#todayin: dear gods! How the other 1% lives: wealth gap not the only way in which global elite is taking advantage

Oxfam’s latest report, focused on an increasingly obscene wealth inequality and the stranglehold exerted by a global elite, had one central message: The era of tax havens that have made this possible must be brought to an end. The report – An Economy for the 1% – was timed as a call to action for influential delegates to the annual meeting […]

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#womensstories: Child Brides Photo Series Proves Girls Are Simply ‘Too Young To Wed’

Child Brides Photo Series Proves Girls Are Simply ‘Too Young To Wed’ On Huffington Post: Photographer Stephanie Sinclair’s images aim to raise funds for girls forced into a practice that affects more than 14.2 million girls every year. When Mejgon was 11 years old, her father sold her to a married 60-year-old Afghanistan man for two boxes of heroin. “In […]

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#womensstories: a graphic novel illustrates the architecture of immigration detention

In the United States, a Congressional mandate requires that approximately Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fill 32,000 beds in immigration detention facilities every day. In Canada, nearly 100,000 people have been detained since 2006. But for most North Americans, these massive detention facilities are largely invisible. That’s by design. The physical architecture of these spaces remain hidden to the general […]

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YES, WE DO STILL NEED INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Over on the quickhits earlier, I posted this link. It was to a piece in the Indy today, entitled, “To those who can’t see the point of International Women’s Day: you are the very reason it exists”. Well ain’t that the truth. I did my usual quickhitting and tweeting on Saturday – International Women’s Day – but I didn’t bother […]

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"AFFLUENZA" AND THE CHILDREN OF THE OTHER 99%

In case any of you, like me, couldn’t believe their eyes when they first read this, it is actually all true. Affluenza (the notion that the rich can be forgiven for being feckless and irresponsible because they’re so, well, rich) is A Thing now. I don’t know if that’s the correct definition of the term, by the way, but it might as well […]

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BREIVIK’S FAR-RIGHT FRIENDS IN AMERICA

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If you give Breivik’s 1,500 manifesto a good read (though why would you, I suppose), you’ll see that his political influences (particularly with regard to his hatred of Islam) did not come from European sources but rather from the far-right in the US. Though he referred heavily to his fellow Norwegian, the blogger Fjordman, it was Robert Spencer, the American […]

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CALLING OUT DARFUR IS NOT RACIST

Violence, rape and little or no education is a fact of life for many women all over the globe. While the feminist movement took off in parts of the Western world, many women are still treated as second class citizens. Many endure violent daily events and manage to persevere and take care of their children in hopes of a better […]

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SOUTH AFRICAN RAPE SURVEY

I don’t think there is one word I could add to this story to make its message any plainer or any more disturbing. These are the cruel realities of life in South Africa. Some key statements: One in four South African men questioned in a survey said they had raped someone and nearly half admitted having attacked more than one […]

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