What Happens When Women Report Sexual Assault in Japan?

Japan (GV) – One Canadian woman’s recent experience of sexual assault on a Tokyo train, including the way the police responded, has prompted discussions on Twitter about Japan’s ongoing problem with ‘chikan‘ (痴漢 or train-gropers in Japanese). The documented sexual assault experience resembles recent high profile cases in Japan involving journalist Shiori Ito, a blogger known as Hachu and stage actress Shimizu Meili. In July 2018, a woman who goes by the name ‘Jenna‘ on Twitter began sharing a series of tweets that described being stalked and groped by a man on a train…

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On anniversary of war, Georgians curse Putin

(EAN) – A rowdy rally was held in front of the former Russian embassy in Tbilisi on August 7 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war. Protesters held posters with photos of Georgia’s main antagonist, Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with a Russian caption that translates, roughly, “go f— yourself.” Photos of Georgian soldiers who died in the war also were on display at the rally. The photos featured the soldiers’ names followed by the words, in Georgian and English: “Imagine there were no Putin – I’d be…

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Cancer Study May Win Fallout Victims Compensation for First US Nuclear Test

(Sputnik) – Michael Levin, a spokesperson for the institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), told The Associated Press Tuesday that the study should be concluded by early next year. The Trinity Test was the world’s first man-made nuclear explosion, detonated on July 16, 1945, in the Jornada del Muerto region of New Mexico. The test was to confirm that the design for a terrible new weapon, one that could destroy entire cities in a single explosion, could actually work. Trinity’s success gave the US military the go-ahead to use the weapon in combat, which it did several…

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Research Shows Four in Five Experts Cited in Online News are Men

United Kingdom (Conversation) – Who gets to speak? Who do we listen to? And whose opinions do we respect? These questions are always important, but even more so now, as the UK faces an uncertain future, and political leaders need to make some tough decisions. So it’s disappointing to learn that female voices continue to be marginalised in the nation’s news coverage. Women’s expertise is going untapped and unheard at a critical time. An analysis conducted by the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power on behalf of…

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Wanting to Live a ‘Normal-Perfect’ Life is Making Women Unhealthy

World Wide (Conversation) – These days, the health of a woman seems to be less about the absence of illness and more about being someone who works on their body and mind in order to meet modern society’s expectations of looks and abilities. This is not just a neat observation, but something we found while researching our new book, Postfeminism and Health. We analysed a range of research and media – including advice in self-help literature, government promotion of healthy weight, and the way surgeons and their patients talk about…

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DOCUMENTS RELATING TO POLICE SURVEILLANCE OF ACTIVISTS MADE PUBLIC AFTER ACLU LAWSUIT

Memphis, TN (PT) –  The American Civil Liberties Union is back in the news again this week following the successful outcome of yet another lawsuit, this time filed by the ACLU of Tennessee, which was to result in the release into the public domain of a substantial trove of legal documents. The case, brought against the City of Memphis, was based on a consent decree, ‘an agreement or settlement that resolves a dispute between two parties without admission of guilt’, dating from 1978, which lawyers, acting on behalf of the…

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#MeToo Movement Finds an Unlikely Champion in Wall Street With the New ‘Weinstein Clause’

United States (Conversation) – If you were worried that the #MeToo movement might fade away, fear not. It has been carved into one of the most immovable objects in human history. Legal boilerplate. And not just any boilerplate. But the language in giant merger agreements, used when one company is buying out another company. Basically, corporate lawyers have been adding a sentence that forces companies to disclose allegations of sexual harassment. On Wall Street, it has come to be known as the “Weinstein clause.” That’s new. In my years as…

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Bangladesh: Rohingya Endure Floods, Landslides

(HRW) – The Bangladeshi government should relocate Rohingya refugees living in a severely overcrowded mega camp to safer ground in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today. The refugees, who fled the Burmese military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing that began in August 2017, should not have to face flooding and landslides, and should have sturdier shelters and adequate education for their extended stay. August 5, 2018 Report “Bangladesh Is Not My Country” The Plight of Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar The 68-page report, “‘Bangladesh Is Not…

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The Trump Administration is Making Plans to Detain More Immigrants in Texas. Here’s Where They Would be Held.

United States (TexasTribune) – President Donald Trump’s administration is working to dramatically ramp up its capacity to detain immigrants — especially in Texas. Despite protests, several facilities have opened to hold more migrant adults and children this summer, and there are proposals that would nearly double the total number of beds at authorized centers. For family detention and child-only shelters, the capacity would nearly triple. The vast majority of the requested increase would hold children and families on two Texas military bases. The federal government has made initial requests for up to…

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How Your Flip-Flops Reveal the Dark Side of Globalization

World Wide (Conversation) – As you pack for your holidays, don’t forget to pack your flip-flops – and treat them with respect, they may have travelled more than you and witnessed things you cannot see. Flip flops may look simple and cheap, but they are part of a bigger and more complicated story. Flip-flops are the world’s highest selling shoe – outselling even trainers. Uncounted billions of them are made every year, often in small factories in China. Flip-flop sales rise with world population. As one billion people globally still…

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