Drug War Culture 

Former Heads of State Slam ‘Failing’ War on Drugs, Call for Global Legalisation

World Wide (Sputnik) – The group of former heads of state argue that the failure of global efforts to combat the usage and trade of illicit substances has only driven drugs underground to the benefit of organised criminal gangs. A group of 12 former heads of state has proclaimed the war on drugs a “failure” and called upon governments worldwide to implement markets that regulate the use of risky substances. In a report due to be released on Monday, September 24, but seen in advance by Reuters news titled, ‘Regulation: The Responsible Control of Drugs,’ the Global Commission on Drug Policy writes that “the international drug control system is clearly failing,” and that “the health Read More

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Rhino Justice 

Arrest of Seven Alleged Rhino Poaching Kingpins, 2 Are Members of South African Police Service

South Africa (NFA) – The Portfolio Committee on Police has welcomed the arrest of seven alleged rhino poaching kingpins by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) in Mpumalanga. The committee is, however, disappointed that two of the suspects are currently members of the South African Police Service (SAPS). Another suspect is a former member of SAPS. The committee has resolved in the past that the DPCI should focus on Tier 4 and 5 levels of criminal gangs in the leadership, and not mere runners. The Chairperson of the committee, Mr Francois Beukman, said members of the DPCI should continue Read More

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Diver Badass Women 

Saudi Ice Diver: ‘I Wanted to Prove That Arab Women Can Achieve The Impossible’

Saudi Arabia (Sputnik) – A Saudi woman – Mariam Hamed Ferdous – has set a Guinness World Record after becoming the first Arab woman to dive in the North and South Poles. She spoke to Sputnik about her experience. Physician Mariam Ferdous is fond of many things, like hunting and environmental protection, but most of all, she likes diving. “First diving helped me to relieve stress from studying at the medical faculty, which I started in Jeddah in 2008,” Ferdous told Sputnik. She fell in love with this sport, because it helps a person develop, because it requires high concentration, attention, agility and strength; plus it is an excellent opportunity to admire Read More

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Fracking Environment 

Future Generations Will Mourn What the EPA Did on 9/11

United States (OW) – September 11 is already an annual day of mourning. But while the nation grieved over victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan future generations may well grieve as a tragedy in its own right. While Americans attended memorial services, the EPA announced plans to roll back regulations on methane — a powerful greenhouse gas that damages the world’s climate and threatens human health. Methane carries up to 36 times more warming potential than carbon dioxide. More methane emissions mean more lethal heat waves, extreme storms, rising sea levels, drought, and floods. Read More

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Vatican Culture Featured 

The Catholic Church is an Elite Male Collective

World Wide (Conversation) – I’m a typical sociologist, meaning I am skeptical about religion and human spirituality. Although I attended Catholic Church as a small child, I could see the hypocrisy, even as a child. I rejected that religion at an early age. My undergraduate sociological training reinforced my atheism. My sociological lectures and sociological canons all decried and denounced the irrationality of human religion. I dutifully read Marx’s Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right and dismissed religion as an opiate delusion. I understood from Max Weber that religion was pure ideology, and made an oath not to get Read More

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Kirstjen Nielsen Culture Featured 

Trump Administration Seeks to Limit Access to U.S. for Immigrants Who Use or Are Likely to Use Public Assistance

United States (TexasTribune ) – The Trump administration will make it much more difficult for immigrants to come to the United States or remain in the country if they use or are likely to use housing vouchers, food subsidies and other “non-cash” forms of public assistance, under a new proposal announced Saturday by the Department of Homeland Security. U.S. immigration laws have long contained provisions limiting foreigners who are likely to be dependent on financial aid and therefore a “public charge.” But the proposed changes amount to a broad expansion of the government’s ability to deny visas or residency to immigrants Read More

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Rosenstein Politics 

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Reportedly Resigns

United States (Sputnik) – US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and the 2016 US election, has given his verbal notice of resignation to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Axios.com reported on Monday. According to a source with direct knowledge, Rosenstein verbally resigned in anticipation of being fired by US President Donald Trump, the website reported. The resignation comes days after a report by The New York Times alleging that Rosenstein proposed to secretly record the president last year. This report prepared by Sputnik

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Child Labor Human Rights 

Report Traces Goods Made with Child Labor to 76 Countries

World Wide (HRW) – Of the products we use, wear, or consume every day, how many are made with child labor? Perhaps quite a few. A new report from the US Department of Labor identifies 148 different consumer goods produced with child or forced labor around the world. The list includes clothing, beef, sugar, bricks, coffee, and other products originating from 76 countries. Gold tops the list. The report found that in at least 21 countries, children help mine gold, climbing into unstable shafts, carrying and crushing heavy loads of ore, and often using toxic mercury to process the gold. My colleagues Read More

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The Girl Who Was Crowned as Youngest Judo World Champion in History

Ukraine (Sputnik) – The young judoka’s ascension involved her taking on both the reigning Olympic champion and the defending world champion. Daria Bilodid, a 17-year-old judoka from Ukraine, became the youngest judo world champion ever as she took the 2018 World Judo Championships in Baku by storm. During the tournament, Bilodid faced the reigning Olympic champion Paula Pareto from Argentina before eventually facing the defending world champion, Japan’s Funa Tonaki, during the final match. “I can’t believe this, no words needed, I am very happy. For me it was a very important fight. And very big pressure from Tonaki because she lost to me twice and I knew Read More

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Campaign Ads Politics 

User’s Guide to Democracy: Political Advertising

United States (ProPublica) –  Who’s ready to become a smarter, more engaged, more empowered voter?! Hopefully your answer is … Over the next several weeks, I’ll be your guide through the midterm election landscape. We’re going to talk about political campaigns, who your representatives in Congress are (and what it is they do), the candidates who want to represent you in Congress and the sometimes convoluted business of voting. National politics can seem distant or complicated — but I promise, it’s pretty easy to follow once you know the basics. I’m Cynthia, by the way, director of marketing at ProPublica. I’m also a culture writer, a Read More

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