April 27th, 2012

Pride & Prejudice

Egypt’s women urge MPs not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws

Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated parliament not to approve two controversial laws on the minimum age of marriage and allowing a husband to have sex with his dead wife within six hours of her death according to a report in an Egyptian newspaper.

The appeal came in a message sent by Dr. Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, to the Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker, Dr. Saad al-Katatni, addressing the woes of Egyptian women, especially after the popular uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

She was referring to two laws: one that would legalize the marriage of girls starting from the age of 14 and the other that permits a husband to have sex with his dead wife within the six hours following her death.

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Have an "Arab-looking" name? No bank account for you!

Anti-terror law targets Arab names in shutting bank accounts

In the chilling aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 — when authorities found that hijackers had active bank accounts in the U.S., including in New Jersey — the federal government enacted laws to try to detect suspected terrorist links at financial institutions.

But those laws have also had a side effect: Banks in North Jersey and elsewhere have delayed or blocked money transfers and shut down the accounts of some Muslims and non-Muslims who do business with them, sometimes because of an Arabic-sounding name.

A Wayne businessman and a landlord in Jersey City are among the people to encounter such wariness.

“Nowadays, given the Patriot Act and post-9/11 era, banks don’t even have to explain,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “They can close your account for any reason or no reason and [customers] have absolutely no recourse.”

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President Obama and his Amazing Robotic Ball

President Obama Drives Sphero During His Trip To Boulder

During President Obama’s trip to Boulder to speak to students at The University of Colorado, he decided to spend some time taking Sphero for a spin. Our favorite quote from the President of the United States? “Excuse me, give me some space to drive my ball.” Awesome.

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Source is giving the man some room.

The modern woman's dirty secret

My name is Bryony Gordon and I have a dirty secret. I love cleaning. I mean I really love it. If cleanliness is next to godliness, one day I shall be made a saint - a saint with an exceptionally well-polished halo and a nice line in rubber gloves.

As the sun streamed through the windows last weekend, highlighting every bit of dust and slight smear of dirt in my home, I did not think: ''Oh no, I am going to have to waste a glorious day up to my elbows in muck.'' Instead, I got up at 8am with joy in my heart and a bottle of bleach in my hand. Because I love the smell of bleach more than any perfume.

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I honestly find this piece rather patronising and a little insulting. I loathe housework, though I try my best to make sure I can make it from my bedroom door to my bed without having to navigate through piles of clothes (yes, the infamous floordrobe). I'm very proud of myself when I have a floor I can see.
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Okinawa deal between US and Japan to move marines

The United States and Japan have reached a deal to move thousands of US Marines from the island of Okinawa.

Some 9,000 marines will be sent to locations outside of Japan, a joint statement by Washington and Tokyo said. Some 10,000 troops will remain.

The revised agreement comes ahead of a visit to Washington by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

The two sides have still not reached agreement on closing the controversial Futenma airbase on Okinawa.

The troops leaving Okinawa will be moved to Guam, Hawaii and other locations in the Asia Pacific region.

Japan has been unable to fulfil the conditions of an agreement over Okinawa signed in 2006 under which it had to find an alternative location for the Futenma air base before US troops were redeployed.

Proposed alternatives met heavy local opposition.

At the beginning of talks this year, both countries said they had agreed to de-link the two issues.

In the latest statement, they said they still agreed that Futenma should be relocated to Camp Schwab, in a sparsely populated area miles north of Naha, in line with the 2006 deal.

This "remains the only viable solution that has been identified to date", the two governments said.

The announcement is intended to take the sting out of the dispute before Mr Noda visits Washington next week, says the BBC's Roland Buerk in Tokyo.

'Balance of power'
The US presence on Okinawa island has long been controversial.

Locals on Okinawa say having the Futenma base near a city is dangerous and noisy and they want it removed from the island altogether.

Occasional well-publicised instances of bad behaviour and criminality by US personnel, including a 1995 rape of a 12-year-old girl by three US servicemen, have fuelled the concerns.

The issue has put a strain on the US-Japan security alliance, which both countries see as critical to maintaining the balance of power in Asia as China rises, says our correspondent.

Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama promised to shift the base off the island, but he resigned in 2010 when he failed to get agreement on another location.

It remains unclear when the troops will be redeployed and when the Futenma base will be moved.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said the US would now work with the Japanese Self Defense Force to implement these decisions.

"Japan is not just a close ally, but also a close friend,'' he said. ''And I look forward to deepening that friendship and strengthening our partnership as, together, we address security challenges in the region."

The US has a total military deployment in Japan of about 50,000 personnel.

There's a picture in the source detailing the bases in Okinawa

'Amnesty International gets involved in Quebec tuition issue; criticizes police'

'Amnesty International gets involved in Quebec tuition issue; criticizes police'

(From The Canadian Press)
QUEBEC - Amnesty International is wading into Quebec's student protests, taking aim at provincial authorities over their handling of the tuition battle.

The Canadian branch of the human-rights organization has asked the government to call for a toning down of police measures that, it said, are unduly aggressive and might potentially smother students' right to free expression.

In a news release published Tuesday, the group also urged the province to find a peaceful solution to the 11 weeks of sometimes rowdy demonstrations.

"Amnesty reaffirms its concern regarding the tuition increases, which would undermine the progression to access to university for all," the group added in a statement.

That statement came as the protest movement spread again Tuesday, on multiple fronts.

There was a rare nighttime demonstration in Montreal, in which a window was smashed at a commercial bank while masked protesters tossed rocks and pyrotechnics, police said. Two people were arrested, and one police officer was reportedly injured by a projectile.

The protest movement also spread to include younger students. Children at a pair of Montreal high schools declared a three-day classroom boycott and picketed outside their schools, echoing similar actions in recent weeks by tens of thousands of older post-secondary students.

Premier Jean Charest criticized those actions.

"There is no reason for secondary-school students to be boycotting their classes," Charest told reporters. "Especially because we're involved in discussions with the representatives from (student) associations."

The Quebec government is indeed in negotiations with student groups — though the sides are separated by an ideological chasm over the tuition-hike issue.

The government has made it clear it won't back down from planned fee increases, while students continue to insist on a reversal.

Despite that gap, the sides have been managing to huddle together this week in Quebec City for what is their first formal communication amid weeks of discord.

The government is raising tuition by 75 per cent over five years, with a series of $325-a-year hikes that would place fees at $3,800 annually.

The Charest Liberals point out that, even with the increase, Quebec will still have some of the lowest rates in Canada.

The student protesters, however, say they're fighting for the principle of universal access to education.

Some protest leaders have even cast their struggle in broader ideological terms, with the anti-tuition movement serves as a lightning rod for other left-leaning causes and groups opposed to Charest.

This is two days old, but I think the intervention of Amnesty International is significant enough to be reported on... And the mainstream media haven't talked about it much here in Quebec.

As a student in this province, I am very happy that Amnesty International exist and that they recognize what students here are fighting for, as well as the anti-democratic tactics used against them (i.e. police brutality, in particular).
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Yvette Clarke, New York Rep., Notifies Police After Video Of Her Surfaces On Breitbart, Beck Sites

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) notified the Capitol Police Thursday after receiving threatening phone calls, after a video of her appearing to criticize the Tea Party was posted on several conservative websites, according to a release from her office.

The video was first posted to Breitbart TV, created by the late conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, and then picked up by Glenn Beck's website, The Blaze.

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These people really sicken me. Edit: Oops! Forgot source.
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Woman is awesome, teaches T creeper a lesson!

A strap-hanging MBTA heroine said she went into “She-Hulk” mode to single-handedly collar a man who exposed himself on a crowded B-Line trolley — dragging him off the train and holding him until cops arrived.

The 24-year-old Allston woman, who did not want to be named, said the man boarded one stop after she did on her ride home from her marketing job Thursday. She immediately noticed him staring.

“This guy was just being a real creeper,” she said. As she shuffled along the train, he followed her. She zoned out, listening to music, only to look up and see him standing over her.

“I looked up and felt awkward, so I looked down,” she said. She said the man was exposing and touching himself, but tried to cover himself with his shirt.

The woman — not someone to meekly let an alleged creep get away with it — shouted out what he was doing, but no one stepped in to help. She said one male passenger even shrugged. So, she said, she went into “She-Hulk” mode, lunging as the man tried to bolt at Packard’s Corner in Brighton.

She said she held the man with one hand and “berated” him while she waited for the cops to arrive. She said he looked frightened.

“He kept saying sorry, but he was just sorry for himself,” she said.

The man told transit cops that the “packed and jostling” trolley caused his shorts to fall, according to a police report. He told police that he was unaware he was exposed until the woman started screaming.

T cops charged Michael Galvin, 37, of Somerville with open and gross lewdness. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay off the T.

The woman said she acted because, “I’ve had enough of being harassed on the street. I’m tired of it and I want it to end. It was the last straw.”

She also had some choice words for the people who stood by and did nothing on the train: “That’s appalling. That makes me so angry. I want everyone to know that they have to say something.”


Short but sweet. What would you have done in her position, ontd_p? (Especially when none of the passengers said anything, wtf.) What do you think are the best ways to deal with people like this guy?

Community shaken after coordinated attacks on African refugees

**Major trigger warning for violence, hate crimes and racism**

Four houses and one kindergarten in south Tel Aviv, all serving the African asylum seeker community, were hit  within the same hour by Molotov cocktails. Testimonies from asylum seekers and Israeli neighbors indicate a coordinated pogrom.

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I hope the source is alright- it's the only one I could find in English.
This is heartbreaking, on every level. There's a solidarity vigil later today in the neighborhood, but with the apathy/hostility of the police towards this community, I can't imagine that those responsible will be caught, or that those attacked will receive anything approaching justice. 
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Mississippi Governor: Democrats’ ‘One Mission In Life Is To Abort Children’

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) told the American Family Association radio show last night that Democrats’ “one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb,” and boasted of signing legislation that could close the state’s only abortion provider.

“[T]hey don’t care if the mother’s life is in jeopardy, that if something goes wrong that a doctor can’t admit them to a local hospital, that he’s not even board certified,” Bryant said of the Democrats’ opposition to the measure which would impose tough new restrictions on the clinic. “We passed that bill and I think you’ll see other states follow and when that happens at least these fly-in abortionists are going to be regulated under the state laws of the Medical Procedures Act here in the state of Mississippi as they should be across the nation.”

Bryant is no stranger to extreme rhetoric. In November of 2011, as Mississippi voters went to the polls to vote-down a radical anti-abortion measure that equates abortion with murder and would outlaw some forms of birth control, then-Lt. Gov. Bryant warned that if the personhood amendment fails, “Satan wins.” “This is a battle of good and evil of Biblical proportions,” he said. Bryant was responding to a question from Cristen Hemmins, who was raped and shot twice during a kidnapping as a college student.


So we want to kill off the entire human race? That makes sense.
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UKIP candidate suggested gays ‘stop complaining and start thanking straight people’

A former UKIP parliamentary candidate and current Oxford City Council hopeful has said people who ‘choose’ to be gay should stop ‘complaining about persecution’ and start thanking straight people for giving birth to them.

Dr Julia Gasper was selected by UKIP to run for Parliament in 2010 in Oxford East and is now campaigning for election to the city council in next week’s elections, prompting a concerned resident to draw attention to her blog.

This month, UKIP overtook the Liberal Democrats in a national YouGov poll of voting intentions, though in more recent polls they have reverted to tying with the party.

In 2010, Dr Gasper said gay rights had “gone too far” and suggested homosexuality is a choice.

She also suggested a link between homosexuality and paedophilia should be examined when selecting gay couples to adopt a child.

She wrote: “Homosexuality (as Jean-Paul Sartre said) is simply a form of behaviour, not like being black at all. Black people could and did for thousands of years live independently on another continent, but homosexuals can only exist as a by-product of a heterosexual society.

“Homosexuals are completely dependent on heterosexuals to create them.

“Curiously they never express any gratitude for this, while complaining constantly of persecution.”

On adoption, she wrote: “It makes no sense to argue for the “equal rights” of a homosexual couple because nobody has a right to adopt. Adoption takes place in the interests of the child, not the adults [...]

“To talk about gays having a right to adopt is to treat the child like a form of merchandise. It is wholly unacceptable.”

Suggesting homosexuality is a choice, she continued: “If fairness is the issue, it seems fair to me to give a child to couples who have experienced biological sterility or repeated miscarriage, because they really can’t have a child of their own. Their need is greater than that of those who simply choose a same-sex partner.”

“Undoubtedly in my view, it is wrong to force any adoption society to go against its ethics. We ought to reflect that there is a strong connection between male homosexuality and paedophilia. Why hush it up?”

More recently, Dr Gasper has written on marriage equality for gay couples, which UKIP opposes.

When a schoolboy told her earlier this month that gays should not be barred from marriage as polygamy was accepted in Biblical times, Dr Gasper accused him of “corkscrew logic”.

Using the Old Testament story of Jacob’s polygynous marriage to two women, Rachel and Leah, with whose slave-girls he also had children, Dr Gasper wrote: “Both marriages were regarded as valid. Does this mean that marriage was polygamous? Not at all. Jacob’s marriage to Leah united two people, a man and a woman. His marriage to Rachel also united two people, a man and a woman. Rachel and Leah did not marry each other!!! [...]

“It is still strictly accurate to say that each marriage was the union of one man to one woman, for life.”

The City of Oxford will be voting for 24 of its city councillors on 3 May, with Dr Gasper contesting a relatively safe Labour ward.

PinkNews.co.uk was unable to reach Dr Gasper this afternoon to express gratitude.


Fucking straight people.