Porn Culture 

New Porn Use Rules May Cost UK Government Millions

United Kingdom (Sputnik) – The AgeChecked initiative to increase online protection for children was suspended in April, and appears to now be back on track. However, no exact launch date has been set yet. The Tory government have admitted their sweeping “age verification” policy, which essentially means a full check-up of 18+ websites, may cost roughly £10 million (over $13 million) in legal fees, in the first year alone, when it comes into force, according to a Mirror report. The edition noted that the Treasury has already allocated the respective sum. As Digital Minister Margot James put it in a written statement, the government acknowledges a Read More

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Pope Featured Feminism & Women's Rights 

Abortion is Nothing Like Hiring a Hitman, Whatever Pope Francis Says

World Wide (Conversation) – Pope Francis has compared having an abortion to “hiring a hitman to resolve a problem”. The leader of the Catholic Church made the comment during a speech in which he declared that it is always wrong to end a human life. While this has always been the line taken by the church, this comparison condemns abortion in particularly strong terms. Some careful reasoning shows that comparing abortion with contract murder equates two acts that are far from obviously morally equivalent. To begin with, it would be a challenge to find a person who thinks that Read More

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Police Culture 

Prejudiced Busybodies Would Be Powerless without Big Government

United States (FEE) – following in the footsteps of this year’s BBQ Becky and Permit Patty, a Tattletale Tammy emerged this week in Marietta, Georgia, when she called the police on a black man babysitting two white children. The Incident Corey Lewis, who runs a youth mentoring program, was looking after a boy and girl as a favor to their parents, the children’s mother told NBC News after the incident. Lewis said he was out running errands and eating with the kids, and that he first noticed the woman staring at him when they returned to his vehicle. Shortly after, she pulled up Read More

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Border Crossing Human Rights 

Trump Administration Weighs New Family Separation Effort at Border

United States (TexasTribune) –  The White House is actively considering plans that could again separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to reverse soaring numbers of families attempting to cross illegally into the United States, according to several administration officials with direct knowledge of the effort.One option under consideration is for the government to detain asylum-seeking families together for up to 20 days, then give parents a choice: Stay in family detention with your child for months or years as your immigration case proceeds, or allow children to be taken to a government shelter so other relatives or Read More

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Pith Helmet Culture Featured 

Melania Trump’s Pith Helmet is Not Just a Hat

(Conversation) – Sometimes a hat is just a hat. But not when it’s a pith helmet worn by a white politician visiting Africa. Pith helmets are relics of colonialism and its big game hunting tradition. So why would Melania Trump wear one? On a solo tour of Africa, the United States first lady stopped in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Egypt. She went on safari. The pictures of her in a pith helmet and looking rather inscrutable went around the world. Although the first lady said: “I want to talk about my trip, not what I wear,” it is impossible Read More

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Frog Science and Nature 

‘Explosively Breeding’ Amphibious Creatures are ‘Falling’ onto NC Residents

North Carolina, United States (Sputnik) – North Carolinians are suffering the consequences of a population boom in amphibious creatures, which are breeding “explosively” thanks to record-setting weather on the East Coast. According to the Charlotte Observer, tens of thousands of frogs and toads have been spotted along North Carolina’s coastal plains, invading the homes of residents and occasionally even jumping on them. “They’re all over my windows and hot tub. I had one jump on my face [while] laying in bed,” a local told the Outer Banks Voice. “And I had another in the kitchen on the cutting board. [They’re] everywhere!” Though the hopping creatures did show up in the area just Read More

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Trump Politics 

Trump Says Family Separations Deter Illegal Immigration

United States (Tasnim) – US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that separating migrant families at the border could deter illegal immigration and that he was considering several options to tighten border security. In June, Trump abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the US-Mexico border after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad. But some Trump administration officials have said the policy, under which some 2,600 children were separated from their parents, was needed to secure the border and deter illegal immigration, Reuters reported. Trump seemed to support that argument on Read More

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Yemen Featured Human Rights 

US-Saudi Coalition in Yemen Attacked Another 2 Buses of Refugees as They Fled Airstrikes

Yemen (GPA) – The international Saudi-led Coalition against Yemen attacked another two buses full of internally displaced people as they fled the Coalition’s airstrike campaign in Hodeidah. Today’s attack makes it clear the Coalition has a policy of targeting anyone who attempts to flee the U.S.-backed Saudi and Emirati aggression along the west coast. 19 were killed and at least 30 were injured in today’s attack. Even hours later, first responders and reporters ran into trouble entering the scene due to the Saudi planes continuous circling. It’s common for Saudi Arabia to conduct “double-tap” airstrikes which maximize the casualty count Read More

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Rage Featured Feminism & Women's Rights 

‘Anger is Language of Justice’ Says Author of New Book on Women’s Rage

United States (Openemocracy) – “What was striking for me was that people kept suggesting anger is irrational,” the US-based writer and critic Soraya Chemaly tells me down the phone during her recent trip to the UK. “That makes no sense. Anger is deeply rational response. It’s a warning. Anger is the language of justice and fairness.” Chemaly’s new book, Rage Becomes Her, is a rousing battle cry in defence of women’s anger. In the forensic and well-evidenced study, Chemaly explores the inequalities that women face from birth to death, and how they make us furious. The book covers issues from body Read More

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Keith Ellison Scandal 

Democrats Are Letting Women Down When it Comes to Keith Ellison

United States (Sputnik) – Sputnik spoke with the lawyer representing Karen Monahan, who has alleged that Democratic star Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) sexually abused her. Her claims haven’t been fully aired, Monahan has said, because of a Democratic Party cover-up job aimed at protecting one of its most promising young politicians. Sputnik’s Lee Stranahan: Who is Karen Monahan? Who is she, and what are her political leanings? Andrew Parker, partner at Parker Daniels Kibort Law Firm: Karen Monahan, for her entire adult life from the age of 21, has worked for progressive liberal causes and candidates consistently. She is a grassroots organizer. She is Read More

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