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The Pacifist Bully Activism Featured 

The Pacifist Bully

(GREED) – So, just some musings I had today and wanted to clear up in my own head.  When I was driving along today it struck me how many friends I’ve lost this year. The two most recent were especially hard to swallow, because, somehow, in the discourse we held, they felt that I was attacking them. And, it just struck me as so, wrong. I’m a pacifist who talks about tolerance. So how could I be portraying to them that I was their aggressor? And the truth of it is, they felt attacked because I was rejecting their Read More

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‘Accepted Practice’: US Troops Told to Ignore Child Rape in Afghanistan Human Rights 

‘Accepted Practice’: US Troops Told to Ignore Child Rape in Afghanistan

Afghanistan (Sputnik) – US soldiers were told that sex crimes against children are a “culturally accepted practice” in the country and that “nothing could be done about it,” a report by the US Department of Defense’s inspector general said. American servicemen on a military mission in Afghanistan who tried to report cases of sexual child abuse to their superior officers were literally told to ignore such incidents, according to the findings. “None of the individuals said that they had actually witnessed child sexual abuse. However, some stated that they had heard about the occurrence of child sexual abuse and reported this to their chains of command. In some cases, the interviewees Read More

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In a Video Testimony, Mothers Expose Horrible Situation in a Venezuelan Children’s Hospital Human Rights 

In a Video Testimony, Mothers Expose Horrible Situation in a Venezuelan Children’s Hospital

Venezuela (GV) – The serious problems facing public hospitals in Venezuela continue to grow with very little help being given by the state and very little attention being paid by the media. Nevertheless, non-government organizations like Prepara Familia (Prepare Family) make use of the Internet to draw attention to these issues. For instance, the organization has made a video in the nephrology ward of Juan Manuel de los Ríos Hospital in Caracas, the country’s capital, and presented the difficult situation the patients and their families are in. The amount of time the patients have spent in the nephrology ward in Read More

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3 Lessons Activists Can Learn from Taylor Swift Activism 

3 Lessons Activists Can Learn from Taylor Swift

(FEE) – Swift uses humor and cleverness to become the voice that dominates the conversation. Taylor Swift’s ascent from country darling to international superstar has captivated the media and the hearts of millions for more than ten years. Her journey wasn’t the straight-to-the-top narrative new fans may imagine: while Taylor’s name has been on lips for the last decade, the words that have passed those lips have not been wholly kind. Early on, Ms. Swift developed a reputation that has become the artistic catalyst for an album that promises to deliver banger after banger. She’s been called every name Read More

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US Army Lifts Ban on Recruits With Mental Health History Featured Human Rights 

US Army Lifts Ban on Recruits With Mental Health History

United States (Sputnik) – People with a history of depression, bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol abuse and self-mutilation are now able to obtain waivers in order to join the US Army, according to a report published by USA Today Sunday. Though waivers for recruits with a history of mental health issues were banned in 2009, the news outlet reported that the latest unannounced policy change had been enacted in August as officials began to face the challenge of recruiting 80,000 new service members by September 2018. This is the second year that the US military has lowered its standards in an attempt to reach new recruitment goals. In order to reach Read More

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Women’s Panel Unearths Dark Cages Housing Minor Girls in Delhi’s Brothel Colony Featured Human Rights 

Women’s Panel Unearths Dark Cages Housing Minor Girls in Delhi’s Brothel Colony

India (Sputnik) – Frequent raids by the Delhi Women Commission have confirmed that the brothels in Dehli’s GB road largely constitute trafficked women, most of whom are minors. The minors are kept in narrow underground cage-like structures whenever raids are anticipated. The narrow lanes of Delhi’s GB Road, just behind one of India’s busiest railway stations, is colonized by brothels that entertain lonely souls, mostly migrant laborers from adjoining states. But hiding behind the glitz and the hustle-bustle are the dark cages, mostly underground, that are witness to the horrifying tales of minors trafficked from near and far and forcibly thrown into the flesh trade. These dark cages called ‘Tehkhanas’ Read More

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Miss Peru Pageant Protests Gender Violence to International Applause, but not all Peruvians Are Clapping Activism 

Miss Peru Pageant Protests Gender Violence to International Applause, but not all Peruvians Are Clapping

Peru (GV) – When contestants in this year’s Miss Peru contest exposed the alarming numbers related to violence against women, the international media gave a standing ovation. But in Peru, not everyone clapped. During the pageant, images linked to the #niunamenos (not one more) campaign and pictures of cases in the press filled the background while contestants walked on stage. Jessica Newton, the pageant’s organizer and the person behind the initiative, said she came up with the idea after learning that several of the 30 contestant finalists had been abused or harassed. Peruvian social media exploded with comments for and against the protest. The Read More

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