Day: October 27, 2020

The Trump administration is considering proscribing Amnesty, Oxfam, and Human Rights Watch as ‘anti-Semitic’ and telling other governments not to support them



a group of people on a bridge: Human rights group Amnesty International drop a banner from Vauxhall Bridge opposite the US Embassy protesting against US President Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom on July 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images


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Human rights group Amnesty International drop a banner from Vauxhall Bridge opposite the US Embassy protesting against US President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom on July 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

  • The Trump administration is reportedly considering a move to classify several major humanitarian groups as “anti-Semitic.”
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leading a push to proscribe Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Human
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Egyptian officials systemically abuse and torture gays, rights group says

Malak el-Kashif, a political activist and transgender woman living in Egypt, was arrested at her Cairo home last March after participating in a protest and was then subjected to verbal and physical abuse at the hands of Egyptian authorities for months, according to Human Rights Watch. She says she was placed in solitary confinement at a men’s prison for 135 days, where she was refused medical treatment.

“I suffered the worst verbal abuse I have

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Polish court ruling to determine fate of human rights office

Poland’s constitutional court has been asked to issue a ruling expected to determine the fate of one of the last state bodies that has kept its independence from the populist right-wing government

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s constitutional court is considering a ruling that will determine the fate of one of the last

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The Netherlands Is Taking Syria To Court For Gross Human Rights Violations

On September 18, 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Netherlands, Stef Blok, announced that the Netherlands had taken a decision to hold Syria responsible under international law for gross human rights violations and torture under the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UN Convention against Torture). 

The Netherlands has sent a diplomatic note to the Syrian government reminding it of its obligations under the UN Convention

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US considering declaring major human rights organizations are anti-Semitic

The US State Department is considering declaring that several widely respected human rights organizations are anti-Semitic, according to multiple sources who have been made aware of the conversations.



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The organizations include Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam with sources telling CNN that many diplomats believe a declaration would be dangerous and undercut US policy on countries such as China, Cuba or Venezuela where the Trump administration has joined with these

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Women’s groups lead more protests over Poland’s abortion law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women’s rights activists and thousands of their supporters held a fifth day of protests across Poland Monday, despite pandemic restrictions, after a top court tightened the predominantly Catholic nation’s already strict abortion law.

In Warsaw, demonstrators with drums, horns and firecrackers were blocking rush-hour traffic at a number of major roundabouts. Similar protests were held in other cities such as Poznan, Lodz and Katowice.

Protesters are defying a “red zone” ban

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Cannabis companies’ approach to IRS 280E: Audits, compliance

  • Five cannabis industry lawyers and accountants told Business Insider they’re bracing their clients for an uptick in audits and investigations.
  • The audits stem from a section of the tax code called 280E, which prohibits companies that sell illegal drugs — like marijuana — from deducting regular business expenses, like office supplies or health insurance premiums.
  • 280E is “probably one of the worst things that’s forced onto this industry,” KushCo CEO Nich Kovacevich said.
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India Proposes Law to Tackle Country’s Deadly Air Pollution

(Bloomberg) — India’s federal government informed the top court that it is framing a new law to tackle one of the worst air pollution problems in the world.



Pedestrians are silhouetted as traffic moves along a road shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India, on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Thick toxic smog enveloped New Delhi forcing schools to shut down, halting traffic on highways and sending residents scurrying to buy air purifiers and filtration masks.


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Pedestrians are silhouetted as traffic moves along a road shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India, on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Thick toxic smog enveloped New Delhi forcing schools to shut down, halting traffic on highways and sending residents scurrying to buy air purifiers and

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Pompeo being investigated for potentially breaking the law with RNC speech

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is under investigation for potentially violating a federal law that forbids federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or while inside federal buildings over his address to the Republican convention in August.



Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie: In a video statement to the RNC from Jerusalem on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Trump's foreign policy initiatives -- even describing the President's fruitless courting of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a victory.


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In a video statement to the RNC from Jerusalem on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Trump’s foreign policy initiatives — even describing the President’s fruitless courting of North Korean leader

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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse on Coinbase’s ‘apolitical culture’

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple.

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Fintech start-up Ripple doesn’t plan on following Silicon Valley peer Coinbase in banning politics from the workplace.

Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, caused a stir late last month when he wrote a blog post outlining the company’s policy of non-engagement on social and political issues.

He said the virtual currency exchange “won’t debate causes or political candidates internally” or engage with issues that are “unrelated

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‘There Were A Lot Of Extreme, Insane Things Going On,’ Says Woman Who Grew Up In Zion Society [Video]

Amber says when she was 11 years old, her parents joined the Zion society after they met the proclaimed prophet Arvin Shreeve. She claims that the group was divided into mini families and that men would have their own “harem” of women and children.

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“Our daily life was really planned out for us. We would, like, do our hair, do our makeup, do

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How One Bravo Star Is Giving African-American Women A Voice In Society

Many know Bianca Banks from her appearance on the Bravo reality show, Invite Only Cabo. These days, she is taking her outspoken and colorful personality and leveraging it to give a voice to African-American women and champion their stories. Ms. Banks explores domestic violence, homelessness, addiction, and more through

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Japan to aim for zero emissions, carbon-neutral society by 2050

In his first policy speech since taking office last month, Suga told Japan’s parliament Monday that his “administration will put the maximum effort to realize the green society by setting a virtuous cycle in the economy and the environment.”

In the past, environmental groups such as Greenpeace have criticized Japan for what they considered slow progress on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Japan emitted 1.24 billion metric tonnes (1.36 billion US tons) of greenhouse gas in … Read More

Social media addiction makes us vulnerable to fake news

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“The Social Dilemma,” a Netflix documentary, details how platform engineers feed people’s addiction to social media.

“Social Dilemma”

When President Trump announced on social media that he had been diagnosed positive for the coronavirus, a huge number of people on social-media questioned whether the news was real. To counter this “fake news” skepticism, the White House released a video and photos of the president taken at the hospital. In the past, this would have ended

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The Secret Society That Left a Trail of Human Skeletons in its Wake

Cheerleading practice can be grueling, but rarely does it involve the discovery of human remains.

That changed in 2004, when the young women of the ShowMe Spirit All-Stars in Houston, Texas, were set to converge on a century-old building they had rented to use as practice space with the letters IOOF written above the door. Walking through the property, squad coaches Tabbi Ireland and Sheri Wade found a primitive security system with door buzzers

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Where Does the Idea of a Disinformation “Infodemic” Originate?

Paul Nash, “We are Making a New World” (1918) oil, 27.99 in by 35.98 in, at the Imperial War Museum, London (image courtesy and via Wikimedia Commons)

In public policy, metaphors are medicine with side effects, and these days a whole lot of prescriptions are being written for our disinformation problem. We seem to agree that disinformation is a critical problem for democracy, but what, exactly, is it? We’re confronted by an urgent socio-political predicament

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“The Past Few Years Have Been A Slow Decay Of A Free India And Its Body Politic”

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Why the 25th Amendment is no match for a madman and his party of sycophants

Should the 25th Amendment be invoked to remove Donald Trump from office? In a press conference on October 9, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jamie Raskin unveiled legislation based on the amendment that would establish a bipartisan commission that could answer the question and determine if Trump has the capacity to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

The commission would have 16 members, selected in equal numbers by Democratic and Republican congressional

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Haiti – Politic : The MHAVE seeks a solution for Haitians living in Chile


Haiti – Politic : The MHAVE seeks a solution for Haitians living in Chile
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Friday, October 23 Louis Gonzague E. Day, the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) met with Wilfrid Bertrand, the Director General of the National Archives, Paul Loulou Chery, Advisor to the Presidency and Franckel Jenarisca a Representative of the Haitian community that lives in Chile. The purpose of this meeting was to explore the different avenues of solutions to

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‘Everything Sucks Sometimes But It’s Not Forever’: How One Teen Navigates Mental Health, The Political Environment And The Pandemic

“Everything sucks sometimes but it’s not forever.” 

Daijah, a 16-year old from Denver, made that pithy comment on a voice memo on her iPhone months ago, well before the COVID-19 pandemic. But an insight like that one — discovered on her own long and twisting mental health journey prior to the pandemic — is helping her cope now.

Like many of her peers, Daijah struggles with depression and anxiety disorder, and unraveling why she feels

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