crimes at some point in the future. State auditor Suzanne Bump was reviewing the Massachusetts Sexual Offenders Registry Board (SORB) and found that nearly 1,800 of the state’s 21,808 convicted offenders were unaccounted for. “What we found was an agency that really wasn’t able to meet its mission of properly classifying or tracking individuals who were supposed to be registered sex offenders,” said Read More

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The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban Featured Human Rights 

The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban

Saudi Arabia (FPIF) – No matter their age, Saudi women are treated like minors — to the point that many require permission from their sons to work, study, or travel. It looks like 27 years of protesting, along with international pressure and government recognition that it needs more Saudi women in the workforce, has finally paid off. In a royal decree, Saudi King Salman announced on September 26 that Saudi women, who have long been the only women in the world banned from driving, will have that right as of June 2018. The move brings Saudi Arabia a step closer Read More

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