The 2nd Amendment Empowers Women More than Lapel Pins

United States (FEE) – The 90th annual Oscars were held last month, and as usual, the ceremony served as the perfect opportunity for Hollywood’s most elite to get together and stroke fragile egos. Given the recent explosion of sexual assault allegations as a result of the #MeToo movement, it was no surprise that much of this year’s Oscars virtue signaling focused on calling for an end to sexual violence. Support for gun control was also seen on the red carpet that night, as some celebrities chose to accessorize their $25,000+ dresses by adding…

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Unprecedented Collaring Effort Aims to Protect Tanzania’s Threatened Elephants

Tanzania (WWF) – In Tanzania, the government, with support from WWF, has launched the country’s largest ever elephant collaring effort to protect its dwindling elephant population. With almost 90 per cent of the elephants lost over the last 40 years in the Selous Game Reserve, a World Heritage site, enhancing rangers’ ability to guard the remaining ones from poaching is essential to rebuilding the population. In a project spanning 12 months, 60 elephants are expected to be collared in and surrounding the Elephant Collaring. Credit_ Joakim Odelberg WWF Selous. This will…

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Why is it so stressful to talk politics with the other side?

(Conversation) – People disagree all the time, but not all disagreements lead to the same levels of stress. Even though people can be passionate about their favorite sport teams, they can argue about which basketball team is the best without destroying friendships. In the workplace, co-workers can often dispute strategies and approaches without risking a long-term fallout. Political conversations, on the other hand, seem to have become especially challenging in recent years. Stories of tense Thanksgiving dinners and of Facebook friends being unfriended have become commonplace. Why does this happen?…

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Could Venomous Snails be Part of the Solution to the Opioid Epidmic?

(Ensia) – Opioids are powerful pain relievers, but their addictive nature also creates powerful trouble for those who misuse them. Worldwide, millions of people suffer from opioid dependency. Each day more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms across the United States for misusing prescription opioids. In the U.S, alone, roughly 46 people died each day from overdoses involving prescription opioids in 2016. Researchers across the world are searching for solutions to the opioid epidemic. In looking for safer and more effective painkillers, some now are making use of…

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Today’s youth reject capitalism, but what do they want to replace it?

United States (Conversation) – Today’s youth are increasingly unhappy with the way their elders are running the world. Their ire was most recently expressed when thousands of teenagers and others across the country marched on March 24 demanding more gun control, a little over a month after more than a dozen of their peers were shot and killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida. But there’s growing evidence that today’s young adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29 or so, are strongly dissatisfied with other fundamental aspects of…

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Zapatista women inspire the fight against patriarchy

Chiapas, Mexico (WNV) – Dawn had only just broken over the mountains. While most of the women and children on the camping grounds were still asleep, others were already wide awake, huddling together in the first rays of sunlight and drinking coffee. To a casual observer, this place might have seemed similar to any mainstream festival campsite. A distinguishing factor, however, was that there wasn’t a single man in sight. The sign on the main entrance left no one in doubt that only women and children were welcome at this event:…

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MidEast Valkyries: ‘Even Daesh Were Scared of Kurdish Combat Women’- Fighter

Syria (Sputnik) – This month marks five years since the famous Kurdish female self-defense squads arose. The women of Syrian Kurdistan have liberated themselves over the past years to an extent one could previously only dream about in the region. Sputnik has talked to Kurdish combat women about the Turkish operation in Northern Syria, Syrian Kurds’ political ambitions and battlefield feminism. ‘Radical Female Revolution’ It was the death of 26 year-old British female fighter Anna Campbell in a Turkish bombardment in Afrin that quickly reminded the public of the female self-defense squads. Being a female anarchist, feminist…

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‘Women Make the News’: Online Database Connects Journalists to Thai Female Experts

Thailand (GV) – Alarmed by the low number of women experts interviewed on mainstream media, UNESCO Bangkok has launched a website that links Thai journalists and researchers to female academics, government officials, corporate leaders, and NGO activists. The “Women Make the News” database was launched in 2017 to advance gender equality in the media and society. It provides a list of contacts of female experts to feature more women voices in news reports. UNESCO Bangkok cited a 2014 study by Thai Public Broadcasting Service which found that only one in…

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Alberta’s shameful pipeline politics ignores First Nations

Canada (Conversation) – Over the past few years, I have listened with interest to debates over moving Alberta-sourced natural resources to tidewater for export. Plans have come and, sometimes, gone. One plan that attracts heated responses is Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion proposal. If implemented, it would see the “twinning” of a pipeline running between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia. Provincial governments that should be good neighbours and political allies seem like anything but these days. Alberta’s NDP government argues that moving oilsands bitumen toward new markets is essential…

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Easter eggs were once a rare luxury – so how did they become so commonplace?

United Kingdom (Conversation) – For weeks (and weeks) in the run up to Easter, brightly packaged chocolate eggs fill the shelves of British supermarkets. Piled high and sold cheap, they are easy to get hold of – even hard to avoid. But this wasn’t always the case. For almost a century after the first ones were produced in the 1870s by Fry’s and Cadbury’s, chocolate eggs were a luxury product. They were expensive, and difficult to find, with specialist confectioners often requiring orders to be made several months in advance….

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