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US State Department’s Lie About Child Soldiers Featured Human Rights 

US State Department’s Lie About Child Soldiers

Washington DC (HRW) – Tillerson Takes Burma, Iraq Off List Despite Evidence Dozens of children were part of Burma’s armed forces as recently as last week. In Iraq, children have died fighting the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) with Iraqi government military units. But United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ignored these facts and took Burma and Iraq off the annual list, issued today, that identifies countries that use child soldiers or support militias that do. The US Child Soldiers Prevention Act requires the State Department to publish the list each year. The new list includes the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Read More

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Women in Arms: Norwegian Women Thriving In Armed Forces, Enjoy Serving More Than Male Counterparts Women 

Women in Arms: Norwegian Women Thriving In Armed Forces, Enjoy Serving More Than Male Counterparts

World (Sputnik) – Last year, Norway became the first Nordic nation, European nation and NATO member state to introduce universal conscription in the name of gender equality. Today, Norwegian ladies seem to thrive in the armed forces and enjoy it more than their brothers in arms. A recent survey, which for the first time targeted female draftees, has yielded uplifting results for the supporters of a gender-neutral army. Surprisingly, Norwegian girls were found to be more at home in the Norwegian army than their male counterparts.A staggering 90 percent of the female draftees from 2016 said they would nevertheless fulfill their military duty, provided that the service was voluntary, Read More

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Hacksaw Ridge Deserves an Oscar for Redefining Heroism Entertainment 

Hacksaw Ridge Deserves an Oscar for Redefining Heroism

(FEE) – For perhaps only the second or third time in 30 years, I care what movie is bestowed with the Academy’s “Best Picture” award this weekend. My unqualified vote goes to Mel Gibson’s biographical war drama, Hacksaw Ridge. Aside from its superb acting and riveting cinematography, it provides a thoughtful treatment of the wartime role of the conscientious objector – and a famous one in particular. The Peaceful Soldier Gibson’s film faithfully tells the true-life story of Virginia-born Desmond Doss (1919-2006), a medic and US Army corporal who distinguished himself at the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of Read More

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Iranian-American Designer in New York Leverages Fashion to Create Social Impact Beauty 

Iranian-American Designer in New York Leverages Fashion to Create Social Impact

In light of all the wars and conflicts happening in the world, a designer in New York City has created a brand inspired by cities that seeks to bring commonality into focus while respecting differences and creating “an awareness of place and leveraging fashion as a messaging tool to create social impact.”

Iranian-American architect-turned-designer Azin Valy, co-founder of the award-winning multi-disciplinary New York architecture firm I-Beam Design, launched Cityzen by Azin, a luxury fashion and accessories brand, in 2012.

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