Gaza through the eyes of a poet

It shouldn't be a surprise that Gaza is fertile ground for a poet. The Israeli occupation seems surreal here. At times it can be hard to see it; unlike other parts of Palestine, there are no young Israeli soldiers patrolling the streets in olive uniforms and armoured vehicles. The tools of oppression are largely hidden…

One-third of world’s stunted children live in India: Report

A major study published on Thursday warned of a malnutrition crisis in almost every country in the world with India holding about one-third of the world's burden for stunting. Forty-six million children in India are stunted because of malnutrition and 25.5 million more are defined as "wasted" - meaning they do not weigh enough for…

‘Fake news’ rattles Taiwan ahead of elections

Taipei, Taiwan - China is spreading "fake news" via social media to swing Taiwanese voters away from President Tsai Ing-wen's party and behind candidates more sympathetic to Beijing ahead of elections, Taiwanese officials said. Beijing is test-driving its techniques in Taiwan, where it has a big stake in the politics and understands the language and…

US President Trump plans to end birthright citizenship: Axios

The US government is planning to end birthright citizenship for babies of non-citizens and undocumented immigrants born on US soil, President Donald Trump said in an interview on Tuesday. In an interview with "Axios on HBO", Trump said he is working with legal counsel to put an end to the practice, which has existed since…

#MeToo movement in China: Powerful yet fragile

Since last January, China has been experiencing a firestorm against sexual predation that reached universities, media outlets, sports teams, NGOs and even religious temples. More than 20 liberal intellectuals, media personalities and activists have now been accused of sexual misconduct, and several publicly shamed university professors have been dismissed. China's Ministry of Education has pledged to…

Malaysia death penalty abolition opens door to drug policy review

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Drugs have long attracted the harshest penalties here. Under the Dangerous Drugs Act, anyone found with 200 grams of cannabis, 40 grams of cocaine, and 15 grams of heroin or morphine risks being charged with drug trafficking - a crime that carries the death penalty. The burden of proof doesn't even…

Twitter users slam ‘repugnant, racist’ cartoon of Serena Williams

A cartoon depicting Serena Williams has triggered uproar after it was compared to racist illustrations of the Jim Crow character and images of black people in the Sambo books from the early 20th century. Published in Rupert Murdoch's Herald Sun tabloid newspaper, the cartoon depicted the tennis star as overweight, big lipped and bushy haired, stomping…

Argentina: Wreck of ARA San Juan submarine found after one year

The wreckage of an Argentine navy submarine that exploded and disappeared one year ago was located in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, said the navy, crushing the last hopes for relatives of the 44 crew. There has been "positive identification of the ARA San Juan," at a depth of 800 metres, a statement on Twitter…

China tight-lipped on Interpol chief Meng Hongwei’s disappearance

The Chinese government has remained tight-lipped on the disappearance of International Criminal Political Investigation (Interpol) Chief Meng Hongwei on a trip to China. His disappearance was made public on Friday, when French authorities said they were opening an investigation to find out what happened to Meng, a Chinese national who served a lengthy term as the…

Who is Anita Hill?

Washington, DC - As the US Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to hear testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, many can't help but have flashbacks of a hearing that took place nearly 30 years ago.  The hearing was of a 35-year-old Anita Hill who had…

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