Pope Francis: Gender theory is the problem, not the solution

15/4/15/Carol Glatz Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people’s gender, Pope Francis said. “Getting rid of the difference is the problem, not the solution,” he said Wednesday during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square. The right way to solve the problems and […] read more…

The Church must do more to recognise women, says Pope

15/4/15; Staff Reporter Pope Francis made the appeal during his general audience today. Pope Francis has said that society and the Church must do more to recognise women. During his weekly general audience today, Pope Francis said “more weight and more authority must be given to women”, according to a report by Vatican Radio. Continuing […] read more…

Sticking It To the Man: Tushi the Chimp 1, Drone 0

14/5/14 Abby Zimet, staff write Nature won over technology, hands and sticks down, when the folks at Royal Burgers’ Zoo in The Netherlands tried sending out a drone over the chimpanzee enclosure for a closer look at how their 14 evidently privacy-loving apes live. The $2,000 drone was flying overhead, recording for the TV show […] read more…

Iranian Official Slams Global Powers for Hypocrisy on Nuclear Arsenals

9/4/15; Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams Iran’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations criticized the US, China, France, Russia, and the UK for breaking their commitments in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty A top Iranian official on Wednesday slammed world powers for failing to meet their own promises to eliminate their nuclear arsenals and contribute […] read more…

Landmark Injunction Cheered as Crushing Blow to Japan’s Nuclear Restart

14/4/15; Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams “’This ruling is a giant step for efforts to abolish nuclear power'; Critics of nuclear energy are cheering a ruling by a Japanese court that blocks the restart of two reactors at a plant in western Japan. Australia’s ABC reports that Local residents sought the injunction against Kansai Electric Power […] read more…

Rescue of Thousands at Sea Highlights Dangers of ‘Migration Season’

15/4/15; Nadia Prupis; Common Dreams UN calls for greater search and rescue operations for refugees facing deadly choice: war at home or perilous overseas journey After a four-day Italian Coast Guard rescue operation pulled more than 8,000 North African migrants from the Mediterranean Sea, the United Nations on Tuesday called for greater resources to help […] read more…

Religious Fanaticism is a Huge Factor in Americans’ Support for Israel

16/4/15; Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald A new poll from Bloomberg Politics contains a finding that, if you really think about it, is quite remarkable: Almost half of all Americans want to support Israel even if its interests diverge from the interests of their own country. Only a minority of Americans (47 percent) say that their country […] read more…

Northern Territory Government must spend more on cyclone recovery, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says

16/4/15; Felicity James Government emergency funding unless the Northern Territory Government spends more money on the rebuilding process, the Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has warned. Senator Scullion is making his first visit to the coastal communities of Galiwinku on Elcho Island and Ramingining since Cyclone Lam hit the region as a severe category […] read more…

Reports of asylum seekers self-harming at detention centre near Darwin disturbing – Greens Senator Sarah HansonYoung says

16/4/15; ABC Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says no asylum seekers should be moved from Wickham Point to Nauru while a Senate inquiry is underway. Accounts of asylum seekers self-harming at Wickham Point detention centre near Darwin for fear of being sent offshore are deeply distressing, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says. Senator Hanson-Young, the party’s immigration […] read more…

Child sex abuse inquiry: Girl raped at an orphanage told at birth she was ‘having the devil taken out';

16/4/15; William Rollo A teenager who was raped at a Queensland orphanage and fell pregnant was told by nuns she had the devil inside her, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard. The woman, who gave evidence under the name AYL, was raped when she was 14 by a worker at St Joseph’s […] read more…

Boko Haram: 2000 women abducted, raped and enslaved (3)

14/4/15 At least 2000 women have been abducted by Boko Haram, detained in prisons and houses and subjected to forced marriage, stonings and sexual slavery, according to a report that berates Nigeria’s “dismal” security situation. The Amnesty International report – based on more than 150 witness accounts – charges the Islamic militants with the deaths […] read more…

Father of Blackwater Victim: ‘Too Late’ for Apologies (2)

15/4/15 Cora Currier, @coracurrier For the American security firm Blackwater Worldwide, Mohammed Kinani says he’s finished his mission “to push these people to the law.” Four former Blackwater employees were given long sentences yesterday for killing 14 unarmed Iraqis, including Kinani’s son, and wounding many others, when in 2007 they shot at a crowd in […] read more…

Blackwater guards handed lengthy prison sentences (1)

15/4/15; Jaques Billeaud, John Hoffer A United States federal judge sentenced one former Blackwater security guard to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. The carnage in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square caused an international uproar over the use […] read more…

Going Clear film huge HBO success

15/4/15; David Bauder Documentary lifts the lid on some of the Church of Scientology’s suspect practices. The Church of Scientology took out a full-page ad in the New York Times denouncing Going Clear before it ran. If the Church of Scientology was hoping that HBO’s withering documentary on the religion’s practices would pass by with […] read more…

The long, dirty trail of fake science (2)

13/4/15; Anna Lappé @annalappe Revealing Big Oil’s role in climate change denialism “Doubt is our product,” wrote executives for tobacco giant Brown & Williamson in a now infamous 1969 memo on industry communications strategy. The memo was revealed during discovery in class-action lawsuits against tobacco companies that would eventually yield a trove of 85 million […] read more…

Top-earning Americans had shockingly good 2012 (1)

8/4/15; David Cay Johnston @DavidCayJ; David Paul Morris 400 highest incomes averaged $335.7 million and were taxed at 16.7 percent Americans at the top of the income ladder enjoyed an astonishing year in 2012, new data show. Compared with 2011, their incomes increased by half — their second highest ever — while their tax burdens […] read more…
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