It’s been called “disaster overload” – major crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Philippines have left the United Nations’ humanitarian response system reeling.
The nightly protests in Ferguson, Mo., are receding. Sparked by the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, the scenes of protest, rioting, and an ironfisted police crackdown emerging from the St. Louis suburb shocked the world. But they shouldn’t.
Under what circumstances should a person feel surprised that they weren’t raped? As Zoe Zolbrod’s story reminds us, carelessness does not make sexual assault an expected outcome, nor does self-protection always prevent it. I often think about the times I wasn’t raped.
A study came out recently saying that millennials (a category that I apparently fit into) consider ourselves the “post-racial” generation. By and large, young adults think they are the ones who have moved past racism. Except, that’s not true. Racism is alive and well.
When ISIS, the Iraqi-Syrian militant opposition group (or terrorist group, depending on who you ask) charged into the northern Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this year, they were backed not only by determined and relatively well armed fighters, but also by a well-oiled social media engine.
“Real depression (and there are plenteous counterfeits) cannot be chosen or un-chosen. It is not something someone turns on or off like a light switch. It is not something that one can simply talk (or laugh) oneself out of.”—Michelle Labonte, on Robin Williams’ suicide and on depression in general.
I don’t talk about it a lot these days, as I’ve reached the point where it feels like a lifetime ago. Healing was a long and grief-stricken process. There were times when I felt very alone in my grief and there were times when I felt lost and confused.
It is part of new measures to provide basic protection for some seven million domestic workers long excluded from Brazil’s stringent labour laws. Employers can now be reported and fined several hundred dollars each time they break part of the code.
Jurors rejected Theodore Wafer’s claim that he acted in self-defence when he fired a shotgun through his screen door at Renisha McBride, 19, in November. Mr Wafer, 55, faces up to life in prison, but it is likely his actual sentence will be much shorter.
In 1846, shortly after the annexation of Texas, President James Polk ordered U.S. troops into disputed lands, precipitating a war against Mexico. The war ended with the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. This is what Chicano activists mean when they say “the border crossed them.” Today, 33.
In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region.
The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine last week are to be flown to the Netherlands for identification. The Netherlands is holding a day of mourning for the 298 killed in the 17 July crash, 193 of whom were Dutch.
Anybody who possesses a scintilla of good taste (and/or decency) is against the Washington football team using its longtime nickname. I don’t have to scrounge for Brownie points by getting all indignant about it.
The one person who is most adamant about keeping the name is Daniel Snyder, who owns the Washington football franchise, and who appears to be either especially stubborn, or insensitive or both.
The obscene nickname is, of course, Redskins, and increasingly it’s been suggested that we in the media should stop saying or writing it.
It’s certainly an original proposition. We would, however, get tired of just hearing “Washington” all the time. Nicknames are such a useful alternative in sports. However, maybe we could say the “D.C.-ers” or the “Columbias” or even the “Snyderers.” After all, the Cleveland team was named Browns after its coach, and even “Snyderers” is a nicer name than “Redskins.” Well, barely.
Or, even better, we could all — not just the media, but everybody — take a lesson from the Bible. If you remember, the people wanted to build a tall tower up to heaven, but this displeased the Lord, so he made everybody talk in different languages. They couldn’t communicate, so they had to stop building the tower, which was in a place called Babel — or, as some people now call it, the House of Representatives.
Anyway, I think rather than not calling the Redskins anything, we should all call them whatever we want. You might call them the “Federals” or the “Presidents” or the “Lobbyists” or whatever. You could call them the “Muskrats” or the “Skunks” or the “Nincompoops.” You could call them the “Who” or the “Whatzits.” You could call Mr. Snyder’s team whatever your heart desires, except what Mr. Snyder wants. The team and the franchise would get lost in the chaos … just like that tower.
To hear Frank Deford’s commentary, click the audio link above.
16 July 2014
Last updated at 07:50 ET Dutch state liable for 300 Srebrenica deaths A Dutch court has ruled that the Netherlands is liable for the killings of more than 300 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys at Srebrenica in Bosnia-Hercegovina in July 1995.
14 July 2014 – Human trafficking has no place in the modern world, the President of the General Assembly declared today at a special event at United Nations Headquarters ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
BALTIMORE, Md. — At the corner of Laurens St. and Fulton Ave., a man watches Matthew Loftus walk by with his 21-month-old daughter, Naomi, strapped to his back. “She got big!” the man says. Loftus, 27, says something friendly back, but he’s not sure who the man is.
My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home So I’m posted up, sharing a sandwich and a cigarette with a friend in one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in America, and my phone buzzes.
“Tampons were packed with their strings connecting them, like a strip of sausages, so they wouldn’t float away. Engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 the right number?” She would be in space for a week. “That would not be the right number,” she told them. At every turn, her difference was made clear to her. When it was announced Ride had been named to a space flight mission, her shuttle commander, Bob Crippen, who became a lifelong friend and colleague, introduced her as “undoubtedly the prettiest member of the crew.” At another press event, a reporter asked Ride how she would react to a problem on the shuttle: “Do you weep?””—
My idea was to use these little black postcards to get the conversation started. But I quickly realized once I hit the road on my book tour that I didn’t really need that kind of incentive. All over the country people who came to hear about my story wound up sharing their own.
The “vast majority” of college women lie about being raped. Men are violent because of their mothers. Feminists are plotting to dominate men.
One thing was ringingly clear among attendees at the first-annual International Conference on Men’s Issues in St. Clair Shores this weekend: Women are becoming an increasing threat and something must be done to stop them….
ABUJA, Nigeria – The National Hospital spokesman says a victim wounded in the bomb blast at a mall in Nigeria’s capital died overnight, raising the death toll to at least 22. The government says soldiers shot and killed one suspect as he tried to escape, and police detained a second suspect.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday trimmed the Obama administration’s power to curb greenhouse gases under a long-running air pollution program in a decision that means major facilities, including power plants and refineries, will go on being regulated as they have been.